Oil & Gas

The global oil and gas industry is at a crossroads. The impact of COVID-19 paired with a decrease in petroleum demand leaves a question mark over the direction the sector will take. With a high level of regulatory scrutiny and legal challenges, expertise from a dynamic oil and gas law firm is critical to managing change and securing success.

Whether you are a small exploration and production company or a large multi-national corporation, our oil and gas lawyers are equipped to address a full range of commercial and regulatory concerns. From development and financing to the execution of upstream and midstream projects, our cross-practice approach ensures you have the right expertise every step of the way.

With trends such as energy transition and digital transformation not slowing down, it is clear that the sector's attention is shifting. Emerging areas such as hydrogen and geothermal energy and the focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) are already having a huge impact. Many major players are strengthening their net-zero goals, implementing low carbon solutions and establishing robust carbon capture programs.

While focuses such as these may be a top priority, moving towards them will bring new challenges for the industry. Those going through the process of transformation will need counsel with a deep understanding of the sector and how the market is evolving to help shape decisions.

Our team applies specialist industry knowledge with a genuine ability to understand your commercial objectives. We deliver practical and actionable advice that is built on extensive experience, with many of our lawyers having previously worked in-house within the oil and gas sector. Our expertise includes access to funding or assets, production and processing, arrangements for pipeline and refining construction projects, joint ventures, disputes, M&A, IPOs, energy trading, and capital markets.

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Proven experience

Globally we advise a broad range of oil and gas companies, including public and private exploration corporations, contractors, suppliers, pipeline and refining companies. Past projects have included:

  • CGL First Nations Limited Partnership

    Advising on its potential equity participation in the Coastal GasLink Pipeline, a feeder pipeline for the $43-billion dollar Canada LNG project, which is key to opening up Canada's natural gas resources to the global market.

  • Pipestone Energy Corp.

    Advising on the refinancing of its existing credit facilities to a $225-million borrowing base loan, consisting of a $195-million syndicated revolving facility, and a $30-million bilateral operating facility, with additional accordion possible of up to a further $25 million.

  • Clear Directional Drilling Solutions Limited

    Advised on a joint venture initiative with ProGroup MENA Limited of Masdar City, United Arab Emirates, for the purposes of providing drilling equipment and services in the Middle East and North Africa Region.

  • Upland Resources Limited

    Advised on its registration in Jersey by way of a continuation out of the British Virgin Islands and migration into Jersey, a "first" for a LSE-traded main market company whose shares are listed on the FCA's Official List.

  • Macquarie Energy Canada Limited

    Advised Macquarie Energy Canada in respect to various midstream optimization projects. This included advising on counter-party risks associated with transportation assignment agreements, nominations, marketing services agreements as well as provisional information of pipeline rules and regulations.

  • EOGI International Company

    Advised the subsidiary of EOG Resources, Inc. in the divestiture of its UK assets to Tailwind Energy Ltd.

Awards and accolades

The team is very professional, with a great focus on current trends and how those could impact clients.Chambers and Partners

Our international oil and gas lawyers are recognised by a host of legal directories.

We are consistently ranked by Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 in energy, oil and gas, and natural resources categories. Charles Bond is a 'Leading Individual' according to Chambers and Partners and Chambers Global recognises France Tenaille as a 'Foreign Expert' for international and cross border work. The Legal 500 recommends several of our oil and gas specialists.

Lorne Rollheiser is regularly recognised by Best Lawyers and The Legal 500 for oil and gas. Best Lawyers named Gowling WLG 'Law Firm of the Year' in 2021.

Latinvex names France Tenaille in the Latin America: Top 100 Lawyers and Latin America: Top 100 Female Lawyers for her work in international M&A, capital markets, and project finance in the energy sector.

Meet our international team

Members of our international team have broad experience supporting clients in jurisdictions around the world, including in Africa, North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. Contact us today to find out how our team can support you on oil, gas, and energy projects.

Charles Bond
Partner, Head of Natural Resources (UK)

Lorne Rollheiser
Partner, Head of Oil & Gas (Canada)

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