Jesus Abanto

Jesus Abanto joined CMS Grau in 2013 and has more than 10 years of experience giving legal advice on Oil and Gas matters. He has advised both governmental entities (hydrocarbons industry regulators) and companies that carry out hydrocarbon activities in all its phases. Jesus has extensive experience in the regulation of public services, sanctioning administrative procedures, administrative contentious proceedings, Public-Private Associations, legal consulting on the regulation sector, corporate matters and project financing.

His knowledge of the industry is not limited to the legal field, since his experience coordinating with professionals from other disciplines has allowed him to incorporate technical and economic knowledge of the sector, which facilitates his understanding of his client’s needs.

For seven years, he provided advice to the Supervisory Agency for Energy and Mining Investment (OSINERGMIN) and participated in the supervision and control of companies of the Natural Gas industry, as well as in the elaboration of laws applicable to this industry.

Jesus mainly advises companies that carry out Oil and Natural Gas activities, which has allowed him to identify that within this sector, investing in any stage of the hydrocarbons industry is a challenge, since the normative regulation is quite complex and requires a high level of specialization for an efficient consultancy to the Oil and Gas companies.

In this scenario, Jesus stands out for his understanding of the client’s problems and finds creative solutions, thanks to his experience advising large investment projects, entities of the public sector and his regulation knowledge on this matter.

On the other hand, he has also been professor of the university extension course of OSINERGMIN and in several events related to his specialty.

Firm Overview:

Ranked as a Top 10 Global Law Firm, CMS can work for you in 42 countries and 74 offices worldwide. 4,500 CMS lawyers offer business-focused advice tailored to your needs, whether in your local market or across multiple jurisdictions.

CMS Grau is one of the most important law firms in Peru with more than 80 years of experience providing integral legal advice.

Our team of specialized and dedicated professionals offers integral legal advice offering innovative solutions according to the needs of our clients.

Our philosophy involves commitment to our clients to provide an efficient and high quality legal service.

Being a full service firm, we form multidisciplinary teams to give a transversal approach to the needs of our clients.

We have high level specialized knowledge in the different legal aspects, as well as in the sectors in which our clients work, being aware of the markets in which they develop their businesses.

Anthony Giustini

Anthony Giustini specialises mainly on project development and finance transactions in the oil and gas, petrochemical, power projects, mining and infrastructure sectors, in markets throughout the world.

Who we are & how we work:

We are one of the world’s pre-eminent law firms, with significant depth and range of resources across five continents. As a single, fully integrated, global partnership, we pride ourselves on our approachable, collegial and team-based way of working. We always strive to exceed the expectations of our clients, which include corporates from all the commercial and industrial sectors, governments, regulators, trade bodies and not-for-profit organisations. We provide them with the highest-quality advice and legal insight, which combines the Firm’s global standards with in-depth local expertise.

Many of the world’s leading organisations look to Clifford Chance not just for legal expertise but for advice on business critical issues. They place us in this position of trust because:

  • We expect our people to put the interests of our clients first: we invest in understanding client organisations, their operating context and the opportunities and challenges they face.
  • We give practical advice: we draw on the huge range and depth of our expertise to develop commercial, effective solutions for clients.
  • We believe in the power of teams, rather than individuals: to secure successful outcomes, we bring together groups of people with just the right mix of sector, product and jurisdictional knowledge.
  • We invest for the future: we have always taken the view that we must invest today to build the firm our clients will need 15, 20 or more years into the future. As a result, our resources are second to none, whether our people, our know-how, our approach to client service, or our sheer geographic footprint across 32 major financial centres across the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

As a leader in our field, we are rightly held to high standards in all we do. We are committed to inspiring the trust of our stakeholders by making Responsible Business a central part of our strategy. This encompasses how we do business and manage risk, as well as our commitment to our people, communities and the environment.

Last, but not least, we aim to be easy to work with, down to earth and approachable.

Jamal Alkaf

Jamal Alkaf is the managing director / legal advisor (Director of legal and finance) of SAHRA Consulting and has substantial years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He is working with SAHRA for over few years and worked with major projects and arbitration cases (both local and international) with big and renowned oil & gas companies/clients.

Jamal Alkaf was the legal advisor of the National Oil Company and the Ministry of Oil and Minerals of Yemen. One of his main projects of his work was to participate in drafting and negotiate the Production Sharing Agreements for Yemen third international biding round. Moreover, he was part of various committees at high government levels for various issues concerning oil and gas.

He is a Member to the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, among other institutions and professional societies.

Jamal Alkaf holds a degree in International Business Administration from the American Intercontinental University of London, a BA (Honours) in Business Law from Kingston University in London and LLM with distinction in Oil and Gas Law from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

 

Kristian Bradshaw

Kristian specialises in projects and project finance, with a focus on the oil and gas, LNG and power sectors. He has extensive experience advising on international transactions of this nature, both on the financing and on the underlying commercial agreements such as government concessions, EPC contracts, supply and offtake arrangements, gas sales agreements, LNG SPAs, power purchase agreements, terminal use agreements, joint venture and shareholder arrangements and acquisitions and disposals.

Professional qualifications

  • Registered Foreign Lawyer (England & Wales), Japan, 2014
  • Registered foreign lawyer, Hong Kong, 2012
  • Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2006

 

Allen & Overy:

We’ll do that by staying one step ahead and by constantly challenging ourselves to bring new and original ways of thinking to the most complex legal challenges our clients face.

Over the past year we have worked with some of the world’s most sophisticated businesses on market-leading transactions that have changed their industries. This includes, advising on the largest oil refinery project in Vietnam (Nghi Son) and the joint venture between H.C. Starck and Vietnam’s largest private sector company, Masan Group; the ground-breaking creation of Abu Dhabi’s first Financial Free Zone, the Abu Dhabi Global Market; and representing Novartis in its successful patent battle with MedImmune over Novartis’s blockbuster drug Lucentis – to name just a few achievements.

We are able to build on the foundations of our long heritage to attract the most talented people and develop the high-performance culture necessary to innovate and change the face of business.

Our commitment to help our clients deliver their global strategies has seen us build a truly global network now spanning 46 offices in 32 countries. We have also developed strong ties with relationship law firms in more than 100 countries where we do not have a presence.

This network has allowed us to become one of the largest and most connected law firms in our peer group with a global reach and local depth that is simply unrivalled.

So when we talk about global coverage, we’re not just talking about having offices in some important cities around the world. We mean being able to combine our international resources and sector expertise to work on cross-border transactions directly in the markets and regions important to our clients.

Jesús Rodríguez Dávalos

As founding partner of Rodriguez Dávalos Abogados (RDA), Mr. Rodríguez capitalized his previous working experience in PEMEX, the national oil company, and in Crowell and Moring, an international law firm based on Washington D.C.

Mr. Rodríguez obtained his law degree in the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and has graduate studies on foreign investment and in the energy sector legal framework, as well as on environmental law and public administration.

He is currently the managing partner of RDA, a leading law firm specialized in the energy and infrastructure businesses. He has led numerous first-of-a-kind projects in Mexico, such as:

  • The first cross-border privately owned LPG pipeline (TDF, Altiplano);
  • The negotiation and execution of the first interconnection agreement to the Pemex LP Gas pipeline;
  • The execution of NAESB agreements for power generation companies, IPPs and natural gas IDCs in northern Mexico, among others;
  • The Bordo Poniente Landfill Project, which consists in the generation of electricity by biogas;
  • The first wet gas exportation pipeline to USA;
  • The first compressed natural gas transportation system by truck,
  • The first private petrochemical transportation pipeline, and
  • The first solar-generated operational electricity project in Mexico.

Mr. Rodríguez is currently leading counsel of “Los Ramones” pipeline, one of the most important natural gas pipeline projects in Mexico.

In addition to his activities in RDA, Mr. Rodríguez is president of the Asociación de Derechos de Vía, A.C. (International Right of Way Association, Mexican Chapter). He has also been member of the Mexican Natural Gas Association for the past eighteen years, being currently its Secretary. Finally, he is legal advisor for the World Energy Council, Mexican section.

Khaled Abou El Houda

Houda and Partners is a leading Senegalese Law firm focusing on mining, oil and gas, energy, new technologies, industry, banking and finance.

This firm was founded by Mohamed Salim Kanjo in 1977 and Khaled Abou El Houda is the current manager.

The firm has a total staff of 22 employees – half of these highly qualified lawyers.

The firm also represents and assists local and foreign clients composed of international corporations, investment funds and credit brokers.

Khaled Abou El Houda is a member of the Senegalese Bar Association and the general secretary of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (Senegalese chapter).

Khaled Abou El Houda is an honorary member of the Mining Chamber of Senegal regarding its expertise and recognition in this sector.

Khaled Houda has extensive experience on the establishment of foreign companies in Senegal, their counsel and legal assistance.

Khaled Houda holds a master’s degree in business law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Provence Aix-Marseille in France.

He also holds a diploma of specialised higher studies in business law (banking and finance).

Moreover, he graduated from the Centre for Arbitration, Mediation and Conciliation in Dakar as a mediator and conciliator in OHADA business law.

Khaled Abou El Houda is an international arbitrator at the Common Court of Justice and Arbitration in Ivory Coast, common to the 17 states members of OHADA.

David Phua

David is a senior associate in our Asia Pacific energy and natural resources practice and is based in our Singapore office.

David represents a diverse range of international companies on oil and gas transactions, conventional and renewable power projects, and the drafting and negotiating of agreements for the transportation, storage and offtake of energy commodities. In particular, David is experienced in advising on all aspects of the LNG value chain, including export projects, import and regasification projects, spot and long term sale agreements as well as the downstream sale of regasified LNG. Most recently, David has acted as international counsel for greenfield export projects in the United States, Canada, East Africa and Papua New Guinea, as well as import projects in Singapore, Indonesia and India.


Recent deals/Highlights:

 

  • Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in connection with the development of the Mozambique LNG project and associated LNG sale and purchase agreements;
  • PETRONAS in connection with the development of the Pacific Northwest LNG project in Canada;
  • the Singapore LNG Corporation in connection with the multi-user LNG import terminal project in the Republic of Singapore, including advising on the terminal use arrangements and ancillary agreements;
  • the Asian Development Bank in connection with the development of the Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan to India (TAPI) pipeline project, including advising on the gas transportation arrangements and shareholders’ agreement for the TAPI pipeline company; and
  • Reliance Industires Limited in connection with the preparation and review of several Indian domestic long-term gas sale and purchase agreements.