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Our consultants have broad and deep sector knowledge the upstream oil and gas industry (including conventional and shale, tight gas, coalbed methane, and other unconventional resources, both onshore and offshore).  Examples of our consultants' experience are as follows:

  • Advised an Asian oil company in its bid to farm in to Murphy Oil’s majority interests in seven Malaysian offshore E&P blocks.

  • Advised an Asian oil company on the evaluation of an opportunity to purchase from Nefte Petroleum an interest in the Yargeo oil project in Russia.

  • Advised an Asian oil company on its farm in to Murphy Oil’s upstream interests in the Gulf of Mexico and its new country entry into the U.S.

  • Advised an Asian oil company on its bid to farm in to Murphy Oil’s majority interests in seven Malaysian offshore E&P blocks.

  • Advised an Asian oil company in relation to its bid to acquire certain offshore E&P assets in the Maylay-Tho Chu basin, with related pipeline assets, from Chevron Corp.

  • An Asian national oil company in the acquisition from Perenco of a 50% participating interest in a heavy oil project in Peru, together with the renegotiation of the associated joint operating agreement and other JV arrangements.

  • Advised an Asian oil company on the evaluation of potential investment opportunity in shale oil acreage in the U.S.

  • Advised an Asian national oil company in relation to its development of a petroleum E&P project in North Africa, including the procurement of engineering and construction works and well services.

  • Advised a major European-based oil company on a portfolio acquisition in the Norwegian Continental Shelf, involving arrangements for the export and processing of natural gas through a subsea pipeline system and processing facility at Teesside.

  • Advised a NYSE-listed energy company on the $898 million divestment of its Malaysian asset portfolio to SapuraKencana Petroleum (SKP), comprising nine offshore blocks.

  • Advised a major European-based oil company on negotiations with a supermajor for the unitization of petroleum development areas in the lower Congo Basin, Angola, and/or facilities sharing arrangements.

  • Advised a major European-based oil company on two offshore farming transactions in Kenya.

  • Advised an independent oil company on the drafting and negotiation of a Production Sharing Contract for use in a frontier hydrocarbon province in East Africa.

  • Represented an independent oil company in relation to liability, contractual and product sales arrangements arising from a distressed rig incident.

  • Advised an independent oil company on Production Sharing Agreement and Joint Operating Agreement issues arising from a field development in Kurdistan.

  • Advised an independent oil company in negotiations for the acquisition of a partner's interest in a field development in Kurdistan.

  • Advised a leading European energy company on a farm exploration project operated by a supermajor in the Orange Basin (South Africa).

  • Advised a leading European energy company on a farm-out supermajor of an interest in an offshore E&P development in the Russian Arctic.

  • Advised an oil major, as lead investor and operator, in relation to the grant of a new production concession and the formation of a joint venture between domestic and international oil companies to develop a field with estimated reserves of 2.4 billion barrels of heavy oil, using thermal enhanced oil recovery (EOR) techniques. The assignment involved negotiating the terms for crude oil handling and transportation through an export pipeline and a quality bank mechanism to compensate for the quality differentials between the existing blend of shippers' oil in the pipeline and the heavy oil production from the new field.

  • Advised a national oil company in relation to the grant of a new production concession and the formation of a joint venture with a supermajor to develop and operate a sour gas field.

  • Advised an oil major in relation to the formation of a joint venture with a Middle Eastern government agency to assume responsibility for operating a producing field.

  • Advised a consortium of prominent investors from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and Kazakhstan on the acquisition, development, and prospective sell down of participations of an oil/gas block in western Kazakhstan.

  • Advised an oil major throughout its successful bid to acquire an interest in an integrated gas project in the Middle East and subsequent negotiations for the purchase and related accession arrangements.

  • Advised an international energy company in relation to the formation of a joint venture with a host government and a supermajor to promote a Middle Eastern integrated gas project.

  • Advised a US oil major in the evaluation of offshore producing assets in the Bulungan and Ambalat basins in Indonesia, including the review and analysis of production-sharing contracts.

  • Advised an international oil company in relation to various issues arising from a prior acquisition of various upstream interests in Libya under E&P sharing agreements.

  • Advised a consortium of investors from the United Arab Emirates and Kazakhstan on the acquisition of a Canadian listed oil company with upstream assets in Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.