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Lawyers in Chadbourne’s oil and gas practice have been serving industry participants for many years. We have extensive transactional and regulatory energy experience, and draw from our globally renowned energy and project finance group and our top-tier Russia and Central and Eastern Europe practices. Our clients include oil and gas companies, from independents focusing on upstream activities, to fully integrated oil companies, pipeline companies and consortia, as well as commercial banks, multilateral agencies, investment banks and other providers of financing for energy projects. We also have represented governments, energy associations and end-consumers of energy. 

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

In the LNG industry, our lawyers have advised on the financings on some of the most innovative and challenging LNG liquefaction export facilities over the last several years. In that context, we have reviewed and advised on development structures and agreements, transaction risk analysis and allocation, joint venture structures and agreements, LNG sale and purchase agreements, LNG transportation and related port usage and services agreements, LNG tolling agreements, LNG terminalling and regasification services agreements, LNG and liquid fuel management agreements, and LNG vessel construction, financing and transportation agreements. We also have extensive experience with other agreements typically present in LNG projects, such as facilities and equipment engineering and construction contracts, operation and maintenance agreements, and power and utilities services contracts.

Pipeline Development and Finance

An important part of our oil and gas practice is our work on oil and natural gas pipeline projects. We have advised lenders and developers with respect to non-recourse and limited recourse financings for the construction and operation of domestic and cross-border oil and natural gas pipeline projects. We have worked on both bank and capital market financings for pipelines, and are experienced with FERC tariff and other regulatory matters pertaining to domestic pipelines, as well as with transportation agreements, interconnection agreements, balancing agreements and other commercial arrangements for the operation of pipeline facilities around the world.

Refining, Processing and Storage

In addition to pipeline projects, Chadbourne lawyers have worked on other midstream projects, such as refining and processing projects and natural gas storage projects.

Exploration and Production (E&P)

Lawyers in our oil and gas practice advise clients on all aspects of the exploration and production of hydrocarbons. In this regard, we advise clients on concessions, leases, farm-out agreements, production sharing agreements, risk service contracts, international joint operating agreements and other joint venture arrangements for hydrocarbon extraction. We also advise clients on the acquisition and disposition of oil and gas properties. Additionally, we work with governments and state-owned enterprises on privatizations, production sharing legislation, mineral licensing and other petroleum legislative regimes.

A significant component of our practice involves structuring and negotiating non-recourse and limited recourse financings for oil and gas field development projects. Our lawyers’ significant experience in project financed transactions enables us to advise both lenders and developers on the financeability of E&P projects.

Energy Regulation

We are also well-versed in federal and state regulation of natural gas pipelines and local gas distribution systems in the United States. We have represented industrial end-users and independent power developers in interstate gas pipeline proceedings in front of the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the US Courts of Appeal and have participated in proceedings before various state public utility commissions concerning local gas distribution services. In connection with that work, we have participated in numerous proceedings involving the restructuring of the interstate gas industry in the US and have advised clients on the impact of these proceedings on gas supply and transportation services.

Privatization/Acquisition, Energy Investment and Transport

Our oil, gas and LNG practice lawyers have advised lenders, participants and governments on various aspects of international energy privatizations and investments.

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