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About Alastair

Alastair Young serves as co-chair of the firm’s oil and gas projects practice group. He is a corporate lawyer who focuses on the energy and natural resources sector. His experience includes U.K. and international mergers and acquisitions, long-term and high-value contracts, cross-border joint ventures and the development of major energy projects.


Recent Notable Matters

Eni S.p.A. — sale of interests in Egypt’s super-giant Zohr field to Rosneft for $1.125 billion and BP for $375 million

Apache Corporation — disposal of its operated interest in the SAGE System, a major gas pipeline system and gas processing terminal in the U.K., to Ancala Partners, and on Apache’s associated long-term gas transportation and processing agreement

Apache Corporation — $800 million sale of its oil and gas business in Argentina to YPF S.A.

Apache Corporation — disposal of its interests in the Scott and Telford oil fields in the U.K. North Sea to Edison

Apache Corporation — acquisition of Mobil North Sea Limited (holding significant U.K. North Sea assets) from Exxon Mobil for $1.75 billion

BG Group — in relation to its assets in Brazil

EOG Resources, Inc. — in relation to its assets in Trinidad

Sinopec — acquisition of 49 percent of the shares in Talisman Energy (U.K.) Limited (holding significant U.K. North Sea assets) for $1.5 billion

TAQA — establishment of the Bergermeer Gas Storage Project in the Netherlands and its strategic partnership agreement with Gazprom, the supplier of supply cushion gas to the project

San Leon Energy plc — £31 million AIM placing and farm-outs in Poland to Talisman and Palomar Natural Resources

OGX — acquisition of upstream oil and gas assets off-shore Brazil from Maersk

Serica Energy — sale to KrisEnergy of a group of its Dutch BV and Singaporean subsidiaries holding upstream oil and gas assets including the Kutai and East Seruway PSCs in Indonesia

Suncor Energy Inc — €445 million sale of its upstream oil and gas business in the Netherlands to Dana Petroleum plc

Administrators of Oilexco North Sea Limited — $505 million sale of the shares in Oilexco to Premier Oil

BP — establishment of its joint venture with Rio Tinto for the development of hydrogen power projects around the world

GDF Suez (now Engie) — acquisition of a gas storage project in the U.K.

Publications and Speeches

“Penalty Clauses Redefined by the English Courts,” IFLR, January 2016.

“What Constitutes a Reasonable and Prudent Operator?” International Law Office, November 2015.

“Fracking in Europe - EU Parliament Votes to Require Environmental Impact Assessments for Shale Gas Developments,” Oil & Gas Financial Journal, October 2013.

“Backing Fracking: UK Government Lays Out Shale Gas Incentives,” Oil & Gas Financial Journal, September 2013.



University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia,
Australian National University, Canberra, Australia,

Bar Admissions

Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
Solicitor in New South Wales, Australia



UK announces unconventional petroleum licensing model clauses

June 26, 2014
Oil & Gas Financial Journal - Online

Offshore: Deals and cases

April 27, 2014

The future of the UK North Sea

March 21, 2014
Oil & Gas Financial Journal - Online

New York law firm in Africa push via UK

July 1, 2013
Press and Journal (Aberdeen)

Energy finance partner Fox joins Bracewell Giulianis London office

March 6, 2013
Oil & Gas Financial Journal - Online

A message to you from Rudy

March 5, 2013
Lawyer (Online), The



The Legal 500 United Kingdom
Projects, Energy and Natural Resources – Oil & Gas, 2014 - 2017
Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC
IFLR1000 Financial & Corporate Guide
United Kingdom, 2017 - 2018
Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC
IFLR1000 Energy & Infrastructure Guide
Latin America, 2015