Baker Botts L.L.P. > Washington DC, United States > Firm Profile

Baker Botts L.L.P.
700 K Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001-5692
United States

Industry focus > Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 1

Baker Botts L.L.P. handles substantial oil and gas litigation involving the major shale-basins across the US. The practice group advises leading multinationals, service companies, pipelines, refiners and major trade organizations on a broad range of disputes, including those relating to the oil price collapse and winter storm Uri. Praised for being ‘committed to the client and client’s needs’, the team also assists with unitization, royalties and procurement issues. Practice head William Kroger has extensive litigation experience, representing energy clients in power, renewables, oil and gas, and other energy disputes. Other names to note are Meghan McElvy, who has experience before Texas state and federal courts; Jason Newman, who has a specialist niche representing clients in disputes arising from horizontal-drilling related matters throughout the US; and younger partner Louie Layrisson, active in conflicts concerning leases, title, royalty obligations, surface disputes, environmental issues, JOAs and partnerships, midstream agreements, indemnity, restructurings and M&A, among other matters. The team also has experience representing clients before administrative and regulatory bodies as well as international arbitration forums. All individuals are based in Houston.

Practice head(s):

William Kroger

Other key lawyers:

Louie Layrisson; Macey Reasoner Stokes; Russell Lewis; Meghan McElvy; Jason Newman; George Fibbe

Testimonials

The energy litigation team at BakerBotts understands the complexity and pitfalls of the energy business. They are committed to the client and the client’s needs.’

The team works together to pool its strengths and come up with winning and unique strategies to address our litigation issues. I can’t recommend any other firm for energy litigation.

Bill Kroger is the team leader. His personality blends well with our company and I consider him a great store of wisdom and knowledge for guiding us through the legal issues in the energy business.

Jason Newman handles our issues with great optimism and great ferocity. I appreciate Jason for all the hard work he does for our company.

Key clients

Chevron USA

ConocoPhillips

Courson Oil & Gas

Dura-Bond Industries

EOG Resources

Halliburton Company

Hess Corporation

Indigo Minerals

Intercontinental Terminals Company

JGE Gas Solutions

Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline

Matador Resources Company

Murphy Oil Corporation

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Ovintiv USA

Patterson-UTI Energy

Pine Run Midstream

Repsol Oil & Gas USA

Shell Oil Company

Sunoco

Texas Oil & Gas Association

Work highlights

  • Representing Repsol Oil & Gas USA in over 100 individual lawsuits at state and federal court levels, where plaintiffs (combined), seek millions in damages for the alleged misallocation of production and underpayment of royalties in Repsol’s Eagle Ford shale operations for nearly 4,000 royalty owners.
  • Assisted Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline and Permian Highway Pipeline obtain the dismissal of a lawsuit against the two enjoining their construction and operation of a 400-mile, $2bn natural gas pipeline.
  • Representing Intercontinental Terminals Company in the legal proceedings arising out of a fire at its Deer Park terminal in March 2019.

Industry focus > Energy transactions: conventional power Tier 1

Defined by its breadth of practice and depth of talent, Baker Botts L.L.P. is a leading firm in power, utilities and renewables; corporate and M&A; and project development transactions. The practice has experience handling mega-utility mergers and is active in capital markets transactions, bankruptcy and restructurings, and auctions for power assets; along with power and utility investments by strategic players and private equity funds, power project development and financing, and wholesale and retail energy transactions. based in Washington DC, Elaine Walsh handles energy-company mergers, energy-asset acquisitions, divestitures and investments, the development of electricity generation and fuel transportation and storage projects; she co-leads the team with New York-based transactional specialist Michael Didriksen.

Practice head(s):

Elaine Walsh; Michael Didriksen

Testimonials

Elaine Walsh – top notch legal lion and heavy hitter. She is a tireless workhorse for her clients and is extremely engaged, both on substantive matters, networking, and mutual business development opportunities. She is selfless with her time and really values getting to know her clients on a personal level. Broad-based skillset across high-value M&A, regulatory issues, bankruptcy law, and commercial transactions spanning a diverse range of energy sub-sectors (renewables, retail energy, conventional power, oil & gas, and logistics providers), as well as public and private investors, among companies both large and small, from the start-ups, to the JVs, to the big public companies.’

Key clients

CenterPoint Energy

Clearway Energy

Cleco Corporate Holdings

El Paso Electric Company

GCM Customized Fund Investment Group

Hull Street Energy

NRG Energy

Puget Sound Energy

Southern Company Gas

Sunnova Energy

AES Corporation

Transmission Developers

Talen Energy

Work highlights

  • Representing CenterPoint Energy, the largest common unitholder in Enable Midstream Partners on the latter’s sale (in an all-equity transaction valued at roughly $7.2bn) to Energy Transfer.
  • Representing Transmission Developers on the development of the Champlain Hudson Power Express Project – a $3bn-plus, 1,250MW underground/underwater high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line from the US-Canada border to New York City.
  • Represented NRG in its simultaneous offerings of $1.4bn of senior secured first lien notes, $1.53bn of senior unsecured notes and $900m of pre-capitalized trust securities.

Industry focus > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 1

With full-service capability regarding transactional matters, Baker Botts L.L.P. ‘brings powerful legal analysis that is coupled with an extremely commercial approach’ and the experienced oil and gas practitioners who make up the group have ‘a wealth of market knowledge and deploy that in their advice’. Joint ventures and capital raising in the oil and gas sector are a core part of the team’s caseload, but it is also active in the increasingly important areas of green and sustainable bonds, as well as environmental counselling and carbon capture projects. The deep bench of specialists is co-led by Jason Bennett in Houston, Mike Bengtson out of Austin, and Dallas-based David Emmons. Other key names in the practice group are senior counsel Steven Miles in Washington DC,  Erin Hopkins and Scott Looper in Houston, and Jonathan Platt, who works from Dallas.

Practice head(s):

Jason Bennett; Mike Bengtson; David Emmons

Other key lawyers:

Steven Miles; Erin Hopkins; Scott Looper; Jonathan Platt; Rob Butler; Matthew Fusina

Testimonials

‘Responsive, client-focused, and cost-effective for the caliber of service they provide.’

‘A fantastic team, led by Jason Bennett. The BB team brings powerful legal analysis that is coupled with an extremely commercial approach. They have a wealth of market knowledge and deploy that in their advice. They are much more like partners than advisors. They roll up their sleeves, dig into a project and become part of the deal team.’

‘Jason Bennett – one of the best lawyers and advisors in the market. Top five lawyers I have worked with over my 20 year career. He is a counsellor and advisor. He is who you want in a crisis.’

‘Rob Butler – a fantastic partner. Technically very strong but brings the commercial awareness that is the hallmark of the Baker team.’

‘Matthew Fusina – a brilliant lawyer who becomes a core part of every internal deal team. Earns the trust of his clients faster than almost any lawyer I have ever seen.’

Key clients

BP America, Inc.

Broken Hill Proprietary (USA), Inc.

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation

Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

Chesapeake Energy Corporation

ConocoPhillips

Eagle Materials Inc.

Energy Spectrum Partners LP

EQT Production

ETX Energy, LLC

Hibernia Energy III, LLC

Hunt Energy Network L.L.C.

Hunt Oil Company

Kimbell Royalty Partners LP

MDC Texas Energy LLC

Murphy Exploration & Production Company

Tall Grass Energy, LP

Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co.

Wyoming Governor’s Office

Work highlights

  • Advised Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation on its $17bn merger with Cimarex Energy Co., announced May 24, 2021.
  • Advised CenterPoint, as the largest common unitholder in midwestern US natural gas company Enable Midstream Partners LP, with regard to the latter’s approximately $7.2bn sale to competitor Energy Transfer LP in an all-equity transaction.
  • Represented BP in the $5.6bn sale of all its Alaska operations and interests to Hilcorp Alaska.

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 2

Baker Botts L.L.P.‘s  ‘wonderful, hard working‘ team is heavily involved in a variety of high-profile cartel investigations, working on behalf of major corporates in criminal and civil proceedings, as well as handling investigations, internal compliance, and broader policy issues, with team members regularly contributing to thought leadership and ongoing legal debate in key emerging areas such as labor market issues, Big Tech and intellectual properties. The criminal cartel practice is primarily led by John Taladay, a leading figure in the space with a strong record in securing acquittals and leniency agreements for major clients, notably securing a DPA for Taro Pharmaceuticals in its case against the DOJ. Maureen Ohlhausen co-heads the practice and takes the lead on civil antitrust investigations, regularly representing clients in price-fixing and filing investigations, with a standout representation in 2021 being her work for Facebook and Google in the FTC’s Special 6(b) investigation into prior acquisitions by Big Tech companies. Taylor Owings joined the firm from the DOJ in June 2021, and has notable expertise in the interface between intellectual property and antitrust issues, a growing area of focus in cartel investigations. Erik Koons is leading the firm’s representation of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy in the Southern District of New York, against allegations of unfair competition, while Joseph Ostoyich is vastly experienced in monopolization litigation. Stacy Turner handles civil and criminal cartel investigations, with expertise in a range of cartel defense strategies. All lawyers mentioned are in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

John Taladay; Maureen Ohlhausen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘John Taladay’s team is wonderful, hard working, responsive, smart, prudent. Fantastic team.’

Key clients

Amazon

Facebook

Google

QVC, Inc.

Caterpillar Inc.

CenterPoint Energy

Qualcomm

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated

Halliburton

HEB

Ericsson

Georgia-Pacific LLC (GP Wood Products LLC)

Waste Management, Inc.

American Industrial Partners, LLC (AIP, LLC)

Broadcom

Conversant Wireless Licensing SARL

Eagle Materials

HollyFrontier Corp

Irico Display Devices Co., Ltd.

JSW Steel (USA) Inc. / JSW Steel USA Ohio, Inc.

Koninklijke Philips N.V., Philips North America LLC, Philips Taiwan, Limited and Philips do Brasil Ltda.

Liberty Media Corporation

Magellan Midstream Partners LP

Masco Corporation

McDermott International, Inc.

National Association of Boards of Pharmacy

Olin Corporation

Royal Dutch Shell

Safariland

Sandoz, Inc.

SSW Partner LP

Sun Pharmaceuticals / Taro Pharmaceuticals

Westlake Chemical Corporation

Zydus Pharmaceutical, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Taro Pharmaceuticals in connection with the DOJ criminal cartel investigation that led to a novel Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with the DOJ Antitrust Division.
  • Representing Broadcom, a global manufacturer of semiconductors, in connection with an FTC investigation, complaint and settlement into exclusive supply contracts for certain products.
  • Representing HollyFrontier in a FTC post-closing antitrust investigation with a civil investigative demand after it had closed on its $655m acquisition of Sonneborn US Holdings Inc. and Sonneborn Co.

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 2

The antitrust and competition law practice at Baker Botts L.L.P. encompasses the full spectrum of antitrust litigation on both sides of the aisle before federal, state and appellate courts. Nationwide private litigation on behalf of corporate defendants and opt-out-litigation are part of the firm’s portfolio, including cases relating to monopolization, price-fixing conspiracies, as well as vertical price and non-price restraints. John Taladay, who is experienced in working closely with the FTC and DOJ, and antitrust, privacy and data security and consumer protection expert Maureen Ohlhausen lead the department. William Lavery is well versed in matters including high-profile bet-the-company cases from industries such as pharmaceutical, healthcare, and technology, which are also covered by senior associate Chris WilsonStephen Weissman and Michael Perry left the firm in March 2021, while Taylor Owings joined from the DOJ’s antitrust division in June of the same year. All mentioned attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

John Taladay; Maureen Ohlhausen

Testimonials

‘Terrific communication and follow up. Strong grasp of the law and strategy. Exceptional at budgeting and sticking to it.’

‘Erik Koons — terrific.’

Key clients

Amazon

Facebook

Google

QVC, Inc.

Caterpillar Inc.

CenterPoint Energy

Qualcomm

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated

Halliburton

HEB

Ericsson

Georgia-Pacific LLC (GP Wood Products LLC)

Waste Management, Inc.

American Industrial Partners, LLC (AIP, LLC)

Broadcom

Conversant Wireless Licensing SARL

Eagle Materials

HollyFrontier Corp

Irico Display Devices Co., Ltd.

JSW Steel (USA) Inc. / JSW Steel USA Ohio, Inc.

Koninklijke Philips N.V., Philips North America LLC, Philips Taiwan, Limited and Philips do Brasil Ltda.

Liberty Media Corporation

Magellan Midstream Partners LP

Masco Corporation

McDermott International, Inc.

National Association of Boards of Pharmacy

Olin Corporation

Royal Dutch Shell

Safariland

Sandoz, Inc.

SSW Partner LP

Sun Pharmaceuticals / Taro Pharmaceuticals

Westlake Chemical Corporation

Zydus Pharmaceutical, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing QVC, Inc. in litigation filed by actress, entrepreneur, and former QVC vendor, Suzanne Somers, and her affiliated company, SLC Sweet, Inc., alleging violations of Section 2 of the Sherman Act and commercial law claims.
  • Representing Irico, a Chinese manufacturer and seller of CRTs, in a significant price fixing action in the U.S.
  • Represented  Koninklijke Philips N.V., Philips North America LLC, Philips Taiwan, Limited and Philips do Brasil Ltda. in a case in which a class of indirect purchasers sued the Philips entities in the Northern District of California in 2007, accusing Philips and other defendants of conspiring with other manufacturers to fix the price of Cathode Ray Tubes commonly used in televisions until the late-2000s.

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 2

Baker Botts L.L.P. maintained its successful record across complex merger processes, including Second Request proceedings and litigation, working prolifically on behalf of clients in the private equity, tech, and industrials sectors. The team includes a number of former senior FTC and DOJ officials, and offers significant expertise in regulatory strategy and enforcement response, both within the US and when facing international antitrust agencies. The practice was further bolstered in 2021 with the arrival of former Antitrust Division Chief of Staff Taylor Owings, and the promotion of Jody Boudreault to partner, in recognition of her strong work in the healthcare sector. John Taladay oversees the team alongside former acting FTC Chair Maureen Ohlhausen, a vastly experienced antitrust practitioner with extensive first-hand knowledge of the merger review process. Mark Botti handles high-level cases in key sectors such as healthcare, financial services, and tech, including major litigation before the FTC and DOJ, while Paul Cuomo is a standout name for multi-jurisdictional merger processes, and regularly handles antitrust clearances for Liberty Media. Jeffrey Oliver also advises on global proceedings, and is strong in the oil and gas and heavy industrials spaces. Senior associate Matthew Adler is an emerging player in the team, co-ordinating complex clearance proceedings, including several cross-border deals for Liberty. All lawyers mentioned are in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

John Taladay; Maureen Ohlhausen

Testimonials

‘The firm has deep experience with our company and others. It takes into account our approach to risk. Very responsive. Practical and not academic. Coordinates complex projects and ensures timely filings – both HSR and responses to requests for information.’

‘ Quick and valuable advice from all. Paul Cuomo can advise on any competition issue with a worldwide view and pull in regional or subject matter expertise as needed.’

Key clients

Amazon

American Industrial Partners, LLC (AIP, LLC)

A.O. Smith

Broadcom

Caterpillar Inc.

CenterPoint Energy

ConocoPhillips

Conversant Wireless Licensing SARL

Eagle Materials

Ericsson

Facebook

Georgia-Pacific LLC (GP Wood Products LLC)

Google

Halliburton

HEB

HollyFrontier Corp

Irico Display Devices Co., Ltd.

JSW Steel (USA) Inc. / JSW Steel USA Ohio, Inc.

Koninklijke Philips N.V., Philips North America LLC, Philips Taiwan, Limited and Philips do Brasil Ltda.

Liberty Media Corporation

Magellan Midstream Partners LP

Masco Corporation

McDermott International, Inc.

National Association of Boards of Pharmacy

Olin Corporation

Qualcomm

QVC, Inc.

Royal Dutch Shell

Safariland

Sandoz, Inc.

SSW Partner LP

Sun Pharmaceuticals / Taro Pharmaceuticals

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated

Waste Management, Inc.

Westlake Chemical Corporation

Zydus Pharmaceutical, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising CenterPoint Energy in the $2.15 billion sale of its Arkansas and Oklahoma natural gas businesses to Summit Utilities, Inc.
  • Advising SSW Partners LP on the purchase of Veoneer Inc.
  • Representing AIP’s in all antitrust matters relating to its transactional pipeline.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort Tier 2

Combining strong national litigation strength with a standalone full-service environmental offering, Baker Botts L.L.P. is able to provide a “soup to nuts” service to energy and manufacturing companies in the defense of toxic exposure and environmental tort cases. The Houston office, in particular, has in recent years, gained a particularly strong reputation for its ability to handle large-scale crisis response work following major incidents –  including in the aftermath of chemical explosions, water and soil contamination. It can quickly mobilize resources and therefore manage reputational damage, liaise with regulators, litigate private class actions and pursue government investigations. Russell Lewis  and Kevin Jacobs  both have significant experience co-ordinating litigation, including MDLs, and exemplify this multi-faceted approach which frequently sees them fending off government actions. ‘Calm in a crisis’, Washington DC-based Kent Mayo  is particularly adept at representing clients in the aftermath of major disasters, including refinery explosions and chemical spills. Joshua Frank is also well-versed in handling chemical exposure cases and co-heads the team alongside Mayo and Houston-based elder statesman Tynan Buthod .

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Kent Mayo is calm in a crisis.’

Key clients

Assertio Therapeutics

BASF Corporation

CenterPoint Energy

Dixie Chemical Company

ExxonMobil

Intercontinental Terminals Company

Orlando Utilities Commission

Tenaris Global Services USA

TPC Group

Tennessee-American Water Company

West Virginia-American Water Company

Assertio Therapeutics

BASF Corporation

CenterPoint Energy

Dixie Chemical Company

ExxonMobil

Intercontinental Terminals Company

Orlando Utilities Commission

Tenaris Global Services USA

TPC Group

Tennessee-American Water Company

West Virginia-American Water Company

Work highlights

    Industry focus > Energy regulation: conventional power Tier 2

    The team at Baker Botts L.L.P.  has ‘deep expertise in energy issues’ and represents major players in the industry including multi-state utilities, private equity-backed generation and transmission portfolio companies, investors and developers of renewable and energy storage assets. The firm handles a unique caseload, assisting clients with hydroelectric licensing and compliance matters before FERC and regulatory issues exclusive to ERCOT. Based in Washington DC, practice co-head Jay Ryan advises on project development and energy regulatory before the DOE; fellow co-head James Barkley , in Houston, advises clients across the natural resources sector. Michael Yuffee is the name-to-note for expertise on wholesale energy markets, and Emil Barth focuses on transmission and reactive rate proceedings. The latter pair are both based in Washington DC.

    Practice head(s):

    Jay Ryan; James Barkley

    Other key lawyers:

    Andrea Stover; Emil Barth; Michael Yuffee; Michael Loesch; Ryan Norfolk; Allie Hemmings

    Testimonials

    The team is extremely responsive and happy to take on any challenge you can think of to throw at them. They are prompt, thorough and conduct exhaustive research informed by their deep expertise in energy issues.’

    I have had the opportunity to work closely with  Emil Barth – an impressively deep knowledge of legal theory, especially as it relates to the energy sector.’

    Key clients

    Avangrid Renewables

    Calpine Corporation

    CenterPoint Energy

    EDP Renewables

    Exelon Corporation

    Hecate Energy

    Hollow Road Solar

    ITC Holdings

    Kindle Energy

    Marubeni

    NRG Energy

    Nuveen Investments

    Repsol Energy North America

    Seminole Electric Cooperative

    Smoky Mountain Transmission

    Taylor Biomass

    Transmission Developers

    Work highlights

    • Advised ITC Holdings on FERC’s transmission rate incentive policies, open access transmission tariff rules and amendments, Regional Transmission Organization market rules, the development of new transmission facilities, provision of ancillary services, compliance with reliability standards, regulatory due diligence and opinions for financings, and audits conducted by FERC’s Office of Enforcement.
    • Ongoing advisory to CenterPoint Energy regarding complex federal and state regulatory issues that arise in connection with equity offerings and other transactions undertaken by the company.
    • Representing both NRG and Avangrid in proceedings at the Public Utility Commission of Texas to provide relief to market participants related to: $800m in unpaid fees to Texas’ Eectricity Reliability Council (ERCOT), for power procured during winter storm Uri; and $2.1bn in relief for load-serving entities which endured extraordinarily high charges when ERCOT had to procure certain electric power products (called “ancillary services”), at record-breaking prices.

    Industry focus > Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 2

    Baker Botts L.L.P. advises on the full spectrum of energy regulatory issues, from the rates and terms of service for transportation and storage through to the permitting of regulated facilities, as well as handling an array of commercial agreements. The group has been highly active in winter storm Uri matters, with Michael Yuffee representing high-profile clients in this area. Emil Barth is ‘fantastic' and represents a diverse range of energy clients in regulatory issues, including in FERC proceedings. Houston-based James Barkley jointly leads the practice with Jay Ryan in Washington DC where all named lawyers are based unless stated otherwise.

    Practice head(s):

    James Barkley; Jay Ryan

    Other key lawyers:

    Thomas Eastment; Emil Barth; Michael Yuffee

    Testimonials

    Emil Barth is fantastic to work with. Knows his stuff, articulates well in conversations with FERC staff, judges, pipeline folks.’

    Key clients

    CenterPoint Energy Resources Corporation

    Macquarie Energy

    Repsol Energy North America Corporation

    MDC Texas Energy

    Oneok Incorporated

    Work highlights

    • Representing Repsol Energy North America Corporation before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in regulatory matters concerning its natural gas marketing business and its Canaport LNG terminal.
    • Representing CenterPoint in obtaining Natural Gas Act-required approvals from FERC for the $2.15bn sale of its Arkansas and Oklahoma natural gas distribution businesses to Summit Utilities.
    • Representing Oneok, as the owner and operator of crude petroleum and natural gas liquids pipelines in Texas, on a variety of Texas regulatory matters, including issues relating to winter storm Uri.

    Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 2

    The renewable and clean energy group at Baker Botts L.L.P. is rated for its ‘deep experience of representing developers, tax equity and long term investors’ in numerous ‘complex, bespoke and oftentimes unprecedented transactions’. Typical mandates range from M&A involving power, utilities and renewable energy assets to project development, bankruptcy restructurings, auctions, financing and tax equity investments. Jeff Kayes, who is based in San Francisco, oversees the project finance practice, and assists clients in connection with such transactions for wind, solar, biomass and hydroelectric facilities. Sitting in the New York office, transactional lawyer Michael Didriksen  has acted as lead counsel in several transactions spanning all renewable segments, including battery storage. Adam Griffin and John Papaspanos are key contacts in New York for domestic and international project finance and tax equity deals. Leslie Hodge left the firm in August 2021.

    Practice head(s):

    Michael Didriksen; Jeff Kayes

    Other key lawyers:

    Elaine Walsh; Peter del Vecchio; Adam Griffin; Natasha Khan; Emil Barth; John Papaspanos

    Testimonials

    ‘Baker Botts’ renewable energy practice is robust and is amplified by deep experience representing developers, tax equity and long term investors.’

    ‘The Baker Botts renewables team lawyers, and especially Peter Delvecchio, are expert in the many areas relevant to the renewables practice (regulatory, corporate, real estate, tax, etc.).’

    ‘Jeff Kayes and Adam Griffin are both level-headed and forward thinking advisors.’

    ‘Very responsive, knowledgeable and efficient. The team has been able to juggle multiple projects while providing thorough legal advice.’

    ‘Baker Botts has a very cohesive team that is extremely knowledgeable and professional. They are quick to respond and be available. There is rarely a need to remind or re-request services or follow-up as with some law firms that just seem too over-inundated with clients to move transactions along at a fast pace. Baker Botts does not force their services/opinions on us; rather they offer and listen to our suggestions – collaboration is fantastic and we were extremely successful last year despite the pandemic and remote work. This law firm has been my favorite to work with over at least 15 others in the past 6-7 years.’

    ‘I am fortunate to work with Peter del Vecchio (Of Counsel) for over 6 years and not only is he well versed in energy law, he is a professional in every sense of the word, going above and beyond for his clients. I am extremely happy to be working with Jeff Kayes again this year. He has a very strong expertise in energy finance and loan/sale matters. A take-charge partner, he succeeds in keeping multiple parties on track to move transactions quickly and smoothly.’

    ‘The team has worked with me on a number of complex, bespoke and oftentimes unprecedented transactions in a variety of sectors. They have innovated and provided the legal substance to protect us in potential downside scenarios as our primary goal being preservation of capital.’

    ‘Adam Griffin (partner) has become more of a counsel than my lawyer. I trust his opinion on both legal and commercial matters. John Papaspanos (sr associate) has become my close #2 in terms of making sure i get his opinion.’

    Key clients

    AES Corporation, The

    Aspen Power Partners

    Centaurus Renewable Energy LLC

    CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

    Cleco Corporate Holdings

    GCM Grosvenor

    Global Atlantic Financial Company

    Hannon Armstrong

    Hull Street Energy

    NRG Energy, Inc.

    Parasol Renewable Energy LLC

    Puget Sound Energy

    Sunnova Energy International, Inc.

    Talen Energy Corp.

    Transmission Developers, Inc.

    Work highlights

    • Representing Transmission Developers in developing a $3bn-plus, cross-border, 1,250MW underground/underwater high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line from the US-Canada border into New York City, named the Champlain Hudson Power Express Project.
    • Representing The AES Corporation in connection with a 10-year strategic alliance with Google to accelerate the growth and adoption of clean energy by leveraging Google Cloud technology to pioneer innovation in the sector.
    • Acting for Hull Street Energy, which entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the management team and development pipeline of Foundation Solar Partners, an independent renewable development company that specializes in identifying and developing utility-scale solar generation projects in select markets in the eastern United States.

    Industry focus > Environment: litigation Tier 2

    With an impressive client roster including a number of well-known energy companies, Baker Botts L.L.P. is highly regarded for handling trial litigation involving environmental law issues. The firm’s deep environmental bench offers coast-to-coast expertise and is regularly involved in multi-media cases arising from natural resource damage claims, climate tort, class actions stemming from environmental accidents, and CERCLA cost-recovery matters. Practitioners bring to the table experience in every major environmental statute and regulatory program, and are often sought after by clients responding to crisis situations, including oil spills and chemical releases, Superfund cases and remedial work. Houston-based Scott Janoe, who has nearly two decades’ experience in environmental litigation, enforcement defense and crisis management, oversees the group with Megan Berge  in Washington DC. Berge stands out for her proficiency in permitting, climate change and ESG matters. Other key inidividuals to note in DC include Steve Solow, who is recommended for environmental incidents that are the subject of government investigations and criminal enforcement, and Nadira Clarke, who is often retained by oilfield services, refiners, manufacturing and chemical clients.

    Practice head(s):

    Scott Janoe

    Other key lawyers:

    Megan Berge; Steve Solow; Nadira Clarke; Allison Watkins Mallick; Martha Thomsen; Lily Chin

    Testimonials

    The team is highly skilled and knowledgeable about environmental laws and regulations at the state and federal levels that are key in environmental claims.

    Lily Chin (partner) and Martha Thomsen (associate) manage our company\’s matters with a strategic business focus and project manage the file well.

    Key clients

    National Association of Home Builders, National Association of Manufacturers and Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute

    Borla Performance Industries, INC

    Climate Tort Defendants

    Intercontinental Terminals Company LLC

    National Association of Home Builders

    NDT Systems, Inc., Wood Group US Holdings, INC. and Wood Group USA, Inc

    EXXON MOBIL CORPORATION

    NVR, Inc.

    LG&E AND KU ENERGY LLC

    DCP OPERATING COMPANY, LP

    TPC GROUP INC.

    PATTERSON-UTI ENERGY, INC.

    HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.

    WEBBER, LLC

    Work highlights

    • Represented ExxonMobil in securing a very favorable trial decision in the Southern District of Texas in one of the most significant and closely watched wartime claims case against the United States.
    • Successfully represented the National Association of Home Builders in appealing to the International Code Committee building codes that would embed in widely adopted model building codes provisions that limit the use of natural gas for home heating and facilitate transitions to electric vehicles.
    • Representing Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC) in connection with EPA, OSHA, CSB, TCEQ, and other federal, state, and local agency responses to a multi-day fire and environmental release, and defending ITC against environmental, toxic tort, and business claims relating to the event.

    Industry focus > Environment: regulatory Tier 2

    With a particular focus on the energy sector, Baker Botts L.L.P. ‘s environmental, safety, and incident response team remains a popular choice among a variety of clients, which are appreciative of its ‘incredible range of knowledge and experience‘ and ability to provide comprehensive services in the context of enforcement actions, permitting processes and crisis management. Offering coast-to-coast coverage, the team is experienced in all media (air, water and waste) and every major environmental statute and regulations, but garners praise for its notable presence in complex air emission programs and strategies, and site clean-ups. Permitting, compliance, enforcement and spill responses involving water quality issues are other typical mandates for the group, which is headed by Scott Janoe in Houston. Also based in the Houston office, Scott Elliott  is sought after by clients from the energy and chemical sectors in matters relating to crisis response and compliance obligations. Debra Jezouit, who works out of Washington DC, is recognised for her experience in Clean Air Act and climate change issues. The arrival in April 2021 of Alexandra Dunn, who formerly served as the Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, enhances the firm’s capabilities in the rule-making and emerging contaminants fields.

    Practice head(s):

    Scott Janoe

    Other key lawyers:

    Scott Elliott; Debra Jezouit; Alexandra Dunn; Stephanie Bergeron Perdue; Megan Berge; Paulina Williams

    Testimonials

    ‘Baker Bott has an incredible range of knowledge and experience. They have a number of individuals with experience at both federal and state agencies. This practical knowledge helps them to “flip-the-map” and see issues from all aspects.’

    ‘Paulina William’s breadth and depth of knowledge is only eclipsed by her responsiveness and compassion. She is available at any time, day or night. I have yet to pose the environmental question or issue that she couldn’t navigate through her team.’

    Key clients

    ENTERPRISE PRODUCTS OPERATING LLC

    Work highlights

    • Representing Enterprise Products in responding to and resolving a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency inspection and follow-on Clean Air Act Section 114 Information Requests covering the Baton Rouge Fractionator and Propylene Concentrator Unit.

    Intellectual property > Patents: licensing Tier 2

    The licensing practice at Baker Botts L.L.P. appeals to clients for being ‘unusually adept at creating business-savvy licensing frameworks & agreements’, and garners additional praise for feeling ‘comfortable doing things in a new way’. With life sciences, technology, electronics and education as the main sectors of focus, the group is well known for handling a variety of licensing agreements, encompassing cross-border contracts for the acquisition or disposal of portfolios, the research and development of new technologies, and outsourcing agreements, for products and services in the US and abroad. The group is also well versed in transactional work, and the proximity with the firm's litigation team reflects on the practice's caseload. Robert Scheinfeld chairs the group from New York, with Christa Brown-Sanford in Dallas acting as deputy chair. Luke Pedersen in Washington DC and ‘exceptional licensing attorneyMargaret Sampson in Austin are other names to note.

    Testimonials

    ‘The team is unusually adept at creating business-savvy licensing frameworks & agreements. They listen, think creatively, push back appropriately, and are comfortable doing things in a new way.’

    ‘Margaret Sampson is an exceptional licensing attorney.’

    Key clients

    Cisco Systems, Inc.

    Dell Inc.

    Strattam Technologies

    Columbia University

    Halliburton

    Toyota

    University of Pennsylvania

    Royalty Pharma

    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

    Assertio Therapeutics

    Enghouse Interactive (UK) Ltd. and Vidyo, Inc.

    CMC Materials f/k/a Cabot Microelectronics Corporation

    Mastercard International Incorporated

    Medical Technology Company

    FUJIFILM Cellular Dynamics, Inc.

    Ericsson

    Genentech Inc

    Work highlights

    • Serving longtime client Cisco as primary outside counsel for patent licensing, strategic portfolio development, defensive patent analysis, and overall counselling and patent strategy.
    • Advised Dell Technologies on a wide range of patent matters.
    • Assisting Columbia University with the development and management of its worldwide patent portfolio that is directed to a wide range of physical and life sciences technologies.

    Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission) Tier 2

    Hailed as ‘the go-to expert consultant for any issue related to the ITC’, Washington DC’s Lisa Kattan directs the practice at Baker Botts L.L.P., which garners additional plaudit for its ‘experience, diversity, efficiency, and collaboration’. Kattan’s former role as senior investigative attorney at the ITC has provided her with a ‘great insight to the inner workings of the ITC’ and with excellent capabilities to assist both respondents and complainants across all phases of ITC mandates. The group also boasts strong knowledge of customs enforcement, showing a particular prowess handling inter partes proceedings. Katharine Burke, also in Washington DC, is another key contact.

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Baker Botts is doing a great job. They are very familiar with the inner workings of the ITC and have kept us on top of its aggressive schedule.’

    ‘Lisa Kattan brings great insight to the inner workings of the ITC.’

    Lisa Kattan is my go-to expert consultant for any issue related to the ITC. She has patiently, efficiently, clearly and quickly provided answers to every question I have ever had on any issue related to ITC actions. Her expertise and experience in this unique area of law are impressive.’

    Key clients

    Brother Industries Ltd.

    CMC Materials, Inc.

    Kiss Nail Products, Inc., CVS Health Corporation, Ulta Beauty, Inc. and Walmart Inc.

    Huber+Suhner

    FUJIFILM Corporation

    Oxford Nanopore Technologies

    Dell

    Samsung

    DISH Network

    Motorola Solutions

    Infineon

    Work highlights

    • Obtained an ITC initial determination in a patent infringement case against DuPont de Nemours.
    • Representing KISS Nail Products in a multi-patent action in the ITC in a case brought by Lashify, Inc.
    • Filed an ITC case for Brother Industries against a group of respondents regarding certain toner cartridges and their components.

    Intellectual property > Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings) Tier 2

    Baker Botts L.L.P. is the firm of choice for a notable roster of clients that includes Dell, Cisco, Halliburton, Hitachi, Abbott, and Columbia University, thanks to its well-known patent prosecution practice which stands out among general practice firms. With electronics, technology, telecommunications, and life sciences as the team's mainstays, the group impresses with its busy PTAB caseload, comprised of inter partes reviews and covered business method reviews. Their ‘excellent drafting skills’ are another key factor which makes them the ‘go-to firm for these types of proceedings’. Robert Scheinfeld steers the IP practice from New York, with Dallas' Christa Brown-Sanford as his deputy. Meanwhile the prosecution group is jointly headed by Sandra Lee and Samir Bhavsar from New York and Dallas respectively. Palo Alto's Eliot Williams, ‘an excellent IPR advocate’, is another name to note. Hogene Choi left the firm in August 2021.

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Baker Botts has done an excellent job of getting our IPR petitions instituted.’

    ‘Eliot Williams is an excellent IPR advocate. He writes great petitions and is an excellent oral advocate.’

    ‘The inter partes review and ex parte reexam practice has a great depth of knowledge in PTO practices and procedures. Coupled with excellent drafting skills makes them our go-to firm for these types of proceedings.’

    ‘We use Eliot Williams for our inter partes reviews and ex parte reexams. He is an outstanding attorney who understands the process, law and requirements inside and out. He is excellent on his feet and has great judgement.’

    Key clients

    Columbia University

    Cisco Systems Inc.

    Lennox International

    Iridium Technologies

    Brother Industries Ltd.

    Qualcomm

    Hitachi Ltd.

    Dell Inc.

    Dish Network

    Utex Industries

    Halliburton Company

    Guangdong Mic-Power New Energy Co. (“Mic-Power”), Audio Partnership LLC and Audio Partnership PLC D/B/A Cambridge Audio (“Cambridge Audio”), GN Audio A/S and GN Audio USA Inc. D/B/A Jabra (“Jabra”), and PEAG, LLC, D/B/A JLab Audio (“JLab”)

    Clear-Vu Lighting

    Fujifilm Holdings Corporation (and subsidiaries)

    LG Electronics

    Ericsson

    Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.

    Work highlights

    • Advising Dell Inc. on the development and management of a patent portfolio directed to a wide range of technologies, including servers, data rooms, PC and server architecture, and enterprise software.
    • Acted as primary outside counsel for Cisco for patent licensing, strategic portfolio development, defensive patent analysis, and overall counseling and patent strategy.
    • Assisting with the development and management of Columbia University’s worldwide patent portfolio that is directed to a wide range of physical and life sciences technologies.

    Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 2

    Baker Botts L.L.P. is a key resource for federal tax controversy and litigation, especially for clients in the energy, technology, and financial service industries. The team is particularly strong in the appellate courts, as well as offering longstanding expertise in estate and gift tax controversies against the IRS. The SALT practice also covers state audits, appeals, and litigation. In Houston, state and local tax chair Renn Neilson specializes in defence on sales tax controversies, while senior partner John Porter covers estate and gift tax controversies and administrative appeals. Located in San Francisco, William Gorrod covers SALT controversy, while Jon Feldhammer is noted for representing clients before the IRS and California Franchise Tax Board on income, estate, gift, and international tax disputes. Richard Husseini departed in August 2021.

    Practice head(s):

    Renn Neilson

    Testimonials

    ‘Responsive, great listeners, extremely capable and effective communicators.’

    ‘Personable, extremely knowledgeable, willing to take the time to explain options and consequences so that the client can have a say in the direction that will be taken. Jon Feldhammer in particular has been a pleasure to work with. His experience and demeanor instills confidence that the approach to be taken will be the most effective path forward for the client.’

    Key clients

    Archrock Services, L.P.

    Cheniere Energy, Inc.

    Chesapeake Energy Corporation

    Howard Energy Partners

    Lockheed Martin Corporation

    Lorraine Bean and Northern Trust Co.

    Midcoast Energy, LLC

    MoneyGram International, Inc.

    Texas Instruments Incorporated

    USA Compression Partners LLC

    Work highlights

    • Advised Howard Energy Partners and MasTec on their tax assessment, which ultimately settled in January 2021 for $7m.
    • Represented Midcoast in more than 40 property-tax valuation suits against county appraisal districts across Texas for the 2019, 2020, and 2021 tax years dealing with inflated appraisals by those counties of pipeline assets purchased in 2018.
    • Represented Lockheed Martin in an appeal to the Texas Supreme Court of a franchise-tax refund suit that was denied at the trial court level and again at the court of appeals.

    Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

    Under the leadership of Kyle Clark , Baker Botts L.L.P.‘s white-collar defense and corporate investigations practice continues to act for corporations and individuals on criminal and civil enforcement matters. The firm is well versed in crisis management, risk assessments, compliance and corporate investigations, often handling cases before the Department of Justice (DOJ) and congressional committees. Clark has notable expertise in fraud, FCPA matters and money laundering, while Bridget Moore  is recommended for Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigations. In the spring of 2021, Michael Loesch joined from Winston & Strawn LLP, and Andrew George and Sterling Marchand were promoted to partner. Amy Conway-Hatcher left the firm. All named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

    Practice head(s):

    Kyle Clark

    Other key lawyers:

    Lynn Neils; Andrew Lankler; Bridget Moore; Brendan Quigley; Steve Solow; Alex Bourelly; Michael Loesch; Andrew George; Sterling Marchand

    Testimonials

    ‘The partner was strategic, innovative and had key relationships with external parties that led to the ultimate resolution of the matter.’

    ‘The associate was detail-oriented and a perfect complement to the partner.’

    ‘Andrew Lankler is experienced and devised and drove a strategy that led to resolution in our favor.’

    ‘This team is head and shoulders above any comparable firm.’

    ‘The knowledge bases was truly impressive.’

    Key clients

    Alliance Oil Company Ltd.

    Amit Agarwal

    Black & Veatch Corporation

    Christie’s

    Clinton Portis

    Gail Herman Holt

    Hugh O’Kane

    Jeremy Drake

    Patterson Companies, Inc.

    Alliance Oil Company Ltd.

    Amit Agarwal

    Black & Veatch Corporation

    Christie’s

    Clinton Portis

    Gail Herman Holt

    Hugh O’Kane

    Jeremy Drake

    Patterson Companies, Inc.

    Itay Barak and Tal Valariola

    Work highlights

    • Representing Black & Veatch, the multinational construction and engineering company, in several matters including a multi-defendant lawsuit, brought in the US District Court for the District of Columbia.
    • Representing Christie’s, a New York auction house, in connection with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office investigation into the sale of antiquities with allegedly falsified provenance through the auction house.
    • Representing Hugh R. O’Kane, the CEO of Hugh O’Kane Electric, Inc., in relation to bribery and money laundering charges.

    Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 3

    Texas stalwart Baker Botts L.L.P. specializes in energy-related arbitrations, in line with its firm-wide strength. Other notable sweets spots for this team of 'excellent arbitration advocates and arbitrators' include IP, construction and joint venture disputes. The group is routinely appointed by corporations to advise on commercial arbitration cases — less frequently, it represents companies in investor-state disputes. In New York, global department co-chair Andrew Behrman maintains a geographically diverse practice, with particular experience in energy and construction-related disputes. Operating between Houston and New York, Michael Goldberg demonstrates a 'practical approach to problem solving' and has broad industry experience, with his recent cases touching on energy, sport and real estate-related matters. Special counsel Edward Schorr, who sits in New York, and Vern Cassin, who works between Washington DC and New York, are also noted.

    Practice head(s):

    Testimonials

    ‘We are involved in extensive domestic and international arbitration and litigation, combined with regulatory issues. Requires a strong, cooperative multi-disciplinary team with strong leadership. This is what the International Arbitration group is providing.’

    ‘Excellent arbitration advocates and arbitrators.’

    ‘Michael Goldberg is a brilliant lawyer who takes a practical approach to problem solving. After evaluating an issue’s strictly legal implications, he has an uncanny ability to view the case from a solutions point of view, taking a business approach to cut through the complex legal issues.’

    ‘Vern Cassin is commercial, willing to dive into even the most tedious of tasks, provides practical advice, is always available and turns projects around on short notice. He has handled a wide variety of litigation matters, from both international arbitration matters to domestic litigation.’

    ‘Dustin Appel is brilliant on forensic accounting issues.’

    Key clients

    Intercontinental Terminals Company

    Oxbow Calcining LLC

    Rocket Ball, Ltd.

    Work highlights

    • Secured a complete victory for Oxbow Calcining in an arbitration brought by PASE, defeating over $100m worth of PASE’s claims and winning $2.1m in counterclaims and costs.

    Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 3

    Baker Botts L.L.P. has ‘team of highly motivated and intelligent lawyers who epitomize effective advocacy‘. The firm’s roots are in energy and technology, in which its sector-specific knowledge is highly regarded, though it also handles deal-related litigation in the financial services, healthcare and consumer products industries. Global co-chairs of litigation Danny David in Houston and Bridget Moore in Washington DC, along with co-chairs of securities litigation Jessica Pulliam in Dallas and Amy Pharr Hefley in Houston are the standout practitioners. David, who ‘has the unique ability to communicate the issues in a practical, not overly technical legal way‘, acted for Naphtha Israel Petroleum Corporation Ltd. in a class action arising from its acquisition of Isramco, Inc., a going-private transaction that closed in November 2019.

    Practice head(s):

    Danny David; Bridget Moore; Jessica Pulliam; Amy Pharr Hefley

    Other key lawyers:

    Jonathan Shapiro

    Testimonials

    ‘Team of highly motivated and intelligent lawyers who epitomize effective advocacy.’

    ‘Working with Baker Botts means you get a technically up to date experience with video calls, e-signatures, digital archives, and any other technological innovation that would be helpful. Billing is seamless through check or ACH. The firm has some of the brightest folks that I’ve met in law.’

    ‘The team was practical in their advice and judicious with respect to their expenditure of efforts. They were very knowledgeable about the subject area and brought an excellent blend of substantive knowledge and court room savvy that was very powerful. We are in the heart of the midwest and the judges are from that area and lawyers who are persuasive but not overpowering in their presence tend to resonate best with the courts.’

    ‘My primary contact was Danny David. He was an excellent team leader for this effort. He related well to our management team and our board. While the team and board consist of smart people, Danny had the unique ability to communicate the issues in a practical, not overly technical legal way that assisted the team and board in grasping the issues and determining the best path forward on how to proceed.’

    ‘Danny David is well versed in the subject matter and as I noted above, he has an excellent presence in the court room. His ability to breakdown these concepts into understandable sound bites had to be helpful to the judge who hears a wide range of legal disputes.’

    ‘Jonathan Shapiro is a winner in and out. He is extremely persuasive and always looking to represent his clients in the best way possible. He is a great listener and knows how to speak to clients and regulators. It takes a very different tone and approach for the many different audiences that come up in litigation and Jonathan knows how to adjust.’

    Key clients

    Teekay Offshore Partners, L.p.

    International Speedway Corporation

    Naphtha Israel Petroleum Corporation Ltd.

    Thieriot, Peter E., Darrell Trent, Independent Directors Of Continental Materials Corporation

    Vectren Corporation

    Directors And Officers Of Idev Technologies, Inc.

    Suncoke Energy Partners, L.p.

    Former Directors Of Expedia Group Pamela Coe, Courney Chun And Christopher Shean

    Mcdermott International, Inc.

    Charter Communications Directors John Malone And Greg Maffei (And Liberty Broadband)

    Directors Of Gci Liberty, Inc. John Malone And Greg Maffei

    Bristow Fdba Era Group, Inc.

    Liberty Media Corporation

    Work highlights

    • Representing Vectren Corporation and its board in connection with five putative class actions and two individual lawsuits filed in the S.D. Ill. in July 2018 following the April 2018 announcement of its USD $6 billion merger with CenterPoint Energy Inc.
    • Representing two former directors of GCI Liberty, Inc., John Malone and Greg Maffei, in a shareholder derivative lawsuit in Delaware Chancery Court involving the $8.7 billion merger of GCI Liberty and Liberty Broadband Corporation.
    • Representing directors and officers of IDEV Technologies against claims brought by two former shareholders of IDEV who alleged they were improperly diluted as a result of a venture-backed equity financing preceding the merger.

    Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

    Baker Botts L.L.P.' ‘incredibly fast and responsive' team is best known for its work in the energy sector, the firm continues to expand the scope of its securities litigation practice to other key industries, including financial services. Danny David in Houston and Bridget Moore in Washington DC lead the global litigation department, while Houston-based Amy Pharr Hefley co-chairs the securities litigation group with Jessica Pulliam , praised as  ‘the leading securities lawyer in the Dallas Fort Worth market'. Another standout partner is David Sterling in Houston, who worked with Hefley as lead counsel for Chicago Bridge & Iron Company in a securities class action alleging that the company made misrepresentations about its accounting for a $3bn acquisition of The Shaw Group in 2013, its accounting for two nuclear projects being constructed by Shaw in South Carolina and Georgia, and its financial reporting and public statements with respect to those projects.

    Practice head(s):

    Danny David; Bridget Moore; Jessica Bateman Pulliam; Amy Pharr Hefley

    Other key lawyers:

    David Sterling

    Testimonials

    ‘I feel confident when I call on Baker Botts to find the right advice for a critical legal issue for my business. They can find the right internal expert in any area, and are incredibly fast and responsive to me needs. I have been impressed with their billing practices compared to other firms – they do not overbill. Simply put, knowing I have a right legal team in place helps me sleep better at night.’

    ‘Jessica Pulliam and Danny David stand out as excellent partners in their areas of expertise. Their responsiveness, availability, efficiency and candor is top notch compared to other firms. They are worth their hourly rates and do not overbill.’

    ‘The #1 securities litigation group in Texas — outstanding team.’

    ‘Jessica Pulliam — she is the leading securities lawyer in the Dallas Fort Worth market.’

    ‘Danny David leads the team. He did an exceptional job over a seven-year period as our litigator in a case that was argued in district court, appellate court, the Texas state Supreme Court and the Delaware Supreme Court. Danny is intelligent, articulate and client centric. Danny’s attention to detail, outstanding verbal and written communication skills and mastery of the legal arguments was impressive. His dedication and unwavering focus over seven years was equally impressive.’

    Key clients

    Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.v.

    Hallmark Financial Services, Inc.

    Apache Corporation

    Mcdermott International, Inc.

    Gulfport Energy Corporation

    Insperity, Inc.

    Fts International Services, Llc

    Conocophillips/concho Resources

    Yieldstreet Inc.

    Charles Schwab

    Mabvax Therapeutics Holdings, Inc.

    Vaxart, Inc.

    Jeremy Drake

    Tpv Technolody Limited, Hong Kong, Cn

    Camber Energy, Inc.

    Work highlights

    • Represented Hallmark, its CEO, and CFO in a class action suit before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.
    • Representing Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (CB&I), its former CEO, and its former CAO  in In re Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. Securities Litigation, a 10(b) securities class action pending in the Southern District of New York.
    • Representing Yieldstreet, Inc., its CEO, and affiliates in a novel investor putative class action pending in the SDNY (Tecku et al v. Yieldstreet, Inc. et al, No. 1:20-cv-07327-VM).

    Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

    Baker Botts L.L.P., the Houston based firm, continues to be recognised for its track record in energy sector debt offerings, though with its highly-respected New York office it has achieved a greater spread of sector experience and a higher degree of prominence with underwriters. The firm is at the forefront of debt offerings by MLPs, in large part thanks to the presence of senior Houston partner Joshua Davidson. Washington DC partner Catherine Gallagher is another prominent figure in the shipping, offshore oil and gas, MLPs and REITs segments.

    Practice head(s):

    Mike Bengtson; Joshua Davidson

    Other key lawyers:

    Catherine Gallagher; Justin Hoffman; Travis Wofford; Natasha Khan; Garrett Hughey

    Testimonials

    ‘Baker Botts understands our business and the solar industry better than anybody else. Their industry expertise allows them to come up with creative legal solutions to meet complicated business goals. Baker Botts worked with us on our inaugural high-yield bond issuance, adopting our green bond framework and multiple securitisations this past year. They previously did our IPO in 2019, follow on equity offerings, multiple convertible notes offerings and multiple securitisations. They are very thoughtful and commercial, and really understood how to tailor the deal to our specific business goals as opposed to taking a cookie cutter approach. Baker Botts handles our project and project finance work. They have a soup-to-nuts renewables practice with incredible bench strength.’ 

    ‘Team is a good intersection of seasoned but still hungry and hustling.’

    ‘Josh Davidson is a very capable lawyer. Excellent reputation is well deserved. He is responsive and commercially minded. Wants to get a deal done and won’t let silly things get in the way.’

    ‘Seamless delivery of work product; deep experience in debt offerings; willingness to provide fee reductions based on volume of work.’

    ‘Justin Hoffman (in depth experience in debt offerings and covenant packages). Travis Wofford (great knowledge of our company as well as the capital markets). Garrett Hughey (main associate; hard worker).’

    ‘On the capital markets side, we work primarily with Travis Wofford and Natasha Khan. Travis is a big picture thinker and considers the legal issue in front of us as a whole, not just in terms of one specialty. The types of issues we face require a command of the industry, the market, and of course the legal and accounting issues. Thinking about those matters across practice areas and the various disciplines plays to his core strength. He is a high energy, insatiably curious, and thoughtful partner to us. Natasha is thoughtful, creative in her approach, and hard charging. She is both book smart and street savvy and has become a great contributor.’ 

    Key clients

    Barclays Capital Inc.

    BofA Securities, Inc.

    Cactus, Inc.

    CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

    Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.

    Clarkson Platou Securities, Inc.

    Clearway Energy Operating LLC

    Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC

    EnLink Midstream, LLC

    Golar LNG Partners L.P.

    Halliburton Company

    Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc.

    Hoegh LNG Partners LP

    Kimbell Royalty Partners LP

    Liberty Broadband Corporation

    Liberty Latin America Ltd.

    Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings, Inc.

    Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

    NRG Energy, Inc.

    Quanta Services, Inc.

    QVC, Inc.

    RBC Capital Markets, LLC

    Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc.

    Summit Midstream Partners, LP

    Sunnova Energy Corporation

    Tallgrass Energy, LLP

    Valero Energy Corporation

    Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

    Westlake Chemical Corporation

    Work highlights

    • Represented the underwriters in Enbridge Inc.’s $1bn sustainability-linked senior notes offering and $500m senior notes offering.
    • Advised Summit Midstream Partners on a private offering by its subsidiaries of $700m aggregate principal amount of 8.50% senior secured second lien notes.
    • Advised Sunnova Energy International on a $500m offering of 0.25% convertible senior notes due 2026; this was the company’s first offering of convertible notes since becoming publicly listed.

    Finance > Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

    Baker Botts L.L.P. has an impressive mix of issuer and underwriter engagements, being one of few firms that is headquartered outside New York to be routinely mandated by top investment banks to advise on headline high-yield debt offerings. Based in Houston, much of the practice centres on the energy sector, including oil and gas, and renewables; the firm is also noted for green and sustainability-linked financings. Houston partner Joshua Davidson  is head of capital markets and has a prolific record in representing both underwriters and issuers, including MLPs.

    Practice head(s):

    Mike Bengtson; Joshua Davidson

    Other key lawyers:

    Justin Hoffman; Travis Wofford

    Testimonials

    ‘Josh Davidson is a very capable lawyer. Excellent reputation is well deserved. He is responsive and commercially minded.’

    ‘Baker Botts understands our business better than anybody else. Their industry expertise allows them to come up with creative legal solutions to meet complicated business goals. They are very thoughtful and commercial, and really understood how to tailor the deal to our specific business goals as opposed to taking a cookie-cutter approach.’ 

    ‘On the capital markets side, we work primarily with Travis Wofford. Travis is a big picture thinker and considers the legal issue in front of us as a whole, not just in terms of one specialty. The types of issues we face require a command of the industry, the market, and of course the legal and accounting issues. Thinking about those matters across practice areas and the various disciplines plays to his core strength. He is a high energy, insatiably curious, and thoughtful partner to us.’

     

    Key clients

    Barclays Capital Inc.

    BofA Securities, Inc.

    Cactus, Inc.

    CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

    Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.

    Clarkson Platou Securities, Inc.

    Clearway Energy Operating LLC

    Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC

    EnLink Midstream, LLC

    Golar LNG Partners L.P.

    Halliburton Company

    Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc.

    Hoegh LNG Partners LP

    Kimbell Royalty Partners LP

    Liberty Broadband Corporation

    Liberty Latin America Ltd.

    Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings, Inc.

    Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

    NRG Energy, Inc.

    Quanta Services, Inc.

    QVC, Inc.

    RBC Capital Markets, LLC

    Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc.

    Summit Midstream Partners, LP

    Sunnova Energy Corporation

    Tallgrass Energy, LLP

    Valero Energy Corporation

    Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

    Westlake Chemical Corporation

    Work highlights

    • Advised Summit Midstream Partners LP on a private offering by its subsidiaries of a $7bn aggregate principal amount of 8.50% senior secured second lien notes due 2026.
    • Advised the underwriters on Shelf Drilling Holdings’ offering of $310m aggregate principal amount of its 8.875% senior secured first lien notes due 2024.
    • Advised Sunnova Energy Corporation on an offering of $400m aggregate principal amount of green 5.875% senior notes due 2026.

    Industry focus > Energy litigation: conventional power Tier 3

    The ‘very experienced team’ at Baker Botts L.L.P. handles the gamut of issues faced by conventional electricity and gas power industry clients. It works closely with other departments at the firm such as global projects, environment, labor and employment to provide a broad range of advice. The group has been particularly active in litigation arising from Winter Storm Uri, with John Anaipakos and Meghan McElvy handling a number of these disputes. The team is also skilled in advising on various issues related to business interruption, including emergency response, bankruptcy and restructuring, force majeure and environmental class actions, among others. George Fibbe previously served as deputy general counsel for litigation, regulation and enforcement for the US Department of Energy and focuses on high-stakes renewables and nuclear matters. All named lawyers are based in Houston, where practice head William Kroger is also based.

    Practice head(s):

    William Kroger

    Other key lawyers:

    Meghan McElvy; Megan Berge; John Anaipakos; Kevin Jacobs; George Fibbe

    Testimonials

    ‘Practical advice; very experienced team.’

    Key clients

    AES Corporation

    Brookfield Renewable US

    Calpine Corporation

    CenterPoint Energy

    Clearway Energy Group, LLC

    ENGIE North America, Inc.

    Entergy Services, Inc.

    Freeport Power Limited

    Griddy Energy LLC

    ITC Project Holdings LLC

    Kindle Energy LLC

    LG&E and KU Energy LLC

    Longroad Energy

    Murphy Exploration & Production Company

    NRG Energy, Inc.

    Oxbow Calcining LLC

    Phillips 66

    Sempra Energy

    Skyline Renewables

    Sunnova Energy Corporation

    Talen Energy Corporation

    XCEL Energy

    Work highlights

    • Assisted Oxbow Calcining LLC in ending a series of long-running disputes against a former contractual counterpart, including securing a complete victory for Oxbow in an arbitration case.
    • Representing NRG Energy, Calpine, and more than 10 other power generation companies in the Winter Storm Uri Multi-District Litigation (MDL) in Texas state court.
    • Defended Griddy Energy and its non-retailer affiliates, Griddy Technologies and Griddy Holdings, in several civil class action lawsuits alleging damages in excess of $1bn.

    Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 3

    Baker Botts L.L.P. houses a sturdy and active patent litigation practice, which garners praise for its ‘excellent technical chops; litigation savvy; first-rate work product; and excellent oral advocacy’. The group is particularly skilled in acting for defendants side and handling PTAB proceedings in addition to shouldering a significant Federal Circuit caseload, consistently achieving ‘great results’. The technology, telecommunications, and electronics are core focus sectors. New York's Robert Scheinfeld and the Dallas-based Christa Brown-Sanford act as chair and deputy of the IP group, while Douglas Kubehl, also in Dallas, and Roger Fulghum in New York co-head the IP litigation practice. Robert MaierSarah Guske, who stands out for her ‘intense strategic approach to every aspect of litigation’, Eliot Williams, ‘an excellent advocate in PTAB hearings’,  ‘outstanding strategistHopkins GuyPeter Kang, who has a focus on major Korean companies which ties in well with the firm's solid Asia-Pacific region coverage, Jennifer Tempesta, and Syed Fareed are other key names of the department.

    Testimonials

    ‘The Baker Botts IP Team knows our industry and our company better than any other firm. They bring the whole package: excellent technical chops; litigation savvy; first-rate work product; and excellent oral advocacy.’

    ‘Hopkins Guy is at the top of his game. He’s a seasoned trial lawyer and an excellent patent lawyer. He provides excellent tactical advice and is excellent in court. Eliot Williams is an excellent advocate in PTAB hearings and Federal Circuit arguments.’

    ‘The Baker Botts litigation team is very capable both in the various technologies and in all the legal issues. They are focused on strategy from the beginning and consistently achieve great results.’

    ‘Hopkins Guy is an outstanding strategist, has a deep understanding of the law and one of the best attorneys I know on his feet in depositions or court.’

    ‘Sarah Guske is extremely dedicated and hard-working and she’s also a pleasure to work with. She is funny, smart and thinks through even the minutiae with a strategic mindset. She is a fantastic attorney. Sarah stands out because of her responsiveness, how relationship-minded she is, and her intense strategic approach to every aspect of litigation.’

    Key clients

    Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

    Lyft, Inc.

    Halliburton Company

    AT&T Mobility LLC

    Oxford Nanopore Technologies Limited

    DISH Technologies L.L.C and Sling TV L.L.C.

    Tile Inc.

    Kiss Nail Products, Inc.

    DraftKings

    CMC Materials, Inc.

    Toyota North America Motor Inc.

    Utex Industries

    Frost Bank

    Infinera

    Clear-Vu Lighting

    Qualcomm

    Mastercard

    Fujifilm Holdings Corporation (and subsidiaries).

    Guangdong Mic-Power New Energy Co. (“Mic-Power”), Audio Partnership LLC and Audio Partnership PLC D/B/A Cambridge Audio (“Cambridge Audio”), GN Audio A/S and GN Audio USA Inc. D/B/A Jabra (“Jabra”), and PEAG, LLC, D/B/A JLab Audio (“JLab”)

    Dell Inc.

    LG Electronics

    Work highlights

    • Secured a patent jury trial for Oxford Nanopore, the developer of a new DNA-sequencing platform.
    • Achieved a win for Qualcomm at the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the validity of its patents in inter partes reviews (IPRs) filed by Apple at the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB).
    • Obtained a favorable ITC initial determination for CMC in a patent infringement case against DuPont de Nemours.

    Intellectual property > Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) Tier 3

    The team at Texas-based Baker Botts L.L.P. manages and protects the global trademark portfolios of a roster of notable clients across the hospitality, sports, food and beverages, tech and consumer products sectors. Paul Reilly, who advises clients on domestic and overseas rebranding and application prosecutions, heads the team in Dallas. Suzanne Hengl in New York brings expertise to matters of clearance and use, as well as advertising and promotion strategies.

    Practice head(s):

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘The team is always responsive and provides a comprehensive view of all options and associated risks while keeping budget in mind.’

    ‘Suzanne Hengl truly listens to the needs of the business. She functions much as in-house attorney would by partnering with the business to find solutions.’

    ‘Professional, well-experienced, responsiveness and offers practical and effective solutions/recommendations.’

    ‘I would strongly refer Suzanne Hengl of Baker Botts with whom my team and I have worked for decades. She is consistently very responsive, helpful and is so well- experienced to help handle the clients’ IP issues in a practical and cost effective way.’

    Key clients

    Tenet Healthcare Corporation

    Revlon Consumer Products Corporation

    Reynolds Group Holdings

    Fujifilm/NGB Corporation

    Talbots, Inc.

    Aramark Corporation

    Mother Parker’s Tea & Coffee Inc.

    Mastercard

    Jill Acquisition (J.Jill)

    PepsiCo Inc.

    Channel Master, LLC

    Liberty Media Corporation

    Pactiv LLC

    The Genting Group

    Work highlights

    • Advising Reynolds Group trademark prosecution and portfolio management.
    • Advising Fujifilm Corporation and its affiliates on its domestic and international trademark portfolio.
    • Advising Talbots on developing and implementing brand protection strategies.

    Labor and employment > ERISA litigation Tier 3

    Baker Botts L.L.P. acts for well-known clients in the entertainment, oil and natural resources, and healthcare industries. It is notable for having a team of seasoned trial lawyers with experience in ERISA litigation as well as employee benefits and executive compensation matters. Highlights for the team include its representation of the Investment Committee of the Phillips 66 Savings Plan and its Plan Financial Administrator in ERISA litigation which has advanced to the Supreme Court. Houston-based partner Travis Sales leads the team of trial lawyers, which includes Earl Austin in New York, who particularly focuses on life sciences and healthcare-sector companies, and Christopher Rillo in San Francisco, who takes on matters in the entertainment and financial services industries.

    Practice head(s):

    Travis Sales

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    Aetna Inc.

    Aetna Health, Inc.

    Aetna Life Insurance Co.

    ConocoPhillips Company

    ExxonMobil Corporation

    Halliburton

    Houston Municipal Employees Pension System

    IBEW-NECA Southwestern Health & Benefit Fund

    Netflix Corporation

    Oceaneering International

    Patterson-UTI Energy (Formerly Seventy Seven Energy Inc.)

    Phillips 66

    Principal Financial Services, Inc.

    Schlumberger Limited

    Work highlights

    • Defending Netflix in an ERISA matter that is seeking to disqualify Netflix’s high deductible welfare plan.
    • Represents defendants Investment Committee of the Phillips 66 Savings Plan (Plan) and its Plan Financial Administrator in an ERISA case before the Supreme Court.
    • Defending Aetna in two ERISA class actions in which the plaintiff alleges that Aetna improperly refuses to provide coverage for and/or penalizes the use of brand-name medications when a generic alternative is available.

    Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 3

    Baker Botts L.L.P. has strong credentials for the full suite of technology driven transactions, with lawyers well-placed throughout its US office network. In addition to support on M&A and capital markets related transactions, the team has a good grounding in negotiating licensing, development, distribution and outsourcing agreements. The firm’s strong links to the energy industry also makes it an obvious choice for expanding areas such as energy-tech. The well regarded team is co-chaired by corporate partner Samantha Hale Crispin in Dallas, which is a key hub for Texas’ booming tech industry. Co-chairs Brian Lee in Palo Alto and Jonathan Gordon in New York round out a strong leadership team. Clients also rate New York corporate partner Lee Charles   who 'exhibits extraordinary patience and does an excellent job in breaking down complicated contractual language for the laymen'.

    Practice head(s):

    Samantha Hale Crispin; Brian Lee; Jonathan Gordon

    Other key lawyers:

    Lee Charles

    Testimonials

    ‘Our company and legal team have been working exclusively with Lee Charles. His knowledge of M&A and auction related deals is superb. His background and experience gives a higher level of confidence to his clients when making tough decisions. Additionally Lee exhibits extraordinary patience and does an excellent job in breaking down complicated contractual language for the laymen so they feel comfortable in reaching a determination on how to proceed. If we are involved in a high stakes and complicated deal Lee is the attorney we would feel most comfortable representing us.’

    Key clients

    AES Corporation

    Avellino Lab USA

    Brother Industries

    Diamondback Energy

    DZS

    Eaton Corporation

    ESO Solutions

    Form Automation Solutions

    Gaddis Partners

    GCI Liberty

    Ifly Holdings

    LG Electronics

    Liberty Broadband Corporation

    Liberty Media Acquisition Corporation

    Liberty Media Corporation

    Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings

    Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp.

    Mediacom Communications Corp.

    Milestone Technologies

    MSG Networks

    OncoNano Medicine

    Oxford Nanopore Technologies Limited

    Qurate Retail

    Renibus Therapeutics

    Salem Partners LLC

    Saviynt

    Toyota Motor North America

    TransPerfect Global

    Walt Disney Company

    Wellsky

    Zix Corporation

    Work highlights

    • Representing Liberty Media Corporation and Liberty Media Acquisition Corporation (LMAC) with respect to its corporate-sponsored SPAC – which raised $575 million in its initial public offering in January 2021.
    • Represented, Zix Corporation, a provider of cloud email security, productivity and compliance solutions, in its acquisition of privately-held CloudAlly, an Israel-based provider of enterprise-grade, software-as-a-service (SaaS) cloud-based backup and recovery solutions for business.
    • Represented GCI Liberty in its acquisition by Liberty Broadband  in a stock-for-stock merger that represented $8.7 billion equity value for GCI Liberty.

    Tax > International tax Tier 3

    The international tax team at Baker Botts L.L.P. is particularly strong in advising investment funds, energy companies, and manufacturers on international tax planning and restructuring, as well as tax minimization on earnings from investments and dispositions. However, it is also active in the transactional space, including advising on joint ventures, restructurings, and financings. Based in Houston, Derek Green covers cross-border M&A, optimal cross-border leasing structures, and post-merger restructurings. He works alongside Jon Lobb, who often advises clients operating in natural gas and other international energy projects on tax-related matters concerning international M&A. Ron Scharnberg departed in March 2021.

    Practice head(s):

    Derek Green

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    Liberty Media Corporation

    Sunna Energy Corporation

    Midcoast Energy, LLC

    Hines Interests Limited Partnership

    Centerpoint Energy, Inc.

    Corterra Energy, Inc.

    Schlumberger Limited

    Noble Corporation

    Koch Industries, Inc.

    Liberty Latin America Ltd.

    Westlake Chemical Corporation

    Work highlights

    • Advised Liberty Latin America on the pending formation of a 50/50 joint venture with América Móvil S.A.B. de C.V. to combine their respective Chilean operations, VTR and Claro Chile.
    • Advised Golar LNG Limited on the $3.1bn sale of Hygo Energy Transition Ltd. And the $251m sale of Golar LNG Partners LP to New Fortress Energy Inc.
    • Advised Westlake on the $2.15bn acquisition of Boral Limited’s North American building products business.

    Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)

    Led out of Houston, Baker Botts L.L.P.‘s appellate practice goes far beyond Texas, with its lawyers notching up arguments in all 13 US Courts of Appeals as well as numerous state appellate courts. On the Supreme Court front, the firm is well versed in arguing before the Texas Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) — it notably appeared as respondent or petitioner in 12 SCOTUS cases over the past year. Macey Reasoner Stokes leads the firmwide appellate practice and has an impressive record in energy and infrastructure cases; she recently led on cases for Repsol Oil & Gas USA, Port of Corpus Christi Authority of Nueces County and Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production, among other matters. Former US Supreme Court clerk Aaron Streett spearheads the Supreme Court and constitutional law practice; he represented the US Conference of Catholic Bishops in a critical religious liberty case at the US Supreme Court.

    Testimonials

    The team from Baker Botts are chosen because of their experience and the quality of their work. Each lawyer brings a different set of expertise to the project, which helps the ultimate product.’

    Creatively and efficiently levers experience to answer complex commercial appellate questions.’

    Aaron Streett applies his expertise to provide astute advice on appellate strategy for complex commercial issues. Senior associate Elisabeth Butler’s advice on appellate strategy levers her experience and complements Aaron’s thinking to form a great team.’

    Key clients

    American Chemistry Counsel, Inc.

    AT&T

    Baylor College of Medicine

    Charter Day School, Inc.

    Chevron Corporation

    Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production Ltd.

    ConocoPhillips

    Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC

    DISH Network

    Entergy Services, Inc.

    Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth

    Exxon Mobil Corporation

    Gerald E. Groff

    Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority

    HouseCanary, Inc.

    International Paper Company

    ITC Holdings Inc.

    Janvey, Ralph S.

    Keurig Dr Pepper

    Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline LLC

    Landry’s, Inc.

    Lockheed Martin Corporation

    MP Gulf of Mexico, LLC

    Oxford Nanopore Technologies Limited

    Pelican Energy Partners LP

    Phillips 66

    Port of Corpus Christi Authority of Nueces County

    Project Rose MSO, LLC and Touchdown Interception, LLC

    Qualcomm

    Repsol Oil & Gas, LLC

    Sand Canyon Corporation

    Southwestern Electric Power Company

    Southwestern Energy

    U.S. Chamber of Commerce

    United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

    Union Oil Company of California

    Vitol Americas Corp.

    Work highlights

    • Successfully represented Phillips 66 in obtaining a Fifth Circuit dismissal of a putative ERISA class action lawsuit filed against the Investment Committee of the Phillips 66 Savings Plan and its financial administrator — currently representing Phillips 66 in opposing review by SCOTUS.
    • Obtained a $125m judgment in favor of client Ralph Janvey, the receiver appointed in the aftermath of the Stanford Ponzi scheme, in his long-running dispute with Gary Magness and a group of entities under Magness’s control.
    • Served as lead US Supreme Court counsel to the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth in a high-profile First Amendment dispute arising out of the breakup of the Episcopal Church in Fort Worth.

    Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 4

    Baker Botts L.L.P. is praised for having a ‘dedicated team approach bringing in multiple disciplines and views to fully analyze and determine strategy.’ Its nationwide practice covers the full range of commercial disputes, including those involving breaches of contract and fiduciary duty, fraud, unfair competition, trade secret misappropriation, false advertising, product liability, and professional liability, among others. Danny David in Houston is often called upon in securities and shareholder cases and leads the group together with Bridget Moore  in Washington DC. The New York-based Richard Harper has know-how in acting for technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) companies. Jessica Pulliam in Dallas regularly defends lawsuits against public companies and their officers and directors, and special counsel Stephanie Cagniart  in Austin covers oil and gas matters and contract disputes.

    Practice head(s):

    Danny David; Bridget Moore

    Other key lawyers:

    Jessica Pulliam; Richard Harper; Michael Calhoon; Stephanie Cagniart

    Testimonials

    ‘I feel confident when I call on Baker Botts to find the right advice for a critical legal issue for my business. They can find the right internal expert in any area and are incredibly fast and responsive to my needs. I have been impressed with their billing practices compared to other firms – they do not overbill. Simply put, knowing I have the right legal team in place helps me sleep better at night.’

    ‘Jessica Pulliam and Danny David stand out as individual partners with whom I have enjoyed working. I would describe them as ‘hardcore’ in a good way. They each respond immediately, are efficient, and provide straightforward advice. They do not waiver. I find their direct approach refreshing.’

    ‘Dedicated team approach bringing in multiple disciplines and views to fully analyze and determine strategy.’

    ‘Danny David is an extremely effective communicator and knows how best to navigate the litigation system and read people and situations for the benefit of his client.’

    ‘Excellent general commercial firm.’

    ‘Jessica Pulliam is outstanding.’

    Key clients

    Advanced Energy Capital, LLC

    Allied BioSciences, Inc.

    Alta Power LLC

    Assertio Therapeutics

    Atmos Energy Corporation

    Calpine Corporation

    CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC

    Charles Schwab Corporation

    Chevron Corporation

    Chicago Bridge & Iron Company/McDermott International

    Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC

    CVS/Aetna

    Dril-Quip, Inc.

    DXC Technology Company/CSC Corporation

    EOG Resources

    Ernst & Young

    Exxon Mobil Corporation

    Grant Thornton

    Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority

    Halliburton Company

    Hawkeye Partners, LP

    Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association, IAFF Local 341

    JPMorgan Chase & Co.

    Kinder Morgan

    KPMG LLP

    Liberty Media Corporation (and various subsidiaries)

    Lovett Industrial

    Lowe’s Companies

    Lyft, Inc.

    MabVax Therapeutics Holdings, Inc.

    Nascar Holdings, LLC

    NRG Energy, Inc.

    PepsiCo

    Phillips 66

    Repsol SA

    Sand Canyon Corporation

    Seminole Electric Cooperative

    Sun America

    Sunnova Energy Corporation

    Tenaris

    TPC Group

    Vectren Corporation

    Work highlights

    • Secured a major trial victory for Dril-Quip, Inc. in a lawsuit filed by FMC Technologies, Inc. in the 127th District Court of Harris County alleging misappropriation of trade secrets.
    • Secured a unanimous defense verdict for Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (CB&I) and its former executives in an in-person jury trial in Montgomery County, Texas.
    • Represented Ralph Janvey, the Receiver appointed in the aftermath of the Stanford Ponzi scheme, in the recovery of more than $1bn since his appointment.

    Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

    Baker Botts L.L.P. has a thriving equity offerings practice, driven in large part by its exceptional energy client base. The firm has also impressed with its connections to investment banks and its expertise in MLPs and other structured equity products. Joshua Davidson  is a big name in the Houston market, frequently representing energy companies and underwriters in headline equity offerings; he is also noted in particular for his expertise in MLPs. Washington DC’s Catherine Gallagher is also rated for energy deals. Mollie Duckworth  has joined Latham & Watkins LLP.

    Practice head(s):

    Mike Bengtson; Joshua Davidson

    Other key lawyers:

    Catherine Gallagher; Travis Wofford; Natasha Khan

    Testimonials

    ‘Josh Davidson is a very capable lawyer. His excellent reputation is well deserved. He is responsive and commercial-minded. Wants to get a deal done and won’t let silly things get in the way.’

    ‘Great experience and in depth knowledge.’

    ‘Josh Davidson (senior partner; great securities resource). Travis Wofford (primary capital markets partner; great experience and knowledge of our business).’

    ‘Their team understands our business and the solar industry better than anybody else. Their industry expertise allows them to come up with creative legal solutions to meet complicated business goals. They were able to provide actionable advice on how to structure the acquisition and the strategic partnership so we were protected but could still get the deal through.’

    ‘Baker Botts previously did our IPO in 2019 as well as follow on equity offerings, multiple convertible notes offerings and multiple tax equity partnerships. They are very thoughtful and commercial, and really understood how to tailor the deal to our specific business goals as opposed to taking a cookie cutter approach.’

    ‘Baker Botts provides advisory work on SEC reporting, public disclosure and compliance, as well as corporate governance. We went through our first SEC comment letter process this year, and the Baker Botts team were true pros. They were the steady hand communicating with the SEC, and really knew their stuff in what the staff cared about and the best way to respond.’

    ‘On the capital markets side, we work primarily with Travis Wofford and Natasha Khan. Travis is a big picture thinker and considers the legal issue in front of us as a whole, not just in terms of one specialty. The types of issues we face require a command of the industry, the market, and of course the legal and accounting issues. Thinking about those matters across practice areas and the various disciplines plays to his core strength. He is a high energy, insatiably curious, and thoughtful partner to us. Natasha is thoughtful, creative in her approach, and hard charging. She is both book smart and street savvy and has become a great contributor. Josh Davidson has been very involved in our equity work and with our SEC communications and has brought considerable experience and a senior voice to which our CEO will respond.’

     

    Key clients

    Barclays Capital Inc.

    BofA Securities, Inc.

    Cactus, Inc.

    CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

    Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.

    Clarkson Platou Securities, Inc.

    Clearway Energy Operating LLC

    Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC

    EnLink Midstream, LLC

    Golar LNG Partners L.P.

    Halliburton Company

    Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc.

    Hoegh LNG Partners LP

    Kimbell Royalty Partners LP

    Liberty Broadband Corporation

    Liberty Latin America Ltd.

    Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings, Inc.

    Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

    NRG Energy, Inc.

    Quanta Services, Inc.

    QVC, Inc.

    RBC Capital Markets, LLC

    Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc.

    Summit Midstream Partners, LP

    Sunnova Energy Corporation

    Tallgrass Energy, LLP

    Valero Energy Corporation

    Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

    Westlake Chemical Corporation

    Work highlights

    • Advised Morgan Stanley on Liberty Oilfield Services’s secondary public offering.
    • Advised Stifel, Nicolaus & Company on Global Partners public offering of Series B fixed rate cumulative redeemable perpetual preferred units.
    • Advised Wells Fargo Securities on Highwoods Properties’ at-the-market (ATM) equity offering program.

    Finance > Project finance Tier 4

    Baker Botts L.L.P. advises on the financing of projects from across the energy sector, including upstream and midstream oil and gas, LNG and renewable energy. The team underwent significant development in recent months, with the January 2022 addition of Dino Barajas from DLA Piper LLP (US) following the November 2021 arrival of former King & Spalding LLP partner Frank Schoen, joining the Los Angeles and New York offices respectively. Jeff Kayes in San Francisco continues to lead the team and takes a ‘smart and practical’ approach to assisting both lenders and sponsors with financing manufacturing facilities and renewable energy projects.

    Practice head(s):

    Jeff Kayes

    Other key lawyers:

    Adam Griffin; Martin Toulouse; John Papaspanos; Frank Schoen; Dino Barajas

    Testimonials

    ‘Jeff Kayes and his team are efficient and responsive.’

    ‘Jeff Kayes- Jeff is smart and practical. Excellent at identifying issues and solutions.’

    ‘The team has worked with me on a number of complex, bespoke and oftentimes unprecedented transactions in a variety of sectors. They have innovated and provided the legal substance to protect us in potential downside scenarios as our primary goal being preservation of capital.’

    ‘Adam Griffin (partner) has become more of a counsel than my lawyer. I trust his opinion on both legal and commercial matters. John Papaspanos (sr associate) has become my close #2 in terms of making sure i get his opinion.’

    Key clients

    Sunnova Energy International Inc

    Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital, Inc.

    NRG Energy, Inc.

    Sunnova Energy International Inc

    Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital, Inc.

    NRG Energy, Inc.

    Work highlights

    • Represented Sunnova Energy in a back-leverage warehouse facility to finance portfolios of residential solar assets that are held in tax equity funds.
    • Representing Hannon Armstrong in a $140m mezzanine loan to Vivint Solar.
    • Advised NRG Energy, Inc. on its bridge and long-term financing plans for the transaction, including a $5.5bn bridge loan commitment from a syndicate of leading financial institutions.

    Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) Tier 4

    Baker Botts L.L.P.’s interdepartmental team is noted for the scope of its technical expertise, advising on trade secrets cases in a range of IP-intensive industries, including software, semiconductors, energy, and defense contracting. The team possesses an especially robust presence in Texas: Dallas-based practice chair David Wille routinely handles IP litigation and appellate work, particularly in the licensing space. In Houston, trial lawyer Danny David is a key contact for clients seeking assistance in securities and shareholder cases, while Paul Morico’s recent IP litigation engagements include multiple oil and gas sector lawsuits. Washington DC-based Katharine Burke is recommended for her broad technology and telecoms focused practice. Theodore Chandler is an experienced litigator in federal court and at the ITC, based out of San Francisco.

    Practice head(s):

    David Wille

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Baker Botts has an outstanding team of IP litigators and commercial litigators that combined forces when facing a tough trade secrete litigation case for us. Their ability to work together as a team with different perspectives and experiences then come to the best decisions and strategy were instrumental to us in winning the jury trial and preparing the best position for us on the appellate phase.’

    Key clients

    Dril-Quip, Inc.

    Utex Industries

    DXC Technology Company

    Mastercard International Incorporated

    The John Wood Group PLC

    Dug Technology Limited

    IPSCO Tubulars, Inc.

    Ernst & Young

    KPMG LLP

    Hyper Wear Inc.

    HouseCanary, Inc.

    Work highlights

    • Represented Dril-Quip, Inc. in a lawsuit filed by FMC Technologies, Inc. in the 127th District Court of Harris County alleging misappropriation of trade secrets.
    • Representing Utex Industries in lawsuits between competitors in the oil field products industry.
    • Represented Mastercard in New York state court.

    Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 4

    Baker Botts L.L.P. acts for clients across the energy sector, such as advising Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation on the executive compensation and employee benefits aspects of its $17bn merger with Cimarex Energy Co., as well as the media and manufacturing industries, among others. Houston-based Gail Stewart co-leads the team and handles the employee benefits aspects of M&A and prohibited transactions, while New York-based Robin Melman advises public and private companies, boards of directors, compensation committees and CEOs. The team welcomed Jason Loden from now-defunct Thompson and Knight LLP in June 2021, joining the firm’s Dallas office, and Palo Alto-based special counsel Nicholas Frey from Fenwick & West LLP in October 2021, while Mark Bodron retired, and Laura McDaniels departed in August 2021.

    Practice head(s):

    Gail Stewart

    Testimonials

    ‘Robin Melman is thorough and has a great understanding. She analyses an issue from all sides and gives practical advice.’

    ‘We worked with Robin Melman who was excellent. Knowledgeable, accessible and always looking out for the interests of the company.’

    Key clients

    Bristow Group Inc.

    Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation

    Cactus

    CenterPoint Energy

    ConocoPhillips

    CTF Development

    Dream Finders Homes

    Eagle Materials

    Enlink Midstream / Enlink Midstream Partners

    Frito-Lay North America

    GCI Liberty

    Golar LNG Partners

    Hines Interests Limited Partnership

    IBEW-NECA Southwestern Health & Benefit Fund

    Insperity

    Jones Energy II

    Liberty Broadband Corporation

    Liberty Latin America

    Liberty Media Acquisition

    Liberty Media Corporation

    Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings

    MGM Growth Properties

    Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

    Official Black Wall Street

    Qurate Retail

    Work highlights

    • Advised Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation on the executive compensation and employee benefits aspects of its $17bn merger with Cimarex Energy Co.
    • Represented ConocoPhillips with respect to compensation and employee benefit plan issues arising in connection with the acquisition of Shell’s Permian assets for $9.5bn in cash.
    • Advising CenterPoint Energy on the on the employee benefits and executive compensation aspects of the $2.15bn sale of its Arkansas and Oklahoma natural gas businesses to Summit Utilities.

    M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 4

    Baker Botts L.L.P. caters to an array of corporate players, from major multinational companies through to high-net-worth individuals involved in family business sales, with a particular emphasis on the TMT, energy and natural resources sectors. In Dallas, Samantha Crispin handles significant deals on behalf of media, telecoms, digital infrastructure, software and services companies, while over in New York, Jonathan Gordon has overseen a significant number of cross-border deals throughout his 25-year career. Other key names operate from the Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Francisco offices.

    Practice head(s):

    Mike Bengtson; Samantha Crispin; Courtney Fore; Travis Wofford; Jonathan Gordon; Samuel Dibble

    Other key lawyers:

    Tim Taylor; Ted Paris

    Testimonials

    ‘Flexible, creative, willing to get into the sausage making. The brand of Baker Botts in my mind means “true partner, part of the team”. An extremely hard working group of brilliant lawyers.’

    ‘Extremely smart. Creative. Responsive, professional. Excellent bedside manner with clients. Loyal, team-oriented. Strong ethics. Collaborative.’

    Key clients

    Liberty Media Corporation

    ConocoPhillips

    GCI Liberty, Inc.

    Sunnova Energy Corporation

    NRG Energy

    Liberty Latin America

    Zix Corporation

    CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

    Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation

    Bristow Group, Inc.

    McDermott International

    Noble Corporation Plc

    Golar LNG

    Southern Company

    Westlake Chemical Corporation

    Navigator Holdings

    MGM Growth Properties

    Hunt Consolidated, Inc.

    EnLink Midstream, LLC

    El Paso Electric

    Eagle Materials, Inc.

    Crestwood Equity Partners LP

    Qurate Retail Group

    Work highlights

    • Advised Cabot in the $17bn merger with Cimarex Energy Co.
    • Advised GCI Liberty in its $8.7bn acquisition by Liberty Broadband.
    • Represented ConocoPhillips in the acquisition of Shell’s Permian assets for $9.5bn.

    Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 4

    Baker Botts L.L.P. regularly handles the tax aspects of big-ticket transactions and restructurings for a range of blue-chip clients from the worlds of energy and TMT. Recently, the team has been engaged on more and more renewable energy investment transactions, energy retailer restructurings, and mixed-use developments backed by sovereign wealth funds and various other REITs. Dallas-based Stephen Marcus ‘ broad practice encompasses S corporations, publicly-traded partnerships, and tax-free spin-offs, while Houston-based Michael Bresson heads up the firm’s energy capital markets-focused offering. Also in Houston, Derek Green is a key contact for the firm’s oil and gas clients, including field services and offshore drilling companies. Tamar Stanley , who works between Washington DC and New York, specializes in capital markets transactions. Richard Husseini has left the firm.

    Practice head(s):

    Stephen Marcus; Derek Green

    Other key lawyers:

    Michael Bresson; Tamar Stanley

    Key clients

    Liberty Media Corporation

    Liberty Media Acquisition Corporation

    Qurate Retail, Inc.

    Liberty Broadband Corporation

    Liberty Tripadvisor Holdings, Inc.

    Liberty Latin America Ltd.

    Sunnova Energy Corporation

    Centerpoint Energy, Inc.

    Midcoast Energy, Llc

    Hines Interests Limited Partnership

    Noble Corporation

    Schlumberger Limited

    Koch Industries, Inc.

    Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation

    Nrg Energy, Inc.

    Samsung Austin Semiconductor, Llc

    Sunrun Inc.

    Moody National Bank

    Dream Finders Holdings Llc

    Work highlights

    • Advising Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation in the $17bn tax-free merger with Cimarex Energy Co.
    • Advised GCI Liberty, Inc. in its $8.7bn acquisition by Liberty Broadband Corporation.
    • Advised a growth property investor in the $17.2bn tax-free disposition of 100% of its outstanding class A shares.

    Industry focus > Healthcare: life sciences Tier 5

    Baker Botts L.L.P. advises on patent strategy, as well as offering strong transactional support to clients. The team’s IP strength includes both strategy and litigation, with the team serving as long time advisors to clients like Genentech, and also has expertise advising on antitrust matters. Steve Lendaris heads the team from New York, and Austin-based Stephen Hash and Margaret Sampson advise on Hatch-Waxman litigation and patent strategy respectively.

    Practice head(s):

    Steve Lendaris

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘The Baker Botts team we worked with has a strong relevant scientific background. They are able to understand the science quickly and provide a patent strategy that suits the client’s needs. The team also adapts to the client’s needs in terms of billing, e.g., offering flexible fee arrangement or reduced fee structure.’

    ‘Steve Lendaris is the partner we usually interact with. He is smart, posed and strategic. He not only advises us from the patent lenses, but also from the business lenses. He can always find a way to detangle complex legal issues and help us come up with a well-rounded solution.’

    Key clients

    Genentech / Roche

    Novartis International AG / Sandoz Inc.

    Merck & Co., Inc.

    Oxford Nanopore Technologies Limited

    Horizon Pharma and Nuvo Pharmaceuticals

    FUJIFILM Cellular Dynamics, Inc.

    Editas Medicine

    Assertio Therapeutics

    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

    UnitedHealth Group Incorporated / UnitedHealthCare, Inc. / Optum, Inc.

    Lyell Immunopharma

    Salem Partners LLC

    Royalty Pharma

    Natera, Inc.

    Sun Pharmaceuticals and Taro Pharmaceuticals

    Zydus Pharmaceutical, Inc./Cadila Healthcare LTD.

    PACT Pharma

    Renibus Therapeutics, Inc.

    Canopy Growth Corporation

    DisperSol Technologies LLC

    Avellino Lab USA, Inc.

    OncoNano Medicine, Inc.

    Columbia University

    University of Pennsylvania

    Wave Life Sciences Ltd

    Seagen, Inc.

    Work highlights

    • Representing Oxford Nanopore’s in a patent jury trial relating to its DNA sequencing platform.
    • Represented Assertio Therapeutics Inc. in its sale of Gralise to Alvogen for $127.5m.
    • Representing Sandoz in a dozen proposed class actions brought by plaintiffs against it and AbbVie relating to biosimilar market obstruction.

    Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 5

    Real estate Tier 5

    At Baker Botts L.L.P., John Dunlay‘s ‘responsiveness is unmatched’; he specializes in large-scale commercial real estate projects, ventures and financings, including first-class office buildings, hotels and mixed-use properties, and practices out of the firm's Dallas office. Practice head Connie Simmons Taylor in Houston is the other key attorney for acquisitions, dispositions, and financings. She particularly recommended for representation of developers in major tenant office leases and retail leases.

    Practice head(s):

    Connie Simmons Taylor

    Other key lawyers:

    Jon Dunlay

    Testimonials

    ‘The team at Baker Botts that I’ve worked with has a fundamental understanding of the legal and business risk points of our organization. They act as an additional safeguard and protector of our firm. The team helps to seek out practical business solutions around complex risk issues.’

    ‘The team that I have worked with is readily available, understands our broad organizational structure, goals, and break points. I have valued their candid feedback and pragmatic approach to challenges.’

    ‘Baker Botts’ Real state Department is unique due to the ultra client responsiveness and pragmatic veteran real estate deal lawyers who are pragmatic and even-keeled.’

    ‘Jon Dunlay is the most senior lawyer in the department and a true gentlemen lawyer who prides himself on getting deals done in an efficient and reasonable manner. His responsiveness is unmatched by any other attorney I have worked with in the past. ‘

    ‘Connie Taylor is another fantastic attorney with deep expertise in the retail asset class as well as general real estate deal work.’

    Key clients

    Hines

    Hunt Realty Investments, Inc.

    Boardwalk Investments Group, LLC

    Hines

    Hunt Realty Investments, Inc.

    Boardwalk Investments Group, LLC

    Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 6

    Michael Calhoon - Baker Botts L.L.P.

    Work highlights

      Latin America: International firms > International arbitration Tier 4

      The Latin American arbitration practice at Baker Botts L.L.P. has a strong track record of representing sovereign states, state-owned entities and energy companies. The ‘interdisciplinary’ and ‘comprehensive’ practice ‘delivers service of the highest level’, handling investment-treaty, commercial, and construction-related arbitrations in the region, with a focus on the oil-and-gas, energy and construction sectors. The ‘highly analyticalAlejandro Escobar and Jay Alexander, both based in London, co-lead the practice alongside Michael Goldberg in the Houston office. New York-based Andrew Behrman brings additional international law and dispute resolution expertise and is prominent in current cases involving Brazilian and Costa Rican clients; while experienced international arbitration and commercial litigation partner Edward Schorr has worked on numerous energy disputes in Brazil. At associate level, London-based senior Ernesto Féliz De Jesús is a ‘first-rate professional’ who has acted extensively as counsel in institutional and ad hoc arbitrations.

      Practice head(s):

      Alejandro Escobar; Michael Goldberg; Jay Alexander

      Testimonials

      ‘Baker & Botts , providing a broad and global vision of problems. The excellence of its lawyers and their expertise and experience in international litigation make the firm stand out.’

      ‘The lawyers stand out for their cordial treatment and for their availability to meet all the requirements that are formulated in exceptional times.’

      ‘Alejandro Escobar constantly demonstrates his extensive knowledge of international and Ecuadorian legislation. He has great leadership skills and manages an appropriate approach to cases. He is a first-rate professional, highly analytical, with extensive experience.’

      ‘Ernesto Féliz  is a first-rate professional, with a great capacity for the management, processing and analysis of information.’

      ‘The team is very strong, as it is interdisciplinary and comprehensive. The difference lies in the knowledge that the firm’s lawyers have of the internal law of the countries involved in international arbitration.’

      ‘Alejandro Escobar stands out for his knowledge of Ecuadorian law and his thoroughness in analysis.’

      Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy

      Baker Botts L.L.P. has a broad-based Latin America practice, ranging from renewable energy to LNG and upstream oil and gas transactions. The firm has made a particular impression in renewable energy and LNG projects in Mexico and other Latin American jurisdictions and has also experienced growth in digital infrastructure projects. Houston partner Carlos Solé is a genuine Latin America specialist with a focus on LNG and renewable energy projects and transactions. Washington DC’s Mark Spivak is also recognised for power and renewables, electric transmission, oil and gas, LNG, transportation and infrastructure. Since publication, the firm has considerably strengthened the practice with the hire of Los Angeles-based Dino Barajas  from DLA Piper LLP (US) - effective January 2022.

      Practice head(s):

      Carlos Sole

      Key clients

      Riverstone Holdings

      AES Corporation

      Sempra LNG / Sempra Gas & Midstream

      Techgen

      Work highlights

      • Represented Riverstone Holdings, a leading energy and power private equity firm, on the acquisition of an 80% stake in two solar photovoltaic plants in Mexico, from Otras Producciones de Energia Fotovoltaica.
      • Represented The AES Corporation in a ten-year strategic alliance with Google to accelerate the growth and adoption of clean energy by leveraging Google Cloud technology to pioneer innovation in the sector.
      • Advised Sempra on the development and marketing of a brownfield liquefaction project in Mexico; the Energía Costa Azul midscale liquefaction facility will be a first-of-its kind LNG export facility in Mexico.
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