Energy and natural resources

The energy sector needs its external lawyers to be technically excellent, understand the wider commercial context and know how things work in the relevant country. Operating on the ground and focussed on specialist areas within the broad energy space, our international team works in very close collaboration with our clients to help them achieve their commercial objectives.
  • Profile
  • Experience
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Stephenson Harwood's international energy practice pulls together a significant team of experts in:

  • oil and gas
  • offshore
  • power and renewables
  • mining and minerals
  • hydrogen.

Our clients recognise and appreciate our quick, commercial, hands-on approach and they benefit from our years' of experience and industry insight.

Operating out of three regional 'hubs', our teams in Europe, the Gulf States and Asia offer on the ground support for our clients' projects.

Our lawyers offer corporate, finance, commercial and dispute resolution support on our clients' projects.

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'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 and Gas

Eland Oil & Gas

Advising on the US$154 million acquisition of a 45% interest in a Nigerian oil mining lease and its related IPO

Power plants

We advise companies such as Cofely (part of GDF Suez) on power plants and district energy projects


We advise clients on both on-shore and off-shore wind farm projects, including construction, turbine supply an O&M agreements.

Energy from waste

We advised on the £3 billion energy from waste project for the North London Waste Authority, one of the largest projects in Europe

Capital markets

We advised KSK Power Venture PLC on its £260 million AIM IPO and subsequent fundraisings to move to the UK's Main Market

FPSO projects

Negotiating contracts for floating production projects including EPCI, T&I and O&M agreements, for operations in each of the major offshore oil and gas regions including North Sea, Nigeria, Angola, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Cote d'Ivoire, Mauritania and Equatorial Guinea.

Deep water drilling projects

Negotiating terms for the construction, leasing and operation of numerous deep water drilling units including two semi-submersible drilling units to be built in Korea and operated in Brazil, two semi-submersible units to be constructed in a European yard and two drilling vessels to be constructed in China and completed in Singapore.

Africa Finance Corporation

Advised on its strategic investment into AIM listed Mozambican coal mining and coal-fired power station project company, Ncondezi Energy.

Iron ore mines in Brazil

Advised on the proposed joint venture to undertake the exploration and exploitation of 36 iron ore mines in Brazil.

Coal trading company

Advising the Singapore office of a major European coal trading company on contracts for marketing, sale and shipping of Indonesian coal.


Alain Gautron Partner

T:  +33 1 44 15 80 72
M:  Email Alain | Vcard Office:  Paris


Andrew McLean Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2085
M:  +44 7557 972 946 Email Andrew | Vcard Office:  London


Tom Platts Partner

T:  +65 6622 9641
M:  +65 8233 3245 +95 94 2651 1218 Email Tom | Vcard Office:  Jakarta, Singapore, Yangon

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