Typically leases contain a provision permitting both the lessor and the lessee the unrestricted privilege of assigning their rights under the lease. To a large extent these provisions are for the lessee's benefit.
A customary practice in the oil and gas industry is for independent landmen to lease a large area and assign (sell) it to an oil company. Consequently, the ultimate developer-producer may not be the original lessee-negotiator. At times the landowner may find the original lease tract being subdivided among several before-unknown developers. To keep better apprised of such changes, the landowner may seek to incorporate some of the following suggestions.