Gregory Nott

Leaders in Law endorses Gregory Nott as our exclusively recommended Oil & Gas Law expert in Burundi. If you wish to get in touch with Gregory, please use the contact information provided above.

Greg is the head of our Africa team based in Johannesburg.

He is a leading attorney of the High Court of South Africa with three decades of legal experience acting for significant South African and international companies with a particular focus on the energy sector.

Whether pioneering human rights causes during the throes of Apartheid or spearheading multi-billion-dollar projects, he has a record of accomplishment of success and impact. He has an extensive network of domestic and international colleagues, legislators, judges, politicians, lawyers, business leaders, and figureheads.

He began his career in human rights representing political prisoners, exiles and trade unions. During the transition to democracy, Greg served in executive positions and/or as a member of a number of organisations, including National Return of Exiles Committee (1990’s); Committee for Training of Magistrates (1990’s); and the Chairman of the Consultative Business Committee (1990’s). Greg solidified relationships with the soon to be leaders of democratic South Africa. Since democracy, he has led and managed lawyers in multinational law firms. He has extensive experience in closing multi-billion dollar deals in multiple sectors and jurisdictions, including natural resources, project finance, telecommunications, property, and developmental projects.

Prior to joining our practice, he was the head of the Africa Group at a leading South Africa law firm and served on the management committee of Lex Africa, an African legal network. Greg has represented a number of significant international clients in the South African renewable procurement program (REIPP) and has focused particularly on solar PV and wind projects.

He also has extensive experience in the upstream oil and gas sector in South Africa where his deep understanding and insights in both the legal and political make-up of the country has assisted international oil majors in their strategic investment decisions. In a recent international legal directory, Greg is said to feature on many of the energy deals and sources singled him out for his excellent strategic advice. He is highly connected in the power and infrastructure space.

In 2010 he was awarded with the International Lawyer of the Year for his fearless defence of two-time world champion and Olympic champion Caster Semenya.

Greg is listed as a recommended lawyer for banking and finance and projects and energy in Legal500, Chambers, IFLR.

Greg has been listed as a leading lawyer in the financial and corporate space.

Greg has been listed as highly regarded in the Practice areas of Energy & infrastructure, Project development.

Admitted as an Attorney in 1987, Greg holds a Bachelors of Arts, a Bachelor of Laws, and a Diploma in Corporate Governance.

Firm Description:

We provide the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 3,700 lawyers and other legal staff based in Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa.

Recognized for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy, infrastructure and resources; consumer markets; transport; technology; and life sciences and healthcare. Through our global risk advisory group, we leverage our industry experience with our knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues to provide our clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing their businesses.

Wherever we are, we operate in accordance with our global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of our offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

Norton Rose Fulbright Verein, a Swiss verein, helps coordinate the activities of Norton Rose Fulbright members but does not itself provide legal services to clients. Norton Rose Fulbright has offices in more than 50 cities worldwide, including London, Houston, New York, Toronto, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Sydney and Johannesburg. For more information, see


Per Hemmer

Per Hemmer is an expert on energy law and the environment and has long-standing experience advising large Danish and international energy and utility companies.

Per has advised on several energy transactions affecting government and municipal institutions as well as private companies, including the reorganisation and separation of energy companies/utilities, the purchase and sale of CHP plants, gas storage facilities and transmission and distribution networks as well as offshore wind farms.

Moreover, Per advises Danish and foreign oil and gas clients on license and contractual matters in Denmark and Greenland.

Per is highly experienced in the establishment of public utilities, district cooling, waste-to-energy, biogas and geothermal energy, wind turbines as well as offshore wind farms and offshore infrastructure.

Oil & Gas Law Practice:

We have long-standing experience in advising leading oil and gas companies and public authorities on exploration activities in Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. We assist both offshore and onshore oil and gas companies and represent many of the major players in the Danish market and in the North Sea.

Our expertise includes oil and gas permits, standard agreements and the conclusion of individually negotiated agreements. We also specialise in the establishment of pipelines and technical plants on offshore platforms as well as the dismantling of offshore plants.

We have in-depth knowledge of the legal framework governing oil, gas and raw materials in Greenland and the Faroe Islands as well as environmental impact surveys and the taxation of oil and gas activities.

The oil and gas sector is undergoing rapid development. Significant exploration activities are taking place in Greenland and the Faroe Islands and expectations are high among industry experts.

Bech Bruun:

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Academy Client and easy-to-understand newsletters for clients wishing to stay updated on the latest legal developments. Online legal templates for clients who have a framework agreement in the areas of labour and employment law, real estate law and competition law. And an online virtual data room designed to streamline and optimise due diligence processes.

These are just a few of the services that Bech-Bruun has developed over the years to simplify complex issues for our clients.

With a new vision, mission and set of values, we emphasise our commitment to being the law firm capable of making even the most complex legal issues simple.

Scott Taylor

Scott Taylor is the firm’s senior energy lawyer. Scott represents land owners in negotiations involving oil and gas leases, uranium mining leases, wind leases and easements, seismic permitting and option agreements, pipeline easements and conveyances involving mineral and wind rights.

He also represents oil and gas exploration and production companies, oil and gas marketers and pipeline companies, and independent geologists, geophysicists and engineers in transactions involving domestic and international oil and gas exploration joint ventures, oil and gas production sales and acquisitions, operating agreements, joint seismic acquisition agreements, oil and gas marketing agreements, consulting agreements and all aspects of negotiations with land and mineral owners.

In addition, Scott represents clients in regulatory matters involving oil and gas exploration and production activities.

The Oil & Gas Law Practice:

Our energy lawyers advise upstream and midstream oil and gas exploration and production companies in negotiations and disputes with landowners, and in state and federal regulatory matters. We also assist these companies in negotiating the terms of domestic and international exploration and production agreements, including:

  • Operating agreements
  • Joint venture agreements
  • Farmout agreements
  • Seismic acquisition agreements
  • Hydrocarbon purchase and sale agreements

Landowner Representation

The energy attorneys at Branscomb|PC represent landowners in negotiating the terms of seismic permits, option agreements, oil and gas leases, easements, and surface and subsurface use agreements, as well as in uranium leasing transactions. Our energy lawyers also assist landowners in resolving disputes involving operators’ improper use of the land and other breaches of their contracts with landowners. As part of our full range of services, our energy attorneys also prepare drill site and division order title opinions, as well as title curative instruments whenever title defects are discovered.

Oil and Gas Acquisition and Divestitures

Our energy attorneys have extensive experience representing buyers and sellers in sales of producing oil and gas properties, from simple, single-well sales to complex, tax-planned transactions and leveraged purchases. We also represent our clients in fee mineral and royalty transactions.

Wind Energy Transactions

The Oil & Gas lawyers in Branscomb|PC’s Energy Group represent landowners in all aspects of wind lease transactions, including wind studies, utility easements, location of facilities, and the commercial terms of the wind lease or wind easement. We also assist clients in developing small-scale community wind projects, and in transactions involving the purchase and sale of wind rights.


Jesus Abanto

Leaders in Law endorses Jesus Abanto as our exclusively recommended Oil & Gas Law expert in Peru. If you wish to get in touch with Jesus, please use the contact information provided above.

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

Leaders in Law endorses Anthony Giustini as our exclusively recommended Oil & Gas Law expert in France. If you wish to get in touch with Anthony please use the contact information provided above.

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

Leaders in Law endorses Khaled Abou El Houda as our exclusively recommended Oil & Gas Law expert in Senegal. If you wish to get in touch with Khaled please use the contact information provided above.

Khaled Abou El Houda has been registered with the Senegalese Bar Association since 1999. He is an Honorary Member of the Senegal Mining Chamber, the General Secretary of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (ICM) Senegal, and the General Secretary of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in Senegal.

Houda holds a Master’s Degree in Business Law from Aix-Marseille University (France) and a Masters Degree in Banking and Finance Business Law from Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar (Senegal). As a mediator and conciliator in OHADA (Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa) law, he is a chartered arbitrator at the OHADA Common Court of Justice and Arbitration (CCJA) in Abidjan, Ivory Coast and the Center of Arbitration, Mediation and Conciliation (CAMC) in Dakar, Senegal. Houda is also a member of the African Business Law Firms Association (ABLFA) and the International Bar Association (IBA).

Houda is an outstanding practitioner in business law and has developed proven strengths and qualifications in banking, restructuration, major infrastructure financing, and energy projects. He has been involved in the establishment of numerous mining, oil, and gas projects in Senegal and the sub region. He also co-authored the book “The Register of Trade OHADA” and “Retour sur l”Exequatur des Sentences CIRDI.” Additionally, he is involved in the drafting of the book “Doing Business” published annually by the World Bank. Most recently, Houda was the contributing editor of the Senegal country chapter for the 2017 African Law and Business Special Report on Investment in Africa.

Due to his linguistic (fluent in French, English, Arabic, and Wolof) and multicultural aptitudes, Houda has worked with clients from Africa (Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mali, Guinea-Conakry, Guinea-Bissau, Burkina Faso, Benin, Niger, Togo), Europe (United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands), North America (United States, Canada), Asia (India, United Arab Emirates, China), and Australia.

Due to his strengths and qualifications, Houda has been recognized by Who’s Who Legal, Global Chambers & Partners, and the International Financial Law Review.

Firm Description

Houda Law Firm is a full-service Senegalese law firm based in the capital Dakar that specializes in all forms of corporate and general business, intellectual property, international trade, investment fund, and banking and financial service practice law. The firm is well known for its work with mergers and acquisitions and project finance in several key sectors such as banking, industry, new technologies, mining, energy, oil, gas, and infrastructure. Founded in 1977 by Mohamed Salim Kanjo, the firm has extensive experience in establishing foreign companies in Senegal and the sub-region and providing counsel, legal advice and assistance, and litigation representation in court.

The firm assists clients such as private companies, public entities, and individuals with all of their legal needs in Senegal and WAEMU (West African Economic and Monetary Union) member states. It also represents local and foreign clients that include international institutions, multinational corporations or their subsidiaries, investment funds, credit brokers, and commercial companies.

The firm regularly works with high-profile international law firms. Such entities frequently appoint the firm to provide general overview reports and opinions about Senegalese law for international investors in private equity and derivatives finance.

Under the leadership of attorney-at-law and current managing partner Khaled Abou El Houda, the firm assigns and entrusts every case to a dedicated and competent team in order to ensure excellence and client satisfaction.

Today, Houda Law Firm is ranked as a leading firm for general business law by Chambers and Partners Global 2018, recognized as a mining expert by Who’s Who Legal 2018, and rated as a financial and corporate recommended firm by the 2018 International Finance Law Review.

The Firm is an Exclusive contributor of « Doing Business in Senegal » in the 2018 edition of the Legal 500 EMEA and featured in Hogan Lovell’s African Law and Business 2018 special report on investment in Africa based on its competence in providing legal support and counsel in litigation in Senegal and throughout WAEMU.

The firm has opened a second office in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, which will make it the very first foreign law firm from the WAEMU region established in the country.


David Phua

Leaders in Law endorses David Phua as our exclusively recommended Oil & Gas Law expert in Singapore. If you wish to get in touch with David please use the contact information provided above.

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.