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About Paul

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



Oxford Institute of Legal Practice,
Merton College, University of Oxford,

Bar Admissions

Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales


Law Society of England and Wales
Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)



For oil and gas M&A, it's a Buyers' Market

May 16, 2017
Oil & Gas Financial Journal - Online

In the Eye of the Storm

January 30, 2016
Petroleum Review


July 15, 2015
Energy & Mining International

East Africa Licensing Update

June 1, 2014
Petroleum Africa - Online