Event 23 Aug. 2023
Partner Borzu Sabahi Speaks at the 52nd IDRI Professional Accreditation & Membership Programme
Event 14 Oct. 2022
Curtis Provides Capacity Training to the Government of Uganda
Event 18 Aug. 2023
Partner Borzu Sabahi Speaks at FDI Moot Shenzhen
News 25 Jul. 2023
Partner Eric Gilioli Ranked in Top 10 Influential Energy & Natural Resources Lawyers in Kazakhstan in Business Today
Article 22 Aug. 2023
Fuad Zarbiyev Publishes Article in Journal of International Economic Law
Client Alert 14 Aug. 2023
The EU’s Market in Crypto Assets (MiCA) Regulation: The Highlights
Event 22 Aug. 2023
Partner Dr. Claudia Frutos-Peterson to Speak at Arbitration and ADR Commission of the ICC Mexico
Event 11 Jul. 2023
Partner Elisa Botero Speaks on the Role of the ICC in Investment Disputes
News 15 Aug. 2023
Legal Reader Publishes Article on Dr. Majed Alotaibi’s Arrival as Senior Counsel in Curtis’ Riyadh Office
News 31 Jul. 2023
Curtis Welcomes Senior Saudi Advisor, Dr. Majed Alotaibi, to its Riyadh Office
News 24 Aug. 2023
Curtis Attorneys Quoted in CoinDesk on FTX Founder Sam Bankman-Fried’s Strategy Ahead of His Criminal Trial
News 06 Mar. 2023
Russia Sanctions at the First Anniversary: An Overview of Current Sanctions in the US, UK, and EU and How Global Companies Can Navigate Evolving and Conflicting Sanctions Regimes
Client Alert 30 Aug. 2022
The EU Adopts the “Maintenance and Alignment” Sanctions Package
Client Alert 24 Jun. 2021
Update on Virtual Notarization (Executive Order 202.7) During the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic (Updated: June 24, 2021) — U.S. Insight
Update on Virtual Witnessing (New York Executive Order 202.14) During The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic (Updated: June 24, 2021) — U.S. Insight
With a rich history in the oil and gas sector, Curtis advises on the full range of oil and gas activities, including the structuring, negotiating and drafting of upstream and downstream contracts, the development of oil and gas sector legislation, and the design, financing implementation and oversight of oil and gas projects and related infrastructure. In addition, the group is ranked among the global leaders for international arbitration, in which we specialize in oil and gas disputes.
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 and 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 Curtis team has an outstanding track record of advising sovereign clients on oil & gas policy matters, including the drafting and implementation of oil and gas sector legislation and the structuring of bidding processes for strategic oil and gas industry projects. Our clients have also benefited from the team’s high profile successes in negotiating and renegotiating 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.
In reviewing all agreements and legislation related to the oil and gas industry, Curtis provides clients with current best practice, including the latest trends in the 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 and gas contracts.
Curtis can review and revise any aspect of proposed or existing oil and gas legislation, including oil and 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 and 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.
Curtis advises on virtually every aspect of the oil and 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 and gas group works hand-in-hand with a number of the firm’s other industry groups to provide clients with a completely seamless service.
George Kahale III
Matias A. Vega
Commercial Disputes - Litigation
News 15 Sep. 2023
Curtis Italy wins International Arbitration Firm of the Year at the Italian Legalcommunity Litigation Awards 2023
Highly professional lawyers. The team has excellent knowledge and knows the specifics of the petroleum sector.
Legal 500: EMEA 2022 Kazakhstan Energy and Natural Resources
Curtis 'advises the Ministry of Energy on a wide range of issues in the oil and gas sector'.
Legal 500 EMEA 2021 - Kazakhstan Energy and Natural Resources
"Experienced advisers to national oil companies and sovereign wealth funds."
Chambers Global 2020 Africa-wide Disputes