Firm Profile > Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP > London, England

Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP
1 New Fetter Lane

Oil and gas Tier 3

The oil and gas offering at Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP recently underwent significant expansion through the arrival of Mark Johnson from Reed Smith LLPAnna Nerush from Addleshaw Goddard and Myles Mantle from Jones Day. The team, led by Glenn Kangisser, advises oil field operators, contractors, suppliers and insurers on a range of contracts and disputes relating to the procurement of offshore equipment, including seismic vessels, drilling rigs, and ships (among them diving and other offshore support vessels). The firm is also noted for its substantial LNG capabilities. Australia-qualified associate Phoebe Anderson specialises in offshore E&P projects.

Practice head(s):

Glenn Kangisser

Other key lawyers:

Will Cecil; Mark Johnson


‘Haynes and Boone has deep specialist industry knowledge and experience.’

‘The attorneys at Haynes and Boone are very knowledgeable when it comes to LNG shipping with a broad understanding of both the legal and commercial aspects.’

‘Will Cecil, Glenn Kangisser and Amanda Larrington are particularly notable.’

‘Andreas Silcher is very open, direct and honest in his approach.’ 

Key clients

Seadrill Ghana Offshore Limited

TMS Cardiff Gas Ltd

Stolt- Nielsen

Stena LNG

Stena Drilling Limited

Shipping Tier 4

Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP handles a range of commercial shipping mandates and the team stands out for its shipbuilding expertise; it is engaged on the structuring and contracts for the construction, chartering and demolition of ships. Shipowners, shipyards and insurers are clients and the team handles projects across the world. Advising owners and shipyards involved in high-value projects for the construction or refit of superyachts is also a key focus. The team has strengthened its LNG shipping practice where it acts for owners and charterers. It acts for TMS Cardiff Gas on its ongoing carrier fleet expansion. Mark Johnson recently joined from Reed Smith LLP and senior partner Simon Curtis is experienced in shipbuilding and offshore procurement mandates.

Practice head(s):

Simon Curtis

Other key lawyers:

William Cecil; Andreas Silcher; James Brown; Andreas Dracoulis;


James Brown is approachable, pragmatic and responsive to client needs.’

‘A strong, professional team that provides consultancy services and advice on legal issues related to shipbuilding contracts.’

‘Responses and advice are clear and prompt, and has logical reasoning.’

Key clients


TMS Cardiff Gas

The Ministry of Finance of Trinidad and Tobago

National Infrastructure Development Company of Trinidad and Tobago

The Ministry of National Security of Trinidad and Tobago

Kuwait Oil Tanker Company


International Seaways


Stena LNG

ESL Shipping Finland

Olympic Shipping (Onassis Foundation)

Flex LNG

Damen Shipyards

Stena Drilling

International arbitration Tier 5

Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP is 'passionate about the defence of its clients; the team is also extremely efficient and business minded'. It is particularly experienced in international arbitration work involving the offshore and marine construction, energy (especially oil and gas) and construction sectors. Melanie Willems is London head of international arbitration and William Cecil heads the contentious department; the other key names are Markus Esly, Andreas Dracoulis and counsel Robert Blackett.

Practice head(s):

Melanie Willems; William Cecil


The team is dynamic, wonderful to work with and understands the big picture‘.

Melanie Willems is exceptionally driven, energetic and able to anticipate what clients want‘.

Markus Esly is intelligent, industrious and has his head on his shoulders‘.

The firm: Haynes and Boone LLP is a full service international commercial law firm with more than 550 lawyers providing a full spectrum of legal services. Its London office has particular experience serving the corporate, energy, finance, international dispute resolution, project finance and shipping sectors. The firm boasts a team of commercial and dispute resolution lawyers that is internationally regarded for its deep industry knowledge in its core sectors. Haynes and Boone is ranked amongst the largest U.S based firms, and has 17 offices spanning Texas, New York, California, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, Washington DC, London, Mexico City and Shanghai.

Types of work undertaken: Energy: in the energy industry, the firm serves domestic US and international oil companies with global development interests, independent oil and gas producers, offshore oilfield service contractors and equipment companies, as well as large commercial lenders, hedge funds and private equity firms in the energy sector. The firm’s experience extends from upstream licensing arrangements, through the exploration, production and transportation of oil and gas. The firm advises clients on the operational issues involved in the extraction, processing and transportation of these products, and on the procurement, construction and installation of offshore drilling and production facilities and transportation pipelines and LNG.

Shipping: the firm has significant experience in the provision of legal advice in relation to shipbuilding and ship conversion projects of all kinds. Senior Counsel Simon Curtis is the author of the leading textbook on shipbuilding contract law, “The Law of Shipbuilding Contracts”, published by Informa Law (the 5th edition to be published in 2019 and which Partner William Cecil co-authors). The firm is continuously involved in a wide range of newbuilding projects and disputes and its maritime clients include shipowners, charterers, classification bureaus, engineering consultants, private equity and other financial services companies, shipyards and insurers, covering the full spectrum of commercial shipping. We also have substantial experience in the construction and employment of passenger ferries, cruise ships and superyachts. For LNG projects, the office brings together project development, construction, transportation and gas supply experience on behalf of developers, suppliers and shippers.

Corporate: the firm’s corporate lawyers possess extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, capital markets transactions, IPOs, takeovers, and related shareholder issues spanning both public and private transactions, across a broad range of industries. In addition, the London office expands the international reach of the firm’s private equity and venture capital capabilities, which include helping clients structure and organise fund sponsors and investment funds as well as representing entrepreneurs, start-ups, early-stage companies, and emerging growth companies in structuring, negotiating, and closing all forms of venture financings. It regularly provides its clients with advice on entity formation, funding strategies, IP strategies, and general corporate matters.

Finance: the firm’s global Finance Practice is one of its signature strengths –covering the skills that its clients demand. Its partner-led approach, experience and versatility offer clients a first-class service, embracing both technical quality and commercial awareness. The firm has extensive experience in fund finance, acquisition finance, refinancings, corporate facilities, real estate finance and financial institutions lending (including non-bank lenders and insurance), in each case across a broad range of industry sectors. It regularly advises financial sponsors, lenders, borrowers, investors, fund managers, and central banks in relation to those core areas.

Project Finance: our Project Finance and Development Practice Group includes experience across all major disciplines that affect a client’s investment in a project throughout the project’s life – from early-stage development and regulatory issues through financing, mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and public offerings. Our work includes representation of lenders, borrowers, risk insurers, investors, sponsors and contract parties in projects utilising a broad spectrum of financing arrangements, including commercial bank and institutional lender construction and term loan facilities; so-called “term loan B” financings, letter of credit facilities; mezzanine and high-yield financings; capital markets issuances of debt and equity; securitisation and structured finance techniques; and utilisation of products and services from multilateral institutions, export credit agencies and national/regional development and aid agencies.

International Dispute Resolution: we have a substantial team of English law-qualified disputes lawyers, with a long and distinguished record of representing clients in court and arbitral proceedings, and in other forms of dispute resolution (for example, adjudication, expert determination and mediation). Our London-based international dispute resolution lawyers act for clients in ad hoc arbitrations and in those administered by the leading institutions, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR). We act for clients in the various divisions of the English Courts, in particular the Commercial Court and the Technology and Construction Court. Although our clients are derived from a wide range of industries, we have built a formidable reputation acting for clients in the offshore oil and gas, shipping and infrastructure sectors. We also represent investors in disputes with host governments or states under bilateral investment treaties (e.g., ICSID arbitrations).


Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Bradley J Richards
Shipping Andreas Silcher
Dispute resolution William Cecil
Finance Emma Russell
Corporate Tom Ferns
International Arbitration Melanie Willems
Project Finance Myles Mantle
Energy Glenn Kangisser
Number of UK partners : 15
Number of other UK fee-earners : 14