International Energy

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Andrew B. Derman
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Thompson & Knight's International Energy Practice Group provides legal and business advice to global energy firms in the Americas, Europe, Africa, Australia, Central Asia, China, India, the Far East, and the Middle East.

The Firm’s oil, gas, and energy clients are a “who’s who” of the industry.  They include multi-national and independent oil and gas companies, host government oil and gas companies, large utilities, private power plants, energy industry service giants, refineries, petrochemical companies, financial institutions, and multi-national drilling contractors and construction companies.  Our client roster includes many of the largest publicly traded energy companies and a host of oil and gas exploration, production, refining, pipeline, marketing, and investment businesses.

Thompson & Knight has been named the “Law Firm of the Year” in Oil & Gas Law in the 2011/2012, 2013, and 2015 editions of U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms," the preeminent listing of the nation's top legal practices. The Firm's international energy practice is recognized by numerous other prestigious legal directories, including:

  • Chambers USA 2015 by Chambers & Partners, which named Thompson & Knight among six finalists for the Chambers USA 2015 “Energy/Projects: Oil & Gas Team of the Year” award. The directory also ranks Thompson & Knight among the top eight firms in the United States in the directory’s Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional) category, noting that the Firm is “outstanding across the board; the attorneys in the practice are very deep in their experience and knowledgeable of the industry.”
  • The Legal 500 US 2014 by Legalease, which ranks Thompson & Knight among the top firms in the nation for energy industry transactions and disputes.  According to the directory, the Firm “is a heavyweight Texan firm with particular experience representing oil and gas clients in energy disputes.”
  • Chambers Global 2015 by Chambers & Partners, which ranks Thompson & Knight among the top firms in Algeria for the Corporate/Commercial category.

To the world's energy industry, our international group is a formidable resource for legal and commercial assistance. We are extremely familiar with practical issues in the upstream exploration, development, and production business, and our attorneys have depths of experience in facilitating mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures. We help our clients negotiate complex EPC contracts for LNG, hydro, and gas power plants; effective international granting instruments; seismic agreements; drilling and service agreements; farm-outs and operating agreements; project and multi-lateral financing; and off-take arrangements. We are also adept at natural gas and LNG sales, pipeline financing and construction, and other infrastructure, decommissioning, and abandonment issues. Additionally, our attorneys structure billions of dollars of industry investments, counsel energy companies in the strategic design and commercial execution of energy projects, and regularly assist in drafting energy-related legislation around the globe.