Oil and gas

Stephenson Harwood has significant expertise in the oil and gas sector. We provide a full range of legal services to our oil and gas clients. With experienced lawyers across a network of offices globally, we deliver practical, commercial legal advice for every aspect of your business.
  • Profile
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  • Key contacts

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

African oilfields

Negotiating EPC and O&M agreements and leases for floating production projects offshore West Africa

FLNG

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

Lawyer

Salem Chalabi Partner

T:  +971 4 407 3903
M:  +964 780 204 2222 Email Salem | Vcard Office:  Dubai

Lawyer

Tony Edwards Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2110
M:  + 44 7917 658 751 Email Tony | Vcard Office:  London

Lawyer

Dirk Janssen Partner

T:  +65 6622 9656
M:  Email Dirk | Vcard Office:  Singapore

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