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About Dale

Dale Smith’s practice focuses on finance, energy and real estate matters. A member of the electric and gas utility industry for more than a decade, Dale now uses that knowledge when helping clients navigate through their corporate needs. His finance and banking experience includes the representation of both lending institutions and borrowers in all types of secured and unsecured credit transactions, including syndicated and structured finance transactions, project finance, letter of credit, working capital, ABL, exploration and production reserve base facilities, workouts and restructurings and DIP and bankruptcy exit financings.

Dale represents energy industry clients in a broad range of transactions, including the purchase and sale of hydrocarbons, oil and gas properties, gas processing plants, production and storage facilities and pipeline systems, as well as negotiating and drafting many types of transactional agreements including leases; farmout and participation agreements; seismic and license agreements; drilling and other service contracts; operating agreements; gas, crude and natural gas liquid gathering, transportation, processing, storage and fractionation agreements; power purchase agreements; off-take agreements; engineering, procurement and construction contracts; and operation and maintenance agreements. Dale has substantial experience performing mineral reserve due diligence reviews for clients investing in exploration and production assets.

Dale’s real estate practice focuses on transactions involving the acquisition, development, operation, leasing, management and disposition of real property, including advising developers with respect to surface and building leases for telecommunications facilities and equipment.


Recent Notable Matters

Holly Energy Partners, L.P. — formation of a 50/50 joint venture, Cushing Connect Pipeline & Terminal LLC, with Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. for the purpose of owning and operating a crude oil terminal in Cushing, Oklahoma and constructing, owning and operating a crude oil pipeline from Cushing, Oklahoma to Tulsa, Oklahoma

Sabalo Energy, LLC — divestiture of produced water gathering and recycling infrastructure assets in the Midland Basin to H2O Midstream LLC, including negotiation of long-term produced water gathering, disposal and recycling agreements

COG Operating LLC — contribution of 13 salt water disposal wells and approximately 40 miles of large-diameter produced water gathering pipelines to Solaris Water Midstream, LLC in exchange for cash and equity in Solaris Midstream Holdings, LLC

Halcón Resources Corporation — $325 million divestiture of water infrastructure assets across the Delaware Basin to a subsidiary of WaterBridge Resources LLC

Phillips 66 Partners LP — joint venture construction and operating agreements with Andeavor and an equity option with Canadian midstream company Enbridge Inc. in relation to the Gray Oak Pipeline, LLC joint venture, and in a joint venture with Buckeye Partners LP to develop the new South Texas Gateway Terminal at the mouth of Corpus Christi Bay

Apache Corporation — formation of SCM Alpine, LLC, which will own and operate a greenfield NGL y-grade pipeline, including transportation service agreements, tariffs and related regulatory matters

Major midstream MLP — finance counsel in connection with its $1.5 billion syndicated revolving credit facility

Major U.S. bank — agent, with respect to aggregate 21-bank syndicated secured $750 million revolving credit facility to an oil and gas exploration and production company

Lender — $15.9 million secured loan agreement to a pipeline company to acquire and construct natural gas assets to serve residential customers in the City of Houston

Energy financial services firm — project finance loans to developers of solar and wind electric generation facilities plants located in New Jersey, Georgia and Texas, and a $50 million letter of credit facility for an electric generation company's environmental remediation obligations

Major midstream MLP — $2.15 billion purchase of natural gas and crude oil gathering, treating, compression and condensate processing services in the Eagle Ford Shale basin, including the negotiation and drafting of dedicated natural gas processing and transportation, natural gas liquids transportation and fractionation, processed condensate and crude oil transportation service, and export dock sales agreements

International commodities trading company — acquisition of over $1 billion of mineral interests and related midstream assets located in East Texas

Portfolio company of a private equity sponsor — greenfield 75-mile interstate crude pipeline in the Permian basin, including acquiring right-of-way, regulatory filings and tariffs and the negotiation of anchor shipper agreements, interconnection agreements, terminalling and storage agreements, and several gathering and transportation service agreements with crude producers and refineries

Midstream operator — negotiation and drafting of several gas purchase contracts with major and independent oil and gas producers in the Permian basin

Independent oil and gas company and equity sponsor — negotiation and drafting of several rich and lean gas gathering and processing agreements in North Louisiana and East Texas

National telecommunications provider — negotiation of several surface and roof-top cellular equipment lease agreements in Texas and Louisiana

Texas electric generation company — negotiation of engineering, procurement and construction contracts for several of its fossil fuel plants

COG Operating LLC — contribution of 13 salt water disposal wells and approximately 40 miles of large-diameter produced water gathering pipelines to Solaris Water Midstream, LLC in exchange for cash and equity in Solaris Midstream Holdings, LLC

Publications and Speeches

"Due Diligence When Acquiring Oil and Gas Interests Subject to Midstream Contracts," Texas Bar Advanced Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Course, September 20-21, 2018.

“Rights and Remedies of the Parties With Respect to Defaults Under Oil and Gas Agreements,” Texas Bar Advanced Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Course, September 29-30, 2016.



Loyola University New Orleans School of Law,
magna cum laude
University of New Orleans,
Master of Business Administration
University of New Orleans,

Bar Admissions



Institute for Energy Law Advisory Board
State Bar of Texas
Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Section
Houston Bar Association
Houston and American Association of Professional Landmen
Association for Corporate Growth
Houston Producer
Independent Petroleum Association of America



The Best Lawyers in America Recognize 74 Bracewell Attorneys

August 15, 2016
Best Lawyers, Woodward White, Inc.

Finance Partner Dale Smith Returns To Bracewell

June 7, 2016
Kinney Recruiting's Texas Chronicles

Finance Partner Dale D. Smith Returns to Bracewell

June 6, 2016
Pipeline and Gas Journal



The Legal 500 United States
Commercial Lending: Advice to Borrowers, 2018; Commercial Lending: Advice to Lenders, 2018
Woodward/White, Inc.
Best Lawyers
Banking and Finance Law, 2013 - 2020
Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC
IFLR1000 Financial & Corporate Guide
2018 - 2020
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
Loyola Law Review


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