Energy and Natural Resources
The lawyers at Bryan Cave have long been recognized as industry leaders in energy and natural resources acquisition, financing and project development transactions. Bryan Cave’s energy and natural resources practice has expanded and evolved into an interdisciplinary team of lawyers with expertise ranging from conventional oil and gas and mineral transactions to power production and renewable energy project development representing a variety of large and small companies, project developers and investors.
The lawyers of Bryan Cave’s Energy and Natural Resources Client Service Group work closely with experienced lawyers across the firm’s practice groups including environmental, tax, litigation, corporate, international, project finance, construction, real estate, government relations, public incentives, government contracts, antitrust and intellectual property practices. We couple these practices with an array of strategically located regional domestic and international offices to offer clients in natural resources, energy and energy-related businesses a set of tools and resources that few firms can match. Bryan Cave assists clients in navigating contractual and financing issues, environmental issues, regulatory issues, public land issues and surface owner issues. Most recently, Bryan Cave has developed an active practice to assist clients with emerging energy technologies, helping them indentify opportunities from recent public policies related to climate change and the promotion of renewable sources of energy.
We regularly advise clients regarding all aspects of natural resources and energy-related matters, including strategic oil and natural gas exploration and development (including up-stream, mid-stream and downstream activities and projects), mineral exploration and development, project development and financing, mergers and acquisitions, use and availability of tax credits and grants, construction, project siting and development, risk management, regulatory compliance and approvals, purchase and sale of energy and natural resources projects and litigation/dispute resolution of virtually any type of claim. Our clients receive the strategic advice necessary to finance projects in the capital markets, and to obtain such supplementary governmental approvals, grants, guarantees and tax benefits as may be necessary or desirable to fund projects. Bryan Cave has the experience and geographic presence to maximize our clients’ opportunities for success in domestic and international energy markets. Our commitment to clients is the highest level of professional excellence, providing not only counsel in light of current legal requirements, but also well informed advice on strategic directions a business can take in anticipation of future conditions.
Bryan Cave’s "one firm" approach offers national and international resources to clients increasingly operating in or affected by developments in world energy and natural resource markets. Our offices are strategically located in commercial centers and producing areas. Bryan Cave also has lawyers licensed in most of the major producing areas and states. In addition, Bryan Cave has experience in energy projects across the globe. In particular, our multiple European offices cover the European Union energy market. We also maintain a strong presence in the developing energy markets of Asia, with legal professionals or trade consulting professionals in eight of Asia’s key commercial centers, including Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong.
- Oil and Gas
Our lawyers assist clients with the structuring of acquisitions, joint ventures, and other arrangements for oil and gas exploration and development; title work; financing; administrative appeals and civil litigation involving federal land and royalty issues; natural gas contract issues; and other oil and gas disputes.
Our mining group has worldwide experience with a wide range of commercial minerals, including coal, copper, uranium and industrial metals; base metals; gold and other precious metals. We provide counsel in all phases of mining operations from exploration agreements through feasibility studies, mine construction and refining and service agreements. We also assist with land acquisition, due diligence investigation and title work, General Mining Law of 1872 issues, permitting and licensing issues and a wide range of federal and state land management and mineral issues.
- Renewable Energy, Power Production and Energy Credits
Bryan Cave assists clients in all aspects of renewable energy project development; financing and operations, including conventional power, wind, biomass, geothermal and solar power generation projects; and the production of fuels, including synthetic fuel from coal, coal gasification, ethanol, biodiesel and coalbed methane. We also have one of the nation’s leading practices involving the structuring and restructuring of projects to monetize federal and state tax credits and renewable energy credits.
- Energy and Natural Resources Financing and Hedging
We counsel both lenders and borrowers on energy and related natural resources financing arrangements, lender requirements and security issues. As with other areas of Bryan Cave’s services, this includes issues pertaining to federal, state, Indian (tribal and allotted) and fee lands. We also counsel individual parties on a broad range of derivatives transactions.
- Regulation of Energy and Natural Resources
Our lawyers have extensive experience in the regulation of energy and natural resources development and dealing with applicable regulatory agencies, including federal, state and local authorities. This experience includes permitting and regulation of oil and gas operations, mining operations and renewable/alternative energy projects, from the EPA, FERC, and public utility agencies to state and local regulation of oil and gas and other extractive industries.
- Environmental Matters
Clients face increasing environmental liabilities and permitting issues in the energy and natural resources industries. Our environmental lawyers work closely with our natural resources and energy transactional lawyers to assess and address environmental risks and issues.
- Energy and Natural Resources Litigation and Dispute Resolution
We represent clients in administrative and civil proceedings before state and federal courts. Our administrative law experience includes numerous proceedings before the Interior Board of Land Appeals on permitting and mineral leasing issues, the Minerals Management Service involving federal royalty disputes, drainage disputes and other federal lease and federal unit issues. We provide negotiation or litigation solutions in civil matters, including pipeline litigation, gas contract disputes, gas balancing issues, royalty and other landowner disputes; disputes under operating and unit agreements; and quiet title actions. In addition, several of our attorneys are experienced arbitrators in natural resources disputes.
Our water group provides counsel in all aspects of water use related to energy and mining development, including water rights acquisition, transfer and maintenance, changes in beneficial use, due diligence, environmental mitigation and water for energy generation, permitting and compliance. We represent a wide range of clients before state and federal administrative agencies and courts, including electric utilities, water conservancy districts, developers and water companies.
- Climate Change and CleanTech
Bryan Cave attorneys advise on climate change regulatory issues in the United States and around the world, including the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme and global climate regulations. Our attorneys work with clients in their venture formation, financing of renewables and development efforts to create technology that stores, distributes, senses, controls, monitors, manages, and produces energy.