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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


Recent Notable Matters

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 financing with GIC, Mitsui and Macquarie; 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

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

Gran Tierra Energy, Inc. — crude sales and marketing arrangements in Colombia and Ecuador



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

Bar Admissions

Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales





Tactical switch for Opec

October 10, 2016
Petroleum Review

East Africa Licensing Update

June 1, 2014
Petroleum Africa - Online



Africa Energy Update

April 4, 2016

Progress Report: Shale Play in Algeria

May 12, 2015

Legal basis The 2013 amendments to Algeria's 2005 Hydrocarbon Law (the " Law ") provided a legislative framework for the exploration and production of unconventional hydrocarbons. In addition to wider changes to the Law designed to revive foreign investment in Algeria's oil and gas sector, the amendments were expected to kick-start exploitation of Algeria's estimated 707tcf and 5.7 billion barrels of technically recoverable shale gas and oil reserves (estimated to be the world's third largest) [1] . The most significant amendment to the Law links taxes on International Oil Companies ( IOCs...

Risk Analysis: Libya's Oil and Gas Market

May 12, 2015

Libya is reputed to hold the ninth largest proven oil reserves in the world (approximately 38% of Africa's total proven crude reserves) [1] making it a key player in the global energy market. Since 2011 however, the country and its energy sector has been in turmoil and there are currently two rival governments struggling for control over Libyan territory and resources. In this article, we highlight the five major legal risks currently facing companies operating in the territory (or indeed outside when handling Libyan crude exports). Disputed sovereignty Most fundamentally, the Libyan civil...

Africa Energy Update

February 10, 2015

Gabon 2014 update: The Gabonese farm-out market "“ ripe for the picking

February 9, 2015

The Gabonese oil and gas industry shifted into "full steam ahead" mode in 2014. Confronted with over a decade of falling oil production, Gabon has decided to actively engage with the industry that still accounts for 80-90% of its total export earnings. On 4 August, Gabon completed a 13-block offshore licencing round which was launched in 2013 and on 28 August, the long-awaited new Petroleum Code became law. It is also rumoured that a further licensing round will be launched in Q3 of 2015 after the government completes the interpretation of 3D seismic data that is currently being acquired...

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...

Africa Energy Update

November 3, 2014

The Transparency Initiative: Are You Ready?

October 31, 2014

Are you a UK company that operates in an EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRY? If so, do any 2 of the following apply to you: You have a balance sheet in excess of £18 million; You have net turnover of over £36 million; or You have more than 250 employees If so, do you make annual payments to any Government of over £86,000? If the answer to the above is YES , then from 1 January 2015 you will most likely be required to comply with the UK's new Transparency Initiative Regulations . Introduction The UK is set to become the first EU member state to transpose the most recent EU directives on accounting and...

East Africa Licensing Update - Q4 2014

October 30, 2014

With Tanzania in the final stages of evaluating bids for oil and gas blocks offered in its latest bidding round which closed in Q2 2014, it was Mozambique's turn to announce its latest round in London on 23 October. Uganda and Kenya are also expected to embark on fresh licensing next year to complete a busy period for East African block auctions. Country-by-country Tanzania The Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) recently announced that it was in the final stages of evaluating five bids submitted by CNOOC, RAK Gas, ExxonMobil/Statoil, Mubadala and Gazprom back in May and would...

East Africa Licensing Update

May 19, 2014

When bidding in Tanzania's 4 th Offshore Licensing Round was officially closed on 15 May, the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) announced bids by CNOOC, RAK Gas, ExxonMobil/Statoil, Mubadala and Gazprom and with other licensing rounds in the region scheduled; there remain opportunities for exploration companies with an eye on the market to secure fresh acreage. Country-by-country Tanzania 4 th licensing round (consisting of seven offshore blocks and the onshore North Lake Tanganyika block) closed on 15 May 2014 with five bids submitted by CNOOC (Block 4/3A), RAK Gas (Lake...



Chambers UK
Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas, 2016 - 2021
The Legal 500 United Kingdom
Projects, Energy and Natural Resources – Oil & Gas, 2014, 2017 - 2019; 2022
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 - 2022; Project Development, 2018 - 2022; Energy and Infrastructure, 2018
Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC
IFLR1000 Energy & Infrastructure Guide
Sub-Saharan Africa, Leading Lawyer, 2016; Latin America, 2016