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About Adam

Adam Blythe focuses on oil and gas related transactions. He has experience working on mergers and acquisitions, project development, joint venturing and other commercial arrangements in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors. Adam has particular experience in African and cross-border transactions.


Recent Notable Matters

Mnazi Bay contractor group — Mnazi Bay gas project in Tanzania including the gas sale arrangements to the Tanzanian gas aggregator

Eni S.p.A. — $1.6 billion sale of a participating interest in the Egyptian Shorouk Concession, containing the Zohr gas field, to Rosneft

Eni S.p.A. — $375 million sale of a participating interest in the Egyptian Shorouk Concession, containing the Zohr gas field, to BP

Ophir Energy plc — $2 billion floating LNG project offshore Equatorial Guinea, including host government arrangements, LNG sales agreements, chartering agreements, joint venture arrangements, project financing, and construction

EOG Resources, Inc. — various farm-ins, JOA and unitization arrangements in Trinidad

Lenders to Siccar Point Energy — M&A aspects of the borrowing base facility agreement to partially fund the acquisition of OMV’s North Sea oil and gas business

Petroceltic International plc — proposed disposal of Egyptian upstream assets

Oando — $1.9 billion acquisition of ConocoPhillips’ upstream position in Nigeria*

Puma Energy — acquisition of Exxon Mobil’s downstream business across five Central American jurisdictions*

Valero — $1.7 billion purchase of Chevron’s downstream business in the U.K. and Ireland, including the Pembroke refinery*

Murphy Oil Corporation — farm-in to two blocks in Namibia*

Chinese SOE purchaser — due diligence, structuring and purchase advice on its bid to acquire a participating interest in the Area 4 concession in Mozambique*

Explorer — farm-in into two blocks in Somaliland and amendments to the related production sharing agreement

Melrose Resources — oil and gas due diligence in Algeria, Kurdistan and Italy in relation to its reverse takeover of Petroceltic*

Oando — acquisition of interests in two producing deep offshore fields in Nigeria from Shell/Eni and the acquisition financing for its purchase of producing interests in two fields in Nigeria*

Oando — farm-in into an oil field in Nigeria and its technical services arrangements*

Gas producer — gas supply arrangements to an emergency power generator in Cameroon*

Asia Oil Terminal Services — storage agreements and terms of operation in relation to its project to develop a crude oil storage terminal and jetty at Pahang, Malaysia*

International energy company — project to construct and operate an offshore mooring point, terminal and pipeline in Nigeria*

Oil and gas company — bid to acquire interests in two fields offshore Ghana*

Energy company — bid to farm-in into two participating interests in oil fields in Kenya*

Valero — purchase of an interest in a Dutch refinery company*

Puma Energy — purchase of BP*

The National Development Corporation of Tanzania — procurement of, and joint venture arrangements with a Chinese sponsor for the development of a $3 billion coal to power and iron mine and smelter project in Tanzania (winner of the FT Most Innovative Law Firm in Finance award 2012)*

Sponsor — acquisition of interests of Nigerian power generating and distribution companies and assets in the first Nigerian power privatization round*

* Work completed prior to Bracewell

Publications and Speeches

“Oil and Gas Mergers and Acquisitions in Africa,” Oil & Gas in Africa: A Legal and Commercial Analysis of the Upstream Industry, London: Globe Law and Business, 2015.

“The rise of African mergers and acquisitions,” Middle East Oil and Gas, November 2014.



Nottingham Law School,
University of Nottingham,

Bar Admissions

Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales


Association of International Petroleum Negotiators




The Legal 500 United Kingdom
Projects, Energy and Natural Resources – Oil & Gas, 2017 (Next Generation Lawyer, 2017)
Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC
IFLR1000 Financial & Corporate Guide