Representative Matters

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Professional and Civic Activities

Mr. Nunes was born in Kingston, Jamaica and is a naturalized U.S. citizen and lives in Houston, Texas. He is a former adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center, where he taught courses in international financial transactions and international litigation and arbitration between 1986 and 2000.  He is a former member of the executive councils of the International Law Sections of both the State Bar of Texas and the Houston Bar Association and speaks regularly at the State Bar and various law school seminars on international banking, energy projects’ maritime and arbitration issues.

Experience

Mr. Nunes has more than 35 years of legal experience in transactional, litigation and international arbitration work, and has a broad resume in the representation of clients in the energy and financial sectors. He also serves as an arbitrator of commercial disputes for the American Arbitration Association.

Power & Renewables

Multi-Regional:

  • Revision and drafting of bridge financing documents, EPC contract and power purchase agreements for two wind energy facilities in West Texas.
  • Representing developers in connection with the financing, construction and sale of an 80 megawatt wind energy generating facility consisting of 80 wind turbines in West Texas.
  • Representing a large U.S. public company in various foreign asset monetization transactions and the sale of an ownership interest in, and control of, an overseas electric power generation facility.
  • Representing a large U.K. bank in connection with the $60 million asset-based financing of a U.S. gas compression equipment company, and another U.K. bank in connection with a $300 million loan to a U.S. electric utility company.


Commercial, Corporate, and International

Multi-Regional:

  • Advising and representing overseas clients in connection with the structuring, start up and operational activities of U.S. businesses; preparation of formation documents for U.S. subsidiaries and affiliates; assist with corporate and tax structuring of foreign entities for U.S. owned companies; negotiating licensing and investment agreements with foreign governments and working with clients in cross border mergers and acquisitions.
  • Representing U.S. and overseas clients in connection with asset sales and company acquisitions, divestitures and mergers. 

Finance

Chile:

  • Representing the Chilean subsidiary of a large Australian energy company in connection with the financing and counterparty guarantees with respect to a power purchase agreement for a new power plant under construction in Chile.

Mexico:

  • Representing a large Mexican law firm and a U.S. bank in connection with the restructuring and refinancing of multimillion-dollar loans to numerous Mexican private-sector corporations.

Puerto Rico:

  • Negotiating and working on various project refinancing documents for the EcoEléctrica LNG facility in Puerto Rico and monetization of one of the joint venture partner's ownership interests in the company.

United States:

  • Representing a New York energy hedge fund in connection with $100 million of subordinated loans and financial restructuring of a large Gulf of Mexico offshore work barge and pipe laying company.
  • Representing various U.S. and overseas banks and borrowers in numerous asset-based loans, project financings and senior debt financings.
  • Representing banks and borrowers in connection with construction loans for: a hotel in Houston, Texas; an oil service machinery plant in Houston, Texas; offshore drill rigs; ships; tankers; and other assets.


Maritime and Offshore

Multi-Regional:

  • Documenting and registering numerous vessels under the flags of the United States, Panama, Liberia, Vanuatu, Cayman Islands, Mexico and the Bahamas.
  • Representing clients in transactions involving the purchase, sale, financing and chartering of LNG tankers, dry bulk vessels, towing vessels, offshore supply vessels, inland and ocean-going barges and drill rigs.
  • Working with various United States inland waterway barge companies in connection with coastwise trade and Coast Guard regulatory issues.
  • Representing U.S. and foreign offshore drill rig, barge and tug owners in negotiating vessel construction and repair contracts.

Angola:

  • Representing a large South Korean engineering and construction company in connection with contracts for the construction of a surface wellhead platform in the Kizomba B project, offshore Angola.

China:

  • Negotiation and preparation of all necessary bid and contract documents for the design, construction or conversion and chartering of two shallow draft oil shuttle tankers for use in Bohai Bay, China.

Malaysia:

  • Acquisition, public debt financing, general operations and eventual sale of an offshore drill rig fleet by a large Malaysian public company.

Puerto Rico:

  • Preparation and registration of two long-term charters and one interim charter agreement with respect to three ocean going tugs for use at the LNG facility in Peñuelas, Puerto Rico.

Trinidad & Tobago:

  • Negotiation and drafting of voyage charters for transportation of LNG from Trinidad to Elba Island, Savannah, Georgia, and from the LNG facility in Indonesia to the United States.

United States:

  • Representing a New York energy hedge fund in connection with $100 million of subordinated loans and financial restructuring of a large Gulf of Mexico offshore work barge and pipe laying company.
  • Representing U.S. drilling companies and financial institutions in the construction, restructuring, sale, and acquisitions and foreign transfer of various U.S. flagged vessels financed under MarAd's Title XI Guarantee Program.
  • Representing a large Japanese trading company in connection with the chartering of LNG Carriers for lifting and export of LNG cargoes from a United States LNG liquefaction facility.


FPSOs and FSOs

Côte d'Ivoire:

  • Representing a vessel owner in the negotiation and preparation of all necessary documents in connection with the conversion of a 133,000-ton tanker into an FPSO and its subsequent chartering to an independent oil company for use offshore the Ivory Coast, West Africa.

Equatorial Guinea:

  • Representing a large United States oil service company in connection with the bid, charter and Operation and Maintenance (O&M) agreements for the conversion of two oil tankers into FPSOs for use offshore Equatorial Guinea.

Malaysia:

  • Representing a United States independent oil company in connection with negotiating and drafting a bareboat charter, O&M agreement and other ancillary documents with the owners and operators of a 100,000 barrel per day FPSO for use offshore Sabah, Malaysia.


LNG

Angola:

  • Representing a consortium of multinational oil and gas companies in connection with a multibillion-dollar LNG liquefaction and storage facility in Angola; drafting and negotiating a participation agreement and shareholders' agreement between the partners and working on all necessary agreements with the Angolan national oil and gas company for the supply of gas to the plant and construction of the plant.

Argentina:

  • Representing a United States company in connection with the structuring of operations in Argentina for the importation of LNG.

Colombia:

  • Representing a European shipping company in connection with floating liquefaction storage offloading unit for export of LNG from Colombia.

Equatorial Guinea:

  • Representing a large Japanese investor; reviewing and advising on various gas marketing, gas supply, gas gathering and shareholder and plant management agreements and other ancillary documents in connection with the project.

Jamaica:

  • Representing the Jamaican government in connection with a proposed LNG import and regasification terminal to be built in Jamaica

Peru:

  • Representing a large Spanish oil and gas company in connection with the purchase of liquefied natural gas from a joint venture company formed to build, develop and operate a 4.0 MTPA liquefied natural gas facility in Peru.

United Kingdom:

  • Representing Gazprom Marketing and Trading Company in connection with numerous LNG master sales and purchase agreements.

United States:

  • Representing an overseas LNG trading company in obtaining throughput capacity at the Freeport LNG facility in Freeport, Texas.
  • Representing a multi-national company in connection with a proposed deepwater port LNG import facility offshore California.
  • Representing a joint venture group in connection with a proposed deepwater port LNG import facility offshore Long Island, New York.


Oil and Gas

Multi-Regional:

  • Representing various U.K. and European banks in numerous oil and gas and other energy sector lending transactions in the United States and elsewhere.
  • Representing U.S. companies in connection with joint operating agreements in Turkmenistan, Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago.

Australia:

  • Representing a U.S. independent oil company in connection with a farm-in of three offshore blocks in the Bass Strait, Australia.

Australia/Trinidad and Tobago:

  • Drafting farm-in and farm-out agreements in Trinidad and Tobago and southeastern Australia.

Brazil/United States:

  • Acting as outside general counsel for a Houston-based drilling company owned by Malaysian investors in connection with operations in the Gulf of Mexico and Brazil.

Nigeria:

  • Representing a U.S. oil and gas exploration company in negotiations and documentation of a joint venture in connection with the development of two blocks offshore Nigeria; drafting and negotiating terms of the license agreement for the offshore block.

Russia:

  • Representing a large Russian oil and gas company in connection with the negotiations of drilling contracts for the drilling of two wells in the Caspian Sea.

Trinidad & Tobago:

  • Representing a New York private equity fund in connection with negotiations concerning a fertilizer and UAN plant to be built in Trinidad and Tobago.

United States:

  • Representing a European company and its various U.S. subsidiaries in connection with their upstream oil and gas operations in Alaska, including drafting and negotiation of numerous gas sales agreements, master service agreements and construction and installation agreements of offshore production platforms and facilities and an onshore gas processing facility.
  • Representing an oil and gas company in negotiating and drafting the necessary documents for offshore platform bid and construction in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Representing a Canadian company in connection with the acquisition of a fleet of U.S. based land drilling rigs.
  • Negotiation and drafting of various joint venture documents and pipeline throughput and interconnection agreements for oil and gas wells in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Representing a U.S. company in connection with the construction, financing, operation and eventual sale of a Houston petrochemical plant.
  • Representing a large Australian E&P and mining company with respect to the negotiation and work on various joint venture documents and pipeline throughput and interconnection agreements for deep sea oil and gas wells in the Gulf of Mexico.