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Kaam Sahely

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Houston, TX, USA

Kaam is a partner in Vinson & Elkins' worldwide Energy Transactions and Projects practice group. He practices in the areas of project development and finance, mergers and acquisitions, complex structured transactions and joint ventures.

In particular, Kaam has deep experience in numerous facets of the energy business, including upstream, pipelines, LNG, refining, downstream and chemicals, power generation (including renewables), and mining and metals transactions, including related infrastructure assets. Kaam also has experience developing large scale infrastructure projects and complex, structured commodities arrangements.

Experience Highlights

  • Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (and related parties) in a range of transactions including:
    • Special Situations Group in multiple investments (equity, debt and hybrid) in wind, solar, geothermal and other alternative energy and industrial projects and companies, refined coal projects, oil and gas and other hydrocarbons and commodities matters
    • J. Aron & Company in structured commodity transactions and related matters
    • Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners in connection with energy infrastructure matters
  • TPG Special Situations Partners in a range of transactions including:
    • Multiple acquisitions of wind assets
    • Acquisition of solar assets
    • Investments in midstream businesses
    • Oil and gas investments
    • Debt and equity transactions with fast growing enterprises
  • Woodside Petroleum Limited on a range of matters including:
    • the $440 million acquisition of the assets of ConocoPhillips in Senegal
    • its potential participation in the Port Arthur LNG project
    • the $3.761 billion acquisition of Apache Corporation’s Wheatstone LNG project and Balnaves oil interests in Australia and Kitimat LNG project interests in Canada
    • US law matters
  • Texas Central Partners as project counsel in the development of a high speed rail project between Houston and Dallas
  • Gulf Coast Ammonia (a joint venture of Agrifos and Borealis) as project counsel in the development and financing of a world-scale ammonia project in Texas
  • Wall Street Banks, traders and companies (refiners, other commodity producers) in connection with intermediation, repurchase, bridging and other structured arrangements
  • Elliott Management Corporation on a range of energy, industrial and infrastructure industry matters
  • Dyno Nobel Inc. in all aspects of the development of an $850 million anhydrous ammonia plant in Louisiana, one of the first ammonia plants to be built in the United States in twenty years


  • Monash University (Australia), B.A., 2000
  • Monash University (Australia), LL.B. (Hons), 2002
  • Admitted to practice: Victoria (Australia); England and Wales; Texas
  • Other languages: Arabic (conversational)


  • Chambers Global, Projects (USA), 2016 and 2017
  • Chambers USA, Projects, 2015
  • Legal 500 U.S., Construction, 2012, 2014–2015 and 2017; Project Finance, 2012–2015 and 2017
  • Law360, Rising Star, Energy, 2014
  • Who's Who Legal (Law Business Research Ltd.), Private Funds, 2016


  • Member: Law Society of England and Wales; State Bar of Texas; Association of International Petroleum Negotiators; Australian American Chamber of Commerce Energy Committee

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