ZahraUsmani

Associate

Houston + 1.832.239.3718

Zahra Usmani's practice focuses on domestic and international transactions in the energy industry, including M&A, project development, joint ventures, and strategic transactions. Her experience includes representing public and private energy companies, strategic investors, and private equity firms in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, securities offerings, securities compliance issues, and general corporate matters.

Zahra is involved in community efforts and pro bono activities and is a member of the Houston Young Lawyers Foundation's Board of Trustees, which provides grants to local charities.

Experience

  • Chevron sold 43% stake in two Colombian gas production fields to HocolJones Day represented Chevron Petroleum Company ("Chevron"), a subsidiary of Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX), in the sale of its 43% interest in the Association Contract and related rights and assets, pursuant to which Chevron operates certain upstream natural gas assets in the Chuchupa natural gas field in the Caribbean Sea and Ballena fields in the province of La Guajira, Colombia, to Hocol, S.A. ("Hocol"), a subsidiary of state-owned Ecopetrol S.A. ("Ecopetrol").
  • Cardinal States Gathering Company and CSG Holdings obtain $125 million senior secured term loan facilityJones Day represented Cardinal States Gathering Company LLC and CSG Holdings I LLC in connection with a $125 million senior secured term loan facility provided by a syndicate of lenders led by Investec Bank plc, as administrative agent.
  • CSG Holdings obtains $50 million senior secured term loan facilityJones Day represented CSG Holdings II LLC and CSG Holdings III LLC in connection with a $50 million senior secured term loan facility provided by a syndicate of lenders led by Investec Bank plc, as administrative agent.
  • Noble Midstream Partners acquires 20% ownership interest in Saddlehorn Pipeline for $155 millionJones Day advised Noble Midstream Partners LP in its $155 million acquisition and exercise of an option to acquire a 20% ownership interest in Saddlehorn Pipeline Company, LLC, along with the negotiation of related crude oil commercial agreements.
  • PGT Innovations acquires NewSouth Window SolutionsJones Day advised PGT Innovations, Inc., a national leader in premium windows and doors, including impact-resistant products, in connection with its $92 million cash acquisition of NewSouth Window Solutions, subject to adjustments.
  • Total acquires Toshiba's interest in Freeport LNGJones Day advised Total Gas & Power Asia Private Limited ("Total"), a subsidiary of Total S.A., in (i) its purchase of all of the outstanding shares of Toshiba America LNG Corporation ("TAL") from Toshiba America, Inc. ("TAI"), and (ii) its assumption of all LNG related agreements from Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation ("TESS").
  • Chevron buys Pasadena Refining System for $350 million from Petrobras America Inc.Jones Day advised Chevron U.S.A. Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chevron Corporation, in its purchase of all of the equity interests of Pasadena Refining System Inc. ("PRSI") and PRSI Trading, LLC from Petrobras America Inc. for $350 million, subject to adjustments for working capital.
  • Sempra Energy sells subsidiary to ArcLight Capital PartnersJones Day advised Sempra Energy in the sale of a Sempra subsidiary to ArcLight Capital Partners for $328 million in cash, subject to adjustments for working capital.
  • Pathways to Law Program, a supplemental learning program for Houston students, kicks off the 2018-2019 school year at Pilgrim Academy and Oak Forest ElementaryJones Day Houston lawyers are partnering with lawyers from Chevron in the Pathways to Law Program, a supplemental learning program for students in Houston.
  • Petroleum marketer negotiates transportation services agreement for new diesel fuel pipeline in TexasJones Day represented a large marketer of refined petroleum products in negotiating a transportation services agreement for new diesel fuel pipeline in Texas.
  • Southern Power sold minority interest in solar portfolio to Global Atlantic Financial Group for $1.175 billionJones Day advised Southern Power Company in its $1.175 billion sale of a 33% minority interest in its solar portfolio to Global Atlantic Financial Group Limited.
  • The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.

    Represented Lime Rock Partners in the $520 million sale of its portfolio company, GEODynamics, to Oil States International.

    Represented Delek US Holdings in its $675 million equity acquisition of 53 percent of Alon USA Energy.

    Represented Mattress Firm in its $780 million equity acquisition of Sleepy's.

    Represented a public oil field services company in its equity acquisition of a private oil field equipment supplier.

    Represented McDermott International in its $6 billion acquisition of Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.

    Represented a renewable energy company in the sale of equity interests of four solar projects to a public bank for the bank's tax equity investment.

    Represented a private equity sponsor in the acquisition and subsequent combination of two providers of surface well-control equipment and related services.

    Represented a public principal investment firm in its investment of two companies through a combination of a direct equity investment and secured debt.

    Represented a multinational inspection, product testing, and certification company in its acquisition of a materials testing and specialty construction inspection firm.

    Represented a public insurance company in its underwriting of mergers and acquisitions representations and warranties insurance on several transactions.

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