Vice President & General Counsel
Walter Daniel is the Vice President and General Counsel of Stewart Engineers, where he oversees legal, contract negotiation and compliance matters.
Walter joined Stewart Engineers in 2016 from the Almaty, Kazakhstan office of Dechert LLP, where he represented Stewart Engineers as outside counsel on Stewart Engineers’ engineering, procurement and construction (“EPC”) contract, financing and joint venture negotiations in relation to the Kyzylorda, Kazakhstan float glass manufacturing project.
While resident and practicing law in Kazakhstan from 2007 – 2016, Walter was recognized in Chambers Global, 2015 and Chambers Asia Pacific, 2015 as a leading lawyer in corporate and finance, with clients citing "his 'broad professional expertise,' communication skills and 'immense work ethic.' [Walter] earns particular recognition for his international experience."
During the period 2002-2007 Walter served as in-house counsel for Occidental Petroleum Corporation (“Oxy”) in Dubai, UAE and Libya. Walter started his legal career in 1998 as an Associate with Vinson & Elkins LLP working in its Moscow, Russia and Houston, Texas offices.
Walter graduated from Duke University with an A.B. in History and Russian in 1994, the University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1997), and the Russian Academy of Sciences (Master of Law, 1998). He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and is an English Solicitor.
Accomplishments & Expertise
- Counseled a variety of clients on acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, subsurface use contracts, EPC contracts and compliance and commercial matters throughout the former Soviet Union, Libya, the Middle East and the United States
- Represented Mubadala Development Company on the farm-in, joint venture and subsurface use contract negotiations for the joint hydrocarbon exploration and development with KazMunaiGas and ConocoPhillips of the N Block in the Kazakhstan sector of the Caspian Sea
- Advised Oxy on its re-entry agreement with the Libyan National Oil Corporation governing the restoration to Oxy of its pre-US-sanctions Libyan assets
- Represented Oxy on its Libyan oil and gas exploration and production operations and Middle East oil and gas business development ventures