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About Adam

Adam Waszkiewicz focuses his practice on corporate and finance matters within the energy sector. He has experience in M&A, reserve based finance, equity capital fundraising, joint ventures, corporate reorganizations and other commercial agreements relating to the oil and gas industry. Adam regularly advises on multi-jurisdictional transactions and has acted for borrowers, lenders, purchasers, and sellers.

He recently spent eight months on secondment with an E&P company, giving Adam a thorough understanding of the commercial issues that face oil and gas companies in the current market.


Recent Notable Matters

Storegga Geotechnologies Ltd — foundation equity financing with Macquarie and subsequent equity financing with GIC, Mitsui and Macquarie

Storegga Geotechnologies Ltd — acquisition of Pale Blue Dot Energy, the lead developer of the Acorn Carbon Capture and Storage Project at the St Fergus Gas Terminal in the UK

Anglo Tunisian Oil & Gas Limited — acquisition of Medco Tunisia, a seven asset upstream oil and gas business in Tunisia, including the associated acquisition financing

SPE Guinea Bissau AB (a wholly owned subsidiary of Svenska Petroleum Exploration AB) — agreement to sell participating interests in the Sinapa and Esperança oil and gas licences, offshore Guinea Bissau, to CNOOC

Genel Energy plc — acquisition of interests in the Chevron operated Sarta and Qara Dagh blocks in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Impact Oil & Gas Ltd — financing arrangements for the acquisition of an interest by Main Street 1549 Proprietary Limited (a Black Economic Empowerment company) in the Exploration Right for Block 11B/12B (offshore South Africa) and the first exploration well to be drilled on the block, and the associated $35M equity placing, as lender

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 — acquisition from Shell of a 30 percent interest in upstream oil and gas assets in Colombia

Genel Energy plc — business in Kurdistan and elsewhere, including on the development and commercialization of its Miran and Bina Bawi gas discoveries for export to Turkey, the acquisition of OMV’s interest in the Bina Bawi Block, the farm-down of the Chia Surkh block, crude transportation and marketing arrangements

Rhino Resources, Ltd — building of an African upstream exploration portfolio in South Africa, Namibia, Comoros Islands and Senegal-Guinea Bissau AGC

Hess Corporation — $1 billion sale to ONGC Videsh of its interests in the ACG field in Azerbaijan and BTC pipeline*

DNO — merger with RAK Petroleum of their Middle East and North African upstream oil and gas businesses, valuing the combined assets at $1.9 billion

JKX Oil & Gas plc — acquisition and disposal of upstream interests in Hungary

Murphy Oil Corporation — sale of its entire North Sea upstream oil and gas business, including its interests in the Schiehallion field to Shell, Mungo and Monan fields to First Oil and the Amethyst field to Perenco

Hess Corporation — $525 million sale of its interest in the Beryl field and Scottish Area Gas Evacuation System to Shell*

Phillips 66 — sale of its interests in the Immingham Combined Heat and Power Plant to Vitol

Delek Drilling L.P. — $900 million financing for the Tamar natural gas field development offshore Israel and in relation to facility sharing arrangements for the development of the Tamar field

Private equity investor — sale of its interest in an international offshore oilfield services business

* Work completed prior to Bracewell

Publications and Speeches

“Unlocking the potential of shale gas in the UK energy mix,” Oil & Gas Financial Journal, February 2014.

“Fracking in the UK: the Shale Gas Industry Begins to Take Shape,” Natural Gas Europe, February 2014.



College of Law,
with distinction
College of Law,
University College London,

Bar Admissions

Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales




UK Government announces major North Sea tax cuts

The existing tax regime for exploration and production of oil and gas in the UK and UK Continental Shelf ("UKCS") comprises three elements: (i) Petroleum Revenue Tax ("PRT") at a rate of 50% which is levied on profits from fields given development consent before 16 March 1993; (ii) Ring Fence Corporation Tax at a rate of 30% levied on the...

Reforming the Argentinian Oil and Gas Regime

January 16, 2015
Energy Legal Blog®

In order to prevent the increase of energy prices and to safeguard domestic supply, at the start of the millennium the Argentinian federal government made various amendments to the legal regime regulating the exploration and production of hydrocarbons. Such measures included the introduction of a system of regulated prices and the...