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Oil and Gas

Partnering with clients to develop strategies and deliver value


Oil and gas will continue to be relevant for decades to come as the world transitions towards cleaner energy sources and continues to use hydrocarbon products in the manufacture of advanced materials and hydrogen. The industry continues to evolve - companies are optimising efficiencies across the value chain, strengthening balance sheets and introducing new technologies, whilst continuing to navigate increasingly complex regulatory environments, geopolitical risk, disputes and market disruption.

We are proud to act across all elements of the value chain and to advise the full spectrum of sponsors, lenders and investors, including publicly-listed integrated energy companies, National Oil Companies, trading companies and private equity. This platform gives us a finely calibrated perspective on the opportunities and challenges in the sector.

We are helping our oil & gas clients to provide energy solutions to all corners of the world, and to develop the infrastructure to make this happen. We are increasingly advising clients on the decarbonisation of their existing operations and on new technologies, such as hydrogen. Our team is at the whiteboard with our clients developing new strategies to continue to grow and deliver value to stakeholders.

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Recent Experience


Advised long-standing client Korea Gas on its participation in the US$11 billion Coral Floating LNG project in Mozambique


Advising on its first major investments in Mauritania and Senegal through a US$1 billion deal with Kosmos Energy to acquire interests in offshore gas exploration blocks

China National Petroleum Corporation

Advising on its investment in the development of Phase 11 of the South Pars gas project. This marks the first foreign oil and gas contract signed in Iran since economic sanctions were lifted in 2016


Advising Nord Stream 2 AG, the project company (100% owned by Gazprom) on the gas transportation agreement and financing aspects of the €9.9 billion Nord Stream II sub-sea gas pipeline running between Russia and Germany via the Baltic Sea (through Russia, Finnish, Swedish, Danish and German territorial waters)

Origin Energy

Advising on the sale of its conventional upstream oil & gas business Lattice Energy to Beach Energy for $1.585 billion. Lattice's assets comprise a portfolio of conventional upstream assets in Australia and New Zealand, including interests in the Otway, BassGas, HBWS, Kupe, Cooper Basin and Perth Basin gas projects

Vitol SA

Advising on the project finance and commercial aspects of its US$7 billion oil and gas project in Ghana with ENI supplying gas for power generation, reportedly the largest single project Foreign Direct Investment inflow to Ghana since Independence

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