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Oil, Gas & Minerals

From drill bit to burner tip, we have you covered.

Representing oilfield and mining interests from Pennsylvania to the Permian Basin, our oil, gas and minerals team offers a diverse range of skills and services designed to help our clients maximize their business opportunities, minimize their risks, and reach their strategic objectives. Our attorneys have direct, hands-on experience in the industry as inside and outside counsel. We have completed billions of dollars in Appalachian Basin asset acquisitions, Permian, DJ and Williston Basin midstream deals, and helped to finance thousands of miles of pipelines and processing facilities along the way.

We can assist with every facet of due diligence, from drafting and issuing title defects, to addressing title curative matters, to gauging production assets and liabilities. We likewise can place experienced attorneys in the data room on short notice. Our trial attorneys have decades of experience in dispute resolution, including environmental, landowner, lease, royalty, operator, and midstream disputes. Finally, our oil, gas and minerals team is steep with operational knowledge, and we regularly handle refinery and oilfield catastrophes, contractual claims and title-related claims, as well as mining and minerals rights disputes.

Oil, Gas & Minerals Contacts

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    Kevin L. Colosimo

    Member

    Pittsburgh, PA

  • T. Ray Guy Profile Image
    T. Ray Guy

    Member

    Dallas, TX

Experience Highlights

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Transactional

  • Represented a $200 million acquisition of a natural gas sales and transportation business.
  • Represented a $150 million divestiture of a natural gas trading business.
  • Represented seller in the divestiture of Marcellus assets in $250 million asset sale, including advising seller on curative matters and title disputes.
  • Represented oil field services company in acquisition of truck fleet and divestiture of water treatment facilities.
  • Represented private equity investor in partial acquisition of well-bore interests as collateral for financing development.
  • Assisted midstream operator in securing additional credit facility.
  • Managed due diligence review and closings for acquisition of oil and gas assets in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia for major U.S. exploration and production companies.
  • Represented upstream oil and gas producers in divestures of non-operating interests in oil and gas leases in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
  • Regularly represent borrowers and lenders in asset-based financing transactions and borrow base redeterminations.
  • Advised an E&P company in connection with the formation of two oil and gas joint ventures with a large international private equity fund in a transaction valued at an aggregate of $740 million. The joint ventures focus on the production of oil and gas as well as the acquisition of working interests and royalty interests, respectively, in oil and gas properties in Pennsylvania and Ohio.
  • Represented a Toronto Stock Exchange–listed E&P company in connection with its acquisition of a U.S. oil and gas company owning non-operated oil and gas assets in Texas and Oklahoma.
  • Advised a Canadian E&P company in connection with its acquisition of a California-headquartered oil and gas company.
  • Advised a New York–based hedge fund in connection with its investment of $38 million in senior subordinated secured notes of NASDAQ-listed oil and gas company.
  • Represented a U.S. mid-continent independent oil and gas E&P company in connection with a $23 million private offering of its securities.
  • Advising on various acquisitions and dispositions of oil and gas reserves and mineral leases in the United States (Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Tennessee and West Virginia), Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Italy.
  • Represented an independent oil and gas E&P company in connection with the sale of a portion of its producing properties in Texas to a NYSE-listed oil and gas company.
  • Advised a Dallas-based private equity firm in connection with the $603 million sale of its midstream oil and gas portfolio company to a unit of Fortune 100 conglomerate.
  • Advised a U.S. mid-continent–based oil field services company in connection with the $330 million sale of 93 percent of its equity interests to a Toronto Stock Exchange–listed Canadian oil field services company.
  • Acted for Silver Oak Energy, a EnCap portfolio company, in connection with the sale of oil and gas production and related infrastructure in Madison County, Texas, to a large overseas oil and gas company.
  • Assisted with the ~$860 million sale of coal company assets.
  • Assisted in the formation of a $250 million multi-tranche credit facility for a coal mining company.
  • Represented company in the $25 million sale of coal mining assets.
  • Negotiated coal lease and supply arrangement involving 55 million tons of coal reserves.
  • Assisted in $42 million sale and leaseback of coal mining property and processing facilities.
  • Represented buyer in $140 million acquisition of coal mining assets.
  • Assisted with the $25 million sale of equity interests of coal mining companies.
  • Handled the $11 million coal mining asset purchase and $30 million in related financing.
  • Represented buyer in the $94 million acquisition of coal mining assets.

Dispute Resolution

  • Represented a Fortune 50 gasoline wholesaler and its affiliated retail entity in a decade-long price gouging lawsuit and related antitrust lawsuit in Kentucky stemming from price increases following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
  • Litigated dispute between interstate pipeline operator and pipe manufacturer concerning alleged defective delivery of pipeline; recovered multi-million-dollar settlement on behalf of pipeline operator.
  • Defense and prosecution of lien, payment and performance claims arising from construction of interstate transmission lines for multiple clients. Total at issue in all such matters to date, approximately, $400 million.
  • Defending against EPC contractor claims and prosecuting claims against designer related to expansion of midstream facilities. Very complex matters dealing with design errors and omissions, local regulatory requirements, and lost profits due to delayed commissioning. Total at issue $75 million.
  • Prosecution of claims and liens on 5-train LNG facility in the gulf coast.
  • Prosecution and defense of claims related to oil refinery new construction and maintenance construction.
  • Prosecution of claims and close out of EPC contracts on renewable energy facilities.
  • Prosecution and defense of claims related to power plant new construction and maintenance construction.
  • Represented midstream oil and gas company in litigation stemming from the deficient design and construction of processing, gathering, and fractionation facility (Butler County, PA).
  • Represented oil and gas exploration and production company in landowner class action and against related breach of contract claims (Mercer County, PA).
  • Represented multiple upstream oil and gas producers in claims involving Ohio’s Marketable Title and Dormant Mineral Acts.
  • Represented pipeline owner/right-of-way grantee against former surface owner’s claim that pipeline owner was obligated to reimburse for post-production costs even though surface owner sold property and did not reserve right under right-of-way agreement (i.e., no standing).
  • Represented partial fee mineral owner against the Ohio Public Works Commission’s claims that property owner’s conveyance and the subsequent development of property violated the Clean Ohio Program requirements and must be unwound (and property owner must pay penalty).
  • Defended pipeline owner against coal company’s claims of coal sterilization and right to “mouth of mine” value of coal (i.e., without deducting for costs of production).
  • Defended refinery against claim of personal injury resulting from allegedly faulty asphalt tank filling equipment.
  • Defended refinery against neighboring landowner’s claim that it had an easement by necessity due to the lack of access to public roadways nearby.

Tax

  • Facilitated the $24 million issuance of industrial revenue bonds in coal company financing.
  • Drafted tax disclosures to private equity E&P offerings.
  • Advised on U.S. source income and taxation on Gulf of Mexico activity and related withholding taxes.
  • Analyzed income tax treaty issues and applicable income tax withholding requirements.

Representative Clients

Our robust oil and gas team serves:

  • Upstream oil and gas exploration and production companies
  • Midstream companies with pipelines and processing facilities
  • Downstream and utility providers
  • Oilfield service providers
  • Lenders and investors in oil and gas and mineral assets
  • Mining companies, railways and utilities

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