Bertrand has 27 years of experience helping clients on various aspects of their operations and projects in Francophone Africa, mainly in the oil and gas, power and natural resources sectors. He lived and worked in Gabon for two years prior to joining the firm and has an excellent knowledge of Francophone Africa's local and regional legal systems, including OHADA, and a strong network of local contacts.
Bertrand is ranked in band 1 for Africa-wide Projects and Energy by Chambers Global 2019, which says that sources describe Bertrand as "an excellent lawyer and great on the theory. He's the guy to ask when it gets complex." Bertrand is also ranked for Gabon General Business Law (Expertise Based Abroad).
Bertrand is a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators and AFDEN (French Association for Energy Law), and an honorary associate of the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at Dundee University. He also lectures regularly at the French School of Mines and at various universities and schools.
He is a native French speaker and speaks English fluently.
Bertrand’s experience includes advising:
- Alufer on the development of its Bel Air mining and associated infrastructure project in Guinea, including the negotiation and signature of the Mining Convention with the Government of Guinea
- Perenco, Woodside, Tullow Oil and a number of other international oil and gas companies on various matters arising from their ongoing operations or proposed transactions in Francophone Africa
- BHP Billiton on its projects in West and Central Africa and a number of related divestments
- Hardman Resources (a subsidiary of Tullow Oil) in relation to its exploration opportunities in the Guyane Maritime license in French Guiana
- SAPETRO on the acquisition from Roc Oil of a participating interest in the Juan de Nova Maritime Profond exploration permit in the French Exclusive Economic Zone (in the Mozambique Channel)
Bertrand obtained a Maîtrise in Private Law from the University of Rennes-I (France) in 1990; a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Law (DJCE-DESS) from the University of Rennes-I (France) in 1992; and an LLM in International Business Legal Studies from the University of Exeter in 1991. He was admitted to the Paris Bar in 1992.