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Kaam Sahely

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Vinson & Elkins LLP

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Energy Transactions


Kaam is a member of V&E's worldwide Energy Transactions and Projects practice group. Kaam’s client base spans the energy industry broadly – including the oil and gas (upstream, midstream and downstream), chemicals, LNG, and mining and metals sectors. Kaam frequently represents clients in the acquisition and development of energy and natural resource projects, including large scale projects developed over many years. Kaam is co-head of the firm’s Mining and Metals practice group.


  • Member: Law Society of England and Wales
  • Member: State Bar of Texas
  • Member: Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
  • Member: Australian American Chamber of Commerce: Energy Committee


Kaam graduated from Monash University in Melbourne, B.A. in 1999 and LLB with honours in 2002. Admitted in Victoria, Australia (2003), England and Wales (2005) and Texas (2011).

United States: Finance

Project finance

Within: Project finance

Vinson & Elkins LLP leads the way in advising sponsors and equity investors on the financing of major oil and gas projects; Washington DC-based Katy Gottsponer is acting for AES and the Motta Group on the $535m project financing of the Colón LNG-to-power project, and Keith Fullenweider, New York-based David Wicklund, Mark Brasher and Dallas-based John Grand are all part of a team assisting Blackstone Energy Partners and Blackstone Capital Partners with its $1.6bn investment in the Rover pipeline in the US. The practice is also well versed in handling infrastructure work, and in one example Kaam Sahely and Mark Brasher are assisting Texas Central Partners with the finance for a high-speed rail project between Dallas and Houston. In another Texas mandate, the same duo advised Gulf Coast Ammonia on the $800m financing of a hydrogen-based ammonia production facility. John Connally and James Cuclis head the team. All named partners are based in Houston save where stated otherwise.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy: renewable/alternative

Within: Energy: renewable/alternative

Vinson & Elkins LLP leverages its strong private equity client base to advise on M&A and tax equity investments; Washingto DC-based Katy Gottsponer and Houston-based Kaam Sahely were particularly active in this regard. Sahely was also busy in the finance space where he acted for Goldman Sachs and various lenders on the refinancing of Altus Power America. Houston-based John Connally and James Cuclis head the practice.

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United States: Real estate

Construction (including construction litigation)

Within: Construction (including construction litigation)

Houston-headquartered Vinson & Elkins LLP acts on complex energy and infrastructure projects as well as public and private building contracts, with a client list that includes Noble Energy, Occidental Petroleum and Investec. The international practice is led by London-based Nick Henchie and Houston partners Ferguson McNiel and Kaam Sahely, who specialize in commercial litigation and energy transactions respectively. Mark Brasher and Doug Bland acted for subsidiaries of Tellurian in connection with the project development arrangements for a LNG export project worth approximately $15bn, including the construction of a multi-train LNG liquefaction and export terminal and EPC arrangements for a long-haul natural gas pipeline. Brasher and Sahely also advised Gulf Coast Ammonia (a joint venture between Agrifos and Borealis) on the development, construction, operation, maintenance and project financing of a hydrogen-based ammonia production facility in Texas worth around $800m. Attorneys are based in Houston, save where otherwise mentioned.

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