Energy & Natural Resources - Nationwide
Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Houston, DC, Dallas and New York.
What the team is known for Leading energy firm recognized by sources for the preeminence of its oil and gas transactional practice, partnered with a strong regulatory group. Active in all sectors of the market, but particularly involved in large domestic upstream transactions and joint ventures. Acts for clients in the electricity sphere in transactions involving traditional and renewable power generating assets. Also supported by a well-respected regulatory team, adept in FERC and DOE regulatory compliance and litigation work.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The combination of their practical and client-focused approach and experience and understanding is really what makes them attractive to me as a user of their services."
"They are very responsive and creative; they know the law and they are very good at following up to make sure that they haven't missed anything."
Work highlights Acted for QEP Resources in its acquisition of crude oil producing properties in the Williston Basin Assets for $1.38 billion.
Advised BG LNG Services in applying for DOE authorization to export up to 15 million tons per annum of LNG from its proposed LNG export facility in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Represented The Carlyle Group in its acquisition of Cogentrix Energy’s North American power generation assets.
Acted for TransAlta Energy Marketing in FERC litigation related to the events of the California energy crisis of 2000-01.
David Andril advises clients in connection with the commercial and regulatory aspects of the natural gas sector. His regulatory work includes representing natural gas pipelines and gas shippers in FERC and DOE matters. He acted for Freeport-McMoRan Energy in its application for an export license for its offshore Main Pass Energy Hub Deepwater Port LNG facility.
Douglas Bland has an extensive oil and gas practice that focuses on M&A and project development. He acted for Summit Midstream Partners in its acquisition of Bear Tracker Energy. Peers enjoy working with him and cite his tough but collaborative approach as a key ingredient in the completion of transactions.
Michael Rosenwasser is a respected oil and gas lawyer who is particularly singled out for his extensive knowledge of MLPs. Sources say: "He represents his clients well, has an incredible memory, and he is a very constructive and creative lawyer."
Anita Wilson is an experienced natural gas lawyer who represents clients in matters before bodies such as FERC and the DOE. Her clients include gas pipelines, gas storage companies and gas shippers. She acted for East Cheyenne Gas Storage in regulatory matters concerning compliance, rate and tariff issues. "She writes so beautifully; she is definitely the person I would go to if I needed to file something difficult and hard to explain," reports one impressed source.
Stephen Angle is an electricity regulatory lawyer and litigator who assists clients in matters such as rate cases, transmission policy issues and NERC compliance. "He is very capable of guiding clients through the morass" of FERC regulations, notes one observer.
David Cohen is a corporate and M&A attorney with a very well-respected track record in the oil and gas sector. He acted for Pioneer Natural Resources in its sale of $1.7 billion of certain Permian Basin assets to Sinochem and on the joint venture between the two companies to exploit these properties. According to one interviewee, "he is unflappable, practical and solution-oriented."
John Decker has an extensive natural gas and electricity regulatory practice, often focusing on regulatory approval for transactions in both sectors. He acted as regulatory lead for Riverstone Holdings in its acquisition of a 2,649 MW power plant, and related assets, for $150 million. Sources say: "He is responsive, he gets things done quickly and accurately, and he has a good relationship with the regulator."
James Seegers is a natural gas regulatory lawyer and litigator whose clients include gas pipelines and gas storage companies. Sources appreciate his drive to fully understand his client's companies, and add that "he is able to find answers very quickly." He represented PAA Natural Gas Storage in obtaining a Presidential Permit and FERC Natural Gas Act approval for the construction of a pipeline crossing the US-Canada border.
John B Connally is a well-regarded oil and gas lawyer who focuses on M&A, joint ventures and private equity investments. He acted for Devon Energy in relation to its joint venture with Sumitomo, in which Sumitomo invested $1.4 billion in exchange for 30% of Devon's interest in assets in the Midland-Wolfcamp Shale and Cline Shale. "He is very smart, quick and very dedicated," and knows oil and gas "inside and out," report sources.
Keith Fullenweider is a corporate and transactional lawyer with a great deal of experience handling deals in the energy sector. He is particularly noted for his private equity work. He acted for Silver Creek Oil & Gas in connection with a $100 million investment by private equity firm Crestview Partners. According to one interviewee, "he is an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer and has an extremely high client service orientation."
Henry May maintains "a stellar reputation" in the market. He comes much recommended for his regulatory and litigation strengths, particularly with regard to work in the natural gas arena.
Significant clients Total Gas & Power North America, Wayzata Investment Partners, Duke Energy, CenterPoint Energy, EnerVest.