Energy 2017: Analysis

The analysis of the latest WWL: Energy edition identifies the most highly regarded firms and individuals across our global research, which in total features 910 practitioners from 376 firms in 89 countries.


Thought Leaders
1. Paul Griffin White & Case, London
2. Geoffrey Picton-Turbervill Ashurst, London
3. John Geraghty Allen & Overy, London
4. Hamish McArdle Baker Botts, London
5. Steven Galbraith Slaughter and May, London
The Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as being truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.

Leading Firms

Who's Who Legal does not list law firms, only individual lawyers. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research.

HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS leads the way in this jurisdiction with nine individuals listed in our research, reflecting the wealth of talent on offer at the firm.
Mark Newbery focuses his practice on advising major clients regarding financing, mergers and acquisitions, privatisations and project development, and receives nominations from across Europe, as well as from Canada.
Martin Kavanagh has a reputation for being “a very strong practitioner” in the area. He is “particularly good on both oil and gas” and is also known to be “a pragmatic financing lawyer”.

From ALLEN & OVERY seven exceptional practitioners are highlighted by our research.
John Geraghty is "excellent" and "deserving of a place on list". His experience comprises off-take agreements, international mergers and acquisitions, project development and cross-border joint ventures, among other matters.  
Gareth Price is “an outstanding energy lawyer”, who is particularly praised for “his experience of financing for nuclear projects”. 
Mark Walker is described as a “superb” energy lawyer who has a “standout practice” covering a wide range of experience including complex projects in the thermal power, LNG gas and renewables space.
Sheila Connell receives praise for being “very strong on energy projects”, with experience working on low carbon, renewables and nuclear matters across Europe and the Middle East.

At ASHURST six individuals receive recognition for their contribution to the sector.
Geoffrey Picton-Turbervill receives nominations from across the world, including regions as far afield as Canada, Portugal and Scotland, reflecting the international nature of his high-level energy practice.
Michael Burns has a reputation for being a “very proactive lawyer” who is “extremely knowledgeable about energy matters, as well as being reasonable and easy to get along with”.
Antony Skinner is described by clients and peers as “a very sensible and practical counsel” who focuses his practice on financing, development and M&A transactions in the renewable and thermal power space. 

CMS CAMERON MCKENNA is home to six highly talented lawyers.
Bob Palmer is known to be "an outstanding energy lawyer", with a practice spanning nearly three decades. He has deep experience handling oil and gas matters throughout the Middle East, Africa, Asia and South America.
Munir Hassan is described by clients as "a very strong practitioner”, who is “very well regarded, particularly for his work in the power and renewables" space.
Robert Lane receives nominations across Greece, Norway, the UK and Chile for his excellent energy practice.  He has more than 25 years’ experience handling all aspects of the power industry including renewables, networks and nuclear, among others.

SLAUGHTER AND MAY is home to four exceptional practitioners who receive wide acclaim in our research.
Steven Galbraith features highly in our research, being widely regarded particularly for his work regarding financing for projects, investments, infrastructure acquisitions and acquisition financing in the energy sector.
Hywel Davies has a reputation amongst respondents for his work in the energy sector, which includes particular experience handling matters relating to renewable energy and wind farms.
John Papanichola is well known in the market, with clients praising his experience managing complex corporate financings in the energy space.

From LINKLATERS five lawyers stand out for their wealth of talent and expertise.
John Pickett is a “fantastic” lawyer, who is “at the top of his game”, according to our sources. His practice focuses on domestic and international energy projects.
Jeremy Gewirtz receives praise for his practice which focuses on power transactions, commodities financings and commodities transactions. He advises  significant clients including sponsors, borrowers, lenders, governments and corporate entities. 

From DENTONS six individuals are acknowledged for the strength of their energy practices.
Charles Wood receives praise from respondents for being “great with LNG facilities”. He specialises in downstream gas and electricity restructuring, projects, as well as regulation and privatisation.
Danielle Beggs is known in the market for her standout practice advising on major oil and gas projects as well as electricity matters, regulatory and licensing regimes.  

Two renowned lawyers receive recognition at BAKER BOTTS.
Hamish McArdle has a reputation for being “an excellent energy lawyer” who focuses his practice on large scale projects and corporate and commercial issues in the upstream and midstream oil, gas and LNG sectors.
Mark Rowley receives commendation from sources for his expert handling of complex oil and gas transactions, comprising upstream developments, LNG projects and cross-border pipelines.

Likewise at WATSON FARLEY & WILLIAMS, Heike Trischmann is widely praised for her contribution to the sector, specialising in all facets of oil and gas law having acted for major companies, banks, regulators and governments as part of her practice.
Evan Stergoulis is “very well regarded” in the industry for his energy practice, which has an emphasis on M&A and financing in the offshore wind, renewables and gas and power industries.

VINSON & ELKINS boasts Alexander Msimang, who has an international reputation for his work handling major projects and transaction in the energy space with particular experience in Europe, Africa and Brazil.
Christopher Strong focuses his impressive practice on project development and finance as well as mergers and acquisitions, and has broad experience relating to upstream oil and gas, power plants, refineries, LNG and pipelines, among other matters.

Other Leading Individuals

We highlight individuals at other firms who also scored very highly in our research.


Alan Rae Smith of FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER has a reputation among clients for being “a leading energy lawyer”. He is deeply skilled at handling significant multi-sourced finance energy projects, particularly in the Middle East and Across Africa.

At AKIN GUMP, John LaMaster is known to be "absolutely excellent" according to clients. He is nominated across the USA, Canada and Europe for his work handling complex international mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, project developments and joint ventures in the energy space.

WHITE & CASE is home to Paul Griffin who has a reputation in the industry for being a “leading authority on UK oil and gas law".

From ORRICK HERRINGTON & SUTCLIFFE, Peter Roberts receives wide acclaim from respondents for his outstanding energy knowledge and expertise. His clients include major oil and gas companies, whom he advises on a range of matters including upstream and midstream transactions, LNG project development and mergers and acquisition, among others.   

From EVERSHEDS, Jason Lovell is “a genuine all-rounder” who has “wonderful tenacity”, according to respondents. He is recommended for his “dedication and depth of energy knowledge” combined with “always going the extra mile for clients”.

Jason Fox at BRACEWELLS impresses widely in the market, drawing on over a quarter of a century’s experience specialising in energy finance, with a focus on the upstream sector.

Paul Stockley at BOND DICKINSON is known to be “a really good lawyer” who specialises in the upstream oil and gas sector in both the UK and internationally. He has experience of handling all aspects from exploration and development, to production and post-production phases. 

KING & SPALDING is home to Garry Pegg who receives commendation from respondents as far afield as Bulgaria and the USA as well as across the UK. He draws on over 25 years of experience working across the oil, gas and electricity sectors working on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters.

SIMMONS & SIMMONS boasts Adrian Nizzola who is known internationally for his practice comprising over 30 years’ experience handling significant energy projects and structured financing.   

From MILBANK TWEED HADLEY & MCCLOY Matthew Hagopian is praised for being a “dynamic energy lawyer” with “excellent experience” handling oil, gas and power matters, with specific expertise pertaining to the LNG sector.


BOND DICKINSON boasts Uisdean Vass who draws on 30 years of experience practising energy law, and is a “well-known name in the market” for his upstream oil and gas practice.

From SHEPHERD AND WEDDERBURN, Gordon Downie advises major clients including regulatory bodies, regulated entities and stakeholders, and is renowned for his expertise of regulated markets. 

Rest of Europe

Thought Leaders
1. Juan Ignacio González Ruiz Uría Menéndez, Madrid
2. Rino Caiazzo Caiazzo Donnini Pappalardo & Associati, Rome
3. Peter Polak Fiebinger,Polak & Partners Rechtsanwälte GMBH, Vienna
4. Damien Verhoeven Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick, Belgium
5. Stéphane Brabant Herbert Smith Freehills, Paris

Leading Firms

NOERR is home to eight leading practitioners in the energy market.
Tibor Fedke is widely nominated for his work advising on complex multinational transactions across the energy and renewables sectors, acting frequently for major industry players.
Uwe Erling is internationally regarded, receiving commendation from across Europe, as well as the USA and China for his impressive work in this sector, with specific expertise pertaining to the renewable energy space.
Christof Federwisch specialises in energy infrastructure projects as well as power generation plants, and has a reputation for the high stand of his practice.

ADVOKATFIRMAET WIERSHOLM is home to four outstanding lawyers.
Odd-Harald Wasenden is a notable presence in the market, specialising in transactions and despite resolution in the energy sector, as well as financial regulation and energy trading. 
Inge Ekker Bartnes has particular experience of hydroelectric power, wind and small scale power projects as well as renewable energy. In addition, he has been involved in many of the recent major energy transactions in Norway. 

URÍA MENÉNDEZ boasts three impressive lawyers.
Juan Ignacio González Ruiz features prominently in our research for his practice which comprises all aspects of energy law. He has advised on many legal firsts in Spain relating to energy supply and trading as well as renewable energy projects, among others, due to the recent liberalisation of the market in Spain.
Javier Valle is particularly known in the market for his skills at managing complex project finance transactions in the renewable energy industry.

From HENGELER MUELLER two individuals are recognised for their contribution to the energy sector.
Thorsten Mäger is widely praised for his practice, which focuses on advising major clients on complex competition issues across the energy industry.
Dirk Uwer receives commendation from respondents for his energy practice which focuses on power generation, renewable energies, distribution and transmission as well as infrastructure regulation.

Other Leading Individuals 


From FIEBINGER, POLAK & PARTNERS Peter Polak specialises in M&A and corporate transactions in the energy sector, and receives praise for his “skill at negotiating gas supply contracts, particularly across Russia”.

Thomas Starlinger from STARLINGER MAYER ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW specialises in advising clients on all aspects of energy law including regulatory and industry issues.


Damien Verhoeven at LIEDEKERKE WOLTERS WAELBROECK KIRKPATRICK is commended by respondents from across Europe, who are impressed with the broad range of his practice which comprises matters relating to electricity, gas, oil, industrial gases and petrochemicals as well as the renewables energy industry.


IOANNIDES DEMETRIOU LAW OFFICES is home to Andrew Demetriou who specialises in energy law and is recommended for his practice advising major clients on a range of complex energy issues.


Michael Meyer at GORRISSEN FEDERSPIEL is widely recommended for his work in the energy and utilities sector, advising clients on a wide range of competition, corporate and M&A issues.


Rabbe Sittnikow at HANNES SNELLMAN ATTORNEYS receives international recognition for his experience handling major infrastructure and energy deals, having advised on numerous electricity distribution network deals and nuclear power plant projects.


At HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS Stéphane Brabant is “one of the best-known energy specialists” in the market. He focuses his practice on projects and transactions, and in particular isparticularly experienced at handling matters in francophone Africa".

JEANTET AARPI is home to Thierry Lauriol who has a “very fine reputation”. He focuses his practice on international commercial and arbitration matters in the energy space.

Mounir Meddeb from ENERGIE-LEGAL advises operators, manufacturers, banks, investment funds and public authorities on all aspects of the energy sector, with particular expertise relating to energy regulation as well as projects.


From LINKLATERS, Kai Uwe Pritzsche has a reputation for his skilful handling of mergers and acquisitions, privatisations, joint ventures and regulatory matters for significant national and international clients in the energy industry.


Marina Kolia, ZEPOS & YANNOPOULOS has experience advising both international and domestic clients on Greek and EU energy law and in particular in relation to electricity and gas regulation, negotiating energy agreements and privatisations. 


Alex McLean from ARTHUR COX is described by respondents as a "standout name” in the industry for his expert energy practice which puts him “at the top of the game in the energy world".

Ross Moore at A&L GOODBODY has a reputation for being “a very fine, good lawyer”. Clients say his energy practice is “excellent; he is definitely at the top of the tree of energy lawyers in Ireland".

From MATHESON, Garret Farrelly, "absolutely should be on the list" according to respondents, who are impressed with his work handling all areas of projects and project financing, as well as electricity and gas market regulation, and M&A.


Rino Caiazzo from CAIAZZO DONNINI PAPPALARDO & ASSOCIATI is described by clients as “a true expert in energy law”. He is known to be “an antitrust specialist” who is “very active in the energy space”.

LEGANCE AVVOCATI ASSOCIATI is home to Filippo Ruffato who clients describe as having “in-depth knowledge and experience in the renewable energy and infrastructure industries”. He has “excellent understanding of clients’ legal needs" and “delivers a high level of service".

Roberto Pistorelli at BONELLIEREDE is "definitely a number-one star” in the market. Clients say “he is  an industry expert and a major player in the field who really knows his stuff”.

Francesco Puntillo at GIANNI ORIGONI GRIPPO CAPPELLI & PARTNERS is described by clients as “a very talented M&A lawyer who is involved in most of the energy M&A work going on. There is no doubt that he definitely deserves to be mentioned on the list.”

From DLA PIPER Francesco Novelli impresses clients with his experience, comprising over 30 years of assisting energy clients regarding corporate matters, regulatory issues, finance and projects.


From ELLEX KLAVINS, Ivars Slokenbergs has a reputation for the high standard of his practice, advising major energy clients on a range of corporate, M&A and commercial and compliance matters. 


Dovilė Greblikienė at ELLEX VALIUNAS impresses respondents with her broad energy practice which includes electricity and gas, oil, nuclear energy and hydrocarbons among other matters. 


Krzysztof Cichocki from SOŁTYSIŃSKI KAWECKI & SZLĘZAK features notably in our research for his practice which focuses on energy law and infrastructure projects. He has particular experience advising clients on large scale industrial projects in special economic zones.  

Krzysztof Kanton at SOŁTYSIŃSKI KAWECKI & SZLĘZAK receives commendation across Europe for his practice advising on complex competition matters for significant energy multinationals.  

Weronika Pelc at WARDYŃSKI & PARTNERS advises clients on a broad range of transactions, reorganisations, mergers and divisions of companies as well as corporate, regulatory and transactional matters. She wins praise from international clients including in the USA and across Europe.


Rui Pena at CMS RUI PENA & ARNAUT is “a strong name in the energy market” according to respondents, and is recommended for his "superb practice” which makes him “a well-known senior statesman in energy law.  


At KING & SPALDING, Jennifer Josefson is “a definite leader in the field”. With nearly 20 years’ experience, she specialises in complex cross-border and international transactions in the oil, gas, LNG and petrochemical industries, among others.


KARANOVIC & NIKOLIC is home to Milos Vučković, who wins praise internationally for his work advising major clients on national and international energy law for more than 20 years.


At HAMMARSKIÖLD & CO, Jakob Falkman is known across Europe for the high standard of his practice, advising clients on their complex transactions in the energy sector.


Marc Grüninger at GHR RECHTSANWÄLTE is widely recommended by respondents and has extensive experience of handling matters relating to the renewable energy sector, as well as expertise in electricity and gas.


From ASTERS Yaroslav Petrov is “particularly visible in the market for his work on large-scale electricity projects”, as well as having a substantial oil and gas, renewables and disputes resolution practice. 

North America

Thought Leaders
1. David Asmus Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Houston
2. Sean Korney Burnet Duckworth & Palmer, Calgary
3. Frank C Alexander Jr Dentons Canada, Calgary
4. Ben Rogers Blake Cassels & Graydon, Calgary
5. Robert P Desbarats QC Osler Hoskin & Harcourt, Calgary
6. Craig Spurn McCarthy  Tétrault, Calgary
7. Steven Miles Baker Botts, Washington, DC
8. Andrew Derman Thompson & Knight, Dallas
9. John Bowman King & Spalding, Houston
10. Hugh Tucker Baker Botts, Houston

Leading Firms

BENNETT JONES has 12 exceptional lawyers to its name in this edition.
Vivek Warrier wins praise for his “excellent quality of work” which “really makes him stand out from the competition".
Donald Greenfield QC impresses respondents who commend him for his practice, which focuses on LNG projects, and M&A transactions among other matters.
Patrick Maguire is highly commended for his practice which focuses on energy-related acquisition and divestiture transactions, financings as well as energy and infrastructure project developments.

BLAKE CASSELS & GRAYDON is home to an impressive 11 practitioners in Canada, demonstrating the wealth of talent on offer at the firm.
Michael Laffin “has abundant knowledge and experience” combined with “excellent drafting and negotiating skills”. He is known to be “an extremely capable expert” who “is very reliable and responsive” and is described as “one of best lawyer I have ever met" by a client.
Ben Rogers is "really, really excellent when handling complex energy issues” according to impressed interviewees.

BAKER BOTTS also boasts 11 practitioners in our research, demonstrating the wealth of talent on offer at the firm.
Steven Miles has a reputation among respondents for being “particularly excellent when it comes to handling LNG projects”.
Thomas Eastment is “a very smart lawyer” whose practice focuses on litigation and regulatory policy. One client comments: “We have a lot of respect for Thomas’s ability in the area.”
Hugh Tucker receives international commendation for his practice which focuses on complex commercial transactions in the oil and gas industry and the wider energy sector.
Kevin Keenan is known for his global energy infrastructure and transportation practice, and comes recommended for his experience managing cross-border transactions for major clients.
James Baker IV specialises in transactions in the energy and natural resources space for both foreign and domestic companies, venture and private equity investment funds and partnerships.

MORGAN LEWIS & BOCKIUS follows closely behind with seven lawyers featuring prominently in the edition.
David Asmus is praised for being an "outstanding oil and gas lawyer". He handles work particularly in upstream, midstream and downstream development projects and is “the reigning lord of the oil and gas bar", according to one peer. Brian Bradshaw is “excellent at handling complex LNG projects”, say sources. In addition he also advises clients on M&A involving oil and gas clients, alongside regasification matters and energy storage.

KING & SPALDING is home to six impressive individuals who are known for their talent and skill in the market.
John Bowman receives nominations across the USA and Canada for his expert arbitration work in the energy sector. Doak Bishop is “outstanding” according to respondents. He is praised for his arbitration and litigation practice, handling oil and gas and energy disputes for major international clients.
Kenneth Culotta is commended particularly for his project development and finance practices in the energy space. For more than 30 years he has represented a broad spectrum of major industry clients including producers, generators, manufacturers, marketers and investors. 

STEPTOE & JOHNSON is home to four standout practitioners.
Steven Brose is “very knowledgeable and experienced”, say interviewees. He provides “high-quality work” and is “the preeminent oil pipeline lawyer in the United States” according to sources.
Steven Reed is “an outstanding attorney”. He specialises in acting for pipeline companies regarding complex regulatory problems, and clients say they have “enjoyed working with him for many years”.

Sean Korney at BURNET DUCKWORTH & PALMER is commended by sources for being a “super-knowledgeable energy expert” and “also just a really great lawyer for clients to have on their side”. 
Alicia Quesnel has impressive experience managing commercial transactions and project developments in the energy sector, as well as specific expertise pertaining to wind power projects.

Robert Desbarats QC at OSLER HOSKIN & HARCOURT receives nominations across Canada, impressing among the industry with his practice, which focuses on complicated cross-border and domestic energy transactions for Canadian, US and international clients. In addition, he has particular experience representing clients involved in Albertan oil sands projects.
Janice Buckingham has a reputation in the market for her exceptional expertise and experience of the development, acquisition and divestiture of complex Canadian energy projects.

From GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER Michael Darden is widely recommended for his domestic energy and production practice, as well as his experience as “a longtime petroleum negotiator”.
Hillary Holmes is described as “a smart and thoughtful lawyer”, and is recommended by clients for being “well organised and very deal-minded”. 

Other Leading Individuals 


Frank Alexander Jr at DENTONS CANADA impresses clients with “the depth of his knowledge of the industry". He focuses his practice on large international energy projects, particularly involving the petroleum sector.

Craig Spurn from MCCARTHY TÉTRAULT has experience acting for clients on a wide variety of matters relating to the energy sector, and in particular has experience handling complex transactions, projects, procurement and joint ventures, among other matters.

LAWSON LUNDELL is home to Jeff Scobie, who specialises in all forms of LNG, petrochemical and water projects among other energy matters, and is commended across Canada for his knowledge and expertise. 

SOLE PRACTITIONER Tony Cioni has a reputation for being "tremendously knowledgeable". Respondents say they would definitely recommend him, especially for his work handling upstream projects in China".


At THOMPSON & KNIGHT, Andrew Derman is known for his “very international practice”, assisting clients regarding the spectrum of oil and gas activities in over 50 different countries.

WINSTON & STRAWN is home to Craig Vogelsang who impressive with his “very diligent work”. He is described as “the best technical lawyer” whose “commercial-mindedness helps gets deals done”.

From LISKOW & LEWIS William Pugh is known to be “a service contract expert” who acts for a range of major domestic and international companies in areas such as offshore drilling and onshore construction.

DLA PIPER is home to the fantastic Jack Langlois, who is praised for being “exceptionally smart” and with a reputation for being “easy to work with to get a deal done”.

AKIN GUMP is home to Steven Otillar, a “respected energy lawyer who knows oil and gas exceptionally well”. He is “excellent at handling complex project development”  and is noted for his deep experience with Mexican projects.

John Cogan at STONE PIGMAN WALTHER WITTMANN is described as “one of the energy industry’s senior figures” by respondents, who are impressed by his work handling significant renewable energy and oil and gas transactions.

KIRKLAND & ELLIS boasts Anthony Speier III. He is nominated across Canada and the USA for his work specialising in M&A and joint ventures involving projects such as oil and gas deep-water drilling.

SOLE PRACTITIONER Ben Welmaker impresses clients and has a reputation for being "an authority on JOA accounting procedure".

From NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT, John Mauel draws on over 25 years’ experience acting on major energy transactions and is known to be a “super lawyer” and “a real LNG expert”.

Elizabeth Cogan Molino from COGAN & PARTNERS wins praise for her work representing clients involved in upstream oil and gas transactions, and in particular project development and M&A involving oil and gas assets. 

Poe Leggette at BAKERHOSTETLER acts primarily for oil and gas companies regarding both litigation and transactional work. Respondents say “Poe Leggette's knowledge of royalty related issues is second to none”.

From JONES DAY Jeffrey Schlegel is recommended for his expertise handling international and domestic M&A and project development transactions for leading industry players.

From K&L GATES Teresa Hill is known for her “deep knowledge of the energy industry and renewable deals”. Clients say they recommend her for her “ability to get straight to the issue” as well as her “professionalism and good nature” which makes “her an invaluable resource to our company".

Rest of the World

Thought Leaders
1. Giovani Loss Mattos Filho Veiga Filho MarreyJr e Quiroga Advogados, São Paulo
2. Shawn Davis Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Abu Dhabi
3. Pablo Javier Alliani Alliani & Bruzzon, Buenos Aires
4. Paulo Valois Pires Schmidt Valois Miranda Ferreira & Agel, Rio de Janeiro
5. Stuart Barrymore Herbert Smith Freehills, Perth

Leading Firms

HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS garners 12 standout individuals who are recognised by our research for the high quality of their work in this sector.
Stuart Barrymore has a fine reputation for his experience and prowess in complex energy projects. Clients in particular say he is an “outstanding lawyer with strong commercial skills”.
Robert Merrick is “always a pleasure to work with”, according to commentators. Sources also add: “He is a very commercial lawyer who assesses the risks, highlights the issues and finds ways to work around those issues to achieve commercially and legally sound solutions.”
Caroline Kehoe receives nominations across the globe for the high quality of her practice, which focuses on disputes including litigation and arbitrations across the oil and gas and energy sectors.

BAKER BOTTS performs well, with five excellent practitioners highlighted in this region. 
Sofia Sattarova is "very well known in the market" by clients and peers for her work managing oil and gas projects across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and CIS for more than 15 years.
John White focuses his practice on the development and financing of large-scale energy and infrastructure projects, with significant experience in the oil, gas and LNG industries.

Two highly regarded individuals are recognised from TUMI LAW FIRM.
Mohamed Tumi has a notable disputes and transactions practice, concentrating on the oil and gas sector. He draws on 30 years of experience advising national and international companies and organisations on their legal requirements.
Mazen  Tumi specialises in oil and gas, project finance, M&A and corporate law, and is particularly recommended for his handling of complex litigation by clients.      

At BANWO & IGHODALO, Ken Etim receives commendation throughout our research for his expertise and understanding pertaining to the oil and gas industry. He has a substantial litigation and arbitration practice, and has also been involved in some of the most complex and high-value energy transactions in Africa.
Stella Duru has an excellent reputation in the market for her negotiating skills in significant oil and gas transactions, as well as for her experience handling project finance for major energy developments. 

Other Leading Individuals


Pablo Javier Alliani at ALLIANI, ALLIANI & BRUZZON is “an excellent oil and gas lawyer" who is “extremely active in the energy field” and “one of the highest-profile practitioners in South America" according to various sources.

At MACIEL NORMAN & ASOCIADOS, Justo Norman, has a “superb reputation” among clients, particularly for his work in the oil and gas space.


From JOHNSON WINTER & SLATTERY, Peter Rose is described by clients as “an excellent energy lawyer”, who advises significant energy clients on commercial and competition matters and praised for his outstanding experience in the area.

From KING & WOOD MALLESONS Louis Chiam is known among clients for “providing excellent client service” and “always resolves complex issues well".

Michael Dulaney from JOHNSON WINTER & SLATTERY is “an excellent energy practitioner” who is “highly experienced”, particularly regarding large scale LNG projects. 

Jon Carson from CLIFFORD CHANCE is “very experienced” and “an excellent operator” according to clients. He draws on over 30 years of experience advising sponsors, power stations, gas pipelines, electricity transmission companies and wind farms across Australia and internationally. 

From ALLEN & OVERY Geoff Simpson is “clearly one of the very best” in the Australian market, according to market sources. He is described as “technically excellent and a very commercially oriented lawyer”.
From Chris Flynn specialises in projects and transaction in the energy sector, adeptly advising national and international companies and governments as part of his expert practice.

Simon Currie, at NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT is “very well known, particularly in the renewable energy space”. He has advised clients internationally on a range of complex energy transactions involving over 50 countries.


Giovani Loss, at MATTOS FILHO VEIGA FILHO MARREY JR E QUIROGA ADVOGADOS is a world-class energy lawyer and a Thought Leader in our research. Respondents say they “have always been impressed” by the quality of his work, and one source in particular commends him as “an excellent guy who I always refer people to".

SCHMIDT VALOIS MIRANDA FERREIRA & AGEL’s Paulo Valois Pires is “very well respected in the field” and wins international praise for his energy practice.

Marilda Rosado de Sá Ribeiro at LOBO & DE RIZZO ADVOGADOS “has deep experience acting for clients across the sector” and in particular is praised for being “great in oil and gas transactions in Brazil and abroad".

From TRENCH ROSSI E WATANABE – ADVOGADOS, Danielle Castor Gomes de Almeida Valois has a notable reputation among clients for her practice which focuses on significant oil and gas projects at both a domestic and multi-jurisdictional level.

Rogério Sobral de Miranda at SCHMIDT VALOIS MIRANDA FERREIRA & AGEL has over 25 years of experience, and is nominated internationally for his work. He represents clients in domestic and international transactions concerning oil and gas and power generation.


At CAREY Juan Francisco Mackenna is “very well connected and gives excellent client service”. Sources say: “He one of the best advisers in Chile, particularly regarding international energy projects”.


From VINSON & ELKINS Jay Kolb is “a very good energy specialist”. He advises clients on major energy project developments, finance transactions and mergers and acquisitions.


Diana Sanclemente from SANCLEMENTE FERNANDEZ ABOGADOS assists major energy clients on a range of matters and has particular experience relating to oil and shale gas projects.

Álvaro José Rodríguez at POSSE HERRERA RUIZ concentrates his practice on the oil and gas industries, handling complex acquisitions and divestitures as well as financings for major international companies. 


Aly El Shalakani, from SHALAKANY LAW OFFICE is known in the market for his work on a range of high-profile transactions, particularly within Egypt, including complex finance, projects and M&A work.


Cyril Shroff, from CYRIL AMARCHAND MANGALDAS is a well-known name in the market, with 34 years of experience advising major energy clients on a range of legal issues.


Michael Twomey from SSEK LEGAL CONSULTANTS is internationally regarded for his practice which focuses on significant transactions in the upstream and downstream oil and gas and power sectors.


From AEQUITAS, Olga Chentsova is “very highly regarded in the market”. Sources say, “She is outstanding as an energy specialist; very theoretical but also wonderfully practical”.

New Zealand

From BELL GULLY, David Coull is a leading energy lawyer who specialises in regulatory matters as well as on the full range of transactional issues facing clients in the sector.


Ayodele Oni at BLOOMFIELD LAW PRACTICE wins praise for his work handling major Nigerian power, oil and gas.

From AÉLEX Soji Awogbade is “a very fine energy lawyer”, who focuses his practice primarily on transactions in the oil and gas sector. 


From SULTAN AL-ABDULLA & PARTNERS, Sultan Al-Abdulla earns nominations from as far afield as Canada, Belgium, and Bulgaria for his work advising local and multinational clients on significant transactions, projects and litigation.


At GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER, Brad Roach is “a definite inclusion on any list” for his high-level practice advising both exploration and production companies, as well developers of power projects throughout the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.

United Arab Emirates

AKIN GUMP STRAUSS HAUER & FELD is home to Shawn Davis, who features prominently in our research. He “is a very sharp lawyer” with “profound experience in energy and oil and gas projects in the Middle East” and someone who is “always willing to go the extra mile to serve clients”.  

At ALLEN & OVERY Judith Kim, is “a really strong oil and gas lawyer” who has a reputation for being “a high-performing attorney” with “exceptional experience” of the industry.

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