Porter Hedges Expands Energy Practice with New Office in Oklahoma City Led by Partner C. Ray Lees

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Porter Hedges has expanded its energy practice with the opening of a new office in Oklahoma City led by partner C. Ray Lees. Mr. Lees’ practice focuses on upstream and midstream oil and gas transactions including mergers, acquisitions & divestitures, joint ventures, finance, and real estate.

“Ray is one of the most highly regarded oil and gas transactional attorneys in the country, and he and his team are a perfect fit to expand the breadth and depth of our upstream and midstream energy transactions team. We already have mutual clients and an established working relationship, so this was a natural transition for both sides,” says firm managing partner Rob Reedy. “Our growth into Oklahoma City expands our capacity to service energy clients in an important market and advances our strategic long-term vision to establish Porter Hedges as one of the leading energy law firms in the country.”

Mr. Lees has advised clients on some of the oil and gas industry’s largest conventional and unconventional oil and gas acquisition and divestiture transactions, including deals with a combined value of more than $80 billion over the last ten years. He has worked in every significant shale basin in the country, including the Barnett, Eagle Ford, Fayetteville, Haynesville, Marcellus, Mississippi Lime, Niobrara, Permian, and Utica plays. He has also counseled clients in equity commitments from private investors and energy financing transactions involving oil and gas and midstream assets across the country. Prior to establishing the Oklahoma City office for Porter Hedges, Mr. Lees was managing partner of Commercial Law Group, P.C. in Oklahoma City.

“Oklahoma City is a great place to work and live, in large part as a direct result of local energy companies investing both in their businesses and in our city. Porter Hedges has a first class energy transactional practice, and given my established working relationship with the firm and a need for a broader platform of expertise in our primary practice areas in order to fully service clients, our partnership is an ideal match,” says Mr. Lees.

The Porter Hedges energy team counsels domestic and international clients on onshore and offshore oil and gas upstream and midstream transactions, including both conventional and unconventional oil and gas transactions, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, energy infrastructure projects, and energy-based financing/reserve-based lending. With an energy transactions team of more than 40 attorneys, Porter Hedges advises clients across the full spectrum of the energy industry.

In the Press:

"Porter Hedges Opens First Office Outside Houston," Texas Lawyer

"Porter Hedges Expands Energy Practice to Oklahoma," Houston Chronicle

"Porter Hedges Expands Energy Practice to Oklahoma," Texas Lawbook

"Porter Hedges Opens OKC Office," Oklahoma Journal Record

"Porter Hedges Opens Okla. Office with Energy Pro," Law360

"Newsmakers: Week of Dec. 1," Texas Lawyer