Spanning Canada and the United States, North America is home to a plethora of major industry players, including Exxon Mobil Corp, the world's second-largest publicly traded company after Royal Dutch Shell. The region's oil and natural gas industry is focused on developing oil sands, deepwater gulf prospects and increasingly profitable shale deposits stretching across the continent. One of the premier sweet spots for deepwater exploration, the Gulf of Mexico is the largest body of water indenting the U.S. continental coastline, and its subsea developments continue to spark both national and international interest.
Landmen assist in the acquisition of subsurface mineral rights for the purpose of oil and gas exploration. They research who has mineral rights to certain areas, negotiate towards the acquisition or divestiture of mineral rights, and create business agreements such as leases and contracts. Essentially, a Landman, or Land Manager, bridges the gap between companies and landowners when it comes to buying or leasing the land for exploration and drilling purposes.