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About Ben

Ben is an energy lawyer with a particular focus on the oil and gas sector. He has advised clients on the development, sale, purchase and financing of oil and gas assets across the value chain, from wellhead to market. Ben has particular experience in relation to African transactions, having advised on deals in more than 25 jurisdictions across the continent.

‘He’s a very good oil and gas lawyer who is steeped in sector knowledge.’ ‘He’s totally unflappable and very sure-footed – if he says something, people will sit up and listen.’
Chambers UK, 2021

Experience

Recent Notable Matters

Savannah Energy Plc — acquisition of Exxon and Petronas’ entire interests in the Doba oil field in Chad and their shareholding in the Chad-Cameroon Pipeline and Floating, Storage and Offloading vessel for a total consideration of up to $676 million

Hillwood International Energy, LP — acquisition of Kerogen Investments No. 7 Limited’s interest in HKN Energy, Ltd, the owner of a 62 percent operated interest in the Sarsang PSC in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Savannah Petroleum plc — material aspects of its takeover of the Seven Energy Nigerian business, including relating to the re-organisation of the Uquo onshore gas field and the Accugas gas processing facility and the re-listing of its shares on the stock exchange; on its gas sales agreements; on its exploration assets in Niger

Storegga Geotechnologies Ltd — foundation equity financing with Macquarie and subsequent equity financings with GIC, Mitsui, Macquarie, M&G and SNAM; 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

Gran Tierra Energy Inc. — up to $150 million prepayment facility with Trafigura as lender, with repayments to be deducted from the price payable by Trafigura under commercial contracts for the purchase of crude oil from Gran Tierra's producing fields located in Colombia

Genel Energy plc — in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq on its farm-in to the Chevron operated Sarta and Qara Dagh blocks, 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

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

Hunt Oil Company — on matters across its international oil and gas portfolio, including in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Morocco, Tunisia and Peru

Impact Oil & Gas Ltd — in South Africa on its farm-down of Tugela South block to Shell and farm-in to Area 2; the acquisition of upstream blocks in Gabon, Namibia, the Senegal-Guinea Bissau AGC and Guinea Bissau; the farm-down of the AGC block to CNOOC and the Namibia block to Total

Anglo African Oil and Gas plc — Tilapia field operations in the Republic of Congo

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

Trident Energy Management Limited — acquisition financing to acquire, in partnership with Kosmos, Hess’ business in Equatorial Guinea

GAIL (India) — LNG cargo swap transactions around the globe

Chevron — exit from Mauritania

Credentials

Education

Oxford Institute of Legal Practice,
Legal Practice Course
2002
University of Cambridge, England,
B.A., Honours in Law
2001
University of Poitiers, France,
Legal Diploma
2000

Bar Admissions

Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales

Languages

French

News

News

Tactical switch for Opec

East Africa Licensing Update

Insights

Noteworthy

Noteworthy

Chambers UK
Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas, 2016 - 2023
The Legal 500 United Kingdom
Projects, Energy and Natural Resources – Oil & Gas, 2014, 2017 - 2019; 2022 - 2023
The Legal 500 EMEA
Regional Summary - Africa, 2016 - 2017
Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC
IFLR1000 Financial & Corporate and M&A Guide
Highly Regarded: Project Finance, 2017 - 2023; Project Development, 2018 - 2023; Energy and Infrastructure, 2018
Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC
IFLR1000 Energy & Infrastructure Guide
Sub-Saharan Africa, Leading Lawyer, 2016; Latin America, 2016

Events

Past Events