Ian is a corporate partner in the firm’s energy transactions practice group.

Ian advises clients on a broad range of energy transactions, including mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, project development, financial transactions, and out-of-court and bankruptcy court restructurings involving oil and gas assets (upstream, midstream and downstream), renewable energy projects and rare earth mineral deposits. He has extensive experience representing exploration and production companies and financial partners with respect to operations, acquisitions and divestures in the major U.S. conventional and unconventional onshore oil and gas basins, as well as offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Additionally, Ian is well versed in real property and oil, gas and mineral law, and regularly assists clients with energy project development, operations, lease negotiations and mineral and royalty transactions.

Ian has significant experience negotiating service contracts and working with clients on complex commercial arrangements, joint ventures and project development across the energy industry. In connection with the firm’s energy transition practice, Ian is also heavily involved in the development of carbon capture utilization and storage projects, as well as the development, operation, acquisition and divestiture of renewable energy projects.

Representative Experience

  • Represented enCore Energy Corp. in connection with its acquisition from Energy Fuels Inc. of the Alta Mesa In-Situ Recovery uranium project for $120 million.
  • Represented Midland Petro DC Partners LLC and related affiliates in a $330 million sale to Northern Oil and Gas Inc. of non-operated working interests in certain oil and gas properties in the Midland Basin of Texas.
  • Represented CenterPoint Energy, Inc. in negotiation of a capital lease for 500MW of mobile generation equipment in connection with the City of Houston’s regional master energy plan to enhance local power resilience.
  • Represented Intrepid Partners LLC in connection with the acquisition of Shell Midstream Partners LP by Shell USA Inc. for $1.96 billion.
  • Represented Paloma Partners VI Holdings, LLC, an affiliate of Paloma Resources, LLC and EnCap Investments L.P., in its two step acquisition of Goodrich Petroleum Corporation for $480 million.
  • Represented the Conflicts Committee of the Board of Directors of the General Partner of Rattler Midstream LP in its affiliate's $160 million acquisition of water midstream assets from subsidiaries of Diamondback Energy, Inc.
  • Represent an offshore oil and gas company in the sale of overriding royalty interests for $60 million in connection with financing the acquisition of additional OCS leases.
  • In re Sable Permian Resources, LLC, oil and gas counsel for exploration and production company focusing on the priority of vendor claims against the estate.
  • In re Remora Petroleum LP, et al., oil and gas counsel for exploration and production company with non-operated and operated oil and properties in multiple states with approximately $60 million in first and second lien debt.
  • Represented Ridgemont Equity Partners in its joint venture investment with Denham Capital Management and the Ontario Power Generation Inc. Pension Plan to back WhiteWater Midstream, MPLX LP and West Texas Gas, Inc. to provide natural gas liquids (NGLs) takeaway capacity from MPLX and WTG gas processing plants in the Permian Basin to the NGL fractionation hub in Sweeny, TX.
  • In re EdgeMarc Energy Holdings, LLC, et al., oil and gas and transactional counsel for prepetition bank agent, DIP lender and purchaser of gas producing properties in the Marcellus shale formation.
  • Representation of Sabine Oil & Gas Holdings, Inc. in the $610 million sale of Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation and certain subsidiaries to Osaka Gas USA Corporation.
  • Represented a public company in its acquisition of an independent offshore exploration and production company for $1.2 billion.
  • Represented a group of industry professionals in the formation and qualification of a new entity and its subsequent acquisition of a major oil company’s Gulf of Mexico shallow water assets.
  • Represented a private company in its acquisition of oil and gas assets in the Gulf of Mexico for $170 million.
  • Represented a private exploration and production company in the sale of its onshore subsidiary for $73 million.
  • Represented a public company in the sale and leaseback of an offshore oil and gas gathering system and shore base facility.
  • Represented a public company in its acquisition of onshore processing facilities from a major oil company.
  • Represented a private company in the negotiation of a development program involving numerous deepwater lease blocks in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Represented a private company in the sale of an oil and gas subsidiary for $66.5 million.
  • Represented a private company in the acquisition of oil and gas assets located across the Gulf Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Represented a private company in negotiations to participate in a drilling program across multiple onshore Texas basins.

Memberships

  • Member, Houston Bar Association, Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Section
  • Member, Texas State Bar Association

Awards & Recognition

  • Recommended for Energy Transactions: Oil and Gas, Legal 500 United States, 2020-2021

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