From refineries and petrochemical plants to distributors, wholesalers and retail outlets, the downstream oil and gas sector plays a critical role in the energy industry. But refining and delivery operations present a host of challenges, including seasonality, scheduling challenges and supply chain issues, while projects are typically large, capital-intensive and subject to regulatory risk. Blakes practices in all areas of downstream and marketing law, including supply contracts, restructurings, joint ventures, financing, acquisitions and trading agreements.
The Oil & Gas lawyers at Blakes are ideally positioned to serve our clients in the downstream market. With global knowledge derived from offices worldwide, we have provided strategic and tactical support on major groundbreaking energy projects in numerous international jurisdictions, including extensive expertise in the financing and development of international liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminals.
The downstream industry does not exist solely in a business environment, however, and levels of government play a key role in this sector. Thanks to our extensive on-the-ground experience acting for host governments and state-owned oil and gas companies, we also possess an in-depth understanding of how the business, government and legal environments intersect in this field.
The following are a few examples of how we have helped a deep and diverse client base that includes supermajors, other private oil and gas companies, and private and multilateral lenders.