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About Nina

Nina Howell has over 20 years of experience representing energy companies across the entire oil and gas sector globally, including cross-border pipelines, upstream joint ventures, unitization, M&A and other corporate transactions. She has extensive experience in the LNG sector, having advised clients on major LNG import and export projects in Australia, Chile, Egypt, Ghana, Germany, Mozambique, the Netherlands and the United States. In addition, Nina is a leading authority on unitization and has advised on four unitizations in the past four years.

Nina has been recognized as an “Associate to Watch” or “Next Generation Lawyer” in Chambers UK and Legal 500 UK every year since 2008. Chambers UK (2016) described Nina as a joy to work with and a very good lawyer” and noted that she is “particularly well regarded for her practice in the LNG arena, where she has good knowledge of the industry.” Legal 500 UK adds that she is “exceptionally knowledgeable and experienced” in energy and natural resource matters.


Recent Notable Matters

German LNG GmbH — advising German LNG GmbH — the project sponsor and terminal owner and operator — on the development and operation of the first large-scale LNG import terminal in Germany, to be located near Hamburg

Anadarko — advising Anadarko on multiple aspects of the multi-train $15 billion+ Mozambique LNG export project, including on the complex unitization of straddling reservoirs and the development of common facilities

Super-major IOC — advised on two share acquisitions relating to investments in Libya, including drafting and negotiating the sale and purchase agreements*

Sequa Petroleum — advice in connection with various potential upstream acquisitions in the UK North Sea**

Santos — advised on a range of issues in connection with the scheduling and sale of LNG from the Gladstone LNG Project in Queensland, Australia the world’s largest project converting coal-seam gas to LNG*

Noble Energy — advised on all aspects of its proposed LNG export project in Cyprus, including on project structuring, host government support, joint venture arrangements, LNG marketing and a number of EU competition law issues*

Kosmos — advice relating to the unitization of its gas resources in Mauritania and Senegal*

Chevron Venezuela — advised on a cross-border unitization between Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago*

Gate BV — advised on joint venture between Gasunie and Royal Vopak in connection with the commissioning of the Gate LNG import terminal in the Netherlands*

Sumitomo Corporation — advised on disposal of Sumitomo’s UK subsidiary which owned a portfolio of assets in the UK North Sea, including in relation to residual decommissioning liability*

* Work completed prior to Bracewell



College of Law, London,
College of Law, London,
The University of Manchester,

Bar Admissions

Solicitor in England and Wales


The Law Society of England and Wales




Chambers UK
Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas (Associate to Watch, 2008–2019)
The Legal 500 UK
Projects, Energy and Natural Resources (Next Generation Lawyer, 2008–2019)