Fraser Wayne is a corporate associate in the Houston office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice focuses on acquisitions, divestitures and formation of joint ventures involving energy assets, with a particular emphasis on the oil and gas industry. Fraser’s transactional experience also includes advising clients in connection with the formation of joint ventures and complex energy projects, farm-out and participation agreements to develop oil and gas properties, oil and gas financing transactions, purchase and sale agreements, and other commercial transactions (upstream and midstream). Fraser is qualified to practice law in the State of Texas and the Province of Alberta (Canada).


Thought Leadership


Industry Update: Biden Administration Issue Moratorium on New Federal Oil and Gas Leasing, Kirkland & Ellis Energy & Infrastructure Blog, 2021 

Implications for the Energy Industry in Light of the U.S. Supreme Court Decision in McGirt v. OklahomaKirkland & Ellis Energy & Infrastructure Blog, 2020

Special Considerations for Protecting Interests under Water Agreements in BankruptcyKirkland & Ellis Energy & Infrastructure Blog, 2020

Unprecedented Solutions to Unprecedented Challenges: A North American Response to the Oil Crisis, Kirkland & Ellis Energy & Infrastructure Blog, 2020

Surging Discounts for Canadian Oil Reignite Talk of the Bitumen Bubble, Financier Worldwide, 2018

Canadian Oil Sands Industry: Watch This Space, Financier Worldwide, 2017

The Inconvenient Joint Operating Agreement, The Negotiator, 2017


CELF Energy Law Fundamentals

Petroleum Joint Venture Association Land Agreements Overview

Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Human Rights Issues in the Extractive Industry

Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen Oil and Gas Contract Writing and Interpretation

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association

Canadian Bar Association

Texas Bar Association

Law Society of Alberta (inactive)

Houston Bar Association – Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Section

Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2016, Texas
  • 2017, Alberta (Canada) (inactive)


  • University of Houston Law CenterJ.D.2016

    Energy & Mineral Law Foundation Scholarship

    Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Scholarship

    International Energy Lawyers Program

  • University of CalgaryJ.D.2016

    Nexen Energy ULC Scholarship

    International Energy Lawyers Program

  • The University of British ColumbiaB.Com., Business Managementwith Honours2012