The Houston office, opened in the first quarter of 2013, is one of four K&L Gates offices in Texas. Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States with one of the most diversified regional economies and diverse populations in the country.
As the largest inland port in the United States (5th largest port in the world) and with the largest international medical center and healthcare technology industry in the world, Houston serves as a critical gateway for trade and investment not only in the energy industry, for which it is best known, but also in healthcare, technology development and licensing, commodity trading, oil and petrochemical refining, shipping and transportation, and a host of other global industries and business sectors. Based on its strategic position and the US and cross-border project development, investment and dispute resolution experience of K&L Gates’ lawyers in energy law, healthcare, technology and finance, the Houston office has become a lynchpin for the Firm’s Energy practice and collaborates with other offices across the K&L Gates platform on US and cross-border investments, other transactions and disputes in a variety of industry sectors.
The Houston office has deep experience in serving the upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas business and related service sectors, both on US and international transactions and in US and cross-border dispute resolution. The Houston office advises private and public companies in oil and gas production, project development, service, refining and marketing. We represent client interests in oilfield service transactions, as well as matters related to pipeline, chemical, information technology, storage and transportation services. Our lawyers also handle LNG/maritime transactions, commodity trading transactions, and power generation/offtake transactions. In short, we have expertise in a wide variety of disciplines related to the energy sector, for which Houston is a substantial epicenter.
In addition to energy transactions, our attorneys are highly experienced in advising companies on all types of mergers, acquisitions and dispositions and on corporate/capital market transactions, including US and UK public offerings, private placement of debt and equity, 1933 Act and 1934 Act compliance and disclosure, joint ventures, restructurings, and master partnerships and financings.
Our Houston office was awarded 2 Tier 1 practice rankings by the 2015 U.S. News-Best Lawyers® in Commercial Litigation and Securities Litigation. Our lawyers also represent clients in bankruptcy and restructuring transactions and litigation matters. We have substantial experience as creditor committee, trust and debtor counsel. Additionally, our lawyers represent lenders and purchasers in these proceedings.
Our Houston litigation expertise covers a variety of commercial disputes, including in the energy, antitrust, ERISA, healthcare, and pharmaceutical industries, among other areas. Our litigation lawyers are highly experienced in US and international arbitrations and dispute resolutions and in the enforcement of US judgments and awards overseas and foreign judgments and awards in the United States.