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Kevin D. Keenan


Kevin D. Keenan

With a global practice focused on LNG project development, Kevin Keenan advises clients on all stages of a project's life cycle and across the LNG value chain, from liquefaction to shipping to regasification. Kevin knows the LNG value chain, understands how the pieces fit together, and is, as a result, invaluable to clients in mitigating project risk.

His thorough understanding and experience in the LNG sector is reflected in the variety of clients that turn to him to solve their toughest legal issues – clients that include large integrated oil and gas companies, joint ventures, state-owned companies, private equity funds, and project startups. His practice also includes significant work in the refining space, having assisted a number of clients with refinery expansions and greenfield refinery developments along the U.S. Gulf Coast, in Aruba, and most recently in Central Asia.

In the LNG shipping space, Kevin has been at the forefront of the development of contract structures for the chartering and building of floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs). Over the past 15 years alone, he has helped his clients acquire under long-term charterparties more than 75 conventional LNG carriers and build more than 60 LNG carriers under bespoke shipbuilding contracts with South Korean, Japanese, Chinese, and European shipyards. Kevin was also the lead outside lawyer to a U.S. joint venture among the 10 largest exploration leaseholders in the Gulf of Mexico in connection with the development and deployment of a rapid-response well containment system following the loss of the Deepwater Horizon in 2010. That system remains in place today.

Kevin is frequently listed among the world's premier lawyers in Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Chambers Latin AmericaLegal 500 USA, Legal 500 Latin America, Expert Guides (The World's Leading Lawyers), and Who's Who Legal. Clients have noted his "personal involvement in projects and ability to demonstrate thorough knowledge of the sector." Clients also add: "He listens, always explains risks, and puts himself in your shoes." Kevin is also the recipient of the ILO Client Choice Award, Shipping (USA) 2010. He has authored numerous articles and has given speeches and workshops around the world on LNG project development, maritime liability, cross-border transactions, securing enforceable guarantees in China, and trends in the oil and gas industry generally.

Representative experience

Advised a number of Qatari joint ventures in connection with procuring, through long-term time charter, a fleet of 54 LNG carriers worth over US$15bn.*

Advised a Santiago-based electric utility on the long-term purchase of LNG for deliveries into the Mejillones LNG import terminal in northern Chile.*

Advised a U.S. integrated major in connection with an RFP to construct four conventional LNG carriers in China.*

Advised a French energy company in connection with the subcharter of an FSRU, the first floating LNG terminal to be deployed in mainland China.*

Advised a U.S. energy company on a time charterparty of a floating production, storage, and offloading vessel (FPSO) in Equatorial Guinea.*

Advised a U.S. energy company on the negotiation of a technology transfer and training agreement in Japan.*

Advised the senior management of a U.S. company in a share repurchase program to reacquire shares from a Jakarta-based multinational investor.*

Advised a Kuwait-based enterprise in purchasing high-sulfur diesel fuel from a supplier on the Black Sea and the transportation to and sale of that fuel in Poland.*

Advised a Russian energy company in connection with taking an assignment of LNG regasification capacity from a Dutch-based integrated major at an LNG import terminal in Mexico.*

Assisted a Latin American national oil company with the consummation of five long-term crude oil sales agreements with refiners on the U.S. Gulf Coast and in Aruba.*

Advised a U.S. oil company in negotiations with a Nigerian entity to purchase an interest in a Nigerian oil mining lease.*

Advised a consortium of LNG project sponsors in procuring a fleet of LNG carriers to move LNG from Papua New Guinea to various import terminals in Asia.*

Advised a U.S. utility in connection with voyage charters for the transportation of coal by barge from Colombia to New York.*

Assisted a UK-based biodiesel producer in negotiating feedstock supply, biodiesel tolling, and blending agreements for the production of biodiesel in the U.S. and the collection of U.S. federal blenders' tax credits.*

Advised a U.S./Brazilian joint venture on the development of a greenfield crude oil refining complex on the U.S. Gulf Coast.*

Advised a Korean consortium on the negotiation of agreements to sell natural gas and condensates to PetroVietnam.*

Advised a French energy major in connection with an LNG capacity swap at regasification facilities in the U.S. and Belgium.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1996
  • B.A., Idaho State University, 1993

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Texas


Energy & Natural Resources (Latin America-wide)

Chambers Global


Energy & Natural Resources (Latin America-wide)

Chambers Latin America

Latest thinking and events

Published Works

Shipping Liabilities You Can Limit and Those You Cant

American Bureau of Shipping

Published Works

Limitations of Liability for Maritime Casualties

Vietnam Ministry of Justice & Southern Methodist University
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