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.
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.
K&L Gates’ upstream oil and gas lawyers advise both conventional and unconventional E&P and operating companies, including oilfield service companies, on all aspects of their investments, acquisitions, dispositions, projects and joint operations around the world, including corporate, environmental, financing, regulatory, litigation and safety issues. Our knowledge of, and experience in, the legal aspects of E&P and development operations, particularly in the de-risking of conventional and unconventional oil and gas projects, enables us to address the range of legal issues and challenges that an E&P company faces across the United States and across the globe.
Our upstream oil and gas lawyers are familiar with the legal and commercial aspects of developing shale reserves and unconventional exploration and development operations. Our extensive background and experience in these areas, in the United States and internationally, enable us to structure and negotiate the joint operation agreements, joint development agreements, farmout and farm-in agreements and other contractual arrangements required to make conventional and unconventional upstream projects successful wherever they may be located.
The firm’s environmental, project siting and permitting experience provides our clients with a deep understanding of how best to address environmental and permitting challenges that can present significant roadblocks to the hydrocarbon extraction process. Because of our experience with E&P companies and oil and gas operators, our litigation and arbitration lawyers are particularly adept at handling claims and disputes that arise in the upstream oil and gas business and between stakeholders in oil and gas projects.
K&L Gates’ lawyers have the in-depth knowledge of the transportation, processing and storage aspects of the oil and gas industry required to successfully navigate through international, national and regional laws, regulations and governmental policies involving every aspect of midstream oil and gas activities and operations.
K&L Gates’ policy and regulatory compliance team brings an up-to-date perspective on the regulatory and governmental policy issues involved in processing, transporting and exporting oil and gas and petroleum products, from the evolving U.S. DOE policy on petroleum exports, to U.S. FERC regulation of the natural gas business, to the EU’s restrictions on trade and competition of the oil and gas business, to changing local investment, fiscal and regulatory regimes in important emerging economies.
The firm’s global platform enables our oil and gas lawyers to seamlessly connect on midstream issues that span the globe, and to recommend the right investment or contractual structure to make midstream projects commercially viable and financeable regardless of where they are located or how many borders they cross. Our midstream oil and gas team prides itself on understanding the commercial challenges faced by developers, owners, constructors and operators of onshore and offshore midstream facilities and infrastructure entities in all sorts of challenging legal and commercial environments.
K&L Gates’ lawyers understand the challenges faced by clients active in processing, refining, distributing and marketing hydrocarbon products, including LNG, NGLs and petrochemicals. We know that the economic success of any downstream project depends on the ability to secure long-term supplies and feedstock arrangements and to arrange marketing, offtake and redelivery obligations that are commercially viable, predictable and financeable. We recognize that fluctuations in supply and demand can significantly affect downstream operations. K&L Gates’ downstream project teams stay focused on these key commercial drivers in every downstream project on which we advise.
K&L Gates’ policy and regulatory compliance team brings a current practical perspective to the process of siting and permitting downstream processing, refining, storage, offloading and distribution facilities in locations across the United States and globally. Our understanding of the downstream supply and value chain enables our lawyers to respond to the unique transactional, environmental and financing concerns involved in hydrocarbon processing, refining, distribution and marketing projects globally.
Our downstream projects teams have completed successful downstream projects in Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Caribbean Basin and North America.
No law firm in the world has a better grasp of the commercial complexity of the global LNG business than K&L Gates. Our LNG experience offers unique, practical and up-to-date insights into the economic underpinnings of LNG transactions taking into account the contractual, regulatory, financial and risk frameworks at play in permitting and operating LNG projects around the globe. Lawyers from our energy, regulatory, environmental, maritime, project finance, construction, public policy and other disciplines work seamlessly across K&L Gates’ global platform to provide value-added services from project conceptualization to completion and throughout the operational life of LNG facilities.
Our LNG team not only brings superb outside legal skills to a LNG project or business operation, but also has extensive practical and commercial experience gained from working within the LNG and maritime industries and the governmental and regulatory agencies that set and implement the evolving framework of policies that impact the development and operation of LNG facilities around the world.
Our LNG team has worked on proposed and operational LNG projects in Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, South America, Russia, the Middle East and in various locations across the United States.