Christopher Richardson

Partner, Houston

Biography

Overview

Chris is a global energy transactions lawyer in the Project Development and Finance Group in the Firm's Houston office. Chris focuses his practice on acquisitions and divestitures, strategic joint ventures and investments, commercial contracts, commodities trading transactions, corporate governance, contract disputes, project development and project finance for upstream, midstream and downstream oil & gas, LNG, petrochemicals / chemicals, electric power, renewable energy, and other energy and infrastructure projects on a worldwide basis.

Chris has represented oil & gas companies, national oil companies, sovereign wealth funds, foreign governments, private equity and infrastructure funds, investment banks, commercial lenders, project sponsors, petrochemical and chemical companies, trading houses, and oilfield service companies on transactions and projects both in the United States and in more than 50 foreign jurisdictions.

Chris was a founding partner of the White & Case Houston office, which was established in early 2018. He currently serves as co-head of the firm's Upstream Oil & Gas Industry Priority Team and as the hiring partner for the Houston office. Chris is a member of the Board of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators ("AIPN") and of the Advisory Board for the Energy Law Center at Tulane University Law School. Chris was previously based in both Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi, where he served as General Counsel of Mubadala Petroleum.

Bars and Courts
Texas State Bar
Education
Juris Doctor
University of Virginia School of Law
Bachelor of Arts
Tulane University
Languages
English

Experience

Representation of a syndicate of commercial and institutional lenders, led by Société Générale, in the up to US$1.25 billion financing of the development of the deepwater Shenandoah field in the US Gulf of Mexico and related offshore infrastructure being developed by Beacon Offshore Energy, Navitas Petroleum and Houston Energy Quantum.

Representation of Vitol Inc. on a liquefied natural gas sales and purchase agreement with Tellurian Inc. The SPA is for three million tonnes per annum on a free on board basis at Driftwood LNG for a 10 year period, indexed to a combination of two indices: the Japan Korea Marker and the Dutch Title Transfer Facility, each netted back for transportation charges. The agreement is valued at approximately US$12 billion in revenue over 10 years.

Representation of EOG Resources, Inc. (NYSE: EOG), one of the largest independent oil and natural gas companies in the United States, in its exit from China through the US$140 million sale of EOG Resources China Ltd., a company holding EOG's upstream oil and gas assets in China, including its participating interest in and operatorship of the Bajiaochang Field located in the Chuanzhong Block, Sichuan Basin, to Roc Oil Company Pty Ltd., an international oil and gas company based in Australia and subsidiary of Fosun International Ltd.

Ongoing representation of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago in connection with the upstream license  arrangements and the Atlantic LNG Project.

Ongoing representation of the sponsor of a LNG project under development in Texas.

Ongoing representation of the sponsor of a LNG project under development in Louisiana.

Ongoing representation of the lead arranger and lenders in connection with the project financing of an offshore oil and gas field development in the Gulf of Mexico.

Ongoing representation of an investment bank in connection with the acquisition financing of an oil refinery in Latin America.

Represented Vitol, Inc. in its acquisition of Noble Americas Corp. from Noble Group Limited for US$1.4 billion.

Ongoing representation of a commodities trading firm in connection with commercial contracts and structured transactions for the purchase, sale, storage and transportation of LNG, refined products, and other commodities.

Ongoing representation of a privately held oil & gas company in connection with its development of natural gas assets in Appalachia.

Ongoing representation of the lenders in connection with the proposed project financing of the development of an oil and gas field, and associated infrastructure, in the Gulf of Mexico.

Representation of Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) on its acquisition of John Laing Group's stakes in the Rocksprings wind farm in Texas and the Sterling wind farm in New Mexico.

Represented a sovereign investor in connection with the establishment of a joint venture to acquire drilling rigs in Brazil.

Represented an integrated oil and gas major in connection with upstream oil and gas matters in the United States, including construction projects in the Gulf of Mexico.

Represented of one of the world's largest petrochemicals company in the proposed development of a $2.2 billion methanol plant located on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Represented a North American petrochemicals company in connection with its proposed development of an ethylene facility in the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Represented Energy Allied International Corporation and Sandpiper Chemicals LLC as sponsors in the proposed development and construction methanol facility in Texas.

Represented Nova Chemicals Corporation in the divestiture of its expandable styrenics business.

Represented a U.S. oil and gas E&P company in connection with strategic advice regarding its upstream assets and host country agreements in Asia.

Represented the bidder in connection with the acquisition of oil and gas leases in the Eagle Ford region of Texas.

Represented an independent E&P company in the sale of assets in the Falkland Islands.

Representation of a group of Asian lenders in connection with a $530,000,000 senior secured financing of a pipeline company operating natural gas pipelines in the United States.

Representation of the lenders in connection with a $100,000,000 term facility and $100,000,000 revolving facility to finance energy terminals and storage assets in North America.

Represented the sponsors / investors in the formation and operation of Edge Virtual Gathering and Edge LNG, joint venture entities that deploy and operate small-scale on-site LNG liquefaction technology in North America.

Represented a U.S. affiliate of a national oil company in connection with its terminal operations and its proposed pipeline joint venture in the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Represented a private equity-backed E&P company in its gas processing joint venture in the United States.

Ongoing representation of an oilfield service company in connection with its product sales and distribution agreements in the Middle East.

Represented an international investment group in connection with its bid to acquire interests in a U.S. LNG project from a publicly listed Australian company in bankruptcy.

Represented an international energy company in connection with the acquisition and joint development of oil and gas assets and infrastructure in the Gulf of Mexico.

Represented a private equity backed oil and gas company in its acquisition of oil and gas properties in the United States.

Represented an Australian energy company in connection with its proposed LNG regasification project.

Representation of an oilfield service company in connection with contract disputes involving the acquisition of a drilling rig company.

Representation of Hilcorp Energy in its US$3.0 billion acquisition of oil and gas properties in the San Juan Basin in New Mexico from Conoco Phillips.*

Representation of Tokyo Gas in its acquisition of a 30% equity interest in Castleton Resources LLC, a company developing oil and gas assets in East Texas and Louisiana.*

Representation of GSO in the structuring of its joint venture with Sanchez and Blackstone for the acquisition of oil and gas properties in the Eagle Ford Shale, including the upstream joint venture arrangements, with an aggregate value of $2.3 billion.*

Representation of a debtor-in-possession lender in connection with its credit bid for debtor's oil and gas assets in the Gulf of Mexico under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code.*

Representation of Reliance Industries in its $7.2 billion sale of oil & gas assets in India to BP.*

Representation of Reliance Industries in its development of a $13.5 billion offshore gas field and trans-continental pipeline in India.

Represented Santos in connection with the structuring and negotiation of joint venture and upstream agreements for the US$16 billion LNG project and in a series of divestitures of it interests in the project for US$4 billon.*

Represented a bank in connection with the divestiture of its natural gas trading business*

Representation of multiple buyers, sellers and bidders on more than two dozen acquisitions and divestitures of oil and gas assets in the United States (onshore and offshore, conventional and unconventional) and in more than 30 countries worldwide across Latin America, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific.*

Representation of multiple energy companies in connection with the negotiation of upstream oil and gas joint venture agreements and arrangements with host country governments, and related contract disputes and audits.

Representation of multiple energy companies, investors, and foreign governments in connection with oil and gas contract dispute resolution and settlement discussions.

 

* Includes experience prior to joining White & Case