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About Adam

Adam Blythe focuses on oil and gas related transactions. He has experience working on mergers and acquisitions, project development, joint venturing and other commercial arrangements in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors. Adam has particular experience in African and cross-border transactions.

Adam has been recognised by The Legal 500 United Kingdom as a “Next Generation Partner” in oil and gas (2017-2022). He has also been highlighted by IFLR1000 as a “Rising Star” for M&A and Project Development in oil and gas (2017, 2019-2022).

Adam Blythe is an excellent support in any negotiation. He articulates the client’s position with a clear reasoning while remaining calm in difficult negotiations. This approach helps to build trust among the parties and to find solutions.
The Legal 500 United Kingdom, 2021


Recent Notable Matters

Eni S.p.A. — $934 million sale of a participating interest in the Egyptian Shorouk Concession, containing the Zohr gas field, to Mubadala Petroleum

Etablissements Maurel & Prom S.A. — acquisition of producing interests in Angola from Mitsubishi Corporation

Eni S.p.A. — $1.6 billion sale of a participating interest in the Egyptian Shorouk Concession, containing the Zohr gas field, to Rosneft

Energy Regulatory Authority of Tanzania — review of Tanzania’s downstream and midstream gas laws and regulations and preparation of a new regulatory suite for the downstream and midstream sector (an Africa Development Bank funded mandate)

Eni S.p.A. — $375 million sale of a participating interest in the Egyptian Shorouk Concession, containing the Zohr gas field, to BP

Mnazi Bay contractor group — Mnazi Bay gas project in Tanzania including the gas sale arrangements to the Tanzanian gas aggregator

Shoreline Natural Resources Limited — $534 million financing arranged by Vitol funding OML 30 in Nigeria, including the offtake agreement, alternative oil-evacuation arrangements and the upstream operations agreement

Eni S.p.A. — swap transaction with Lukoil in relation to the Area 10, Area 12, and Area 14 upstream shallow water production sharing contracts in Mexico

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

SemGroup Europe Holding L.L.C. — sale of SemLogistics Milford Haven Limited, a petroleum terminal and storage business located in South Wales, to Valero Logistics UK Limited, a subsidiary of Valero Energy Corporation

EOG Resources, Inc. — various farm-ins, JOA and unitization arrangements in Trinidad

Lenders to Siccar Point Energy — M&A aspects of the borrowing base facility agreement to partially fund the acquisition of OMV's North Sea oil and gas business

Petroceltic International plc — proposed disposal of Egyptian upstream assets

Oando — $1.9 billion acquisition of ConocoPhillips' upstream position in Nigeria*

Puma Energy — acquisition of Exxon Mobil's downstream business across five Central American jurisdictions*

Valero — $1.7 billion purchase of Chevron's downstream business in the U.K. and Ireland, including the Pembroke refinery*

Murphy Oil Corporation — farm-in to two blocks in Namibia*

Explorer — farm-in into two blocks in Somaliland and amendments to the related production sharing agreement

Oando — acquisition of interests in two producing deep offshore fields in Nigeria from Shell/Eni and the acquisition financing for its purchase of producing interests in two fields in Nigeria*

Gas producer — gas supply arrangements to an emergency power generator in Cameroon*

Asia Oil Terminal Services — storage agreements and terms of operation in relation to its project to develop a crude oil storage terminal and jetty at Pahang, Malaysia*

International energy company — project to construct and operate an offshore mooring point, terminal and pipeline in Nigeria*

Valero — purchase of an interest in a Dutch refinery company*

The National Development Corporation of Tanzania — procurement of, and joint venture arrangements with a Chinese sponsor for the development of a $3 billion coal to power and iron mine and smelter project in Tanzania (winner of the FT Most Innovative Law Firm in Finance award 2012)*

Sponsor — acquisition of interests of Nigerian power generating and distribution companies and assets in the first Nigerian power privatization round

* Work completed prior to Bracewell

Publications and Speeches

"Oil and Gas M&A in Africa:  Key Trends and Prospects," Into Africa, May 2018.

"Oil and Gas Mergers and Acquisitions in Africa," Oil & Gas in Africa: A Legal and Commercial Analysis of the Upstream Industry, London: Globe Law and Business, 2015.

"The rise of African mergers and acquisitions," Middle East Oil and Gas, November 2014.



Nottingham Law School,
University of Nottingham,

Bar Admissions

Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales


Association of International Petroleum Negotiators



Nigeria’s PIA Under the Microscope

September 1, 2021
Energy Voice

Nigeria Puts its Foot on the Gas

March 16, 2020
Energy Voice

Bracewell Shines in Legal 500 UK Rankings

October 29, 2018
The Legal 500 United Kingdom
Legal 500 UK



Nigeria's upstream petroleum sector: looking back at 2020 and looking ahead in 2021

January 22, 2021
Energy Legal Blog®

We review what happened in Nigeria’s upstream petroleum sector during the previous year – a year that saw a new marginal field bid round, an oil price crash and the onset of a terrible global pandemic. We also consider what we can expect in 2021 and if this will be the...

Nigerian Marginal Fields: New Bid Round and New Guidelines

June 2, 2020
Energy Legal Blog®

Nigeria’s Department of Petroleum Resources (“DPR”) announced on 1 June 2020 the launch of a new marginal field bid round. Fifty-seven marginal fields have been made available, being a mix of onshore, swamp and shallow-offshore fields. The DPR also released new...

Nigeria considers changes to Nigerian content requirements in the oil and gas sector

April 7, 2020
Energy Legal Blog®

The Nigerian government has prepared new legislation – the Nigerian Content Development and Enforcement Bill (“Bill”) – to revise the country’s regulatory approach to mandatory Nigerian content in the oil and gas sector and beyond. The Bill was submitted to the House...

A new regime for Nigerian upstream royalty rates

November 11, 2019
Energy Legal Blog®

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has taken the final steps to pass a new law amending the country’s upstream royalty rates applying to offshore and certain inland areas. The Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contracts (Amendment) Bill (“Amendment”) quickly passed through Nigeria’s National...

Oil & Gas Deal-Doing in Mexico: Current Trends & Future Prospects

Manuel Vera, Jeffery B. Vaden, Darren Spalding and Adam Blythe of Bracewell, and Manuel Cervantes of MCM Abogados discuss deal trends in Mexico and the future of the oil and gas market...

Mexico Upstream Update

August 20, 2018
Energy Legal Blog®

Participants in Mexico’s oil and gas industry are continuing to assess the implications for their sector following the country’s recent election win by President-elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who has criticised the privatisation of Mexico’s oil and gas sector. In his most recent announcement, Mr. Obrador proposed to...

Investing in Upstream Oil and Gas in Mexico

Bracewell's Mexico team is comprised of leading energy lawyers in Houston and London and we are one of the few law firms that have been involved in all aspects of the liberalisation process.

Egypt: floating regasification to solve gas shortages

May 13, 2015
Energy Legal Blog®

Facing shortages in its domestic gas supplies, the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS), Egypt's state-owned gas company, has opted to install floating regasification facilities in the Ain Sokhna port and received its first LNG cargo in April 2015. This article considers why floating regasification offered an effective solution to the supply...

Nigeria: what consents are now required in upstream M&A transactions?

February 9, 2015
Energy Legal Blog®

The recent Moni Pulo decision of the Nigerian High Court [1] has changed the settled understanding of when Ministerial consent is required in Nigerian upstream M&A deals. This article considers the consequences of that court decision, the effects seen in recently...



The Legal 500 United Kingdom
Projects, Energy and Natural Resources – Oil & Gas, 2017 - 2022 (Next Generation Partner, 2017 - 2022); Energy and Infrastructure, 2021
Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC
IFLR1000 Financial & Corporate and M&A Guide
2017, 2019 - 2022