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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

R&I Update: Hot Topics in Oil and Gas Restructurings, Volume 2 Can Gathering Agreements Be Rejected as Executory Contracts?

“The carnage is going to be terrible,” cried a recent Dallas Morning News headline. “It’s a hellacious problem,” lamented another article. It’s no secret the energy sector has come upon hard times. Oil prices are down 70...more

Sabine ruling: significant impact on future oil and gas exploration, pipeline company restructurings – key takeaways

The US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has issued a ruling in a chapter 11 case that could have a significant impact on future restructurings in the oil and gas industry....more

Midstream Acreage Contract Dedications Take a Hit in Bankruptcy

In a hotly anticipated ruling on Tuesday, Judge Chapman followed on her prior pronouncement that she was “inclined” to permit the rejection of certain gathering and processing agreements in the Sabine Oil & Gas chapter 11...more

Midstream Gathering Agreements Rejected in Sabine Oil & Gas Bankruptcy

In a much anticipated ruling from the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, Judge Shelley C. Chapman determined that midstream gathering agreements are subject to rejection as executory contracts, based on...more

Decisions in Sabine Oil & Gas and Quicksilver Resources Inc. Bankruptcy Cases Will Have Broad Impact on Midstream and Exploration...

Executive Summary - New York bankruptcy judge allows Sabine Oil & Gas to reject gathering agreements over the objections of midstream companies, finding that the covenants do not run with the land. On March 8, 2016, the...more

Sabine Bankruptcy Court Allows Rejection of Gathering Agreements

In a March 8, 2016 ruling from the bench, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York issued a significant decision regarding the ability of a debtor in bankruptcy to reject gas gathering agreements and...more

Burst Pipeline? Bankruptcy Court Rules Sabine Can Reject Midstream Contracts

Bankruptcy Judge Shelley Chapman held that Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. has satisfied the standards for rejection of several gathering and handling agreements between Sabine and its midstream counter-parties, Nordheim Eagle Ford...more

Energy Alert: Bankruptcy Court Rejects Midstream Contracts

In a highly anticipated ruling being carefully watched by both distressed upstream producers of natural gas and the pipelines that gather the gas, Judge Shelly Chapman of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern...more

The New Normal for Distressed Energy Companies

Part One — Vendors at the Gates - A. Introduction - As sub-$30 oil prices continue to place mounting pressure on struggling energy companies, we are seeing a steady uptick in claims by unpaid vendors and suppliers....more

Bankruptcy Court Finds That Contract Covenants Do Not Run with the Land - Midstream Companies face increased risk with financially...

In a decision entered yesterday afternoon, Judge Shelley Chapman of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York authorized Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation to reject certain midstream contracts under Section...more

Bankruptcy Court Rules 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 case of first impression that a midstream gathering agreement...more

Sabine Court Gives 'Non-Binding' Ruling That Gathering Agreements Are Not Covenants Running with the Land Under Texas Law

After extensive briefing and hearing oral arguments related to Sabine's motion to reject two gathering agreements with Nordheim Eagle Ford Gathering as well as two gathering and handling agreements with HPIP Gonzales...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 3.3.16

The past 2 days saw an incredible and tragic turn of events for former Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon, part owner of the OK Thunder and a winery in Bordeaux and “face of the nation’s natural gas boom,” who on Tuesday...more

Distressed Download

The Distressed Download Newsletter is a roundup of recent news from Orrick's Distressed Download blog, a resource for the latest news and industry trends in the distressed debt and restructuring markets. European...more

The Best Protection: Safeguards in Purchasing Distressed Oil and Gas Assets

In the current environment of depressed prices for oil, natural gas and related liquids, oil and gas wells, leases and properties are coming on to the market for sale. These assets typically are made available through either...more

Protecting Rights and Finding Opportunity in Oil and Gas Industry Bankruptcies

2015 was a rough year for the oil and gas industry. The primary source of the trouble was (and continues to be) the dramatic fall in crude oil prices. In 2014, the price of U.S. crude oil averaged approximately $91 per...more

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