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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

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Peter Roberts

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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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Peter Roberts has more than 25 years of international oil and gas projects experience and is the author of a number of leading industry textbooks:

• Oil and Gas Contracts, Sweet & Maxwell (2016)
• English Law and Petroleum Contracts, OUP (2016)
• Joint Operating Agreements, Globe (2015)
• Gas and LNG Sales Agreements, Sweet & Maxwell (2017)
• A Dictionary of Oil & Gas Terms, OUP (2019)
• A Guide to the AIPN JOA, Globe (2019)

He edits the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) Journal of World Energy Law and Business and is a representative on several oil and gas law university faculties. 




Editor of the AIPN Journal of World Energy Law and Business (JWELB)
Member of the global faculty of Dundee University's Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP)
Member of the academic editorial committee of the Qatar University ‎International Review of Law
Member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)


College of Law of England and Wales, Chester, Law Society Finals, 1989
University of Wales, Bachelor of Laws, 1988

London: Finance

Commodities: derivatives

Within: Leading individuals

Peter Roberts - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Within: Commodities: derivatives

The commodities practice at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP focuses mainly on the energy sector, in which is has built a strong team in London during the last three years that has simultaneously grown its client base of major trading houses, financial institutions and energy companies. Among these are Axpo Trading, Trailstone, ENGIE Global Markets, Castleton Commodities and SOCAR Trading. Its work for these clients encompasses the establishment of trading platforms, trade documentation, dispute resolution, structured trading, trade finance and regulatory advice. The practice is 'very responsive, has very good industry knowledge and knows the LNG market', remarks one client. Matthew Williams, who 'has an ability to untangle complex matters into easily understandable topics', and Edward Humphries co-lead the practice. Humphries advised JPMorgan on its acquisition of Barclays Bank's European and US energy trading portfolio. Oil and energy trading specialist Peter Roberts 'has long experience,  having been general counsel in a utility before, and he understands the demands of clients'. Of counsel Joanna Kay  and regulatory partner Elisabeth Blunsdon are also recommended.

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Emerging markets

Within: Emerging markets

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP has continued to  grow its work in high-profile financing and investment matters across the emerging markets in Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. The practice in London frequently acts for investment banks, emerging market private equity funds and strategic investors and is known for its knowledge of international banking law. Its recent work included acting for lenders, including European Investment Bank and EBRD, in a $120m debt and equity financing for a 54MW wind farm in the Sainshand region of Mongolia. Peter O’Driscoll leads the firm’s emerging markets group and last year he acted for Norwegian mobile operator Telenor two public offerings of shares in Russian telecom company VEON, formerly known as VimpelCom, with a combined value of $650m. Nell Scott, who has extensive experience in corporate finance and capital markets transactions in Russia, acted for Millicom International Cellular in a $500m bond issue and a $600m tender offer for existing bonds. Also recommended are Weyinmi Popo, who focuses on infrastructure and energy transactions in Africa;  Shawn Atkinson, who assists US and Canadian investors with emerging markets transactions; and oil and gas expert Peter Roberts, who counts Tullow Ghana among his clients.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas

Within: Oil and gas

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP¬†'never fails to provide an excellent service even on a tight timescale'. The 'very pragmatic and solution-focused'¬†Peter Roberts¬†'is a true expert in his field'. The team is currently advising Tullow on complex arrangements for the sale and transportation of gas from a number of offshore fields in Ghana, and¬†Joanna Kay¬†and¬†Rebecca Downes¬†supported Roberts to assist Maersk Oil with the development of the crude oil export pipeline from¬†Lokichar to Lamu in Kenya. Also notable is¬†Matthew Williams¬†who is currently acting for Azito Energie and its joint venture shareholders on the phase 4 expansion of its gas-fired power project in C√īte d'Ivoire.¬†James Atkin¬†recently joined the firm's Tokyo office as co-head of its global oil and gas practice from¬†Vinson & Elkins LLP. Other key clients include the European Investment Bank, Orion Energy and Powell Industries.

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