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Shay S. Kuperman

Shay S. Kuperman Partner, Energy Transactions & Projects

Shay Kuperman advises on mergers and acquisitions, strategic joint ventures and investments, and project development for many energy companies, chemical companies and financial investors. With each matter, Shay aims to negotiate deals that satisfy multiple stakeholders and help clients solve problems efficiently while also accomplishing their larger goals.

Throughout his more than 15 years at V&E, Shay has handled billion-dollar transactions in countries across the Americas, Asia and West Africa. A native Spanish speaker, Shay’s language skills have proven critical for many of his deals in Latin America, in particular, as well as in his work on pro bono immigration matters. 

Experience Highlights

  • Double Eagle Energy Holdings III in the formation of DoublePoint Energy with FourPoint Permian, and DoublePoint’s subsequent acquisition of assets from undisclosed sellers
  • 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
  • Riverstone Investment Group in becoming a 50 percent partner with Kinder Morgan in the Utopia Pipeline Project, a common carrier project that will include approximately 215 miles of new pipeline and will connect with an existing pipeline and associated facilities
  • 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
  • Riverstone Holdings in the $3.75 billion acquisition by its portfolio company, Fieldwood Energy LLC, of Apache Corp.’s assets in the Outer Continental Shelf of the Gulf of Mexico
  • Mitsui & Co., Ltd. in its agreement with DuPont to purchase DuPont’s global Kocide and ManKocide copper fungicide assets
  • Pioneer Natural Resources in its $1.7 billion joint venture with Sinochem to develop 207,000 acres in the Permian Basin
  • The Lubrizol Corporation in its agreement to acquire Weatherford International’s oilfield chemicals business, Engineered Chemistry, and its drilling fluids business, Integrity Industries
  • A large international energy company in the $2.5 billion sale of its Argentine oil and gas operations

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Trican Well Service in its definitive agreement with Keane Group, a privately-held, U.S. based well completion services company, for the sale of Trican's United States pressure pumping fracking business 
  • Reliance Industries Limited in its acquisitions of interests in Marcellus Shale gas assets and joint ventures to develop those assets
  • 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
  • Devon Energy in connection with the $2.2 billion sale of oil and gas assets in West Africa to GEPetrol
  • Rice Energy in the $336 million acquisition of 22,000 net acres and 12 developed Marcellus wells in Western Greene County, from Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC and its partners
  • Midstates Petroleum Company, Inc. in its $234 million initial public offering of common stock
  • Royal Dutch Shell plc in the sale of its downstream businesses in Uruguay and Paraguay, as well as certain assets in Colombia to Petróleo Brasileiro S.A
  • Athlon Energy, an Apollo Global portfolio company, in the $250 million acquisition of West Texas oil and gas properties

Project Development & Finance

  • 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
  • Chevron Phillips Chemical in a joint venture with The Dow Chemical Company to combine styrene and polystyrene business lines, involving production facilities in the United States, Colombia, and Brazil
  • Santos Limited in a $16 billion joint venture with Petronas, TOTAL, and KOGAS, for the development of a two-train greenfield LNG facility in Queensland, Australia, including the negotiation of long-term LNG off-take agreements
  • Luminant in a joint venture with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. to advance the development of two nuclear reactors at Luminant’s Comanche Peak facility located near Glen Rose, Texas
  • 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)

Contact Details


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F +1.713.615.5106
1001 Fannin Street
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Houston, TX 77002
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Shay's Practices

  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 2002
  • The University of Texas, B.B.A., International Business with highest honors, 1999
  • Admitted to Practice: Texas
  • Other language: Spanish (fluent)
    • Legal 500 U.S., Project Finance, 2013
    • Legal 500 Latin America, Corporate and M&A, 2012–2013; Projects and Energy, 2012–2013
    • Selected to the Texas Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2013–2015
      • Member: American Bar Association