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David Asmus

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Practice Areas

David Asmus is an industry leader in the structuring and implementation of upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas development projects, acquisitions and divestitures and financings and serves as co-leader of Sidley’s Energy practice. Dave’s experience ranges from shale and other unconventional resources, to deep water offshore developments, and from liquefied natural gas (LNG) to petrochemicals and refining. His work includes project development and finance (such as government investment agreements, joint venture and shareholder arrangements, unitizations, engineering, procurement and construction contracts, feedstock supply and product offtake arrangements, and project finance documentation), and acquisition and divestitures (including both negotiated and auction sales, exchanges and other non-cash transactions, and production payments and other off-balance sheet funding vehicles). He has handled some of the world’s most challenging and innovative projects in these fields.


Before entering the legal field, Dave started his career at an independent oil company as a geophysicist.

Professional Memberships

Dave has served as past president, secretary and member of the board of directors of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), and also served as chair of the Institute of Energy Law and the Oil and Gas Committee of the International Bar Association.


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