Lawyers at Faegre Baker Daniels focusing on energy, natural resources and clean technology have the breadth and depth of legal, commercial and policy expertise to serve clients who need comprehensive, multi-disciplinary solutions or answers to specific, narrow issues that arise in operating within complex and regulated industries. The energy, natural resources and clean technology team advises a broad spectrum of businesses pursuing commercial opportunities within our energy and natural resource economy, including:
- Upstream, downstream and midstream oil and gas companies and the private equity firms and financial sponsors that invest along the energy value chain.
- Independent power producers (IPPs) and utilities.
- Mining enterprises in the business of exploration, development, production and marketing of base and precious metals, minerals and energy resources such as coal and uranium.
- Renewable energy companies engaged in power generation through wind, solar, geothermal, waste-to-energy and biofuels and the financial sponsors that develop these projects.
- Clean technology companies and venture capital firms that support and develop new technologies impacting how energy and natural resources are sourced, developed, produced and utilized.
Oil & Gas
Our team routinely advises and litigates on conventional and unconventional oil and gas exploration and development activities, both onshore and offshore, including coal-bed methane and shale projects. We have worked on transactions both domestically and abroad, including throughout the CIS, South America, Africa and Asia. The practice encompasses the acquisition and divestiture (A&D) of producing properties and acreage plays, host government contracts, project and infrastructure development, financing of these activities, and field operations, including title work and oil field services. The team also represents refiners, petrochemical manufacturers and pipeline and storage companies on environmental matters, permit compliance, eminent domain, project and infrastructure development, A&D, and financings.
Our attorneys arbitrate and litigate, in state and federal courts, oil and gas disputes involving oil and gas leases, burdens on production, joint operating, farmout and unitization agreements, exploration and development agreements, gathering and storage agreements, and issues arising under contractual joint venture accounting procedures. These attorneys have also litigated disputes involving mineral and land rights managed by state and federal agencies such as the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and have arbitrated international disputes involving shipping contracts, midstream and downstream infrastructure assets, and long-term oil and gas sales contracts.
Power & Utilities
Faegre Baker Daniels' power and utilities practice advises independent power producers, investor-owned utilities, cooperative and municipal utilities, and project sponsors in acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, project development, equity and debt financings, gas sales agreements and power purchase agreements. We also litigate tax, eminent domain, construction and real estate disputes on behalf of power and utility clients. Our power and utilities professionals also work on environmental permitting and compliance matters, and other regulatory matters and legislative affairs to maximize commercial returns within this heavily regulated industry.
Our mining team provides multidisciplinary expertise to the mining industry through each phase of the mining life cycle, from exploration and development through closure, abandonment and reclamation. The team's experience is both domestic and international, and encompasses greenfield and brownfield development projects, joint ventures, A&D, title claims and opinions (including the negotiation of host government contracts), and the financing of exploration and development activities via financial sponsors, equity and debt offerings, project finance and asset based loans. We also have a deep understanding of mine construction agreements, exploration and development agreements, environmental approvals, compliance and permitting, and the broad range of litigation matters that arise from mining activities, including natural resources damages actions arising under state and federal law alleging impacts to soil, groundwater, surface water and other protected natural resources.
As legal advisers to some of the world's leading producers of water, wind, solar, biomass, geothermal energy and biofuel products, Faegre Baker Daniels lawyers have industry-specific knowledge to assist clients as they face complex political, legal and regulatory challenges including land use and permitting issues, property acquisitions, construction complexities and contracts and contract disputes. We are experienced in private and public financing, including tax-exempt bonds; initial and subsequent public offerings; entity formation, including limited liability companies, mergers and acquisitions; tax, including credits and exemptions; and intellectual property, including patent, trademark, trade secret, licensing and joint development. We have also defended renewable energy clients in state and federal enforcement actions, multi-million dollar class action disputes, and environmental matters related to the ownership and operation of renewable energy production facilities.
We work with clients to address their unique legal needs in the clean technology space, whether those clients have businesses exclusively in clean technology or businesses for which clean technology is an emerging feature. That includes collaborating with clients whose business it is to increase energy efficiency, reduce waste and mitigate the environmental impact of energy development, population growth and industrial practices. We have experience in renewable energy (including biofuels, wind, solar, waste-to-energy and geothermal); smart grid/energy efficiency/energy storage; air, water and waste; transportation; carbon capture; green building; and sustainable and organic products.