Ryan Hopkins

Partner, Houston

Biography

Overview

Ryan works with clients during project conceptualization, implementation, execution, dispute resolution and operation. He assists in determining the best project delivery system, drafts and negotiates the project agreements, including licensing, basic engineering, EPC, EPCM, construction, procurement, and services, provides guidance during execution, and manages disputes through resolution. Some recent examples include liquefied natural gas liquefaction facilities, solar and wind generation facilities, air separation units, hydrogen, polypropylene, and methanol plants, power plants, carbon sequestration, power plants, manufacturing and storage facilities, and commercial building developments.

Bars and Courts
Texas State Bar
California State Bar
US Patent and Trademark Office
Education
JD
Fordham Law School
BS
Mining Engineering
Virginia Tech
Languages
English

Experience

Representation of an LNG company in the drafting and negotiation of an EPC agreement for the development of a mid-scale LNG export facility, including both on-shore and off-shore aspects of the project. The representation included parallel negotiations with two EPC contractors both in consortium with another construction contractor.

Representation of a petrochemical company in managing project execution and contractual issues for a US$2.5B petrochemical complex comprised of two EPC contractors. Also supported the executive management team with five other construction projects during crisis-related project execution issues.

Representation of a petrochemical company in drafting and negotiating EPCM, construction, procurement, and other forms, as well as providing negotiation strategy, training, and advice during the overhaul of its capital projects strategy.

Representation of Energy Vault, a gravity and kinetic energy based, long-duration energy storage company, in the commercialization of their product offerings, including the development of their form supply agreement, IP and software license and long-term service agreement. 

Representation of a US bank in connection with a loan to a major energy company for the development of a 94 unit wind power generation facility totalling 260MW, including the evaluation of agreements for engineering, supply, construction, and installation.

Representation of various lenders as mandated lead arrangers in a US$1.7 billion amortizing senior secured term facility and a US$150 million senior secured revolving facility to finance the development and construction of a new integrated petrochemicals facility and associated infrastructure and utilities to be located in Sturgeon County in the Province of Alberta, Canada.

Representation of a US bank in connection with a loan to an energy company for three solar projects with a total generation capacity of 255MW, including evaluation of agreements for engineering, supply, construction, and installation.

Representation of a major US LNG company in its expansion of their import facility to incorporate LNG liquefaction capabilities (the first and third trains). Ryan assisted the client with the FEED process as well as the subsequent EPC negotiations through to execution. The representation required the development of bespoke EPC structures in order to permit project financing.*

Representation of an oil & gas company in the drafting and negotiation of FEED and EPC agreements for the development of an LNG export facility. Ryan was involved in the infrastructure construction agreements, pre-FEED and FEED stages for both the onshore and offshore aspects of this project. In order to ensure the appropriate risk allocations would ultimately permit project financing, procurement strategies included early discussion of key terms in the EPC contract and FEED.*

Representation of an industrial gas company in drafting and negotiating agreements for multiple small-scale LNG projects, primarily focused on regasification terminals, vehicle loading stations, and boil-off gas handling.*

Representation of an engineering and construction company in the drafting and negotiating of two EPC agreements for multiple air separation units and storage systems in Oregon and Ireland.*

Representation of an industrial gas company in the drafting and negotiating of an EPC agreement for a hydrogen plant in Malaysia

Representation of a company in the drafting and negotiating an EPC agreement to convert a power plant and install carbon capture technology with the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Energy.*

*Matters prior to joining White & Case