Thompson & Knight Attorneys Assist Ecopetrol S.A.

Saturday, November 1, 2008 - 00:00

Thompson & Knight LLP continues to assist Ecopetrol S.A. (NYSE:EC), the Colombian national oil company, with its internationalization and strategic growth plan by assisting with the recent acquisition of the company's first oil and gas producing assets in the United States.

The firm served as outside counsel to Ecopetrol America Inc., a subsidiary of Ecopetrol S.A., in its $510 million acquisition of a 9.2 percent interest in the K2 field, a deepwater oil and gas field located south of New Orleans in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, from Union Oil Company of California, a subsidiary of Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX).

Mauricio Echeverry, general counsel for Ecopetrol, and Rodolfo Garcia Paredes, team leader for Ecopetrol, coordinated all legal matters in connection with the transaction. Pablo C. Ferrante led the Thompson & Knight team of attorneys which included Ben H. Welmaker, Jr., Becky L. Jolin, Patricia H. Chicoine, Sarah McLean, Matthew J. Knifton, Susan Marx, David M. Wildes, Lakesha Harris, and Ivan Perez. The transaction closed on September 29, 2008.

Thompson & Knight LLP announced that David S. White's blog titled "Law and Insurance" has been named a 2008 honoree for the LexisNexis Top 50 Blogs for Insurance. Mr. White is senior counsel in the Trial Practice Group of Thompson & Knight's Dallas office.

Mr. White's blog, at, focuses primarily on developments in Texas insurance law with succinct yet comprehensive analysis of the latest judicial opinions and legislative enactments.

George C. Chapman, senior counsel in the Trial Practice Group in Thompson & Knight's Dallas office, is the recipient of the Dallas Bar Association's 2008 Morris Harrell Professionalism Award.The award was presented at the DBA's Annual Meeting on November 7.

The award, co-sponsored by the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism and the DBA, is given annually to the attorney who "best exemplifies, by conduct and character, truly professional traits ."

Thompson & Knight LLP, through its affiliated office Tauil & Chequer Advogados, has announced the expansion of its São Paulo office with the addition of associates Christiano Chagas Monteiro De Melo and Roberto Pinatti Casarini, who join the Firm's Tax Practice Group. Prior to joining Thompson & Knight, Mr. Chagas was an associated lawyer for more than seven years with Pinheiro Neto Advogados, one of the largest law firms in Brazil. Mr. Casarini also worked for four years at the same firm.