Firm Profile > Bracewell (UK) LLP > London, England

Bracewell (UK) LLP
TOWER 42
25 OLD BROAD STREET
LONDON
EC2N 1HQ
England

Emerging markets Tier 2

Bracewell (UK) LLP ‘punches above its weight on the energy side’ and is unique in being the only international firm in London that is focused purely on the energy industry. Much of the firm's work derives from emerging economies in Africa and the Middle East, and it counts Premier Oil, Savannah Energy and Petrogas E&P among its clients for major projects. The majority of its work relates to oil and gas projects, though it is increasingly involved in renewable energy projects. It recently advised a Marubeni and Total Solar consortium on the development and financing of the 800MW Al Kharsaah Solar IPP in Qatar. Jason Fox leads the practice, which has recently recruited heavily to round out its offering. In early 2021, Ronen Lazarovitch, who advises on energy and infrastructure projects in EMEA, joined from  Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Furthermore, Tom Jamieson, Jo En Low and Gordon Stewart joined from Clifford Chance LLP to build on the firm's expertise in renewable energy and power matters, while Alistair Calvert from Pinsent Masons LLP added to the firm's energy disputes team. Emerging talent Eimear Murphy is now a partner.

Practice head(s):

Jason Fox

Other key lawyers:

Ronen Lazarovitch; Tom Jamieson; Jo En Low; Gordon Stewart; Alistair Calvert; Eimear Murphy

Testimonials

‘The team is proactive in dealing with the needs of clients both in terms of ongoing advice but also new opportunities.’

‘The new additions to the team, Tom Jamieson, Jo En Low and Gordon Stewart, bring a wealth of experience and expertise. They proactively engage with their clients and deliver advice which is clear, commercial and on point.’

‘Extensive experience and knowledge about industry and off-takers. Team members are contactable and responses are very quick and therefore communication was very smooth and efficient despite the long term difficult and remote situation.’

‘A diversified team with broad experience and best-class service delivery.’

‘Competent, available and proactive.’

Key clients

SierraCol Energy Limited, a member of The Carlyle Group

ING Bank N.V.

Neptune Energy Group Holdings Limited

Tè Power Company S.A.S.U. (majority owned by Endeavor Energy)

Alcazar Energy Partners

Eni S.p.A.

Savannah Energy plc (SAVE)

Premier Oil plc

Marubeni Corporation

Total Solar

Al Jomaih Energy and Water Company

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV)

New Age

Petrogas E&P LLC

SDX Energy plc

Etablissements Maurel & Prom

The Mauritius Commercial Bank Ltd.

Jinko Solar

Utico

Kyushu Electric

Oil and gas Tier 2

Bracewell (UK) LLP has an excellent track record working across emerging markets in Africa and the Middle East on high-value financing mandates and acquisitions. The group is overseen by Jason Fox and has vast expertise across the oil and gas space. Eimear Murphy and Olivia Caddy are experienced transactional lawyers advising both lenders and borrowers on cross-border deals; Adam Blythe is noted for gas commercialisation matters and Nina Howell is the contact for LNG work. On the energy disputes side, John Gilbert is the name to note. The team has been expanding its expertise in recent months. Ronen Lazarovitch joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP , while Alistair Calvert joined the firm’s energy disputes team in November 2020 as a partner from Pinsent Masons LLP. He focuses on disputes related to oil and gas exploration. Ben James is also recommended and has particular experience of African transactions.

Practice head(s):

Jason Fox

Other key lawyers:

Nina Howell; Darren Spalding; Alastair Young; Eimear Murphy; Adam Blythe; Olivia Caddy

Testimonials

‘Know the oil and gas sector incredibly well.’

‘Breadth of experience and good quality associates. Critically, partners are hands on, so the work product is always reliable.’

‘Ben James is sharp, commercial, focused, robust and a safe pair of hands. He knows the upstream sector very well.’

Key clients

SierraCol Energy Limited

NEO Energy Group Limited

Neptune Energy Group Holdings Limited

ING Bank N.V.

ENI S.p.A.

German LNG Terminal GmbH

Savannah Energy plc

Petrogas E&P LLC

Norwegian Energy Company ASA

SDX Energy plc

Etablissements Maurel & Prom

BNP Paribas

The Mauritius Commercial Bank Ltd

Impact Oil & Gas Limited

Anglo Tunisian Oil & Gas Limited

Apache North Sea Limited

EOG Resources Trinidad Limited

Gran Tierra Energy, Inc

Hunt Oil Company

Genel Energy Plc

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 3

US firm Bracewell (UK) LLP has a proven track record of acting in emerging markets, with strength in large Middle Eastern project financing deals, where the team is advising on a 800MW solar plant project, the first of its size in Qatar. Overseen by managing partner Jason Fox, the core practice group includes construction specialist Tracy London and Oliver Irwin, who advises both lenders and sponsors on international projects. Offshore wind projects and UK-wide battery storage work are other areas of focus. The team has recently ramped up its renewable energy offering by recruiting three Clifford Chance LLP associates as partners - Tom Jamieson, Gordon Stewart and Jo En Low all have considerable expertise of energy transactions across the EMEA region.

Practice head(s):

Jason Fox; Tracy London

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Irwin; Jo En Low; Gordon Stewart; Tom Jamieson

Testimonials

‘The new additions to the team, Tom Jamieson, Jo En Low and Gordon Stewart, bring a wealth of experience and expertise. They proactively engage with their clients and deliver advice which is clear, commercial and on point.’

‘Tom Jamieson is a sensible and commercial lawyer, always looking to find a solution to problems. He is a good technical lawyer and a pleasure to work opposite.’

‘The team is proactive in dealing with the needs of clients, both in terms of ongoing advice but also new opportunities.  They understand our needs and challenges.’

Key clients

Eni S.p.A.

Marubeni Corporation

Total Solar

Jinko Solar

FRV

Kyushu Electric

Endeavor Energy

Alcazar Energy Partners

Construction: non-contentious Tier 4

Led by Tracy London, the team at Bracewell (UK) LLP has exceptionally strong expertise in energy sector matters, and advises on the development of oil and gas projects, in addition to financing and acquisition. Beyond that, it has a growing focus on the renewables sector, acting on wind, solar and carbon capture projects. The firm's global energy practice saw explosive growth in 2021 with the hiring of four new partners, including energy and infrastructure projects specialist Ronen Lazarovitch, who joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

Practice head(s):

Tracy London

Other key lawyers:

Ronen Lazarovitch

Testimonials

‘They have a real international focus and expertise in the energy sector.’

‘Tracy London is tremendous – extremely knowledgeable, dedicated and always a delight to work with.’

Key clients

Endeavor Energy

Delphin LNG

Alcazar Energy Partners

EOG Resources

Early Power Limited

Equinor

Tè Power Company S.A.S.U.

GEA Group

Eni SPA

Infrastructure Tier 4

Bracewell (UK) LLP is recommended by clients as a 'global leader in project finance, export credit agency-backed deals, restructuring and general corporate work'. Cross-border work is a strength given the firm's US heritage and it’s particularly strong in the energy space, notably the key areas of renewables, solar and oil and gas. In addition to its energy work, the practice has experience advising on utilities. Energy and finance expert Jason Fox leads a team that includes Oliver Irwin, who advises lenders and sponsors on the development and financing of cross-border projects.

Practice head(s):

Jason Fox

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Irwin

Testimonials

‘The practice has in-depth knowledge of the oil and gas industry and is expert in project finance’.

‘Understanding of oil and gas industry, finance sector and project finance challenges’.

‘A global leader in project finance, export credit agency-backed deals, restructuring and general corporate work’.

‘We have been relying on Oliver Irwin and his team for more than 10 years. His attention to detail, creativity, hard work and pragmatic approach are all exceptional. He has also taken the time to genuinely learn about our business’.

‘Bracewell are a very unique firm as they provide exceptional commercial advice for a reasonable fee. They are always willing to go the extra mile in terms of client support. Bracewell really understand our business and the individual personalities within our team. Also they really do have a diverse culture and I think they really support women who have a career and family to balance.’

Key clients

Eni

Marubeni

Total Solar

FRV

Jinko Solar

Kyushu Electric

Tamasuk

Savannah Energy

Navitas

Anglo Pacificf

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 5

'Very knowledgeable and well-connected' in the energy sector, Bracewell (UK) LLP's six-partner finance team regularly handles syndicated lending work, primarily in the context of its representation of oil and gas companies. Although the firm has also become increasingly active in the renewables space, in part reflecting the changing focus of traditional oil and gas companies, it remains undoubtedly best-known for its work advising on complex cross-border deals in the upstream oil and gas space. Within this context, team head Jason Fox has forged a particularly strong reputation for lenders providing reserve based lending facilities to upstream exploration and production companies.

Practice head(s):

Jason Fox

Other key lawyers:

Olivia Caddy; Oliver Irwin; Eimear Murphy

Testimonials

‘It is a world-class energy practice. The go-to team for complex cross-border deals in upstream oil and gas.’

A core focus on energy means that they are very knowledgeable and well connected in this area.’

They have a unique expertise in reserve based lending financings. They are the best in the market and are therefore able to provide the best advice in a limited amount of time and therefore optimized cost.’

Bracewell is our first port of call for all oil and gas financings in EMEA, thanks to its superlative expertise across a full range of oil and gas financings, ranging from reserve based lending, syndicated lending and project financing transactions.’

Jason Fox is the King of RBL.’

Jason Fox is excellent at deconstructing commercial challenges and building an appropriate legal framework around them.’

The Bracewell team, in particular, Jason Fox and Eimear Murphy have an excellent reputation for lenders and borrowers alike across a range of energy financing products. In addition to their wealth of product knowledge, they have always demonstrated sound judgement.’

Oliver Irwin – brings excellent midstream and infrastructure project finance experience to the table.’

Key clients

SierraCol Energy Limited (a member of The Carlyle Group)

NEO Energy Group Limited (a member of the HitecVision)

Neptune Energy Group Holdings Limited (a member of The Carlyle Group)

Petrogas E&P LLC

Norwegian Energy Company ASA

SDX Energy plc

Etablissements Maurel & Prom

Marubeni and Total Solar

Marubeni Corporation and Al Jomaih Energy and Water Company

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures

Utico

Anglo Tunisian Oil & Gas Limited

ING Bank N.V.

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Natixis

BNP Paribas

Nedbank Limited, London Branch

The Mauritius Commercial Bank Ltd.

Commercial litigation: premium Tier 6

Bracewell (UK) LLP's 'small but expert' disputes team has 'enormous experience in energy disputes' with a particular focus on emerging economies including Africa and the Middle East. The 'extremely bright' John Gilbert, who counts representing clients locked in disputes over gas sale agreements among his specialisms, leads the team, which has benefitted from the addition of oil and gas exploration disputes expert Alistair Calvert from Pinsent Masons LLP.

Practice head(s):

John Gilbert

Other key lawyers:

Alistair Calvert; Robert Meade; Laura Young; Jameela Bond

Testimonials

They are a small but expert team, specialising in the oil and gas section. They know their industry inside out, and are good litigators.’

Alistair Calvert understand the legal dimensions of a case, and the commercial and human realities of a case. In terms of up and coming lawyers, keep an eye out for Jameela Bond – she will be one of the stars of years to come.

The team is excellent, with enormous experience in the energy disputes sector and innovative use of document sharing platforms.’

John Gilbert is extremely bright and goes to great lengths to ensure his clients get the service they deserve. Both he and Laura Young are skilled at dealing with groups of investors, whether companies or individuals, often from different jurisdictions and with differing investment stakes.’

Key clients

Aqua Ventures International FZE (AVI)

Apache North Sea Limited

International arbitration Tier 6

Bracewell (UK) LLP's London office is highly regarded for energy sector disputes involving Africa and the Middle East, as well as the UK and continental Europe. Team head John Gilbert has particular expertise in disputes over gas sales agreements, including price reviews and the operation of take-or-pay provisions, while 'standout' senior associate Robert Meade is experienced in international arbitration under the LCIA, ICC and UNCITRAL rules. Energy disputes partner Alistair Calvert joined from Pinsent Masons LLP in late 2020.

Practice head(s):

John Gilbert

Other key lawyers:

Alistair Calvert; Robert Meade

Testimonials

They are a small team, with real expertise in the oil and gas sector – both in litigation and (relevantly) in international arbitration.

The team is results oriented, has perfect knowledge of the energy sector, and is really pleasant to work with.

Experienced and skilled in energy disputes.

Very commercial and great attention to detail.

John Gilbert is extremely smooth, and pleasant to work with.

Alistair Calvert is a standout litigator.

Alistair Calvert is pragmatic and hands-on.

Senior associate Robert Meade is a standout individual.

The firm: Bracewell is a leading law and government relations firm primarily serving the energy, infrastructure, finance and technology industries throughout the world. Our industry focus results in comprehensive state-of-the-art knowledge of the commercial, legal and governmental challenges faced by our clients and enables us to provide innovative solutions to facilitate transactions and resolve disputes.

Principal areas of work: Bracewell (UK) LLP’s London office has established a unique position in the London legal market. It is the only London office of an international law firm that is dedicated exclusively to the energy industry.

Our London team focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, finance and project development transactions, and disputes in the oil, gas and power sectors. As the hub of the firm’s European and emerging markets practice, we represent many of the world’s leading energy companies on global projects and have assisted multinational companies, banks and government on projects across the globe.

Oil and gas: We advise on all segments of the sector, from upstream exploration and production, to midstream pipelines, transportation and storage, including LNG and downstream refining and marketing. We also provide advice on complex and large-scale petrochemical projects.

Power: We have acted on some of the world’s largest and most innovative conventional power projects. Our experience also comprises deep knowledge of the renewables sector, including solar, wind, hydro and thermal. Our representations include M&A, project development and financing, and conventional and non-conventional power disputes.

Finance: Lenders, underwriters, issuers and borrowers turn to Bracewell’s finance team for our extensive capabilities to assist with high-level and complex financing deals. We advise sponsors and lenders in financings of all forms, including reserve based financings and project financings, corporate loans, capital market debt and restructurings and workouts.

Transactional and international energy disputes: Bracewell handles matters spanning the full energy spectrum. Our capabilities span from the wellhead to market, in emerging and developed markets, on new country entries, asset acquisitions, project developments, farm-ins, corporate M&A, project financings and upstream financings. We act for (and opposite) development finance institutions and export credit agencies.

Clients: Representative clients include Apache Corporation, BNP Paribas, Carlyle International Energy Partners, Citi, Deutsche Bank, ENI, Genel Energy, Hunt Oil, Impact Oil and Gas Ltd, lNG Bank, Savannah Petroleum, Seplat, Société Générale and Total Solar.

Department Name Email Telephone
Firm managing partner Gregory Bopp greg.bopp@bracewell.com +1.713.221.1511
Managing partner Jason J Fox jason.fox@bracewell.com +44.(0).207.448.4206
Photo Name Position Profile
 Adam Blythe  photo Adam Blythe
Ms Olivia Caddy  photo Ms Olivia Caddy Partner
 Alistair Calvert photo Alistair Calvert
Mr Jason Fox  photo Mr Jason Fox Senior Partner
 John Gilbert  photo John Gilbert
 Nina Howell  photo Nina Howell
 Oliver Irwin  photo Oliver Irwin
Mr Ben James  photo Mr Ben James Partner
 Tom Jamieson photo Tom Jamieson
 Ro Lazarovitch  photo Ro Lazarovitch
Ms Tracy London  photo Ms Tracy London Partner
 Jo En Low photo Jo En Low
 Eimear Murphy photo Eimear Murphy
Mr Darren Spalding  photo Mr Darren Spalding Partner
 Gordon Stewart photo Gordon Stewart
Mr Alastair Young  photo Mr Alastair Young Partner
Number of UK partners : 16
Number of other UK fee-earners : 19