Christopher Peponis | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Christopher Peponis
Christopher Peponis

Christopher Peponis

Associate, Houston

Overview

Christopher Peponis is an associate in the Energy, Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance group in the Firm's Houston office. His practice focuses on structured transactions in the energy industry, including project development, joint ventures and sale and purchase agreements across the upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas sector. Chris has extensive global LNG and maritime experience, having advised on both green-field and brown-field LNG liquefaction projects, tolling arrangements, regasification terminal use agreements, long-term sale and purchase agreements, as well as small-scale LNG and LNG-to-power projects. Prior to joining the Firm, Chris worked as a Process Engineer, LNG Trader, and In-House Counsel for a major international oil and gas company in Australia, Europe, and North America.

Bars and Courts

  • Texas State Bar
  • Supreme Court of Victoria
  • High Court of Australia
  • Alberta Bar

Education

  • Master of Laws, Stanford Law School
  • Juris Doctor, Sydney University
  • Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, Sydney University

Languages

  • English

Experience

Representation of an incorporated joint venture, evaluating the long-term charter of a floating storage and regasification unit for a project off the east coast of Australia.

Representation of a project sponsor on the commercial structuring of a green-field LNG development in Louisiana, including developing the project's liquefaction tolling agreement and LNG sale and purchase agreements, as well as the sponsor's port liability agreement and vessel scheduling and vetting procedures.

Representation of an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company on a gas monetization project in Africa, involving back-fill tolling of gas using third party owned LNG infrastructure, associated joint marketing agreements and development of the facility's marine terminal liability agreement.

Representation of a project sponsor on the development of an FSRU LNG-to-power project in Central America, including LNG vessel purchase agreement, bespoke tug charters, LNG supply agreements, FSRU time charter and port conditions of use.

Representation of an international oil major in drafting and negotiating LNG tolling agreements for several US Gulf-Coast LNG Projects.*

Representation of an international oil major regarding amendments to EU regulations on gas pipeline interconnection and LNG terminal reloading tariffs.*

Representation of an international oil major with respect to the LNG supply for a proposed LNG-to-power project development including negotiation of LNG sale and purchase agreements, terminal use agreement and LNG lifting and balancing agreements (for both conventional and small-scale LNG vessels).*

Advising an international oil major with respect to the modification of an existing regasification terminal to facilitate a dedicated small scale LNG jetty and loading arms, including procuring approvals of local port authorities.*

Representation of an incorporated joint venture comprised of both National Oil Companies and International Oil Companies regarding the development of a Canadian green-field LNG development, including drafting and negotiating engineering, procurement & fabrication agreements, tolling agreements, feed gas acquisition and LNG lifting agreements.*

Representation of an international oil major in the preparation and negotiation of numerous joint operating agreements for Australian LNG Projects.*

Representation of an international oil major on the farm-out and sale of its interest in an Australian LNG Project to a foreign National Oil Company.*

* Matters prior to joining White & Case.