Jay Cuclis

Partner, Houston



Jay's practice involves the representation of clients in a wide range of complex transactions across the energy industry, including project development, upstream acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, M&A and energy transition matters. He has extensive experience in the upstream, petrochemicals and LNG sectors in particular.

Over the last 40 years, Jay has worked on major energy transactions domestically and in more than 50 countries throughout the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Prior to joining the Firm, Jay was a partner at another Houston based law firm, and has worked in Houston, London, Moscow and Hong Kong.

Bars and Courts
Texas State Bar
Juris Doctor
University of Texas School of Law
Bachelor of Arts
University of Texas


Representation of 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 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 an international oil and gas company based in Australia.

Representation of Occidental Petroleum Corp. on its US$825 million sale of onshore oil and gas assets in Colombia to The Carlyle Group, a private equity management firm.

Representation of Noble Energy in a major gas monetization project in Equatorial Guinea involving the negotiation of Gas Processing and LNG Tolling Agreements, LNG marketing arrangements, agreements with the Government of Equatorial Guinea, and upstream agreements covering the development and transportation of gas to the Gas Processing and LNG Plants.

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

Representation of an international energy company in its acquisition of interests in six Federal oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico and the related development financing.*

Representation of Reliance Industries in its $7.2 billion sale of Indian oil and gas assets to BP and related joint venture arrangements.*

Representation of Jupiter Resources, a subsidiary of Apollo Global Management, in its $1.87 billion acquisition of Encana Corp.'s Bighorn gas properties.*

Representation of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in its $1.075 billion disposition of its Chinese subsidiary to Brightoil Petroleum.*

Representation of Santos Limited in the $18.5 billion joint venture with Petronas, TOTAL, and KOGAS, for the development of a two-train greenfield LNG facility in Queensland, Australia, including the negotiation of long-term LNG off-take agreements.*

Representation of a European energy company in its >$2 billion acquisitions of oil and gas properties in the Gulf of Mexico.*

Representation of a large international energy company in its >$2.5 billion divestiture of energy assets located in five West African countries.*

Representation of a large U.S. energy company in connection with the multibillion dollar restructuring of its interests in several countries in the Middle East *

Representation of a large independent oil and gas company in connection with the restructuring of certain South American upstream oil and gas interests.*

Representation of an international energy company in the formation of a consortium with a major European energy company pursuant to which various oil and gas concessions in Asia were exchanged.*

Representation of a Saudi/Chinese joint venture in connection with the proposed development of a $5+ billion petrochemicals project in Trinidad.*

Representation of an Australian energy company in connection with the formation of a joint venture with a large European gas company to develop a floating LNG facility in Western Australia.*

* Matters prior to joining White & Case