Coleson Bruce is a partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions and Project Development & Finance practices.
Coleson’s practice focuses on complex commercial transactions in the energy industry, including the acquisition and divestiture of energy companies and assets, joint venture/development arrangements, and the evaluation and structuring of proposed transactions. His experience includes the negotiation and drafting of purchase and sale agreements, joint venture/development agreements, onshore and offshore joint operating agreements, upstream and midstream commercial contracts, and various ancillary transaction documents.
Coleson has extensive experience advising clients making a first-time investment in new jurisdictions or in new asset categories (e.g., international clients making a first-time investment in the U.S., domestic companies making an initial investment in upstream oil & gas assets, or historically onshore E&P clients acquiring an offshore energy asset). He’s assisted numerous clients in surveying and communicating legal and regulatory regime risks associated with such projects, corporate entity choice and structuring, local or cross-border project risks, and regulatory compliance loads implicated by such first-time investments. Coleson has worked extensively with such clients to evaluate whether specific transactions, business structures and overseas ventures are consistent with applicable U.S. legal regimes that may undermine proposed transactions (CFIUS review, economic sanctions, BOEM qualification, etc.), and assisted clients in the navigation of compliance with those regimes.
Coleson’s experience also includes counseling clients in contract interpretation, renegotiation, and dispute-avoidance or resolution.
Before joining the firm, Coleson served as a law clerk to the Honorable Billy Roy Wilson of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas.