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Bob Palmer

Partner
Head of Oil & Gas

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
United Kingdom
Languages English, French

Bob Palmer is the Head of our Energy, Projects and Construction Team (EPC) and a partner in the Oil & Gas Team.

He has specialised for over 30 years in oil and gas law in the many different parts of the world. Bob is a leading international oil and gas practitioner. As well as a significant practice in Europe much of Bob's work is in Russia, the Middle East, Asia, South America and throughout Africa.

He has been a partner in the firm since 1997. Between 1989 and 1997 he worked at Shell in London, Brunei and Australia.

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"He is very well experienced in commercial transactions in the oil and gas industry, and is a strong and logical negotiator."

Chambers 2018

"Outstanding practice head" Bob Palmer leads CMS' "exceptional Oil & Gas Team" ranked in Tier 1.

Legal 500, 2016

Bob Palmer is an experienced upstream oil and gas practitioner. He recently acted for PA Resources in its sale of Tunisian offshore assets to EnQuest for $205m. Sources say: “He is tough but pragmatic. He knows how to get things done”.

Band 1, Chambers, 2016

Bob Palmer “knows oil and gas from top to bottom”. He has impressed sources with his “very commercial, responsive and collaborative approach”

Chambers

attracts praise from a series of clients for his "excellent advice, availability and responsiveness." He regularly handles oil and gas project and transactional issues in Sub-Saharan Africa, among other jurisdictions. Sources say he has the ability to "grasp the legal and commercial complexities and then clearly articulate the issue and provide strong, decisive and clear advice."

Chambers

A leading individual in Oil & Gas.

Legal 500, 2016

Relevant experience

  • OMV on purchase of stake in Russian gas fields USD 1.85bn.
  • Repsol on the sale of its Trinidad & Tobago subsidiary to Perenco.
  • Statoil on the sale of UKCS and NCS assets to OMV for USD 2.65bn.
  • PA Resources on the sale of producing assets offshore Tunisia to EnQuest for USD 205m.
  • OMV on the purchase of various oil & gas assets in Gabon and Namibia.
  • BG advice in relation to offshore assets in Trinidad & Tobago.
  • Gulfsands on purchases in Tunisia and Morocco.
  • Maersk Oil on M&A, farm-ins, contracts and procurement.
  • Petrobras Oil & Gas BV on contracts and procurement advice and international arbitrations in Angola.
  • Repsol on contracts and procurement advice and arbitration in Algeria.
  • Summit Exp, Marubeni Oil & Gas and JX Nippon on various UKCS matters.
  • Various companies on farm-ins / sale and purchases in Africa.
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Education

  • 1986 – MA, Cambridge University
  • 1984 - College of Law
  • 1983 - BA (Hons) Law, Cambridge University
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Memberships

  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • Member, Energy Institute
  • Member, IBA
  • Member, AIPN
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Publications

  • Oil & Gas Infrastructure Midstream agreements (Chapter 9: Tie In Agreements) – Martyn David 1999
  • United Kingdom Oil & Gas Law: (Chapter 4: Financing) – Daintith & Willoughby 2009 – to date
  • Getting The Deal Through: Oil Regulation – Editor 2011 to date
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Lectures list

  • 2016 - Cambridge University Law Society.
  • 2015 - International Oil & Gas Law, Nairobi, Kenya.
  • 2014 - Falconbury, Joint Ventures in Oil & Gas, London, UK.
  • 2012 - International Law, Development in Shale Gas, Oram, Algeria.
  • 2012 - Oil & Gas Laws in Africa: IFLR.
  • Many lectures on aspects of law affecting Oil & Gas industry.
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3 January 2018
Oil and Gas in Africa - Struc­tured guides to mar­ket...
02/10/2018
CMS An­nu­al Re­view of de­vel­op­ments in Eng­lish oil and gas law
Wel­come to the 2018 edi­tion of the CMS An­nu­al Re­view of de­vel­op­ments in Eng­lish oil and gas law, fea­tur­ing com­ment­ary and ana­lys­is on the latest de­vel­op­ments in Eng­lish oil and gas law. This year’s edi­tion deals with re­cent case law in JOAs, sup­port ves­sels.
29/11/2017
In­fra­struc­ture In­dex - Africa Over­view
A New Dir­ec­tion: Sol­ar PV take hold in Africa
26/07/2018
Gov­ern­ment comes down from the fence on Frack­ing
Cuad­rilla was giv­en con­di­tion­al per­mis­sion on 24 Ju­ly 2018 to move ahead with hy­draul­ic frac­tur­ing of one of 2 ho­ri­zont­al wells at its Pre­ston New Road site in Lan­cashire. This move by the Gov­ern­ment will al­low Cuad­rilla to be­come the first com­pany to frac.
9 October 2017
CMS An­nu­al Re­view of De­vel­op­ments in Eng­lish Oil and...
19/07/2018
UK Gov­ern­ment to seek broad en­ergy co­oper­a­tion with the EU
The UK Gov­ern­ment pub­lished its long-awaited white pa­per, “The fu­ture re­la­tion­ship between the United King­dom and the European Uni­on” on 12 Ju­ly 2018, out­lining its vis­ion for a prin­cipled and prac­tic­al Brexit.
13 January 2017
Ship­ping & Mari­time 2016
13/03/2018
Oil & Gas: JOAs, budget over­runs and op­er­at­or pen­sion de­fi­cits
In Mara­thon Oil UK LLC v Cent­rica Re­sources Lim­ited, TAQA Bratani Lim­ited and TAQA Bratani LNS Lim­ited [2018] EWHC 322 (Comm), the Com­mer­cial Court con­sidered wheth­er an op­er­at­or was en­titled to charge joint ven­ture par­ti­cipants for pen­sion fund short­falls.
19 October 2016
CMS An­nu­al Re­view of De­vel­op­ments in Eng­lish Oil and...
09/10/2017
CMS An­nu­al Re­view of de­vel­op­ments in Eng­lish oil and gas law
Wel­come to the 2017 edi­tion of the CMS An­nu­al Re­view of de­vel­op­ments in Eng­lish oil and gas law, fea­tur­ing com­ment­ary and ana­lys­is on the latest de­vel­op­ments in Eng­lish oil and gas law. This year’s edi­tion deals with re­cent case law in JOAs, trans­port­a­tion.
07/07/2015
Africa - Nav­ig­at­ing risk
The chan­ging face of Africa - How in­vestors are de­ploy­ing...
02/08/2017
Oil & Gas: M&A Loan Note Guar­an­tee – Es­tab­lish­ing dis­charge by mis­rep­res­ent­a­tion
In Ab­bot In­vest­ments (North Africa) Ltd v Nestoil Ltd [2017] EWHC 119 (Comm) a dis­pute arose con­cern­ing al­leged rep­res­ent­a­tions re­lat­ing to an oil rig owned by the tar­get com­pany pri­or to the sale of that tar­get com­pany to a new own­er.