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Ken Culotta

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King & Spalding LLP


Ken Culotta is a partner in the Houston office of King & Spalding. Mr. Culotta represents a broad spectrum of energy and natural resource industry clients, including oil and gas producers, transport and storage providers, power, LNG and CNG concerns, petrochemical manufacturers, energy marketers, service companies and mining companies, and private equity funds and other investors in these sectors. His practice focus includes cross-border transactions, and the unique public and private law issues involved in structuring, documenting and negotiating these transactions. His work experience includes investment, financial and monetization transactions, including project development and finance, as well as the nuts-and-bolts commercial agreements that energy businesses rely upon for revenue generation, hedging of financial exposure, raw materials and feedstock inputs, and construction and operation of facilities.


Spanish German.


J.D., University of Texas B.A., University of Texas.

Latin America: International firms

Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

In keeping with the firm’s core speciality, King & Spalding LLP maintains a strong presence in midstream oil and gas transactions and liquefied natural gas (LNG) deals related to Latin America. The firm also continues to work on a variety of joint venture arrangements, M&A transactions and private equity investments, particularly in relation to oil and gas assets. Houston-based leader of the global transactions practice, Ken Culotta is a seasoned Latin America hand with particular experience in oil and gas and LNG – although his track record extends across multiple sectors. John Crespo and Mexico qualified Adrian Talamantes have joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

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Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

King & Spalding LLP has achieved further growth in Mexico and Brazil especially, while Argentina is an emerging market for the firm. It continues to be recognised for its leading position in LNG, together with upstream and midstream oil and gas. The firm typically represents sponsors but also has a growing number of private equity clients operating in the energy space. Recent mandates include advising Sierra Oil and Gas on the negotiation of two joint operations agreements (JOAs) with other companies that were awarded licenses to explore Blocks 4 and 5 of the Salinas Cuenca deep water region in Mexico; and representing SeaOne Caribbean on the development of a compressed gas liquids (CGL) production, transportation and delivery project at Gulport, Mississippi, that will transport CGL to import facilities in the Caribbean. The firm is praised for its energy-sector expertise, including its ‘quality services and scheduling’, ‘breadth of team to interact with technical issues with other advisors for different areas’ and its ‘fluent coordination and resolution of tasks’. Key practice contacts include Houston partner Vera de Gyarfas who is noted for upstream oil-and-gas projects, LNG and energy infrastructure work; and senior figure Ken Culotta, who leads the global transactions practice, impresses in upstream oil and gas, and has significant additional credibility in midstream storage terminals and pipeline projects. Both are strongly praised by clients.

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United States: Finance

Project finance

Within: Project finance

King & Spalding LLP’s ‘extremely talented lawyers’ have considerable experience in representing the sponsors of oil and gas projects, with particular emphasis on LNG mandates; Ken Culotta, who demonstrates ‘keen insight into client needs and expectations’, is advising Quebec LNG on the finance for an LNG export project in Canada, while Scott Greer continued to assist Freeport LNG with the non-recourse financing of its LNG export terminal near Freeport, Texas. In other highlights, Culotta, Daniel Rogers and Vera de Gyarfas assisted SeaOne Caribbean with the development finance for a compressed gas liquids production, transportation and delivery project at Mississippi, and Culotta and Archie Fallon advised Magnum Energy on the private equity financing of an up to 10 million barrel refined products storage facility in Utah. Brian Betancourt and James Bowe are key contacts in New York and Washington DC respectively. Named attorneys are based in Houston unless otherwise stated.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy transactions: oil and gas

Within: Energy transactions: oil and gas

King & Spalding LLP enjoyed further expansion in 2017, with eight new partner hires in Houston and New York. The practice particularly excels in the LNG space and in one major deal practice head Ken Culotta (‘an exceptional relationship manager’) and Jeffrey Malonson acted for Next Decade on its $1bn merger with Harmony Merger. Other noteworthy practitioners are Atlanta-based Keith Townsend, Archie Fallon and counsel Monica Hwang, who has ‘excellent international transactional experience’. All named lawyers are based in Houston save where stated otherwise.

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