Building on Sidley’s ongoing strategy of having a substantial presence in all key commercial, financial and regulatory centers of the world, the firm expanded its reach to Houston, opening an office there in February 2012. The office’s founding partners are comprised of a strong team of highly experienced lawyers who have practiced in Houston for many years and have extensive experience in achieving results for clients in a broad range of industries.
This geographic growth has further enhanced the firm’s service to energy-based clients, both in the U.S. and worldwide. It also presents opportunities to assist in ways that are strongly aligned with many of Sidley’s existing practice areas, including mergers and acquisitions, finance, capital markets, securities and corporate governance, energy regulatory, project finance, private equity, litigation, environmental and international trade.
The lawyers in this office harness their reserve of talent to serve clients in the energy industry—one of the key focuses for the firm in Houston—working together seamlessly to assist in both upstream and midstream/downstream sectors. The team has a formidable reserve of knowledge and experience in the energy market, including co-generation and other traditional power projects, LNG terminals, pipelines, refining and chemicals, power generation drilling rigs, seismic vessels and other energy and infrastructure projects. Our lawyers have also assisted clients with renewable energy projects, including those in the areas of wind, solar, geothermal, nuclear, biofuels, biomass and waste energy.
The diversified experience of transactional, litigation and regulatory practices in the Houston office mirrors the firm’s overall mix. Our transactional lawyers have global experience in syndicated lending transactions, including energy financings, master limited partnership (MLP) financings, mergers and acquisitions, private placements, public offerings, structured financings, shelf take-downs project financings, reorganizations, multi-currency financings and highly leveraged transactions.
Our litigation lawyers have broad experience in prosecution and defense of energy, securities and professional liability litigation in both federal and state courts. We also have particular experience with litigation and dispute resolution, often representing entities from Mexico and other Latin American countries in litigation matters throughout the United States. Our lawyers practice before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, state regulatory commissions, federal and state appellate and lower courts, as well as the U.S. Departments of Transportation, Energy and State.