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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, project development, 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 and M&A Transactions

  • Gastar Exploration in its $80 million sale to an affiliate of Tug Hill Inc. of its Marcellus Shale and Utica/Point Pleasant properties 
  • 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 
  • 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
  • Atinum Partners in an acquisition and joint venture with Smith Production in South Texas 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

Project Development & Finance

  • Apache Corporation in $2 billion development of the Kitimat LNG project, Canada’s first in British Columbia, including construction, LNG sales, and marine shipping
  • Midstream Energy Partners in the development and financing of a depleted reservoir natural gas storage facility in northwestern Colorado by East Cheyenne Gas Storage LLC, a subsidiary of Merchant Energy Holdings
  • Major international E&P company in the contracting arrangements for a newbuild FPSO to serve a deepwater development project offshore Angola, including drafting and negotiating relevant FEED, subsea infrastructure (SURF), O&M agreements, and bareboat charter
  • Investment by Sundrop Fuels, a subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy, and ongoing development, financing, and construction of a $450 million advanced biofuels facility utilizing natural gas and biomass to produce drop-in transportation fuels


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: 1:14 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), 2012−2019