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Firm Profile

Thompson & Knight LLP

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • Residence PTT, Villa 45 B
  • Hydra 16035
  • Algiers
  • Algiers Province
  • Algeria

Firm profile submitted by Thompson & Knight LLP

Managing Partner: Mark M Sloan
Number of partners: Approximately 155 Number of lawyers: Approximately 300
Languages: Albanian, Arabic, Bosnian, Croatian, English, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Turkish, Yoruba

Established in 1887, Thompson & Knight today is a global firm with US offices in Texas, New York and California, and international offices and associations in the Americas, North Africa and Europe. In addition to providing a wide range of traditional legal services to clients in many industries, the firm prides itself on the depth of its experience in the energy industry. Thompson & Knight’s attorneys protect and advance the interests of the firm’s clients in negotiation and advocacy in cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions and dispute resolution. Its attorneys frequently coordinate the efforts of foreign local counsel with whom the firm has established strong working relationships around the globe.

Oil, Gas & Energy:
■ Representation of Indonesian state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina in the $1.75 billion acquisition of ConocoPhillips’ Algerian Business Unit, ConocoPhillips Algeria Limited (COPAL)
■ Representation of Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Corporation in its acquisition of oil and gas assets in Oklahoma from Chesapeake Energy Corp. for $1.02 billion
■ Representation of Oil India Limited in the acquisition of a 50% interest in WorldAce Investments, a Cypressbased wholly owned subsidiary of PetroNeft Resources, a UK-traded company based in Ireland
■ Representation of Fieldwood Energy LLC, together with Petrobal, S.A.P.I. de C.V., in securing a production sharing contract from Mexico’s National Hydrocarbons Commission, which was awarded during Mexico’s second round of bidding since the country’s historic decision to open its oil and gas reserves to private energy exploration
■ Representation of CEPSA in the acquisition of a floating storage and offloading (FSO) vessel for use in the Gulf of Thailand
■ Representation of Kosmos Energy with its development of three blocks off the coast of Ghana, which are multi-billion dollar projects, along with the evaluation of other oil and gas investments

Corporate & Securities:
■ Representation of the majority holder of Frac Tech Services, LLC in its sale – for $3.7 billion in cash – of all its Frac Tech equity to a consortium led by Temasek Capital (Private) Limited, a Singaporean fund
■ Representation of EnCap Investments LP in its $225 million investment in the formation of Sierra Oil & Gas, Mexico’s first independent exploration and production company and one of the first private investments in Mexico oil and gas since 1938
■ Representation of Yates Petroleum Corporation in its $2.4 billion merger with EOG Resources, Inc.

■ Provide tax, executive compensation and employee benefits counsel for US workforce and US expatriates for foreign parent company of Nexen Petroleum U.S.A. Inc. and US subsidiaries
■ Providing tax and legal structure planning for Vitro, S.A.B. de C.V. regarding its $2.1 billion sale to Owens-Illinois Inc.
■ Representation of EnCap Investments L.P. in tax issues involving formation of private equity funds focused on upstream and midstream sectors in North America

■ Representation of one of the largest banks in the US in a $3.5 billion syndicated revolving credit facility for one of the largest publicly traded energy partnerships and leading provider of midstream services as well as its Canadian subsidiary
■ Representation of a Switzerland-based global commodity trading and processing company in an $825 million syndicated revolving credit facility

Dispute Resolution:
■ Representation of Sintana Energy in ICC arbitration involving breach of contract claims associated with a Farmout Agreement furthering the exploration and development of the Talora Block in Colombia
■ Representation of an international energy company in an arbitration concerning the termination of a drilling contract for work in the Gulf of Mexico

Labour, Employment & Immigration:
■ Representation of BNSF in what is believed to have been the first federal court-of-appeals case on whether obesity can be an “impairment” under 2008 amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act; obtained appellate win for BNSF from the 8th Circuit which ruled obesity is not a covered condition of the ADA
■ Representation of large food manufacturer in collective action regarding allegations involving compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act

Real Estate:
■ Representation of Trimont Real Estate Advisors, LLC as the Special Servicer of a $900 million single-asset securitized financing of 225 Liberty Street in New York City (also known as Brookfield Place)
■ Representation of a client in the financing and development of what is proposed to be the largest in shopping center in Mexico in terms of retail space
■ Closed on a $198.8 million construction loan for Regions Bank, as agent for seven different lenders, to USAA for development of Amazon’s new corporate offices in Seattle, Washington

Intellectual Property & Technology:
■ Representation of several public and private companies with global operations in patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, outsourcing and related technology matters

Bankruptcy & Restructuring:
■ Counsel to Thomas Moran, the Chapter 11 trustee for Life Partners, a life settlement company with greater than $1.4 billion in liabilities
■ Representation of Vitro, S.A.B. de C.V., the debtor In re Vitro Asset Corp. et al., in a heavily litigated Chapter 15 bankruptcy case with restructured debt in excess of $3.7 billion
■ Representation of the Official Unsecured Creditors Committee in the In re Endeavour Operating Corp. et. al. Chapter 11 case of a publicly traded exploration and production company with assets in the UK (North Sea) and US involving more than $1 billion in liabilities

Clients: BNSF Railway Company, The Dow Chemical Company, EnCap Investments L.P., Gail (India) Limited, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., Petrohawk Energy Corporation, PetroChina / Daqing, Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras, Royal Bank of Canada, Samsung, Statoil, TempurSealy International, Inc., Thomson Reuters Corporation, Wells Fargo Bank