Natural resources: Oil and Gas and Mining

Natural resources are the foundation of all modern industrialised economies. From conventional and unconventional oil and gas producers, providing the baseload for our energy needs, through to miners extracting valuable resources on which we all depend, our specialist teams have the expertise and extensive experience to provide the sector focused advice required.

Oil and gas

Our marketing-leading oil and gas team combines extensive sector knowledge with exceptional M&A, capital market, finance, share incentive, projects, litigation and regulatory expertise to deliver a stand-out, integrated service to a wide range of clients. Active at every stage of the asset and corporate life cycle, our team has an outstanding track record comprising both major domestic and international upstream transactions.

When it comes to clients, we are principally focused on the independents – nimble and exciting explorers and producers with assets in Europe, Africa and beyond. Our diverse and innovative team can bring real value to resourceful companies with enormous potential, seeking to grow shareholder value through the drill bit. We also advise a range of major midstream and service sector businesses operating in the UK.

Mining

The legal experts on our mining team have years of experience advising a variety of clients on numerous deals in the sector. Working with both companies and investment banks, the team handle a range of corporate transactions including IPOs, secondary fundraisings and M&A involving mining and mining support companies. 

Our experts work hard to be regarded as an extension of our clients’ own team – working with them to achieve their strategic and commercial goals – and to deliver the highest standards of quality and excellence. We deliver cost efficient and commercial solutions that reflect and support clients’ business priorities.


Who we work with

Affero MiningEMR CapitalNumisOceaneering


What you need to know about MER UK
The strategy for Maximising Economic Recovery of the UK Continental Shelf (MER UK) places a positive obligation for greater collaboration and co-operation amongst the players in the oil and gas industry.You can learn more about collaborating within the remits of UK and EU competition law through our inter-active quick reference guide.


Shepherd and Wedderburn's lawyers are "on a par with any Magic Circle firm". – Legal 500, Oil and Gas

Shepherd and Wedderburn is "extremely responsive" and attracts praise for its "excellent technical expertise and commercial awareness". – Legal 500, Oil and Gas


 

Watch our videos

MER UK: Assessing the new regulatory regime

In this webinar Gordon Downie and Tom Swan assess the implications of the new regulatory regime for upstream oil and gas.

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MER UK: The dividing line between collaboration and competition

Gordon Downie and Aiste Slezeviciute cover the role of competition law and considerations for the industry. In particular, they comment on the recent publication by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) on Competition and Collaboration, which sets out its position on competition law.

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International Disputes in the Oil and Gas sector

Presented by David Anderson and Claire Stockford, this webinar addresses the key issues arising for companies doing business across jurisdictions.

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Experience

Cairn Energy PLC
Acted for Cairn Energy PLC on its sale to Vedanta Resources of up to 51% of Cairn India with a value of up to £5.65 billion and on the subsequent return by Cairn Energy of US$3.5 billion to shareholders
Bowleven plc
Acted for Bowleven plc on its US$500 million strategic alliance with Petrofac in respect of the Etinde Permit, offshore Cameroon
Celtique Energy
Acting for Celtique Energy on a range of asset and procurement matters in Central Europe
Cairn Energy PLC
Acted for Cairn Energy PLC on its £414 million recommended acquisition of Nautical Petroleum
OMV Petrom
Acted for OMV Petrom on various asset and procurement matters
Ervia
Acted for Ervia in relation to compliance with the EU Third Package on gas
Cairn Energy PLC
Cairn Energy PLC UK legal advisers on its US$450 million acquisition of Agora Oil & Gas AS
Melrose Resources
Acted for Melrose Resources on certain asset level matters in Eastern Europe
Bowleven plc
Acted for Bowleven plc on equity placings with an aggregate value of US$375 million to raise finance for exploration activities and acquisitions
Aurelian Oil & Gas
Acted for Aurelian Oil & Gas in connection with its procurement activities in Central Europe
Seven Energy
Acted for Seven Energy in connection with various matters including equity raising, financing facilities for its development and production activities in Nigeria, corporate restructuring, oil and gas sales agreements and acquisition and disposal of licence interests
Bowleven plc
Acted for Bowleven plc on its recommended all share offer for First Africa Oil for a value of US$58 million
Shell
Acted for Shell in relation to its successful application for an exemption on behalf of the UK oil and gas industry from EU public procurement rules
DeepOcean
Acted for DeepOcean on its US$114 million acquisition of CTC Marine
Bridge Resources
Acted for Bridge Resources on its acquisition of UKCS assets and subsequent sale of certain of those assets to Perenco
Cairn Energy PLC
Acted for Cairn Energy PLC on its US$174 million accelerated bookbuilt placing
Bowleven plc
Acted for Bowleven plc on its farm-out to Vitol of interests in the Etinde Permit offshore Cameroon for US$225 million
Cairn Energy PLC
Acted for Cairn Energy PLC on the US$6.3 billion global offering of securities by Cairn India and admision of Cairn India to Bombay and National Stock Exchanges
Capricorn Energy
Acted for Capricorn Energy on its simultaneously launched recommended cash offers for medOil and Plectrum Petroleum
QEDI
Advised QEDI shareholders on their US$50 million sale to AMEC

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