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About Ben

Ben is an energy lawyer with a particular focus on the oil and gas sector. He has advised clients on the development, sale, purchase and financing of oil and gas assets across the value chain, from wellhead to market. Ben has particular experience in relation to African transactions, having advised on deals in more than 25 jurisdictions across the continent.

He is extremely experienced, knowledgeable, proactive and pragmatic.
Chambers UK, 2018

Experience

Recent Notable Matters

Genel Energy plc — business in Kurdistan and elsewhere, including on the development and commercialization of its Miran and Bina Bawi gas discoveries for export to Turkey, the acquisition of OMV’s interest in the Bina Bawi Block, the farm-down of the Chia Surkh block, crude transportation and marketing arrangements

Impact Oil & Gas Ltd — expansion of its African exploration portfolio, including the acquisition of upstream blocks in Gabon, Namibia, the Senegal-Guinea Bissau AGC and Guinea Bissau; the farm-down of the AGC block to Woodside Energy; its equity fundraising

Hunt Oil — interest in the Ain Sifni field in Kurdistan and on gas commercialization arrangements in Benin

Rhino Resources, Ltd — building of an African upstream exploration portfolio in South Africa, Namibia, Comoros Islands and Senegal-Guinea Bissau AGC

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

Caribbean Oilfield Services Ltd — development of an oilfield services base in Guyana

Gran Tierra — crude sales and marketing arrangements in Colombia and Ecuador

Caracal Energy Inc. — crude sales and transportation arrangements in Chad and Cameroon

Maersk Oil — acquisition of a stake in the Sarsang field in Kurdistan and the Chissonga development in Angola

BP — $6.5 billion pre-export financing of its Angolan and Azeri producing fields

GDF Suez and SNH — development of Cameroon LNG

Publications and Speeches

“Progress Report – Shale Play in South Africa,” Petroleum Africa, April 2016.

“Risk Analysis: Libya’s Oil and Gas Market Remains Risky for Companies Opening in the Territory,” Energy & Mining International, Summer 2015.

Credentials

Education

Oxford Institute of Legal Practice,
Legal Practice Course
2002
University of Cambridge, England,
B.A., Honours in Law
2001
University of Poitiers, France,
Legal Diploma
2000

Bar Admissions

Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales

Languages

French

News

News

Tactical switch for Opec

October 10, 2016
Petroleum Review

Libya

July 15, 2015
Energy & Mining International

Africa Energy Update

February 10, 2015

Africa Energy Update

November 3, 2014

East Africa Licensing Update

June 1, 2014
Petroleum Africa - Online

Noteworthy

Noteworthy

Chambers UK
Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas, 2016 - 2018
The Legal 500 United Kingdom
Projects, Energy and Natural Resources – Oil & Gas, 2014, 2017
The Legal 500 EMEA
Regional Summary - Africa, 2016 - 2017
Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC
IFLR1000 Energy & Infrastructure Guide
Sub-Saharan Africa, Leading Lawyer, 2016; Latin America, 2016
Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC
IFLR1000 Financial & Corporate Guide
Highly Regarded: Project Finance, 2017 - 2018; Project Development, 2018; Energy and Infrastructure, 2018