Jonathan Ayre represents clients in acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures with respect to upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas assets. 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.

    Oilfield Services and Equipment

    • Represented a major international oilfield services company in an acquisition of the assets of an oilfield technology company.
    • Represented a leading distributor of equipment to the oil and gas industry in connection with numerous purchase, sale and license agreements.
    • 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 closely-held company in its acquisition of option rights to purchase intellectual property with applications in upstream oil and gas production.
    • 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 - LNG

    • 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.

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