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About Olivia

Olivia has been working as an energy finance lawyer for more than 10 years advising banks and financial institutions, private equity funds and E&P independents on oil and gas upstream debt financings and restructurings. Olivia’s experience ranges from traditional corporate syndicated commercial bank lending, pre-payments, acquisition financings and to more particularly, reserve-based lending. The transactions she advises on are multi-jurisdictional in nature and she has been advising on upstream financings across Europe, North America, Asia, Africa and as a native French speaker, her contribution on financings in Francophone Africa is invaluable.

William Stevens, managing director, global head of Strategic Energy Solutions with HSBC Bank plc describes Olivia as "… one of the top oil and gas debt structuring lawyers in the business and is seen as a 'go-to' lawyer in this field, particularly for bespoke and complex transactions which require a keen commercial mind. Driven by efficient execution, without compromising attention to detail, Olivia has built up solid client relationships based on trust."

Praised for her ‘strong execution capability and commercial understanding.’
The Legal 500 United Kingdom, 2017


Recent Notable Matters

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

Caracal Energy Inc. — advising on an up to $250 million reserve based financing for the development of its petroleum assets in Chad arranged by Natixis and Société Générale (awarded Middle East and Africa Deal of the Year 2014 by Trade Finance Magazine)

Eland Oil & Gas — advising on up to $75 million reserve based facility arranged by Standard Chartered Bank for the financing of its ongoing development with its assets onshore Nigeria

Société Générale and BNP Paribas — advising clients and Banca IMI on an up to $100 million secured borrowing base facility to Irminio in relation to its Italian petroleum assets

Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc — $1.7 billion financing (comprising of a revolving facility with international banks and a reserve based financing with Nigerian banks) in relation to oil and gas assets in Nigeria

Confidential client — advising an E&P company on a number of proposed pre-pay financing arrangements with leading commodity trading houses

Impact Oil & Gas Ltd — negotiations of client's Production Sharing Contract with the Ministry of Hydrocarbons in Gabon following the awards of new licences blocks offshore Gabon

Perenco — $2.8 billion reserve-based lending facility (awarded European Upstream Oil & Gas Deal of the Year 2010, Project Finance Magazine)*

BNP Paribas — advising client, HSBC Bank plc, IFC and 24 other commercial banks on one of the UK market's largest borrowing base facility, $3.5 billion senior and junior secured credit facilities for Tullow Oil involving oil and gas assets in Africa and the North Sea*

HSBC Bank plc — advising client as mandated lead arranger and documentation bank and a syndicate of 25 other commercial banks on a $2.5 billion secured reserve based facility to Lundin Petroleum involving assets in France, the Netherlands, Indonesia, Norway and the North Sea (European Upstream Oil & Gas Deal of the Year 2012, Project Finance Awards)*

Petroceltic International plc — $500 million bridge facility to acquire Melrose Resources plc*

Northern PowerGrid Holdings Company — financing with European Investment Bank

Deutsche Bank — advising client on the financing to Gasol Plc for the acquisition of a minority interest of oil and gas assets in Cote d' Ivoire

Etablissements Maurel & Prom SA — $350 million senior facility with Natixis, BNP Paribas, Credit Agricole and Standard Chartered Bank in relation to its assets in Gabon*

Global Investment Banks — bid acquisition financing by an E&P company for certain Oil Mining Licences offshore Nigeria as part of the divestment of the Shell

Confidential client — advising a financial institution in its financing in support of a bid by a private equity backed E&P company for the acquisition of certain petroleum assets in the North Sea

Confidential client — advising an E&P company on its proposed bid for the acquisition of certain petroleum interest in the North Sea

Northern PowerGrid Holdings Company — refinancing of a $150 million revolving credit facility

Royal Bank of Canada — $900 million revolving corporate facility to Dana Petroleum*

Bank of Scotland —  $50 million borrowing base facility to subsidiaries of Candax Energy for the financing of development oil & gas assets in Tunisia, as arranger*

Glencore UK — up to $200 million prepayment facility for Société Anonyme Marocaine de l’Industrie du Raffinage (Morocco)*

* Work completed prior to Bracewell



College of Law, UK,
with Commendation
College of Law, UK,
Kings' College, UK,
LL.M., International Business Law
with Merit
Université Jean Moulin Lyon Ill, France,
Master in Private Law

Bar Admissions

Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales





Back to the future for reserve based finance

April 1, 2015
Petroleum Economist - Online

MOVES - Bracewell & Giuliani

October 4, 2013



The Legal 500 United Kingdom
Finance – Emerging Markets, 2014 - 2018-19; Finance – Bank Lending: Investment Grade Debt and Syndicated Loans, 2015 - 2018-19; Projects, Energy and Natural Resources – Oil & Gas, 2015 - 2016
Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC
IFLR1000 Financial & Corporate Guide
Highly Regarded: Banking, 2018 - 2019; Project Finance, 2018 - 2019; Energy and Infrastructure, 2018; Rising Star: Banking, 2016 - 2017; Project Finance, 2016 - 2017
Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC
IFLR1000 Energy & Infrastructure Guide
Sub-Saharan Africa, Rising Star, 2014 - 2016