Christopher Thomson is an EMEA lead of our Energy & Natural Resources Group, and a corporate partner based in the London office. Chris specialises in advising clients on projects and transactions in the energy sector.

His background is in oil and gas work, and this remains an important part of his practice, but he also has increasing experience of renewables and, in particular, transition technologies such as hydrogen, green fuels and carbon capture.

Chris’ practice covers both M&A and project development advice, including arrangements between investors and host governments, joint venture contracts and commercial contracts for the transportation and sale of energy products. He also often acts in a supporting role on finance-led transactions for the acquisition or development of energy assets.

He has experience of advising a mixture of independent and national oil companies, as well as commodity trading houses and renewable developers investing in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, with particular experience of Iraq and Iran.

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  • Advising Gazprom Neft on:
    • The negotiation of a risk service contract with NIOC for an upstream project development in Iran
    • The negotiation of two separate joint venture agreements with different partners in its capacity as operator of upstream development projects in Iraq, including associated gas process arrangements
    Advising Wintershall Dea on:
    • Various matters relating to the development and operation of upstream projects in Abu Dhabi
    • Its proposed investment in two upstream blocks in Iran, including negotiations with NIOC
    • Amendments to its arrangements with both Sonatrach and its partners in relation to the Reggane Nord concession in Algeria arising out of an internal restructuring, together with an ongoing gas price review process
    • The settlement of disputes relating to the adjustment of consideration paid under an SPA with Riverstone for an asset in Mexico
    • An ongoing acquisition from Eni in Mexico
  • Advising Vitol on:
    • A US$500 million offtake-based financing package for an onshore oil field development, together with a separate development of a multi-use floating oil export terminal at Warri, Nigeria
    • Its investment in the Offshore Cape Three Pines oil and gas project offshore Ghana, including the provision of World Bank financing support
    • The proposed sale by a Vitol subsidiary of part of its interest in an upstream asset offshore Azerbaijan to a Carlyle affiliate
    • The operational and commercial aspects of offtake financings in Iraq, Senegal, Gabon, Algeria and Cote d'Ivoire
  • Advising Hurricane on the development of its assets in the West of Shetland area and a subsequent farm down to Spirit Energy.
  • Advising a European energy major on the acquisition of interests in four jointly developed upstream blocks in a West African country and an associated pipeline development.
  • Advising a European energy major on its investment in an upstream block in Iran, including negotiations with NIOC.
  • Advising Trafigura on:
    • The structuring and negotiation of a portfolio-wide Master Agreement between Trafigura and Ithaca Energy for multi-product trading transactions in the context of Thaca's acquisition of Chevron's portfolio in the UKCS
    • The offtake financing of Panoro's acquisition of assets from Tullow in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon
  • Advising Perenco on:
    • An acquisition from INPEX in DR Congo
    • An acquisition from Ecopetrol in Colombia
    • The development of a CO2 pipeline to Easington terminal
  • Advising L1 Energy on a proposed acquisition of an upstream asset offshore Brazil.
  • Advising BASF on the due diligence of L1 Energy's upstream assets in North Africa in the context of the combination of Wintershall Dea and L1 Energy.


  • Advising Vitol on:
    • The negotiation of a shareholders agreement for the development of a major petrochemicals complex in Azerbaijan, including gas feedstock supply arrangements
    • The structuring and negotiation of a Master Agreement between Vitol and KazMunaiGaz for LPG trading transactions
  • Advising BP on a disposal of a downstream portfolio in five European countries.
  • Advising Litasco on the structuring and negotiation of a pan-European Master Agreement between Litasco and Lukoil for multi-product trading transactions.
  • Advising PT Pertamina (Persero) on the drafting and negotiation of a joint venture agreement with Rosneft for the development and financing of a new refining and petrochemical complex in Tuban, East Java. The refinery is set to be the first oil refinery built in Indonesia in 22 years and is expected to have a crude processing capacity in excess of 300,000 bpd.
  • Advising PetroIneos Refining on a joint venture between PetroChina and Ineos on the development of a new combined heat and power plant at the Grangemouth site, Scotland, by way of a new joint venture with Ineos, including gas supply and heat and power offtake arrangements.
  • Advising Centrica Storage Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Centrica plc, on:
    • Its entry into construction, tie-in and processing arrangements with the Tolmount joint venture and infrastructure partners (Premier Oil, Dana Petroleum and Humber Gathering System Limited) to process gas from the Tolmount field in the Southern North Sea
    • Commercial contracts with gas storage customers for use of the Rough Gas Storage Facility
  • Advising World Fuel Services on:
    • A review of regulatory compliance of physical operations in 15 jurisdictions, together with ongoing new country entry enquiries
    • The negotiation of fuel supply contracts to NATO in six jurisdictions in eastern Europe

Renewables, Hydrogen and Carbon Capture

  • Advising VLC Renewables (a joint venture between Vitol and Low Carbon) on its investment in mainland Europe's second-largest onshore wind farm, a €1 billion 500MW construction-ready project in Ukraine, including the negotiation of a shareholders agreement.
  • Advising a European energy major on:
    • A proposed green hydrogen production joint venture, including on the development of a tolling contract structure for the production of hydrogen
    • A joint venture to distribute and market hydrogen to wholesale and retail customers in the EU5 countries
    • The regulatory and contractual issues relating to a CCS project development in Norway, including the development of a contract for the ship-based delivery of CO2 to the storage facility
  • Advising Acorn Partners (Shell, Harbour Energy and Pale Blue Dot) on all aspects of the development of the Acorn carbon capture and hydrogen projects.
  • Advising Enbridge on:
    • The development of its 800MW to 1,200MW Rampion Extension offshore wind farm in the UK, including the negotiation of a joint venture agreement with RWE and Macquarie
    • The purchase of an interest in Hohe See offshore wind farm in Germany from EnBW
    • The purchase of an interest in E.ON's 400MW Rampion offshore wind project
    • Its bid for an interest in the Race Bank offshore wind projects being developed by DONG
    • Its bid for the Borssele 3 and 4 offshore wind project in the Netherlands
    • Its bid for Statkraft's interest in the Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm
  • Advising Shanghai Electric on its bid for an interest in a portfolio of onshore wind farms in the UK.
  • Advising Octopus Investments on nine separate acquisitions of solar generation projects in the UK.


  • BPP Law School, PGDL, LPC, 2004
  • SOAS, University of London, BA Hons, History, 2002


  • England and Wales, 2007

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