ANDREW B. DERMAN is a Senior Partner and the International Energy Practice Group Leader for Thompson & Knight LLP. He counsels public and private companies and host governments in their strategic design, commercial execution, negotiations, contract preparation and interpretation and dispute resolution. Mr. Derman has negotiated and closed acquisitions, divestments and mergers globally and has been involved in unitizations, financing, commercialization of natural gas (including LNG and GTL), infrastructure projects, pipelines, construction agreements, refineries, marketing, lifting agreements, operating agreements, farmouts, alliances, Foreign Corrupt Practice Act and OECD advice, embargo advice, in-house and industry oil and gas seminars, litigation and arbitration (as an advocate, expert and arbitrator). Mr. Derman was with Oryx Energy Company and Sun Company, Inc. (predecessor of Oryx Energy Company) for 20 years where he was responsible for legal, business development, environmental, procurement and planning functions. He attended INSEAD, Advanced Management Program, Fontainebleau, France (1993); Temple University Law School, J.D. (1978); Law Review (1976-78); National Moot Court Advocate (1977); and New York University, B.A. (1974). Mr. Derman is a member of the State Bars of Texas, Pennsylvania and New York and he has been certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in the field of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law. Mr. Derman has published over two dozen articles and five books on oil and gas and is a frequent speaker at universities, conferences and seminars.
Thompson & Knight LLP is a global law firm specializing in energy with offices in New York, Dallas, Houston, Ft. Worth, Austin, Monterrey, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Victoria, London, Paris and Algiers with lawyers and alliances in Cairo, Tripoli, Lagos, Luanda, Cape Town, Beijing, Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo. Thompson & Knight was founded in Texas in 1887 and has focused on oil and gas for nearly a century.
With over 400 attorneys worldwide, the firm offers the energy sector a full range of legal services while providing clients with both legal and commercial advice and counsel. More Thompson & Knight attorneys have been selected by The Best Lawyers in America (per capita) than any other law firm with an office in Texas.
The firm represents publically traded, private and national oil and gas companies in all aspect of energy from the identification and capturing of investment opportunities, to financing, to the development of LNG and other major infrastructure projects. Many of our attorneys have held significant positions within companies and over 100 attorneys are involved in energy litigation and arbitration as advocates, experts and arbitrators.