Oil & Gas Transactions

Serving clients with an intimate understanding of commercial needs.

Why Latham

Complementing the firm's global Energy Practice, the Oil & Gas Transactions Practice offers deep expertise in deals ranging from common acquisitions and divestitures to cutting edge international exploration and production ventures.

The lawyers, steeped in the culture and business of the industry, leverage the firm's tradition of deal-making excellence to close nearly any type of oil and gas deal. Many of the lawyers on the team began their careers on the business side of the oil and gas industry, and are able to serve clients with an intimate understanding of their commercial needs. The expanding practice includes practitioners in Houston who have earned their reputation as "dirt lawyers," each handling billions of dollars in deals in a single year.       

Dynamic, Informed and Forward-looking

The Oil & Gas Transactions Practice handles oil and gas exploration, development, and production projects in the United States and throughout the world. Latham's portfolio of expertise includes:

  • Conventional, deep-water and unconventional resource exploration, production, and development projects
  • Energy infrastructure projects (pipelines, gathering systems, platforms, and floating production systems)
  • Acquisition, divestiture, and financing of exploration and production assets and midstream infrastructure, at both the asset and corporate level 
  • Energy-based financings, including reserve-based lending and project finance
  • Production payment (VPP and otherwise), net profits interests and royalty trust transactions
  • Upstream, transportation, gas sales, plant operation, and offtake segments, as well as financing of LNG projects

Advising clients at all stages of oil and gas projects, Latham works with, and opposite, governments (including national oil companies and agencies), industry participants and partners, project sponsors, operators, contractors, suppliers, lenders and insurers, among others, to structure, negotiate, and document complex, challenging and novel oil and gas exploration, development, and production projects. 



Lawyers in the Oil & Gas Transactions Practice recently advised:

  • International oil company on drafting and negotiation of production sharing contracts, licenses, technical evaluation agreements, confidentiality agreements, joint bidding agreements, farmout agreements, purchase and sale agreements, joint operating agreements, drilling contracts and service contracts for exploration and production activities in more than 30 countries
  • Plains Exploration & Production Company on its acquisition of several producing deepwater Gulf of Mexico fields (23 leases encompassing 5 field areas), along with associated capacity rights in offshore infrastructure and interests in related contracts, for US$5.55 billion
  • Sumitomo Corporation in its US$2.0 billion investment in exchange for 30% of Devon’s interest in approximately 650,000 net acres in the Cline Shale and the Midland-Wolfcamp Shale of the Permian Basin
  • Helis Oil & Gas Co. LLC as the largest seller in multi-company divestiture of approximately 32,000 gross acres in the Bakken Shale formation of North Dakota for $US1.4 billion
  • Enduring Resources, LLC on its divestiture of 120,000 net acres of productive and exploratory leasehold in the Eagle Ford Shale formation in South Texas, along with the seller’s interest in certain mid-stream gathering assets, for US$1.45 billion
  • Talon Oil & Gas LLC on its divestiture of 20,000 net acres of productive leasehold in the Barnett Shale formation and 4,000 net acres of productive leasehold in the Texas panhandle for US$993 million
  • Questar Corporation on its conveyance of US$5 billion of onshore exploration and production assets in relation to the spin-off of an exploration and production company from the regulated utility
  • Plains Exploration & Production Company on structuring, negotiating and implementing deep-water Gulf of Mexico Production Handling Agreement addressing processing of, and capacity management for, production from satellite field on existing deep-water floating production system
  • Gulf of Mexico infrastructure owner on acquisition of an interest in an offshore floating production system, including documentation for a special-purpose entity, operating and production handling, capacity management, minimum throughput guarantees, supporting parent company guarantees and nonrecourse financing
  • TOTAL on exchange of US onshore producing gas assets for an interest in an undeveloped deepwater Gulf of Mexico oil discovery (reported by third parties to be, in value, the largest oil and gas asset exchange ever completed)
  • Access Midstream Partners, L.P. on its acquisition of Chesapeake Midstream Operating, LLC, an operator of natural gas pipelines, for US$2.16 billion
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