Transactional

Tim has forty years experience throughout the world in all facets of the oil & gas and energy infrastructure business, including:

  • Senior executive in commercial, operational, finance and law functions

  • Company CEO in the Middle East and Finance Director in the FSU

  • Project management of exploration and production operations

  • Legal counsel in upstream, midstream and downstream operations

  • Negotiated and drafted extensive oil & gas and infrastructure agreements

  • Advised on international decommissioning regimes and programs

  • Managed acquisition and divestment of oil & gas properties

  • Established, managed and wound down international operations

  • Project financing of energy projects

  • Managed international banking and financial systems

  • Economic analysis of petroleum projects

Tim has extensive international experience in various legal systems including the common law, civil law and Shari’ah law with technical expertise in the following sectors:

  • Energy – Oil & Gas, Petrochemicals and Mining

  • Construction and Infrastructure

  • International Trade and Investment

  • Joint Ventures, Sale and Purchase Agreements, Service Agreements and Host Government Contracts

  • Regulatory and Administrative

  • Finance and Banking

Tim’s peers have selected him as one of the International Who’s Who of Oil & Gas Lawyers. He has been described as an “innovator in international oil & gas law” and as “a true expert in the oil & gas sector.”

Global experience in more than fifty countries around the world, including:

Middle East
Yemen
Iraq
Iran
Oman
UAE
Saudi Arabia
Kuwait
Qatar
Jordan
Syria
Bahrain

Africa
Egypt
Libya
Algeria
Tunisia
Sudan
Nigeria
Equatorial Guinea
Cote d’Ivoire
Niger
Gabon
Angola
Madagascar

Asia
Indonesia
Australia
Malaysia
Vietnam
China
Taiwan
Thailand
Myanmar
Pakistan
India
Mongolia
Papua New Guinea

Americas
Canada
United States
Mexico
Colombia
Venezuela
Ecuador
Brazil
Peru
Argentina
Suriname
Guyana
Bolivia

Europe & CIS
United Kingdom
Netherlands
Italy
France
Russia
Kazakhstan
Turkmenistan
Azerbaijan
Ukraine
Hungary
Norway
Spain

Examples of Tim’s international energy and infrastructure experience include:

Saudi Arabia

Provided counsel and legal support for the construction of an $8 billion refinery and $22 billion petrochemical plant in Saudi Arabia.

Egypt

Negotiated a farmin on an offshore Exploration Concession with a major US oil company and eventually acquired all of their interest. Then negotiated a Development Lease with the Egyptian Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) to continue the Concession rights. Coordinated and submitted both a Development Plan and an Environmental Plan to EGPC. Negotiated a farmout with US and Canadian independent oil companies at the same time to spread the risk. Then took on the responsibility of country manager to carry out the drilling program. Discovered reserves were not economic and subsequently arranged for the abandonment of the Concession.

Acquired an onshore Exploration Concession through a bid round as Operator. Arranged the formation of the bid group and negotiated both the Joint Venture Agreement and the Concession Agreement. Managed the acquisition of a seismic program but was not able to commence the drilling program since as a result of opposition from nearby tourist resorts. Then negotiated for the substitution for an offshore block in the Gulf of Suez with the Egyptian Minister of Energy.

The substitute block was chosen after completing a regional study of the Gulf of Suez. It was located between the two largest oil fields in the Gulf of Suez. Successfully negotiated the terms of the Concession Agreement and sold the block to a major US oil company.

Indonesia

Responsible for a Canadian independent’s first entry into Indonesia located on the island of Sumatra through a farmout from a major US oil company. When the Production Sharing Agreement(PSA) expired, successfully negotiated a new agreement with Pertamina. A major discovery was eventually made on the block.

Malaysia

Participated in a bid round and the negotiation of two PSA’s and Joint Venture Agreements in the Straits of Malacca.

North Sea, UK

Participated in the acquisition of two blocks in the North Sea. Responsible for the bid round and negotiation of the joint venture agreements.

Russia

Finance Director for KomiArcticOil. Arranged for project development financing with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Directed several precedent setting cases on tax law, the biggest problem area in Russian business investment. Successfully managed the transfer of operatorship from a Canadian company to a British company.

Kazakhstan

Negotiated the fiscal terms and contracts for a petroleum joint venture in Kazakhstan. When this project ran into major problems, negotiated a cash buyout and full releases from all liabilities.

Colombia

Acquired three Blocks in the Putamayo Basin. Negotiated fiscal terms and contracts for the blocks.

Venezuela

Participated in several bid rounds. Managed sale of oil concession.

Yemen

Handled and resolved the settlement of major cost recovery dispute with Yemeni Government. Negotiated and drafted the acquisition of six PSA’s, resulting in totally new and improved fiscal and contractual terms. Negotiated & drafted numerous JOA’s, farmout & participation agreements, confidentiality & settlement agreements, etc.

Canada

Managed and personally handled thousands of transactions in conventional oil & gas in the western sedimentary basin, oil sands, frontier, onshore and offshore. Full range of upstream & midstream petroleum agreements including mineral leases (crown & freehold), surface leases, operating agreements, farmouts, confidentiality agreements, construction & service agreements, pipelines & facilities, crude oil & natural gas sales agreements, etc.

USA

Handled farmouts, operating agreements and M&A work in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Colorado, Wyoming, Alaska and the Dakotas, both onshore and offshore.