Vinson & Elkins has represented clients in the region for more than 40 years, providing clients investing both in and out of the region with comprehensive legal and business focused advice, particularly in the energy and natural resources sector.
We have extensive
experience in all types of oil and gas-related transactions and have a strong
offering across the upstream and downstream arenas, with a particular focus on
downstream and petrochemical projects. Our lawyers have advised clients on the
acquisition, development, financing, and/or disposal of upstream and downstream
assets in virtually every material basin in the region.
A number of our projects are award
winning, notably the joint venture among Korean Gas Corp, Lotte Chemical, STX
Energy, and Uzbekneftegas on the Surgil upstream gas and petrochemicals project, which has five awards, including being named Project Finance International's "Petrochemical Deal of the
Year 2012," Infrastructure Journal's
"Oil and Gas Deal of the Year 2013," and The American Lawyer's "Global Finance Deal of the Year: Project
Finance (Asia) 2014."
Additionally, the State Oil
Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) has won praise for its development
and financing of a $5.3 billion greenfield oil refinery in Turkey, including being
named “Middle East and Africa Refinery Deal of the Year 2014” by Project Finance International, “European
Oil & Gas Deal of the Year 2014” by IJGlobal,
and GTR “Best Deals of 2014”.
Our Russia and Central Asia practice
includes international dispute resolution lawyers who maintain an active and
extensive arbitration and litigation practice coming out of projects in the region.