Case Studies

Shale Boom Brings Challenges to the Banking Industry

Residential mortgage lenders used to pay little attention to oil and gas leases. Then came the drilling boom in the Marcellus and Utica shales and a spate of negative publicity about the potential adverse effects of fracking. Our firm has been engaged in an ongoing project to review oil and gas leases in connection with loans secured by mortgages on residential properties. We advise our lender client regarding whether the lease contains sufficient protections for the borrower and the bank that the loan can or should be made. We also review requests from oil company lessees that the bank’s existing mortgage be subordinated to their leases.

Oil + Gas Leasehold Interest Litigation

Our attorneys regularly represent oil and gas producers defending claims by landowners seeking to cancel oil and gas leases for alleged breaches of implied covenant to develop, lack of production under secondary term and other claims.

Oil + Gas Foreclosure Litigation and Resolution

Our firm recently resolved multi-million-dollar foreclosure litigation relating to real estate and mineral interests. These negotiations involved the resolution of an amount claimed due for an oil and gas development loan and a lien on oil and gas interests. The successful resolution included the creation of a new oil and gas lease, securitization documents and a work-out agreement.