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Fully Committed to Our Clients’ Success. Knowledgeable, experienced, and highly skilled, King & Spalding’s energy lawyers help global oil & gas industry clients achieve their business goals, whether by drafting and negotiating complex project agreements, guiding the client through a challenging permitting and regulatory regime, or advocating its case effectively in high-stakes disputes with commercial or host government counterparties. Made up of more than 100 lawyers focused day in and day out exclusively on oil & gas matters, our team includes many of the top oil & gas transactional, regulatory and disputes lawyers in the world. This vast industry experience provides us the commercial perspective to understand your legal issues in the context of your business goals – and to find a path to the outcome best for your business.

A Recognized Reputation for Leadership. Our clients include the world’s major oil companies, large and small independents, refiners and petrochemical companies, international service companies, project contractors and sponsors, and financial institutions  – many of which have been turning to King & Spalding’s oil & gas team for decades. Year after year, as the depth and extent of our industry expertise has grown, positive feedback from these clients has earned us spots in the top tiers of major legal industry rankings.  In 2014, Petroleum Economist named King & Spalding its Energy Advisory Firm of the Year: Legal, and in 2013 Chambers Global named us one of the top five Energy & Projects firms worldwide. In its most recent rankings, Chambers names our practice among the best globally, as well as in regions and countries including Asia-Pacific, India, Latin America, the Middle East, Russia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

The Expertise You Need, Where and When You Need It. Whether you are developing a project in a remote part of the world or locked in a dispute in a major energy center, King & Spalding is there, ready to assist. Our team operates from offices in Houston, London, New York, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh (affiliated office), Paris, Geneva, Singapore, Tokyo, Moscow, Washington, D.C., Austin, Frankfurt and San Francisco, but our oil & gas practice covers the globe. We have handled oil & gas matters in more than 90 countries on six continents.

Helping You Execute on Unconventional Plays.  We regularly advise international oil companies and sovereign bodies on transactions, regulations and disputes related to unconventional oil and gas projects, such as hydraulic fracturing in shale formations, horizontal drilling, and oil sands production.  Our attorneys understand the unique issues that unconventional oil & gas projects face, such as longer exploration and development periods, midstream infrastructure construction, water resource constraints, and pooling with nearby formations. We also have significant experience representing clients engaged in hydraulic fracturing in United States federal and local regulatory compliance matters.  As shale plays emerge in international locations, clients call upon King & Spalding to leverage its deep international oil & gas practice in Moscow, Singapore, Tokyo, London, Paris and Latin America.

For specific information on our work in various sub-sectors of the oil & gas industry, visit the sub-sector links below and our oil & gas matters page. For additional detail on how our various energy practice areas support the oil & gas industry, visit our practice pages.

O&G Upstream | O&G Midstream | O&G Downstream | Oilfield Services and Equipment | LNG | Petrochemicals | Alternative Fuels

O&G Upstream

Our global oil & gas team helps major and independent oil and gas companies, service companies, equipment suppliers, project sponsors and financiers effectively address the complex exploration and production issues they encounter, including those concerning the petroleum and other applicable law of the host country; fiscal terms and contract stabilization; the regulatory environment (or lack thereof) in developing countries; host country requirements concerning direct investment, exploration, development, production, and abandonment; local content and other HSE requirements; and the many and varied issues arising among project participants. We are recognized worldwide for our special expertise in the development of global exploration and exploitation agreements and our ability to resolve efficiently and successfully the disputes that may arise during the life of upstream projects, including those involving project costs, rights under joint operating agreements, allegations of environmental contamination, and host government violation of contact obligations, investment treaties, or international law.

Our upstream areas of expertise include:

Please visit our energy practice pages for additional information on how we support upstream oil & gas industry clients in these and other practice areas.

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O&G Midstream

Midstream oil & gas clients turn to King & Spalding for our vast experience handling transactions, regulatory issues and disputes involving hydrocarbon transportation, storage, and sales. From assisting producers and pipeline companies in the development of cross-border and domestic pipeline, processing, and storage projects to successful advocacy before regulatory bodies or judicial or arbitral tribunals, our team works hand-in-hand with midstream industry clients to ensure they can successfully transport, store, and sell their oil & gas products.

We regularly represent major oil companies, independent oil and gas producers, pipeline companies, energy merchants and master limited partnerships, institutional lenders, and private equity and venture capital firms in midstream matters including:

  • the development, financing, sale and/or acquisition of natural gas pipelines and crude oil and product pipelines, gas storage facilities, gas processing and fractionation plants, and gas gathering systems

  • contracts for gathering, transporting, processing, storing, and selling and purchasing petroleum

  • joint venture arrangements

  • natural gas pipeline and storage certificates

  • natural gas and oil pipeline rate and tariff issues

  • regulatory permitting and disputes

Our oil & gas litigation and arbitration lawyers regularly represent pipelines, processors, and storage facilities in disputes relating to measurement of contract quality and quantity, operator’s obligations, gas balancing agreements, ship or pay obligations, gas price redeterminations, pipeline explosions, allegations of environmental contamination, and pipeline maintenance issues.

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O&G Downstream

Oil & gas companies looking to develop, finance or acquire refineries and storage facilities and to market their products around the world look to us for our extensive commercial knowledge of the downstream oil & gas business and our ability to find solutions to the challenges they face in these complex markets. And when disputes arise, our litigators’ extensive experience in the downstream industry ensures these clients resolve them favorably and efficiently – minimizing the effects of time and cost involved so their downstream activities stay on track.

We represent sponsors, lenders and other participants in downstream matters throughout the world on matters involving:

Please visit our energy practice pages for additional information on how we support downstream oil & gas industry clients in these and other practice areas.

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Oilfield Services and Equipment

King & Spalding lawyers are regularly called upon to assist clients involved in the service and supply side of the industry. From the drafting and negotiation of complicated service and supply agreements to the investigation of catastrophic workplace accidents and arbitration of contentious disputes, the firm’s team of lawyers has the creativity, training and depth of experience required to assist with any oil field services issues affecting its clients.

Our expertise includes:

  • Appeals on every aspect of energy litigation

  • Catastrophic injury litigation, accident investigations and disaster response

  • Contracts for seismic, drilling and well services onshore and offshore, facility construction, and operation and maintenance

  • Environmental and toxic tort litigation

  • Joint venture, operating and financing agreements

  • OSHA compliance and response to investigations and citations

  • Well damage and blow out litigation

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At King & Spalding, we understand the complexities and challenges that liquefied natural gas projects present, and we know the pressures that aggressive timelines, intense competition and volatile markets put on your ability to advance your projects and resolve your disputes. To learn more about our leadership in the LNG field, please visit our LNG page.

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Our team is at the forefront of petrochemical, methanol and ethylene projects worldwide, having advised on projects in more than 30 countries. We currently are advising on the development and operation of the largest petrochemical facility ever built in a single phase, valued in excess of $20 billion dollars, and have counseled and represented clients on their petrochemical industry disputes globally.

King & Spalding represents sponsors, lenders and other participants in petrochemical projects throughout the world:

  • Chemical plants

  • Cogeneration facilities

  • Gas processing and fractionation plants

  • Pipelines

  • Refineries (including biodiesel)

  • Terminals and storage facilities

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Alternative Fuels

King & Spalding has long been actively involved in the evolving alternative fuel industry, representing clients from the initial stages of investment and tax structuring to the development, financing, federal and state permitting, construction and operation of the full breadth of alternative fuel projects worldwide:

  • Biodiesel

  • Biogas/biomass

  • Compressed air energy storage

  • Ethanol

  • Oil-/plastic-to-fuel

  • Tires-to-fuel

  • Waste-to-energy

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