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Kathy Marietta specializes in the structuring, negotiation and documentation of transactions in the energy and natural resources sectors with a special focus on upstream oil & gas and major projects. As a partner in our Projects and Construction practice, Kathy represents multinational clients in a variety of energy-related matters. Her experience is global — having represented clients on projects located in Southeast Asia, China, Canada, Africa, the Middle East, Australia, South America, the U.S. and the North Sea.

Kathy counsels domestic and multinational energy sector clients with their major projects with a focus on liquefied natural gas and upstream projects. Her experience structuring and negotiating documents for all aspects of the LNG value chain; upstream operational and development agreements; strategic joint venture agreements; offshore long-term drilling contracts; project development agreements; operating agreements; international government negotiations; acquisitions and divestitures and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance. She also advises clients in energy-related transactions including the transportation and sale of oil and gas, along with transactions involving domestic power generation facilities.

Previously, Kathy was assistant general counsel of Apache Corporation, where she focused on major LNG and other projects, new ventures, government negotiations (including various granting instruments and upstream agreements), upstream oil and gas operations, and acquisitions and divestitures. Before that, she spent 11 years based in Singapore, and working throughout Southeast Asia, negotiating and documenting syndicated credit facilities, representing financial institutions, and serving as agent in these facilities with major Indonesian business groups as borrowers.

Kathy received recognition from Legal 500 in 2014 in both project finance and energy transactions.

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Advised international client with respect to (i) the acquisition of Gulf of Mexico upstream assets (including structuring, negotiating and documenting the transaction), (ii) the establishment a presence in the U.S. and (iii) the submission of documents necessary for consideration to act as operator of the acquired assets.

Counsel to ConocoPhilips in connection with the Alaska LNG project.

Counsel to Anadarko in relation to operational aspects (tolling agreements, lifting agreements, common facilities agreements, operating and maintenance agreements, etc) of its multi-train LNG export project.

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Advised international client with respect to (i) the acquisition of Gulf of Mexico upstream assets (including structuring, negotiating and documenting the transaction), (ii) the establishment a presence in the U.S. and (iii) the submission of documents necessary for consideration to act as operator of the acquired assets.

Counsel to ConocoPhilips in connection with the Alaska LNG project.

Counsel to Anadarko in relation to operational aspects (tolling agreements, lifting agreements, common facilities agreements, operating and maintenance agreements, etc) of its multi-train LNG export project.

Represented a client in connection with oil and gas investments in Alaska.

Advised a client in connection with lease acquisitions in the Western United States.

Counsel to VGS in structuring and documenting an LNG floating receiving terminal in India.

Represented a client in connection with farm-in opportunities in Colorado.

Representation of a client structuring, negotiating, and documenting the entire value chain of LNG contracts for the Wheatstone LNGProject in Western Australia.

Representation of a client structuring, negotiating, and documenting the governance agreements for the Kitimat LNG Project in British Columbia, Canada.

Representation of a client structuring, negotiating and documenting two acquisitions (combined in excess of US$1 billion) of oil & gas assets in Argentina. This included extended travel to Argentina to address operational needs, contracting needs, FCPA compliance training and numerous upstream contracts to support operations in the country.

Representation of a client structuring, negotiating and documenting the acquisition of upstream producing oil & gas assets (approximately US$650 million) in the North Sea. Continued representation over the following 10-year period in connection with operational, subsea construction and other legal matters involving these upstream oil & gas assets. In addition, the representation included numerous farm-ins pursuant to which the client acquired an interest in other blocks in the region.

Representation of a client structuring, negotiating, and documenting the acquisition of over US$1 billion in upstream producing oil & gas assets in the North Sea.

Representation of a client in structuring, negotiating and documenting the acquisition of oil & gas assets in offshore oil & gas interests in Kenya.

Representation of a client in structuring, negotiating and documenting acquisition of interests in onshore properties in New Zealand.

Representation of a client on significant divestitures involving assets in Egypt and China (in excess of US$250 million each).

Representation of a client in negotiating and finalizing government contract terms in Suriname for an exploration and production block.

Representation of a client with respect to a bid round in Chile, pursuant to which the client acquired two blocks. This included the negotiation and finalization of government contracts granting exploration and production rights.

Representation of a client in structuring, negotiating and documenting numerous international joint operating agreements.

Representation of a client in its review of bid rules and concessions in a number of countries over the course of the last few years, and participation in numerous “first contact” teams in country.

Tracking developments in Mexico in connection with Mexico’s evolving efforts to modernize regulation of its upstream oil & gas industry, including forming a strategic relationship with a major Mexican conglomerate to consider investment opportunities, and numerous meetings with representatives of PEMEX to discuss PEMEX contract terms.

Multiple engagements for the conversion of crude carriers to FPSOs, including drafting and negotiation of engineering, procurement, and construction contracts, O&M agreements and FPSO services agreements.

Representation of a client structuring, negotiating and documenting numerous medium term drilling contracts in various countries around the world valued at US$300 million to US$550 million each.

Representation of clients for over 15 years structuring, documenting and negotiating all aspects of upstream oil & gas operations in the North Sea, Australia, Argentina, Canada, China, Cyprus, Kenya, Chile, Suriname, Mozambique and other countries and regions around the world.

Numerous representations involving government discussions and negotiations relating to new country entry.

Counsel to Triton Energy in its construction and development of a deepwater oil field offshore Equatorial Guinea, including structuring, negotiating, and documenting matters concerning an FPSO.

Counsel to ARCO in its development of its Villano project in Ecuador.Advised international client with respect to (i) the acquisition of Gulf of Mexico upstream assets (including structuring, negotiating and documenting the transaction), (ii) the establishment a presence in the U.S. and (iii) the submission of documents necessary for consideration to act as operator of the acquired assets.

Counsel to ConocoPhilips in connection with the Alaska LNG project.

Counsel to Anadarko in relation to operational aspects (tolling agreements, lifting agreements, common facilities agreements, operating and maintenance agreements, etc) of its multi-train LNG export project.

Advised client in connection with lease acquisitions in the Western United States.

Counsel to VGS in structuring and documenting an LNG floating receiving terminal in India.

Represented a client in connection with farm-in opportunities in Colorado.

Representation of a client structuring, negotiating and documenting the entire value chain of LNG contracts for the Wheatstone LNG Project in Western Australia.

Representation of a client structuring, negotiating and documenting the governance agreements for the Kitimat LNG Project in British Columbia, Canada.

Representation of a client structuring, negotiating and documenting two acquisitions (combined in excess of US$1 billion) of oil & gas assets in Argentina. This included extended travel to Argentina to address operational needs, contracting needs, FCPA compliance training and numerous upstream contracts to support operations in country.

Representation of a client structuring, negotiating and documenting the acquisition of upstream producing oil & gas assets (approximately US$650 million) in the North Sea. Continued representation over the following 10-year period in connection with operational, subsea construction and other legal matters involving these upstream oil & gas assets. In addition the representation included numerous farm-ins pursuant to which the client acquired an interest in other blocks in the region.

Representation of a client structuring, negotiating and documenting the acquisition of over US$1 billion in upstream producing oil & gas assets in the North Sea.

Representation of a client in structuring, negotiating and documenting the acquisition of oil & gas assets in offshore oil & gas interests in Kenya.

Representation of a client in structuring, negotiating, and documenting acquisition of interests in onshore properties in New Zealand.

Representation of a client on significant divestitures involving assets in Egypt and China (in excess of US$250 million each).

Representation of a client in negotiating and finalizing government contract terms in Suriname for an exploration and production block.

Representation of a client with respect to a bid round in Chile, pursuant to which the client acquired two blocks. This included the negotiation and finalization of government contracts granting exploration and production rights.

Representation of a client in structuring, negotiating, and documenting numerous international joint operating agreements.

Representation of a client in its review of bid rules and concessions in a number of countries over the course of the last few years, and participation in numerous “first contact” teams in country.

Tracking developments in Mexico in connection with Mexico’s evolving efforts to modernize regulation of its upstream oil & gas industry, including forming a strategic relationship with a major Mexican conglomerate to consider investment opportunities, and numerous meeting with representatives of PEMEX to discuss PEMEX contract terms.

Multiple engagements for the conversion of crude carriers to FPSOs, including drafting and negotiation of engineering, procurement, and construction contracts, O&M agreements and FPSO services agreements.

Representation of a client structuring, negotiating, and documenting numerous medium term drilling contracts in various countries around the world valued at US$300 million to US$550 million each.

Representation of clients for over 15 years structuring, documenting and negotiating all aspects of upstream oil & gas operations in the North Sea, Australia, Argentina, Canada, China, Cyprus, Kenya, Chile, Suriname, Mozambique and other countries and regions around the world.

Numerous representations involving government discussions and negotiations relating to new country entry.

Counsel to Triton Energy in its construction and development of a deepwater oil field offshore Equatorial Guinea, including structuring, negotiating, and documenting matters concerning an FPSO.

Counsel to ARCO in its development of its Villano project in Ecuador.

Matters

Advised international client with respect to (i) the acquisition of Gulf of Mexico upstream assets (including structuring, negotiating and documenting the transaction), (ii) the establishment a presence in the U.S. and (iii) the submission of documents necessary for consideration to act as operator of the acquired assets.

Counsel to ConocoPhilips in connection with the Alaska LNG project.

Counsel to Anadarko in relation to operational aspects (tolling agreements, lifting agreements, common facilities agreements, operating and maintenance agreements, etc) of its multi-train LNG export project.

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Matters

Advised international client with respect to (i) the acquisition of Gulf of Mexico upstream assets (including structuring, negotiating and documenting the transaction), (ii) the establishment a presence in the U.S. and (iii) the submission of documents necessary for consideration to act as operator of the acquired assets.

Counsel to ConocoPhilips in connection with the Alaska LNG project.

Counsel to Anadarko in relation to operational aspects (tolling agreements, lifting agreements, common facilities agreements, operating and maintenance agreements, etc) of its multi-train LNG export project.

Represented a client in connection with oil and gas investments in Alaska.

Advised a client in connection with lease acquisitions in the Western United States.

Counsel to VGS in structuring and documenting an LNG floating receiving terminal in India.

Represented a client in connection with farm-in opportunities in Colorado.

Representation of a client structuring, negotiating, and documenting the entire value chain of LNG contracts for the Wheatstone LNGProject in Western Australia.

Representation of a client structuring, negotiating, and documenting the governance agreements for the Kitimat LNG Project in British Columbia, Canada.

Representation of a client structuring, negotiating and documenting two acquisitions (combined in excess of US$1 billion) of oil & gas assets in Argentina. This included extended travel to Argentina to address operational needs, contracting needs, FCPA compliance training and numerous upstream contracts to support operations in the country.

Representation of a client structuring, negotiating and documenting the acquisition of upstream producing oil & gas assets (approximately US$650 million) in the North Sea. Continued representation over the following 10-year period in connection with operational, subsea construction and other legal matters involving these upstream oil & gas assets. In addition, the representation included numerous farm-ins pursuant to which the client acquired an interest in other blocks in the region.

Representation of a client structuring, negotiating, and documenting the acquisition of over US$1 billion in upstream producing oil & gas assets in the North Sea.

Representation of a client in structuring, negotiating and documenting the acquisition of oil & gas assets in offshore oil & gas interests in Kenya.

Representation of a client in structuring, negotiating and documenting acquisition of interests in onshore properties in New Zealand.

Representation of a client on significant divestitures involving assets in Egypt and China (in excess of US$250 million each).

Representation of a client in negotiating and finalizing government contract terms in Suriname for an exploration and production block.

Representation of a client with respect to a bid round in Chile, pursuant to which the client acquired two blocks. This included the negotiation and finalization of government contracts granting exploration and production rights.

Representation of a client in structuring, negotiating and documenting numerous international joint operating agreements.

Representation of a client in its review of bid rules and concessions in a number of countries over the course of the last few years, and participation in numerous “first contact” teams in country.

Tracking developments in Mexico in connection with Mexico’s evolving efforts to modernize regulation of its upstream oil & gas industry, including forming a strategic relationship with a major Mexican conglomerate to consider investment opportunities, and numerous meetings with representatives of PEMEX to discuss PEMEX contract terms.

Multiple engagements for the conversion of crude carriers to FPSOs, including drafting and negotiation of engineering, procurement, and construction contracts, O&M agreements and FPSO services agreements.

Representation of a client structuring, negotiating and documenting numerous medium term drilling contracts in various countries around the world valued at US$300 million to US$550 million each.

Representation of clients for over 15 years structuring, documenting and negotiating all aspects of upstream oil & gas operations in the North Sea, Australia, Argentina, Canada, China, Cyprus, Kenya, Chile, Suriname, Mozambique and other countries and regions around the world.

Numerous representations involving government discussions and negotiations relating to new country entry.

Counsel to Triton Energy in its construction and development of a deepwater oil field offshore Equatorial Guinea, including structuring, negotiating, and documenting matters concerning an FPSO.

Counsel to ARCO in its development of its Villano project in Ecuador.Advised international client with respect to (i) the acquisition of Gulf of Mexico upstream assets (including structuring, negotiating and documenting the transaction), (ii) the establishment a presence in the U.S. and (iii) the submission of documents necessary for consideration to act as operator of the acquired assets.

Counsel to ConocoPhilips in connection with the Alaska LNG project.

Counsel to Anadarko in relation to operational aspects (tolling agreements, lifting agreements, common facilities agreements, operating and maintenance agreements, etc) of its multi-train LNG export project.

Advised client in connection with lease acquisitions in the Western United States.

Counsel to VGS in structuring and documenting an LNG floating receiving terminal in India.

Represented a client in connection with farm-in opportunities in Colorado.

Representation of a client structuring, negotiating and documenting the entire value chain of LNG contracts for the Wheatstone LNG Project in Western Australia.

Representation of a client structuring, negotiating and documenting the governance agreements for the Kitimat LNG Project in British Columbia, Canada.

Representation of a client structuring, negotiating and documenting two acquisitions (combined in excess of US$1 billion) of oil & gas assets in Argentina. This included extended travel to Argentina to address operational needs, contracting needs, FCPA compliance training and numerous upstream contracts to support operations in country.

Representation of a client structuring, negotiating and documenting the acquisition of upstream producing oil & gas assets (approximately US$650 million) in the North Sea. Continued representation over the following 10-year period in connection with operational, subsea construction and other legal matters involving these upstream oil & gas assets. In addition the representation included numerous farm-ins pursuant to which the client acquired an interest in other blocks in the region.

Representation of a client structuring, negotiating and documenting the acquisition of over US$1 billion in upstream producing oil & gas assets in the North Sea.

Representation of a client in structuring, negotiating and documenting the acquisition of oil & gas assets in offshore oil & gas interests in Kenya.

Representation of a client in structuring, negotiating, and documenting acquisition of interests in onshore properties in New Zealand.

Representation of a client on significant divestitures involving assets in Egypt and China (in excess of US$250 million each).

Representation of a client in negotiating and finalizing government contract terms in Suriname for an exploration and production block.

Representation of a client with respect to a bid round in Chile, pursuant to which the client acquired two blocks. This included the negotiation and finalization of government contracts granting exploration and production rights.

Representation of a client in structuring, negotiating, and documenting numerous international joint operating agreements.

Representation of a client in its review of bid rules and concessions in a number of countries over the course of the last few years, and participation in numerous “first contact” teams in country.

Tracking developments in Mexico in connection with Mexico’s evolving efforts to modernize regulation of its upstream oil & gas industry, including forming a strategic relationship with a major Mexican conglomerate to consider investment opportunities, and numerous meeting with representatives of PEMEX to discuss PEMEX contract terms.

Multiple engagements for the conversion of crude carriers to FPSOs, including drafting and negotiation of engineering, procurement, and construction contracts, O&M agreements and FPSO services agreements.

Representation of a client structuring, negotiating, and documenting numerous medium term drilling contracts in various countries around the world valued at US$300 million to US$550 million each.

Representation of clients for over 15 years structuring, documenting and negotiating all aspects of upstream oil & gas operations in the North Sea, Australia, Argentina, Canada, China, Cyprus, Kenya, Chile, Suriname, Mozambique and other countries and regions around the world.

Numerous representations involving government discussions and negotiations relating to new country entry.

Counsel to Triton Energy in its construction and development of a deepwater oil field offshore Equatorial Guinea, including structuring, negotiating, and documenting matters concerning an FPSO.

Counsel to ARCO in its development of its Villano project in Ecuador.

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