Latham & Watkins LLP

Energy & Natural Resources Department

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What the team is known for Handles a range of corporate and commercial issues for clients across the world in the oil and gas sphere. Offers expertise across the full life-cycle of a project, from exploration to post-production, and possesses a strong knowledge of regulatory issues in the sector. Capable of handling disputes relating to a broad range of energy developments, including upstream, midstream and downstream matters. Clients include financial institutions and notable oil and gas companies. Offers complementary expertise in human rights and environmental matters to provide clients with comprehensive advice.

Strengths"It's a very good team," one client remarks, adding: "They are very client-focused and no matter how short the time is, they're always there to solve our problem."

Another client says: "I'm very impressed with both their legal knowledge and their ability to generate documents in a concise and efficient way."

Sources note: "It is a very good team that is incredibly strong on LNG matters and complicated financing transactions."

Work highlights Acted for the lenders, including UK Export Finance and The Export-Import Bank of Korea, in relation to the development of the Duqm Refinery project in Oman.

Notable practitioners

John Balsdon
regularly advises on the financing and development of gas pipeline, oilfield and refinery projects. His clients include financial institutions and oil and gas companies.
"He is deeply concerned with what his clients need and finding solutions to meet those needs.""He's a strong oil and gas lawyer who does a lot in financing."

Oliver Browne
represents oil and gas companies in significant upstream and midstream disputes. He has considerable experience in international arbitrations involving assets in Africa and the Middle East.
"He's a very bright lawyer who is very easy to work with and provides very good oversight on cases."

Sam Newhouse
is held in high regard for his strong M&A-focused practice. He regularly acts for oil majors and other energy companies on the acquisition and disposal of upstream and midstream oil and gas assets.

Simon Tysoe
frequently acts for oil majors and national oil companies on transactions concerning both domestic and international assets, with a focus on Africa and the Middle East. He is particularly adept at assisting with acquisitions, disposals and restructurings.
"He's a rock-solid performer in oil and gas transactions." "He's really good at closing high-stress situations."