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Seth Levine
Partner
201 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70170-5100
504.582.8268 tel
504.589.8268 fax

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Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Practice

Seth Levine is a member of the Energy, Environment & Natural Resources practice in the firm's New Orleans office. His practice involves a wide range of energy matters and he has extensive experience in project financing, land acquisitions, servitude acquisitions and all other real estate matters, including all aspects of real estate due diligence and title matters, hydrocarbon processing, handling and transportation agreements, master service contracts for offshore and onshore oilfield services and equipment, and energy infrastructure projects, including LNG facilities, pipelines, storage facilities and floating production systems. His clients include lenders,  project operators and developers, natural gas pipeline and storage companies, as well as privately and publicly held oil and gas exploration companies.  

Recent representative transactions include:

  • Served as Louisiana counsel to international lenders for the financing and development of $1.85 billion methanol manufacturing complex in St. James Parish, comprising of approximately 1300 acres, designed to produce 1.8 million metric tons per year of commercial grade methanol. Responsibilities included review of all title, survey and zoning matters, review of borrower corporate organizational documents, lease and sublease agreements and environmental and regulatory matters.  
  • Served as counsel to global facilities agent in connection with $1 billion financing for the development, construction and operation of an ethane-based steam cracker plant and monoethylene glycol manufacturing plant in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  Responsibilities included review of and addressing all title, survey and zoning matters, review of borrower corporate organizational documents, lease and sublease agreements and environmental and regulatory matters, preparation of diligence memorandum and credit agreement and collateral matters.
  • Served as counsel to operator and working interest owner of offshore leases in the Gulf of Mexico in connection with private equity transaction in the amount of approximately $375 million equity commitment involving 10 prospects pursuant to which certain working interests were transferred by asset sale to single purpose vehicles, in order to facilitate development of those assets and provide framework for future transactions.
  • Served as lead project development and finance counsel in connection with construction and private equity financing of $900 million offshore floating production platform and gas and oil export pipelines involving multiple offshore lease prospects and working interest owners. This representation included negotiation and drafting of production handling agreements; oil and gas transportation agreements; facilities agreement; connection agreement; platform and export pipeline operating agreements; defense and indemnity agreements; BOEM memorandum in connection with dedication of production, review, and drafting of unit operating agreements and unit operating agreement amendment; and override agreements on behalf of prospect operator/working interest owner of six different prospects jointly held by a collective eight working interest partners. This representation also included negotiation of financial structure, including drafting and negotiation of limited liability company operating agreements, with private equity firm and other working interest owner/equity participants.
  • Served as Louisiana counsel to energy company in connection with potential expansion of existing LNG terminal and liquefaction plant, including real estate procurement and site location advices, preparation of long term option and lease, analysis of environmental site issues, buffer zone and other site conditions and analysis of existing ground lease structure involving multiple site leases and lease consolidation matters.
  • Serving as co-counsel for natural gas pipeline company in connection with the construction, development and permitting of a $1 billion dollar natural gas pipeline expansion providing advices with respect to negotiation of, and closing on, fee and servitude acquisitions in connection with related pipelines, interconnect facilities, metering and compressor sites, review of title matters, permitting and governmental relations.
  • Serving as co-counsel for natural gas storage company in connection with financing, construction, development and permitting of a $250 million salt cavern natural gas storage facility providing advices with respect to $120 million dollar credit facility and related financing documents, negotiation of and closing on fee, leasehold, options and servitude acquisitions in connection with related pipelines, pipeline facilities, storage caverns, salt water disposal wells and leaching facilities, review of all title matters, assistance with permitting obtaining water rights and addressing related issues, and assistance with governmental relations and expropriation/condemnation proceedings for pipeline right-of-way.
  • Serve as Louisiana counsel to lenders financing the development and construction of $9 billion 3 train LNG facility adjacent to the borrower's current NGL facility, including review and analysis of 19 real estate tracts comprising the proposed site, addressing matters such as title, title insurance and endorsements, survey, zoning, water rights, mineral title matters, and mechanic's lien issues; review and analysis of lease and servitude agreements, EPC contract provisions, legal opinion matters, terminal agreements, term sheet, and related security/collateral documents; preparation of comprehensive diligence memoranda for commercial bank participant review; Louisiana environmental and regulatory review; state and local tax analysis; coast guard and maritime issue review; and preparation of Louisiana security documents. 
  • Serving as co-counsel for numerous natural gas storage and pipeline companies in connection with the acquisition and development of large pipelines and natural gas storage facilities including issuance (through in-house title agency) and review of multiple title insurance policies insuring those transactions valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars, due diligence and title curative matters.
  • Serving as co-counsel to numerous oil and gas companies in connection with title review, title opinions and title policies with respect to the development of the Haynesville Shale, including exploration and productions activities, pipelines and transportation assets and storage assets.
  • Serving as co-counsel to investment partnership holding land interests in connection with mineral leases and internal partnership governance matters.
  • Serving as co-counsel in connection with the $80 million financing of an undivided quarter interest in an offshore oil and gas production platform in the Gulf of Mexico for international oil and gas operations; responsible for the negotiation of all security and collateral documents for compliance with Louisiana law and for opinion letter.

Noteworthy

  • Named a "Rising Star" in the area of Real Estate in the 2016 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers (listed annually since 2012)

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Presentations

  • "The Foreclosure Process In Louisiana", December 15, 2009
  • "Significant Tax Planning Opportunities Afforded by KETRA and GOZone Tax Legislation", March 16, 2006

Publications

  • "The Foreclosure Process In Louisiana"
    NBI Seminar, December 15, 2009
  • "Significant Tax Planning Opportunities Afforded by KETRA and GOZone Tax Legislation"
    New Orleans Real Estate Investors Association (NOREIA) March 16, 2006
  • "Lease Negotiation Handbook: Chapter V – Term"
    International Association of Attorneys and Executives in Corporate Real Estate (AECRE), a joint publication of ALI-ABA and AECRE, August 19, 2003
  • "On the Road to Recovery: How Tort Litigation Has Impacted the Development and Financing of Senior Housing Facilities"
    American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Annual Meeting, August 2003
  • "Problem Loan Seminar: Chapter IV – Louisiana Foreclosure"
    Sterling Education Services, January 21, 2003
  • "Advanced Real Estate Law in Louisiana: I – Title and Survey Review"
    National Business Institute, December 5, 2002
  • "Commercial and Residential Lease Enforcement and Evictions in Louisiana: How to Do Them Right – Section I, Drafting and Execution: How to Protect the Landlord and Section VII, Ethical and Professional Considerations"
    Sterling Education Services, September 5, 2002

Memberships

  • Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association (Past President and Current Board Member) 
  • Jewish Federation of New Orleans (Board Member) 
  • Xavier University, Division of Business Advisory Council Member
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker, State of Louisiana 
  • Louisiana State Bar Association