Andy Derman is the Firm's International Energy Practice Group Leader and serves as Chairman and Board Member of Thompson & Knight Global Energy Services, LLC, a wholly owned affiliate of the Firm that provides technical, economic, and commercial advisory services to the energy sector. With a concentration on oil and gas investment projects and cross-border transactions, he focuses on providing legal and commercial support in connection with acquisitions, divestments, trades, and mergers; strategic commercial and business advice; large infrastructure projects, including LNG, GTL, and refineries; nationalization/expropriation; anti-corruption (FCPA) and sanction advice; unitizations; boundary (onshore and offshore) disputes; exploration, development, and production operations; production sharing contracts; negotiations; and dispute resolution (litigation, arbitration, and expert testimony).
Andy has assisted clients in more than 50 countries on six continents and offers clients a comprehensive understanding of oil and gas activities through experience in a broad spectrum of countries and companies. Prior to joining Thompson & Knight, he served as in-house counsel and later an executive for a large international oil and gas company for nearly 20 years. Andy's practice is equally divided between providing clients with traditional legal representation (contract negotiation and drafting) and business development/commercial counseling (the identification and capture of oil and gas opportunities).
According to one client quoted in the prestigious Chambers Global 2017 directory by Chambers & Partners, Andy is "a top international lawyer with a global focus who combines commercial and legal skills." Additionally, he was recently honored with the Legacy Award by the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.
Andy is a frequent teacher and lecturer at conferences, seminars, and universities on oil and gas related topics. For more than 25 years, he has taught host government contracts (production and sharing agreements, licensing systems, and service contracts) and industry contracts (joint operating agreements, accounting procedures, confidentiality agreements, study and bidding agreements, unitization agreements, lifting agreements, etc.) at the Advanced Financial Management Program at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Andy is Board Certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.