Main Practice Contacts

Bernard F. Clark, Jr.
+1 713.547.2077


In the News

Liza Mark in the China Business Law Journal: Chinese FDI: New Developments in Regulation and Approval

In line with the State Council’s requirements for further simplifying policies and delegating authority, the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Commerce and the State Administration of Foreign Exchange have been busy issuing regulations in 2014 that further simplify the oversight of Chinese (non-financial) foreign direct investment. >>

Haynes and Boone Houston Expands Energy Talent with Kirsten Polyansky

HOUSTON – Haynes and Boone, LLP is proud to announce that Kirsten Polyansky has joined the firm’s Houston office as a partner in the Energy Practice Group.

“Her vast energy finance knowledge and experience fit nicely with the firm’s energy practice,” said Houston Partner Buddy Clark, head of the Energy Practice Group. “Kirsten’s experience in energy commodities, with a special focus on crude oil and refined products, enhances the firm’s capabilities.” >>



Recent Publications

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. >>

Putting the Genie Back in the Bottle: Fifth Circuit Finds Breach of Express Warranty to Repair Not Excluded by the “Contractual Liability” Exclusion

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has held that a contractor’s breach of an express warranty to repair does not constitute an “assumption of liability in a contract or agreement” for purposes of the “contractual liability” exclusion found in most general liability policies. >>





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)