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The Oil and Gas attorneys in our Energy practice handle all aspects of the oil and gas industry, bringing to bear focused experience that allows us to successfully meet our clients’ expectations in a manner that aligns with their business objectives.

Our cross-disciplinary legal team has a long history in the oil and gas industry and includes attorneys who have served both as in-house and outside counsel to a variety of oil and gas companies. Our attorneys provide a full range of legal services to clients on all aspects of oil and gas matters in domestic and international, conventional and unconventional oil and gas developments, including:

  • Acquisitions and Divestitures
  • Financings and Offerings
  • Public Policy
  • Joint Operations
  • Exploration and Production
  • Intellectual Property and Litigation
  • Field Services and Construction

Polsinelli’s attorneys are active and experienced in the oil and gas industry and well positioned to advise clients during changing times in the industry. Our attorneys are members of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, and the American Bar Association’s Environment, Energy & Resources section, as well as various state oil and gas associations.

Our team consists of attorneys experienced in a range of traditional practice areas with a specific strength in the area of mergers and acquisitions. Partnering with our Mergers and Acquisitions practice, these attorneys regularly structure, negotiate and complete domestic and international oil and gas acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures in transactions of all sizes.

In addition, our attorneys provide oil and gas industry clients counsel on matters regarding ownership, operation and finance of production assets, including: acquisition, joint venture and joint production arrangements; international production sharing agreements; tax sensitive partnership agreements; operating agreements (domestic and international); leases; farm-out and farm-in agreements; production sharing financing; and drilling contracts (IADC and tailored).

Exploration and Production

  • Served as outside general counsel to an oil and gas exploration and production subsidiary of publicly traded company.
  • Representation in connection with drafting comments to a revised model Production Sharing Agreement for the Republic of Congo for its use in oil and gas development.
  • Represented oil and gas E&P company in acquisition and joint operating agreement relationship of Midcontinent coalbed methane and shale assets.
  • Represented oil and gas company in acquisition and joint development of Middle East project.
  • Negotiated a 35-year oil and gas production sharing agreement with the Republic of Chile for the exploration and production of natural gas.
  • Represented international oil and gas company on joint development agreement of Botswana oil and gas licenses.
  • Represented oil and gas drilling company in its worldwide drilling and E&P operations including Canada, Africa, Australia, Asia, and Central and South America.
  • Represented publicly-traded oil and gas company related to the exploration and joint development agreement for an onshore project in Israel.

Acquisitions and Divestitures

  • Represented oil and gas subsidiary of NASDAQ traded company in divestiture of Midcontinent natural gas assets.
  • Represented oil and gas company in buyout of working interest and joint operating agreement relationship.
  • Represented oil and gas E&P company in various acquisitions and bid packages of various Midcontinent and Rocky Mountain basin assets.
  • Represented oil and gas E&P company in acquisition of Midcontinent oil and gas assets.
  • Lead counsel in the acquisition of assets owned by a regulated retail natural gas distribution business for $24 million.
  • Assisted with all aspects of asset acquisition of a distressed oil and gas services company.
  • Represented client in acquisition of rural natural gas gathering and distribution facilities from bankruptcy and formation of a non-profit public utility for major agricultural users in Western Kansas.
  • Assisted multinational oil and gas developer based out of Singapore with the acquisition and development of numerous mineral assets located in Colorado and North Dakota.
  • Assisted unique enhanced recovery horizontal drilling project in Kansas with acquisition of real estate and mineral rights for horizontal drilling program extending underneath a city.
  • Obtained lengthy right-of-way for a new natural gas pipeline through southwest Missouri, including negotiation and litigation efforts.
  • Negotiation of a pipeline easement and construction agreements on behalf of a multinational oil and energy client.
  • Represented a major oil company in a leasing and acquisition program involving approximately 180 parcels.

Field Services and Construction

  • Served as project development counsel for unique enhanced recovery projects in Kansas and Louisiana, including negotiation of all construction and service contracts pertaining to the project.
  • Represented an owner in successfully negotiated construction contracts for the construction of an oil pipeline.
  • Represented oil and gas company involving negotiation and execution of heavy oil drilling services project in Madagascar.
  • Assisted with EPC negotiation for Gullfaks B & C offshore oil platforms for Statoil in Oslo, Norway.
  • Assisted with EPC negotiation for Balikpapan Refinery for Pertamina in Kalimantan Timor (Borneo), Indonesia.
  • Assisted with EPC negotiation for Zeit Bay offshore oil production platforms for Suez Oil Company in Egypt.
  • Represented major interstate gas pipeline company in major pipeline expansion from Wyoming to Western Missouri. 
  • Represented a natural gas company in its pipeline expansion into the fastest-growing area of Missouri.  Services include real estate acquisitions, condemnation and construction contracts. 
  • Acted as United States counsel for a construction company in the formation of a joint venture to service oil rigs off the coast of Angola.

Financings and Offerings

  • Represented a public oil and gas exploration and production company in raising $53 million through an underwritten public offering of common stock.
  • Represented a public oil and gas exploration and production company in raising $134 million through an underwritten public offering of common stock.
  • Represented a public oil and gas exploration and production company in raising $57 million through an underwritten public offering of common stock.
  • Represented a public oil and gas exploration and production company in raising a total of $171 million through simultaneous underwritten public offerings of common stock and convertible debt.
  • Assisted and advised a public oil and gas exploration company with the transfer of the company's public securities listings from NASDAQ to the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Represented independent oil and gas company in a private offering to fund oil exploration and production activities in Saskatchewan, Canada.
  • Represented independent oil and gas in production agreement financings.
  • Represented commercial lenders and asset-based lenders in connection with the transfer of a $30 million asset-based facility to a major distributor of oil field pipe.
  • Represented commercial lenders and asset-based lenders in connection with numerous oil and gas production loans secured by oil and gas reserves in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Served as securities counsel for a newly public natural gas exploration company with respect to the preparation and filing of a resale registration statement on Form S-1.
  • Represented an oil and gas exploration and production company in production payment financing.
  • Represented a New York Stock Exchange Amex-listed natural resources exploration client in negotiation and completion of a merger transaction with a publicly traded Canadian issuer.
  • Responsible for all aspects of combined term and revolving loan for an oil and gas services company.
  • Represented oil and gas E&P company in a Rule 506 broker-dealer private placement of up to $10 million in limited partnership interests.
  • Represented oil and gas non-operated working interest company in Rule 506 private placement of limited partnership interests related to Texas drilling program.
  • Represented oil and gas fund in Rule 506 private placement of tax sensitive limited partnership interests.
  • Represented oil and gas company in Rule 506 private placement of limited partnership interests in drilling program approved for individual retirement accounts help by trust companies.
  • Represented an independent oil and gas company in a broker-dealer private offering convertible notes to acquire and fund oil exploration and production activities in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Regulatory / Public Policy

  • Represented major energy company in oil and gas gathering facilities assessment. 
  • Represented major interstate gas pipeline company in major pipeline expansion from Wyoming to Western Missouri. 
  • Represented a natural gas company in its pipeline expansion into the fastest-growing area of Missouri. Services include real estate acquisitions, condemnation and construction contracts. 
  • Represented client in acquisition of rural natural gas gathering and distribution facilities from bankruptcy and formation of a non-profit public utility for major agricultural users in Western Kansas. 
  • Worked to gain bipartisan support for the main tax preferences used by domestic oil and gas producers (Intangible Drilling Costs and Percentage Depletion) to obtain financing for new oil and gas wells as Congress considers tax reform.
  • Legislative counsel to public utilities on legislative changes involving gas supply and gas gathering access issues.
  • Represented the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers with regards to potential fracking legislation.

Intellectual Property / Litigation

  • Lead counsel and head of the defense team that successfully defended three publicly traded oil and gas companies in Wyoming’s longest civil jury trial.
  • Assisted numerous clients with patent applications and disputes pertaining to crane systems, winching systems, off-shore pipeline laying systems, anchor and fairlead systems, bearing systems, oil well borehole gravimeters, and seismic sensing systems
  • Assisted private equity-backed oil and gas company to successfully resolve a patent dispute with a patent troll.
  • Successfully defended a client in an arbitration hearing regarding international patent rights to a novel oil and gas technology.