Charlie Ofner

Partner, Houston

Biography

Overview

Charlie's practice encompasses a broad range of energy and infrastructure transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, project development and corporate finance matters. He has extensive experience in the negotiation and administration of asset and equity purchase and sale agreements, joint venture and related corporate agreements, joint development agreements, marketing agreements, oil and gas gathering agreements, farmout agreements, joint operating agreements and other energy-related agreements.

Charlie regularly advises companies across the energy sector (including majors, independents and private equity-backed portfolio companies in the upstream, midstream, downstream, infrastructure and power sectors) in acquisitions and divestitures of assets and equity interests, strategic joint ventures and investments, energy trading transactions, negotiation and implementation of commercial contracts, and corporate governance.

Prior to joining the firm, Charlie was a partner at a Houston-based law firm, and also previously served as senior counsel at Oasis Petroleum Inc., a publicly-traded E&P company, where he was integral in the legal functions of multiple company divisions, including operations, land, midstream, marketing, finance and accounting. Prior to his role as senior counsel at Oasis, Charlie was an associate in the Houston office of a leading energy law firm.
 

Bars and Courts
Texas State Bar
Education
Juris Doctor
University of Texas
Bachelor of Arts
Vanderbilt University
Languages
English
Spanish

Experience

Representation of Triten Energy Partners LLC, an energy and oil company in Houston specializing in downstream infrastructure projects, in securing a US$150 million equity commitment from Tailwater Capital LLC, an energy-focused private equity firm based in Dallas. 

Representation of Qatar Investment Authority, the sovereign wealth fund of the State of Qatar, in its US$550 million minority investment in Oryx Midstream Services, the largest privately held crude operator in the Permian Basin, from an affiliate of Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners.

Representation of Delek Group in its acquisition of a 22.45% working interest in the Caesar Tonga field in the Gulf of Mexico from Shell for US$965 million, and a long-term purchase agreement with Shell Trading (US) Company for the produced oil.

Representation of WaterBridge Resources LLC, a portfolio company of Five Point Energy that develops, owns and operates permanent, integrated water infrastructure networks to address the long-term produced water management requirements of E&P companies, in its acquisition of produced water disposal assets from, and entry into a long-term produced water management services agreement with, a subsidiary of Concho Resources Inc.

Representation of Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc. in the provision of US$425 million senior secured facilities to Paradigm Midstream, LLC. Paradigm Midstream, LLC gathers and transports crude oil, natural gas and gas liquids in the Bakken and Eagle Ford shale plays.

Representation of Deutsche Bank in connection with $650 million term loan to Salt Creek Midstream for development and expansion in the Delaware Basin.

Representation of Deutsche Bank as sole arranger and underwriter of a US$350 million credit facility of the joint venture of Salt Creek Midstream, LLC.

Representation of Vitol, Inc. in its acquisition of Noble Americas Corp. from Noble Group Limited for approximately $1.4 billion.*

Representation of a private oil and gas company in the acquisition of Anadarko Basin oil and gas properties from major public oil and gas company for $385 million.*

Representation of Enterprise Products Partners L.P. in its affiliate's $189 million acquisition of the midstream business and assets of Azure Midstream Partners, L.P. and its operating subsidiaries in East Texas and North Louisiana from Azure's bankruptcy proceedings in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.*

Representation of Hilcorp in its purchase of crude oil pipelines in South Louisiana from Plains Pipeline for $169 million.*

Representation of a Houston-based private equity fund in its initial $125 million investment a Pennsylvania-based company that produces sustainable base oils from its facilities in the United States and Germany.*

Representation of Torrent Oil in its acquisition of upstream Gulf Coast oil and gas assets from Linc Energy. The assets were acquired in a 363 transaction arising out of Linc Energy's Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.*

Representation of a financial institution in the sale of its natural gas trading business to a leading investment bank.*

Representation of a TPG-backed oil & gas company with respect to its midstream and joint venture arrangements in North Dakota.*

Representation of multiple oil and gas companies (including majors, independents and private equity-backed portfolio companies) in connection with the negotiation and drafting of various commercial contracts related to the upstream and midstream sector.*

Representation of Oasis Well Services in connection with the negotiation and implementation of various services and other commercial contracts related to numerous unconventional well completions.

Representation of Oasis Petroleum in its acquisition of Bakken shale oil and gas assets from private sellers for $1.45 billion.*

Representation of Oasis Petroleum in its sale of Bakken shale oil and gas assets to Lime Rock Resources for $333 million.*

Representation of Reliance Industries in its acquisition of Marcellus shale oil and gas assets in a $1.7 billion joint venture transaction.*

Representation of Korea National Oil in its acquisition of Eagle Ford shale oil and gas assets in a $1.55 billion joint venture transaction.*

* Matters prior to joining White & Case