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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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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*

Chinese SOE purchaser — due diligence, structuring and purchase advice on its bid to acquire a participating interest in the Area 4 concession in Mozambique*

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

Melrose Resources — oil and gas due diligence in Algeria, Kurdistan and Italy in relation to its reverse takeover of Petroceltic*

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*

Oando — farm-in into an oil field in Nigeria and its technical services arrangements*

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*

Oil and gas company — bid to acquire interests in two fields offshore Ghana*

Energy company — bid to farm-in into two participating interests in oil fields in Kenya*

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



Bracewell Shines in Legal 500 UK Rankings

October 29, 2018
The Legal 500 United Kingdom



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Egypt: floating regasification to solve gas shortages

May 13, 2015

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 challenges faced in Egypt, as well as exploring some of the wider reasoning that lies behind the recent surge in global use of such facilities. Floating regasification and its rising use "Floating regasification" is a generic term used to cover...

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

February 9, 2015

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 completed transactions, and the implications when structuring acquisitions/disposals of Nigerian upstream interests. The Moni Pulo decision and its background A typical feature of petroleum legislation across the world is the need for prior governmental consent before any change is made to the identity of the upstream concession...



The Legal 500 United Kingdom
Projects, Energy and Natural Resources – Oil & Gas, 2017 - 2018 (Next Generation Lawyer, 2017 - 2018)
Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC
IFLR1000 Financial & Corporate Guide
2017, 2019