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 has 'a very lean and focused team with sector-specific expertise and a commercial and pragmatic approach'. The firm's energy practice typically handles major projects, mainly oil and gas, in emerging markets and is increasingly involved in the renewable energy sector. Its work includes financing, M&A and litigation associated with projects in Africa and the Middle East. Since it opened in 2013, the London office has experienced continuous growth year-on-year and now acts for more than 50 major energy clients. The practice led by energy finance partner Jason Fox is heavily involved in the nascent floating LNG market and is also advising on a growing number of energy storage projects in emerging markets. Oliver Irwin advises lenders and sponsors on cross-border projects and is active in the renewable energy sector. Partner and LNG specialist Nina Howell joined from King & Spalding LLP. Newly promoted senior associate Eimear Murphy handles upstream financings in Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.

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Testimonials

‘The firm has a very lean, focused team with sector-specific expertise, and a commercial and pragmatic approach to guide clients. They love oil and gas as much as we do!’

‘The team has a number of recruits that have strong emerging market credentials. Combined with excellent energy sector knowledge, this is an excellent resource for transaction execution.’

‘We appreciate their ability to grasp complex issues and bring experts from within the firm to provide transaction advice.’

‘The team is dedicated and knowledgable, and it provides quick turnaround times. Oliver Irwin stands out.’

‘The team is highly knowledgeable on the industry specifics, precedents and where the boundaries lie for providing their advice. Availability and responsiveness are always excellent, and they are very much a go-to firm for all my transactions in the sector.’

‘Oliver Irwin leads the practice, is an excellent lawyer and provides calm, considered and very clear advice on all matters in a timely manner. It is always a pleasure to know Oliver is involved in the transactions I work on.’

‘Bracewell has an excellent team with a wealth of experience and expertise.’

Key clients

Savannah Petroleum

Seplat

Mexico

Maurel & Prom

Alcazar

Amni

Anglo-Tunisia

FRV

New Age

Marubeni

Total Solar

Premier Oil

Oil and gas Tier 2

Bracewell (UK) LLP has a strong level of expertise in oil and gas developments in emerging economies across Africa and Latin America, as well as upstream oil and gas M&A transactions and joint ventures in the UK. Key partners in the 'outstanding energy team' include practice head Jason Fox, who has over 30 years experience as an energy finance lawyer; and Adam Blythe for project developments, commercial arrangements and cross-border transactions, often with an African-focus. Other recommended individuals include Nina Howell for LNG sector work, Oliver Irwin for project financing matters, and transactional lawyers Darren Spalding, Alastair Young and Eimear Murphy.

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‘The Bracewell legal team can be described as a highly committed, driven and knowledgeable legal practice, with a deep understanding of the legal, commercial and credit risks that are associated with the oil and gas sector and RBL lending space. The team is easy to work with, and is considered a trusted adviser.’

‘The Bracewell team is very knowledgeable in oil and gas. They not only understand the legal implications but also understand clients’ commercial needs.’

‘I have successfully worked together with Eimear Murphy on various transactions. She is committed, proactive, a good communicator, and she demonstrates a deep understanding of the legal and commercial aspects of the oil and gas industry. This enables her to advice clients on more than the legal aspects of a transaction, which sets her aside as a legal adviser.’

‘Adam Blythe is an excellent support in any negotiation. He articulates the client’s position with a clear reasoning while remaining calm in difficult negotiations. This approach helps to build trust among the parties and to find solutions.’

‘Jason Fox leads an outstanding energy team in London.’

‘Darren Spalding clearly loves what he does, and that’s a nice trait to work with. Also reassuring. He’s enthusiastic and interested.’

‘Adam Blyth is always available and grasps the issues quickly.’

Key clients

Eni

Chevron

Apache Corporation

Maurel & Prom

Genel Energy

Premier Oil

Savannah Petroleum

Aqua Ventures International FZE

Delfin LNG

New Age (African Global Energy)

EOG Resources

PICO Petroleum

Sequa Petroleum

West Titan Energy Limited

Anadarko Mozambique Area 1 Limitada

Albion Energy

Chrysaor

Neptune Energy

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 3

Singled out for its depth of experience in emerging markets, Bracewell (UK) LLP is at the forefront of the latest developments in the energy sector with particular expertise in battery storage matters; the team is currently assisting with the development of a 30MW/60MWH energy storage project in Jordan, the first in the Middle East. The team, which is headed up by construction specialist Tracy London, also includes Oliver Irwin, who acts for lenders and sponsors on the development and financing of cross-border projects.

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‘Very capable, pleasant to work with team, always keen to support the client.’

‘Bracewell has members in the team that consistently provide better arguments than the contractors to negotiate a good outcome for their clients in any single clause or schedule of their contracts. Their availability is very high, including challenging timelines.’

Key clients

Alcazar Energy Partners

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV)

Engie

Equinor (previously known as Statoil)

Marubeni

Total Solar

Kyushu Electric

Anglo Pacific Group

Seabras 1 Bermuda Limited

Energy and infrastructure Tier 4

Bracewell (UK) LLP has a strong presence in emerging economies in Africa and the Middle East, alongside involvement in some of the most significant infrastructure developments in the UK. Led by Jason Fox, who is a 'first choice lawyer for any energy-related deal' and a reserve based lending and energy financing specialist, the team also includes transactional partners Adam BlytheDarren Spalding and Nina Howell.

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‘Global reach with a strong presence in the major markets of London and the US (Houston) allows unparalleled execution of transactions with cross border / cross Atlantic elements.’

‘Bracewell offers world class industry-led legal services to its clients. It is fully responsive and adaptable to the legal idiosyncrasies of the jurisdictions in which it advises.’

‘Second-to-none reserve based lending and energy project finance credentials. The team is able to filter out all “background noise” in negotiations and and deliver commercially-reasonable documentation promptly, thus enhancing the probability of success’

‘Jason Fox has unparalleled experience. He is the leading practitioner in this space outside the US’

‘Jason Fox is the first choice lawyer for any energy-related deal. His vast experience in the sector enables him to advise clients objectively and with strong commercial justification. Jason is effective on either side of the table and can often help find a way through any impasse between negotiating parties.’

Key clients

Eni

Apache Corporation

Maurel & Prom

Genel Energy

Premier Oil Plc

Savannah Petroleum

Aqua Ventures International FZE

Alcazar Energy Partners

Delphin LNG

Equinor (previously known as Statoil)

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV)

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 5

More limited in scope than many of the other ranked firms, Bracewell (UK) LLP's four-partner London finance team is focused exclusively on advising lenders and borrowers in the energy sector. Under the leadership of the 'superbJason Fox, the team is particularly accomplished within the upstream oil and gas space and 'knows the reserve based lending market inside out'.

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Testimonials

‘The team has worked in almost all the RBL transactions in the EMEA market, either on borrowers’ side or lenders’ side. They know the RBL market in and out.’

‘Jason Fox is the King of the RBL, and he is a really hands-on managing partner. Eimear Murphy is a very dedicated partner, with deep knowledge of the oil and gas industry in general and RBL market in particular.’

‘Sound and timely advice, always reliable and excellent industry knowledge.’

‘Oliver Irwin is the lead partner working on our case. He is able to guide its client through difficult and sometimes deadlock situations without disrupting the overall negotiation process.’

‘In-depth knowledge of the oil and gas sector, especially with regards to the North Sea and sub-investment grade bracket. Bracewell’s competence with RBLs and syndicated loans is second to none.’

‘Team is always available, is quick to turnaround documents and projects, has the right industry knowledge and is proactive. Communication is clear as is project management.’

‘Bracewell combines excellent energy sector knowledge and structured finance expertise that is a unique service. It is particularly strong in oil and gas with a growing renewables reach.’

‘Oliver Irwin is a brilliant finance lawyer; knowledgeable, adaptable, well-connected and with a strategic and commercial approach.’

Key clients

ING Bank

Neptune Energy

Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc

Total Solar

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV)

Amni International Petroleum Development Co. Ltd.

Citibank N.A., London Branch

Premier Oil

Kyushu Electric

Nedbank Limited, London Branch

The Mauritius Commercial Bank Limited

Eland Oil and Gas Plc

Construction: non-contentious Tier 5

Bracewell (UK) LLP advises on the full range of construction and engineering contracts, as well as a variety of other non-contentious construction matters. Tracy London, who leads the team, specialises in the energy sector, with experience in multiple jurisdictions, including Europe, Africa and the Middle East - she is praised for her commercial knowledge of the market. Work involves both conventional and renewable energy matters.

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Testimonials

‘Each member of the team possesses skills and abilities of very high and equal calibre. This facilitates access to advice and gives reliability.’

‘They have the unique ability to get up to speed very quickly and immediately begin adding real value. Their negotiations and drafting are constructive with the idea to get a reasonable deal done quickly, not argue over every point.’

‘Tracy London possesses a high ability to understand they key issues for the client in relation to the relevant transaction and translate these into robust legal solutions which are also viable from a commercial point of view. She has the benefit of being a very skilled commercial lawyer and a lawyer with detailed legal know-how.’

‘Tracy London has been outstanding with quick and thorough engagement on our projects. She brings years of construction-related legal experience and her knowledge of market helps all parties reach reasonable conclusions.’

Key clients

Equinor (previously known as Statoil)

Delphin LNG

Alcazar Energy Partners

EOG Resources

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV)

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Arabia Trading and Consulting Company

GEA Group

Endeavor Energy

Eni SPA

Commercial litigation: premium Tier 6

Bracewell (UK) LLP's London office focuses on the energy sector, advising in relation to emerging economies, such as those in Africa, the Middle East and Central America, as well as the more developed markets of the UK and continental Europe. John Gilbert is an expert in joint operating agreement disputes. Former partner Damian Watkin joined Clyde & Co LLP.

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Testimonials

‘They have a team ethic  – and corresponding drive – that is often missing in  other firms’

‘John Gilbert is one of my favourite people to work with. A truly charming individual. Very bright and hard working, and with exceptional knowledge of the energy industry. He has chosen members of the team who are in his image and I would particularly highlight Rob Meade and Rona Amigues-MacRae’

Key clients

Aqua Ventures International FZE

International arbitration Tier 7

Bracewell (UK) LLP's 'commercially minded' London office focuses on the energy sector, and acts in matters involving Africa, the Middle East and Central America, as well as the UK and continental European markets. John Gilbert is the key contact, and is supported by senior associates Robert Meade and Rona Amigues-MacRae.

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‘Rob Meade – clever, commercial and great to work with.’

‘They are commercially minded and have a strong sense of the Energy market. They are exceptionally hard working and are willing to make things happen for their clients.’

‘John Gilbert has a keen and careful mind.’

‘John Gilbert is one of my favourite people to work with. A truly charming individual. Very bright and hard working, and with exceptional knowledge of the energy industry. He has chosen members of the team who are in his image and I would particularly highlight Rob Meade and Rona Amigues-MacRae in that regard.’

‘John Gilbert very quickly understands the issues and is able to provide guidance in the construction phase that will benefit dispute resolution later if settlement is not possible. Robert Meade is very strong with document review/drafting that provides direction to commercial teams.’

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 & 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
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
Ms Tracy London  photo Ms Tracy London Partner
 Eimear Murphy photo Eimear Murphy
Mr Darren Spalding  photo Mr Darren Spalding Partner
Mr Tom Swarbrick photo Mr Tom Swarbrick
Mr Alastair Young  photo Mr Alastair Young Partner
Number of UK partners : 11
Number of other UK fee-earners : 15