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Oil & Gas

We advise governments, NOCs (National Oil Companies), independent oil and gas companies, and investors on all aspects of the oil and gas supply chain including upstream licensing, exploration and production, and midstream/ downstream storage, transportation and supply.

As well as conventional oil and gas, our knowledge and experience includes unconventional reserves, such as coal bed methane and shale.

Our work includes advising on UK onshore activities, as well as international projects and joint ventures. So whether you're in the UK, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia, North America, or the Commonwealth of Independent States, we provide a platform for success in the sector.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • flotations and secondary fundraisings
  • UK onshore regulatory, planning and property matters
  • acquisitions and divestments
  • licence/concession grants and assignments, and farm-ins
  • joint operating agreements
  • production sharing contracts
  • dispute resolution
  • design and build contracts for petroleum storage and handling facilities
  • drilling and engineering service contracts
  • pipeline construction and transportation, and
  • continuing obligations and corporate governance for publicly quoted oil and gas companies.


Capital raising

Advised Silk Energy AS on its initial capital raising for and acquisition of an oilfield in Kazakhstan for a minimum of $30 million (dependent on drilling results); plus subsequent finance for the initial drilling programme, including local licence requirements and tax structuring.

Initial Public Offering – Main Market

Advised Liberum Capital Ltd (as sponsor, financial adviser and broker) on the admission of Capital Drilling Limited to the Official List of the UK Listing Authority and to trading on the Main Market with a $40 million placing.

Demerger and AIM admission

Advised Leyshon Resources on the demerger and admission to AIM of Leyshon Energy Limited, whose wholly owned subsidiary, Pacific Asia Petroleum, is the operator of the Zijinshan Gas Project, a joint venture with China National Petroleum Corporation.

Court of appeal decision – UK onshore planning

Advised AIM-listed Europa Oil & Gas (Holdings) plc on a range of matters including on its successful court of appeal decision in relation to the drilling of an exploratory well at its Holmwood prospect in the Weald Basin, Surrey.

Share sale

Advised Peppercoast Petroleum plc on the $85 million sale of its 100% interest in the production sharing contract for offshore Liberian oil assets to Canadian Overseas Petroleum Limited.

Public takeover

Advised the controlling shareholders of Heritage Oil plc, an independent oil and gas exploration and production company, on the £924 million bid by Energy Investments Global Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Al Mirqab Capital SPC.

Pipeline agreements

Advised a state owned oil and gas company in connection with the Eastern Caribbean Gas Pipeline Project for the construction of a pipeline to supply gas from Trinidad & Tobago to the islands of the Eastern Caribbean.

Operational and production sharing agreements

Advised Water Engineered Technologies on its fundraisings and operational agreements to establish the infrastructure to extract oil from oil lakes in Turkmenistan, including a production sharing agreement with the local state entity, equipment purchase and offtake agreements.