At Stephenson Harwood we have a team of experts who have many years' experience of working with independents, majors, state oil companies, global service companies, offshore contractors, insurers, funders and investment banks in the oil and gas sector.
We advise on all aspects of oil and gas transactions and projects:
- mergers and acquisitions/farm-ins/farm-outs/economic interest agreements
- corporate finance (including private fundraisings, IPOs, secondary fundraisings and dual listings)
- debt finance including RBLs, project and structured finance
- joint ventures/joint operating agreements
- commercial (including joint bidding, production sharing and license arrangements, drilling, well services, seismic data, unitisation and rig agreements)
- offshore drilling, sub-sea and production
- pipeline agreements
- anti-bribery and corruption issues.
Stephenson Harwood also has a leading contentious practice which regularly advises on high-profile disputes in the energy sector, including litigation, arbitration under all major arbitration institutes as well as ad hoc arbitrations, mediations, fraud actions arising out of contractual performance and asset tracing.
In addition, the practice advises in relation to certain highly specialised areas that few international energy practices can replicate such as maritime, LNG and offshore contracting matters. These specialist areas complement our upstream expertise to enable us to provide a full range of legal advice to those operating in the offshore oil and gas sector.
“Stephenson Harwood’s support … has been tremendous and we look forward to their help in building a major independent oil company”
Les Blair, CEO, Eland Oil & Gas
Eland Oil & Gas PLC
Advising on the US$154 million acquisition of a 45% interest in a Nigerian oil mining lease and its related IPO
Independent oil and gas company
Advising on its seismic option agreement with a frontier state government in sub-Saharan Africa and associated fundraising from private equity
Major Canadian oil and gas company
Advising on its very high-value farm-out of an interest in its licence interest offshore South Africa
Petrolatina Energy PLC
Advising on the PIPE investment into it by Tribeca Oil & Gas and US$75m senior secured facilities from Macquarie Bank Limited
The Parkmead Group PLC
Advising on its recommended takeover of independent North Sea company Lochard Energy Group PLC
Negotiating EPC and O&M agreements and leases for floating production projects offshore West Africa
Advising on legal issues relating to a prototype FLNG project, including advice on allocation of risk, design issues, IPR and EPCI terms
State owned energy company
Advising on the negotiation of a long-term charter for an LNGC, together with joint venture and ship management structures
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
Advising in relation to the enforcement in London of a US$300 million plus award made in Nigeria