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James Bowe

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King & Spalding LLP


James F. Bowe Jr. (“Jim”) is a partner in King & Spalding’s Global Energy Practice and a member of the firm’s Global Transactions Practice Group. His practice focuses on the regulation of the North American natural gas and electric industries; energy-related transactional matters; and energy project development and financing. He has counseled clients in energy sector mergers, acquisitions and dispositions; outsourcing of energy purchasing and energy facilities management; reorganizations; energy supply, transportation, gathering, storage and tolling agreement negotiations; and US and international transactions involving natural gas, liquefied natural gas, natural gas liquids, petroleum, electric power generation and transmission, renewable energy and water/wastewater.


Memberships American Bar Association (Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Law (1984-present); Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law (1986-present) and Section Council Member (2003-present)) Energy Bar Association

United States: Finance

Project finance

Within: Project finance

King & Spalding LLP stands out for its sponsor-side expertise and advises on a range of high-value oil, gas and LNG project finance transactions. Vera De Brito de Gyarfas, who focuses on mandates involving energy projects in Latin America and Africa, and Scott Greer, who heads the construction transactional practice, are advising Anadarko on its $50bn Mozambique LNG export project. Highlights for projects and infrastructure head Ken Culotta included advising Magnum Energy on the $100m development and private equity financing for a barrel-refined products (aviation fuel, diesel, and motor gasoline) storage facility in Delta, Utah, while James Bowe in Washington DC is instructed by Mountaineer NGLs in the project development and financing matters relating to a natural gas storage project near Clarington, Ohio. In New York, the team has been bolstered by a number of recent additions, including counsel Frank Schoen, who joined from White & Case LLP, as well as several individuals from Morrison & Foerster LLP, including Jonathan Melmed, who co-chairs the firm’s global private equity practice and heads the US power and infrastructure practice. Named attorneys are based in Houston unless otherwise stated. Archie Fallon joined Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in 2018.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy regulation: oil and gas

Within: Energy regulation: oil and gas

The Washington DC-based government matters department at King & Spalding LLP handles the firm's oil and gas regulatory work. James Bowe, Charles Engel and Neil Levy are the joint heads of the team. Bowe and others are advising Mexico Pacific Limited on all aspects of its development and implementation of a new LNG export facility to be located in Mexico worth over $1bn. Regulatory work thus far has included preparing and submitting a an export application to the DOE and counseling the client on Mexican LNG regulation. Another key highlight is Engel's assistance to a multinational energy company with its decommissioning of offshore oil and gas production platforms and related assets. This involves representation before numerous authorities, including the Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. Counsel William Rice is also of note; Engel is 'a top-notch attorney who understands business needs and provides clear and cogent advice'.

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Energy: transactions: oil and gas

Within: Energy: transactions: oil and gas

King & Spalding LLP assists energy companies, private equity firms and strategic investors with various transactions ranging from capital raising and finance transactions to acquisitions and dispositions. The department is headed in the Houston office by Scott Greer, who is supported by the co-head of the midstream segment Stuart Zisman and the co-head of the upstream segment Peter Hays. Significant arrivals include New York-based James Woolery from Hudson Executive Capital, and Carol Burke, Kimberlee Cagle and Susan Berry who joined from Reed Smith LLP. Daniel Rogers, who co-heads the LNG and gas segment, and Washington DC-based James Bowe advised Hawaii Gas on the procurement of long-term LNG supplies for import into Kaui, and the long-term chartering-in of an LNG floating storage and regasification unit. David Strickland joined White & Case LLP and Archie Fallon left for Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.

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