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Emery J. Choi

Emery J. Choi Senior Associate, Energy Transactions & Projects

Emery’s practice involves the representation of clients in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, joint ventures, and a variety of energy matters. The following is a list of representative matters in which Emery has assisted.

Experience Highlights

  • The Carlyle Group in the $400 million definitive drilling agreement to fund the development of EOG's oil and gas assets in Ellis County, Oklahoma
  • Castleton Commodities International LLC in its acquisition of the Carthage upstream and midstream assets in East Texas from subsidiaries of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation for over $1 billion
  • Devon Energy in the $2 billion sale of certain non-core upstream assets to multiple buyers in east Texas, the Anadarko Basin, the northern and central Midland Basin, and northern Oklahoma
  • A consortium of investors in the $1 billion purchase from Hilcorp Energy of a 75% interest in the 540-mile Arrowhead Pipeline, transporting crude oil from the Eagle Ford shale to two refineries and an intrastate marine terminal
  • Samsung Heavy Industries and Samsung Engineering in the creation of a joint venture entity with AMEC to carry out the design engineering for fixed and floating offshore platforms, FPSOs, and subsea pipelines
  • Devon Energy in its $2.5 billion joint venture with Sinopec for five shale plays (Tuscaloosa Marine Shale, Niobrara, Mississippian, Ohio Utica Shale, and Michigan Basin)
  • KNOC in its $1.55 billion joint venture to buy a stake in the liquids-rich Eagle Ford shale in Texas from Anadarko Petroleum, including the subsequent sale of minority interest by KNOC to VOGO

Joint Ventures

  • California Resources Corporation in its joint venture with Benefit Street Partners Debt Fund IV LP to form California Resources Development JV, LLC
  • The Carlyle Group in the definitive drilling agreement to fund the development of Diamondback Energy's oil and gas assets in Pecos County, Texas 
  • Private company in the joint participation in the funding, exploration, development and operation of certain well assets in Borden and Howard Counties, Texas
  • SandRidge Energy in a DrillCo joint venture with a private equity backed investor to fund up to $200 million for the development of oil and gas properties in Oklahoma
  • Gastar Exploration in its agreement with a large private global investment fund to jointly develop up to 60 wells in the STACK play in Kingfisher County, Oklahoma 
  • TPG Special Situations Partners (TSSP) in its agreement between the operating subsidiary of Legacy Reserves LP and funds managed by TSSP to jointly fund horizontal development of certain of Legacy's Spraberry, Wolfcamp and Bone Spring rights in the Permian Basin 
  • EP Energy Corporation in its drilling joint venture with Wolfcamp Drillco Operating to fund future oil and natural gas development in its Wolfcamp program
  • Atinum Partners in an acquisition and joint venture with Smith Production in South Texas upstream assets

M&A and Private Equity

  • Devon Energy Corp. in its approximate $273 million sale of certain non-core upstream assets in the Delaware Basin to multiple buyers
  • TPG Sixth Street Partners in its $500 million equity commitment to Eagle Land JV, a partnership with Glendale Energy Ventures 
  • Devon Energy in the $553 million sale of the southern portion of its Barnett Shale position 
  • Clayton Williams in the $400 million sale of substantially all of the company's assets in the Giddings Area in East Central Texas 
  • Enerplus Resources (USA) in the $292.3 million sale of certain non-operated North Dakota assets to Bruin E&P Non-Op Holdings 
  • HRT O&G Exploração e Produção de Petróleo in a sale and purchase agreement to acquire a 40% interest in the Polvo Field offshore Brazil from Maersk Energia Ltda. in exchange for cash consideration and the assumption of certain decommissioning obligations
  • Apollo Global Management and Riverstone Holdings in the $7.15 billion acquisition, among a consortium of investors, of El Paso Corp.'s upstream assets
  • Gastar Exploration in the $187.5 million acquisition of 24,000 acres of the West Edmond Hunton Lime Unit located in Oklahoma from Lime Rock Resources


Contact Details

Houston

T +1.713.758.3382
F +1.713.615.5190
echoi@velaw.com
1001 Fannin Street
Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77002
Local time: 12:33 AM
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Emery's Practices

  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2011 (Matthew Bryon Dillon Endowed Presidential Scholarship)
  • Yale University, B.A., 2007 (Student Body President)
  • Fulbright Scholar, Spain
  • Admitted to practice: Texas
  • Other languages: Korean (fluent); Spanish (proficient)
  • Selected to the Texas Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2017−2019