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Gareth is a senior associate in the Firm's Energy, Infrastructure and Project Finance Group and is based in London.
He is an experienced transactional lawyer who specialises in complex energy and infrastructure projects and transactions around the world, with a particular focus on emerging markets. He has also advised on numerous cross border corporate and finance transactions in Europe, North America and the Middle East.
Gareth works closely with corporates, sponsors, lenders and governments to help them structure their projects, navigate project risks, facilitate financing and commercialise their interests in projects and transactions spanning the core sectors of the energy industry. In particular, Gareth is best placed to benefit clients in upstream and midstream oil and gas, downstream oil and gas (including LNG) and the petrochemicals sector.
Prior to qualifying as a solicitor, Gareth served for seven years as an officer in the British Army.
Gareth had advised a full spectrum of clients in connection with oil and gas operations and transactions in the UK, Africa and the Middle East. His most recent experience includes advising bondholders on the restructuring of their investment in certain UKCS gas operations, advising a number of major international oil companies on their decommissioning exposure in the UKCS and advising a major international oil company on the disposal of its upstream interests in Central Africa. He also has significant experience advising a number of oil companies on their upstream and midstream operations in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
Gareth has experience in all aspects of the downstream oil and gas sector and has worked on projects and transactions in Africa, the Middle East, the CIS and Asia. Recent matters include advising over 14 lender groups in connection with the proposed multibillion-dollar Yamal LNG project in Russia, advising the lenders in relation to a large scale LNG project in Africa and advising a major international oil company in relation to its downstream investments in Indonesia. Gareth also has experience advising lenders on numerous VLCC, LNG and LPG vessel financings.
Gareth has represented clients on some of the most complex projects undertaken in the petrochemicals sector, such as the US$12.5 billion Sadara chemicals complex in Saudi Arabia. This is the largest-ever project financing in the chemicals sector and was selected as "2013 Global Finance Deal of the Year: Project Finance (Middle East)" by The American Lawyer, as "2013 Project Finance Deal of the Year (Middle East)" by International Financial Law Review and as "2013 Middle East Petrochemical Deal of the Year" by Project Finance International magazine. Other recent transactions include advising Tahrir Petrochemicals Company in connection with the development and financing of a US$5 billion petrochemical complex in Egypt, advising the sponsors in connection with the proposed US$4 billion urea and methanol project located at Brass Island in Nigeria and advising Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. in connection with the acquisition of Arizona Chemical Holdings Corporation for a cash purchase price of US$1.37 billion.