Oil and gas in London

Allen & Overy LLP

The global energy group at Allen & Overy LLP is well placed to handle multijurisdictional oil and gas projects by virtue of its large international network. With a focus on transactional work, the practice has broad experience of high-profile M&A, financings and refinancings, and has the capacity to advise on the full life cycle of projects, from consenting and planning through to construction, operation and sale. The team is jointly led by Judith Kim in the UAE and London’s Troy Edwards, who acts for governments, lenders, developers and contractors on privately and publicly financed energy projects. Andrew Castle handles both upstream and downstream oil and gas projects, and John Geraghty is recommended for cross-border M&A, joint ventures and project development.

Responsables de la pratique:

Troy Edwards; Judith Kim (UAE)

Autres avocats clés:

John Geraghty, Lorraine Bayliss; Cathy Gilmartin; Andrew Castle

Principaux clients

TAPI Pipeline Company Limited

Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP) a joint venture between BP, SNAM, SOCAR

Noble Energy Mediterranean Ltd

GemCorp Capital LLP

Kerogen Capital

Saudi Aramco

AP Moller Capital

Chevron Global Energy Inc

United Nations – The Office of the Quartet

GemCorp Capital LLP

SACE (lead ECA) and other lenders

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Noble Energy Mediterranean Ltd, a subsidiary of Chevron, on a variety of matters in relation to its offshore assets in Israel, in particular its gas sales, transportation and financing arrangements to support delivery of natural gas from the Leviathan and Tamar natural gas fields into Israel and the wider export market.
  • Advising the lenders on the financing, construction and development of a 1,443km crude oil pipeline to export oil produced from the Lake Albert Basin across Uganda and Tanzania.
  • Advising the Financiers on a project financing for the construction of an olefin complex in the Port of Antwerp, Belgium.


Ashurst offers clients ’really strong individuals with great knowledge of the legal issues but also the wider sector’. The practice advises clients on upstream, midstream and downstream projects, with a focus on M&A, financing, commercial matters, project development and dispute resolution. Michael Burns heads the team and is recommended for corporate work in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Senior consultant Huw Thomas has over 32 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and is a name to note for reserve-based lending and financing work, while Quentin Robinson specialises in emerging markets projects, with a focus on Africa. Helen Jones joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in October 2021.

Responsables de la pratique:

Michael Burns

Autres avocats clés:

Matthew Saunders; Geoffrey Picton-Turbervill; Yann Alix; Huw Thomas; Tom Cummins

Les références

‘Really strong individuals with great knowledge of the legal issues but also the wider sector’.

‘Quentin Robinson is very pragmatic, with good knowledge and a nice mixture of legal skills and an approachable and client friendly manner’.

‘Ashurst make all the resources available to serve their clients’ requirements, as well as providing excellent training and knowledge transfer’.

Principaux clients



UK Government (BEIS)



JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corporation

EnQuest PLC

Tullow Oil


Rockhopper Explanation


Reliance Industries

Spirit Energy





Siccar Point

DWS Infrastructure


Chariot Energy





Principaux dossiers

  • Advised JX Nippon on the sale of its UKCS business to NEO Energy and bp, strengthening ENEOS Group’s portfolio by divesting non-core assets and focussing its investments in strategic projects to contribute to the development of a low carbon society.
  • Advising the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on its low-carbon hydrogen as well as CCUS programmes, including assisting the Government to create markets for the same.
  • Advising Tullow Oil in respect of its pre-emptive acquisition of a portion of the Deep Water Tano Block offshore Ghana, a significant strategic acquisition in Africa.

Baker Botts (UK) LLP

The US-headquartered Baker Botts (UK) LLP is well known in the market for handling very large cross-border M&A deals, financings, disputes and project development work in the oil and gas sector. Historically, the practice has had strong ties with the Russian market although it is now winding down operations in the country; it continues to be very active in emerging markets and has recently handled high-value deals in Africa and the Middle East. Mark Rowley heads the firm’s London and Middle East offices and is well versed in transactions pertaining to upstream developments, cross-border pipelines, and LNG projects. Rob Butler co-chairs the LNG, hydrogen and CCUS practice and is experienced in upstream and midstream deals; senior associate Alex Kerr is also recommended. Shashank Krishna joined from McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP in April 2021 while Hamish McArdle retired in early 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mark Rowley

Autres avocats clés:

Rob Butler;  Alex Kerr; Nick Collins; Poupak Anjomshoaa; Rob Butler; Alex Kerr

Les références

‘Deep expertise in subject area and regions in which we work’.

‘Always thoughtful and holistic advice’.

‘Mark Rowley provides not only expert legal advice but knows and understands deeply the overall context and individuals in the places we work, which is invaluable’.

Principaux clients

Azerbaijan Gas Supply Company

Air Products

China National Offshore Oil Corporation






Sempra LNG

Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation

Carbon Clean

Gulfsands Petroleum


High Power Petroleum

Baltic Chemical Plant

Dubai Supply Authority

Principaux dossiers

    Clifford Chance LLP

    Clifford Chance LLP offers clients ‘broad and deep knowledge and experience that works in a complementary and constructive way’. It acts for oil majors, major independents and financial institutions on corporate, financing and dispute resolution matters internationally. The team is headed by Graham Phillips, Alex Panayides and Sydney’s Nadia Kalic; Phillips is a name to note for M&A, joint ventures and private equity transactions in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors; and Panayides is recommended for international litigation and arbitration. Russell Wells handles commercial, corporate and finance matters related to the oil and gas, and power sectors and has particular experience of transactions in emerging markets. David Lewis left for White & Case LLP in December 2021 and Massimo Amoruso joined as director from Freshfields in January 2022.

    Responsables de la pratique:

    Graham Phillips; Alex Panayides; Nadia Kalic (Sydney)

    Autres avocats clés:

    Clare Burgess; Russell Wells; John Wilkins; Audley Sheppard KC

    Les références

    ‘Very strong disputes capability – true oil and gas arbitration specialists’.

    ‘User friendly, pragmatic and hard working’.

    ‘The Clifford Chance team provided multi expertise (including tax and maritime law) on a multi-jurisdictional M&A transaction’.

    Principaux clients





    Harbour Energy




    Adani Group


    Abu Dhabi National Oil Company

    Soco International

    Baker Hughes


    Principaux dossiers

    • Advised Chrysaor Holdings Limited (“Chrysaor”), the UK’s leading independent North Sea oil and gas group, on the completion of its all share merger with Premier Oil plc through a reverse takeover, which included the reorganisation of Premier’s existing debt and cross-currency swaps.
    • Advised Global Infrastructure Partners (“GIP”) in relation to an amendment and extension of a EUR1.6bn loan financing originally obtained in connection with GIP’s acquisition of a stake in Naturgy Energy Group, S.A., the Spanish natural gas and electrical energy utilities company.
    • Representing a prominent Oil & Gas client in multi-jurisdictional enforcement proceedings, following three successful commercial arbitrations (and related actions).


    The energy and climate change team at CMS handles both contentious and non-contentious matters and is particularly strong on transactional work and disputes; it is well placed to handle cross-border mandates by virtue of its large international network. Key clients include European and US energy supermajors, which it advises on M&A, and international litigation and arbitration. The team is jointly led senior partner and energy law specialist Penelope Warne and Jonathan Woolf, who is recommended for cross-border oil and gas, and energy M&A. Andrew Shaw advises on clients on upstream, midstream and downstream projects, as well as energy transition matters, such as solar, wind, CCUS and hydrogen projects. Matthew Culver splits his time between Dubai and London and has considerable experience in the Middle Eastern market.

    Responsables de la pratique:

    Jonathan Woolf

    Autres avocats clés:

    Andrew Shaw; Matthew Culver; Ian Herbert

    Principaux clients



    Cadent Gas






    Saudi Aramco


    Principaux dossiers

    • Advised bp on its agreement to form a new 50/50 independent company Azule Energy between bp and ENI through the combination of the two Angolan businesses.
    • Advised Cadent Gas on its successful appeal to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) against Ofgem’s RIIO-2 price control decision.
    • Acted for bp on a further disposal of assets in its North Sea business, with sale of its interest in the non-operated Shearwater upstream assets, together with associated facilities and interests, to Tailwind.

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

    Sitting as part of the firm’s wider global energy team, the London-based practice at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP continues to advise large international energy companies and governments on high-profile corporate and finance matters and disputes. The firm is strong on energy transition mandates and has recently been advising on a number of hydrogen projects; it also advises oil and gas clients on compliance, sanctions, construction and tax matters, among other areas. Practice head Lewis McDonald is recommended for projects, acquisitions and disposals and handles both oil and gas, and renewables projects. James Baily is a veteran litigator who specialises in energy disputes; Paula Hodges is a name to note for international arbitration; and Reza Dadbakhsh is recommended for LNG and gas transactions.

    Responsables de la pratique:

    Lewis McDonald

    Autres avocats clés:

    Craig Tevendale; Paula Hodges; Reza Dadbakhsh; James Baily; Steven Dalton

    Principaux clients


    Iberdrola S.A. and its wholly owned subsidiary, ScottishPower Renewables (UK) Limited

    Axia Power Holdings, a wholly owned subsidiary of Marubeni Corporation

    Government of Malawi

    Green Investment Group

    Total-Eren S.A, EDF Renouvelables S.A as sponsors and their project vehicle Eden Renewable Cite Private Limited

    National Grid plc on its acquisition of Western Power Distribution (WPD)


    Transmission Capital Partners Limited Partnership (an infrastructure fund)


    Latham & Watkins

    Latham & Watkins offers clients ‘excellent knowledge of the energy industry, of the litigation landscape, and of emerging trends worldwide’. Its multidisciplinary team advises on M&A, leveraged buy-outs, project finance, litigation and sanctions, among other areas. Leveraging its international network for support, the oil and gas team handles cross-border mandates with ease under the leadership of Simon Tysoe, who is well regarded for corporate transactions. Craig Nethercott is a key name for financing work and stands out for his Islamic finance expertise; he is active in a broad range of geographies. Evelyne Girio, who was recently promoted to counsel, is dual qualified in France, and England and Wales, and is well versed in global transactions. Matthew Brown left for Milbank.

    Responsables de la pratique:

    Simon Tysoe

    Autres avocats clés:

    John Balsdon, Sam Newhouse; JP Sweny; Evelyne Girio

    Les références

    ‘Excellent knowledge of the energy industry, of the litigation landscape, and of emerging trends worldwide (climate change notably)’.

    ‘Strategic thinking, excellent drafting skills, appropriate resourcing (including external experts and driving their work), and an excellent profile to assist clients in the energy sector’.

    ‘Brilliant team’.

    Principaux clients

    The Carlyle Group

    Chevron Corporation




    Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc

    Assala Energy

    Tullow Oil


    TotalEnergies SE

    Principaux dossiers

    • Advised ExxonMobil on the $1.3 bn disposal of its entire offshore shallow water business in Nigeria to Seplat Energy, via the share sale of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited.
    • Advised EIG on its $12.4bn acquisition of Aramco Oil Pipelines Company, a joint venture formed with Saudi Arabian Oil Co. to hold a 25-year lease over Aramco’s stabilised crude oil pipeline network.
    • Advised Tullow Oil on the refinancing of its c. $2.4bn debt, including the issuance of $1.8bn senior secured notes, concurrent with a $60m super senior revolving credit facility which refinanced a reserve based lending facility, listed English law convertible notes and senior unsecured notes.

    White & Case LLP

    White & Case LLP ensures ‘that the client understands not only the legal but the commercial aspects of a transaction’. Fielding a team of practitioners who offer in-depth knowledge of the global energy industry and the regulatory environment, the team is well placed to handle both transactional matters and disputes. Philip Stopford heads the practice and has over 40 years’ experience in high-profile oil and gas deals. David Baker is a name for upstream transactions, while Jason Kerr handles international project finance mandates, and has particular experience of emerging markets. Katie Hicks joined from Shearman & Sterling LLP in April 2021 and George Kazakov joined from an in-house role at Morgan Stangley in August 2021; the team was further bolstered by the arrival of David Lewis from Clifford Chance LLP in January 2022. Tom Bartlett left for Latham & Watkins in August 2021. Mark Clarke has now left the firm.

    Responsables de la pratique:

    Philip Stopford

    Autres avocats clés:

    Mukund Dhar; Jason Kerr; Allan Taylor; Mark Castillo-Bernaus; Katie Hicks; George Kazakov; David Lewis

    Les références

    ‘My company’s primary focus is Egypt and White & Case has a shared passion for the country and the African region as a whole with an ability to provide pragmatic solutions for challenges that are particular to the continent’.

    ‘Diligence: rigorous attention to detail and the highest standards of professional conduct’.

    ‘Philip Stopford is a pleasure to work with and offers outstanding knowledge of project finance, and the oil & gas and mining & metals sectors’.

    Principaux clients

    Saudi Aramco

    Noble Energy / Chevron



    MOL Group

    Qatar Energy

    Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority


    Republic of Azerbaijan



    Republic of Uzbekistan


    Principaux dossiers

      Bracewell (UK) LLP

      The oil and gas team at Bracewell (UK) LLP is very experienced and active in emerging markets, such as Africa and the Middle East, and also handles projects in the UK and continental Europe. It acts for high-profile international clients on financings, acquisitions and project development. Practice head Jason Fox is an energy finance lawyer with over 35 years’ experience in the industry and a focus on upstream transactions. Adam Blythe advises on deals in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors, and also handles commercial matters. Olivia Caddy is a name to note for debt financing work and Ben James advises on the development, sale, purchase and financing of oil and gas assets. Ronen Lazarovitch joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in March 2021.

      Responsables de la pratique:

      Jason Fox

      Autres avocats clés:

      Darren Spalding; Alastair Young; Eimear Murphy; Adam Blythe; Olivia Caddy; Ronen Lazarovitch

      Les références

      ‘The firm is small (in London) but with real sector expertise in oil and gas’.

      ‘Jason Fox is world class, top of the field. The lawyer you want on your side. Huge repository of previous deal experience essential for navigating complex financing challenges’.

      ‘The Bracewell team has a unique combination of deep knowledge of the main legal challenges of emerging markets, negotiation skills and ability to implement solutions that address exactly the client’s concern’.

      Principaux clients

      Aramco Trading Limited

      BP Exploration Operating Company Limited and Eni S.p.A.

      Citibank N.A., London Branch, and Standard Bank (as documentation banks) on behalf of the senior lenders

      Beacon Offshore Energy and Navitas Petroleum

      Egyptian Refining Company

      Impact Oil and Gas Limited

      NEO Energy Group Limited

      New Age

      Noreco Oil Denmark A/S

      Petraco Oil Company Limited

      Savannah Energy Plc

      Seplat Energy PLC

      Principaux dossiers

      • Advised Aramco Trading Limited on its supply and offtake arrangements with Klesch Group at the Kalunborg refinery and Hedehusene terminal in Denmark.
      • Advising the Eni S.p.A. and BP Exploration Operating Company Limited in connection with a senior secured term loan facility which is structured as a pre-export financing.
      • Advised Beacon and Navitas on the financing of the development and operation of the Shenandoah field in the US Gulf of Mexico. This is the largest project financing for an oil and gas project ever raised in the United States.


      Dentons has ‘a demonstrable wealth of experience in the sector, which is impressive in nature and reassuring to those with whom they are dealing’. The team is active in a range of areas relating to the oil and gas industry, including development, regulatory, commercial, corporate, disputes and financing work. Humphrey Douglas heads the team and has considerable experience of international transactions, while Charles Wood is experienced in the design of new commercial and regulatory frameworks for market reform and large energy projects both domestically and globally. Colm Ó hUiginn joined from Shearman & Sterling LLP in March 2022. Alistair Black left for Norton Rose Fulbright in September 2021 and Christopher Thomson left for Squire Patton Boggs in March 2022.

      Responsables de la pratique:

      Humphrey Douglas

      Autres avocats clés:

      Charles Wood; Liz Tout; Christopher Thomson

      Les références

      ‘Dentons’ Oil & Gas team has a demonstrable wealth of experience in the sector, which is impressive in nature and reassuring to those with whom they are dealing’.

      ‘The team is very knowledgeable, experienced and competent’.

      ‘They easily understand the key issues and present highly valued advice and solutions’.

      Principaux dossiers

      • Acting as project counsel for the c. £4bn project development of the Acorn Carbon Capture & Storage project in Scotland.
      • Advised on the sale of its 15.5% interest in the Shah Deniz gas field, one of the world’s largest gas-condensate fields, and associated offshore pipelines in Azerbaijan to three separate (pre-empting) purchasers.
      • Advising BEIS since early 2021 in respect of a seminal reform project in the electricity and gas markets. This is an extensive public/administrative law project which puts us at the heart of the energy industry.

      DLA Piper

      The energy and natural resources sector team at DLA Piper offers clients ‘wide experience in oil and gas issues and significant commercial experience that adds value for clients’. Leaning on its global network for support, the UK team is well placed to service international clients on cross-border matters and acts for large multinational companies, as well as governments. The team, which handles both contentious and non-contentious matters, is headed by Natasha Luther-Jones and James Carter, who focuses on high-profile and high-value disputes; Nacim Bounouara is a name to note for project development and financing work; and Philip Chong is a key name for international arbitration. The practice was recently bolstered by the arrival of Iain Elder from Shearman & Sterling LLP in April 2022, and Stuart Murdoch, who joined in Edinburgh from Burness Paull LLP, in May 2021.

      Responsables de la pratique:

      James Carter; Natasha Luther-Jones

      Autres avocats clés:

      Philip Chong; Felix Ndi-Obiosa; Andreas Gunst; Christina Lawrence; Nacim Bounouara; Iain Elder; Stuart Murdoch

      Les références

      ‘I have worked with DLA’s international arbitration team on a major oil and gas arbitration. It comprises a perfect combination of gifted and experienced litigators and is exceptionally well led by Philip Chong’.

      ‘The overall package is an extremely effective and cohesive team which excels in big ticket international arbitral disputes’.

      ‘Philip Chong is an extremely experienced and strategical savvy lead partner, with a cool head. He invariably makes the right strategic decisions’.

      Principaux clients

      Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)

      European Bank for Reconstruction and Development/Government of the Republic of North Macedonia

      African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) and Government of South Sudan

      Federal Government of Somalia

      Government of The Gambia – Oil 2 Project

      ICGB AD

      Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

      Bank of China Limited

      Samsung Engineering Co., Ltd.

      OMV AG

      Principaux dossiers

      • Advised NNPC on this $1.5bn financing from a syndicate of commercial banks and oil traders, including advising on the provision of subsequent debt.
      • Advising ICGB AD the project company / gas transporter (and its shareholders) in connection with the delay in completion of the gas pipeline construction and the consequent delay in the commercial operation date of the pipeline. We also assisted in connection with amendments to the EPC contract.
      • Avising Bank of China, China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation (Sinosure) and a large syndicate of lenders on the financing of the construction and operation of the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano gas pipeline (the AKK Pipeline) in Nigeria.

      Hogan Lovells International LLP

      Hogan Lovells International LLP fields a large oil and gas team which operates from 40 offices and multiple jurisdictions worldwide. The practice has a strong track record in emerging markets and advises on corporate matters, disputes and provides preventative advice in relation to corruption. Ben Sulaiman heads the team alongside Sarah Shaw; Sulaiman acts for large multinational oil and gas companies on transactional and regulatory matters; Shaw is a veteran M&A practitioner experienced in upstream, midstream and downstream projects. Ben Hornan is a key name for disputes and has considerable experience in the Russian and CIS markets, while associate Amy Cleaves is recommended for transactional and financing work.

      Responsables de la pratique:

      Ben Sulaiman; Sarah Shaw

      Autres avocats clés:

      Kieron O’Callaghan; Ben Hornan; Amy Cleaves

      Les références

      ‘Hogan Lovells is the best oil and gas team I have ever worked with’.

      ‘They are like turnkey contractors to a client: they take the job and coordinate the entire process, managing local counsel in all respects’.

      ‘They know the oil and gas sector inside out and reflect their sector knowledge when drafting and negotiating contracts’.

      Principaux dossiers

      • Advising Sojitz Corporation on its purchase from Helios Investment Partners of a 25% interest in the holding company of Axxela Limited, the largest private sector gas distributor in Nigeria, a transaction which marks the start of collaboration between Sojitz and Helios in West African gas downstream businesses. Helios retains a 75% interest in the company.
      • Advising CNOOC in relation to the renewal of the production sharing contract and related documents as well as the settlement of disputes relating to the OML 130 block.
      • Acting as as sole Project Counsel for the Consortium, led by BP and SOCAR, on the $40bn Shah Deniz 2 Gas Project.

      Linklaters LLP

      The energy and infrastructure team at Linklaters LLP is well known in the market for handling high-value, cross-border M&A and financing matters. Other areas of focus include joint ventures and commercial contracts and the team draws on strength from other practice areas to offer clients an integrated approach to oil and gas deals. Daniel Tyrer heads the team and is experienced in financing and private equity transactions across EMEA and the CIS. Mark Russell handles corporate work pertaining to upstream and LNG, and former practice co-head John Pickett retired.

      Responsables de la pratique:

      Daniel Tyrer

      Autres avocats clés:

      Mark Russell

      Principaux clients

      J Aron & Co

      Principaux dossiers

      • Advising J. Aron & Co, a Goldman Sachs entity, on providing a multi-sourced financing package to support Postlane Partner’s acquisition of the Fredericia oil refinery in Denmark from A/S Dansk Shell – a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell.


      Milbank is well known in the market for its considerable experience of high-profile and high-value financing deals in the oil and gas, renewables and power sectors. It advises lenders and sponsors and works closely with its New York office to advise on New York and English law. The team is jointly led by Matthew Hagopian and John Dewar, with Hagopian experienced in the development and financing of major international cross-border projects, and Dewar recommended for transactional matters EMEA, Asia and emerging markets. Special counsel Munib Hussain is well versed in international energy and infrastructure projects; Manzer Ijaz retired. 

      Responsables de la pratique:

      Matthew Hagopian; John Dewar

      Autres avocats clés:

      Kilian de Cintré; Munib Hussain; Suzanne Szczetnikowicz

      Principaux clients

      JP Morgan

      Standard Chartered bank

      Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

      Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank

      Nippon Export and Investment Insurance,

      Japan Bank for International Cooperation and International Finance Corporation

      Societe Generale

      Norinchukin Bank

      Green Investment Group (Macquarie Capital)

      World Bank-PPIAF

      West African Power Pool


      New Fortress Energy

      European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

      Overseas Private Investment Corporation

      International Finance Corporation

      Gas Natural Açu

      Export-Import Bank of Korea

      Public Investment Fund, Saudi Arabia

      Total S.A.

      Rio Energia



      Apollo Investment Management



      Sovereign Fund of Egypt

      Principaux dossiers

      • Advised JP Morgan in connection with the $1.8bn financing of the acquisition by Mubadala Capital of the owner of the Landulpho Alves refinery, the primary supplier of gasoline, diesel, VLSFO, bunker, jet fuel, naphtha, LPG, asphalt, petrochemical naphtha, paraffin, and other oil-refined products in the Northeast and North regions in Brazil.
      • Advising OnCorp on all aspects of the structuring and negotiation of all project documents required for a bid to develop an LNG import and regasification terminal to be located at the port of Suape, Pernambuco, Brazil. This will be Brazil’s first private LNG Import Terminal within the Suape Port complex.
      • Ated as international counsel to the global coordinators and joint bookrunners on connection with the with EIG Pearl Holdings S.À R.L.’s (“Issuer”) issuance of $1.25bn 3.5% Senior Secured Bonds due 2036 and $1.25bon 4.4% Senior Secured Bonds due 2046.

      Norton Rose Fulbright

      The energy, infrastructure and natural resources team at Norton Rose Fulbright is well placed to handle cross-border work by virtue of its large international network and the firm has a strong record in both developed and emerging markets. It has recently been handling a number of LNG mandates, advising on the full life cycle of projects, from inception, to financing, to operational and commercial matters. Rob Marsh heads the team which includes Holly Stebbing, a key name for litigation and disputes. Alistair Black joined from Dentons in November 2021 and brings development and finance expertise and experience in a range of energy projects. Nick Prowse left for an in-house role at Luton Rising and Neil Miller retired.

      Responsables de la pratique:

      Rob Marsh

      Autres avocats clés:

      Madhavi Gosavi; James Rogers; Holly Stebbing; Hussain Kubba; Neha Khosla

      Les références

      ‘Great team; very informed about legal and commercial issues and implications’.

      ‘Very personable, which makes working with them effortless’.

      ‘They are attuned to the needs of a client and go above and beyond to make things easier for you’.

      Principaux clients



      Tullow Oil plc



      INA – Industrija Nafte d.d.

      Ministry of Finance of Angola

      Pavilion Energy


      Principaux dossiers

      • Advised bp on its $2.6bn sale of 20% stake in Oman’s Block 61 to PTTEP MENA Limited, a subsidiary of Thailand’s PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited.
      • Advised on the financing of the construction, development and operation of the INGS Alexandroupolis, an independent natural gas terminal in north-eastern Greece.
      • Advised the senior lenders on the first-ever reserves based development finance facility in Mexico for an offshore oil & gas project.

      Pinsent Masons LLP

      The oil and gas team at Pinsent Masons LLP ‘works collaboratively and very flexibly with clients and is very responsive and client focussed’. Its broad offering encompasses expertise in licensing and regulatory matters, decommissioning, disputes, real estate, M&A, financing and capital markets, among other areas. Practice head Rosalie Chadwick splits her time between London and Glasgow and is a name to note for domestic and cross-border corporate finance transactions, while Paul McGoldrick is recommended for joint ventures, project development, and acquisitions and disposals. Akshai Fofaria heads the firm’s Africa group, is trilingual and dual-English-French qualified, and handles a range of corporate matters. Bruce McLeod joined in Aberdeen from Burness Paull LLP in August 2021.

      Responsables de la pratique:

      Rosalie Chadwick

      Autres avocats clés:

      Paul McGoldrick; Akshai Fofaria; Katherine Davies; Bruce McLeod

      Les références

      ‘Great work led by Akshai Fofaria. Great knowledge of UK law, but also French speakers with experience in French law, which was very helpful for our project. Very proactive and engaging’.

      ‘Akshai Fofaria offers great engagement, managing the team and addressing client needs’.

      ‘Well-connected in the oil and gas arena and, as a result, an experienced and capable team’.

      Principaux clients

      TotalEnergies (we are also on the UK and Singapore panels)

      ENI S.p.A.

      NEO Energy

      Ithaca Energy

      Pharos Energy plc

      Sound Energy plc

      Capricorn Egypt plc

      Siccar Point Energy

      Jersey Oil & Gas Plc

      CNR International

      Savannah Energy plc

      Principaux dossiers

      • Advised ENI S.p.A. on a complex transaction involving the combination of Eni and bp’s assets in Angola to create a brand new international energy company – Azule Energy – held 50:50 by Eni and bp, which will be Angolan’s largest producer with a stake in 16 substantial licenses including an LNG and a solar business.
      • Advised NEO Energy Upstream UK Limited – backed by Norwegian private equity firm HitecVision – on its acquisition of independent O&G company Zennor Petroleum Limited for a total consideration of up to $625m.
      • Advised consortium partners Capricorn Egypt (a subsidiary of Cairn Energy) and Cheiron Oil & Gas on their up to $900m 50/50 acquisition from Shell of a portfolio of upstream interests in the Western Desert, onshore Egypt.

      Shearman & Sterling LLP

      Shearman & Sterling LLP leverages its global network to assist with cross-border deals and provide a 24/7 service to clients. Key areas of focus for the practice include project finance and development, leveraged finance and M&A. The team has recently undergone a number of changes; Ben Shorten relocated from Singapore in June 2021 and now heads the team; Rahul Chatterji joined from Milbank and Matthew Skinner joined from Jones Day. Sanja Udovicic is recommended for high-profile energy, natural resource and infrastructure transactions and has considerable experience in emerging markets, such as Africa and the Middle East. Julia Derrick joined from Ashurst in July 2021, bringing with her expertise in oil and gas-related corporate and commercial transactions. Former practice head Iain Elder left for DLA Piper, and Tim Sheddick and Anthony Lepere left for White & Case LLP, and Corrs Chambers Westgarth respectively; Nicholas Buckworth retired.

      Responsables de la pratique:

      Ben Shorten

      Autres avocats clés:

      Sanja Udovicic; John Inglis; Rahul Chatterji; Matthew Skinner; Julia Derrick

      Les références

      ‘Julia Derrick is absolutely rock solid on knowing what to look for and sorting things out’.

      Principaux clients

      The Dow Chemical Company

      International Finance Corporation (IFC)

      KfW IPEX

      Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES)

      BTG Pactual

      BNP Paribas


      ABC Brasil

      Principaux dossiers

      • Advised The Dow Chemical Company in connection with the financial and commercial restructuring of the Sadara Chemical Company (Dow’s joint venture with the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco)), which owns and operates the $20bn world-scale integrated Sadara chemicals complex in Saudi Arabia.
      • Advised IFC and KfW IPEX on the financing of the Acu LNG to Power Project in Brazil. The project comprised of the development, construction, operation and maintenance of a 1,298 MW gas-fired combined cycle power plant to run on gas supplied from a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal, both located in Açu Port in Brazil.
      • Advised KfW IPEX-Bank, IFC, BNDES, BTG Pactual, BNP Paribas, Bradesco and ABC Brasil on the $350m refinancing of the GNA I LNG-to-Power project in Brazil.

      Slaughter and May

      The infrastructure, energy and natural resources team at Slaughter and May offers clients ‘unmatched excellence in M&A matters and in the strategic elements of negotiating a deal’. The practice has a strong focus on corporate M&A matters and acts for large integrated energy groups, oil and gas majors, smaller listed independents, services companies and financial institutions on upstream, midstream, and downstream projects. Hywel Davies heads the team and is well versed in both public and private M&A and joint ventures in the oil and gas sector. Steven Galbraith is a name to note for international projects and project finance matters.

      Responsables de la pratique:

      Hywel Davies

      Autres avocats clés:

      Michael Corbett; Steven Galbraith

      Les références

      ‘There is a strong combination of depth of industry knowledge and recognition of client needs that provides both the required legal support but also a broader advisory role’.

      ‘Primarily listening to and understanding the client requirements and providing the right support ranging from a full legal document to a simple phone call’.

      ‘Unmatched excellence in M&A matters and in the strategic elements of negotiating a deal’.

      Principaux clients


      BlackRock (Global Energy & Power Infrastructure Fund III)

      Centrica plc

      Harbour Energy




      Selkie Investments Midstream Topco Limited

      Shell plc (formerly Royal Dutch Shell plc)

      Spirit Energy Limited

      Valaris Limited (Valaris plc)


      Wood Group

      Principaux dossiers

      • Advised Centrica and its subsidiary, Spirit Energy, on the sale of Spirit Energy’s entire portfolio of Norwegian oil and gas assets, as well the Statfjord field for over $1bn.
      • Advised BlackRock’s Global Energy & Power Infrastructure Fund III on its co-lead role in the purchase by a global consortium of an equity stake in Aramco Gas Pipelines Company for $15.5bn, relating to the gas pipeline network of Saudi Aramco.
      • Advising INEOS E&P A/S on Project Greensand, Europe’s first full-chain carbon capture and storage pilot project.

      Vinson & Elkins RLLP

      Vinson & Elkins RLLP has a strong track record in high-value and high-profile corporate and financing work in the oil and gas sector and is active in a range of jurisdictions including emerging markets. It advises on the full life cycle of projects, from inception and structuring through to financial close and operation of the project. The group is jointly led by Alex Msimang and Nabil Khodadad, with Msimang recommended for cross-border energy-related M&A, and Khodadad bringing broad financing experience to the team, with particular experience of projects in the CIS region. Andrew Nealon is a name for project development work, including EPC matters, and Lauren Davies was promoted at the beginning of 2022. At the more junior end of the team, Nadine Amr is a senior associate who focuses on M&A, while counsel Alistair Wishart is recommended for construction and development projects.

      Responsables de la pratique:

      Nabil Khodadad; Alex Msimang

      Autres avocats clés:

      Nabil Khodadad; Andrew Nealon; Alistair Wishart; Nadine Amr; Lauren Davies

      Les références

      ‘The team is very quick on responses’.

      ‘The inviduals have a rich experince and solid judgement’.

      ‘They are able to provide their services taking into consideration the business objectives, aims, contractual undertakings / restrictions and financing requirements of our business’.

      Principaux clients

      State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic

      Uzbekneftegaz JSC

      STAR Rafineri

      SOCAR Polymer

      Uz-Kor Gas Chemical

      SOCAR Turkey Enerji A.S.

      Uzbekistan GTL LLC

      Principaux dossiers

      • Providing ongoing advice for the implementation of the largest project financing in Turkey, the approximately $6.3bn STAR Rafineri Project, having originally advised on the construction, development and financing of the Project.
      • Providing ongoing advice to Uzbekistan GTL, a subsidiary of Uzbekistan’s state oil and gas company Uzbekneftegaz JSC, on the sale of assets to Air Products.
      • Providing ongoing advice to SOCAR Polymer in connection with substantial amendments to the finance agreements in connection with the approximately $800m high density polyethylene (HDPE) plant and polypropylene plant in the Sumgayit Industrial Park, Baku, Azerbaijan, having originally advised on the construction, development and financing of the Project.


      Akin handles corporate M&A in the energy sector and fields a strong disputes practice which advises clients on large international litigation and arbitration. The team is led by Shaun Lascelles, Justin Williams and Simon Rootsey; Lascelles is recommended for cross-border M&A and private equity transactions; Rootsey is experienced in deals on the African continent; and Williams advises clients on complex international disputes. Hamish Lal is another name to note for disputes, particularly those relating to the construction sector.  Julian Nichol left for Watson Farley & Williams LLP in August 2021.

      Responsables de la pratique:

      Shaun Lascelles; Justin Williams; Simon Rootsey

      Autres avocats clés:

      Weyinmi Popo; Hamish Lal

      Les références

      ‘True technical expertise in the oil and gas realm allied to brilliant litigation know-how – a winning combination’.

      ‘They are very detail oriented and have great expertise’.

      ‘Justin Williams is a senior partner who gets personally involved in all aspects of the case’.

      Principaux clients

      Vitol Group

      Helios Investment Partners

      Vivo Energy Group

      Ad Hoc Group of Creditors of the Premier Oil Group

      VPI Holding Limited

      LUKOIL Capital DAC

      The Ad Hoc Committee of Noteholders of Nostrum Oil & Gas Plc

      Africa Capitalworks

      Trans-Siberian Gold PLC

      The majority holder of the convertible bonds issued by Polarcus Limited

      Principaux dossiers

      • Advising VIP II Blue B.V, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vitol Investment Partnership II Ltd (VIP II), in its $2.3bn takeover of Vivo Energy Plc. VIP II is an investment vehicle advised by employees of the commodities trader Vitol.
      • Acting for an Upstream Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Company in disputes arising out of a Production Sharing Agreement in a CIS country.
      • A multidisciplinary team at Akin advised an ad hoc group of senior secured creditors of the Premier Oil Group in connection with the merger, by way of reverse takeover under the UK Listing Rules, of Premier Oil Plc with Chrysaor Holdings Limited and with the restructuring of Premier Oil’s c. $2.7bn of debt.

      Baker McKenzie

      The energy, mining and infrastructure team at Baker McKenzie advises clients on contentious and non-contentious matters, including project development, construction, project finance, M&A, and disputes. The team is jointly led by Richard Blunt, Neil Donoghue, Mike Webster, Steve Abraham and Andy Moody. Blunt focuses on M&A, joint ventures and private equity matters in Europe, Africa, the CIS and the Middle East. Susie Davies is recommended for corporate work, regulatory matters and reorganisations. Andrew Hedges joined from Norton Rose Fulbright in November 2021.

      Responsables de la pratique:

      Richard Blunt; Neil Donoghue; Mike Webster; Steve Abraham; Andy Moody

      Autres avocats clés:

      Susie Davies; Andrew Hedges

      Les références

      ‘Our firm being an important oil and gas contractor/subcontractor, we particularly appreciate the team’s capacity to handle assignments within tight deadlines and mobilise the right amount of resources at short notice for contracts reviews or negotiations with our clients’.

      ‘Over several years working with the firm, we have always been satisfied with their capacity to deliver sound legal advice over a wide range of contractual matters’.

      ‘The team has an extremly helpful transactional perspective, which is key in our transactions’.

      Principaux clients

      Gazprom Export LLC

      Tailwind Mistral Limited

      PKN Orlen

      Uniper Global Commodities

      Tokyo Gas Co Ltd


      INA Industrija Nafte DD

      Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden)

      Vitol BV

      Marubeni Corporation

      INA Industrija Nafte DD

      Principaux dossiers

      • Advised Tailwind in relation to the disposal of its entire interest in the Conwy licence and field (on the UKCS) to Eni UK.
      • Advised Tailwind in relation to a purchase agreement to acquire Decipher Energy Limited.
      • Advised PKN ORLEN S.A. in connection with the acquisition by the PKN ORLEN Group entities of a network of 185 fuel stations in Hungary and Slovakia from MOL Group.

      Clyde & Co

      Clyde & Co has a broad energy group which advises on upstream, midstream and downstream mandates, offering clients expertise in M&A, commercial matters, financings, capital markets work, disputes and decommissioning issues. On the contentious side, it handles large international litigation and arbitration for multinational companies and government clients and has considerable experience in emerging markets. David Bennet heads the team and is a name to note for oil and gas disputes, while Michael Wachtel has over 20 years’ experience in corporate and commercial work in the sector. David Leckie is recommended for disputes, including international arbitration; Stephen Jurgenson left for an in-house role at Savannah Energy.

      Responsables de la pratique:

      David Bennet

      Autres avocats clés:

      David Leckie; Philip Mace; Mark Walsh; Ben Knowles; Lucy Frith; Michael Wachtel

      Principaux dossiers

      • Acting for and representing Apache Investment UK Limited before the Commercial Court, from August 2020 to July 2021.


      Fieldfisher offers clients ‘in-depth oil and gas experience, particularly in the UK North Sea and in Central Asia’. It handles both transactional work and disputes, with a broad geographic focus that encompasses experience in the UK, Europe, Africa, the CIS and Latin America. The team, which is led by Dominic Gurney-Champion, Paul Stockley and Munich’s Daniel Marhewka, advises clients on M&A, equity capital markets, financing and commodity transactions, as well as litigation and arbitration. The practice saw four recent departures; Lis Blunsdon left for White & Case; Mark Nash left for Hogan Lovells; Hugo Lidbetter departed for Osborne Clarke; and Matthew Williams went to Addleshaw Goddard.

      Responsables de la pratique:

      Dominic Gurney-Champion; Daniel Marhewka; Paul Stockley

      Les références

      ‘The FieldFisher team respond responsively to a range of complex needs’.

      ‘Their deep understanding on the nature of the complex joint venture arrangements enables them to give clear and helpful advice from across practice areas’.

      ‘A key strength of FieledFisher is their ability to understand the client need first before assigning a speciality’.

      Principaux clients

      Harbour Energy

      IOG plc

      Serica Energy plc

      JSC “National Company “KazMunayGas”

      Littop Enterprises Limited, Bridgemont Ventures Limited and Bordo Management Limited

      Hartshead Resources Limited

      Strand Hanson Limited, Panmure Gordon UK Limited and finnCap Ltd

      Eqtec plc

      Principaux dossiers

        Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

        Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher acts for major oil companies, state-owned enterprises and private equity houses on the full life cycle of oil and gas, and LNG projects. It is particularly strong on contentious matters and has recently been advising on some high-profile and high-value international arbitrations. Anna Howell heads the team and is recommended for transactions in emerging markets, while senior associate Mitasha Chandok is experienced in cross-border M&A. The team was bolstered in October 2021 with the arrival of three partners from Vinson & Elkins RLLP in the shape of Federico Fruhbeck, Robert Dixon and Alice Brogi, and further strengthened with the arrival of Hugo Hernández-Mancha from Linklaters LLP two months later.

        Responsables de la pratique:

        Anna Howell

        Autres avocats clés:

        Mitasha Chandok; Kelly Powers; Jeffrey Sullivan KC; Penny Madden KC; Federico Fruhbeck; Robert Dixon; Alice Brogi; Hugo Hernández-Mancha

        Principaux clients

        Marathon Oil


        Kerogen Capital

        Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company

        E.ON SE


        Nauticor GmbH

        Murphy Oil

        Chevron Corporation

        Elliott Advisors

        PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP)




        Corral Morocco Holdings

        Luxtona Limited

        Crescent Petroleum

        Dana Gas

        Principaux dossiers

          Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP

          Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP  is well known in the market for handling high-profile and high-value transactions and disputes. It advises on upstream, midstream and downstream projects for oilfield operators, contractors, suppliers and insurers. Practice head Glenn Kangisser advises on the full life cycle of projects, from the design and construction phase through to operations and maintenance, and William Cecil is a key name for disputes. Conrad Purcell and Martin Pugsley recently joined from Bird & Bird LLP, and DWF respectively, while Myles Mantle left for Mayer Brown International LLP and Rob Patterson and associate Phoebe Anderson also left the firm.

          Responsables de la pratique:

          Glenn Kangisser

          Autres avocats clés:

          William Cecil; Conrad Purcell; Martin Pugsley

          Les références

          ‘Really strong technical knowledge of the sector, fantastic energy network within firm’.

          ‘True experts in this very specialised field’. 

          ‘Glenn Kangisser and William Cecil have very deep knowledge and experience in this speciliased niche field’.

          Principaux clients

          Maersk Drilling A/S

          Stena Drilling Limited

          Stena Power & LNG Solutions

          Principaux dossiers

          • Representing Maersk Drilling A/S to undertake due diligence in connection with their merger transaction with Noble Corp.
          • Representing Stena Drilling Limited in relation to the acquisition of the deepwater drillship Crete from its builder Samsung Heavy Industries in Korea.
          • Represented Stena Drilling Limited with the negotiation of a drilling contract with Energean for three wells to be drilled in Israel involving the Stena Icemax drilling rig.

          King & Spalding LLP

          King & Spalding LLP is ‘highly responsive and showcases exceptional industry knowledge’. The London team sits as part of a wider global team which caters to large multinational clients on a range of transactional and disputes work. In April 2022, Richard Nelson and Kelly Malone relocated from the Singapore office and Nina Howell joined from Bracewell (UK) LLP. Nelson and Howell now head the team, with Nelson recommended for upstream, midstream and LNG matters, and Howell advising on a range of energy-related corporate transactions internationally. Martin Hunt is recommended for M&A, and joint ventures, and is qualified in England and Wales, New York and Texas, and Nikhil Markanday is recommended for corporate, finance and investments work.

          Responsables de la pratique:

          Richard Nelson; Nina Howell

          Autres avocats clés:

          Sajid Ahmed; Martin Hunt; Nikhil Markanday; Kelly Malone

          Les références

          ‘The team is highly responsive and showcases exceptional industry knowledge’ .

          ‘Responsive and experienced’.

          ‘Working with King and Spalding was one of the best experiences for our company’.

          Principaux clients

          Baker Hughes




          Diamond Offshore Drilling Limited and Diamond Offshore Limited


          European Investment Bank


          Future Earth, Inc.

          GE Power

          LNG Canada

          OMV and OMV Petrom


          Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

          Naturgy Energy Group SA

          Pakistan LNG Limited

          Reliance Industries

          Republic of Turkey

          SigmaBleyzer Investment Group LLC

          Sierra Oil & Gas


          Seplat Petroleum

          Scatec Solar

          Sequa Petroleum

          Union Fenosa Gas


          Total (successor of Anadarko Petroleum Company)

          Vedanta Limited and Cairn Energy Hydrocarbons Limited

          The Dow Chemical Company

          Taleveras Petroleum Trading DMCC

          Principaux dossiers

          • Advising the owner and operator in relation to the development, ownership and use of the proposed first LNG import terminal in Germany to be located at Brunsbuttel.
          • Representing TotalEnergies (as successor to Anadarko) on all aspects of its $50bn Mozambique LNG Project, the largest proposed LNG export project in the world, and we achieved several major milestones for the project this year.
          • Advised JAPEX on all aspects of its participation (36% stake) in the Northern Vietam LNG Terminal Project.

          Mayer Brown International LLP

          Mayer Brown International LLP is ‘capable of handling every issue facing private and public companies’ and services clients on a range of transactional and contentious matters. On the non-contentious side, the team advises clients on commercial, regulatory, tax, environmental and corporate issues and on the disputes side, it is recommended for international litigation and arbitration. Bob Palmer co-heads the team and is a name to note for M&A in the upstream and midstream sectors, while Rob Hamill, who jointly leads the team, handles corporate finance, M&A, and joint ventures.

          Responsables de la pratique:

          Bob Palmer; Rob Hamill

          Autres avocats clés:

          Trevor Borthwick; Rachael O’Grady; Kirsti Massie; Luiz Aboim; Meredith Campanale

          Les références

          ‘A team at the top of their game, capable of handling every issue facing private and public companies, a real sector strength’.

          ‘Bob Palmer and Rob Hamill are class acts’.

          ‘Market-leading practice, containing real experts’.

          Principaux clients

          Karoon Energy Ltd

          Velocys plc


          Capricorn Energy PLC

          ONE-Dyas BV



          Vaalco Energy, Inc.

          Principaux dossiers

          • Represented leading UK-based oil and gas exploration and development company Cairn Energy (now Capricorn Energy), in the $460m sale by its subsidiary Nautical Petroleum Limited of its interests in the offshore oilfields Catcher and Kraken (in the UK North Sea) to Waldorf Production Limited.
          • Represented Summit Exploration & Production, a subsidiary of Sumitomo Corporation, in the sale of its 50 percent stake in the Avalon oil field in the UK North Sea to Malaysia’s Ping Petroleum Limited.
          • Advising Petronas, the Malaysian national oil company, in a landmark unification dispute against ANP, the Brazilian oil and gas regulator, concerning oil and gas assets in Brazil.

          Simmons & Simmons

          Simmons & Simmons fields ‘a friendly and capable team’ which is ‘able to draw on a wealth of knowledge and experience’. Under the leadership of Iain Duncan, the team continues to advise on the acquisition, development, financing and disposal of a range of oil and gas projects. Adam Cooper is a name to note for innovative financing work and counts banks and private equity funds among his clientele, while Patrick Wallace is recommended for joint ventures and M&A. Marc Fèvre joined from Baker McKenzie in May 2021.

          Responsables de la pratique:

          Iain Duncan

          Autres avocats clés:

          Patrick Wallace; Andrew Petry; Adam Cooper; Marc Fèvre

          Les références

          ‘Friendly and capable team, able to draw on a wealth of knowledge and experience’.

          ‘Very good understanding of the specifics of the company due to long-term co-operation’.

          ‘Proposal of valuable legal solutions that fit best to a concrete case, considering all aspects of activities and business context’.

          Principaux clients

          Bulgarian Energy Holding EAD

          EBRD, IFC, Commercial International Bank (Egypt)

          Government of Kenya, State Department for Petroleum

          National Oil Company of Liberia


          Stone City Energy

          Umm Al Houl (UHP)

          Principaux dossiers

          • Advised BEH, the Bulgarian state gas company, on the Greece-Bulgaria gas interconnector and purchases of gas from the Caspian region.
          • Advised the lenders in connection with the project financing of a bulk liquids terminal for the import and storage of gasoil, LPG and LNG at Sokhna Port, Egypt.

          Stephenson Harwood

          Stephenson Harwood is well known in the market for its strength in contentious matters, such as disputes, litigation and arbitration, but the practice also handles transactional work, including large financing work for large multinational clients. The practice is jointly led by Rubin Weston, Simon Moore, Tony Concagh, Stuart Beadnall, Max Lemanski and Ian Mace and was recently strengthened by the arrival of Jameel Tarmohamed and Philip Prowse from HFW in November 2021.

          Responsables de la pratique:

          Rubin Weston; Simon Moore; Tony Concagh; Stuart Beadnall; Max Lemanski; Ian Mace

          Autres avocats clés:

          Peter Bennett; Kamal Shah; Jameel Tarmohamed; Philip Prowse

          Les références

          ‘The team has an in-depth knowledge of floating production units and the contractual and other issues arising in relation to them and in particular relating to disputes’.

          ‘Max Lemanski is pragmatic and quick to focus on the important points and pleasant to deal with’.

          ‘The team showed remarkable flexibility in working within the constraints of time and information and came up with a workable structure for providing support’.

          Principaux clients


          Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)

          Petrobras International

          Heerema Marine Contractors


          Valero Energy

          Covanta Energy

          Africa Finance Corporation

          European Bank of Reconstruction and Development

          Principaux dossiers

          • Acted for the lenders on the provision of a junior secured facility to Prime Oil & Gas Cooperatief UA. Prime holds stakes in producing oil fields in the Nigerian Delta.

          Watson Farley & Williams LLP

          Watson Farley & Williams LLP has ‘a number of partners with diverse experience across the different elements of the oil and gas sector and different countries’ legal and regulatory systems’. It is well versed in large multi-jurisdictional transactions and disputes, and acts for banks, funds, utilities, oil majors and energy companies. Chris Kilburn leads the global oil and gas practice and is experienced in handling deals in Africa, Latin America and South and Southeast Asia. Heike Trischmann is a key name for commercial matters and has recently been advising on a number of LNG to power projects. Julian Nichol joined from Akin in September 2021 and Ryan Ayrton joined from Linklaters LLP in January 2022.

          Responsables de la pratique:

          Chris Kilburn

          Autres avocats clés:

          Joe Levin; Heike Trischmann; Rob Fidoe; Julian Nichol; Ryan Ayrton

          Les références

          ‘Deal and relationship oriented’.

          ‘In addition to providing good quality legal advice, they take into consideration the context of the relationship and are really trying to find solutions to make the deal happen’.

          ‘Compact but full service oil and gas offering; partners with real expertise in the areas it’s needed, who work on the matters and engage directly with the client’.

          Principaux clients

          DNB Bank, Bank of Montreal, BNP Paribas and ING Bank as arrangers and a syndicate of 20+ lenders

          CalEnergy Resources

          PTT Public Company Limited

          Black Sea Trade and Development Bank

          Advance Energy

          Junior Lenders to a consortium of affiliates of Cheiron Petroleum Corporation and Cairn Energy PLC

          Coastline Exploration

          OMV Gas Marketing & Trading GmbH

          Principaux dossiers

          • Advising DNB Bank, Bank of Montreal, BNP Paribas and ING Bank as arrangers and a syndicate of 20+ lenders on increasing Chrysaor’s debt facility from $3bn to a $4.5bn reserve-based lending facility (“RBL”).
          • Advising the junior lenders and arrangers in relation to a junior financing for a consortium of affiliates of Cheiron Petroleum Corporation and Cairn Energy PLC to support their acquisition of Shell’s onshore upstream assets in Egypt’s Western Desert for a base consideration of $646m and additional payments of up to $280m (i.e. a total value of $926m).
          • Successfully representing PTT Public Company Limited, the Thai state-owned SET-listed oil and gas company and the only company from Thailand listed in the Fortune Global 500 (140th) at all stages of its UK court proceedings (Technology and Construction Court, Court of Appeal and subsequently Supreme Court) against its US counterparty, Triple Point Technology, in respect of claims and counterclaims arising in relation to PTT’s global petrochemicals trading, hedging and charterparty management risk systems.

          Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

          The oil and gas team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner focuses on M&A, and transactional matters and fields a team which includes former in-house. As well as corporate work, the team advises on financing and disputes matters in the upstream and downstream sectors. Adam Dann and George Burn head the team, and senior associate Helen Miller is a key practitioner, who is dual-qualified in Australia, and England and Wales. Former practice head John Conlin and Rod Chooramun left the firm, as did senior associate Simon Buchler, who left for an in-house role at Octopus Energy.

          Responsables de la pratique:

          Adam Dann; George Burn

          Autres avocats clés:

          Alexander Keepin; Helen Miller

          Principaux clients

          Pantheon Resources Inc.

          Eni S.P.A.

          Hellenic Petroleum S.A.

          Ancala Partners

          Odfjell Drilling

          EDF Energy

          Jadestone Energy

          SDX Energy Inc

          TOTAL SE

          Principaux dossiers

          • Advised Hellenic Petroleum in relation to is exploration program under the West Patraikos Lease as operator and joint venture partner.
          • Advised Pantheon Resources Plc on a $96m fundraise, consisting of a $55m convertible bond issue and a $41m equity fundraise.
          • Advised San Leon Energy PLC on its proposed reorganisation to consolidate Midwestern Oil and Gas Company Limited’s shareholdings in San Leon Energy and Midwestern Leon Petroleum Limited into a single shareholding in the Company.

          Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

          Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP advises governments, state-owned companies and regulators on corporate M&A, project development and restructuring matters. Marc Hammerson, Ryan Hansen and Tony Edwards head the team; Timi Balogun  left for Squire Patton Boggs and Daniel Lewin joined from an in-house role at MJ Hudson & Co.

          Responsables de la pratique:

          Marc Hammerson; Ryan Hansen; Tony Edwards

          Autres avocats clés:

          Daniel Lewin

          Les références

          ‘The team is very experienced in construction and oil and gas contracts; they can unite experts from several countries to deliver the most complete and sharp legal opinion with multicultural views’.

          ‘They often show familiarity with every aspect of our agreements and negotiations from the very first contact, allowing the quick delivery of the analysis’.

          Principaux clients

          Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – PETROBRAS

          Republic of Uganda

          Republic of Kazakhstan

          RAK Gas LLC (the state-owned oil & gas company of Ras AL Khaimah)

          First Hydrocarbon Nigeria management and shareholders

          Kanga Potash

          Harps Holdings Pte Limited

          ACAM LP

          Principaux dossiers

          • Advised RAK Gas on its multi-decade, multi-billion dollar natural gas supply and natural gas offtake agreements.
          • Continuing to advise the shareholders and management of First Hydrocarbon Nigeria (FHN) on its potential sale of a minority equity stake.

          Ernst & Young LLP

          The energy team at Ernst & Young LLP has strong experience in the Eastern Mediterranean and in emerging markets and advises clients on cross-border transactions. Charles Morrison leads the team and key practitioner Dimitri Papaefstratiou is recommended for financing work. The team was bolstered in early 2022 with the arrival of Michelle Davies, Rob McNabb and Jean-Pascal Boutin.

          Responsables de la pratique:

          Charles Morrison

          Autres avocats clés:

          Simon Collier; Dimitri Papaefstratiou; Joseph Lam; Harry Brunt; Michelle Davies; Rob McNabb; Jean-Pascal Boutin

          Principaux dossiers

          • Adcted as lead advisor to the Government of Cyprus (through the Natural Gas Public Company of Cyprus, DEFA) in relation to the procurement, development and financing of an LNG import terminal at Vasilikos, Cyprus.
          • Advised Union Fenosa Gas (UFG) and the Spanish Egyptian Gas Company, S.A.E., (SEGAS) on all aspects of the restructuring of the $3bn Damietta LNG Plant in Egypt.
          • Advising PTTEP SP Limited on the unitisation of the Sinphuhorm gas field in Thailand.


          HFW acts for oil and gas majors and smaller exploration and production companies on contract drafting and project management issues, with a focus on the offshore market. It is also strong in tangential areas such as the financing of LNG carriers. Alistair Mackie heads the team; Andrew Thomas left for Asafo & Co..

          Responsables de la pratique:

          Alistair Mackie

          Autres avocats clés:

          Alex Kyriakoulis; Diana France; Elinor Dautlich; Judith Prior; Alistair Feeney; Paul Dean; Laura MacLean

          Principaux clients

          Klaipedos Nafta (KN)

          Exelon Generation

          Victoria Group d.o.o

          CNOOC Gas and Power Trading & Marketing Ltd


          Visser & Smit Hanab BV

          Principaux dossiers

          • Advising Klaipedos Nafta (KN) on the acquisition of a floating, storage and regasification Unit (FSRU), following a public tender involving nine other leading international law firms.
          • Advised CNOOC on the terms of its request for proposals (RFP) for the long term chartering by CNOOC of up to six newbuild six newbuild 174,000cbm LNG carriers.  
          • Advising Qatargas, the world’s largest supplier of LNG, which is a Qatar Energy (the former Qatar Petroleum) subsidiary, on its vessel acquisition project, which forms a key element of the expansion of its North gas field.

          K&L Gates LLP

          The oil, gas and resources department at K&L Gates LLP intersects with the firm’s construction and infrastructure practices to provide a holistic approach to contentious and non-contentious matters. It advises clients on corporate, finance, development and compliance work in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors. The team is jointly led by Jeremy Farr and Paul Tetlow, with Farr recommended for disputes and board-level advice, and Tetlow a name to note for corporate matters, including public takeovers, private M&A, and joint ventures.

          Responsables de la pratique:

          Paul Tetlow; Jeremy Farr

          Autres avocats clés:

          Clare Kempkens; Charles Lockwood; James Green

          Les références

          ‘Good calibre of partners, depth of experiene, technology and collaboration’.

          ‘Willingness to go the extra mile for their clients’.

          ‘Willingness to leverage their professional and sometimes personal networks to help their clients succeed’.

          Principaux clients

          Longboat Energy Plc

          Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited

          Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited

          finnCap Ltd

          Ansan Wikfs (Hadramaut) Limited

          Charles River Laboratories, Inc.

          Reganosa Servicios S.R.L

          Cenkos Securities PLC

          Deltic Energy PLC


          Principaux dossiers

          • Advising Longboat Energy PLC on three farm-ins (with Equinor, Idemitsu and Spirit Energy), a £35m fundraising and its re-admission to AIM
          • Represented Ansan Wikfs (Hadramaut) Limited in ICC Case 22960/AYZ – DNO Yemen AS -v- .1. The Republic of Yemen, 2. TG Holdings Yemen, Inc, 3. Ansan Wikfs (Hadramaut) Limited. The arbitration related to the relinquishment and departure from an oil field, Block 32 in Yemen, by the co-owners, due to the civil war in Yemen and the occupation of the oil facilities by al-Qaeda.
          • Advising Reganosa Servicios S.R.L client on all aspects concerning the operation and maintenance of an LNG re-gas (import) terminal at Port Tema, Ghana. This is Ghana’s LNG import terminal.

          Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

          Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP focuses on financing and transactional work and also has the capacity to handle litigation, arbitration and regulatory matters. Bruce Johnston heads the team, which was recently bolstered by the arrival of Seyfi Can Kandemir from White & Case LLP in October 2021; Allison Soilihi was promoted to partner.

          Responsables de la pratique:

          Bruce Johnston

          Autres avocats clés:

          Ayesha Waheed; Olivier Chambord; Allison Soilihi; Seyfi Can Kandemir

          Les références

          ‘The team was always on hand and provides excellent insights’.

          ‘Seyfi Can Kandemir was the perfect match to our needs; quick and sharp’.

          Principaux clients

          We Soda

          Financial Guaranty UK Ltd. (FGUK)


          Principaux dossiers

          • Advised Financial Guaranty UK Ltd. (FGUK), a UK monoline insurer controlled by GoldenTree Asset Management, on its consent solicitation in respect of some of the bonds issued by Northern Gas Networks valued at £255m, with the objective to cancel FGUK’s guarantee of those bonds.
          • Representing London-headquartered WE Soda Ltd, part of the Ciner Group of financial investor group in the sale of a 60% interest in its North American soda ash business to Sisecam, a portfolio company of Turkish bank, İşbank, for approximately $450m and a $4bn joint venture with Sisecam to develop the world’s largest integrated soda ash facility in the Greater Green River Basin in Wyoming.
          • Engaged by a Russian energy client on a multibillion financing for a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant project financing in Russia. The project envisages financing, construction and operation of a large-scale complex for gas processing and liquefaction facilities in Russia.

          Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

          Simply the pre-eminent litigation firm under English law in the oil and gas sector’, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP is firmly focused on contentious work and handles some high-value and high-profile international litigation and arbitration work for large multinational companies. Ted Greeno heads the energy disputes practice with decades of experience in the oil and gas sector.

          Responsables de la pratique:

          Ted Greeno

          Les références

          ‘Simply the pre-eminent litigation firm under English law in the oil and gas sector.’

          ‘I don’t think there is another firm in the UK that can compete with them’.

          Principaux clients

          Barra Energia do Brasil Petróleo e Gás Ltda.

          Principaux dossiers

            Reed Smith LLP

            Under the leadership of Prajakt Samant, the London-based energy and natural resources team at Reed Smith LLP sits as part of a wider global team that handles large cross-border M&A, and regulatory matters for high-profile multinational oil and gas clients. James Atkin leads on high-value transactions and project financing mandates and has considerable experience of the Asia-Pacific market.

            Responsables de la pratique:

            Prajakt Samant

            Autres avocats clés:

            James Atkin

            Les références

            ‘Very knowledgeable, yet also provide smart, practical, commercial and cost-efficient advice’.

            ‘Widely known in the market and can call on any number of widely experienced lawyers to advise on any transactional or disputes matter relating to oil and gas’.

            ‘Easy to work with, responsive and flexible approach’.

            Principaux dossiers

              Wikborg Rein

              Norwegian firm Wikborg Rein‘s London offering encompasses expertise in contentious and non-contentious oil and gas matters, including projects work and disputes. Jonathan Goldfarb co-heads the team and has a wealth of experience in LNG transactions, an increasingly important area given the recent invasion of Ukraine. Renaud Barbier-Emery, who jointly leads the team, is recommended for offshore and LNG projects, and is active on a number of cross-border mandates.

              Responsables de la pratique:

              Jonathan Goldfarb; Renaud Barbier-Emery

              Autres avocats clés:

              Chris Grieveson; Shawn Kirby

              Les références

              ‘Jon Goldfarb is a standout lawyer in his field’.

              ‘Jon Goldfarb is very pragmatic and collaborative, always available when the going gets tough.’

              ‘The team has the ability to revert with documentation and drafting in an expedite manner’.

              Principaux clients


              GasLog Ltd

              BW LNG

              Golar LNG Limited

              Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL)

              Awilco Drilling

              Bonheur ASA / Fred Olsen

              Höegh LNG Ltd

              Dolphin Drilling

              Maersk Drilling

              GSP Holding SA

              Exmar NV

              Naftogaz of Ukraine

              Queiroz Galvão Exploração e Produção (QGEP)

              George Economou group companies (Ocean Rig)

              Awilco LNG

              Teekay Corporation

              Vantage Drilling International

              Shelf Drilling

              BW Offshore

              Purus Marine

              Principaux dossiers

              • Assisting Teekay Petrojarl in connection with the decommissioning of the Banff Field, in particular the removal of the Banff FPSO from the field, the redelivery of the Apollo Spirit FPSO.
              • Advising Golar LNG in respect of the delivery contract for the FSRU “LNG Croatia”, valued at $180m and formerly known as the Golar Viking, delivered to LNG HRVATSKA (of Croatia).
              • Acting for Vantage Drilling International in the sale by one of its directly-held subsidiaries, Vantage Holdings International (VHI) of all of the issued and outstanding equity for $200m of VHI’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Emerald Driller Company (EDC) to ADES Arabia Holding (“ADES Arabia”), the parent company of ADES International Holding, a PIF portfolio company and a leading offshore and onshore provider of oil and gas drilling and production services in the Middle East and North Africa.

              Armstrong Teasdale

              Armstrong Teasdale has strong experience in transactional work for companies quoted on the Main Market and AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. Joan Yu  and Peter Kohl  head the team, which was recently bolstered by the arrival of Imran Aslam from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and Nick Heap from Bird & Bird LLP.

              Responsables de la pratique:

              Joan Yu; Peter Kohl

              Autres avocats clés:

              Una Deretic; Robert Paydon; Imran Aslam; Nick Heap

              Les références

              ‘I have worked with Imran Aslam on an oil and gas restructuring involving an African exploration company. This matter illustrated Imran’s ability to coordinate a high pressure cross-border matter to achieve the desired outcome for the client’.

              ‘Imran Aslam thinks outside the box and shows a real determination to achieve positive results’.  

              ‘Very strong technically, happy to share and discuss ideas, good value for money and very hard working’. 

              Principaux clients

              Baron Oil plc

              Empyrean Energy plc

              United Oil & Gas plc

              Victoria Oil & Gas plc

              Applegreen plc

              Midway Resources International PLC

              Principaux dossiers

              • Armstrong Teasdale advised AIM-listed client United Oil & Gas Plc (UOG), on its proposed sale of two UK Central North Sea assets to Quattro Energy Limited for a headline consideration of up to £3.2m, which was expected to complete in Q1 2022, however has since been aborted.
              • Advised AIM listed Empyrean Energy Plc in relation to its £7.6m fundraising to complete funding requirements for a Chinese offshore drilling project.
              • Advised AIM listed Victoria Oil & Gas plc on three separate financings, which were structured as unsecured loan notes, convertible notes and equity warrants.

              Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP

              The ‘very competent, responsive, knowledgeable and helpfulGide Loyrette Nouel LLP has a strong track record in transactional work in Africa and is also known in the market for its disputes expertise. Colin Graham heads the team and is a name to note for corporate and commercial projects work.

              Responsables de la pratique:

              Colin Graham

              Autres avocats clés:

              Matteo Matteucci

              Les références

              ‘The team is very competent, responsive, knowledgeable and helpful’. 

              ‘I had not known them in the past but have learned to lean on them quite heavily for not only the direct matters as to which the original work was scheduled but also for support’.

              ‘Each of the attorneys we have dealt with has been helpful and well experienced for the work’.

              Principaux clients

              Delta Offshore Energy

              Port Edward LNG



              PKN Orlen

              Principaux dossiers

              • Advising Delta Offshore Energy on the development of a 3,200 MW gas-to-power project in Vietnam to be supplied by an integrated LNG import project.
              • Advising Port Edward LNG Ltd with respect to the drafting and the negotiation of English law offtake agreements for containerised LNG to be produced in Canada for export to China.
              • Advised Total SA on ongoing operational and dispute avoidance issues with regard to their LNG portfolio in Latin America.

              Hill Dickinson LLP

              Roderick Palmer heads up the oil and gas team at Hill Dickinson LLP and focuses on corporate and commercial work. The firm fields a cross-departmental energy and natural resources group which advises domestic and international clients, including oil supermajors, commodity houses, tanker owners and gas infrastructure providers.

              Responsables de la pratique:

              Roderick Palmer

              Autres avocats clés:

              Jonathan Morris

              Les références

              E’xcellent communication skills and out of hours service to close a complicated transaction’.

              ‘We are a small Company with only a few staff, so consistency of staff and direct communication was excellent’.

              ‘Jonathan Morris – had excellent communication skills in particular around the commercial aspects of the transaction’. 

              Principaux clients

              ADES International Holdings PLC

              Saltfleetby Energy Limited

              Orcadian Energy PLC

              UK Oil & Gas PLC

              Reabold Resources Plc

              Helium One Global Ltd

              Islands Energy Group

              ACP Energy PLC

              Hydrogen Future Industries PLC

              Upland Resources Limited

              Principaux dossiers

              • Advised long standing client, ADES International Holdings PLC (ADES), on the acquisition of its entire issued ordinary share capital by Innovative Energy Holding Ltd for a cash offer valuing ADES at approximately $516m.
              • Advised Saltfleetby Energy Limited (SEL) in respect of an intricate £12m finance facility with Angus Energy PLC, Mercuria Energy Trading Limited and Aleph Saltfleetby Limited which was integral to the parties’ ability to continue to develop the Saltfleetby Gas Field.
              • Advised Orcadian Energy PLC (Orcadian) on the admission of its entire issued share capital to trading on AIM and its connected placing of shares from new and existing institutional investors, giving Orcadian a market capitalisation of £25m on completion.

              Keystone Law

              Keystone Law is well regarded for its expertise in regulatory issues pertaining to the energy and natural resources sector. Richard Temple is experienced in oil and gas transactions in Africa, and Stuart Carter is a name to note for commercial contracts, joint venture agreements and transactions.

              Autres avocats clés:

              Richard Temple; Stuart Carter; Fei Mao; Greg Kahn; Louise Elmes; David Egan; Rabya Anwar

              Les références

              ‘Stuart Carter is a very commercially-oriented lawyer who has been able to provide us with excellent, wide-ranging advice built on a legal foundation’.

              ‘Deep knowledge of African Production Sharing Agreements’.

              ‘Richard Temple has long experience of working with PSCs’.

              Principaux clients

              Genel Energy UK Servcies Limited

              Impact Oil & Gas


              Calon Energy Limited (formerly a subsidiary of RWE Generation)

              North Sea Natural Resources

              Schlumberger Oilfield UK PLC

              Lexoo Limited

              African Petroleum (now PetroNor E & P Limited)

              Metron Energy Applications S.A.

              Trafalgar Oil and Gas

              Principaux dossiers

              • Advised Genel Energy Plc group company on their template joint operating agreement used in their international transactions worldwide.
              • Assisted Impact Africa Limited in advising on a seismic matter.
              • Currently advising SOMGAS on the development of a new LPG Terminal situated at Berbera.

              Locke Lord LLP

              Locke Lord LLP’s London energy team acts for multinational clients on M&A, capital markets transactions, financing, regulatory and litigation matters, among other areas. The team is led by Kevin Atkins, who is experienced in cross-border upstream acquisitions and divestitures. Matthew Daffurn is a name to note for project finance work in emerging markets.

              Responsables de la pratique:

              Kevin Atkins

              Autres avocats clés:

              Matthew Daffurn

              Principaux clients

              ADM Energy No

              TBNG Limited

              Cataleya Energy Corporation

              Gem Containers Limited

              SRJ Technologies

              Tethys Oil

              Gasmeth Energy

              Principaux dossiers

                Memery Crystal (part of RBG Legal Services)

                Memery Crystal (part of RBG Legal Services) handles transactional and advisory work for a range of energy companies and draws on expertise from its corporate, disputes, real estate, construction, technology and employment teams to provide a holistic service to clients. Nick Davis and Michael Dawes head the practice.

                Responsables de la pratique:

                Nick Davis; Michael Dawes

                Autres avocats clés:

                Lesley Gregory; Stephen Ravenscroft; Joanne Kelly

                Principaux clients

                Aramco Overseas Company

                Nordex Energy

                Afentra plc (formerly Sterling Energy plc)

                Strand Hanson, Tennyson Securities, and Optiva Securities in relation to Advance Energy

                Coven Energy

                WKE (Middlesbrough)

                Zephyr Energy

                Turner Pope for Sound Enery

                Tlou Energy

                Rathlin Energy

                Gulf Keystone Petroleum


                Valeura Energy

                Principaux dossiers

                • Advised long-standing client 88 Energy on a successful fundraising to domestic and international investors raising A$10m.
                • Advising the European business of Saudi Aramco, one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies, in relation to a range of employment matters.
                • Advised Afentra plc (formerly Sterling Energy plc) an upstream oil and gas company listed on the AIM.

                Schjodt LLP

                Norwegian-headquartered firm Schjodt LLP fields a London team headed by David Gardner, Gervais Green, who joined from Clifford Chance LLP in May 2021, and Stephen Woods, who joined from Norton Rose Fulbright in January 2022. It focuses on financing, projects work and disputes pertaining to offshore drilling, production and oilfield services.

                Responsables de la pratique:

                David Gardner; Gervais Green; Stephen Woods

                Les références

                ‘Experienced and very capable people with considerable knowledge in our market sector’.

                ‘David Gardner is a very knowledgeable and highly skilled lawyer who is very focused on the important issues – always helpful’.

                ‘Alice Thomas offers a wealth of experience in asset financing matters and is a very able lawyer’.

                Principaux clients

                BW Offshore


                Altera Infrastructure

                Principaux dossiers

                • Advising BWO on the terms of its tender to provide a newbuilding FPSO on lease terms to Santos and its partners to provide feed gas for the Darwin LNG facility in Western Australia.