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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

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Joanna Kay

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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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Joanna Kay specialises in international oil and gas transactions including upstream operations, project development, mergers and acquisitions and gas and LNG trading and storage arrangements. Joanna advises clients on a wide range of upstream and midstream oil and gas agreements including concessions, AMIs, farm-ins and SPAs, royalties, operating and unitisation agreements, service and drilling contracts as well as transportation and sales agreements. Joanna has worked in house as well as in private practice, including at Tullow Oil plc where she focused on upstream development projects and frontier exploration opportunities in Africa, Europe and the North Atlantic region.




Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
UK Energy Lawyers' Group, IBA


College of Law, L.P.C., 2005, Distinction
BPP Law School, Post Graduate Diploma in Law , 2003, Commendation
Cambridge University, M.A., 2002, Honours

London: Finance

Commodities: derivatives

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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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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