Thompson & Knight has extensive experience in each segment of the LNG value chain, including reserve acquisitions to mitigate counterparty risk in supply, upstream natural gas exploration and production, gas gathering, processing and transportation, long-term gas supply agreements, liquefaction agreements, facility tolling agreements, oceangoing transportation, re-gasification agreements, agreements ancillary to equity investment in facilities (management services, joint ownership, and operating agreements, among others), marketing and re-marketing agreements, hedging and risk management agreements, and other types of agreements. We also advise clients regarding issues with import/export; real estate; local, state, and federal permitting; environmental; taxation; and project finance matters.
Additionally, Thompson & Knight is uniquely positioned as one of the few law firms with true gas-to-liquids (GTL) project experience. Our expertise covers every piece in the GTL puzzle, including the investing, analysis, and development as well as the intellectual property, real estate, environmental, contract, and tax aspects of the project. The Firm is currently assisting clients in several large GTL projects around the globe. These projects are complex and demand a multi-disciplinary team approach. Our attorneys have depths of experience in assisting clients with complex oil and gas contracts, patents and other intellectual property issues, cross-border transactions, environmental due diligence, international tax, and financing to support major GTL project development. Thompson & Knight views the GTL scene as a valuable and expanding part of our international energy business, to which we are committed in providing substantial resources.
Furthermore, our experience with every phase of LNG and GTL projects, coupled with the perspective gained from working on behalf of various project participants, enables us to provide our clients with a seamless approach to facilitating effective deal structures, coordinating all related agreements, and obtaining financing along with regulatory and environmental approvals.