Workshop Overview:

This interactive workshop will present key legal issues and contractual principles pertaining to oil & gas contracts and discuss how the history of oil & gas contracts has supplemented the development of the oil & gas industry in the world in general and in the Gulf of Guinea in particular and has shown increasing resource nationalism with States periodically seeking to gain or regain control over their oil & gas resources. While resource nationalism has demonstrated to be a never ending cycle, the workshop will discuss why certain oil & gas contracts are bound to fail at some stage of the relationship and present ways to reduce and mitigate exposure to resource nationalism and ultimately to prevent potential disputes from arising.

About your workshop leaders:

Nicolas Bonnefoy

Avocat  a  la  Cour  (Paris),  Nicolas  Bonnefoy  heads Gide Loyrette Nouel’s Oil, Gas & Mining practice  in London.  Nicolas  is  experienced  in  M&A  and  due diligence  and  has  advised  major  Arab,  Chinese,European  and  North  American  companies  in  structuring,securing and implementing acquisitions and disposals of oil and gas  and  mining  assets  in  Africa,  as  well  as  negotiating  E&P contracts  such  as  concession  and  exploration  and  production sharing contracts and other ancillary contracts such as JV, JOA, EPC, O&M, offtake and lifting.

Nicholas  Tse 

Nicholas  Tse is  the  partner  in  charge  of  Gide’s London-based  International  Dispute  Resolution team, and dual qualified as an English barrister and French Avocat à la Cour. He specialises in resolving complex  international  disputes,  often  relating  to infrastructure, energy & oil and gas.

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Founded  in  Paris  in  1920,  Gide  Loyrette Nouel  is  a  leading  international  law  firm.  It has  24  offices  around  the  world  and  more than  700  lawyers  and  legal  consultants, including  111  partners,  drawn  from  over  50 different  nationalities.  For  more  than  80  years,  Gide  Loyrette Nouel  has  been  offering  legal  advice  and  assistance  across  a broad  spectrum  of  legal  disciplines  to  businesses,  public  and private sector institutions and governments.



Workshop programme

9:00 Registration and coffee

9:30 Understanding resource nationalism

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Facing resource nationalism

12:30 Close of the workshop


Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James

Buckingham Gate 45/51
London SW1E 6AF
United Kingdom

Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James



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