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Charles Morrison

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Charles Morrison is highly experienced in cross-border transactions in the energy sector (his experience includes trade finance, project finance, project development and mergers and acquisitions), with a particular focus on oil and gas. Charles is a partner and leads DLA Piper’s International Oil & Gas team.  His energy experience extends to upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas, power projects and the related financings. His clients include governments, oil companies, trading houses, banks and other financial institutions. Charles is known for his work in Africa, where his experience and contacts have developed over 25 years of Africa-related work. This experience was recognised in Charles’ appointment as chair of the Sub-Saharan Africa Market Advisory Group of City UK – the joint HM Gov/City Corporation body that promotes the marketing of the City abroad. Charles is a regular speaker and chair at international conferences, on energy, trade and project-related issues. Charles is the current author of the Guarantees and Indemnities section of Sweet & Maxwell’s leading practitioner’s text, Practical Lending and Security Documents. Charles was until 2017, Global Co-chair of the Finance and Projects practice of DLA Piper.  Charles also sits part-time as a Recorder of the Crown Court on the Western Circuit.


DLA Piper 2005 - date - Partner
Denton Wilde Sapte - 1999 - 2005 - Partner
Goodman Derrick - Partner

Called to the Tanzanian Bar 2001; Higher Court advocate in England and Wales (1994); Recorder of the Crown Court 2018.






Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (1983, BA Business Law)

London: Finance

Emerging markets

Within: Emerging markets

DLA Piper has a bench of experienced partners in London whose sector focus gives them exposure to finance transactions in many emerging markets. Energy partner Charles Morrison is dual-qualified in the UK and Tanzania, and his recent work encompasses oil and gas development projects in Africa. He recently acted for HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank in a $500m credit facility for Ghana National Petroleum Corporation. Nigel Drew is a standout practitioner in project finance, acting for arrangers, bidding consortia, contractors and public sector bodies in international projects and structured finance transactions. His track record includes advising on the financing of power plants in Africa.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas

Within: Leading individuals

Charles Morrison - DLA Piper

Within: Oil and gas

Clients describe DLA Piper as 'very flexible and commercially oriented'. The 'reasonable and reliable' Dimitri Papaefstratiou - who recently became head of the London energy and infrastructure projects team - 'always looks for the best solution for the client'. Sinopec recently appointed the team to handle its proposed acquisition of 75% of the shares in Chevron South Africa and 100% of Chevron Botswana, and Charles Morrison is part of the team which has been advising on all procurement, construction and engineering issues arising from the Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria. On the contentious front, Philip Chong is representing Gazprom in a series of claims in two separate high-value arbitration proceedings in relation to two contracts with Ukrainian entities; other names to note for dispute resolution are James Carter and legal director Christina Lawrence . The arrival of counsel Kevin McGrory , who has substantial experience working on transactions in Africa and the Middle East, from PA Resources.

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