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About Sam

Sam Phillips focuses his practice on corporate and commercial matters in the energy and infrastructure sector, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and project development. He has worked on a range of complex, cross-border projects, acting for purchasers, sellers, borrowers and lenders.


Recent Notable Matters

Eni S.p.A. — disposal of Nigerian assets to Nigerian exploration and production company Oando

DNB Bank — lenders’ counsel for Serica Energy’s new $525 million reserve-based lending facility

Impact Oil & Gas Ltd — farmout of its interests in Blocks 2912 and 2913B offshore Namibia, which contain the Venus discovery, to TotalEnergies EP Namibia B.V.

Rabobank — project financing the 49.5 MW battery energy storage system (BESS) project to be developed by Cero Generation and Enso Energy and co-located with the 49.9 MW Larks Green solar farm located in Gloucestershire, England

Savannah Energy PLC — $407 million acquisition of ExxonMobil’s entire upstream and midstream asset portfolio in Chad and Cameroon 

Savannah Energy PLC — share and purchase agreement with PETRONAS International Corporation Limited to acquire its interest in three onshore blocks in South Sudan for up to $1.25 billion



BPP University Law School,
University of Nottingham,
with honours

Bar Admissions

Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales




Co-location, Co-location, Co-location

UK grid constraints and delays to new grid connections are forcing sponsors to look at maximizing existing grid connections via BESS and renewables project co-location. Bracewell’s Ro Lazarovitch, Nicholas Neuberger and Sam Phillips outline the corporate structures being employed in co-located projects and their pros and cons to bankability.