Energy & Natural Resources

Our energy and natural resources team are recognised experts in the energy and natural resources sector with experience in jurisdictions around the globe.

We advise regulatory bodies, host states, financial institutions, investors, state and independent energy companies, contractors and technology companies on the full spectrum of legal matters including on regulation, cross border mergers and acquisitions, project finance, corporate finance and group structuring.

We have particular experience in upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas across the entire lifecycle of a project, from entry and licence acquisition through to exploration, joint venture structuring, facility development and operations, production, transportation and offtake and eventually decommissioning and reclamation.

We also advise in relation mining projects and renewable energy, covering a variety of anaerobic digestion, solar, wind and combined heat and power (CHP) projects.


Service highlights

Our M&A team is led by our senior partner Deborah Mills who has over 30 years’ experience in the energy and natural resources sector. We have represented government institutions, listed and independent oil and gas companies and have worked on projects all over the world with a particular concentration on the FSU where Deborah worked on the Karachaganak field in Kazakhstan, one of the largest oil discoveries in the world.

Our corporate team have in-depth familiarity with  how governments across the world contract with upstream companies, whether licensing, PSC or concession basis. We have expertise in structuring large international projects including tax and economic analysis and double tax treaty impact on large infra-structure projects.

We have worked with the Commonwealth Secretariat and other government institutions such as Iceland where we advised the Icelandic government in relation to their first licensing round.

We have drafted and negotiated a multitude of joint venture agreements from joint operating agreements, unitisation, product transportation and sales as well as project and corporate finance agreements.

We have acted as expert witness on client matters.  We have also dealt with government institutions negotiating government contracts and reviewing tenders as well as tax and other regulatory authorities.

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