Energy & Natural Resources

In the energy industry, our commitment to client service—and the depth of our legal team—consistently earns Baker Botts recognition from third party sources, such as the ‘Law Firm of the Year—Oil and Gas’ designation from Who’s Who Legal, this recognition has been bestowed on Baker Botts more than any other firm.

Soon after oil gushed at Spindletop in 1901, Baker Botts launched an energy practice. The practice that started in Texas in the early 20th century today reaches around the world. Our lawyers in energy hubs in China, the Middle East, Russia, London and Houston draw on a wealth of over 100 years of experience assisting our clients in the energy industry to provide thoughtful, reasoned and innovative counsel.

Oil and gas producers were the firm’s primary client base at the start of its energy practice. Today firm lawyers represent producers, processors, transporters, distributors and marketers of all forms of energy—oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids, coal, traditional and renewable power and alternative fuels—as well as a number of service companies that support these areas.

As a “go-to” energy firm, clients expect Baker Botts to anticipate what it will take to minimize risk, protect assets and enhance reputations when dealing with the rapid growth and heightened scrutiny of the energy industry. Providing this type of counsel and producing results for clients effectively and efficiently is a Baker Botts commitment.

Transactional work in the energy sector has earned the firm plaudits from industry publications such as Chambers USA whose editors and researchers recently named Baker Botts ‘Energy Projects Law Firm of the Year’. Clients look to our lawyers to provide counsel on sophisticated and innovative energy transactions, many of which have been recognized as a “Deal of the Year” by publications such as Project Finance and Energy Risk. Editors from Chambers USA editors recently noted that, “If you have Baker Botts as your counsel, not only do you know that your work will be carried out diligently and expertly, but you can be assured that the other side will take you very seriously indeed.” Beyond the energy sector, Baker Botts has provided legal services for the mining industry in both corporate transactions and project development for decades. Throughout a project’s life cycle, our mining lawyers have broad experience advising clients on virtually every aspect of a mining operation. This work, which has been conducted in many parts of the world, including Asia and Australia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas, includes a full array of legal services relating to capital markets and merger and acquisition transactions, as well as the financing and development of projects involving exploration, extraction, processing, transportation and sale of hard minerals. From the initial stages of land and mineral estate acquisition involving title examination, permitting, and exploration, through feasibility studies, site development, financing, and the management and operation of an active mine, our lawyers work in multi-disciplinary teams to provide clients with the entire range of legal services related to natural resource development.

This wealth of experience in the energy field provides a springboard into the move toward alternative energy. Baker Botts has worked on renewable projects in 22 U.S. states and in Mexico. Our clients include several of the largest renewable energy developers, as well as a leading wind energy company.

We have a deep understanding of the industries we serve and that knowledge provides us with the ability to deliver better, more innovative, solutions.