Looking at LNG: Expanding the LNG Market to Meet Future U.S. Supply

Supporting organization: LNG Allies

Seminar | December.05.2017 | 12:30pm - 6:00pm (Central Standard Time)

Orrick Houston

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Please join Orrick and supporting organization LNG Allies at Orrick’s Houston office for a half day program focused on areas of vital interest to the LNG industry that have important implications for stakeholders across the entire natural gas industry. This substantive program will cover the following topics:

  • A brief review of LNG export capacity in the U.S.
  • Insights into current regulatory and legal developments affecting the development of additional U.S. liquefaction capacity
  • Discussions regarding future demand for LNG across the globe and case studies of innovations by LNG terminal developers to grow additional demand
  • How to structure LNG deals in newly developing markets
  • An update on executive and legislative branch activity related to LNG
  • An introduction to the U.S. Trade Development Agency’s “US Gas Infrastructure Exports Initiative” being launched Nov. 17 and how it can help boost demand for U.S. LNG
  • An examination of the implications of changing U.S. trade policy for the LNG industry

Registration & Lunch: 12:30 p.m.
Program: 1:00 p.m.
Reception 5:15 p.m.


MCLE Credit Pending

CLE Credits Available: Y



  • International Trade & Compliance
  • M&A and Private Equity

Harry Clark Partner International Trade & Compliance, M&A and Private Equity

Washington, D.C.

Harry Clark is Chair of Orrick’s International Trade & Compliance Group. He advises major companies and industry associations on a variety of international trade and investment rules.

Harry has deep experience in areas such as CFIUS/Exon-Florio examinations of foreign investment, military and “dual use” export control regulations (ITAR/EAR), economic sanctions administered by the U.S. Treasury Department (OFAC), customs regulations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, anti-money laundering rules, anti-boycott requirements and defense industrial security requirements. He executes internal corporate investigations regarding trade and investment rules and advises on such rules in the context of corporate transactions.

Additionally, Harry has extensive experience with government contracting matters. His government contracting work has included, for example, design and implementation of U.S. Defense Department renewable energy projects. He also represents broad industry coalitions on major trade litigations and international negotiations. His experience in these areas includes a leading role in what is often considered the largest-ever international trade dispute: the controversy regarding unfair softwood lumber imports from Canada. It has involved myriad administrative proceedings before federal agencies, NAFTA panel appeals, WTO dispute proceedings, judicial proceedings and international settlement agreements.

Harry has represented a coalition of major U.S. oil companies in antidumping and countervailing duty litigation. As a related matter, he pursues policy issues with congressional and executive branch officials and advises on international trade rules (e.g., GATT, WTO agreements and NAFTA).

Chambers Global recognizes Harry as a leader in the field of international trade law and has recognized Harry with special distinction regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.



  • Supreme Court & Appellate

Samuel Harbourt Managing Associate Supreme Court & Appellate

San Francisco

A former U.S. Supreme Court and D.C. Circuit clerk, Samuel Harbourt is a member of the firm's Supreme Court and Appellate practice.

Samuel's practice focuses on high-stakes appeals and dispositive trial motions.  His specialties include drafting appellate briefs, developing creative legal strategies, and monitoring trial-stage litigation to preserve important appellate issues and shape compelling narratives for presentation on appeal.  His work spans a broad range of substantive areas, from intellectual property, to regulatory, to complex commercial litigation.

Samuel also has an active pro bono practice.  He has represented criminal defendants in habeas corpus proceedings and drafted appellate briefs for public-interest organizations in landmark impact litigation.   

Prior to joining Orrick, Samuel clerked for Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court and Chief Judge Merrick Garland on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  He also served as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice. 



  • Corporate
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Renewable Energy
  • Latin America
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Fintech

Giji John Partner Corporate, M&A and Private Equity


Giji’s practice focuses on the development and finance of domestic and international energy projects.

He has extensive experience representing project sponsors through development (including through the negotiation and drafting of power purchase agreements and other long-term offtake agreements, physical and financial swaps, engineering, procurement and construction contracts, operation and maintenance agreements, management services agreements and site services agreements), acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures and financings. His representation has included transactions involving LNG facilities, methanol facilities, petrochemical refineries, carbon capture and sequestration facilities, natural gas processing and storage facilities, natural gas and CO2 pipelines, wind energy, solar energy, natural gas-fired peaking and combined-cycle power plants, thermal and battery energy storage, transportation, aviation and ports.

His prior experiences include a two year secondment to International Finance Corporation’s Office of General Counsel where he worked on multi-currency corporate financings, project financings and equity investments in infrastructure projects in Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, India, Mexico, Pakistan, Panama, the Philippines, Romania, Russia, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan and Turkey.

Giji is currently ranked as a Projects Leading Lawyer in Chambers Global and Chambers USA, and has been recognized for excellence by numerous leading industry and legal publications, including being named one of 34 "Groundbreaking lawyers" by Public Utilities Fortnightly.



  • Oil & Gas
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Africa
  • Corporate
  • Latin America

Peter Roberts Partner Oil & Gas, Energy


Peter Roberts, a partner in the London office, advises oil and gas companies worldwide on upstream and midstream transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, LNG project development work and operational procurement and contracting.

He presently advises on projects across South America, Africa and Central and Eastern Europe.

A former chairman of the International Bar Association’s Oil and Gas Law Committee, Peter has also authored four leading industry textbooks:

  • Oil and Gas Contracts , Sweet & Maxwell (2016)
  • English Law and Petroleum Contracts, OUP (2016)
  • Joint Operating Agreements, Globe (2015)
  • Gas and LNG Sales and Transportation Agreements, Sweet & Maxwell (2014)

Peter has contributed to several other books, edits the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) Journal of World Energy Law and Business, and is a representative on several oil and gas law university faculties.

He was previously the General Counsel for a UK energy company and has worked for other leading international law firms in London, Hong Kong and Singapore.



  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Wind Energy
  • Renewable Energy
  • Power
  • Oil & Gas
  • Master Limited Partnerships

Erik Swenson Partner Energy, Infrastructure

Washington, D.C.

Erik Swenson has decades of experience working closely with clients on energy transactional and regulatory matters, particularly in the areas of electric, natural gas, and LNG infrastructure development.

Erik represents clients in connection with innovative projects; managing acquisitions; negotiating and documenting energy related transactions; securing energy related authorizations and certifications; energy industry bankruptcy and restructuring matters; and various administrative proceedings. For more than 20 years, Erik has successfully navigated energy regulatory matters for electric generation facilities and large commercial and energy consumers.

Erik’s recent experience includes advising NextDecade LLC in its FERC application to approve construction, ownership and operation of the multi-billion dollar Rio Grande LNG export facility and the Rio Bravo Pipeline Company natural gas pipeline, as well as Rio Grande LNG’s applications for LNG export authorizations.

Ranked in Legal 500, Erik is a sought-after speaker on energy industry developments and has presented across the United States, as well as in Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe.



  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Oil & Gas
  • Master Limited Partnerships

Lisa Tonery Partner Energy, Infrastructure

New York

Lisa Tonery is widely recognized as an innovator in the natural gas regulatory arena. She has represented clients in the energy industry on regulatory strategy, compliance and transactional matters for more than 25 years.

Lisa focuses her practice on the development of energy infrastructure, including LNG terminals, natural gas pipelines and natural gas storage facilities, as well as related transactional and financing matters. She routinely advises companies on securing permits and authorizations for major energy projects and has extensive experience with proceedings before the FERC, the DOE, the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), and other agencies.

At the forefront of her field, Lisa helped a client obtain the first authorization issued by the DOE to export domestic natural gas as LNG to all trading partners, and represented the first bi-directional LNG terminals proposed in the United States in proceedings before the FERC.

Lisa has been recognized as a leading practitioner by both Chambers Global and Chambers USA for many years. In 2016, she was named an Energy & Environmental Law Trailblazer by the National Law Journal.