James Atkin

Partner

London, Tokyo

James is the global head of Orrick’s Oil & Gas practice and focuses his practice on helping companies with their international energy investments.

Widely recognized as a leading energy lawyer in Tokyo and Band 1 ranked by Chambers Global, James advises clients in the oil and gas sector on transactions in Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Africa and North America, and has extensive experience advising on large-scale oil and gas projects, LNG sales arrangements, and energy-related mergers and acquisitions.

  • Liquefied Natural Gas

    • A Japanese trading company on the negotiation of a liquefaction and regasification tolling agreement for capacity in a planned LNG export facility in the United States, together with all related LNG sale arrangements
    • A Japanese trading company in connection with the off-take and on-sale of LNG from a proposed liquefaction project in West Africa
    • An independent energy company on the negotiation of LNG sales arrangements from the Wheatstone LNG Project in Australia
    • Apache Corporation on the proposed development of the Kitimat LNG project in Canada, including construction arrangements and LNG sales
    • An Asian utility company in connection with the negotiation and documentation of various LNG master spot purchase and sales arrangements
    • A project company with respect to the conduct of its marketing and LNG sales arrangements for the development of an LNG project in Gladstone, Queensland, Australia
    • A project company with respect to the negotiation and drafting of multiple long-term time-charter parties for the proposed delivery of LNG from an Australian Greenfield project on a DES basis
    • An importer of LNG into a Middle Eastern country that utilizes floating storage and onboard regasification
    • An Asian energy company on the negotiation of a liquefaction and regasification tolling agreement for capacity in a proposed floating LNG export facility in the United States

    Upstream – Oil & Gas

    • Assisted a Japanese trading company in relation to the acquisition of an interest in the West Qurna 1 oil project in Iraq.
    • A Japanese trading company on the negotiation of the license and joint operating arrangements for the development of a gas field in Southern Africa
    • An international oil and gas company on the acquisition of a company with an indirect interest in two oil and gas fields in Kazakhstan
    • An international oil and gas company on the proposed farm-in to various production sharing interests off-shore India
    • BG International Limited during negotiations of the exploration and production sharing agreement executed with the Government of the Sultanate of Oman for Block 60 onshore the Sultanate of Oman
    • An international oil and gas company on the proposed farm-in to certain Blocks off-shore Equatorial Guinea

    Regulatory & Infrastructure

    • An Indian energy company on the proposed Ras Issa refinery project in Yemen
    • An oil trader on the acquisition of an interest in a petroleum products storage facility in Aqaba, Jordan
    • The company which administers the New Electricity Trading Arrangements, on modifications to arrangements which were introduced in the restructuring of the wholesale electricity market in England and Wales
    • An energy company in the proposed formation of a Libyan-registered joint venture company through which the joint venture parties will import, manufacture, and distribute bitumen products in Libya

    Pipelines

    • An international oil company on various issues in relation to the Caspian Pipeline Consortium Project
    • A member of the EPC contractor consortium responsible for the procurement and supply of line pipe for a pipeline through the Black Sea
    • A U.S. energy company on regulatory issues arising from a proposed open access pipeline linking the Norwegian Continental Shelf to the Bacton Terminal

    Nuclear & Mining

    • A Japanese trading company on the proposed assignment of various joint venture arrangements over uranium mining interests in Canada
    • A Japanese trading company on the restructuring of the financing of a chrome mining project in South Africa
    • A Japanese trading company on uranium trading arrangements
    • A Japanese trading company on the recovery of a debt owing from a copper-producing project in Mongolia

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