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Thompson & Knight LLP

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Managing Partner: Mark M Sloan
Number of partners: Approximately 155
Number of lawyers:
Approximately 300
Languages: Albanian, Arabic, Bosnian, Croatian, English, French, Gujarati, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Turkish

Firm Overview:
Established in 1887, Thompson & Knight today is a global firm with US offices in Texas, New York and California, and international offices and associations in the Americas, North Africa and Europe. In addition to providing a wide range of traditional legal services to clients in many industries, the firm prides itself on the depth of its experience in the energy industry. Thompson & Knight’s attorneys protect and advance the interests of the firm’s clients in negotiation and advocacy in cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions and dispute resolution. Its attorneys frequently coordinate the efforts of foreign local counsel with whom the firm has established strong working relationships around the globe.

Main Areas of Practice:

■ Antitrust
■ Bankruptcy & Restructuring
■ Corporate & Securities
■ Data Privacy & Cybersecurity
■ Environmental
■ Finance
■ Government & Regulatory
■ Healthcare
■ Intellectual Property
■ Labour, Employment & Immigration
■ Litigation & Dispute Resolution
■ Oil, Gas & Energy
■ Outsourcing
■ Private Equity
■ Real Estate & Banking
■ Tax

Oil, Gas & Energy:
■ Representation of Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Corporation in its acquisition of oil and gas assets in Oklahoma from Chesapeake Energy Corp. for $1.02 billion
■ Representation of BHP Billiton Ltd. in the award and execution of the Trion Block deepwater license agreement in association with PEMEX – the first-ever farm-out with PEMEX in history – where BHP secured operatorship and 60% interest of the areas covering the Trion Block, located south of Mexico’s maritime border with the United States
■ Representation of Fisterra Energy, a subsidiary of The Blackstone Group, in the $900 million sale of the Mexican holding companies of Ventika, Mexico’s largest onshore wind farm and one of the largest wind farms in Latin America ■ Representation of CEPSA in the acquisition of a floating storage and offloading (FSO) vessel for use in the Gulf of Thailand
■ Representation of Kosmos Energy with its development of three blocks off the coast of Ghana, which are multi-billion dollar projects, along with the evaluation of other oil and gas investments
■ Representation of G&P Neuquen, the provincial oil and gas company of Neuquen, Argentina, in attracting investment and drafting related contracts for one of the world’s most exciting developing plays

Corporate & Securities:
■ Representation of the majority holder of Frac Tech Services, LLC in its sale – for $3.7 billion in cash – of all its Frac Tech equity to a consortium led by Temasek Capital (Private) Limited, a Singaporean fund
■ Representation of Indonesian state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina in the $1.75 billion acquisition of ConocoPhillips’ Algerian Business Unit, ConocoPhillips Algeria Limited (COPAL)
■ Representation of Yates Petroleum Corporation in its $2.4 billion merger with EOG Resources, Inc.

■ Provide tax, executive compensation and employee benefits counsel for US workforce and US expatriates for foreign parent company of Nexen Petroleum U.S.A. Inc. and US subsidiaries
■ Provided tax advice to Brazos Midstream Holdings in connection with the $1.75 billion sale of its Delaware Basin subsidiaries to a subsidiary of North Haven Infrastructure Partners
■ Provide US tax and corporate counsel pertaining to London-based investment manager Warwick Capital Partners in connection with US investments, in particular US oil and gas acquisitions, divestitures and restructurings

■ Representation of one of the largest banks in the United States in a $1.6 billion US/Canada unsecured revolving credit facility and a $1.4 billion US/Canada secured hedged inventory credit facility for Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. and Plains Midstream Canada ULC
■ Representation of Noble Energy, Inc., as borrower, in a $4 billion syndicated secured revolving credit facility with JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

Dispute Resolution:
■ Representation of Sintana Energy in ICC arbitration involving breach of contract claims associated with a Farmout Agreement furthering the exploration and development of the Talora Block in Colombia
■ Representing a manufacturer in an advertising dispute; have brought a counterclaim against the plaintiffs for their representations regarding their products being ‘Made in America’

Labour, Employment & Immigration:
■ Representation of BNSF in what is believed to have been the first federal court-of-appeals case on whether obesity can be an ‘impairment’ under 2008 amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act; obtained appellate win for BNSF from the 8th Circuit which ruled obesity is not a covered condition of the ADA
■ Represented Coastal Energy Corp. in a breach of fiduciary duty lawsuit in the United States involving a former executive who had initially sued for wrongful termination under Thai labor laws

Real Estate:
■ Representation of a national bank in a $700 million loan secured by a portfolio of properties in Hawaii, Texas and Maryland
■ Representation of Trimont Real Estate Advisors, LLC as the Special Servicer of a $900 million single-asset securitised financing of 225 Liberty Street in New York City (also known as Brookfield Place)
■ Representation of Regions Bank, as agent for seven different lenders, in a $198.8 million construction loan to USAA for development of Amazon’s new corporate offices in Seattle, Washington

Intellectual Property & Technology:
■ Representation of several public and private companies with global operations in patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, outsourcing and related technology matters

Data Privacy & Cybersecurity:
■ Assist with GDPR implementation for companies in multiple industries, including energy and real estate
■ Provide assistance with global e-commerce and privacy compliance issues for a large retailer
■ Serve as breach response counsel for a technology company, including hiring forensics experts, providing advice on breach notifications and coordinating with law enforcement

Bankruptcy & Restructuring:
■ Counsel to Thomas Moran, the Chapter 11 trustee for Life Partners, a life settlement company with greater than $1.4 billion in liabilities
■ Representation of the Official Unsecured Creditors Committee in the ‘In re Endeavour Operating Corp. et. al.’ Chapter 11 case of a publicly traded exploration and production company with assets in the UK (North Sea) and US involving more than $1 billion in liabilities

BHP Billiton Ltd., BNSF Railway Company, CNOOC Ltd., EnCap Investments L.P., Gail (India) Limited, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., Nexen Petroleum USA Inc., Noble Corp., PetroChina/Daqing, Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras, Royal Bank of Canada, T-Mobile USA, Inc., TempurSealy International, Inc., Thomson Reuters Corporation, Wells Fargo Bank.