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International Energy, Oil & Gas Lawyers

With a rich history in the oil & gas sector, Curtis advises on the full range of oil & gas activities, including the structuring, negotiating and drafting of upstream and downstream contracts, the development of oil & gas sector legislation, and the design, financing implementation and oversight of oil & gas projects and related infrastructure. In addition, the group is ranked among the global leaders for international arbitration, in which we specialize in disputes involving oil & gas matters.

Exceptional Track Record in Advising Sovereign Clients

Curtis is notable for its longstanding focus on the particular needs of sovereign clients, including governments, their ministries and national oil companies (NOCs) throughout the world. The firm has played a leading role in the design, financing and implementation of oil & gas infrastructure projects of national and strategic importance to clients across Central Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Europe, often integrating analysis from experts in various fields.

The firm has, we believe uniquely, a policy of declining to represent international oil companies in order to avoid issue and legal conflicts.

Strategic Advice on Oil & Gas Policy

The Curtis team has an outstanding track record of advising sovereign clients on oil & gas policy matters, including the drafting and implementation of oil & gas sector legislation and the structuring of bidding processes for strategic oil & gas industry projects. Our clients have also benefited from the team’s high profile successes in negotiating and re-negotiating production sharing agreements and other contractual arrangements with international oil companies, ensuring that our sovereign clients and their citizens receive a fair share of revenues from their resources.

We also advise sovereign clients on energy and tax policies, their participation in international treaties and the effect of treaty obligations on the oil & gas sector, the acquisition of oil & gas interests and the resolution of disputes.

Review of Oil & Gas Agreements and Legislation

In reviewing all agreements and legislation related to the oil & gas industry, Curtis provides clients with current best practice, including the latest trends inthe development of model contracts and commercial agreements. Our clients benefit from our detailed knowledge of contract law and also from the decades of practical experience we bring to dealing with disputes arising under oil & gas contracts.

Curtis can review and revise any aspect of proposed or existing oil & gas sector legislation, including oil & gas permits, licenses, contracts and production sharing agreements, taxation provisions, domestic crude allocations, offshore processing agreements, pipelines and supply and marketing arrangements. The firm has extensive experience advising governments and NOCs on domestic oil & gas legislation and the development and oversight of upstream contracts. Our vast international arbitration experience enables us to advise on many disputes which turn on the precise wording and interpretation of legislative or contractual provisions and adds an additional dimension to our offering to clients.

Comprehensive Range of Commercial Services

Curtis advises on virtually every aspect of the oil & gas industry, including projects and construction, tender processes, financing and capital markets, refinery and facilities upgrades, pipelines, drilling contracts and oilfield services, supply and off-take agreements, acquisitions and divestitures of oil industry assets, debt and industry restructurings, LNG vessels and finance, environmental issues, tax issues, and technology and IP matters. Curtis also advises our sovereign clients on the full range of public international law issues, from treaty drafting to day-to-day advice.

We give governments the background, analysis and information they require to fully appreciate how international law affects the state’s legal position. This enables the government to formulate its decision-making, policies and actions accordingly. The oil & gas group works hand-in-hand with a number of the firm’s other industry groups to provide clients with a completely seamless service.

International Energy, Oil & Gas Lawyers

With a rich history in the oil & gas sector, Curtis advises on the full range of oil & gas activities, including the structuring, negotiating and drafting of upstream and downstream contracts, the development of oil & gas sector legislation, and the design, financing implementation and oversight of oil & gas projects and related infrastructure. In addition, the group is ranked among the global leaders for international arbitration, in which we specialize in disputes involving oil & gas matters.

"Experienced advisers to national oil companies and sovereign wealth funds."

Chambers Global 2020 Africa-wide Disputes

"A deep pool of internationally experienced practitioners."

Chambers Global 2019: USA International Arbitration

"Curtis has a strong track record acting for states and government-owned entities in oil & gas matters."

Legal 500: EMEA 2019 Italy Energy

"It has a market-leading practice representing states as respondents in high-stakes investor-state arbitrations, particularly in the oil and gas sector."

Legal 500: Latin America 2018

Chambers Global 2019 firm

"Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP's work is always above par"

Legal 500 EMEA 2020 - Oman Projects and Energy