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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

600 TRAVIS, SUITE 4200, HOUSTON, TX 77002, USA
Tel:
Work +1 713 220 4200
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Fax +1 713 220 4285
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www.huntonak.com

Christopher Richardson

Tel:
Work +1.713.220.4430
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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Work Department

Corporate/Securities

Position

Partner

Career

Chris is an energy transactions lawyer and former General Counsel who focuses his practice on domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; strategic joint ventures and investments; project development and construction (including LNG projects, pipelines and facilities); upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas contracts; and corporate governance.

Chris also provides strategic counsel to independent E&P companies, national oil companies, oil majors, oilfield service companies, private equity investors and sovereign wealth funds in relation to deal structuring, investment risks, joint venture management, dispute resolution, operational and commercial matters, new country entry, and relations with host country governments. 

Chris has advised clients on conventional and unconventional oil and gas matters throughout the United States. He has also handled transactions and projects in dozens of foreign jurisdictions, including across Latin America, Asia (with particularly deep experience in India, China and Southeast Asia), the Middle East, Africa, Russia and Central Asia, and Australia. Chris also serves as an advisor to foreign governments in the development of their oil and gas laws and regulations as part of the Commercial Law Development Program, under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Commerce and State Department. 

Prior to joining the firm, Chris served as General Counsel and as a member of the Executive Committee of Mubadala Petroleum, an international oil & gas company owned by the government of Abu Dhabi, with upstream, midstream and LNG operations and assets located throughout the Eastern Hemisphere. Chris was also previously resident in the Hong Kong and Houston offices of a leading energy law firm and worked in-house with Occidental Petroleum in Texas and the Middle East.

Member

Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (2005–Present)

Education

  • JD, 2004, University of Virginia School of Law, Virginia Environmental Law Journal, Editor-in-Chief
  • BA, 1999, magna cum laude and departmental honors, Tulane University


United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

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

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

In April 2018, Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP merged with Hunton & Williams LLP to form Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, a move which brought together two reputable middle-market M&A practices. The legacy Andrews Kurth Kenyon group is highly rated for its advice to public and private companies, MLPs, REITs, financial advisers and private equity funds on complex M&A transactions. Houston-based Michael O’Leary advised Energy Transfer Partners on its acquisition of certain interests in PennTex Midstream Partners, including a rich natural gas gathering system, two cryogenic natural gas processing plants, and residue gas and natural gas liquid pipelines. Highlights for the Austin office included the team advising virtual reality video game developer Owlchemy Labs on its sale to Google; and acting for GPB Capital Holdings, a New York-based global asset management firm, in its acquisition of a division of NTT Data. In the large deal space, Houston-based Christopher Richardson and Hal Haltom Jr acted for Hilcorp San Juan in its acquisition of San Juan Basin oil and gas properties from ConocoPhillips. Other recommended Houston advisers are John Clutterbuck, Melinda Brunger, Henry Havre, Mark Young, Jordan Hirsch, firm-wide managing partner Robert Jewell and Ashley Burns Muehlberger. The legacy Hunton & Williams group includes M&A group co-heads Steven Haas in Richmond, whose practice includes change-of-control transactions, strategic acquisitions and divestitures; Washington DC-based Steven Patterson, who works with a variety of retail and consumer products companies; and Fernando Alonso, who splits his time between Miami and New York and has particular experience in the energy, infrastructure and telecoms sectors. Highlights included advising Bank of the Cascades, and its parent company Cascade Bancorp, in their sale to First Interstate BancSystem, and assisting Darden Restaurants with its $780m purchase of Texas-based restaurant chain Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen. Notable departures included David Buck, Jon Daly and Bill Cooper to Sidley Austin LLP; Mark Solomon, Peter Bogdanow, David Washburn, Victor Zanetti and Joseph Hoffman to Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP’s Dallas office; and Matthew Lyons, Carmelo Gordian, Alan Bickerstaff, Ted Gilman, Brian Dillavou and Russ Denton going to Shearman & Sterling LLP’s new Austin office.

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