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

Christopher Richardson

Partner, Houston

T +1 713 496 9711

E [email protected]


Chris is an energy transactions lawyer who focuses his practice on domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; strategic joint ventures and investments; project development and construction (including LNG projects, pipelines and facilities); energy and commodities trading transactions; upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas contracts; and corporate governance. Chris also provides strategic counsel to independent E&P companies, national oil companies, oil majors, oilfield service companies, private equity investors and sovereign wealth funds in relation to deal structuring, investment risks, joint venture management, dispute resolution, operational and commercial matters, trading operations, new country entry, and relations with host country governments.

Chris has advised clients on conventional and unconventional oil and gas matters throughout the United States, as well as on transactions and projects in dozens of foreign jurisdictions, including across Latin America, Asia (with particularly deep experience in India, China and Southeast Asia), the Middle East, Africa, Russia and Central Asia, and Australia. He also serves as an advisor to foreign governments in the development of their oil and gas laws as part of the Commercial Law Development Program, under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Commerce and State Department.

Prior to joining the firm, Chris was a partner at a Houston-based law firm and also served as General Counsel and as a member of the Executive Committee of Mubadala Petroleum, a multinational oil & gas company owned by the government of Abu Dhabi, with upstream, midstream and LNG operations and assets located throughout the Eastern Hemisphere. Chris was also previously resident in the Hong Kong and Houston offices of a leading energy law firm and worked in-house with Occidental Petroleum in Texas and the Middle East.

Bars and Courts

  • Texas State Bar


  • Juris Doctor, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Bachelor of Arts, Tulane University


  • English


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

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

Representation of GSO, as a financial partner with Sanchez Energy, in the structuring of their joint venture in connection with the purchase by Sanchez and Blackstone of oil and gas properties in the Eagle Ford Shale from Anadarko for $ 2.3 billion.*

Representation of a Japanese energy company 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 Santos Limited in the $18.5 billion Gladstone LNG joint venture with Petronas, TOTAL, and KOGAS, for the development of a two-train greenfield LNG facility in Queensland, Australia.*

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

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

Representation of an independent E&P company with respect to its midstream and joint venture arrangements in North Dakota.*

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

Representation of a number energy industry clients on bids, acquisitions and divestitures for onshore, offshore, conventional, and unconventional oil & gas properties in the United States and in more than two dozen jurisdictions worldwide.*

Representation of an international oil & gas company in acquisitions, divestitures, projects, and negotiations with foreign governments across the Middle East, Europe, Central Asia, Africa and Southeast Asia.*

Representation of a number of clients in drafting and negotiating complex upstream, midstream, downstream, LNG, and host country agreements across many jurisdictions worldwide.*

* Matters prior to joining White & Case