National Oil Company Representation

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Andrew B. Derman
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A significant portion of our international energy practice is focused on strategic design and commercial implementation.  As energy industry authorities, we often help state-owned energy companies and sovereign governments in the design and implementation of their international strategy, the development of energy projects, and the negotiation of commercial agreements.  Our attorneys have particular expertise with regard to upstream contracts, including concession contracts, production sharing agreements, and joint operating agreements.  We also have extensive experience in the development, construction, and financing of energy infrastructure.  In the past several years, our attorneys have dedicated a significant amount of time to assisting clients in the development of unconventional hydrocarbon resources, both in the U.S. and internationally.

Additionally, we advise countries, at senior government levels, on their hydrocarbon legislation as well as the best strategies, practices, and programs to expand and encourage energy exploration and production, and we actively counsel on how to capitalize on changes currently affecting the global energy industry and best practices.

Our list of clients includes some of the most recognized state-owned energy companies in the world, such as Petrobras (Brazil), Ecopetrol (Colombia), PetroSA (South Africa), Oil India Limited, Sonatrach (Algeria), Sonangol (Angola), GAIL (India) Limited, Sinopec and PetroChina (China), CFE (Mexico), and Kufpec (Kuwait).  To the world’s sovereign governments and state-owned energy companies, our international group is a formidable resource for legal, technical, and commercial advice.