Christopher Richardson

Partner, Houston

Biography

Overview

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, advising foreign governments on the development of energy-related policies and regulations.

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.

Chris serves on the Board of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Tulane Center for Energy Law at Tulane University Law School. He has published articles in numerous academic law journals (including at the University of Chicago, Georgetown University, and the University of Texas) and industry publications, and regularly lectures and presents on global oil and gas topics.

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

Experience

Ongoing representation of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago in connection with the contractual arrangements associated with the Atlantic LNG Project and related upstream oil and gas matters.

Ongoing representation of one of the world’s largest petrochemicals company in the greenfield development of a $2.2 billion methanol plant located on the Gulf Coast, including negotiation of joint venture arrangements, corporate documents, operating agreements, methanol offtake and marketing agreements, and related project contracts. 

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

Representation of a private equity-backed Argentine energy technology company in its joint venture with a U.S. utility company to manufacture and deploy small scale LNG technology in North America, including related O&M, marketing, liquefaction, gas supply, joint venture, and related project agreements.

Representation of the 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.

Representation of a private equity-backed E&P company in connection with its gas processing joint venture in the United States, including related commercial contracts.

Representation of a private equity firm in the negotiation of a series of upstream conventional and unconventional acquisitions of oil and gas properties in North America.

Representation of a U.S. independent oil and gas company in connection with various upstream commercial matters in West Africa and Latin America.

Representation of a sovereign investor in connection with the proposed acquisition of drilling rigs in Brazil, including related construction, chartering, operational, and joint venture agreements.

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

Representation of a U.S. independent oil and gas company in connection with its development and operation of oil and gas assets in Asia, including related host country agreements.  

Representation of various foreign energy companies, trading houses and sovereign investors in connection with potential equity investments in several North American LNG projects.

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 and operation of oil and gas properties in the Eagle Ford Shale from Anadarko, with a value of $ 2.3 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 an Australian energy company in connection with the structuring and negotiation of joint venture and upstream agreements for the $16 billion LNG project and in a series of divestitures of it interests in the project to TOTAL, Petronas, and KOGAS for US$4 billon.*

Representation of Reliance Industries in its $7.2 billion divestiture of offshores oil gas fields to BP, and related development of $13.5 billion offshore infrastructure and the construction of a trans-continental pipeline across India.*

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

Represented 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.*

Represented Reliance Industries Limited in its divestiture of oil and gas assets in the Middle East.*

Represented a Chinese national oil company in its acquisition of a controlling interest in oil & gas assets in Indonesia.*

Represented multiple oil and gas companies in connection with the negotiation and drafting of midstream and marketing contracts.*

Representation of various energy companies in connection with the acquisitions or divestitures of onshore and offshore assets in the United States and in dozens of jurisdictions around the world.*

In-house representation of an international energy company in a series of acquisitions and divestitures of oil & gas assets across the Middle East, Europe, Central Asia, Africa, and Southeast Asia.*

In-house representation of an international energy company and its partners in the negotiation with foreign governments of host country agreements.*

In-house representation of an international energy company in connection with joint ventures, operations, project development and construction across Asia, the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa.*

In-house representation of an oil major in connection with acquisitions and oil & gas and CO2 properties in the United States.*

In-house representation of an oil major in connection with EPC contracts for onshore and offshore construction projects in the Middle East and the United States.*

Represented multiple energy companies in drafting and negotiating complex upstream, midstream (including long term gas sales and transportation agreements), LNG contracts, and host country agreements for both new and existing projects across many jurisdictions worldwide.*

Represented multiple energy companies in connection with oil & gas contract dispute resolution and settlement negotiations across multiple jurisdictions and with government audits, internal investigations, and related compliance matters worldwide.*

Represented multiple energy companies on competitive bidding for potential upstream oil & gas acquisitions in multiple jurisdictions.*

Advised the Argentine Government on the development of its offshore oil and gas legal regime, in connection with the Commercial Law Development Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce.*

Represented the arrangers and underwriters in relation to the first ever Sukuk offering backed by U.S. oil & gas assets in the Gulf of Mexico.*
 

* Experience prior to joining White & Case