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Charles Morrison

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Oil and Gas team


Charles Morrison is highly experienced in cross-border transactions in the energy sector (his experience includes trade finance, project finance, project development and mergers and acquisitions), with a particular focus on oil and gas. Charles is a partner and leads DLA Piper’s International Oil & Gas team.  His energy experience extends to upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas, power projects and the related financings. His clients include governments, oil companies, trading houses, banks and other financial institutions. Charles is known for his work in Africa, where his experience and contacts have developed over 25 years of Africa-related work. This experience was recognised in Charles’ appointment as chair of the Sub-Saharan Africa Market Advisory Group of City UK – the joint HM Gov/City Corporation body that promotes the marketing of the City abroad. Charles is a regular speaker and chair at international conferences, on energy, trade and project-related issues. Charles is the current author of the Guarantees and Indemnities section of Sweet & Maxwell’s leading practitioner’s text, Practical Lending and Security Documents. Charles was until 2017, Global Co-chair of the Finance and Projects practice of DLA Piper.  Charles also sits part-time as a Recorder of the Crown Court on the Western Circuit.


DLA Piper 2005 - date - Partner
Denton Wilde Sapte - 1999 - 2005 - Partner
Goodman Derrick - Partner

Called to the Tanzanian Bar 2001; Higher Court advocate in England and Wales (1994); Recorder of the Crown Court 2018.






Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (1983, BA Business Law)

London: Finance

Emerging markets

Within: Emerging markets

DLA Piper has a group of experienced partners in London and has a strong flow of mid-market transactions in the emerging markets. The energy sector is a key focus for the London finance practice and Charles Morrison, who focuses on trade and project finance and is dual-qualified in the UK and Tanzania, handles oil and gas development projects in Africa. Consultant Nigel Drew acts for arrangers, bidding consortia, contractors and the public sector on international projects and structured finance transactions across a wide range of sectors.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas

Within: Leading individuals

Charles Morrison - DLA Piper

Within: Oil and gas

The oil and gas team at DLA Piper is best known for upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas transactions, especially when it comes to the acquisition of producing and exploration assets, refinery and pipeline financings and acquisitions, and LNG terminals and related projects, and politically sensitive international energy sector disputes in emerging markets. The contentious facet of the practice is jointly led by James Carter and Philip Chong and has developed a significant expertise in gas pricing and pipeline rights arbitration cases for clients such as Gazprom. Charles Morrison specialises in Africa-related work, and Dimitri Papaefstratiou has extensive experience in international matters.

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