Bob Palmer is a partner in the Corporate & Securities practice of the London office.

Bob is an accomplished lawyer with more than 30 years' experience in the oil and gas industry.  He joined Mayer Brown in 2019 from another international law firm.

Bob’s practice is focused on advising on M&A and projects in the international up and midstream space. He acts for clients across the globe, including well-known oil, gas and energy companies, mid-caps and start-ups, as well as service companies, banks and government companies. He also advises on oil and gas-related disputes. 



Examples of experience:

  • UKCS – European IOC on acquisition of operated interest in major new offshore development 
  • Middle East – European IOC on acquiring interests in new offshore gas concession in Abu Dhabi. 
  • Africa – farm-ins and projects for a number of companies in many different countries
  • Russia – European IOCs investing in large oil & gas developments and companies 
  • South America – different companies buying into and selling oil & gas interests in across the continent, including in Trinidad & Tobago, Nicaragua, Colombia and Venezuela
  • Global – advising an service company on an alliance with a PE-funded exploration company, including a synthetic equity remuneration model



  • England and Wales
Bob has been ranked top-tier for oil & gas by Chambers and Legal 500 for several years and is in Legal 500’s Hall of Fame for Oil & Gas.  Clients say: “We know we will always get great, tailored advice from Bob Palmer…He has a genuine understanding of our business needs and has proven himself invaluable”. Chambers 2019.  “He is tough, but pragmatic. He knows how to get things done.” Chambers 2016.  “He is very well experienced in commercial transactions in the oil & gas industry, and is a strong and logical negotiator.” Chambers 2018