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About Alastair

Alastair Young serves as co-chair of the firm’s oil and gas projects practice group. He is a corporate lawyer who focuses on the energy and natural resources sector. His experience includes UK and international mergers and acquisitions, long-term and high-value contracts, cross-border joint ventures and the development of major energy projects.


Recent Notable Matters

Eni S.p.A. — sale of a package of onshore oil and gas fields in Egypt to Apex International Energy (a private equity company backed by Bluewater)

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures — development of a 34 MW/ 68 MWh utility scale battery storage project, to be constructed and operated by Tesla in the United Kingdom

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

Apache Corporation — sale of multiple UK North Sea upstream oil and gas assets to Chrysaor Limited

Eni S.p.A. — sale of interests in Egypt’s super-giant Zohr field to Rosneft for $1.125 billion and BP for $375 million

Apache Corporation — disposal of its operated interest in the SAGE System, a major gas pipeline system and gas processing terminal in the UK, to Ancala Partners, and on Apache’s associated long-term gas transportation and processing agreement

Apache Corporation — $800 million sale of its oil and gas business in Argentina to YPF S.A.

Apache Corporation — disposal of its interests in the Scott and Telford oil fields in the UK North Sea to Edison

Apache Corporation — acquisition of Mobil North Sea Limited (holding significant UK North Sea assets) from Exxon Mobil for $1.75 billion

BG Group — in relation to its assets in Brazil

EOG Resources, Inc. — in relation to its assets in Trinidad

Sinopec — acquisition of 49 percent of the shares in Talisman Energy (UK) Limited (holding significant UK North Sea assets) for $1.5 billion

TAQA — establishment of the Bergermeer Gas Storage Project in the Netherlands and its strategic partnership agreement with Gazprom, the supplier of supply cushion gas to the project

San Leon Energy plc — £31 million AIM placing and farm-outs in Poland to Talisman and Palomar Natural Resources

OGX — acquisition of upstream oil and gas assets off-shore Brazil from Maersk

Serica Energy — sale to KrisEnergy of a group of its Dutch BV and Singaporean subsidiaries holding upstream oil and gas assets including the Kutai and East Seruway PSCs in Indonesia

Suncor Energy Inc — €445 million sale of its upstream oil and gas business in the Netherlands to Dana Petroleum plc

Administrators of Oilexco North Sea Limited — $505 million sale of the shares in Oilexco to Premier Oil

BP plc — establishment of its joint venture with Rio Tinto for the development of hydrogen power projects around the world

GDF Suez (now Engie) — acquisition of a gas storage project in the UK

Publications and Speeches

“United Kingdom: Energy – Oil & Gas,” The Legal 500 Country Comparative Guide 2020.

“Use it or Lose it,” Petroleum Review, May 2018.

“Penalty Clauses Redefined by the English Courts,” IFLR, January 2016.

“What Constitutes a Reasonable and Prudent Operator?” International Law Office, November 2015.

“Fracking in Europe - EU Parliament Votes to Require Environmental Impact Assessments for Shale Gas Developments,” Oil & Gas Financial Journal, October 2013.

“Backing Fracking: UK Government Lays Out Shale Gas Incentives,” Oil & Gas Financial Journal, September 2013.



University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia,
Australian National University, Canberra, Australia,

Bar Admissions

Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
Solicitor in New South Wales, Australia



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The Legal 500 United Kingdom
Projects, Energy and Natural Resources – Oil & Gas, 2014 - 2019, 2021
Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC
IFLR1000 Financial & Corporate and M&A Guide
United Kingdom, 2017 - 2023
Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC
IFLR1000 Energy & Infrastructure Guide
Latin America, 2015