Locke Lord LLP

Energy & Natural Resources Department

USA - Nationwide
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What the team is known for Comes recommended for upstream, midstream and downstream deals that involve complex corporate structurings. Assists clients involved in exploration and production, gathering, storage and processing, and the provision of services and equipment to the industry. Possesses expertise in joint ventures, sales, acquisitions and operations management. Well equipped to advise energy companies, as well as private equity firms looking to enter the space for the first time.

Strengths Clients say: "They are always responsive and meet clients' needs, pointing out the risks and making timely commercial suggestions."

Interviewees note: "It has a deep bench of skilled energy lawyers who provide excellent advice at an exceptional value."

Sources highlight: "The firm has a very strong practice with numerous notable names in the industry and a good client base."

Work highlights Represented an affiliate of Cox Oil in the completion of the merger between affiliates of Cox and Energy XXI Gulf Coast along with the associated financing arrangements, for a total consideration of approximately $322 million.

Notable practitioners

Bill Swanstrom is widely recognized in the market for his midstream oil and gas practice. His expertise is frequently sought in acquisitions and sales both by companies and private equity investors. Sources note: "He has a great attitude and gets very involved; he's a great guy to have around the table."

David Patton has notable expertise in mergers and acquisitions across the oil and gas sector owing to his decades of experience in the space. Market sources say: "He does exceptional work and he's very pragmatic when it comes to his legal advice. He's focused on getting the deal done rather than anything extra. He doesn't drag it out."

Terry Radney focuses on upstream and midstream transactions in the oil and gas sector and frequently assists clients with M&A activity and various commercial agreements. Sources comment: "He knows the industry and he knows how to make a deal happen. He's also easy to work with, approachable and responsive."