While managing deals efficiently and effectively is always important to a legal practitioner, oil and gas transactions present unique and often complex considerations during negotiating and drafting. This course, presented by Saul Ewing LLP attorneys Jim Modzelewski and Susan Barrett, describes in depth the distinctive aspects, and the associated legal considerations, of an oil and gas M&A transaction.
The course will compare oil and gas M&A transactions to standard M&A deals; explain the typical issues and processes involved in an oil and gas transaction; discuss various due diligence, structuring and negotiating considerations for different types of oil and gas transactions; describe challenges oil and gas deal participants may face in closing such deals in an ever-changing legal and regulatory environment; and examine the viewpoints of participants in oil and gas transactions and the role counsel plays to facilitate these deals.
Discuss unique aspects in negotiating and managing deals in the oil and gas space
Identify hurdles that oil and gas industry players may face in closing deals
Examine the various perspectives of buyers and sellers in oil and gas transactions
Review the role of counsel in oil and gas transactions
Susan Barrett is a corporate lawyer who focuses her practice on a variety of business and finance matters, including general corporate and commercial matters, business formation, debt and equity financings, and mergers and acquisitions.
Susan gained experience as a summer associate for Saul Ewing, where she worked on a variety of transactional and litigation matters. While earning her law degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Susan served as both a research assistant and teaching assistant to the Pitt Law Director of Legal Research and Writing and worked as an adjunct professor of business law at the Community College of Allegheny County Boyce Campus. In addition, Susan served as an intern for the Honorable John L. Musmanno in the Pennsylvania Superior Court.
Jim Modzelewski represents public and private companies in sophisticated mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other corporate transactions. Jim brings the sensibilities of an in-house counsel to his work for these clients from his past experience as vice president and assistant general counsel for a NYSE-listed independent oil and gas company. In this role, he developed deep experience in corporate, securities and transactional matters, with a special emphasis on oil and gas and midstream transactions. In 11 years, he completed more than 30 mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions, with an aggregate value of more than $1.725 billion. He also handled ’33 Act and ’34 Act filings and compliance with SEC regulations and NYSE listing standards. His financing and securities transaction work included completion of three credit facility refinancings, five public debt offerings and nine public equity offerings in the same period. He also has experience handling general corporate matters, including commercial contracts, regulatory inquiries, litigation, bankruptcy and collection and insurance and risk management issues.
Prior to his work in-house, Jim advised public and private companies and private equity and leveraged buyout firms regarding mergers and acquisitions and securities matters, and counseled venture capital and emerging companies, as an attorney in private practice for a global law firm.
Good class with all the basics for acquisitions.
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