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Covington has decades of experience representing participants in the upstream oil and gas industry as well as in proceedings and transactions involving a wide variety of downstream activities. We have appeared before courts and arbitral tribunals in a variety of disputes, dealt with regulators, and advised parties in an assortment of transactional and advisory work. We draw on Covington’s regulatory and policy expertise to enhance our skills as we handle domestic, cross-border and international matters.
Oil and Gas - Downstream
Representative work in the downstream industry includes pipeline transportation of natural gas, crude oil, and refined products, refining of oil and processing of petrochemicals, commodities trading, wholesale fuel distribution, and retail fuel marketing. In addition to the team’s expertise in related litigation, arbitration and investigations, our corporate practice in the oil and gas industry covers a broad range of transactional and advisory work, including securities, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, finance, private equity, venture capital, strategic alliances and joint ventures, bankruptcy, and real estate.
Oil and Gas - Upstream
Our team of lawyers with upstream experience includes Steve Rosenbaum, who was recently named one of four “Energy MVPs” in the United States by Law360 for his work on various offshore development lawsuits. Matters handled by our team include litigation and arbitration proceedings, rulemakings and investigations by regulatory agencies and congressional committees, and corporate transactions for exploration and production businesses.
We represent oil and gas clients in some of their most significant disputes, including lawsuits and arbitrations involving multi-billion dollar controversies. We frequently represent energy clients in litigation and arbitration, governmental investigations and enforcement actions, and administrative proceedings. Our lawyers represent energy sector clients and investors in proceedings constituted by the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), and the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, as well as ad hoc tribunals in various forums.
All the major domestic oil and gas trade associations in defending multiple ongoing district court and court of appeals lawsuits raising environmental challenges to continued exploration and development in the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere.
A French oil and gas independent in an ICSID arbitration against a Latin American state, in a dispute arising out of alleged breaches of a bilateral investment treaty and several production sharing agreements.
Advised major international oil and gas companies concerning the application of U.S. sanctions against Iran, Syria, and other U.S.-sanctioned countries to their businesses.
Publicly traded oil and gas companies on SEC disclosure issues associated with dealings in U.S.-sanctioned markets and in responding to inquiries from SEC’s Office of Global Security Risk.
A multinational oil and gas company in advising on the impact of Middle East trade sanctions programs on technology licensing arrangements and the broader operation of affiliates and joint ventures incorporated outside the United States.
Represented Kerr-McGee Corporation in its $18 billion sale to Anadarko Corporation.
Represented SandRidge Energy in its $2.1 billion sale of oil and gas assets in the Permian Basin to Sheridan Production Partners.
Represented The Special Conflicts Committee of the Board of Directors of Atlas Pipeline Partners, L.P. in its $5.8 billion merger with Targa Resource Partners LP.
Represented SandRidge Energy in a proxy contest brought by TPG-Axon Capital Management LP and representation of the company and the Board of Directors in corporate governance matters. SandRidge settled its proxy contest.
Advised Joy Global in connection with several transactions, including its acquisition of LeTourneau Technologies from Rowan Companies and its sale of LeTourneau’s drilling systems and offshore products businesses to Cameron International.
Representation of ExxonMobil Corporation in numerous transactions, including its $41 billion acquisition of XTO Energy Inc., the largest transaction in the history of the natural gas industry.
Represented oilfield services company Ameron International in obtaining antitrust clearance for its acquisition by National Oilwell Varco.
Advising a European oil and gas company on an investment-related dispute in Uzbekistan.
Representing an investment company in an LCIA arbitration relating to an oil terminal connected to the CPC Pipeline near the Black Sea. The value in dispute is over $80 million.
Advising companies in the oil and gas sector on U.S. and EU export control regulations as relevant to doing business in Russia.
Advised Baltic Oil Terminals plc, an oil and gas infrastructure business with operations in Russia, on its $10.8 million acquisition of Petroval Bunker International B.V., a fuel oil storage business based in Rotterdam, and on a placing to fund the consideration for the acquisition.
Advised BP on its compliance with environmental, social, and economic conditions imposed by international public lenders in connection with financing of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline.
April 21, 2016
New York — Law360 has named Covington international arbitration partner David Pinsky a “Rising Star.” This annual recognition honors top attorneys under the age of 40 “whose legal accomplishments belie their age.”
Law360 recognized how Mr. Pinsky, who leads Covington’s arbitration group’s Russia and Eurasia initiative, helped develop the firm’s Russia-focused ...
May 6, 2015, Inside Energy & Environment
After months of speculation and mounting pressure, it’s finally here: the government of Nigeria has released the long-awaited PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) forensic audit of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the country’s national oil company. It’s not often that the release of a highly technical accounting report makes the headlines—much less ...
April 17, 2015, Inside Energy & Environment
Our 2014 series on risk and reward in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) outlined the challenges being faced by the UKCS oil and gas industry to remain competitive. A consistent theme emerging from industry stakeholders is that significant fiscal and regulatory reform is required to secure the industry’s long-term future. This post highlights key fiscal … Continue ...
February 19, 2015, Inside Energy & Environment
Given the fall in oil prices, many participants in the oil sector have been forced to re-evaluate their investments. A drop in oil prices not only impacts the oil industry; it can also have a significant effect on gas and LNG prices around the world. Many long-term gas and LNG sales agreements continue to peg … Continue Reading
January 16, 2015, Covington Alert
January 8, 2015, Inside Energy & Environment
On December 30, 2014, the California Office of Administrative Law approved permanent regulations issued by that state’s Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (“Division”) governing fracking. The regulations follow the Division’s final interim regulations (effective January 1, 2014), which we discussed here, and further ...
December 30, 2014, Inside Energy & Environment
In November 2014, we published a three-part series outlining the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) investment outlook and plans for much-needed reforms in the UKCS oil and gas industry. The update below provides an overview of key developments from December 2014 and considers what may lie ahead for the industry in 2015. In December 2014, the price … Continue Reading
November 12, 2014, Inside Energy & Environment
According to the latest Oil & Gas UK Business Sentiment Index, the UK offshore oil and gas industry currently has a pessimistic outlook for the first time since 2009. In this three part series, we consider the factors contributing to the industry’s current mood and efforts to secure maximum economic recovery from one of the … Continue Reading
November 10, 2014, Inside Energy & Environment
According to the latest Oil & Gas UK Business Sentiment Index, the UK offshore oil and gas industry currently has a pessimistic outlook for the first time since 2009. In this three-part series, we consider the factors contributing to the industry’s current mood and efforts to secure maximum economic recovery from one of the most mature … Continue Reading
November 6, 2014, Inside Energy & Environment
According to the latest Oil & Gas UK Business Sentiment Index, the UK offshore oil and gas industry currently has a pessimistic outlook for the first time since 2009. In this three-part series, we consider the factors contributing to the industry’s current mood and efforts to secure maximum economic recovery from one of the most … Continue Reading
October 24, 2014, Inside Energy & Environment
Oil prices have plunged in the last few months. For example, Brent futures traded at over $110 per barrel in June, and fell below $85 last week. This is a fall of over 20%, and the market price for crude oil is now at its lowest level since 2010. Oil prices impact activities in the … Continue Reading
October 1, 2014, Covington E-Alert
August 4, 2014, Covington E-Alert
July 31, 2014, Inside Energy & Environment
In the first blog of this two-part series, we considered the potential impact of the 14th Round on the commercialisation of the shale gas in the UK in light of recent developments in this industry. This second blog post focusses on the additional planning guidance for licence applications in National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural … Continue Reading
In the first of a two part series on recent developments in the UK shale gas industry, this blog post considers the potential impact of the announcement on 28 July 2014 by the Business and Energy Minister, Matthew Hancock, inviting applications for Licences in the 14th Landward Licensing Round (the 14th Round) on the exploitation … Continue Reading
July 30, 2014, Covington E-Alert
July 11, 2014, Inside Energy & Environment
As reported in our blog post of last week, the Commerce Department Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) recently determined in two private classifications that lease condensate — a type of stabilized and distilled light crude oil — is not subject to the United States’ broad ban on crude oil exports. BIS has for years … Continue Reading
July 3, 2014, Inside Energy & Environment
In a determination rendered last week, the Commerce Department provided guidance to two companies on the application of export controls to processed condensate that could mark a potential thaw in the long-standing ban on exports of crude oil. Condensate is an ultra-light oil that has seen increasing domestic development alongside the recent boom in shale … ...
January 6, 2014, Inside Energy & Environment
Here at Inside Energy & Environment we are honored to share that Law360 has named Covington’s energy practice as a 2013 “Energy Practice Group of the Year.” In giving this award, Law360 recognized the breadth of Covington’s practice capabilities (including litigation, transactions, regulatory and government policy) in both the traditional energy and clean ...
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