This chapter identifies more than 720 top-tier oil and gas specialists from across the globe. Those listed are highlighted for their notable skill in advising on transactions and projects including LNG exports, M&A projects, oil and gas exploration and production, as well as transportation and storage infrastructure within the sector.
The Global Elite 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 truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.
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.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Nina Bowyer is highly praised for her widespread knowledge of oil and gas projects, and adeptly advising clients throughout the African continent.
Paula Hodges QC is highly regarded as “a top practitioner of long standing” in the market and is known for her “strong involvement in oil and gas”.
Rebecca Major is a standout energy lawyer, whose expertise lies in advising clients on energy and natural resources matters.
Mark Newbery ranks highly among peers thanks to his over 30 years of experience advising on M&A and project development in the energy sector.
Craig Tevendale is “a very strong practitioner”, with great legal skill and excellent knowledge of the Middle Eastern market.
Steven Dalton achieves recommendations for his first-class energy practice along with his “notable work on oil and gas financing”.
Munir Hassan is a distinguished name in the UK market, recommended by international sources for his revered energy practice.
Cecilia van der Weijden is a highly respected lawyer, well versed in advising and representing clients in the oil and gas sector on an array of corporate and regulatory issues.
Charles Currier receives widespread praise for his impressive work on complex oil and gas, and infrastructure transactions.
Christophe Barthélemy is highlighted for his excellent work adeptly advising clients on complex infrastructure and projects in the energy industry.
Mónica Carneiro Pacheco is well known for her superb practice which focuses on providing top-tier energy law advice to clients in the oil and gas sector.
John Geraghty possesses extensive experience of dealing with corporate matters with a focus on applying this expertise to energy projects.
Mark Levy QC gains plaudits as “a brilliant oil and gas expert” who is renowned for his “top-class oil and gas disputes practice”.
Marinus Winters is a well-established lawyer in the Netherlands with wide-ranging expertise in regulatory work in the oil and gas sector.
Gareth Price is renowned for his top-tier work advising on the funding of energy and infrastructure projects for clients in a range of jurisdictions.
Charles Wood is “an exceptional oil and gas lawyer” with “razor sharp intellect.” Sources laud him as “one of the very best” and “in a class of his own”.
Elizabeth Tout is “a top practitioner of long standing” who is “a disputes specialist” known for her leading oil and gas work.
The “excellent” Lucille De Silva is held in high esteem by sources who single her out as a “very knowledgeable and imaginative” energy lawyer.
Daniel Tyrer earns plaudits for his exceptional practice which focuses on advising clients on energy matters including upstream oil and gas, LNG and pipeline issues.
Fiona Hobbs is a key player in the UK market, distinguished for her superb work advising on transactions relating to the energy and infrastructure industries.
Bertrand Andriani receives effusive praise for his strong energy practice and his notable background of project financing in the natural resources sector.
Other leading individuals
Peter Polak of Polak & Partners Rechtsanwälte is lauded as “a market leader” thanks to his “highly skilled cross-border work”.
Damien Verhoeven with Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick is a “highly skilled” and “exceptional lawyer”. Sources effuse that he is “a first-class regulatory lawyer”.
Milan Pandev at Djingov Gouginski Kyutchukov & Velichkov gains plaudits as a leading figure in the energy sector who sources are “always happy to recommend to clients”.
Andrew Demetriou at Ioannides Demetriou Law Offices receives effusive praise for his “market-leading” dispute resolution practice which encompasses energy-related arbitration in the Cypriot and international markets.
At Gorrissen Federspiel, Michael Meyer is a highly respected corporate lawyer, sought after by clients for his experience of oil and gas-related transactions in Denmark and further afield.
Christoffer Fode possesses deep experience in the energy sector with a focus on assisting clients on oil and gas transactions.
Peter Sjøgreen has more than 30 years of experience of handling real estate transactions in the energy sector, an area in which he demonstrates significant expertise.
Steven Galbraith of Slaughter and May is recognised for the breadth of his experience, as well as his strong international oil and gas practice.
Paul Griffin with White & Case is “a top practitioner of long standing” who is highly regarded among peers as “one the best for gas matters”.
At Vinson & Elkins, Alexander Msimang is “a highly respected lawyer”, distinguished among peers for his adept handling of cross-border energy M&A.
Kimberley Wood at Norton Rose Fulbright enjoys “a very good reputation within the industry” thanks to her strong background working with major oil and gas companies.
Jeantet’s Thierry Lauriol is “a pleasure to work with” according to sources who rate “his very in-depth experience in countless jurisdictions and his wonderful communication skills”.
Michael Polkinghorne of White & Case is “a strong lawyer”, singled out among peers thanks to his “excellent” work on energy-related arbitration proceedings.
Dirk Uwer of Hengeler Mueller is a pre-eminent energy lawyer in Germany, who has fantastic knowledge of energy law and related regulatory issues.
Thorsten Mäger enjoys an excellent reputation as a go-to practitioner for energy law, thanks to his unrivalled knowledge of competition law issues across the oil and gas sector.
Alex McLean is a standout name at Arthur Cox, acclaimed for his first-rate practice which sees him heavily involved in upstream gas matters.
At McCann Fitzgerald, Valerie Lawlor is hailed “a great lawyer”, well versed in advising clients on corporate financing and transactions within the oil and gas sector.
Dovilė Greblikienė at Ellex Valiunas is distinguished for her impressive practice which sees her adeptly advise clients on projects in the energy sector.
Arjan Kleinhout of De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek NV is highlighted for his first-rate practice and displays profound expertise in oil and gas matters.
Marnix Leijten enjoys “a fantastic presence” in the energy sector, notably when it comes to high-value arbitration proceedings.
Inge Ekker Bartnes is a standout practitioner at Advokatfirmaet Wiersholm, endorsed for his notable practice and his leading work advising clients on energy law.
At Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak, Krzysztof Cichocki is a superb lawyer who stands out in the Polish market for his revered energy practice.
Krzysztof Kanton is highlighted for his impressive competition practice and his deep-seated expertise of related regulation affecting the energy sectors.
Shepherd and Wedderburn’s Gordon Downie ranks highly among peers who commend his adept handling of complex oil and gas-related matters.
At Brodies, Clare Munro is a highly experienced energy lawyer, applauded for her excellence when it comes to domestic and international oil and gas projects.
Milos Vučković at Karanovic & Partners is highly regarded as a top name for his incisive handling of corporate matters affecting clients in the oil and gas, and mining sectors.
Juan Ignacio González Ruiz at Uría Menéndez earns plaudits for his first-rate practice in project finance and energy law.
Jakob Falkman of Advokatfirman Hammarskiöld & Co excels at handling high-value M&A transactions for clients operating in the energy sector.
GHR Rechtsanwälte’s Marc Grüninger is held in high esteem as a go-to expert for energy and natural resources matters spanning multiple jurisdictions.
The “excellent” Yaroslav Petrov at Asters has “a brilliant understanding of regulations” and has built up an enviable reputation as “a very reliable individual” and “a fantastic professional”.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Michael Irvin is a prominent name in the US market, praised for his strong expertise in oil and gas matters.
Wayne Fedun enjoys a strong reputation in the energy sector, and is praised for his widespread knowledge of oil and gas law.
George Kutzschbach garners plaudits for his long-standing oil and gas practice, and extensive knowledge of the Texan energy market.
Justin Ferrara is a respected practitioner in the energy sector, singled out among peers as “a pleasure to deal with as opposing counsel”.
John Mauel displays strong expertise in the energy sector, most notably when it comes to financing and divestures relating to LNG, and oil and gas projects.
Sources “have high regard” for Joshua Davidson who is commended for being “an excellent corporate and securities counsel”.
Jason Bennett is a notable name in the US market, endorsed for his superb skill in advising on the development and financing of oil and gas projects, as well as joint ventures and transactions.
David Jetter is well recognised in the oil and gas sector thanks to his in-depth expertise in energy project development and cross-border transactions.
Steven Miles receives widespread praise for his impressive practice and is highlighted for his expansive knowledge of oil and gas law.
Thomas Eastment is recognised among peers in the market as “an excellent and polished pipeline regulatory attorney for shippers”.
Patrick Maguire is “a long-standing energy practitioner” who is “well respected within the energy bar” and stands out as a “leading practitioner in Calgary”.
Vivek Warrier “is a leading lawyer who is very active in the oil and gas sector”. Sources laud him for his unparalleled knowledge of industry-related matters.
Donald Greenfield QC is well known among peers and clients who commend his brilliant work assisting Canadian and international clients operating in the oil and gas sectors.
Brent Kraus is highly regarded for his “very strong technical skills in the intersection of M&A and energy”. Sources are also impressed with the “high quality of the legal advice” he provides and his “balanced, practical approach”.
The “outstanding” Robin Fredrickson is a “top-notch energy transactional counsel” according to peers who rate his “very strong” and “creative” practice.
Michael King is a highly respected practitioner with extensive experience advising clients on upstream and midstream transactions.
The “outstanding” Jeffrey Munoz is highly regarded among sources as “an excellent energy transactional counsel”.
Sean Korney is “an incredibly intelligent and insightful” practitioner. He gains endorsements for “always being able to assist with resolving the most complicated matters”.
Alicia Quesnel is “well known for working on extremely complex oil and gas matters”. Sources add: “She is very knowledgeable about specific legal nuances in joint ventures and has a strong commercial acumen.”
John Cuthbertson QC is “a seasoned energy practitioner” who is “highly respected within the energy bar”.
William Maslechko is a key player in the energy market thanks to his strong expertise in industry-related corporate matters.
David Asmus is a much-respected figure in the US market, where he is sought after for his work assisting on the development and financing of oil and gas projects.
James Rice III is renowned among peers for his first-rate energy practice which sees him assisting clients in the oil and gas space on related transactions.
Brian Bradshaw garners plaudits for his considerable experience advising clients on sector-related projects and transactions.
Ben Rogers is well recognised for his expert handing of a range of complex commercial energy matters.
Mungo Hardwicke-Brown focuses his impressive practice on providing specialist advice to clients across a range of energy sectors including oil and gas.
Chad Schneider is held in high esteem by sources who note that he is “a highly competent M&A lawyer with very good experience in the energy space”.
John Connally IV is credited with extensive knowledge of the oil and gas industries and is “well regarded in energy transactional work”.
John Grand is well known for his dynamic practice which focuses extensively on M&A and private equity matters within the energy market.
Mark Kelly impresses with his expert handling of M&A and high-value transactions across the energy sector.
Other leading individuals
Derek Flaman at Torys is renowned for his profound expertise in the energy sector, where he is lauded for his “strong technical skills”.
Janan Paskaran is a highly skilled practitioner whose top-tier energy practice sees him advising clients on a range of natural resources-related transactions.
Miles Pittman of Borden Ladner Gervais is well known in the Canadian market thanks to his first-class practice which covers large and complex oil and gas transactions.
Janice Buckingham with Osler Hoskin & Harcourt is known for being “very experienced in a diverse range of energy-related matters, including acquisitions and divestitures”.
At Stikeman Elliott, Christopher Nixon is a go-to name when it comes to corporate finance and transactions in the oil and gas market.
Thompson & Knight’s Andrew Derman wins widespread acclaim for his impressive energy practice which focuses on oil and gas transactions, and related projects.
At White & Case, Steven Otillar is a leading light in the energy sector who enjoys a stellar reputation for his work on projects and transactions.
Mingda Zhao is “highly regarded” as an “excellent attorney” thanks to his brilliant performance in a diverse array of corporate matters including energy transactions and M&A.
Doak Bishop at King & Spalding adeptly acts for clients in the oil and gas sector in a range of industry-related arbitrations and litigations.
Michael Arruda is highlighted by sources as a top name when it comes to oil and gas acquisitions, where he has over 40 years of experience.
At Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Michael Darden stands out as a dedicated oil and gas lawyer, held in high regard for his work advising clients on infrastructure and M&A within the sector.
Jeffrey Schlegel with Jones Day is singled out among peers thanks to his adept assistance on complex oil and gas transactions.
Middle East & Africa
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Gbenga Oyebode is a well-regarded corporate lawyer in the market who stands out for his broad experience of complex energy transactions.
Olubunmi Fayokun focuses her top-drawer practice on a range of corporate matters within the energy sector, areas in which she is highly sought after by clients.
Oghogho Makinde is recognised as a dedicated energy lawyer who is held in high regard for her work assisting clients in oil and gas transactions.
Babatunde Fagbohunlu SAN is a “leading oil and gas disputes lawyer” who peers recognise as “a sound legal advocate in crude disputes”.
Konyinsola Ajayi SAN is renowned among peers for his first-rate practice which has seen him assisting Nigerian and international clients on energy matters for over 35 years.
Tominiyi Owolabi is known for the adept assistance he provides on complex oil and gas-related M&A and project financing.
Wolemi Esan comes highly recommended by market sources for his expert handling of the development and financing of energy projects.
Other leading individuals
The “excellent” Sameh Khodeir of Zaki Hashem & Partners is hailed as a “market leader” thanks to his expert knowledge of matters arising from the oil and gas industry.
Aly El Shalakany of Shalakany Law Office stands out as a “brilliant” oil and gas practitioner in Egypt, known for his extensive experience of transactions within MENA.
At Agmon & Co, Rosenberg Hacohen & Co Dan Hacohen is the “go-to Israeli oil and gas lawyer” according to sources who acclaim he is “absolutely the leading name” in the market.
At Ali Sharif Zu’bi Advocates & Legal Consultants, Khaled Asfour is a stand-out name in the Jordanian market, recognised as an expert in oil and gas transactions.
At AÉLEX, Soji Awogbade ranks highly among peers thanks to his “many years advising oil and gas companies”.
Ken Etim of Banwo & Ighodalo is highly regarded in the oil and gas sector and is “highly recommended for his transactional work”.
Stella Duru is an “extremely knowledgeable” energy lawyer who “exhibits excellent mastery of the sector”.
At Dentons ACAS-Law, Felicia Kemi Segun stands out as an “authentic oil and gas lawyer” with considerable experience in transactions and project financing in the sector.
Sola Adepetun is highly regarded in the Nigerian market, and gains plaudits for his “strong oil and gas practice”.
Bowmans’ David Forfar is recognised as a key figure in the South African market and stands out for his adept ability to deal with oil and gas-related issues.
Okan Demirkan at Kolcuoglu Demirkan Kocakli draws praise for his impressive practice and the sophisticated advice he provides on issues arising from oil and gas transactions and projects.
United Arab Emirates
At DWF, Slava Kiryushin gains plaudits for his “comprehensive knowledge of energy matters” and the “practical advice” he provides to clients.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Stuart Barrymore has built up an impressive practice and is commended for his expansive knowledge of the energy, and oil and gas industry.
Jay Leary enjoys an excellent reputation in the field for his notable energy, natural resources and infrastructure practice.
Robert Merrick garners high praise from commentators who highlight him for his extensive experience advising on a range of oil and gas projects.
Vishal Ahuja gains recognition for his noteworthy expertise across a wide range of oil and gas issues.
Louis Chiam is a widely respected lawyer who is acclaimed for his strong experience of acting on behalf of Australian and foreign corporations and government entities when it comes to energy matters.
Other leading individuals
Chris Flynn at Gilbert + Tobin displays extensive experience of energy and natural resources law and is highly regarded among peers who applaud his work in the sector.
At Allen & Overy, Geoff Simpson is a brilliant lawyer who is highly recommended for his work on corporate matters within the energy sector.
Mark Geritz with Clayton Utz excels at handling a range of energy and natural resources projects for both public and private clients.
At Latham & Watkins, David Blumental is a standout practitioner in Hong Kong and is known for his “great background in oil and gas”.
Baker Botts’ Russell Wilkinson has vast experience of LNG projects and is highly regarded among peers who applaud his work in this space.
Fei Kwok of Clyde & Co is an acclaimed practitioner in Hong Kong and considered a top name when it comes to handling oil and gas-related project finance matters.
At AEQUITAS Law Firm, Olga Chentsova is a top-notch lawyer who sources recommend thanks to her profound ability when it comes to complex oil and gas law issues.
Natalya Braynina is adept at representing clients active in the oil and gas industries on a range of matters including acquisitions and litigation proceedings.
Rashid Gaissin of KPMG gains widespread plaudits as a leader in the Kazakhstan market from commentators who commend his deep expertise of the oil and gas sector.
Brad Roach at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher gains recognition for his notable expertise across a wide range of oil and gas issues.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Paulo Valois Pires is hailed as a “brilliant lawyer” and is highly sought after in the Brazilian market for his first-rate advice on oil and gas matters in the region.
The “excellent” Rogério Sobral de Miranda focuses his impressive practice on assisting clients on high-value Brazilian and international oil and gas transactions.
Giovani Loss is an “excellent lawyer” who “leads one of the strongest oil and gas practices in Brazil”. He is commended for his ability to “consistently demonstrate broad knowledge of oil and gas transactions”.
Felipe Rodrigues Caldas Feres enjoys an “excellent market reputation” as a “fantastic lawyer” thanks to his widespread knowledge of M&A projects and transactions in the petroleum and gas industries.
José Miguel Bustamante is commended for his impressive expertise that spans energy regulation and projects for a range of clients.
Juan Francisco Mackenna draws praise for his broad expertise in the oil and gas industry and is highlighted for his impressive experience advising on international and national infrastructure projects.
Other leading individuals
Tomas Lanardonne at Martínez de Hoz & Rueda (MHR) is a renowned practitioner in Argentina with strong experience assisting clients in oil and gas disputes.
The “excellent” Daniel Szyfman of Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is an “outstanding corporate energy lawyer” who is renowned for his vast knowledge of divestments in the sector.
At Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown, Alexandre Bittencourt Calmon is commended for his excellent work handling complex oil and gas regulatory matters.
Alexandre Chequer is a well-established name in the arena, renowned for his in-depth expertise oil and gas transactions and projects.
Carlos de Maria y Campos S of Galicia Abogados is a widely recognised figure in the Mexican market and draws high praise from peers for his world-class practice and his strong expertise in the sector.
David Enríquez at Goodrich Riquelme y Asociados is distinguished in the market thanks to his notable practice which offers clients a wealth of insight into energy issues.
At Dentons López Velarde, Rogelio López-Velarde is a long-standing fixture in the market and is widely respected for his knowledgable practice and his invaluable sector experience.
Thomas Mueller-Gastell with Ritch Mueller Heather y Nicolau stands out for his extensive expertise handling sophisticated and complex energy matters.