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 a global energy transactions lawyer who focuses his practice on domestic and cross-border acquisitions and divestitures; strategic joint ventures; project development and construction; energy and commodities trading transactions; commercial and operational agreements for upstream, midstream, downstream, petrochemical, LNG, and other energy and infrastructure projects; and general corporate matters.

Chris regularly provides counsel to independent E&P companies, national oil companies, oil majors, trading companies, oilfield service companies, project sponsors, private equity funds (and their portfolio companies), strategic investors, and sovereign wealth funds in relation to deal structuring, investment risks, joint venture management, dispute resolution, operational and commercial matters, new country entry, and relations with host country governments.

Chris has advised clients on conventional and unconventional oil and gas, petrochemical, and LNG transactions and projects throughout the United States as well as in dozens of foreign jurisdictions, including across the Middle East, Latin America, Asia (with particularly deep experience in India, China and Southeast Asia), Africa, Russia and Central Asia, Europe, and Australia.  He also has advised clients on mining, chemicals, power, and manufacturing related projects and transactions worldwide. Chris also has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce and State Department in connection with the Commercial Law Development Program.

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 Energy Allied International Corporation and Sandpiper Chemicals LLC as sponsors in the development and construction of a 3,000 m/ton per day methanol facility in Texas City, Texas.

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

Representation of a private equity backed oil and gas exploration company in its gathering system and gas processing joint venture arrangements.

Representation of the U.S. affiliate of a national oil company in connection with its terminal operations in the U.S. Gulf Coast.

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