Patricia is an experienced projects lawyer advising clients on the full life cycle of energy and infrastructure projects, from acquisition and financing to project development.

Patricia advises on both the commercial aspects of a project (including mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures) and transactional contracts (including concessions, production sharing agreements, joint operating agreements, gas sale and purchase agreements, gas transportation agreements and EPC contracts).

She advises sponsors, developers, government authorities and contractors on innovative and complex energy projects. Patricia has advised on several “first-of-a-kind projects” and has considerable experience leading negotiations and drafting agreements in energy rich countries of the Middle East,  Africa and Asia. 

In recent years, Patricia’s practice has focused on helping client’s make strategic decisions when structuring and negotiating LNG projects. She has advised on LNG export and import projects (onshore and offshore) on six continents. Patricia’s experience covers the full LNG value chain, including LNG SPAs and MSAs, LNG tolling agreements and charter party agreements for floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs).

Patricia is English law qualified.

Representative Experience

LNG/Gas

  • Excelerate Energy (as vessel owner) on the FSRU vessel charter, O&M agreement and EPC contracts for Abu Dhabi’s first offshore LNG import and regasification project (UAE)
  • Emirates LNG (a joint venture between IPIC and Mubadala Petroleum) on commercial structuring and project contracts for the largest planned LNG import terminal in the United Arab Emirates, including an offshore (FSRU) solution, the LNG terminal and tank EPC contracts, natural gas sales agreements and long term LNG sale and purchase agreements (UAE)
  • Phase 2 (expansion) of the Jebel Ali offshore LNG terminal in Dubai, including a time charter party for an FSRU and several LNG master sales agreements (UAE)
  • The UAE’s largest industrial company on its long term gas sales agreements and gas transportation agreements (UAE)
  • Vessel owner on bid advice for an FSRU time charter party for LNG imported by Kuwait Petroleum Company (Kuwait)
  • A GCC-owned E&P company on long term gas sales agreements (Oman)
  • Cheniere Energy on various aspects of the Sabine Pass LNG export project (USA)
  • Texas LNG on development of its Brownsville LNG export project (USA)
  • FSRU and LNG vessel owners on the Yamal LNG Power Project (Russia)
  • LNG sale and purchase agreements from the Gorgon and Wheatstone LNG Projects (Australia)

Upstream Oil & Gas

  • The Somaliland Ministry of Energy on development of a new model form host government granting instrument (Somaliland)
  • CNPC on its investment and negotiation of technical service contracts for three separate projects in Southern Iraq (Iraq)
  • CNPC on its exploration and production sharing contract with the Ministry of Mines (Afghanistan)
  • Qatar Petroleum on drafting a new model form host government granting instrument (Qatar)
  • Kuwait Gulf Oil Company on issues arising under a joint operating agreement in the Saudi Arabia-Kuwait Neutral Zone (Kuwait)
  • Mitsubishi Corporation on a joint operating agreement for the $17 billion Basrah Gas Project (Iraq)
  • Hunt Oil Company on production sharing contracts in Kurdistan (Iraq)
  • Rosneft on bid advice regarding the 2013 ADCO Onshore Concession (UAE)
  • Quest Energy on negotiation of a concession in Umm Al Quwain (UAE)
  • Marathon Oil on a joint operating agreement in Kurdistan (Iraq)
  • Dragon Oil on its upstream entry into Egypt (Egypt)
  • An exploration and production company on its upstream energy investment in Africa (Guinea-Bissau)
  • Reliance on its farm-in to a block in the Cauvery Basin (India)
  • Shell on its farm-in to a gas exploration permit in Western Australia (Australia)
  • Chevron on a joint operating agreement in the North West Shelf (Australia)
  • Woodside Petroleum on several upstream investments (Australia)
  • Range Resources on its investment in acreage in the Marcellus Shale (USA)
  • Shell on its acquisition of a petroleum lease in the Gulf of Mexico (USA)
  • Chesapeake on sale of its assets in the Permian Basin (USA)

Corporate Advisory/Acquisitions/Joint Ventures

  • Hoover Ferguson Group on its restructuring and joint ventures in the Middle East (UAE / Saudi Arabia)
  • An energy focused holding company on restructuring of its assets in the Middle East, including several acquisitions and divestitures (UAE, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia)
  • A GCC-based oil and gas services company on its divestment of a minority stake to a private equity fund (UAE)
  • A UAE-owned multinational on the acquisition of an agri-business group (Thailand/UAE)
  • A global insurance broker on acquisition of assets providing a new business line in the Middle East (Saudi Arabia)
  • US-headquartered engineering firm on acquisition of several engineering and construction firms in the Middle East (UAE/Saudi Arabia)
  • US-services provider on its joint venture for acquisition of an oil field services company (Bahrain)
  • A UAE conglomerate on its acquisition of a hospitality and retail business (UAE, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia)
  • An E&P company on the acquisition of a Thai exploration and production company (Thailand)
  • Gulf based Real Estate Investment Trust on its acquisitions and associated financings (UAE)
  • Oil-shale exploration company with operations in Jordan on its $31 million pre-IPO fundraising (Jordan)
  • Islamic investment bank on financial restructuring and corporate governance issues (UAE)

Infrastructure (construction and financing)

  • Esssar in relation to financing and construction of a naphtha cracker plant (India)
  • Austrian construction company on bid advice for expansion of the Abu Dhabi International Airport Midfield Terminal Complex (UAE)
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries as lead EPC contractor on the US$2bn Dubai Metro project (UAE)
  • Marubeni as lead EPC contractor on the Palm Jumeirah Monorail (UAE)
  • Petrochemical company on construction contacts for expansion of an ethane cracker plant (Saudi Arabia)
  • UK-based engineering and construction firm as EPC contractor for a new hospital (Saudi Arabia)
  • PT Aneka Tambang (PT Antam) on construction contracts for a bauxite processing facility (Indonesia)
  • Chalco on construction of an aluminum smelter (Malaysia)
  • Samsung C&T on EPC contracts for a LNG reception, storage, regasification and delivery terminal (Mexico)
  • Asian Development Bank on financing PPP project (India)
  • HSBC on financing of a coal-fired power station (Indonesia)

Memberships

  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (2006–Present)

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