Chad Mills counsels energy clients on energy trading, structured finance, project development, mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions. His history with the energy sector and superior understanding of the gas, electric power and oil businesses, facilitates successful execution of energy transactions and benefits clients by understanding the commercial and legal issues at play. Deputy practice group leader for Sutherland's Energy Practice Group, Chad's client base includes energy providers, developers, investors and underwriters involved in power plant and interstate gas pipeline projects.
In the oil and gas arenas, Chad handles acquisition and divestiture of oil and gas properties, project finance, joint operating agreements and transportation agreements. In the liquefied natural gas (LNG) area, Chad has successfully negotiated long-term LNG purchase agreements, master purchase and sale agreements, and LNG terminal sharing agreements, as well as the purchase of LNG assets and development of onshore and offshore LNG receiving facilities. Similarly, Chad's support of various clients in the electric power industry has encompassed acquisition and divestiture of power facilities (renewable energy, coal-fired and gas-fired plants), as well as energy market agreements, purchase and sale agreements and project finance work.
Sutherland advises J. Aron in prepaid natural gas transaction financed with $504.5 million in municipal bonds.
Sutherland advises on short- and long-term LNG purchases.
Sutherland advises power plants on fuel purchase and power offtake arrangements.
Awards and Rankings
Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of derivatives and futures law (2008-2015)
Selected for inclusion in Texas' Best Lawyers, Houston Edition (2008-2009)
Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers ”Rising Stars“ (2006, 2008)