Due Diligence

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Babst Calland has represented energy clients in recent transactions valuing more than $8 billion, varying in size and complexity from single wells to those involving hundreds of thousands of acres in the Marcellus, Utica and Point Pleasant shale plays. The acquisition and divestiture of oil and gas assets calls into question a myriad of esoteric issues. From title examination and lease review through post-closing integration, a highly-focused approach to due diligence helps clients assess risk and properly analyze the value of any acquisition to close the deal.

Our multidisciplinary team of Energy and Natural Resources attorneys understands all facets of natural gas transactions including mineral title and lease review, environmental and regulatory, land use and zoning and litigation matters. Although each transaction’s due diligence needs differ, we offer the resources and support team that other firms cannot match, including:

  • Offices and fully-dedicated energy and environmental attorneys in all three states of the Appalachian Basin;
  • A large mineral title group with deep knowledge of issues in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky;
  • A significant bench of experienced environmental and regulatory attorneys who understand the challenges within each state;
  • Land use attorneys with in-depth understanding of local and municipal laws and regulations;
  • Energy litigators in each state to assess threatened and filed claims, and,
  • Document management technology, owned and operated by the Firm, that captures data for each project that can be seamlessly downloaded into a client’s operational database for managing acquired assets post-closing.

Babst Calland views each due diligence project as a unique matter that requires experienced counsel and a tailored support team in various areas of energy law, such as corporate and commercial, environmental and regulatory, title, land use and litigation.

We understand that efficient and timely due diligence information is critical in the decision making and closing process, but also valuable in managing the acquired assets long after the closing. Our due diligence team carefully plans and coordinates the due diligence process, tailoring the deliverables to the deal while maintaining a timely and cost effective approach. These experienced-based advantages enable us to identify, evaluate and resolve the most critical issues impacting your transaction. Armed with this knowledge, our clients make better risk-based business and financial decisions.

Due diligence for the energy industry is the beginning of a process for the buyer or seller and should be viewed as a part of the strategic direction, and not as a commodity. It is also a process that must have a definitive strategy, timetable, budget certainty and technology, easing the transition from “acquisition mode” to “operational integration” mode.

“Although each transaction’s due diligence needs differ, our multi-disciplinary team of attorneys understands all facets of E&P and midstream transactions including mineral and surface title, lease and right-of-way review, environmental and regulatory, land use and zoning, pipeline safety and litigation matters.”

– Bruce F. Rudoy

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