honors + affiliations
Tier 1 Energy and Natural Resources Lawyer in Russia (2002–2012) and Tier 1 Overseas Energy Lawyer Specialist in Kazakhstan (2006–2012), Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers
Leading individual Energy and Natural Resources Lawyer in Russia, Legal 500 EMEA (2011–2012)
Leading team, Energy & Natural Resources in Russia, PLC Which Lawyer? (2003–2012)
Sole named lawyer for Russia — Energy & Natural Resources, in Legal Media Group's Best of the Best 2010 and 2012 (published bi-annually)
Global Leader in Oil & Gas, Russia/CIS in International Who's Who of Business Lawyers (2006–2012)
Member, Board of Directors, American Chamber of Commerce in Russia
Member, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)
Member, Kazakhstan Petroleum Lawyers Association
- New York (U.S.)
Legend Business Center
Tsvetnoy Bulvar, 2
Moscow 127051 Russian Federation
Phone: +7 495 212 2552
Fax: +7 495 212 2400
Jon Hines is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Business and Finance Practice. Mr. Hines has 25 years of experience representing private and state-owned companies from around the world on transactions involving Russia and the other former Soviet republics. His work focuses mainly on large-scale oil & gas (including LNG) and mining development and M&A projects and related financings in Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and the other CIS states, as well as other industrial ventures in this region.
Mr. Hines has also assisted clients in connection with a number of Russia-related arbitration proceedings in Moscow, Stockholm, London, and Paris - and is currently serving his third five-year appointed term on the Panel of Arbitrators of the International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Russian Federation Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Mr. Hines was a partner in the energy transactions practice of another international law firm.
Mr. Hines earned his J.D., with distinction, from University of Virginia School of Law in 1978 and his B.A., with distinction, in Russian studies from Princeton University in 1974. He is fluent in Russian, and has a working knowledge of French, German, Danish, and Norwegian. Mr. Hines is admitted to practice in New York.
Note: This list includes engagements completed prior to joining Morgan Lewis.
Oil and Gas
- For Statoil of Norway, assistance on its large new E&P venture with Rosneft, to encompass joint development of four offshore Russian blocks in the Sea of Okhotsk and the Barents Sea, onshore shale-oil fields in the Yamalo-Nenets and Stavropol regions, as well as Norwegian shelf and other upstream assets outside of Russia.
- A major energy company in its recent negotiations to acquire a minority stake in the $18 billion+ Yamal LNG project (controlled by Novatek, and with Total and other potential minority investors).
- For Bashneft (and its controlling shareholder AFK Sistema), assistance on a joint venture with Lukoil to develop the large Trebs-Titov field complex in the Nenets Autonomous Okrug and market the crude.
- Itera on its recently closed joint venture with Rosneft ($2 billion+ value) — by which Itera's existing Russian gas assets and a Rosneft strategic gas field in Western Siberia are being combined to form a more competitive gas player vis-à-vis Gazprom.
- Currently advising two Ukrainian state-affiliated sister companies as local partners to Chevron and Shell, respectively, tender winners on the major new Oleska and Yuzivska onshore shale field PSA development projects.
- Assistance to Statoil (2004-2012) on the proposed but recently suspended Shtokman First Phase mega-project with Gazprom and Total, planned to encompass development of a Barents Sea gas field (considered to be the world's largest offshore gas field), a 550-km pipeline to shore, and an LNG plant near Murmansk and shipments to world markets.
- For Eni, the $5.8 billion acquisition of a package of substantial Russian (ex-Yukos) oil and gas E&P assets at auction in April 2007, and the follow-on $4.2 billion sale of one of these assets (a 20 percent stake in the Russian oil major Gazpromneft) to Gazprom in April 2009.
- For ONGC Videsh of India, assistance on its recently signed major investment project agreements with KazMunayGas for development of the Satpaev E&P block in Kazakhstan's Caspian offshore zone.
- For Chevron, assistance on a proposed large-scale E&P venture with Rosneft to develop a deepwater Russian Black Sea block (project suspended in 2011 for technical reasons).
- For a European energy major, assistance on various aspects of its $4 billion+ farm-in to a strategic minority stake in the Yuzhno-Russkoye gas E&P enterprise in Russia, with Gazprom and Wintershall.
- Advising KNOC of Korea in recent Russia and Kazakhstan upstream ventures.
- For Saipem, a global-leader EPC contractor for offshore platforms, pipelines, etc., assistance on its new venture with United Shipbuilding Corp (OSK), a large state-owned Russian shipyard conglomerate, and on other recent Russian project matters.
- For ExxonMobil, work on several aspects of the $15 billion offshore Russian Far East Sakhalin 1 PSA project, from PSA negotiation in 1993 to 2006.
- For CNPC of China: negotiation of a PSA for development of large new gas reserves in the Amu Darya Basin onshore Turkmenistan, with planned gas pipeline from there through Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan to China; also assistance on the Skovorodino-Daqing interconnector to China from the pending new Siberia– Far East crude oil trunk pipeline.
- For TNK-BP, assistance on several proposed upstream acquisitions and ventures in Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iraq and the US.
- For shareholder Eni and the former operator Agip KCO, advice on various aspects of development and the recent successful renegotiation of the Kashagan mega oil and gas field complex in Kazakhstan's Caspian offshore zone, with total investment expected to be over $125 billion; and ongoing work for NCOC, the current multi-company project operator.
- For ExxonMobil, assistance on various aspects of the Tenghiz-chevroil megafield oil development project in Kazakhstan, including the $4.4 billion Stage Two expansion project financing.
- Assistance to six different international energy companies on proposed (one of them executed) PSA projects for Caspian offshore Turkmenistan sector blocks; and advice on onshore risk service contracts there for two other foreign companies.
- Work for the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC), owner-operator of the successfully-operating 1,500 km crude oil line running from northwestern Kazakhstan to the Russian Black Sea coast.
- Advice to various oil and gas majors participating in Iraq's licensing rounds for service contract.
- For ArcelorMittal, its successful $720 million acquisition from Severstal (Russia's largest steel producer) of a package of important coal mining companies in the Krasnoyarsk region of Russia; and various coal mine tender participations in Russia.
- Advising BHP Billiton in the formation of a joint venture with Norilsk Nickel regarding Russian mining and production activities.
- Advising MMK, the major Russian steel producer, on various aspects of its disposition of a stake in a Russian minerals enterprise.
- Intergeo (part of the prominent Onexim Group of Russia) in its (i) successful equity investment into Toronto-listed Etruscan Resources of Canada, which holds various mining assets; and (ii) proposed investment in another publicly-traded Canadian mining company with assets in Africa and Russia.
- Lazare Kaplan, the leading US-based diamond processing company, in a proposed diamond mining venture in the Archangelsk region of Russia; and a leading private equity firm on a proposed diamond mining venture in the Perm region of Russia.
- A leading private equity company in a proposed diamond mining venture in the Perm region of Russia, and on a gold mining project in Kazakhstan.
- Uralkali of Russia, the leading potash producer, in defense of a pending US federal court multiparty antitrust action.
- A leading global retailer on its recent proposed $1 billion-plus acquisition of a large Russian retail chain (all work virtually done; client outbid by a local competitor).
- Aeroflot on its complex finance lease arrangements for 10 new Boeing 737 aircraft (involving the US EximBank and an international commercial bank syndicate), as well as operating leases for some Airbus aircraft.
- University of Virginia School of Law, 1978, J.D., With Distinction
- Princeton University, 1974, B.A., Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs, and Russian Studies, With Distinction
- Moscow State University, Russia, 1978-1980, exchange scholar at Civil Law Department