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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Energy & Natural Resources

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What the team is known for

A robust oil and gas regulatory and litigation team providing clients with high-quality representation before FERC and the DOE. Enjoys a fine track record for its work in midstream and upstream oil and gas transactions, acting for private equity firms and energy companies. Further noted for expertise in electricity financings.


A market source says: "They're professional and client-focused. They work hard to understand the issue so they can give targeted and relevant advice," adding: "I've been impressed with the country-specific guidance they've been able to give and the existing relationships they have with firms in other countries."

Clients report: "The attorneys are incredibly smart, work well with other associations and coordinate efforts in regard to preparing comments and in litigation. The Hunton Andrews Kurth attorneys are personable and dependable, incredible writers and provide exceptional advice."

Commentators say: "Hunton Andrews Kurth is excellent on permitting issues and court litigation."

Another source reports: "In addition to their professional expertise, they are very client-focused and always very pleasant to work with. In this field, Hunton is always my first choice."

Work highlights

Represented the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Pure Acquisition Corporation, in connection with the formation of the public traded company High Peak Energy. The transaction was valued at $1.57 billion.

Advised PG&E Corporation on its SEC registered issuance of senior secured notes totaling $2 billion.

Represented Energy Transfer in obtaining a declaratory order from FERC for the ETC Tiger Pipeline. The matter was notable as the first time FERC found it had concurrent jurisdiction with the bankruptcy courts to address the disposition of Commission-jurisdictional natural gas transportation agreements, pursuant to the Natural Gas Act.

Notable practitioners

Christina Kwon has considerable expertise in a range of corporate securities matters, including debt, equity and green bond offerings. Her client base spans underwriters, purchasers and sellers. She is further noted for advising on corporate governance issues and disclosure and reporting obligations.

Emmett Ellis heads the power and utilities capital markets team and leverages his expertise to handle complex transactions on behalf of energy companies and investment banks.
"Exceptionally easy to work with, he understands the issues and the client's needs; he just gets things done."

Hal Haltom is experienced in a broad array of commercial transactions across the oil and gas sector, including joint venture, participation and exploration agreements.
"An energy specialist for oil and gas deals."

Michael Fitzpatrick has significant experience handling capital markets transactions across the power sector, frequently acting for both issuers and underwriters.
"The leading lawyer in utility securitization, with unparalleled  expertise and experience. He is very practical and commercial, and his creative skills are best exhibited in situations where there is no precedence. Whether representing issuers or underwriters, his involvement is a must for every deal in this field. In addition to his professional skills, he is personable and very easy to work with."

Michael O'Leary frequently advises major oil and gas clients on sophisticated domestic and international M&A as well as corporate securities matters, including IPOs, debt and equity offerings.
"A luminary in the market and a very well-known name."

Peter O'Brien is a strong choice for clients in both domestic and international capital markets matters.
"At the top of his game and very well connected on the underwriters side. He is terrific." "He understands the federal regulatory environment better than anyone."

Shemin Proctor handles regulatory issues pertaining to liquids and is frequently sought to advise on compliance and FERC proceedings.
"She's a very strong, practical lawyer who does a good job for her clients."

Steven Friend specializes in energy and utility industry financing. He has stellar expertise in assisting issuers and underwriters on debt and equity offerings.

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Energy & Natural Resources

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP


2200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC

District of Columbia



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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

USA - Nationwide

Energy: Electricity (Finance)

Christina Kwon
Band 1
Emmett (Bud) Ellis
Senior Statespeople
Michael F Fitzpatrick Jr
Band 1
Peter O'Brien
Band 1
Steven Friend
Band 1

Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation)

Shemin Proctor
Band 5

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