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G. Alan Rafte

Rafte, G. Alan


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Alan Rafte is the Chair of the firm's Business and Regulatory Section. He serves clients in transactions that involve upstream oil and gas projects; gas and liquids pipelines and facilities; merchant electric generation facilities; electric utilities; and energy commodity trading. He represents utilities, private equity investors, financial institutions and commodity trading businesses in transactions that include acquisitions and divestitures of assets and companies, joint venture arrangements, structured finance, leveraged finance, project development and project finance.

Alan is nationally ranked in 2014 Chambers USA in Transactional (Oil & Gas) and Projects; and ranked in Texas for Banking & Finance. According to Chambers, Alan "is renowned both for his dynamic guidance of the group and for his talent in almost every energy-related area. In everything from upstream M&A to capital markets transactions, private equity investments and project development and finance, Rafte brings an 'insightful, intelligent, straight-shooting, upbeat and immensely personable approach.'"

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Representative Matters

Apache Corporation in the $3.75 billion divestiture of its Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf business, including an innovative collateral arrangement to secure the performance by the buyer of $2 billion of abandonment exposure (2013)

Alinda Capital Partners in the acquisition of a 50% interest in the entity that owns the general partner of Martin Midstream Partners L.P. (2013)

A global private equity firm in a unique financing arrangement for Freepoint Commodities to allow Freepoint to purchase a volumetric production payment from Elm Ridge Exploration Co LLC (2013)

Chesapeake Energy Corporation in the sale of certain midstream assets in the Anadarko Basin for $245 million to MarkWest Energy Partners and the $300 million sale of Mid-America Midstream Gas Services LLC to SemGroup Corporation (2013)

Chesapeake Energy Corporation in connection with the $2.16 billion sale of midstream assets located primarily in the company’s Marcellus, Utica, Eagle Ford, Haynesville and Niobrara shale plays to Access Midstream Partners LP (2012)

Chesapeake Energy Corporation in connection with the $1.25 billion sale to GSO, TPG, EIG Global and Magnetar of preferred shares in a subsidiary related to its Cleveland Tonkawa assets in Oklahoma and the $1.25 billion sale venture to EIG of preferred shares in a subsidiary related to its Utica Shale assets (2012)

Apache Corporation in the $2.85 billion acquisition of Cordillera Energy Partners III, LLC (which holds oil and gas assets in the Anadarko/Granite Wash Basin) for a combination of cash and Apache Corporation stock (2012)

Citigroup Energy in connection with a VPP purchase from an independent oil and gas company that burdens onshore properties in Texas (2012)

Chesapeake Energy Corporation in connection with its $250 million joint venture with KKR to invest in mineral and royalty interests in key oil and gas basins in the United States (2012)

ConocoPhillips in connection with the $26.5 billion separation of the company’s “Refining & Marketing” and “Exploration & Production” businesses into two stand-alone, publicly traded corporations via a tax-free spin of the refining and marketing business to ConocoPhillips shareholders (2012)

JP Morgan Ventures Energy Corp in connection with a VPP purchase from an independent oil and gas company that burdens onshore and offshore properties in Texas and Louisiana (2011)

Constellation Energy Group in connection with the $142.5 million acquisition of StarTex Power, a retail electric provider (2011)

Hilcorp Energy Company in the purchase of Cook Inlet assets from Chevron (2011)

Hilcorp Energy Company in connection with its hybrid upstream and midstream joint venture with an affiliate of NRG Energy for purposes of utilizing captured CO2 for an enhanced oil recovery project conducted on South Texas oil and gas assets (2011)

EIG Global Energy Partners in connection with the $200 million acquisition of Piñon Gathering Company LLC from a subsidiary of SandRidge Energy Inc.(2011)

Legend Natural Gas (a Riverstone affiliate) in the $900 million purchase of all of the Barnett Shale assets of Range Resources Corporation (2011)

EIG Global Energy Partners in a $220 million equity investment and $200 million senior debt facility for Blackbrush Oil & Gas LP and TexStar Midstream Services LP (2011)

Alinda Capital Partners in the $505 million acquisition of NorTex Gas Storage which owns a pair of gas storage facilities in close proximity to the Barnett (2010)

A bond fund and a pension fund in connection with their substantial participation in the syndication of the eighth volumetric production payment sold by Chesapeake Energy and its affiliates and covering properties located in the Barnett Shale of Texas (2010)

Apache Corporation in the $7 billion acquisition of BP's oil and gas operations, acreage and infrastructure the Permian Basin of West Texas and New Mexico and in Egypt's Western Desert, as well as BP's upstream natural gas business in western Alberta and British Columbia the acquiror of a partnership interest in a partnership that owned a number of power generating facilities (2010)

A group of hedge funds and financial institutions in connection with the purchase of a dollar denominated production payment from ATP Oil & Gas on offshore Gulf of Mexico oil and gas properties (2010)

EnerVest, Ltd. in the successful $100 million stalking horse bid in the CDX Gas, LLC bankruptcy case (2009)

UBS AG and DB Energy in connection with a $1.2 billion volumetric production payment for Chesapeake Energy Corporation, a transaction that was awarded Energy Risk magazine's Deal of the Year (2009)

Alinda Capital Partners in the $1.1 billion Regency Haynesville joint venture with Regency Gas Services LP (2009)


J.D., Emory University School of Law, 1979
B.A., Syracuse University, 1976

Bar Admissions

New York


Chambers & Partners, Chambers Global, Projects, 2010-2014; Energy: Transactional (Oil & Gas), 2006-2014
Chambers & Partners, Chambers USA, Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional), 2010-2014; Projects, 2005-2014; Banking & Finance, 2010-2014; Energy & Natural Resources, 2003-2009
Legalease, The Legal 500 United States, Leading Lawyer, 2013-2014; Energy: Transaction and Regulatory, 2011; Energy: Transactions, 2012-2014; Energy: Regulatory, 2012; Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) Large Deals ($1-5 Billion), 2013-2014; Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) Middle Market ($500-$999 Million), 2012; Project Finance, 2010-2013; Structured Finance, 2011-2013; Bank Lending, 2009
Expert Guides to the World's Leading Energy and Natural Resource Lawyers, 2007-2013; Project Finance Lawyers, 2013; Banking Finance & Transactional, 2013
Expert Guides to the World's Leading Lawyers, Best of the Best, Recognition for Energy and Natural Resources