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About Catherine

Catherine Todd is a transactional energy lawyer based in London. She focuses her practice on projects, M&A and general corporate and commercial matters in the energy sector. Catherine also has experience advising banks, international financial institutions and borrowers on complex cross-border financings. Catherine has particular experience working on African and emerging market transactions. Prior to joining Bracewell, Catherine spent six months on secondment to ExxonMobil.


Recent Notable Matters

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank — as agent to the lenders in the $2.44 billion letter of credit facility and approximately $544 million in funded debt for McDermott International, Ltd in the successfully completed emergence from bankruptcy

Crédit Agricole — $2.8 billion financing facility in prepackaged Chapter 11 restructuring transaction for McDermott International, as agent to revolving debtor-in-possession (DIP) lenders

Eni S.p.A. — $934 million sale of a participating interest in the Egyptian Shorouk Concession, containing the Zohr gas field, to Mubadala Petroleum

Etablissements Maurel & Prom S.A. — acquisition of producing interests in Angola from Mitsubishi Corporation

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

Delfin LNG — development of the Delfin floating LNG project in the Gulf of Mexico

Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority of Tanzania (EWURA) — development of natural gas regulations and guidelines for the natural gas industry in Tanzania (an Africa Development Bank funded mandate)

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

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

Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank — as lead arranger, in the $4.65 billion financing of McDermott International, Inc.’s all-stock combination with Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V., consisting of a $2.26 billion senior secured term loan facility, a $1.0 billion senior secured revolving credit facility and a $1.39 billion senior secured letter of credit facility

Crédit Agricole — $1.7 billion new financing for McDermott International which includes immediate access to $650 million of financing comprised of $550 million under a term loan credit facility and $100 million under a letter of credit facility, as lead arranger and revolving administrative agent

Kigali Water Limited — project development and financing of the Kigali bulk water treatment plant PPP in Rwanda, the first project financed bulk water project in sub-Saharan Africa. Awarded “Africa Water Deal of the Year” at the IJ Global Awards 2017*

Syndicate of eight international lenders — corporate financing in connection with a LNG plant in Angola.  Awarded “African Oil and Gas Deal of the Year” at the IJ Global Awards 2016*

Ministry of Finance of Angola — largest oil receivables-backed financing to date*

eni Ghana — OCTP/Sankofa oil and gas development with a total project value of $7.9 billion. Awarded “African Oil and Gas Deal of the Year” at the Project Finance International Awards 2016*

* Work completed prior to Bracewell



BPP Law School, UK,
BPP Law School, UK,
Cardiff University,

Bar Admissions

Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales





Nigeria's upstream petroleum sector: looking back at 2020 and looking ahead in 2021

January 22, 2021
Energy Legal Blog®

We review what happened in Nigeria’s upstream petroleum sector during the previous year – a year that saw a new marginal field bid round, an oil price crash and the onset of a terrible global pandemic. We also consider what we can expect in 2021 and if this will be the...

Nigerian Marginal Fields: New Bid Round and New Guidelines

June 2, 2020
Energy Legal Blog®

Nigeria’s Department of Petroleum Resources (“DPR”) announced on 1 June 2020 the launch of a new marginal field bid round. Fifty-seven marginal fields have been made available, being a mix of onshore, swamp and shallow-offshore fields. The DPR also released new...

Nigeria considers changes to Nigerian content requirements in the oil and gas sector

April 7, 2020
Energy Legal Blog®

The Nigerian government has prepared new legislation – the Nigerian Content Development and Enforcement Bill (“Bill”) – to revise the country’s regulatory approach to mandatory Nigerian content in the oil and gas sector and beyond. The Bill was submitted to the House...

A new regime for Nigerian upstream royalty rates

November 11, 2019
Energy Legal Blog®

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has taken the final steps to pass a new law amending the country’s upstream royalty rates applying to offshore and certain inland areas. The Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contracts (Amendment) Bill (“Amendment”) quickly passed through Nigeria’s National...