Justin T. Stolte is a partner in the Houston office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and a member of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions and Energy practice groups. His practice focuses on acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures across the energy sector, with a particular focus on transactions involving upstream oil and gas (onshore and offshore), midstream (gathering, processing, transportation, fractionation, and storage), liquefied natural gas (LNG), and downstream (petrochemicals and refining) assets.
Justin is recognized in Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2014, 2019) and The Legal 500 U.S. (2018–2019). In addition, he was named a Rising Star in Energy in 2018 and 2014 by Law 360; a 40 under 40 honoree in 2018 by Houston Business Journal; a Top 30 under 40 honoree in 2015 by Oil and Gas Investor; and a Texas Rising Star for 2012–2015 by Texas Monthly. He was also recently named by American City Business Journals to its list of The Influencers: Law, which “spotlights 100 attorneys who are having an impact on business and legal matters in communities across the nation.”
Justin has significant experience in several segments of the energy industry, having previously worked in business development and commercial roles at Apache Corporation and as a petroleum engineer for Chevron prior to law school. He received a J.D., cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame Law School, an M.B.A. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management, and a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering, high honors, from the Colorado School of Mines.
Representative Matters – M&A
- Independent E&P company – pending divestiture of water disposal business located in the Permian Basin
- Private refining and fuel-marketing company – pending acquisition of crude terminalling and storage business located in the State of Alaska
- Marathon Oil Corp. – $140 million divestiture of North Sea businesses to Rockrose Energy Plc.
- Penn Virginia Corporation – (1) $205 million acquisition of certain of Devon Corporation’s producing and non-producing assets located in the Eagle Ford, (2) $86 million acquisition of certain of Hunt Oil’s producing and non-producing assets located in the Eagle Ford, and (3) $1.7 billion proposed merger with Denbury Resources Inc.
- Encino Acquisition Partners, LLC – $2.0 billion acquisition of Chesapeake Energy Corporation’s Utica Shale business, comprised of over 900,000 net acres of producing and non-producing assets and a midstream business
- ArcLight Capital Partners, LLC – $1.1 billion acquisition of Midcoast Operating, L.P., a company which owns natural gas and NGL gathering, processing, transportation, and marketing assets in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana, from Enbridge Inc.
- EnerVest, Ltd. – $2.7 billion business combination of EnerVest’s South Texas Division with TPG Pace Energy Holdings to form Magnolia Oil and Gas Corporation
- Concho Resources Inc. – (1) $600 million acquisition of certain producing and non-producing assets located in the Permian Basin, and (2) $9.5 billion merger with RSP Permian Inc. in an all-stock transaction to form the largest “pure-play” Permian Basin E&P
- SK E&P America, Inc. – (1) acquisition of Longfellow Nemaha, LLC, a private company with producing and non-producing assets located in the STACK, for an undisclosed purchase price, and (2) acquisition of Aju Holdings’s producing and non-producing assets in the STACK for an undisclosed purchase price
- Chisholm Energy, LLC – (1) acquisition of certain of Enduro Royalty Trust’s producing and non-producing assets located in the Permian Basin for an undisclosed purchase price, and (2) acquisition of Resource Rock Exploration’s producing and non-producing assets located in the Permian Basin for an undisclosed purchase price
- Enduring Resources, LLC – (1) $1.3 billion divestiture of upstream and midstream businesses located in the Eagle Ford to Talisman Energy USA Inc. and Statoil Texas Onshore Properties LLC,* (2) $2.5 billion divestiture of upstream and midstream businesses located in the Permian Basin to American Energy – Permian Basin, LLC,* and (3) $300 million acquisition of certain producing and non-producing assets located in the San Juan Basin
- Independent E&P company – $391 million sale of equity interests in an ammonia fertilizer plant located in Western Australia*
- Independent E&P company – several transactions involving LNG and midstream assets with an aggregate transaction value in excess of $6.0 billion*
- Dominion Resources – several transactions involving Marcellus and Utica assets for an aggregate transaction value in excess of $3.8 billion*
Representative Matters – Joint Ventures
- Repsol E&P USA Inc. – (1) alignment transaction and multi-billion dollar development arrangements with Oil Search (Alaska) for the Nanushuk Field in Alaska’s North Slope, an area estimated to have over 500 million gross barrels of recoverable oil reserves, and (2) asset exchange transaction and joint development arrangement with LLOG Exploration involving several deep-water blocks in the Gulf of Mexico
- Summit Midstream Partners, LP – “Double E” midstream joint venture to develop a common-carrier pipeline for the transportation of 1.0 Bcf/d of natural gas from the Delaware Basin to the Waha Hub
- Concho Resources Inc. – “Beta Crude Connector” midstream joint venture with Frontier Midstream to develop a gathering and transportation system consisting of a 100+ mile gathering system, 250,000+ barrels of crude oil storage facilities, and certain associated truck terminals
- Rosehill Resources Inc. – acreage exchange and multi-well farmout transaction involving Permian Basin assets
- EnCap Flatrock Midstream (Lotus Midstream, LLC) – “Wink to Webster” midstream joint venture with ExxonMobil and Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. to develop a common-carrier pipeline system for the transportation of 1.0 million BOE/d from the Permian Basin to the Gulf Coast
- Private equity fund – equity investment in a joint venture company to develop a 3.0 gigawatt LNG-fueled power plant located in Vietnam
- Private equity fund – $400 million drilling joint venture to develop producing and non-producing assets located in Kern County, California
- Sempra Energy, Inc. – proposed “P2K” midstream joint venture with Boardwalk Pipeline Partners to develop a pipeline project for the transportation of 1.5 Bcf/d to 2.0 Bcf/d of natural gas from the Permian Basin to Katy and the Houston Ship Channel
- Arsenal Resources – produced water joint venture with undisclosed third party to develop water infrastructure business for Utica upstream assets
- Howard Energy Partners – joint venture involving midstream assets for the transportation of natural gas from South Texas into Mexico*
- BG Group Plc. – $1.3 billion “cash and carry” joint venture with Exco Resources Inc. covering Haynesville assets*
* Matters prior to joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher