Overview

Mayer Brown has extensive experience on a wide variety of energy matters across the Middle East. Clients with interests in oil and gas, electric and renewable energy call on our Chambers-ranked energy team to navigate the complex mix of global markets and regulation across six continents. 

Our energy transactions team includes lawyers with many years of experience working in the leading petroleum-producing states of the Middle East/North Africa region, who are able to counsel clients in a variety of languages, including Arabic.

The history of energy is a volatile one, as markets shift under the pressure of extreme price swings, technology breakthroughs, geopolitical stresses and environmental change. Yet from risk emerges opportunity: the possibility of making new discoveries, developing new markets, expanding value in existing businesses and accessing new sources of capital. Our Middle East energy transactions lawyers are fully integrated within our global energy transactions team, spanning our offices in Houston, Rio, London, Paris, Dubai, Singapore, Beijing and elsewhere. They combine a truly international perspective on energy deals with a wealth of practical experience operating across the Middle East region.

Our team serves the oil and gas sector (upstream, midstream, and liquefied natural gas, refining and petrochemicals), the electric power sector (conventional and renewable, including wind and solar, and transmission), and financial institutions, investment funds, project developers, state-owned enterprises and public-private partnerships in the energy sector.

Praxis

  • Advised an oil major, as lead investor and operator, in relation to the grant of a new production concession and the formation of a joint venture between domestic and international oil companies to develop a field in Oman, for an enhanced oil recovery (EOR) project.
  • Advised a national oil company in relation to the grant of a new production concession and the formation of a joint venture with a supermajor to develop and operate a sour gas field.
  • Advised an oil major in relation to the formation of a joint venture with a Middle Eastern government agency to assume responsibility for operating a producing field.
  • Advised an oil major throughout its successful bid to acquire an interest in the Dolphin Gas Project, an integrated gas project in the Middle East and subsequent negotiations for the purchase and related accession arrangements.
  • Represented the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in its natural gas initiative, an initiative to bring foreign investment into the Kingdom’s natural gas sector through an integrated upstream, midstream, power and water desalination and petrochemical industrial program.
  • Advised a US oil major in relation to the arrangements for the transportation, handling and lifting of sulphur produced from a sour gas field development in the Arabian Gulf, together with the expansion of an export terminal and development of associated transportation infrastructure.
  • Advised a Middle East national oil company in relation to the renegotiation with its co-venturers of the GASCO natural gas processing concession involving the expansion and operation of four plants for the extraction of natural gas liquids (NGLs), together with the associated pipeline network.
  • Advised a US oil major in relation to the arrangements for the transportation, handling and lifting of sulphur produced from a sour gas field development in the Arabian Gulf, together with the expansion of an export terminal and development of associated transportation infrastructure.
  • Advised a supermajor as lead sponsor on the development of an integrated natural gas project combining an upstream development in the South Pars field and an onshore LNG project in the Arabian Gulf comprising two trains. The assignment involved the development of the pivotal Gas Sales Agreement from the upstream to the LNG plant owner/operator in parallel with the upstream concession agreement and the LNG sales contracts into various markets.
  • Represented The Eastern Petrochemical Company (SHARQ) in the $4 billion expansion and financing of its facilities in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
  • Advised the refining division of a national oil company in the establishment of a joint venture with a Nordic oil company to develop and operate a specialist base oil refinery in the Arabian Gulf.
  • Represented BP and the subsequent sponsors on the $4.5 billion project development of a downstream petrochemicals facility in Saudi Arabia.
  • The negotiation and drafting of the construction management agreement and EPC contracts (governed by English law) for a petrochemical project in Egypt converting naptha gas, via a Cracker complex, into polyethylene and other petrochemical derivatives.
  • Represented Vetra Energia on its negotiation of a production sharing contract (PSC) in Kurdistan.
  • Advised an independent oil company on Production Sharing Agreement and Joint Operating Agreement issues arising from a field development in Kurdistan.
  • Advised an independent oil company in negotiations for the acquisition of a partner’s interest in a field development in Kurdistan.
  • Represented Genel Energy on its proposed $6 billion reverse takeover of Heritage Oil pie to create a FTSElOO upstream oil company operating in the Middle East and Africa.
  • Represented Genel Energy on its proposed $6 billion reverse takeover of Heritage Oil pipe to create a FTSElOO upstream oil company operating in the Middle East and Africa.
  • Represented the Council of Ministers and the Natural Resources Authority of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on various long-term mining concessions in the kingdom in relation to the mining of oil shale.
  • Represented the successful concessionaire on the $170 million project to design, build, operate and finance a new oil terminal at the Port of Aqaba in Jordan.
  • Acting for a national oil company in relation to its acquisition of various interests in West Qurna, Iraq.
  • Advised a supermajor on the negotiation of a contract with a national oil company to rejuvenate and expand an existing liquefaction plant and terminal facilities on the Mediterranean with a view to restoring it to its original nameplate production, as part of an integrated project including natural gas production, transportation and processing, and the production and marketing of LNG and condensates.
  • Represented the Export-Import Bank of the United States (US Ex-Im Bank) as lender/guarantor in a $540 million 1,250 tbd anhydrous gas-to-ammonia project in Egypt, whose export facilities are to be located at a new expansion of the first private port in that country.
  • Represented International Finance Corporation in connection with the limited recourse financing of the Qarun oil and gas concession development in Egypt’s Western Desert.
  • Representing five different government lender agencies (US Ex-Im Bank, Korea Eximbank, KSure, SACE and OPIC) in the $7 .5 billion Tahrir Petrochemical naptha cracker project in Egypt.
  • Represented the International Finance Corporation and the Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO) in their investments in Egyptian Refining Company SAE, which is undertaking the construction of a 5 million ton per annum hydrocracking and coking facility in Mostorod, Greater Cairo, Egypt.