Oil & Gas / Energy Acquisitions and Divestitures

Our lawyers have represented clients in domestic oil and gas asset acquisitions and divestitures. Whether a deal involves a single lease, complex farmout or exploration agreement, or an entire integrated oil and gas company, McGinnis Lochridge offers comprehensive and strategic representation from inception of the deal through post closing issues. Our attorneys have represented buyers, sellers, investors, and financial advisors in transactions involving both proven and unproven oil and gas assets as well as midstream assets including existing pipelines and related facilities. Having represented both domestic and international companies, MLPs, lenders and investors, we understand that every client and every deal is unique.

We understand the complexities of oil and gas transactions, and take great care in understanding our clients’ goals.  We add value throughout a transaction by assisting in structuring and negotiating the deal, performing due diligence, preparing all appropriate filings, providing ongoing legal advice to operations and management, issuing legal opinions, and working with our clients to resolve title defects and other potential or ongoing issues.

We routinely assist our clients in all phases of deals, including:

  • Negotiating, structuring and reviewing transaction documents, such as letter of intent, confidentiality agreements, purchase and sale agreements, defect notices, defect responses, closing documents, transition agreements, and title curative;
  • Ensuring that the deal structure, drafting and negotiation process, due diligence, environmental analysis, and closing and post closing issues are handled smoothly, with a focus on striking the most appropriate balance between our clients' business goals and desires to manage legal risks;
  • Analyzing restrictions on assignability, such as preferential rights to purchase, consents to assign, maintenance of uniform interest, and area of mutual interest provisions, and developing strategies and solutions for mitigating any corresponding reduction in marketability, and obtaining appropriate consents and waivers.


  • Reed v. Mills Ruling Featured in NALTA March 29, 2017 - Ian McNeill

  • Chris Halgren and Austin Brister Injection Well Article Featured in NODOA Newsletter March 20, 2017 - Chris Halgren - Austin Brister

  • Bruce Kramer Presenting at Texas A&M 2017 Energy Law Symposium March 8, 2017 - Bruce Kramer

  • Speaker, Royalty Calculations: Analyzing Royalty Clauses and an Update on Recent Case Law, Permian Basin Association of Division Order Analysts, Houston, TX November 17, 2016 - Austin Brister

  • Speaker, COPAS Accounting Procedure, and Legal and Practical Considerations, Oil & Gas Joint Operations And The New APPL Form 610-2015 Model Form Operating Agreement, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Houston, Texas November 4, 2016 - Jonathan Baughman

  • Panelist, View from the Bench, 15th Annual Energy Litigation Conference, Institute for Energy Law, Houston, Texas November 3, 2016 - Jonathan Baughman

  • Presenter, Regulatory Update, State Bar of Texas 34th Annual Advanced Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Course, State Bar of Texas, Houston, Texas September 30, 2016 - Tim George

  • Speaker, Production in Paying Qualities and Keeping the Lease, HAPL 7th Annual Shale Play Seminar, Houston Association of Professional Landmen, Houston, Texas September 28, 2016 - Austin Brister

  • Co-Author, The Law of Oil and Gas, University Casebook Series, Foundation Press, 10th Edition June 10, 2016 - Bruce Kramer

  • Presenter, Primer and Update on Gas Royalty Calculation Litigation, NALTA Annual Meeting, National Association of Lease and Title Analyst, Atlanta, Georgia September 22, 2016 - Austin Brister

  • Presenter, Texas NPRI’s, NADOA 43rd Annual Institute, National Association of Division Order Analysts, Scottsdale, Arizona September 8-9, 2016 - Austin Brister

  • Presenter, Royalty Litigation, 29th Annual Energy Law Institute, The Center for American and International Law, Houston, Texas September 30, 2016 - Chris Halgren