Recent Publications

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s Plan to Reform Risk Management

On August 20, 2014, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) on Risk Management, Financial Assurance and Loss Prevention. >>



Chris Wolfe

Partner

Houston


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Houston, Texas 77010
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Areas of Practice

Education

  • J.D., University of Texas at Austin School of Law, 1984, with honors
  • M.B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1984
  • B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1975, with honors

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
Chris Wolfe

Chris Wolfe has more than 29 years of experience in representing energy-related businesses. Other areas of experience are mergers and acquisitions, tax and business planning.

Chris is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Tax Law (2013-2015) and is AV® Peer Review Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory.

Selected Client Representations

  • Oilfield Service Company Joint Venture Technology Company Capitalization.
  • Private equity funding of an oil and gas company.
  • Sale of an oilfield component manufacturer.
  • Structuring equity raise for exploration and production company (lower 48).
  • Structuring enhanced oil recovery company (lower 48).
  • Representing technology company entering Canadian heavy oil market.
  • Sale of a specialty oilfield bearing manufacturer.

Recent Speeches and Articles

  • "Everything You Wanted to Know About the Oil and Gas Business but Were Afraid to Ask," American Association of Petroleum Geologists/Division of Professional Affairs, April 2014.
  • "Surface Rights and Access: A Look At Trends," Energy Law Institute, August 2013.
  • "Proposed Changes to Oil and Gas Taxation," The Houston Lawyer, Houston Bar Association, January/February 2011.
  • "Oil and Gas Federal Income Tax," South Texas Energy Law Institute, September 2010.
  • Co-contributor to chapter on Cleantech Financing in legal treatise Energy Law and Transactions, 2009.
  • "Energy Infrastructure and Continental Security," Panelist, Border Energy Forum XVI, Houston, Texas, October 2009.
  • "Oil, Gas and Energy Law Taxation of Energy Projects," University of Houston, 2007.
  • "Oil and Gas Taxation," Advanced Oil and Gas Short Course, University of Houston, 1999–2009.

Selected Representative Experience


Representation of Senior Officers of Vision Oil Tools, LLC in Acquisition by B/E Aerospace Inc.
Represented senior officers in the sale of Vision Oil Tools, LLC to B/E Aerospace Inc. for $145 million.

Formation of Limited Liability Company for Development of Mineral Assets in the Permian Basin
Represented mineral owners in formation of limited liability company for the purpose of developing mineral assets located in the Permian Basin.

Acquisition of M&R Industries, Ltd. d/b/a KM Services, Pro-Flow Fabrication Technologies, Ltd. and LTI Lambright, LLC
Represented companies who manufacture and sell parts for directional drilling, M&R Industries, Ltd. d/b/a KM Services, Pro-Flow Fabrication Technologies, Ltd. and LTI Lambright, LLC, in the sale of substantially all of their assets to Enteq KMS LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Enteq Upstream PLC, an oil and gas field services company.

Stock Purchase Transaction
Represented a large hedge fund in a stock purchase transaction where it acquired the controlling interest in a domestic cogeneration facility.

Acquisition by Rockwell Collins, Inc. of AR Group, Inc., Aerovip, L.P., AR Leasing Services, L.P. and International Air Associates, L.P.
Represented Air Routing International Corporation in the sale of stock to Rockwell Collins, Inc.

Stock Transactions for Eyeglass Frames Manufacturer
Representation of a privately held company that manufactures eyeglass frames via sale of options to purchase 70 percent and 30 percent of the issued and outstanding stock of target.

Asset Purchase Agreement
Sales of assets of privately held company that provides software for the oil and gas industry in exchange for a combination of cash and stock of buyer.

Sale of Air Security International, L.P. to Medex Global Group, Inc., ASI, Inc., and Medex Security Services, Inc.
Represented ASI Group in the sale of stock to Medex Global Group, Inc.

Contracts for Gas Processing Equipment - Russia
Purchase of gas processing equipment manufactured in U.S.A., remanufactured to Russian standards, shipped into Russia, and installed in Russian gas fields.

Sale of Companies - Kazakhstan and Russia
Sale of seismic companies in Kazakhstan and Russia.

Foreign Investment - Russia
Investment by a U.S. oilfield service company in a Russian oilfield service company.

Sale of Companies - Russia and the CIS
Sale of oilfield service companies in Russia and the CIS.

Memberships

  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
  • International Association of Drilling Contractors
  • Department of Energy - National Energy Laboratories EIR Merit Review Committee
  • Department of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative - Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Services and Finance Industries
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Board of Directors, Girl Scouts - San Jacinto Council

Online Publications

08/22/2014 - Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s Plan to Reform Risk Management
On August 20, 2014, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) on Risk Management, Financial Assurance and Loss Prevention.

06/10/2014 - Offshore With A Hole In Your Paddle: Does Your Risk Management Cover The New Post-Macondo World?
This presentation discusses BSEE in the Post-Macondo World, the perfect regulatory storm for both lessees and contractors.

08/15/2013 - Brazil's Historic First Pre-Salt Bidding Round (Webinar)
Haynes and Boone, LLP and MMA presented a joint webinar on the auction of upwards of 12 billion barrels of recoverable reserves in the LIBRA prospect in the Santos basin.

02/01/2011 - Proposed Changes to Oil and Gas Taxation
Taxes meant to raise revenues for the government or to change human behavior? Plentiful and inexpensive energy is a current requirement for an advanced economy.

08/26/2010 - Items to Consider in Determining Whether to Sell Your Business in 2010 - Part 4 of 4
This is the fourth client alert in a series of four generally describing (i) the tax changes that will occur on January 1, 2011 and in later tax years as a result of the recently enacted health care legislation, (ii) some of the steps a business owner should consider taking in order to prepare his or her business for sale, (iii) the sale process, and (iv) several key factors to consider in this process in an effort to maximize the after-tax benefits to the owners and to help ensure a smooth sales process.

08/18/2010 - Items to Consider in Determining Whether to Sell Your Business in 2010 - Part 3 of 4
This is the third client alert in a series of four alerts generally describing (i) the tax changes that will occur on January 1, 2011 and in later tax years as a result of the recently enacted federal legislation, (ii) some of the steps a business owner should take in order to prepare his or her business for sale, (iii) the sale process, and (iv) several key factors to consider to maximize the net after-tax benefits to the owners and to help ensure a smooth sales process.

08/10/2010 - Items to Consider in Determining Whether to Sell Your Business in 2010 - Part 2 of 4
This alert is the second in a series of four generally describing (i) the tax changes that will occur on January 1, 2011 and in later tax years as a result of the recently enacted health care legislation, (ii) many of the steps a business owner should consider taking in order to prepare his or her business for sale, (iii) the sale process, and (iv) several key factors to consider in this process in an effort to maximize the after-tax benefits to the owners and to help ensure a smooth sales process.

08/03/2010 - Items to Consider in Determining Whether to Sell Your Business in 2010 - Part 1 of 4
This alert highlights the imminent changes to the tax laws in 2011 (e.g., the sunset of the Bush era tax cuts) and the changes that will arise in later tax years (e.g., tax provisions contained in certain parts of the recently enacted health care legislation) that may affect a decision to sell your business this year.

10/12/2009 - DOE to Rely on Private Sector to Expedite Renewables Loan Guarantee Program
On October 7, 2009, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that the Department of Energy (“DOE”) will make a long-anticipated fundamental change in the administration of the Section 1705 loan guarantee program. The 1705 program is designed to accelerate the development of conventional renewable energy generation projects. The fundamental change will expedite the processing of loan guarantee applications.

07/01/2009 - New Russian Law on LLCs is in Effect
On July 1, 2009, amendments became fully effective to the corporate law governing the Limited Liability Companies (LLC) (obschestvo s ogranichennoy otvetstvennostyu, Russian abbreviation “O.O.O.”). The amendments apply to the Russian Civil Code, the Law on Limited Liability Companies, and the Russian Law on Notariat.

04/09/2009 - Recent Modifications in the Legal Regime of Russian LLCs, Client Alert (Part Two): Amendments to the Russian LLC Law
The earlier Client Alert (Part One), issued January 16, 2009, addressed certain key changes in the Russian Civil Code resulting from December 24 (30), 2008 amendments to Russian laws governing Limited Liability Companies. The new law introduced modifications to the Russian Civil Code, the “Law on LLCs” (the Federal Law of the Russian Federation of February 8, 1998, No. 14-FZ “On Limited Liability Companies” as restated through 2008), and the law on Notariat. The modifications will become effective on July 1, 2009.

05/08/2006 - Businesses Will Bear Brunt of Shifting Tax Load
In order to comply with certain U.S. Treasury regulations, we are informing you that any U.S. federal tax advice that may be contained in this document is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, by any person for the purpose of (i) avoiding any tax penalties that may be imposed by the Internal Revenue Service or any other U.S. federal taxing authority or agency or (ii) promoting, marketing, or recommending to another party any transaction or matter addressed herein.

04/04/2006 - An Overview of the History of Foreign Legal Consultants Between the United States and Mexico

Law, Business Worlds Unite in Transactional Arena

Corporate Compliance in Document Retention in Today's Business Environment

Deregulation of Electricity: Nature of the Industry and Taxes

Capital, Technology and Resulting Issues in Seismic Licensing

Valuating Intellectual Property Dealing with Dotcoms - Advanced High Tech Litigation

Seismic Licensing: Has Technology Outstripped the Forms?

Trade Secrets and Proprietary Information: Their Use and Misuse by Mobile Oil and Gas Professionals

Selected U.S. Oil and Tax Issues for Non-Tax Lawyers