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Reserve-Based Lending

Consistently named the World’s Leading Energy Law Firm by Euromoney* (1995 – present), Vinson & Elkins’ lawyers bring focus, efficiency, and experience regarding all facets of the energy industry, energy finance-related issues, market practices, terms, and trends. Our commercial-minded lawyers understand the intricacies of the energy business and are attuned to industry developments and finance needs.

Combining that deep knowledge with extensive finance experience, we evaluate loan-related risks and then structure, negotiate, and document reserve-based finance arrangements, collateral packages, and covenants with an understanding of the need to balance lender protections and borrower flexibility. We advise throughout the loan life cycle, meeting client needs in the context of their big-picture goals.

V&E’s Finance lawyers represent leading agent banks, other lenders, and investors, as well as public and private oil and gas exploration and production companies on the full range of reserve-based financing arrangements. Our lawyers advise on all reserve-based finance options, issues, products, and structures, handling financings ranging from single-bank loans to the largest and most complex syndicated financings.

As a further example of our full-service capabilities in the upstream finance sector, V&E provides value-added due diligence support to our lead arranger clients. Our full-time staff of property analysts conducts title review on oil and gas exploration companies’ record of ownership of the hydrocarbon and other oil and gas interests constituting collateral for these reserve-based lending facilities.

* Based upon the number of lawyers named in the Guide to the World’s Leading Energy Lawyers.

Experience Highlights

  • Antero Resources Corporation in a $4.75 billion secured reserve-based revolving credit facility

  • Range Resources Corporation in a $4 billion syndicated, secured reserve-based revolving credit facility

  • Caerus Operating LLC in a $1 billion secured reserve-based revolving credit facility 

  • Concho Resources Inc. in a $4 billion secured reserve-based revolving credit facility

  • Wells Fargo Bank in $3 billion syndicated, reserve-based credit facility to WPX Energy, Inc.

  • Wells Fargo Bank in a $3 billion reserve-based credit facility to Oasis Petroleum, Inc.

  • Wells Fargo Bank in a $2.5 billion syndicated, reserve-based credit facility to SM Energy Company

  • JPMorgan Chase Bank in a $1.5 billion secured reserve-based revolving credit facility to Centennial Resource Production, LLC

  • Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. in $2 billion revolving credit facility to Laredo Petroleum, Inc.