Jonathan Ayre represents clients in acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures with respect to upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas assets, oilfield services companies, and other energy industry transactions. His corporate practice includes the formation of private equity-backed entities investing in the oil and gas industry.

Jonathan also represents clients in project development matters, with a focus on engineering, procurement and construction agreements for major capital projects, including liquefied natural gas facilities. He counsels a range of clients on general corporate matters, including entity formation, joint ventures, equity ownership, and corporate governance.

  • Upstream and Midstream Oil and Gas and Private Equity

    • Represented a supermajor in a $2.2 billion acquisition and joint venture of Barnett shale assets.
    • Represented the management of Vine Oil and Gas in multiple joint ventures with The Blackstone Group targeting U.S. operated working interests, mineral interests and other upstream assets.
    • Represented a supermajor in a $1.2 billion disposition of its interest in a Gulf Coast pipeline.
    • Represented Providence Energy in a joint venture with a Fortune 100 company's pension fund targeting upstream oil and gas interests.
    • Represented a U.K.-based energy company in a $1.3 billion acquisition and joint venture of Haynesville shale assets.
    • Represented Alta Resources Development in a joint venture with its equity sponsors targeting upstream oil and gas assets.
    • Represented Japan-based company Mitsui & Co., Ltd., in negotiation of agreements for a $680 million acquisition and joint venture of Eagle Ford shale assets.
    • Represented a private equity fund in connection with its acquisition of Permian and Eagle Ford upstream oil and gas assets.
    • Represented the energy division of a major Mexico-based international building materials supplier in the disposition of a portion of its limited partnership interests in an oil and gas exploration venture.
    • Represented an independent oil and gas exploration and production company in connection with its acquisition of East Texas oil and gas properties.
    • Represented a U.K.-based energy company in connection with the unitization of the Lula Field, one of the world's largest oil fields, offshore Brazil.
    • Represented a Japan-based energy company in connection with the formation of and corporate governance matters relating to its U.S. gas marketing subsidiary and related midstream agreements.

    Downstream Oil and Gas and Petrochemicals

    • Represented NOVA Chemicals Corporation in its $2.1 billion acquisition from The Williams Companies of their interests in an ethane cracker in Geismar, Louisiana and the Mont Belvieu storage hub.
    • Represented subsidiaries of NOVA Chemicals Corporation and Borealis AG in their Texas joint venture with Total Petrochemicals and Refining USA, Inc. with respect to two existing polyethylene facilities, an under-construction ethane cracker and a development stage Borstar polyethylene facility.
    • Represented a chemical manufacturing company in commercial agreements for construction, procurement and services arrangements in Texas and Kentucky.

    Other Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures

    • Represented a nuclear waste transportation and disposal company in the acquisition of two nuclear-waste processing facilities.
    • Represented a major international oilfield services company in an acquisition of the assets of an oilfield technology company.
    • Represented a media company in connection with the disposition of substantially all of its assets to a strategic buyer and subsequent negotiations with creditors, wind-down and dissolution of the company.
    • Represented a major international oilfield services company in connection with its disposition of equity interests in a technology company servicing upstream energy companies.
    • Represented a major international oilfield services company in connection with the disposition of a division focused on accounting for upstream oil and gas services operations.

    Engineering, Procurement and Construction Contracts

    • Represented a U.K.-based energy company in the drafting and negotiation of an engineering, procurement and construction contract for an Australia-based LNG export project.
    • Represented a major energy company in the drafting and negotiation of an engineering, procurement and construction contract for an LNG export project in Louisiana.

    Other Transactions

    • Represented a major distributor of equipment to the oil and gas industry in the drafting and negotiation of numerous purchase and sale and license agreements with U.S. energy companies.
    • Represented a Japan-based company in the formation and of and corporate governance matters relating to its U.S. gas marketing subsidiary and related midstream agreements.

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