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Bradley Murchison attorneys regularly represent and provide services to a large number of corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and other business entities. The firm’s corporate practice group assists clients in the structuring, formation and financing of a wide range of companies of different sizes and in different industries. Our clients include chemical processing plants, manufacturers, electric utilities, oil and gas producers and pipeline companies.

 

Our attorneys regularly advise clients on the nature of the business entity to be used, on the day-to-day management and operation of their businesses and in the negotiation of mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and divestitures of their business interests. We are frequently called upon to act as outside general counsel to our clients and assist them with business planning, succession planning, ownership and management issues, corporate governance, compensation, state and local tax and commercial law matters.

 

Our attorneys best serve our clients when we anticipate and avoid or prevent problems where possible. We are prepared to work closely with our clients so that we may know and anticipate their needs and recommend courses of action that operate to maximize the client’s efficiency and profitability.


Representative Matters

Successful negotiation of an agreement with the Louisiana Department of Revenue and Taxation that resulted in the determination that lignite coal produced from the Dolet Hills Mine in DeSoto Parish Louisiana is not subject to the Louisiana sales and use tax, resulting in fuel cost savings in excess of $2,500,000 per year for the Dolet Hills Power Plant, a 640 megawatt lignite fired generating unit also located in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana.

 

Representation of a large integrated energy company in connection with its negotiation, drafting, and purchase of a multi-million dollar natural gas gathering system from a prominent publicly traded European based energy company.

 

Representation of a large integrated energy company in connection in its daily operations including the drafting and negotiation of gas gathering agreements, gas processing agreements, confidentiality agreements, leases for cell tower construction and the use of existing cell towers, right of way acquisitions, and the acquisition and divestiture of related assets.

 

Representation of an independent oil and gas exploration company in its daily operations including the drafting joint operation and participation agreements, and representation in concursus and other litigation related proceedings.

 

Advised a major energy company in its acquisition of a large Oklahoma gathering system and the related pipeline construction and long-term natural gas gathering and treating agreements; in the construction and acquisition of two multi-million dollar natural gas treating plants; regarding extensive long-term gas processing and gas gathering transactions, involving billions of cubic feet of gas annually; regarding a significant crude oil loading and transportation agreement, involving billions of cubic feet of gas annually; and regarding joint venture for major gas gathering assets and activities, involving billions of cubic feet of gas annually.

 

Representation of an integrated energy company in connection with its development of a high-voltage direct current transmission system across Louisiana to tie electric distribution utility systems situated in the Southeastern United States to the wind power generation facilities within the boundaries of the Electric Reliability Counsel of Texas. Work includes the acquisition and exercise of options to acquire Louisiana property sites for AC/DC converter stations, the development of transmission right of way forms to be utilized in acquisition of the transmission line corridors across Louisiana and Mississippi, and the introduction of the project to Louisiana state and public elected officials and regulatory agencies.

 

Representation of an independent oil and gas exploration company in the identification of “held by production” acreage it owns as prospective for natural gas development in the deep rights, “Haynesville Shale” resource play in Northwest Louisiana, preparation and issuance of requests for proposal (“RFP”) to Haynesville Shale developers for the joint development of such acreage, preparation with the client in the review and evaluation of the responses received to the RFP, and the successful negotiation of agreements with the developers for the development of the Haynesville Shale natural gas resource underlying such acreage.

 

Representation of a lignite coal mining company in its negotiations with an integrated, closely held oil and gas company for the acquisition of lignite and other surface mining rights controlled by the oil and gas company. These lands involve over 730 acres of land situated in five different governmental sections of land that hold over 3.8 million tons of minable lignite for inclusion in an integrated lignite surface mining operation in Northwest Louisiana.

 

Representation of the US subsidiary of a Chinese chemical company in the successful negotiation of a definitive investment agreement with a major US chemical company pursuant to which the parties will construct and operate a $1.85 billion methanol production facility in St. James Parish, LA. The methanol facility will be capable of producing approximately 1.7 million metric tons of methanol per year. Our attorneys also represented the methanol facility in the negotiation and implementation of a $800,000,000 syndication loan arranged and led by Bank of China.

 

Representation of an independent oil and gas exploration company in its successful negotiation with a capital venture fund for the funding of the development of an enhanced oil recovery prospect (the “Prospect”) involving oil, gas and mineral leases covering 4,080 net acres, more or less, located in Miller County, Arkansas (the (“Leases”). Our attorneys negotiated and drafted the organizational documents for the formation of a limited liability company (the “Company”) operated by the parties to acquire the Leases and develop, operate, lease and sell oil, gas and mineral interests, and wells related thereto in the Prospect, and other prospects in which oil, gas and mineral leases may be acquired for development by the Company.

 

Representation of an independent oil and gas exploration company in its successful negotiation of a Prospect Development Agreement that encompasses the identification, exploration and development of oil and gas prospects, the provision of prospect development concepts, identification of seismic lines to be acquired encompassing such concepts, evaluation of geological and geophysical data so developed, and upon the completion of such data acquisition and evaluation, the acquisition by the client of a leasehold position covering lands for a given prospect sufficient for the drilling of a well prospective for the production of oil or gas in paying quantities, and the drilling of wells on such leasehold so acquired. The prospect development agreement identifies seven (7) separate prospects situated in various portions of the East Central portion of Louisiana and the Southwest portion of Mississippi that range from development play to prospect leads to wildcat prospects, and details the duties of the parties thereto for the mutual development of each.

 

Representation of The St. Joseph Society of the Sacred Heart, Inc. (the “Josephites”) in litigation with the local members of the Board of Directors for St. Augustine High School over control of the high school and whether amended corporate by-laws enacted by the local members of the high school’s Board of Directors were valid. We filed a Petition for Declaratory Judgment and Injunctive Relief in Federal Court, obtained a temporary restraining order returning control of the high school to the Josephites and then assisted the Josephites in working out a compromise with local members of the high school’s Board of Directors and drafting new by-laws.

 

Representation of minority shareholders in a newly formed Indiana corporation, who had transferred tangible assets, intellectual property and other assets of a Delaware corporation they owned to the Indiana corporation in the hope of obtaining financial support, management talent, and guidance in advancing a business envisioned and created by the minority shareholders, in a potential shareholder suit against the Indiana corporation, the majority shareholder in the Indiana corporation and the corporate officers and executives of the Indiana corporation. Assisted the clients in analyzing the pros and cons of potential litigation and ultimately assisted clients negotiate the unwinding of the previous business transaction.

 


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