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On January 10, 1901, the ‘Spindletop’ salt dome near Beaumont Texas gushed forth an initial black plume that soared to twice the height of the drilling derrick and produced a world record 800,000 barrels of oil in its first 9 days. The modern petroleum industry was born!

Spindletop Law was formed by international petroleum lawyer, Sean Rush, in New Zealand in early 2015 and is registered with the New Zealand Law Society as an incorporated law firm. Like many New Zealanders, Sean left New Zealand to travel in the early 1990s and became involved in the oil and gas industry when living in London in 1996. After nearly 20 years away, working in the upstream oil and gas industry across numerous jurisdictions, he returned older and wiser in 2013 but still with a passion for the industry, a desire to maintain the relationships he had made internationally and to make a contribution to New Zealand's domestic industry.

Sean is licensed to practise law in New Zealand and in the UK and has offices in Wellington and London. He advises on transactional matters such as acquisitions and divestments, product sales and transportation, facility development and use, supply chain contracting, JV structuring and disputes under New Zealand or English law. Sean draws support, as required, from the Spindletop network resident in New Zealand that includes former UK and New Zealand petroleum lawyer, Kathryn Sykes, ex Albertan oil and gas lawyer, Duncan Milne and ex SASOL South African lawyer, Frik Badenhorst. As a Director of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, Sean is well connected to similarly experienced individuals located in most petroleum producing jurisdictions.

Spindletop provides specialist legal services to international oil companies, energy companies, service companies, mining companies, indigenous peoples, regulators, law firms and banks both in New Zealand and abroad. We advise on the full range of domestic and international oil, gas and energy matters including farm-outs, corporate and asset sales, liquids sales, storage and transportation, gas sales and transmission, decommissioning, field developments, FPSO matters, access to infrastructure, procurement, JV structuring, production sharing contracts and regulatory advice. We can also manage day to day commercial matters common to oil companies and project manage shorter-term, larger scale matters such as litigation, financings and other special projects.

Our team members can work at your office, from Spindletop's Wellington office and remotely. We can also bundle our services with those of your law firm of choice to provide our specialist services as part of an integrated offering.

Spindletop offers a formidable range of industry experience, partner level expertise and the benefit of a New Zealand based boutique practice.

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