Luke L. Burns

Special Counsel


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Luke Burns is a member of the firm's Global Projects Practice, where he counsels both domestic and foreign companies and private equity firms on a broad range of energy related transactions and projects. Mr. Burns' practice focuses on acquisitions and divestitures of onshore and offshore upstream oil and gas assets, farmouts and other development arrangements, and both large-scale and small-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects.

Following graduation from law school, Mr. Burns served as a law clerk to the Honorable Andrew S. Hanen of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Related Experience

Representative Renewable Energy, Energy Transition and Energy Tech

  • Domestic Utility – build transfer arrangement to construct and operate a hydrogen electrolyzer, blending skid and associated infrastructure
  • Marea Energy Partners – hydrogen supply contract for very low sulfur fuel oil production facility
  • Colonial Pipeline Company – acquisition of three terminals and all related assets and customer contracts; negotiation of biodiesel blending agreement and terminal agreement
  • Energy Company – divestiture of company holding green ammonia assets in Canada
  • Private Equity Firm – joint venture to develop gas to cryptocurrency mining operation in South Dakota, involving acquisition of gas assets, arrangements for operation of gas assets and data center and joint venture structure
  • Cryptocurrency Mining Company – joint venture to develop gas to cryptocurrency mining operation in Texas
  • Cryptocurrency Mining Company – acquisition of cryptocurrency mining data center assets in Texas and revenue sharing arrangement
  • Energy Tech Company – joint venture in respect of Permian assets

Representative Acquisitions, Divestitures and Joint Ventures

  • BHP Billiton – $10.5 billion divestiture of U.S. shale assets located in the Permian, Eagle Ford and Haynesville plays
  • BP America Inc. – $5.6 billion divestiture of entire upstream and midstream business in Alaska
  • Murphy Exploration & Production Company – USA acquisition of deep water Gulf of Mexico assets valued at approximately $1.6 billion
  • Halliburton Company – divestiture of offshore Gulf of Mexico oil and gas assets; joint venture in respect of shale gas assets
  • BP America Inc. – divestiture to Tampnet of 746 mile offshore fiber optic network
  • International oil and gas company – $400 million acquisition of oil assets in the Alaska North Slope area
  • Major Domestic Utility – negotiated farmout agreements in Utica/Marcellus exceeding 100,000 acres; negotiated farmout agreement in respect of assets underlying gas storage
  • Independent Oil & Gas Company – Participation Agreement involving investment in Texas oilfield assets
  • Chesapeake Energy – sale of Midcontinent assets
  • Multinational Oil & Gas Company – disposition of an interest in certain oil and gas exploration properties and related assets in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. – $215 million acquisition of acreage in the Delaware Basin
  • Domestic Energy Company – “drill co” Participation Agreement involving investment in well program in Southeast Texas
  • Major Energy Holding Company – acquisition of terminal assets and negotiation of shared facilities agreements
  • Domestic Energy Company – major Section 363 sale of Permian and other assets in bankruptcy
  • Independent O&G Company – acquisition of operated and non-operated Permian assets
  • Private Equity Firm – acquisition of LNG assets in the Caribbean
  • Diversified Energy Company – acquisition of Texas and Louisiana oil and gas properties; acquisition of leases and mineral interests in Pennsylvania
  • Independent Exploration and Production Company – Production Agreement and related arrangements
  • Independent O&G Operator – acquisition of oil and gas properties in Gonzalez County, Texas
  • Domestic Energy Company – divestiture of non-op oil and gas assets in Oklahoma
  • Multinational Oil & Gas Company – acquisition of oil and gas assets in the Haynesville
  • Major Midstream Company – acquisition of saltwater disposal assets
  • Major Domestic Chemicals Company – divestiture of marine terminal and storage facility in Texas
  • Glacier Oil and Gas – Section 363 acquisition of oil and gas assets
  • Domestic Private Equity Firm – joint venture to develop certain on-shore upstream assets
  • Major Midstream Company – acquisition of salt water disposal assets in the Eagle Ford
  • Domestic oil and gas company – sale of leasehold interests in East Texas
  • Private equity firm – sale of interest in certain Eagle Ford Shale acreage and leasehold estate

Representative Midstream, Downstream and LNG

  • Cheniere Energy – negotiation of several long-term LNG SPAs
  • Domestic Chemical Company – long-term cross-border capacity reservation and supply of chemicals involving initial payments exceeding $250 million and potential additional payments for supply over time exceeding $600 million
  • U.S. company – Pipeline O&M Agreement, Terminal O&M Agreement, Management Services Agreement
  • Domestic Utility – LNG tolling arrangement
  • Major domestic energy company – development of a proposed LNG receiving terminal and gas-fired combined cycle power plant in Chile
  • Terminal Company – various storage, terminal services and other agreements related to terminal operations in Texas
  • Energy Transfer Partners – various agreements related to refinery
  • EOG Resources – negotiated gas sales agreements
  • U.S. company – small scale installation of LNG storage and equipment and long-term sale and purchase of LNG for use as a burner fuel
  • U.S. company – development of proposed truck-rack LNG sales agreement and long-term fuel supply agreement for LNG powered vessels

Representative Capital Markets Transactions

  • Underwriter’s Counsel – offering of 7,500,000 shares of Energy Company common stock
  • MLP IPO of U.S. mining company – underwriter's counsel in MLP IPO involving soda ash mining leases and licenses
  • Underwriter's Counsel – securities offering in respect of Independent O&G Company
  • Major Domestic Bank – reviewed Texas deeds of trust with respect to oil and gas assets in respect of credit facility
  • Domestic Bank – reviewed multi-jurisdictional deeds of trust with respect to oil and gas assets in respect of credit facility


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Thought Leadership

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LNG and Uncertainty: Contracts

Speeches & Presentations

Speech, 4th Annual U.S.-China Energy and Trade Law Forum, Tulane University School of Law



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