Ryan T. Purpura


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  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, JD, Member, Journal of Law and Commerce, 2004
  • University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, MBA, Finance, 2004
  • The Pennsylvania State University, BS, Economics, Dean's List, 2001
  • Pennsylvania
  • Ohio
  • Texas
  • West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Member, Marcellus Shale Coalition

Member, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation

Advisory Board Member, Institute for Energy (Plano, Texas)

Advisory Board Member, Penn State University Energy Land Management Program

Member, Ohio Oil & Gas Association

Ryan T. Purpura, a partner in the Pittsburgh office, is the chair of the firm's energy practice. Ryan represents oil and gas companies, private equity and hedge funds and other financial institutions in mergers and acquisitions, project finance and development and other transactions related to the energy industry. Ryan also frequently lectures on topics related to oil and gas, and has served as an adjunct professor teaching Energy Law at Duquesne University’s School of Law. Ryan’s experience includes:

  • Joint ventures and other strategic combinations in connection with the development of oil and gas assets primarily in domestic shale areas
  • Acquisitions and divestitures of oil and gas assets, midstream and master limited partnership assets, and oilfield service businesses
  • Financing transactions including volumetric production payments, net profits interests and mineral royalty funds

He also has served as in-house counsel to two publicly-traded natural gas companies (including the first ever exploration and production master limited partnership), where he advised on a range of commercial and operations issues, including oil and gas marketing arrangements, land acquisition and development, employment matters, and litigation.  Ryan also serves as outside general counsel to several E&P and midstream companies, advising them on all aspects of their operations.

Ryan is an advisory board member for Pennsylvania State University’s energy land management program and for the Institute for Energy Law. He also serves as a Trustee on the Board of Trustees of the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation. As an active member of his community, Ryan co-founded and provided legal oversight to Operation Troop Appreciation, a Pittsburgh nonprofit corporation supporting U.S. military personnel overseas.

Ryan has been recognized as an “Energy and Environmental Trailblazer,”National Law Journal, 2017, an “Emerging Leader,” M&A Advisor, 2016, named to "Pennsylvania Rising Stars," Energy and Resources, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2014-2017 and named to "Who's Who in Energy," Pittsburgh Business Times, 2013-2016.

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Representation of Dominion Energy, Inc. (NYSE: D), one of the largest energy and utility companies in the U.S., in its $4.4 billion acquisition plus the assumption of debt for a total enterprise value of $6 billion of Questar Corp., a natural gas-focused energy company.

Representation of Reliance Industries Limited, an India-based industrial enterprise in its joint $1.7 billion joint venture with one of the largest independent natural gas producers in the Appalachian Basin.

Representation of CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE:CEIX), a new publicly-traded coal company, in connection with its spin-off from CNX Resources Corporation (NYSE:CNX), a new publicly-traded natural gas company.

Representation of CNX Resources Corporation (NYSE: CNX),  in its $3.4 billion joint venture with Noble Energy Inc., a petroleum and natural gas company.

Representation of CNX Resources Corporation (NYSE: CNX), in its $593 million joint venture with Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES), a global independent energy company.

Representation of Range Resources Corporation (NYSE: RRC), a publicly-traded independent oil and gas company, in numerous oil and gas asset acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures.

Representation of Tesoro Logistics LP (NYSE:TLLP) in its $444 million acquisition of storage and terminalling assets in Alaska from subsidiaries of Andeavor Corporation (NYSE:ANDV).

Representation of ArcLight Capital Partners, a private equity firm specializing in energy infrastructure assets, in its acquisition of the assets of Energy Corporation of America, a company engaged in the exploration, extraction, production and transportation of natural gas and oil in the U.S., by its affiliate, Greylock Energy, LLC.

Representation of one of the world’s largest independent asset management firms with over $45 billion in assets under management, as co-investor, in connection with the acquisition of a crude oil refinery, pipeline and retail gas station operations.

Representation of Rockdale Marcellus, LLC an oil and gas operator, in its acquisition of upstream and midstream oil and gas assets from Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS.A), a multinational oil and gas company.

Representation of Rockdale Marcellus, LLC an oil and gas operator, in its sale of midstream assets to UGI Energy Services, a supplier and marketer of natural gas, liquid fuels and electricity and subsidiary of UGI Corporation.

Representation of a publicly traded global fuel logistics company in its acquisition of a provider of electricity supply solutions.

Representation of a capital provider specializing in distressed investments in its investment in an oil field services company.

Representation of a UK-based multinational power and commodities company in its sale of an onshore oil and gas subsidiary to a private U.S. - based oil and gas company.

Representation of a publicly-traded leading independent natural gas company in multiple acquisitions and divestitures of its oil and gas assets.

Representation of American Natural Supply, Cleopatra Resource’s wholesale distribution subsidiary, in its acquisition of W.G. Satterlee and Sons, a leading wholesale fuel distributor.

Representation of the management group of a newly formed energy midstream company in Texas focused exclusively on water infrastructure projects across North America, in connection with securing an initial funding commitment from a Houston-based private equity firm.

Representation of multiple mineral assets, royalties and overriding royalties companies in multiple acquisitions and divestitures of oil and gas assets across the U.S.

Represented a wide range of energy companies and investors in assessing, acquiring and/or disposing of assets and/or venture interests in multiple producing basins including the Permian and Appalachian Basins, as well as the Barnett, Marcellus and Utica Shale formations.

Assisted publicly traded and privately held energy companies and master limited partnerships in asset acquisitions and drop downs, debt and equity financings as well as day-to-day business activities.

Represented acquirers and joint venture participants in organizing and completing large-scale mineral title abstracting and diligence projects.

Named an Energy and Environmental "Trailblazer," Oil and Gas Transactions, The National Law Journal, 2017

Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," Energy Litigation: Oil And Gas; Energy Transactions: Oil And Gas, Pennsylvania, Legal 500 US, 2017-2018

Selected as an “Emerging Leader,” M&A Advisor, 2016

Named to "Pennsylvania Rising Stars," Energy and Natural Resources, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Named to "Who's Who in Energy," Pittsburgh Business Times, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Co-author, "Emerging Trends in Distressed Oil Patch," Oil & Gas Financial Journal, October 2016
Moderator, "In-house Counsel Roundtable: Issues facing shale gas producers in the second decade of the shale era in the Appalachian Basin," 2018 Energy Law and Policy Institute Conference, Pitt Law Energy Law and Policy Institute, Pittsburgh, PA, March 15, 2018
Moderator, "Emerging Capital Sources and Opportunities in the Oil & Gas Space," 8th Law Of Shale Plays Conference, Institute for Energy Law (IEL) of The Center for American and International Law & The Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, September 6, 2017
Panelist, "Energy Sector & Insolvency Challenges: The Outlook for 2017," Turnaround Asset Management Association Pittsburgh Chapter Event, March 23, 2017
Moderator, "Opportunities, Risks and New Developments in the Distressed Oil and Gas Industry," 7th Annual Law of Shale Plays Conference, September 7, 2016
Speaker, "Oil and Gas Transactions - Negotiation and Taxation," 8th Annual Oil and Gas Law Colloquium, July 27 – 28, 2016
Speaker, Challenges, Risks and New Developments in the Distressed Oil & Gas Industry, McGuireWoods LLP Webinar and Live Presentation, March 30, 2016
Speaker, Restructuring, Insolvency and Investment in the Oil & Gas Industry, McGuireWoods Webinar, April 16, 2015
Speaker, "Facing the Challenges: Shale Specific Issues and the Impact on the Industry," Oil and Gas Transactions Seminar: Drilling Through the Details of Acquisitions, Divestitures and JVs, September 9, 2014
Presenter, "The Dunham Rule Lives! The PA Supreme Court's Ruling in Butler v. Powers and its Effect," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, May 30, 2013
Presenter, "Title and HBP Issues in Appalachia," 64th Annual Oil & Gas Law Conference, February 22, 2013
Speaker, "Abstracting Titles in the Appalachian Basin," Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, March 10, 2011
Presenter, "Emerging Trends in the Development of the Marcellus Shale," 35th Annual Kentucky Mineral Law Conference, October 13, 2010