Helping clients shape the future of the global gas industry and a lower carbon economy
Natural gas has a bright future – in the short, medium and long term. Gas demand will continue to grow globally for the foreseeable future, and the cleaner nature of gas compared to more carbon-intensive fossil fuels makes gas perfectly placed to act as the transition fuel of choice as the global energy sector strives to reduce its global carbon footprint. From our US, UK and Middle East offices, Bracewell’s full-service global gas and LNG practice provides clients with practical and innovative solutions to the issues facing the evolving global gas sector. We understand that the global gas industry is influenced by markets, government regulations, economic trends, technological advancements, geopolitics, and other global forces, and our lawyers anticipate the direction of the global gas market to ensure that our clients are prepared for changing dynamics and stay ahead of the curve. The Critical Role of Gas in the Global Energy Market
We Know Energy® We are regularly recognised for our excellence in relation to the work we do for the oil and gas industry by a number of global legal and business publications and organisations – including Chambers (worldwide), Legal 500 and International Financial Law Review 1000. • In 2020 Chambers Global ranked Bracewell’s Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation) group as Band 1 for the sixth consecutive year. • U.S. News – Best Lawyers® named Bracewell as the 2020 “ Law Firm of the Year ” in Oil & Gas Law. • In 2018, our London energy team was named Legal Services Provider of the Year by the Petroleum Economist for the second time. • Our Dubai team was awarded the “ Infrastructure and Energy Projects Team of the Year ” at the 2018 Middle East Legal Awards for the second successive year. • In 2017, Legal 500 UK recognized our London Energy practice as the Leading Oil and Gas Specialist Firm .
“One differentiator for them as a firm is they have experts in both the UK and US energy markets. As a business we have some transactions we have started to do in recent years that are hybrids of the norm and what Bracewell is able to do, that no other equivalent firm is able to do, is to bring equivalent expertise from both markets, which leads to a very seamless service.” Chambers Global (2020)
“The whole firm is organized around oil and gas; they have a fantastic core group of attorneys in the space.” Chambers USA (2020)
“Bracewell is a high-calibre firm with lawyers who have their finger on the pulse and react to the clients’ needs.” Chambers UK (2020)
“Strong expertise in the energy sector.” Legal 500 UK (2020)
Full Service Expertise in the Global Gas Sector
Bracewell’s global gas practice has extensive experience across transactional and corporate matters, project development, finance, commercial, regulatory and environmental issues and disputes along the gas value chain.
Transactional and Corporate Expertise Our transactional lawyers advise national gas companies, majors and super-majors, independent gas companies, start-ups, trading houses, lenders, private equity firms and other strategic investors on the full range of corporate and transactional matters across the gas value chain. We get deals done effectively and efficiently - we assess our clients’ options, develop strategic solutions, align our clients’ interests with other stakeholders, and negotiate and document complex gas exploration, development and production transactions around the world. Project Development Expertise We help our clients structure and finance first-of-their kind gas projects across the gas value chain. Bracewell has a proven track record of helping clients to successfully develop gas-to-power projects, domestic and cross-border pipelines, gas storage facilities, LNG import and export projects and other gas commercialization projects across the globe. We create contractual frameworks (including the implementation of the relevant procurement strategy for the project) that ensure that the different components of a major gas project, and the players involved in the project, work seamlessly together. Commercial Agreements Expertise Our lawyers have experience with, and regularly negotiate and draft, the core commercial agreements that underlie the natural gas industry, whether gas transportation agreements, storage agreements, purchases and sales agreements, gas processing, LNG sale and purchase agreements (SPAs), LNG facility tolling agreements, NGL-related agreements, including processing, transportation and fractionation, and other agreements, whether based on standardized forms or bespoke agreements negotiated for particular transactions. We know the business and we know how the business is done by our clients. That knowledge allows us to help our clients advance transactions and projects based on intimate knowledge and experience with the applicable agreements. Regulatory Expertise Bracewell’s globally recognized regulatory, compliance and public law specialists provide critical guidance into the evolving regulatory environment in which gas projects and transactions are taking place. We understand our clients’ obligations under applicable regulations, develop models that are compatible with those regulations, and align our clients’ commercial objectives with the applicable regulatory regime. Our team guides our clients through gas and LNG marketing and trading regulations, sanctions, anti-bribery and corruption rules, and permitting requirements. Disputes Expertise Bracewell’s acclaimed dispute resolution team has handled almost every type of dispute affecting the global gas industry. The team has experience in resolving gas-related disputes around the world through international arbitration under all major arbitration regimes (including LCIA, ICC, SIAC, ICSID and UNCITRAL) and litigation. Our deep knowledge of the gas sector, and extensive history of advising on gas disputes, helps us anticipate arguments to best prepare our clients for proceedings resulting in successful outcomes.
Finance Expertise Bracewell’s preeminent finance practice provides advice to financial institutions (including banks, multilaterals and export credit agencies) and project sponsors on the full spectrum of financings in the gas sector. Our unique depth of experience of the reserve-base lending (RBL) market covers the full range of upstream debt products. We advise on the full range of other debt products seen in the gas industry, including high-yield bonds, acquisition financings and corporate debt facilities. Our project finance practice is focused on large-scale multi-sourced energy (including gas and LNG) and infrastructure projects, many of which are “first-in country” or “first of a kind”. Our experienced team of project finance lawyers have advised on multi-billion dollar energy projects in jurisdictions across the globe. Our team’s breadth and depth of project finance experience, as well as our experience in advising both borrowers and lenders on large-scale cross-border project financings in emerging jurisdictions, gives us a thorough understanding of the challenges faced by all participants throughout the life cycle of a project financing. Environmental and Clean Energy Expertise The global gas sector is facing unprecedented change as the world moves towards a lower carbon economy. We have been helping our clients in the gas sector to rethink strategy and optimize efficiencies across the gas value chain. We are assisting clients with a range of carbon management initiatives to make gas greener so that gas remains a viable component in the world’s future energy mix. We are at the forefront of US policy initiatives regarding the permitting of new natural gas infrastructure, advising individual clients and trade associations on the implications of policy initiatives on projects and the shaping of such policies. We combine our in-depth knowledge of global political agendas and trends, and the myriad of international and national laws, to advise on compliance and risk mitigation strategies. Specialist Support Our global gas and LNG group are supported by a wide range of other specialists across the firm who are fully integrated into the team. Our specialists in tax, private equity, real estate, intellectual property and other disciplines are called upon as necessary to provide expert advice in relation to a myriad of issues that may arise in connection with gas transactions, projects, financing and disputes.
Our Global Gas and LNG Clients
Anglo Tunisian Oil & Gas Limited
EOG Resources, Inc.
Parsley Energy Inc.
Establissements Maurel & Prom SA
Pembina Pipeline Corp.
Castleton Commodities International LLC
Genel Energy plc
Pioneer Natural Resources Company
Cheniere Energy, Inc.
German LNG GmbH
Delek Drilling L.P
Harvest Midstream Company
Savannah Petroleum plc
Delfin Midstream Inc.
Impact Oil & Gas Ltd
Shell Energy North America (US), L.P.
Kinder Morgan, Inc.
SPE Guinea Bissau AB
Energy Regulatory Authority of Tanzania
New Age (African Global Energy) Ltd
Ophir Energy plc
Deep Experience across the Global Gas Value Chain Bracewell’s global gas practice has extensive experience across the entire gas value chain – from upstream gas production to downstream gas sales, and everything in between.
Industrial Commercial Residential Power Petrochemicals Transport (compressed natural gas)
Transmission & Distribution
Exploration & Production
LNG Shipping Regasification
Transport (oil products)
Upstream Gas Transactions We help our clients acquire and develop upstream gas interests and invest in upstream gas developments, advising them on negotiations with other stakeholders, national gas companies and host governments. We have extensive experience assisting clients on merger and acquisition activity across the globe, ranging from cross- border asset deals to hybrid and bespoke transactional structures, and from small-scale farm-outs to high-value corporate and asset transactions.
Our lawyers have advised on: • The sale and purchase of upstream gas assets and associated infrastructure across the globe, having acted on transactions on every continent, assisting on deals in traditional gas markets and new frontier regions • Arbitrations in relation to liability for costs under a PSC, gas metering and allocation disputes, gas supply (as LNG feedstock) agreements, and termination and breach disputes under a range of contracts pertaining to gas assets • Decommissioning and abandonment of gas fields in mature markets, notably the Gulf of Mexico and the UK North Sea • Multiple single and cross-border gas field unitizations • Financing of the development of gas fields using RBL financing, and conventional and hybrid debt products including revolving credit facilities • Drilling contracts on behalf of operators and oil and gas service companies • Carbon capture initiatives in connection with oil and gas enhanced recovery projects • Front-end engineering and design (FEED) contracts, Transportation and Installation (T&I) contracts, Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC), Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) contracts and Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Installation and commissioning (EPCIC) contracts) relating to upstream gas projects across the globe
Production sharing contracts, licenses, and concessions
Joint operating agreements and shareholders’ agreements
Share purchases and asset sales and farm-outs
Decommissioning and abandonment
Commercialization of shale gas
Commercialization of non-associated and associated gas
Drilling, Seismic and G&G Contracts
FEED, T&I, EPC, EPCI and EPCIC contracts
Midstream Gas Transactions Our deep experience in the global gas midstream segment covers gas processing, transportation and storage as well as the related NGL value chain. Bracewell has been at the forefront of a number of domestic and cross- border gas pipeline projects, both internationally and including a number of US cross-state pipelines. We help our clients navigate through the unique and complex regulatory, commercial and geopolitical challenges associated with developing gas transportation infrastructure. Our transactional and regulatory lawyers assist developers, operators and investors to develop gas pipelines, helping themmitigate construction, capacity, supply and credit risk.
Our lawyers have advised on: • The development of, and transactions involving, a number of domestic US, US-Canada and US-Mexico gas pipelines, the SCP pipeline in the Caspian region, European pipelines, and cross-border gas pipelines in Africa • ICC arbitrations relating to send-or pay provisions in a long term gas transportation and processing agreement, the sale of pipeline gas, and the operation of a transnational pipeline • Intergovernmental and host government agreements for cross-border gas pipelines in Africa and Europe • FERC application and certificate processes and FERC and DoE regulatory compliance • Financing of domestic and cross-border pipelines through traditional credit facilities and hybrid financing models • Commercial agreements necessary for the development and financing of processing, pipeline and storage projects
Pipeline EPC Contracts
Unprocessed and processed gas and NGL transportation and storage agreements
Regulatory compliance and permitting
Intergovernmental and host government agreements
Gas allocation agreements
Open season and third party access
Midstream Carbon Capture
Allocation and Metering Disputes
Energy Charter Treaty and Bi-lateral Investment Treaties
Downstream Gas Transactions Bracewell supports our clients in finding the optimum commercialization of their gas assets using our long and deep history in gas marketing, sales and trading. Volatility and trading have always been an integral part of the oil and gas business, and we help our clients to hedge against price risk in the gas sector. We understand gas pricing in the different global gas markets, and how to help mitigate the risks associated with differences in the price spread between the various gas indexes (including Henry Hub, NBP and TTF pricing). We are a leading law firm in compliance with commodity trading regulations and the defense of enforcement of those regulations by regulators.
Our lawyers have advised on: • Long and short term gas sales
Gas marketing agreements
• Enforceability of force majeure provisions under a gas supply agreement due to diversion of gas to an alternative end market • Development, training and compliance in commodity marketing and trading businesses • Gas pricing disputes • Development and financing of ethane and propane facilities • Arrangements for the delivery of NGLs to manufacturing facilities
Gas sales agreements, including NGLs
Contracts for Difference (CFDs), exchange-traded funds (ETFs), Options
• Gas price hedging arrangements • Long and short term gas sales
Commodity trading regulations
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Our lawyers’ experience is drawn from acting on major LNG import and export projects across the globe. We understand the full LNG value chain from liquefaction and sales of LNG to re-gasification and marketing of re- gasified LNG. We have represented numerous clients in connection with the construction and operation of LNG liquefaction and re-gasification terminals in the US, Australia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe – adding value by understanding the challenges in different markets. We have been involved from the outset of LNG projects – advising on the appropriate project structure and regulatory requirements – as well as assisting clients acquire interests in LNG projects. We help clients buy and sell LNG by negotiating complex and flexible long- and short- term LNG sale and purchase agreements.
Our lawyers have advised on: • Proposed floating LNG liquefaction projects in Equatorial Guinea, the US and Canada including project structuring, host government arrangements, LNG sales agreements, chartering agreements, joint venture arrangements, project financing, and construction and operation and maintenance • Various aspects of a multi-billion dollar liquefaction project in Mozambique, including agreements for the development and use of the marine terminal and the multi-berth jetty • FEED, EPC and associated contracts for floating LNG export projects (FLNG) and Floating, Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) facilities • Disputes relating to the scheduling of LNG cargoes, price reviews, take-or-pay, metering, LNG specifications and force majeure, as well as the applicability of contractual limitations to such claims • Regulatory approvals associated with the development of US LNG liquefaction export facilities • Disputes related to regulatory and compliance issues for US LNG liquefactions projects • Settlement negotiations relating to a series of related arbitrations involving the host Government and natural gas company in relation to gas feedstock supply to, and tolling capacity in, an LNG export facility • Range of issues in connection with LNG Sale and Purchase Agreements, including a comparison of default scenario (non-delivery) options under FOB and DES LNG SPAs • Development of the proposed first large-scale LNG import terminal in Germany
Project structuring and development, including commercial agreements, financing, permitting and governmental authorizations
Liquefaction tolling agreement
Regasification terminal services and facility use agreements
FEED and EPC contracts for FSRU and FLNG facilities
LNG Sale and Purchase Agreements
Joint marketing agreements
Shared facility agreements
FSRU and FLNG projects
Clean Energy Projects and Carbon Management Our lawyers are entrenched in the diverse range of international and national environmental and climate change laws and regulations that create the framework for reducing carbon emissions globally. We understand that the gas industry is under pressure to become “cleaner and greener” by ensuring lower methane emissions in order to play a role in the future global energy mix. We help our clients in the gas sector to comply with the increasingly complex climate change and ESG legislation, regulation and policy and to secure efficiency improvements. Many of our clients have set their own carbon emissions reduction targets and we are working alongside them to achieve those targets. Unique among law firms, Bracewell’s Policy Resolution Group houses substantive excellence on policy developments, as well as key relationships with people inside the US federal government shaping the relevant policies, including the White House, the Council of Environmental Quality, the Congressional committees of substantive jurisdiction, and the key Executive Branch agencies.
Our lawyers have advised on: • Development of environmental and social governance policies • Compliance with clean energy standards • Carbon capture and storage, membrane separation and concentration, and absorption technologies advice • Patent prosecutions • Sustainability bond offerings • Acquisition of carbon capture technology and facilities • US tax incentives
Evaluation of carbon solutions
Green energy bonds
Financing green gas projects
Climate change litigation
Accessing federal and state incentives
Articulating ESG credentials
Gas and LNG Representative Matters These are some of the many matters that Bracewell has acted on across the gas sector.
Anadarko (now Total Mozambique)
Eni S.p.A. participation in the New Gas
Kinder Morgan, Inc. in connection with the approximately $2.0 billion 430-mile Permian Highway Pipeline Project, designed to transport up to 2.0 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas
Consortium in Angola, including in relation to Angola’s first development of non-associated gas, and various arrangements with Angola LNG EOG Resources Trinidad & Tobago gas sales agreements with the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago, including domestic gas sales as well as for the LNG export market Etablissements Maurel & Prom SA gas commercialization projects in Tanzania Genel Energy plc execution of project documents for the development of gas fields in Kurdistan German LNG GmbH development of the first large-scale LNG import terminal in Germany, including in connection with the long- term, take-or-pay terminal services agreements Global Infrastructure Partners $250 million preferred equity investment in Caprock Midstream to fund the expansion of Caprock’s natural gas gathering and processing assets in the Permian Basin Harvest Midstream Company $1.125 billion acquisition from Williams Partners L.P. of over 3,700 miles of pipeline, two gas processing plants and a CO2 treating facility
various aspects of its participation in the $20 billion+ Area 1 Mozambique LNG export project, including on the complex unitization of a 70 tcf + gas reservoir Apache Corporation execution of a long-term agreement with Enterprise Products Partners L.P., relating to the Alpine High natural gas liquids project and the Enterprise Shin Oak pipeline Apache Corporation formation of SCM Alpine, LLC to own and operate a greenfield NGL y-grade pipeline, including transportation service agreements, tariffs and related regulatory matters Exploration LLC et al. covering 41,500 net acres and over 300 operated and non-operated wells in the Bossier and Haynesville Shale plays Delek Drilling $1.75 billion development financing of its share in the Leviathan gas field, Israel Delfin LNG development of the Delfin floating LNG project in the Gulf of Mexico Energy Regulatory Authority of Tanzania review of its existing gas regulatory framework and drafting of new laws and regulations for the downstream and midstream sectors Covey Park Energy LLC acquisition from Chesapeake
New Age (African Global Energy)
development and financing of the Etinde gas project in Cameroon, including project structuring, upstream arrangements and gas sales Nexus Gas Transmission, LLC project counsel concerning a $2 billion interstate natural gas pipeline, including advice on permitting, construction, and environmental matters Noble Energy, Inc. sale of 30,200 net acres in the DJ Basin in Weld County, Colorado to SRC Energy Inc. for $608 million Parsley Energy Inc. $2.8 billion acquisition of certain entities holding undeveloped acreage and producing oil and gas properties in the core of the Midland Basin Pembina Pipeline Corporation certain regulatory authorizations required for the development of the Jordan Cove LNG project and related Pacific Connector interstate natural gas pipeline
Bracewell’s Global Gas and LNG Team Key contacts in Bracewell’s Global Gas and LNG team include:
G. Alan Rafte Partner, Houston T: +1.713.221.1411 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
W. James McAnelly III Partner, Houston T: +1.713.221.1194 E: email@example.com
Jeris Diana Brunette Partner, New York T: +1.212.508.6183 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
D. Kirk Morgan II Partner, Washington DC T: +1.202.828.5854 E: email@example.com
Mark K. Lewis Managing Partner, Washington, DC T: +1.202.828.5834 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin A. Ewing Partner, Washington DC T: +1.202.828.7638 E: email@example.com
Darren Spalding Partner T: +44.(0).207.448.4209 E: firstname.lastname@example.org