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Extractive Industries

Our professionals have assisted a multilateral development bank, a mining company, and foreign governments with the financing, development, and rehabilitation of a wide range of extractive industry projects and sectors.  This work includes not only strategic development of extractive industries, but also legal reforms and environmental and social protections.


Our legal team includes the former Legal Adviser for Energy & Mining at the World Bank.  In addition, our professionals have extensive private sector experience, including senior legal positions with both Chevron Corporation in London and San Francisco and Getty Oil Company in Los Angeles.

Select Representations:

Oil & Gas Transactions and Counseling:

  • Advised and supervised the preparation of comprehensive legal, fiscal, and contractual frameworks to foster development of, and foreign direct investment in, oil and gas production throughout the world.

  • Assisted Iraq (Kurdistan) and Somalia concerning the structuring of petroleum laws and investment contracts.

  • Drafted and negotiated numerous international petroleum agreements worldwide.

  • Negotiated and supervised drafting of production sharing and concession agreements in Indonesia, Togo, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, and the Partitioned Neutral Zone.

  • Drafted and negotiated pioneering petroleum contract for offshore operations in the Pearl River Mouth Basin, People’s Republic of China, between Getty Oil Company consortium and China National Offshore Oil Corporation.

  • Led negotiations and legal documentation for development of the giant offshore Ninian oilfield in the North Sea by Chevron Petroleum (UK) Ltd., as operator, in partnership principally with British Petroleum and with the British National Oil Corporation. This project also included construction of the Sullom Voe oil terminal in the Shetland Islands, along with the feeder pipelines.

Mining Representations: 

  • Advised Pacific Island nation on extractive industries draft legislation.

  • Lead advisor on a $1.7 billion coal rehabilitation project in India.

  • Assisted in mining sector development project in Burkina Faso.

  • Represented lender in $300 million loan to Ukraine.

  • Lead advisor in $500 million program to finance the reform and restructuring of coal sector in Russia.

  • Advised lender in $60 million mining sector rehabilitation project in Mongolia.

  • Lead advisor in $84 million project to improve environmental and social protection in India.

  • Advised on mining environmental project in Bolivia.

  • Advisor on mining project in Tanzania.

  • Advisor on mining project in Ghana.

  • Lead advisor on mining sector development in Ecuador.

  • Advised lender on coal project in India.

  • Advisor on coal pilot project in Ukraine.

  • Advised on mining sector development in Argentina.

  • Advised on implementation project in Russia.

  • Consulted with companies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on the extractive industries transparency initiative (EITI) and its application to specific governments.

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