Adding to Hunton Andrews Kurth's long-standing involvement with the largest and most complex oil and gas projects worldwide, the firm’s Middle East presence enhances our service platform and enables us to better assist clients with projects and assignments in Egypt, United Arab Emirates (UAE)—including Abu Dhabi—Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Iraq (including Kurdistan), Yemen, Turkey, Bahrain, Jordan and Libya.
In addition to our core team of lawyers serving the Middle East, we have the capacity to serve clients using knowledgeable consultants and in-country law firms within the region. These combined capabilities support our cultural awareness and tradition of respectful business practices, reflecting our understanding of the nuances of local laws and customs.
Our Middle East practice group is further supported by a former general counsel of an Abu Dhabi-based international oil and gas company.
Our clients include national and international energy companies (the majors as well as large and small independents); refiners and petrochemical companies; oilfield service companies, project developers; utilities; and government authorities.
Hunton Andrews Kurth's recognized sector prominence is enhanced by the strengths of our Middle East team, who offer clients:
Team members have extensive capabilities to handle:
Mergers & Acquisitions
We advise companies, financial advisors and investors on both the sell side and the buy side of numerous complex M&A transactions. Whether an acquisition involves a single asset or an entire integrated oil and gas company, our firm offers complete and strategic representation. Our lawyers assist in all phases of the acquisitions process including deal structuring, negotiating transaction documents and due diligence. Our recent experience includes acquisitions involving high profile companies in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
M&A Experience Highlights
Upstream & Midstream Energy
We counsel on both the investment and the industry side of sophisticated oil and gas transactions in the Middle East, during development as well as the operational phases of projects. We advise on host country requirements concerning direct investment and local content and provide guidance on the applicable local laws and regulatory environment. Our advice includes negotiating and drafting the full range of upstream, midstream and downstream agreements including concessions and production sharing agreements, seismic licenses, drilling contracts, joint operating agreements, farm-out agreements, and natural gas and crude oil sales agreements.
Upstream/Midstream Experience Highlights
Our team benefits from experience in every phase of the LNG chain from initial gas production, gathering and processing to liquefaction, shipment, regasification, storage, transportation and marketing. We have provided counsel on various aspects of the LNG import and regasification terminals in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Egypt and Kuwait.
LNG Experience Highlights
With an increased focus on environmental concerns and rapidly reducing costs relating to alternative sources of energy, renewable energy is at the forefront of power generation. Our team members have been among the pioneers in advising sponsors and lenders on the development and financing of renewable power projects throughout Africa and the Middle East.
Renewable Energy Experience Highlights
We have a multi-disciplinary infrastructure practice advising governments, sponsors and construction companies in several sectors, including energy, power, water and transport. We support clients in project structuring, risk allocation and evaluating the bankability needed to bring a project to market. We are one of the leading firms in advising on major project contracts, including construction contracts, operation and maintenance agreements, major equipment procurement contracts and offtake agreements. Members of our team were involved in negotiating the EPC contracts for landmark infrastructure and energy projects including the LNG storage tanks for the UAE’s largest planned LNG import terminal and the $3 billion Dubai Metro Project.
Infrastructure Experience Highlights
We represent sponsors, developers and lenders in financing a wide range of projects. We provide the legal support needed to structure, document and implement financing for major projects in sectors such as power, water, energy and social infrastructure. In particular, we have acted on deals involving development finance institutions, export credit agencies as well as international commercial banks. Accordingly, our team members are familiar with a wide array of financing precedents including but not limited to those involving IFC, JBIC, KEXIM, EBRD, EIB, EKF, FMO and MIGA.
Our white collar practice group counsels clients regarding Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and foreign anti-corruption laws; developing compliance programs and policies; conducting internal corporate investigations; and carrying out due diligence on target companies.
As energy technology continues to evolve and push the industry forward at record speed, we advise our clients on legal strategies to address new market dynamics and techniques for managing intellectual property, information, and technology assets.