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Scott Taylor

Scott Taylor is the firm’s senior energy lawyer. Scott represents land owners in negotiations involving oil and gas leases, uranium mining leases, wind leases and easements, seismic permitting and option agreements, pipeline easements and conveyances involving mineral and wind rights.

He also represents oil and gas exploration and production companies, oil and gas marketers and pipeline companies, and independent geologists, geophysicists and engineers in transactions involving domestic and international oil and gas exploration joint ventures, oil and gas production sales and acquisitions, operating agreements, joint seismic acquisition agreements, oil and gas marketing agreements, consulting agreements and all aspects of negotiations with land and mineral owners.

In addition, Scott represents clients in regulatory matters involving oil and gas exploration and production activities.

The Oil & Gas Law Practice:

Our energy lawyers advise upstream and midstream oil and gas exploration and production companies in negotiations and disputes with landowners, and in state and federal regulatory matters. We also assist these companies in negotiating the terms of domestic and international exploration and production agreements, including:

  • Operating agreements
  • Joint venture agreements
  • Farmout agreements
  • Seismic acquisition agreements
  • Hydrocarbon purchase and sale agreements
Landowner Representation

The energy attorneys at Branscomb|PC represent landowners in negotiating the terms of seismic permits, option agreements, oil and gas leases, easements, and surface and subsurface use agreements, as well as in uranium leasing transactions. Our energy lawyers also assist landowners in resolving disputes involving operators’ improper use of the land and other breaches of their contracts with landowners. As part of our full range of services, our energy attorneys also prepare drill site and division order title opinions, as well as title curative instruments whenever title defects are discovered.

Oil and Gas Acquisition and Divestitures

Our energy attorneys have extensive experience representing buyers and sellers in sales of producing oil and gas properties, from simple, single-well sales to complex, tax-planned transactions and leveraged purchases. We also represent our clients in fee mineral and royalty transactions.

Wind Energy Transactions

The Oil & Gas lawyers in Branscomb|PC’s Energy Group represent landowners in all aspects of wind lease transactions, including wind studies, utility easements, location of facilities, and the commercial terms of the wind lease or wind easement. We also assist clients in developing small-scale community wind projects, and in transactions involving the purchase and sale of wind rights. more >>

Jesús Rodríguez Dávalos

Mr. Rodríguez is the founder partner and current manager of the law firm and legal consulting. Both specialized in energy and infrastructure projects. With nearly twenty years of experience, RDA is a leading law firm in these matters.

The office also counts with a specialized division “Cutting Edge” for the entertainment and sport industries. This division has consolidated in recent years significantly.

Mr. Rodriguez has extensive experience in the field of public works and related services. His area of expertise comprehends services regulated by the Law of Petroleos Mexicanos, The Law of Acquisitions, Leases, and Services of the Public Sector, the Law of Public Works and Related Services and the administrative provisions of hiring Mexican oil and subsidiary bodies (DACS) and the Federal Law of Administrative Responsibilities of Public Servants.

As advisor of the Mexican Association of Natural Gas, he has contributed with the elaboration of the rules and provisions of the existing “Reglamento de Gas Natural” (Natural Gas regulations), as well as norms and guidelines applicable in the industry.

He has performed advisory services to the Association of Distributors of Liquefied Petroleum Gas for the elaboration of the existing “Reglamento de Gas Licuado de Petróleo” (petroleum liquefied gas regulation), as well as norms and guidelines applicable in the industry.

RDA | Rodríguez Dávalos Abogados:

Specialized in the energy and the infrastructure sectors, at RDA we provide professional legal services based on our broad experience and thorough knowledge of these fields. Handling challenging energy matters has allowed us to lead first-of-a-kind strategic projects. The expertise of our team has positioned us as one of the best and fastest growing firms in the energy sector in Mexico.

Our legal and business consulting services not only achieve our clients’ expectations but also consolidate a long-term relationship in which we guide them closely throughout the process. We provide our clients with one-on-one assistance, reassuring every time the best outcome. From the design of the business strategy to the concrete fulfillment of it, we walk hand in hand with them. In such a complex arena, our goal is to choose the strategy that best suits our clients’ project aiming to maximize and enhance their business.

Covering the full scope of legal services of a sophisticated industry, RDA has been helping clients to do business in and from Mexico for the past 20 years. RDA’s prestige and solid presence is based in the fact that it has an extensive knowledge of the key capabilities for dealing with the energy market. RDA has represented both, Mexican state-owned entities and energy related corporations. Undoubtedly, RDA is a clear leader in its field. more >>

Salman Mahmood

Salman has been in the legal profession since 1996 and has extensive experience in the energy sector of Pakistan.

His practice with the firm focuses on oil and gas business, commercial contracts, agencies, media, intellectual and industrial property, telecommunications, hospitality industry, project finance and engineering, procurement and construction.

He advises a diverse range of corporate and institutional clients in the areas of dispute management and negotiations, public tenders and awards, human resources management and contract drafting and negotiations.

Salman has an LLB degree from University of Punjab in Pakistan and an LLM degree in Commercial and Corporate Law from the University of London in the United Kingdom.

He is licensed as an Advocate of the High Court by the Punjab Bar Council in Pakistan.

He is fluent in Urdu and English.

Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners:

We aim to provide clients with comprehensive legal support for their business activities in Qatar. Our firm is recognised for its strong practice and it ranks among the top law firms in Qatar in the principle areas of law.

Our social responsibility mission and strategy is to provide high quality legal services to our clients and engage in active community involvement.

Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners is actively participating in programmes like mentoring and externship programmes with the College of Law in the Qatar University. We are aiding legal talents to help prepare the new generation of Qatari legal professionals to help them cope with requirements of the present market needs.

Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners has clients from many different industry sectors. Our client base has grown significantly and includes both established businesses looking to increase market share and new market entrants, multinational corporations, growing national and international companies turning to us for our expertise and legal assistance. more >>

José Martínez de Hoz

José Martínez de Hoz (Jr.) is one of the founding partners of PAGBAM. He directs the energy and arbitration departments of the firm. He is actively involved in the fields of arbitration, oil and gas and electricity, and is a member of several arbitral institutions.

In 2013, José Martínez de Hoz (Jr.) was recognized by the Global Arbitration Review 100 as one of the leading professionals in international commercial and investment arbitration, and the International Law Office awarded him the “Client Choice Award 2013” in matters of Energy and Natural Resources.

José Martínez de Hoz (Jr.) is listed as a leading practitioner in the mentioned fields of law in Argentina by Chambers Global and Chambers Latin America, as well as by other international and domestic publications.

In the area of oil and gas, José Martínez de Hoz (Jr.) has participated in the largest projects, transactions, contract negotiations and acquisitions that have taken place in Argentina, representing several of the major international oil and gas companies and financial institutions. He also advises clients and other companies on a regular basis on regulatory and contract matters and acts as legal adviser of the two Chambers of the oil industry in Argentina.

José Martínez de Hoz (Jr.) has a strong practice in both investment and commercial arbitration. He is currently handling various ICSID cases involving Argentina arising from the measures taken since 2002 that abrogated several investment regulatory frameworks. He is also very active in ICC and other types of commercial arbitration.

Oil & Gas Law Practice:

Our leading position in the field of Oil & Gas is recognized by the specialized legal international and domestic publications such as Chambers Global and Chambers Latin America. We have been distinguished by the Legal Media Group in its award publication, “Expert Guides to the World Leading Lawyers” amongst the 25 top energy experts in the world.

We achieved a unique position by our expertise in all segments of the energy business, including exploration, production, transportation, distribution and marketing of hydrocarbons in Argentina.


Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez de Hoz (h) (PAGBAM) is a full service law firm specialized in advising local and foreign companies and organizations. From our offices located in Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Neuquén (Argentina) and New York (USA) we provide coordinated legal advice and transactional capability to clients doing business in Argentina and Latin America.

Since its foundation, clients seeking innovative solutions to their most complex legal and business issues have turned to us for our strategic thinking and high-level attention.

Our competitive strengths come from our strong commitment to our clients and to ethical principles, a high degree of specialization and experience of our attorneys and the ability to work in integrated teams across different areas.

PAGBAM has developed a significant expertise in numerous fields of law. This expertise is internationally recognized and it is reflected in our annual rankings and awards prepared by specialized publishing companies, which have been top-listing PAGBAM for more than twenty years now. For example, PAGBAM was the first Latin American law firm to be honored with the “Latin America Law Firm of the Year” award by Chambers and Partners. more >>

Per Hemmer

Per Hemmer is an expert on energy law and the environment and has long-standing experience advising large Danish and international energy and utility companies.

Per has advised on several energy transactions affecting government and municipal institutions as well as private companies, including the reorganisation and separation of energy companies/utilities, the purchase and sale of CHP plants, gas storage facilities and transmission and distribution networks as well as offshore wind farms.

Moreover, Per advises Danish and foreign oil and gas clients on license and contractual matters in Denmark and Greenland.

Per is highly experienced in the establishment of public utilities, district cooling, waste-to-energy, biogas and geothermal energy, wind turbines as well as offshore wind farms and offshore infrastructure.

Oil & Gas Law Practice:

We have long-standing experience in advising leading oil and gas companies and public authorities on exploration activities in Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. We assist both offshore and onshore oil and gas companies and represent many of the major players in the Danish market and in the North Sea.

Our expertise includes oil and gas permits, standard agreements and the conclusion of individually negotiated agreements. We also specialise in the establishment of pipelines and technical plants on offshore platforms as well as the dismantling of offshore plants.

We have in-depth knowledge of the legal framework governing oil, gas and raw materials in Greenland and the Faroe Islands as well as environmental impact surveys and the taxation of oil and gas activities.

The oil and gas sector is undergoing rapid development. Significant exploration activities are taking place in Greenland and the Faroe Islands and expectations are high among industry experts.

Bech Bruun:

Bech-Bruun is a modern and international law firm with specialist advisers committed to making complex issues simple. A new video outlines who we are and what we aim at.

Academy Client and easy-to-understand newsletters for clients wishing to stay updated on the latest legal developments. Online legal templates for clients who have a framework agreement in the areas of labour and employment law, real estate law and competition law. And an online virtual data room designed to streamline and optimise due diligence processes.

These are just a few of the services that Bech-Bruun has developed over the years to simplify complex issues for our clients.

With a new vision, mission and set of values, we emphasise our commitment to being the law firm capable of making even the most complex legal issues simple. more >>

Peter Rose

Peter is a commercial and competition lawyer specialising in the energy and resources sector.

He assists clients to implement a wide range of commercial transactions including joint ventures, commodity sales and transportation agreements and negotiated share and asset acquisitions.

Peter has advised extensively on State and Commonwealth mining and petroleum legislation, as well as gas and electricity industry regulation and access issues. He also has strong expertise in competition law including dealing with the ACCC on a broad range of matters such as authorisation applications and informal merger clearance processes.

Peter has previously worked as a corporate lawyer for Shell Australia and with the Commonwealth Attorney Generals Department. He has also lectured on energy regulation law and policy, and written and presented numerous papers on competition and regulatory issues affecting the Australian gas industry.

Oil & Gas Law Practice:

We have established one of Australia’s premier oil and gas practices, with a detailed understanding of the legal, commercial and technical issues associated with the oil and gas industry through a range of transactions.

Our experience extends from resource exploration, through production, processing, trading, haulage and shipping, to sale. It also includes:

  • advising on permitting, native title, environmental and regulatory matters
  • structuring of exploration and production joint ventures, including unitised joint ventures
  • preparation and negotiation of all forms of project agreements, including joint operating agreements and production sharing contracts
  • acquisition of petroleum interests, including undertaking due diligence and drafting sale and purchase agreements, bidding agreements and farm-in agreements
  • drafting drilling contracts and oilfield services agreements
  • negotiating and drafting sales contracts, swap agreements and storage contracts
  • representation in price review negotiations and arbitrations
  • LNG project structuring, LNG SPAs and LNG plant construction
  • pipeline third party access arrangements and transportation agreements
  • pipeline corridor acquisition and construction contracts
  • project financing
  • trading and hedging arrangements
  • Johnson Winter & Slattery:

    Johnson Winter & Slattery is engaged by major Australian and international corporations as legal counsel on their business activities, disputes and most challenging transactions throughout Australia and surrounding regions.

    Our representation of major corporations in many landmark and transformational deals and complex disputes positions us as a leading independent Australian firm.

    With an appreciation of our client’s commercial needs, we blend legal expertise with commercial and market awareness to deliver high quality legal services. This means working closely with clients and their in-house counsel to understand their commercial objectives, and ensuring our approach is tailored to deliver timely commercial outcomes.

    Our higher ratio of senior lawyers means clients engage directly with the tactical minds and industry expertise required to succeed in complex and high stakes deals and disputes. A partnership ethos of service, technical excellence and collaboration ensures the most relevant specialist expertise and experience is brought to bear on every assignment. more >>