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.
V&E lawyers have advised on 67% of all natural resource and real estate MLP IPOs completed in the last decade, 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.