Paul Jones is dedicated to providing transactional and regulatory advice in the energy sector. He advises a range of private and public sector clients on upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas acquisitions, disposals, projects and joint ventures.
Paul’s practice has a particular focus on the Middle East and Africa. He has deep African market experience having spent more than a year on secondment to law firms in Ghana and Tanzania and having advised clients on transactions across the continent.
Recent Notable Matters
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
BG Group — various commercial and regulatory aspects of its operations in Tanzania, including in relation to the Tanzania LNG project
ExxonMobil — various commercial and regulatory aspects of its operations in Tanzania
Petrobras — $1.636 billion sale of its 35 percent stake in the Parque das Conchas (BC-10) project offshore Brazil
Petronas — a range of gas sales, gas transportation and tie-in agreements related to its assets in Nigeria
Sterling Resources — gas sales agreement with British Gas Trading Limited
Conflicts Committee of the Board of Directors of VTTI Energy Partners GP, LLC — acquisition of interests in VTTI MLP B.V. (operator of a number of major petroleum products storage facilities)
Seven Energy — a range of gas sales, gas transportation and tie-in agreements related to its assets in Nigeria
Various advising lenders — financing of the acquisition of upstream assets in Nigeria
Oyster Petroleum — acquisition of interests in the Handcross and Ainslie prospects in the UKCS from Ithaca Energy
Large independent oil and gas company — various acquisitions, disposals and other commercial issues in jurisdictions including Congo-Brazzaville, Ethiopia and Kurdistan
Impact Oil & Gas — 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
State-controlled European oil and natural gas company — prospective LNG projects in Iran and Algeria
Oil and gas company — prospective purchase of producing assets in Malaysia
Independent oil and gas company — production sharing agreement negotiations and other regulatory issues in various East African jurisdictions
State-owned petroleum company in Ghana — arrangements with one of the world’s leading commodity trading companies
Independent exploration company — joint bidding arrangements in relation to UKCS licence interests
Major international bank — financing of crude oil supply arrangements
International oil and gas company — a gas sales agreement in Tanzania
Oil and gas service companies, including Halliburton, National Oilwell Varco and CHC Helicopter — operations in Tanzania
Sponsor — participation in various renewable energy projects in jurisdictions, including Ethiopia, Ghana, Cameroon, Zimbabwe and Uganda
Sponsor — participation in a Jordanian solar power project
Songas — various commercial and regulatory issues related to its operations in Tanzania
Major photovoltaic cell manufacturer — proposed joint venture in South Africa
Investment fund — proposed investment into solar and wind power projects in Tanzania
Publications and Speeches
“Strategies to Survive and Thrive in a Low Oil Price Environment,” Pipeline Magazine, January 2017.
"Progress Report – Shale Play in South Africa," Petroleum Africa, April 2016.
“In the Eye of the Storm – Changes to Contracting Strategies Across the LNG Market,” Petroleum Review, January 2016.
“Risk Analysis: Libya’s Oil and Gas Market Remains Risky for Companies Opening in the Territory,” Energy & Mining International, Summer 2015.
“Refining the Rules – the Lucrative East African Market for Natural Oil and Gas,” Legal Week, March 15, 2013.
East Africa Upstream Summit, Petroleum Institute of East Africa