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Midstream Oil & Gas

Energy – Midstream Oil & Gas

Vinson & Elkins has one of the most prominent Midstream Oil & Gas legal practices in the United States. Our lawyers have leading experience in joint venture development, master limited partnerships (MLPs), public and private placements of debt and equity securities, private equity, construction and related contracts, operating and maintenance agreements, midstream commercial agreements, environmental regulation, project development, project finance, tax, civil litigation, mergers and acquisitions, and antitrust.

Since 1987, our lawyers have advised on more than 80 percent of all natural resource MLP IPOs completed and continue to represent a large number of midstream MLPs in their ongoing strategic transactions.

The V&E Regulatory team has extensive experience representing developers of oil and gas infrastructure in obtaining necessary Federal Energy Regulator Commission (FERC) approvals. We represent both developers and customers in negotiating project agreements for service on such facilities and in subsequent litigation at FERC regarding rates and terms of service.

Our project and mergers and acquisitions experience within the past five years includes greenfield and expansion projects for gas gathering systems (including compressors); gas fractionation, processing and treatment plants; NGL, condensate and crude oil gathering and transportation (rail, truck and pipeline) facilities; condensate splitters, NGL, condensate and crude oil terminals and docks; storage facilities; and LNG export and import terminals.

Outside the United States, V&E represents clients on major domestic and cross-border projects involving pipeline and related midstream infrastructure, including upstream oil and gas developments, LNG export and import terminals, and petrochemical and refining facilities. The geographies we work in are diverse, having advised on pipeline developments and related infrastructure in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Southeast Asia.

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Practice Highlights

  • BP Midstream Partners LP in its $765 million initial public offering of common units 
  • Oasis Midstream Partners LP in its $128 million initial public offering of common units
  • Underwriters to Antero Midstream GP LP in its $875 million initial public offering of common units by a selling securityholder
  • Underwriters to Noble Midstream Partners LP in its $323 million initial public offering of common units 
  • Targa Resources Corp. in its $6.7 billion acquisition of Targa Resources Partners in an all stock-for-unit transaction
  • Pioneer Natural Resources in the $2.15 billion sale of EFS Midstream, an Eagle Ford Shale midstream company jointly owned with Reliance Holding USA, Inc., to Enterprise Products Partners 
  • Energy XXI in the $245 million sale leaseback with CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust Inc. of the Grand Isle Gathering System, a subsea pipeline system with related onshore facilities serving oil-producing fields in the shallow portion of the GOM
  • Underwriters to PennTex Midstream Partners, LP in its $238 million initial public offering of common units
  • SemGroup Corporation in connection with commercial product transportation and construction arrangements for the development, ownership and operation of three new pipelines in the U.S. Gulf Coast region of Louisiana, collectively named the Maurepas Pipelines, with a total capital cost of approximately $500 million 
  • Energy Transfer Partners in the $1.2 billion joint venture with Kinder Morgan to develop a 187-mile interstate natural gas pipeline originating in the Fayetteville shale
  • Columbia Pipeline Partners LP in its $1.2 billion initial public offering of common units
  • Underwriters to Shell Midstream Partners, L.P. in its $1.1 billion initial public offering of common units
  • Antero Midstream Partners LP in its $1.15 billion initial public offering of common units
  • Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. in its $1.075 billion purchase of Occidental Petroleum Corporation’s 50% interest in BridgeTex Pipeline Company LLC