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.
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.