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Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

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Charlie Ofner

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Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

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Charlie's practice encompasses a broad range of oil and gas transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures. He has extensive experience in the negotiation and administration of asset purchase and sale agreements, joint venture agreements, joint development agreements, marketing agreements, oil and gas gathering agreements, farmout agreements, joint operating agreements, disposal agreements, IADC drilling agreements, master service agreements, surface use agreements, right-of-way agreements and other energy-related agreements. 

Charlie previously served as senior counsel at a publicly-traded E&P company, where he was integral in the legal functions of multiple company divisions, including operations, land, midstream, marketing, finance and accounting.


  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • The University of Texas School of Law Alumni Association
  • Vanderbilt University Alumni Association
  • Board Member, St. John’s School Alumni Association


  • JD, 2007, The University of Texas School of Law
  • Staff Editor, Texas Journal of Oil, Gas and Energy Law; Texas Review of Sports and Entertainment Law
  • BA, 2004, cum laude, Vanderbilt University

United States: Finance

Project finance

Within: Project finance

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP is strong on both the lender and the sponsor side, with an emphasis on conventional power and renewable energy. The team, which is headed by Timothy Unger, prides itself on its lender-side work in Latin America: Vera Rechsteiner acted for a syndicate of Panamanian, Guatemalan and Belizean banks on their $95m loan to Grupo Santander in Guatemala, part of which was for the design, building, maintenance and operation of its 16MW sugar cane cogeneration facility. The practice is also active on the sponsor side, and advised Bordas Renewable Energy on the development of various Texas wind farms; Stephanie Kroger also acted for Apex Clean Energy on the financing and development of a wind project and a solar project both based in Texas. The firm was joined in Houston by Charlie Ofner and Christopher Richardson, from in-house at Oasis Petroleum and Mubadala Petroleum, respectively, while George Pavlenishvili joined in New York from Reed Smith LLP. Peter del Vecchio left to join Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP in April 2016. Since publication, Todd Culwell has joined Reed Smith LLP in Houston.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)

Within: M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP’s practice grew through the recruitment of Houston-based oil and gas specialists Christopher Richardson and Charlie Ofner from Mubadala Petroleum and Oasis Petroleum respectively. The team excels in energy sector deals; it acted for LRR Energy in its acquisition of a subsidiary of Vanguard Natural Resources and advised Energy Transfer Partners on its acquisition of certain interests in PennTex Midstream Partners. It also advises in other sectors, such as assisting specialty pharmacy Avita Drugs with its sale to Tailwind Capital portfolio company Long’s Drugs and advising cloud-based software company Gravitant on its sale to IBM. Recent large deal highlights include advising Archer Well Company on its disposition of outstanding equity interests in certain North American subsidiaries; representing LDR Holding Corporation in its approximately $1.1bn sale to Zimmer Biomet Holdings; and advising Chelsea Petroleum Products Holdings, an affiliate of ArcLight Capital, on its purchase of Gulf Oil Limited Partnership and a related business. Houston-based David Buck and Michael O’Leary head the department. Buck has particular experience with energy, maritime transportation, restaurant, aviation and death care companies; and O’Leary’s representative experience includes acting as counsel to a publicly traded master limited partnership (MLP) in its acquisition of natural gas liquid pipelines and related assets. Other recommended Houston advisers are John Clutterbuck, Jon Daly, Melinda Brunger, Hal Haltom Jr, Henry Havre and firm managing partner Robert Jewell. In Washington DC, Bill Cooper is a key name, as are Dallas-based Mark Solomon, Peter Bogdanow, David Washburn and Victor Zanetti and Austin-based Alan Bickerstaff.

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