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Alex has extensive experience with a broad range of energy-related projects and transactions, acting for buyers, sellers, developers, lenders, governments, regulators, and publicly, privately, and state-owned companies. He also has extensive experience with energy M&A, oil and gas transactions, African energy projects, and the UK and European power sector. Alex serves as Managing Partner of the London office.


College of Law, Law Society Finals, 1994
Oxford University, England, B.A., M.A., Law, 1992
Admitted to practice: Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales

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Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A

Vinson & Elkins LLP has a rich energy and oil-and-gas heritage, with especially strong experience in Mexico and Brazil. The firm has an impressive history of big M&A transactions in the region and is further building its record in private equity investments. The firm advised PetroVida Holding on its $1.4bn acquisition of a 50% equity interest in Petrobras Oil and Gas from Petrobras International Braspetro; PetroVida Holding was formed by consortium partners Vitol Investment Partnership II, Africa Oil Corp and Delonex Energy. San Francisco partner Boyd Carano is a leader in upstream and midstream oil and gas, conventional power and renewable energy. Eamon Nolan has brought additional senior-level credibility, having joined the firm’s New York office from Linklaters LLP in 2019. London’s Alex Msimang is another energy M&A specialist with extensive experience in Brazil.

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy

Vinson & Elkins LLP is a global leader in upstream oil and gas and it has brought this expertise to Latin America, most notably the Brazil and Mexico markets. In Mexico, it has achieved prominence in bidding rounds for exploration and production contracts, and in the development of natural gas pipelines and infrastructure to improve the flow of gas from the United States into the country. Downstream projects in Mexico are another growth area. In Brazil, it continues to be a force in presalt production sharing contracts. Moreover, it is recognised player in renewable energy  -including wind and solar- right across Latin America. Clients include Talos Energy, Riverstone, Key Energy Services, ExxonMobil, Pattern Energy Group and Statoil. The team advised Equinor on its acquisition of a 25% interest in the offshore Roncador field, one of Brazil’s largest producing oil fields, from Petrobras; and Avant Energy, the Riverstone portfolio company, on its proposal to invest $500m into the development of a network of terminals to supply refined petroleum products from the Port of Altamira, Tamaulipas to the Bajio region of North-Central Mexico. Clients praise the firm for ‘identifying key country entry risk‘, its ongoing support in post-closing matters, its ‘network of professionals‘, ‘ability to meet almost any timeline, whether that means working overnight, holidays or weekends‘, its understanding of how fast industries move, the manner in which ‘requests or issues are routed to the correct team member‘ and ‘the way the team communicates internally‘. Now based in San Francisco, Boyd Carano has a long record in oil-and-gas bids, acquisitions and project development in Mexico and Brazil; he is also an experienced figure in Latin America renewables projects. New York partner Eamon Nolan, a genuine Latin America project development and finance specialist, joined the New York office from Linklaters LLP in February 2019. London partner Alex Msimang and Houston’s Mark Brasher are also key names. Also in Houston, senior associate Alan Alexander is noted for his expertise in Mexico’s oil-and-gas sector; he is ‘a client’s dream‘, ‘can handle all aspects of a deal on his own‘, ‘is very efficient and reasonable with his billing, and does a good job of delegating work to members of his team‘, he ‘has always exceeded expectations, is very smart and is able to convey information in a manner that enables commercial decisions to be made based on his legal advice‘.

London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas

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Along with complex and high-profile M&A transactions, project development, financings and disputes, Vinson & Elkins RLLP‘s energy lawyers also advise on the day-to-day contractual, commercial and regulatory aspects of the industry. The team, led by Alex Msimang and Nabil Khodadad, is especially strong in the international upstream transactional space. In recent highlights, the firm advised on the issuance of three high-value energy company high-yield bonds for Neptune Energy, Aker BP and Tullow Oil, respectively.