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Distress in the oil and gas industry: What happened to the price of oil?

To the delight of motorists everywhere, the price of oil suddenly halved in the second half of 2014, dropping from over $100 to less than $50 a barrel. It’s safe to say no one saw the fall coming: most banks and industry...more

Drilling Deeper: The Intersection of Producer Bankruptcies and Gathering Agreements

The issue of whether gathering agreements are subject to rejection in bankruptcy as executory contracts and whether certain provisions of those agreements run with the land and survive rejection will impact ongoing bankruptcy...more

Transfer of Operatorship of Oil and Gas Assets Upon Insolvency

Operating agreements for oil and gas assets typically contemplate the immediate replacement of the operator by another working interest owner in the event of the operator’s insolvency. However, these provisions often become...more

Midstream Contracts Remain in Doubt in Bankruptcy

By now, both producers and midstream companies are aware of the Bankruptcy Court decisions in the Sabine bankruptcy proceedings (i) rejecting the gas gathering agreements as executory contracts and (ii) determining that the...more

Internet Service a Utility in Bankruptcy? It Might Be Now.

One of the many fascinating things about restructuring work is its willingness to evolve by borrowing from other areas of the law. Just as business practices change, new financing techniques evolve, and transactions become...more

Sabine Lives On (and On): Bankruptcy Court Rejects Immediate Appeal to Second Circuit and Motion for Stay

On June 16, 2016, The Bankruptcy Cave gave you our summary of the controversial Sabine decision. At that time, post-hearing motions were pending. As luck would have it (we at The Bankruptcy Cave should start wagering on...more

June 2016: Energy Litigation Update

Bankruptcy Judge’s Decision in Sabine Oil & Gas Alters the Relationships and Value Allocations Between Oil Producers and Midstream Companies. The hottest area in restructuring in 2016 is oil and gas. In the first five months...more

Unsecured Creditor Perspectives in Energy Restructurings

This Practice Note provides guidance and advice to unsecured creditors in energy restructurings. This Note specifically addresses restructurings in the oil, gas, and coal industries and the strategies that unsecured creditors...more

The AER Makes Waves with its Response to the Redwater Decision

HIGHLIGHTS The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) issued Bulletin 2016-16 which has put in place interim measures in response to the Court of Queen’s Bench decision in Redwater Energy Corporation (Re) (Redwater) - ...more

Sabine – A New York Bankruptcy Judge’s Interpretation of Texas Property Law Encourages Compromise and Leaves an Industry in Limbo

On March 9, 2016, Bankruptcy Judge Shelley Chapman of the Southern District of New York issued her decision on the Debtor’s motion to reject certain contracts in Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation’s Chapter 11 case. The decision,...more

‘Fit for 50’ – Restructurings Likely as Oil Industry Enters New Normal

Prior to the recent collapse in oil values, prices existed at over $100 a barrel for over three years. It made the economics of oil exploration, production and sale comparatively straightforward, but embedded costs into the...more

The Shale Bankruptcy Boom Moves Midstream

The shale boom has given rise to another, less welcome boom: the bankruptcy boom. Thirty-five exploration and production (“E&P”) companies sought bankruptcy protection between July 1, 2014, and December 31, 2015, and this...more

The Shale Play Today - Second Quarter 2016

In This Issue: A National Energy Plan: Should We Have One? Do We Have One? If So, Is It Working? Before ultimately answering the questions posed in the title above on a National Energy Plan, in full disclosure it...more

Trouble Down the Pipeline? What Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. May Mean For The Midstream Service Sector

Recently, the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York issued an opinion in In re Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. that permitted the debtor, Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation ("Sabine") to reject certain gathering and...more

Will Oil Prices Drop? What’s in Store for the Upstream and Midstream Sectors Ahead

Oil prices hit a seven-month high on Tuesday, with WTI ending the day at $48.31. Prices have been on the rise since hitting lows under $30 in February, with the most recent boost caused by global supply disruptions and...more

Midstream Gathering Agreements Targeted by Recent Oil & Gas Bankruptcies

Continuing low oil and natural gas commodity prices have led to bargain prices at the pump, but also high tension in many boardrooms. This strain on the industry has resulted in many exploration and production, or “E&P,”...more

Uncertainty Rises for Energy Sector Bankruptcies

In recent years, the energy sector has struggled with low commodity prices, oversupply, and logistical constraints — challenges which are poised to continue in the months ahead. These issues are putting a significant strain...more

Bankruptcy Court Rules that Gathering Agreements Can Be Rejected

Potential Significant Impacts on Midstream Companies - On March 8, 2016, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (the “Court”) ruled from the bench in In re Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. in a...more

Oil, Gas and Mineral Companies Take Note: Agreements Purporting to “Run with the Land” may be Rejected in Bankruptcy

A recent bankruptcy court decision from the influential Southern District of New York permitted a debtor to reject executory contracts with midstream gathers as an exercise of sound business judgment. In In re Sabine Oil &...more

Preparing for a Joint Venture Partner’s Bankruptcy

With the extended collapse in energy prices, many exploration and production (E&P) producers are now focused on not only adjusting their own drilling activities, but also on carefully assessing their partners’ financial...more

"Recent Case Highlights Opportunity for Distressed Exploration and Production Companies"

On March 8, 2016, a bankruptcy court in the Southern District of New York issued a much-anticipated decision, In re Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation, that will undoubtedly influence the reorganization strategies of certain...more

Ruling on Pipeline Agreements in Sabine Chapter 11 Case Indicates Battles That Lie Ahead in Energy Company Bankruptcy Cases

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Shelley Chapman ruled last week in the chapter 11 case of Sabine Oil & Gas that Sabine could utilize the U.S. Bankruptcy Code to “reject” certain agreements with pipeline operators. This decision will...more

Treatment of Gas Gathering Contracts in Bankruptcy

On March 8, 2016, Judge Shelly Chapman, presiding over the Chapter 11 cases of Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation and its affiliates ("Sabine"), granted Sabine's motion to reject certain midstream agreements between Sabine and...more

Decision Permits Rejection of Midstream Agreements in Bankruptcy

Decision establishes framework for future rulings that covenants in midstream agreements do not run with the land. On March 8, Judge Shelley C. Chapman of the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York...more

New York Bankruptcy Court Authorizes Rejection of Midstream Contracts

Bad news for midstream counterparties of bankrupt oil & gas producers: you may not be able to rely (as much as you might have expected) on covenants “running with the land” to save your contracts from rejection in...more

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