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K&L Gates’ global oil and gas practice is built on a deep, practical understanding of the international oil and gas business and the interplay between the legal and commercial aspects of exploring for, producing, transporting, storing, marketing, and processing crude oil, natural gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG), natural gas liquids (NGLs) and other petroleum products. The firm represents participants in every segment of the oil and gas industry, including the related manufacturing, service and supply sectors.

Our Oil and Gas Practice and the Clients We Serve
K&L Gates’ global oil and gas industry clients include international oil companies, foreign sovereigns, national oil companies and state-owned enterprises.

  • In our upstream practice, K&L Gates represents major oil companies, independent E&P companies, oil and gas field operators, drilling and service companies, suppliers of oilfield equipment and technology, and the owners, operators and constructors of all types of onshore and offshore infrastructure, facilities and equipment for the development and extraction of hydrocarbons, including onshore and offshore drilling, production and gathering facilities, onshore and floating LNG and NGL facilities, and FPSOs.
  • In our midstream practice, K&L Gates advises multinational businesses on all aspects of marketing, sale, shipment, transportation, handling and processing of oil and gas and hydrocarbon products (including LNG and NGLs) and related commodity marketing and trading matters (including hedging and derivative transactions) on the development, construction and operation of pipelines, processing and storage facilities and other midstream infrastructure, and in acquiring, constructing, chartering and financing of FPSOs, floating midstream facilities and other seagoing vessels used to handle and transport crude oil and hydrocarbon products.
  • In our downstream and LNG practices, K&L Gates represents players engaged in the refining, marketing and distribution of LNG, NGLs, petrochemicals, and other hydrocarbon products all over the world, whether they are acquiring, developing, redeveloping or operating greenfield or brownfield refineries, LNG liquefaction facilities, LNG and NGL export terminals, or other types of processing, storage, discharge or distribution facilities relating to hydrocarbon products.
  • Our oil and gas construction, project development and project finance teams understand the way the elements of upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas deals must fit together in order to make an integrated, viable and financeable oil and gas project. Based on that experience, these teams add practical value to the development and construction of projects from the earliest days of project conceptualization, into the front-end engineering and design process, through the negotiation of EPC contracts, in planning and implementing project and conventional financing and in responding to and administering claims, arbitrations and other construction related disputes.
  • K&L Gates’ dispute resolution and litigation lawyers are some of the best in the world, strategically located in the major centers of the industry and actively advising clients across the oil and gas industry and all oilfield service and supply sectors. They are familiar with the range of risk mitigation problems and disputes that arise in the oil and gas business and the maritime, construction and other service and supply industries that support it. Our world class intellectual property and trademark protection practices understand the know-how and advanced technologies that are essential to enhancing the extraction and processing of oil and gas and hydrocarbon products and regularly advise on the protection of intellectual property rights around the world.

Our Industry Experience and Global Positioning
K&L Gates’ oil and gas team has the broad industry knowledge and experience necessary to understand the cross-disciplinary complexities involved in today’s integrated oil and gas projects, which often cross all major industry segments and require a clear view of the entire hydrocarbon value chain.

  • Our multinational and cross-border clients benefit from K&L Gates’ exceptional global reach and its fully integrated law practice approach with offices located on five continents.
  • Our oil and gas team includes over 200 lawyers strategically positioned across the firm’s global practice platform to serve the oil and gas industry worldwide. 
  • Many of our lawyers come to the outside practice of law with extensive practical and commercial experience gained from working within the oil and gas industry and related service businesses or for the governmental and regulatory agencies that set and implement policies impacting the industry in local jurisdictions and around the world. 
  • We have experience in virtually every major oil and gas producing region of the world, with particular experience in planning, implementing and de-risking oil and gas projects in the emerging and developing markets.

Areas of Practice

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Gulf Region: Litigation and Dispute Resolution
In April 2009, K&L Gates successfully obtained a $640 million arbitration award on behalf of clients Astra Oil Trading NV and affiliates in a proceeding against the U.S. subsidiaries of Brazilian oil company Petroleo Brasileiro, S.A.–Petrobras. The arbitration tribunal ordered Petrobras to pay approximately $640 million to Astra to resolve a dispute over Astra's right to compel Petrobras to purchase the ownership interests of Astra and its affiliates in a Texas oil refinery and related trading partnership. Petrobras had refused to recognize its obligation to purchase these interests, but the Panel rejected Petrobras' position. Confirmation proceedings are underway.
Gulf Region: Insurance Coverage
K&L Gates represented Anglo-Suisse Offshore Partners (“ASOP”) against a number of excess underwriters in a case filed in Harris County (Houston), Texas, seeking coverage for wreck removal and decommissioning expenses incurred in connection with offshore platforms and pipelines destroyed during Hurricane Katrina. The policy at issue sat excess of ASOP’s first party energy package policy for wreck removal coverage and carried an aggregate limit of $50 million. The case was successfully tried to a jury in Houston in February, 2010. A settlement was reached before the jury reached a verdict.
K&L Gates represented Murphy Oil USA, Inc., a subsidiary of Murphy Oil Corporation (Murphy), from El Dorado, Ark., in disputes with certain of its excess insurers, Swiss Re International Se, Arch Reinsurance Company, HDI-Gerling AG and Zurich Insurance Company (Underwriters), arising out of losses valued in excess of $430 million suffered in connection with a crude oil spill at Murphy’s Meraux, La., refinery caused by Hurricane Katrina. The spill (which has been characterized as the largest Katrina-related environmental release) and concomitant property damage and related alleged injuries and harm resulted in over 26 class action lawsuits filed against Murphy by residents of St. Bernard Parish, La., all of which were consolidated into one action styled Turner v. Murphy Oil USA, Inc. A settlement of the lawsuit was approved by the Federal Court in January 2007. Since the settlement of the Turner litigation, Underwriters have instituted four related London-based arbitration proceedings. Shortly thereafter, Murphy Oil filed a coverage action in Arkansas federal court and obtained a temporary restraining order enjoining arbitration, but this Arkansas action was ultimately dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. All four arbitration tribunals were then consolidated and fully constituted in October 2007 in London. Murphy sought insurance coverage for the class action settlement and related claims. After a full hearing on all issues in late 2009, the tribunal issued its confidential award and a final disposition regarding costs.
International – Non-U.S.: Litigation and Dispute Resolution
K&L Gates acted in arbitration proceedings for one of the world’s largest owners/operators of oil rigs under the VIAC rules in Vietnam following a dispute with a state oil company in relation to disputed operating/stand-by rates to be applied under a drilling contract following a loss of pressure/slumping incident in the White Tiger oil field offshore Vietnam.
K&L Gates acted for a U.S. oilfield developer in arbitration proceedings against a Thai engineering contractor relating to the supply of a wellhead platform for use in an oilfield offshore Thailand. The contractor claimed sums in respect of numerous variation order requests. Our clients counter claimed for delay costs, rectification, unlawful retention of documentation and equipment, poor quality and/or negligent and/or inefficient work, and liquidated damages. The dispute was governed by English law and referred to rapid adjudication in London. We were ultimately successful in reaching a negotiated settlement for the client with payment of a fraction of the sums being claimed.
International – Non-U.S.: Construction & Engineering
K&L Gates represented an energy company in negotiation of a concession with the Jordanian government for the design and construction of an oil shale project (including supporting infrastructure and feedstock/off take pipelines) with an estimated project cost $1.6 billion.
International – Non-U.S.: Mergers & Acquisitions and Finance
K&L Gates has acted for Halliburton on several global cross-border acquisitions and disposals of production services companies and businesses.
K&L Gates advised a Jordanian oil shale exploration company on its $31 million pre-IPO fundraising.
K&L Gates advised several of the world's leading energy conglomerates on the establishment of joint ventures in Russia.
K&L Gates advised a major integrated Russian oil company on the acquisition of various downstream assets in Russia and abroad.