Steven R. Miles

Senior Counsel

Washington, D.C.

P: +1.202.639.7951 F: +1.202.585.1090
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Steven Miles serves as Baker Botts' Energy Sector Chair and heads the 50+ lawyer LNG Practice. His practice focuses on the energy sector in the United States and internationally, particularly in the liquefied natural gas (LNG), natural gas, electric power and renewable energy industries.

Mr. Miles has worked on over 100 major LNG transactions worldwide, including having assisted clients in launching such leading-edge projects as the first new LNG export project in North America in 40 years (Cheniere's Sabine Pass LNG project), the first LNG project in South America, one of the first LNG projects in sub-Saharan Africa, some of the first floating LNG-to-Power projects worldwide, and the first LNG imports into new terminals in Brazil, China, India, the E.U., the U.S. and several other countries. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), as well as Co-Chair of the 200-member AIPN LNG Committee, which published a Model LNG Master Sales Agreement for use by the LNG industry. He has also served as a member of the Program Committee for LNG 19, 18 and 17 (the triennial LNG conferences in Shanghai in 2019, Perth in 2016, and Houston in 2013), and as a member of the Advisory Board for Energy Law 360.

Mr. Miles has achieved the highest ranking as one of the leading professionals in his field by Chambers USA's Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers, 2005-2018 (Band 1, LNG), Guide to the World's Leading Energy & Natural Resource Lawyers, Who's Who Legal (Law Business Research Ltd), 2010-2019 (for Energy and for Project Finance), 2016-2017 (Leading Practitioner) and 2018-2019 (Thought Leader for Energy), The Legal 500 U.S. (2013-2018 &, Hall of Fame 2018), and The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward White, Inc.), 2007-2018, The Best Lawyers in America - Oil and Gas Law, 2016 & 2019; Banking, Finance and Transactional Expert Guide 2016; and Euromoney's Expert Guides - Project Finance (2007-2018) and Energy and Environment 2017-2018. He has also been recognized in Chambers Global, 2010-2018, PLC Which Lawyer?, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) and PLC Cross-Border Finance Handbook. The Finance Monthly Global Awards 2017 awarded him "Energy Lawyer of the Year, USA".

Related Experience

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

  • Cheniere Energy Inc. – development of first LNG liquefaction and export facility from lower 48 states of the U.S.; negotiate and draft LNG Sale and Purchase Agreements, Gas Purchase Agreements and related project agreements for two LNG liquefaction projects
  • Tellurian, Inc. – project structuring and development of project agreements for the Driftwood LNG Terminal and associated pipelines and upstream assets
  • Global Power Company – drafting and negotiating project agreements for the Costa Norte LNG receiving terminal in Panama
  • U.S. developer of LNG liquefaction project – advise and assist developer of a U.S. LNG export in project development and financing of LNG liquefaction terminal, pipeline, and gas treatment facility
  • Brass LNG Ltd. – development of a two-train LNG project in Nigeria, including LNG sale and purchase agreements (SPAs), gas supply agreements (GSAs), engineering procurement and construction (EPC) contracts, technology licensing agreements, shipbuilding contracts and time charter agreements (TCAs) for LNG shipping; project sponsors include NNPC, Total, ConocoPhillips and ENI
  • Equatorial Guinea LNG – development of a greenfield LNG, natural gas liquids and condensate project in Africa, including LNG SPA, GSA, common facilities and shared services agreement, and other project agreements
  • Peru LNG – development of LNG liquefaction project, trans-Andean pipeline, and gas treatment facility, including LNG SPA, GSAs, port use agreement and marine services agreement
  • Jordan Cove Energy Project LLP – development of an LNG liquefaction and receiving facility and negotiation of Terminal Service Agreement (TSA) for LNG export capacity
  • European Utility – negotiate and draft LNG Sales and Purchase Agreements, with LNG vessel timecharter, for export of LNG from U.S. LNG liquefaction project
  • Petrobras – SPAs and master sales agreements (MSAs) for the first purchase and import of LNG into Brazil, including chartering of floating storage and receiving vessels (FSRUs)
  • Petronet LNG Ltd. – development and expansion of two LNG receiving terminals in India, including SPAs, EPC contracts and TCAs and ancillary agreements for LNG shipping
  • BP – SPA for sale of LNG from Tangguh, Indonesia, to Sempra Energy for delivery to Baja California, Mexico and TCA for LNG shipping, and marine services agreement for Baja terminal
  • BP – SPA for the sale of LNG from Tangguh, Indonesia, to the first two LNG receiving terminals in the People's Republic of China (Guangdong and Fujian)
  • BP – MSA for LNG sales to North America
  • BP – LNG terminal service agreement for regasification of LNG in the United States
  • Marathon Oil Corp. – long-term and spot purchases of LNG for delivery to Elba Island, Georgia
  • Apache Corp. – development of Wheatstone LNG project in Australia
  • Citigroup – Credit support for potential purchaser of LNG from LNG project in Africa
  • Citigroup – preparation of LNG MSAs
  • Leading European Bank – acquisition of terminal and pipeline capacity rights at US LNG terminal
  • Merrill Lynch Commodities – bid for Singapore LNG project
  • Merrill Lynch Commodities – development of potential LNG project in Jamaica
  • Novatek – structuring and development of Yamal LNG project (Russia)
  • Various Financial Institutions – development of LNG trading models
  • Sempra – develop LNG master sales agreement for spot and short-term LNG purchases and sales
  • Stream – develop LNG Master Sales Agreement for spot and short-term LNG purchases and sales
  • Vitol – advise on short-term LNG agreement
  • U.S. Energy Company – long-term purchase of LNG from Qatar Gas and development of U.S. receiving terminal facilities
  • Global power company – development of an LNG receiving facility, associated electric power generating plant and undersea natural gas pipeline and electric transmission line in the Bahamas
  • Global power company – LNG purchase agreements for use by two electric power generating plants in the Dominican Republic
  • Global power company – LNG supply for a proposed electric generating plant in Honduras
  • Global power company – LNG supply for proposed Sparrows Point LNG receiving terminal
  • Qatar General Petroleum Corp., the national oil and gas company of Qatar – potential sale of LNG as part of a proposed Qatar-Europe project
  • U.S. energy company – LNG SPAs, transportation scheduling agreements, and related documents for the sale of LNG from Venezuela to various receiving terminals in the United States
  • U.S. energy company – purchase of LNG from Trinidad for an LNG-fueled electric power generating station in Puerto Rico
  • Power Trading Corp. – development of an LNG-fueled power plant and LNG receiving terminal in Pipavov, India
  • U.S. energy company – LNG SPA and transportation issues for delivery to Elba Island, Georgia
  • U.S. energy company – LNG transportation arrangements for the purchase of LNG from Qatar
  • Six Japanese utilities – multiple long-term contracts to purchase LNG from Indonesia and structuring LNG tanker fleet agreements

Electric Power, Renewable Energy and Conservation

  • Clean Economy Network and Clean Economy Action – lead outside counsel to leading organizations promoting development, funding and use of clean energy
  • Renewable and efficient energy developers – review power purchase agreements, obtain FERC and state public utility company licenses and approvals, litigate rate cases, review siting agreements, issue legal opinions in connection with financing and negotiate with public utilities, on behalf of multiple developers involved in solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, biomass and cogeneration projects in various U.S. states (including California, New York, Maine and Florida)
  • El Paso Natural Gas – project development and financing for a 230-megawatt integrated well-to-wire natural-gas-fueled power project in Aguaytia, Peru; negotiation of $78 million in limited recourse financing for a merchant power plant and political risk insurance from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
  • Mitsubishi Corp. and Korea Electric Power Corp. – bid for four independent power projects (IPPs) to be built in Saudi Arabia on a build-own-operate-transfer basis
  • El Paso Natural Gas – investment in a Samalayuca power project, the first independent power project in Mexico; development of the corporate structure and negotiation of the financing of equity investment
  • Saudi Arabian bank – tender for a 200-megawatt IPP in Saudi Arabia
  • Indian government-owned electric power company – power purchase agreement and proposal for a new 2,000-megawatt power project in Pipavov, India, the first such project under India’s new MegaPower Policy
  • El Paso Natural Gas – bid preparation and risk analysis with respect to the first build-own-operate 230-megawatt electric power generation and desalination project in Jordan
  • El Paso Natural Gas – bid on the Al Taweelah A2 1,500-megawatt power and desalination project, the first privately owned electricity project in the UAE
  • El Paso Natural Gas – review of a power purchase agreement and tender documents for the first independent power project in a Middle Eastern country
  • City of San Diego – litigate before FERC and the California Public Utilities Commission in successful opposition to SCE/SDG&E merger, the largest utility merger proposed to that date
  • Madison Paper Industries – represent consumer and producer of electric power in hearings before Maine Public Utilities Commission on proposed $1 billion construction of transmission lines and import of electric power from Canada
  • Madison Paper Industries – represent consumer and producer of electric power in rate design hearings before the Maine Public Utilities Commission in developing a utility rate structure to incentivize utility efforts to promote conservation of electric power

Natural Gas

  • Occidental Petroleum – $5 billion proposed integrated natural gas project in the Middle East
  • U.S. financial institution – first waterborne compressed natural gas (CNG) project
  • El Paso Natural Gas – bid preparation, risk analysis and corporate structuring for the Samalayuca natural gas pipeline project from the United States to Mexico
  • Sponsors of a proposed natural gas pipeline project from Canada to California – counsel regarding structuring the project and state and federal regulatory proceedings

Coal to Gas

  • GreatPoint Energy – counsel regarding development of coal gasification projects using leading-edge technology


  • U.S. energy company – LPG fuel supply agreement for an electric power plant in Puerto Rico


  • Midor Refinery – crude oil sale and refined product purchase agreement for a new refinery in Egypt

Energy Recycling

  • Saudi American Bank – $25 million project and corporate financing for a Unilube refining plant for recycling used oil in Saudi Arabia

Other Finance and Investment

  • Raytheon Corp. – $1.1 billion financing from the U.S. Export-Import Bank for the SIVAM environmental monitoring project in Brazil
  • Nordam Corp. – U.S. Export-Import Bank commercial and political risk insurance for a $100 million sale to a Brazilian aircraft manufacturer
  • Preussag Stahl AG and Ferralloy Steel North America – $50 million stock purchase agreement with a German steel producer, together with technology transfer and export marketing agreements

Awards & Community

Highest ranked in Chambers USA, 2005-2020 (Band 1 LNG); ranked in Chambers Global, 2010-2020 (Band 2, global Energy & Projects)

Recommended as a "Leading Lawyer" for Energy Transactions in The Legal 500 U.S., 2013-2019 (Hall of Fame, 2018, 2019 & 2020)

Selected more than ten times as one of the leading project finance lawyers worldwide by Expert Guide: Project Finance (2007-2017), Banking, Finance and Transactional Attorneys (2012, 2015 & 2016, 2018), Energy & Natural Resource Lawyers (2010, 2012 & 2015), and Energy and Environment (2017-2018)

Selected as a "Leading Practitioner" (2016-2017) and "Thought Leaders Global Elite," Who's Who Legal, 2018-2019

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward White, Inc.), 2007-2018; The Best Lawyers in America - Oil and Gas Law, 2016 & 2019; PLC Which Lawyer? (Highly Recommended - Energy; Recommended - Banking & Finance), 2008-2009; PLC Cross-border Finance Handbook, 2009-2010; and Washington D.C. Super Lawyer (Thomson Reuters), 2009-2018

Selected as a Leader in the U.S. by Expert Guides for Banking, Finance and Transaction Law, 2019

Recognized as a "Global Elite Thought Leader" by Who's Who Legal - Energy, 2019






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