Joint Ventures & Other Collaboration Agreements for the Oil & Gas Industry

Essential skills for legal and commercial professionals in the oil and gas industry to develop long lasting and profitable joint ventures

Course overview

It is key to the success of all oil and gas companies to form powerful alliances that address the unique challenges they face in areas of mutual interest. Well-structured and effective joint ventures lead to commercial success and new opportunities. To achieve this success you need to ensure you have the correct agreement in place.

This unique seminar from Falconbury, the experts in commercial contracts professional development, has been designed to follow on from the highly popular Drafting and Negotiating Oil and Gas Industry Contracts to focus on the key considerations of a successful joint venture agreement. Attend this programme to ensure you are up-to-date on the legal and commercial aspects of joint venture agreements that lead to successful collaborations.

Who should attend?

  • In-house lawyers
  • Procurement managers
  • Contract managers
  • Contract analysts
  • Contract engineers representing international petroleum companies
  • Contractors and subcontractors to the petroleum industries together with host governments.

This programme is also essential for companies who have expressed an interest in participating in a joint ventures and need the insight and knowledge to ensure their success.

Programme at a glance...

Day one

Why venture jointly and why is it so important to the oil and gas industry

Joint Operating Agreements – Overview and key provisions

PRACTICAL WORKSHOP SESSION: Part 1- Drafting the agreements creating the JV relationship

Host government contracts as joint ventures

Managing risk

Day two

PRACTICAL WORKSHOP: Negotiating and drafting the main commercial provisions of the joint operating agreement

Tax issues in oil & gas acquisitions and joint ventures

The development of technology and other IP aspects of international joint ventures

PRACTICAL WORKSHOP- Anti-trust issues

Handling exits and disputes between the JV parties

The expert faculty


Dr Ned Swan is International General Counsel at IX Power Ltd, and a leading international expert and advisor on energy policy, law and regulation. He has been adviser to the European Commission, Council of European Energy Regulators, national governments, energy markets, energy traders and major energy firms. He has been a partner at three major international law firms, where he advised on all aspects of the energy business including contracts, joint ventures, concessions, production, refining, purchasing, shipping, trading, environmental issues and litigation. He is admitted to the New York and US Federal Courts, and is a member of the Energy Institute and the UCL Energy Institute.

Bob Palmer is a senior partner in the oil & gas team at CMS Cameron McKenna. He has specialised in advising companies in the oil and gas industry for over 25 years. In 1989 he joined Shell and worked in London, Brunei and Australia. He became a partner in CMS Cameron McKenna in 1997 and advises oil and gas companies and service companies in many parts of the world. He advises public and private companies, as well as national oil companies. Much of his work is M&A and joint ventures and other commercial contracts, as well as advising on projects and development contracts.


Aaron Fairhurst is a partner in the tax team at CMS Cameron McKenna and has worked in a wide range of transactional and advisory roles, both domestic and international, covering income tax and capital gains tax, corporation tax, VAT and stamp taxes. He primarily advises corporate and individual clients on the tax implications of disposals and acquisitions, joint ventures and reorganisations in the energy and
infrastructure sectors, the corporate recovery sector and the private equity markets.

Louis Flannery is a partner and head of international arbitration at Stephenson Harwood LLP. He specialises in arbitration and litigation in all industry sectors with a particular emphasis on fraud and/or conflict law issues in litigation work. He has extensive experience of international commercial arbitration and investment treaty cases, as well as substantial High Court litigation in England and many foreign jurisdictions. As a practising solicitor advocate, he has undertaken advocacy before international tribunals and courts, including the High Court and Court of Appeal.

Alberto Martinazzi is a senior associate at Herbert Smith Freehills’ London office. He has been involved in several antitrust and merger control cases before the European Commission, advising companies in a broad spectrum of business sectors, ranging from energy, financial services and transport, to consumer goods and commodities. Alberto has undertaken a significant amount of work in the oil and gas sector and regularly advises industry stakeholders on the antitrust and merger control aspects of exploration and production joint venture projects in key regions of the world.

Hamish McArdle is a partner in the international law firm of Baker Botts LLP with many years experience in the UK and international energy sector. He advises clients on all aspects of the energy value chain including largescale projects and corporate and commercial matters, with a particular focus on those associated with the upstream and midstream oil and gas sectors and LNG.

Sally Shorthose is a partner at Bird & Bird in the Intellectual Property Group. Sally has been involved in providing advice in relation to the protection and exploitation of a full range of intellectual property rights across a range of jurisdictions, both in stand alone transactions and in conjunction with her corporate colleagues as part of an acquisition, divestment or investment activity.

Tom Wigley is a partner in Trowers & Hamlins’ International department which he joined in 2004. Tom specialises in the energy sector and infrastructure development and has advised on projects throughout the middle east region. He has advised clients on upstream and downstream oil & gas projects in various jurisdictions in the Gulf and Levant. He has a particular specialism in unconventional resources and LNG.

Continuing professional development

This course qualifies for the following CPD programmes:

  • CPD certificate of attendance: 11.30 hours

Bespoke training

We can customise this course to meet the requirements of your organisation. Contact us to discuss your training requirements.

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Previous customers include...

  • Addax Petroleum NZE (NIF 793 011 K)
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • BP
  • Caspian Training Group LLP
  • CIECO Exploration & Production (UK) Ltd
  • ConocoPhillips (UK) Limited
  • Energie Beheer Nederland
  • ERA Technology Limited
  • Gazprom Neft Middle East B.V.
  • Iranian Offshore & Engineering Construction
  • JSC Gazprom neft
  • Maersk Oil Kazakhstan GmbH
  • Maersk Olie og Gas AS
  • Odfjell Drilling
  • OMEL Energy Nigeria Ltd
  • OMV Aktiengesellschaft
  • Pertamina
  • Petroleo Brasileiro SA - PETROBRAS
  • PGS Exploration UK Ltd
  • PT Pertamina Drilling Services Indonesia
  • PTTEP Oman Company Ltd
  • Repsol SA
  • Shell Kashagan Project Team
  • Single Buoy Moorings Bureau D'Etudes SAM
  • Star Energy Group Ltd
  • Trina Solar
  • Vinson & Elkins
  • Wintershall Holding GmbH

Good presentations, some of them could have been more active with more participation of the audience

Carlos Covarrubias, Legal Adviser, BG Bolivia Corporation


Sandeep Chouhan, Manager (Mktg-JV), GAIL (India) Limited

Multi dimensional experts and colleagues make it a real learning environment

Shafan Hassan, Dy Chief Commercial, MOL Pakistan Oil & Gas Co B.V.

Good speakers and not too long Powerpoint. Could have been more interaction between participants.

Emily Knibbs, Jv Administrator, Single Buoy Moorings Bureau D'Etudes SAM

The course content was very good and showed all specific of JVs

Gulsat Kamesheva, Senior Legal Advisor, Maersk Oil Kazakhstan GmbH

Comprehensive course with relevant content and material

Rawan Ziadah, Legal advisor, Consolidated Contractors Company

Good specs but would need more interesting topics

Olivier Allio, Mechanical Engineer, Single Buoy Moorings INC

Very interesting, sometimes too theoretical.

Julien BLONDEEL, AFMED Business Development & Commercial Manager , SERIMAX SAS