John C. LaMaster’s principal areas of practice are international mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, project development and related activities, with a particular emphasis on the energy industry.
Practice & Background
Mr. LaMaster has over 30 years of experience in virtually all areas of the energy industry, including upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas, electricity generation, biofuels, chemicals and petrochemicals. Mr. LaMaster has worked on energy transactions throughout Europe, Africa, Russia and the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, India and the U.S.
Mr. LaMaster’s recent engagements include:
- Representing an ad hoc committee of bondholders in the financial restructuring of a UK-listed oil and gas company, which included divestitures of upstream oil and gas assets across Africa, including in Nigeria, Kenya, Seychelles and Tanzania
- representing a private equity group in the acquisition of interests in a refinery in Germany for the bulk storage of oil and gas liquids, and then further expansion of the business into the Netherlands, the UK, France and Poland
- representing an independent oil company in connection with the first frontier exploration activities in Somalia since the civil war, including production sharing agreements and farmout agreements
- representing a Nordic company in the divestiture of a combined heat and power (CHP) company in Scotland
- representing an international oil and gas company in a transaction with an oil services company to form a joint venture for directional drilling, hydraulic fracturing and related oil field services in the Middle East
- representing a project developer in the development of a 200MW independent power project in the West Bank of Palestine, including a $1.2 billion contract to purchase natural gas from offshore Israel
- representing an oil and gas company in connection with the implementation of it’s ‘Alantic Basin’ strategy, including upstream acquisitions, divestitures and project developments in Namibia, Morocco, Mauritania and Brazil.
- representing an international oil company in the acquisition of upstream oil and gas interests in Nigeria
- representing a Nordic company in the development of biomass-to-energy projects
- representing a Russian company in the divestiture of oil and gas interests in South America
- representing a Chinese oil company in connection with the acquisition and development of upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas interests in Niger and Chad
- representing an international oil company in its development of renewable diesel projects, joint ventures and tolling arrangements throughout Europe
- representing an international electricity company in connection with successful English High Court litigation regarding ownership of CO2emissions allowances under the EU ETS
- representing a Nordic electricity company in connection with the €2.5 billion acquisition of electricity generation and distribution assets in Russia, and in connection with a related €2.5 billion investment program
- representing an international oil company in connection with a series of oil and gas acquisitions and divestures by way of farm-ins and farm-outs in Nigeria, Oman and Yemen
- representing a European refining company in the successful LCIA arbitration and English High Court litigation regarding contractual and non-contractual claims with respect to supplies of Russian crude oil
- representing a Chinese oil company in its joint acquisition with an Indian oil company of the Syrian oil and gas interests of an international oil company
- representing the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy of Equatorial Guinea in connection with various oil and gas matters, including revisions to its oil and gas law and production-sharing contracts
- representing an international oil company in the divestiture of its 50 percent interest in Closed Joint Stock Company “SeverTEK” to a Russian oil company
- representing an international electricity company in the $847 million exchange of electricity generation and distribution companies and assets in Germany, Ireland, Norway, Russia, and Sweden
- representing an international oil company in the divestiture of the Suneinah oil and gas concession in Oman, which covers approximately 966,000 acres, and is the second largest oil- and gas-producing contract area in Oman
- representing the UK subsidiary of a Canadian company in the acquisition of northern North Sea oil and gas properties, including the Columba, Lyell, Murchison, Ninian and Strathspey Fields, and in the divestiture of its interest in the Harding Field
- acting for an international energy company in the divestiture of its chemicals business to a Swedish private equity group for approximately $600 million
- representing a Finnish energy company in connection with its joint venture with a Norwegian energy company to combine their worldwide petrochemicals businesses.
Awards & Accolades
- Chambers UK 2018 recognizes Mr. LaMaster as a “Band 1” leading individuals in oil & gas in the United Kingdom. Sources say he has an"understanding of the business, knowledge of the sector and his good-quality responses to issues."
- Chambers UK 2017 recognizes Mr. LaMaster as one of only six “Band 1” leading individuals in oil & gas in the United Kingdom, and describes him as follows: “John LaMaster is an expert in oil and gas transactions and has particular experience in corporate deals and project development work. Clients think of him as someone who "is extremely knowledgeable and gives excellent advice in a highly efficient manner."
- Chambers Global 2017 and previous editions recommends LaMaster in the field of UK, Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas
- Who’s Who Legal: Energy 2017 recognizes Mr. LaMaster as being among the world’s leading energy lawyers.Legal 500 2017 recommends Mr LaMaster in M&A and Oil and Gas
- Legal 500 2016 describes Mr. LaMaster as “very calm, tenacious and persuasive.”
- Legal 500 2015 recommends Mr. LaMaster as “first-class.”
- Legal 500 2014 recognizes Mr. LaMaster as garnering high praise from clients, who recommend his “wealth of knowledge in upstream issues”
- Legal 500 2013 recognizes Mr. LaMaster for his “expertise in M&A and investments”
- Recommended in the International Who’s Who of Energy Lawyers 2016 and prior editions.