Main Practice Contacts

Bernard F. Clark, Jr.
+1 713.547.2077


In the News

Haynes and Boone Strengthens Energy Practice with Veteran Phil Lookadoo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Veteran energy, regulatory and transaction lawyer Phil Lookadoo has joined Haynes and Boone, LLP as a partner in the firm’s Energy Practice Group. >>

Haynes and Boone Partner Buddy Clark on CNBC’s Squawk Box

Haynes and Boone, LLP Partner Buddy Clark, leader of the firm’s energy practice, was interviewed Dec. 2 as an energy industry expert on the impact of falling oil prices on Squawk Box, CNBC‘s the popular morning business program.

Clark, appearing with Wall Street Journal special writer Greg Zuckerman, said the fallout will be far from the catastrophe some have predicted for oil and gas producers.
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Recent Publications

Administration Raises Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Penalty Cap By 77 Percent

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has issued a final rule increasing the limit of liability for damages under the Oil Pollution Act to $133.65 million. >>

Denton’s Fracking Ban: Will “Civil Authority” Insurance Coverage Apply to Lessees’ Loss of Natural Gas Revenues?

On November 4, 2014, voters in Denton made that city the first in Texas to ban hydraulic fracturing within city limits. >>

Oil and Gas Monitor Guest Article: The Shale Revolution: Expanding the Use of Alternative Financing Structures

THE BOOM: It is difficult, if not impossible, to survey the current energy landscape in the United States without seeing the phrase “shale boom”—for good or for bad—somewhere in the rhetoric. In the past 10 years, technological advances in fracking and horizontal drilling have drastically changed domestic production and overhauled the possibilities for the future. >>

Lightning Oil Company v. Anadarko E&P Offshore, LLC

Offsite drilling is becoming increasing prevalent in the Eagle Ford Shale in Texas. Consequently, many in the industry were closely following a dispute between two neighboring operators in the Eagle Ford Shale area in which one operator opposed a neighboring operator’s plans to use offsite drilling. >>





Energy

Our Private Capital Energy Webinar, Transformation of Energy Markets in the New Natural Gas Paradigm, explores impacts and recent developments in power markets. To access a client alert relating to these issues, click here.

Our recent webinar, Private Capital Quarterly Energy - An Analysis of Fracing Developments, discussed legal developments in fracing and selected states' water rights and water quality issues. To access a recording of the webinar and the presentation, click here.

Energy is a complicated business. When looking for legal counsel, clients want and need attorneys who have years of experience in the energy field, experience in the issues unique to the energy industry and a team with the bench strength to handle the largest deals and nimble enough to handle specific projects quickly and efficiently. Haynes and Boone knows the domestic and international physical and financial energy markets. Our experience spans decades of active participation in the energy industry with a depth of practice that includes upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas; natural gas transportation, liquification, and regasification; electric power generation, transmission, marketing, transactions in compliance with state commission, FERC, ISO and RTOs requirements, wholesale and retail power sales, hedging and tolling agreements.

Our Energy Practice Group is comprised of more than 75 attorneys, professional landmen and senior energy market analysts with diverse backgrounds, experiences and skill sets specific to the energy industry. Our energy lawyers have domestic and multinational experience, having worked for major companies involved in the energy industry serving as in-house and general counsel, petroleum engineers, geophysicists and energy bankers, giving us outstanding insight into our clients' needs, issues and concerns, and allowing us to provide efficient and creative legal solutions. In addition to legal professionals, Haynes and Boone has an assembled team of professional landmen that assist, and in many circumstances coordinate and execute, the particular title due diligence required for many acquisitions and financings for our clients in oil and gas transactions.

We are very active in deals relating to both traditional energy sources and alternative or renewable energy resources. As a firm with a significant Texas base, we regularly represent a wide variety of industry clients in the energy sector from Fortune 100 companies to individuals.

Capital is a major resource for our energy clients and we are called upon to work on all aspects of our clients’ capital needs. We represent many of the major commercial energy lenders, private debt and capital providers and work closely with investment bankers accessing capital in the public markets for our energy clients. Our deep knowledge of the energy industry makes Haynes and Boone a go-to firm for both companies and capital providers in secured reserve based financings, private equity investments, joint ventures and public offerings. Given our decades of experience we have seen all aspects of the business cycles of the industry and have worked on a number of high profile debt restructures and insolvencies on both the debtor and creditor sides.

We are experienced in advising clients in a variety of domestic and international corporate and strategic transactions, regulatory and compliance matters, and litigation and arbitration specific to energy. Our international energy experience includes representing domestic and foreign national oil companies and power companies such as Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), Petrobras, Ecopetrol, the Honduran National Energy Company (ENEE) and Petroecuador. We also practice before domestic and international bodies regulating the energy sector, including:

United States

  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
  • North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC)
  • Texas Reliability Entity (TRE)
  • Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT)
  • Texas Railroad Commission (TRC)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and State Departments of Environmental Quality
  • Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)
  • Southwest Power Pool (SPP)
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Indian Tribal Forums
  • Maryland Public Service Commission (MPSC) and other state regulatory public service commissions
  • Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE)

International

  • Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE-Mexico)
  • Comisión Reguladora de Energía (CRE-Mexico)
  • Comisión Nacional de Energia (Honduras)