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    Alexandria Lay is an integral part of mergers and acquisitions and since 2012, has been involved in transactions totaling more than $7 billion.  As a member of the firm's Energy and Natural Resources Department Transactional Team, Alex represents coal and oil and gas companies in various matters, including negotiating asset acquisitions and dispositions, conducting and managing wide-scale due diligence projects, and advising on various other operational and property matters.  She is named among the 2019 Forty Under 40 in the Oil and Gas Industry by Hart Energy. 

    Alex is Co-Team Leader of the Steptoe Cotenancy Team, helping clients understand and utilize cotenancy laws in the Appalachian Basin.  She is also a member of the Firm’s Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Team, assisting clients in navigating various ESG matters, including emissions offset projects and evolving reporting standards and requirements.  

    Memberships & Awards

    2019 Forty Under 40 in the Oil & Gas Industry, Hart Energy
    Executive Editor, Washington & Lee Journal of Energy, Climate and the Environment
    Professionalism and Service Award, Washington & Lee School of Law

    Key Experience

    Represented energy company in emissions offset credit agreement and other carbon capture-type projects
    Represented energy company in the real property aspects of a stock sale divestiture of coal-producing assets, including pre-closing internal entity reorganizations, preparation and recording of instruments transferring coal, gas, and surface assets nationwide, and associated due diligence
    Advised company in divestiture of a coal mine and associated properties in various states by both stock and asset sale, including preparation and recording of all property transfer documents and preparation of various agreements addressing coal-gas cooperation, subsidence, transition services, and command center services

    Work Experience

    2012 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
    2011 General Internship, Steptoe & Johnson
    2010-2011 Summer Associate, Steptoe & Johnson

    Speaking Engagements

    “Energy Transactions 101,” American Association of Professional Landmen 2019 Appalachian Land Institute, Corapolis, Pennsylvania, October 2019

    “West Virginia’s 2018 Cotenancy Legislation,” 2019 GABALTA Spring Conference, Charleston, West Virginia, and Southpointe, Pennsylvania, April 2019