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Norman Wisely


CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
6 Queens Road
AB15 4ZT
United Kingdom
Languages English

Norman Wisely is a partner who specialises in all areas of oil & gas law, and in particular oil & gas mergers and acquisitions work.

Norman has extensive experience in advising clients on oil & gas matters in the UK and internationally, including leading numerous acquisitions and disposals of UKCS and international offshore and onshore oil & gas assets, advising on oil & gas related share transactions, on transportation and infrastructure projects, decommissioning and decommissioning security, licensing, production sharing and joint venture matters, product sales arrangements and all matters relevant to the exploration, production and sale of hydrocarbons.

Norman’s recent international experience includes leading on various oil and gas deals and projects from and based in Norway, UAE, Russia, Namibia, Trinidad and various other countries and territories in Africa, Asia, Australasia and North and South America.

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“a standout partner who is completely on top of the sector”


“Norman’s expertise in the North Sea, especially around decommissioning vindicated the selection of CMS … he really directed it all – he is excellent, top quality – 10/10”

Lead M&A Counsel – FTSE 100 Company

"He is all I need when I go to an external lawyer"


Relevant experience

  • Led UK and Norwegian asset and corporate disposals (leading partner) for BG, BP and ConocoPhillips and on significant acquisitions of interests for SSE, Premier Oil, Apache, TAQA and EnQuest, including developing all associated decommissioning security arrangements. Norman also recently led CMS teams supporting Nexen Petroleum and Statoil on various key North Sea projects.
  • BG on the sale of its entire interest in the CATS pipeline via a sale of its subsidiary, BG CATS Limited, to Antin Infrastructure Partners (GBP 572m).
  • SSE on its purchase of a stake in Laggan, Tormore, Edradour and Glenlivet Fields together with interests in the Shetland Gas Plant and other ancillary interests from Total (GBP 565m) and its purchase from Hess of 19 offshore fields in the Southern North Sea gas basin including interests in the Everest/Lomond, Bacton and ECA areas together with interests in the Bacton terminal (USD 423m).
  • TAQA on its sale and purchase of seven North Sea oil and gas fields together with interests in the Brent pipeline system and Sullom Voe terminal from Shell and Exxon (USD 628m).
  • Premier Oil on its acquisition of a 100% interest in Solan Field from Chrysaor and associated financing  arrangements in respect of $2b field development, and subsequent restructuring of same.
  • BP on various projects, including its sale of its Alba and Britannia fields to Mitsui and sale of Draugen field (Norway) to Shell.
  • EnQuest on its acquisition of interests in the Kittiwake area from Centrica.
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Notary Public in Scotland

2001 - Qualified in England and Wales 

2000 - Qualified in Scotland 

1998 - Dip LP, University of Dundee, Dundee

1997 - LLB (Hons), University of Dundee, Dundee

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Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)

Associate, Centre for Energy Law, University of Aberdeen

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Author of chapters on:

"Acquisitions and Disposals of Oil and Gas Interests" in "UK Oil and Gas law – Current Practice" (Ed. Gordon, Paterson, Usenemez) published by Dundee University Press (1st Ed. 2007 and 2nd Ed. 2011).

"Oil and Gas Acquisitions and Divestments" in "Oil and Gas Production Contracts" (Ed. Jennings) (1st Ed. 2008). 

"Decommissioning in an M&A Context" in "Upstream Oil and Gas Mergers and Acquisitions" (1st Ed. 2014)

"United Kingdom" in "The Oil and Gas Review" (2013 to present)

"UK" in "Chambers Global Practice Guide - Energy: Oil & Gas" (2016)

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Lectures list

2016 - “Mergers and Acquisitions”  - CEPMLP St Andrews / Dundee University Oil & Gas Course 

2016 - “Default and Insolvency Issues in Upstream Oil & Gas” – Oil and Gas UK Annual Legal Conference

2016 - “Oil Price impact” - CMS Partner Annual Meeting - Rome

2015 - “Oil and Gas Agreements” - CEPMLP St Andrews / Dundee University Oil & Gas Course

2013 - “Mergers and Acquisitions” - CEPMLP St Andrews / Dundee University Oil & Gas Course

2013 - “JOAs” – Law Society of Scotland Oil & Gas Conference

2013 - “Decommissioning Security” – Law Society of Scotland Oil & Gas Conference

2008 - Regular speaker at Aberdeen University Commercial LLM on “Acquisitions and Disposals of Oil and Gas Interests”

Various other guest lectures and presenting for clients, industry bodies, at various contracts and oil and gas seminars including presentations on licensing, JOAs, decommissioning security, mergers and acquisitions, liabilities and indemnities and general oil and gas legal issues in contract.

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Oil and Gas M&A: A Practical Handbook
Awards announced for 29th Offshore Licensing Round
The UK’s Oil and Gas Authority (“OGA”) has offered 25 licences to 17 companies covering 111 blocks or part blocks following its 29th Offshore Licensing Round. The Round was launched on 27 July 2016 and closed on 26 October 2016, attracting applications from.
OGA responds to fees and levy consultation
On 10 March OGA published its response to the consultation on proposals to introduce new OGA fees and to amend the methodology to calculate the industry levy. ‘Part I’ of the consultation sought industry comment on plans to increase the number of activities.
Budget 2017: Oil and Gas decommissioning tax relief
Wednesday’s Budget brought potentially welcome news for those involved in the North Sea’s burgeoning decommissioning industry. A review of decommissioning tax relief was announced, which may remove an effective barrier to smaller specialists taking on late-life.
OGA activity Q1 2017: evidence of Strategy implementation
In our previous Law Now we considered what might be expected from OGA in the early months of 2017. As we near the end of Q1 2017, we reflect upon the regulator’s recent actions and announcements and consider how they correspond to the framework of OGA priorities.
The Oil and Gas Authority: expectations for 2017
It is likely to be a busy year for industry in adapting to the demands of the Oil & Gas Authority (“OGA”) as it clarifies its expectations, identifies its priorities and grows more confident in applying its powers.
OGA publishes EOR Delivery Programme expanding upon earlier Strat...
The Oil and Gas Authority ("OGA") has unveiled its Enhanced Oil Recovery ("EOR") Delivery Programme, accessible here. This latest publication fleshes out the high-level overview of EOR opportunities contained in the earlier EOR Strategy (the “Strategy”).
CCOP revised in light of MER UK
First published in 2002, the Commercial Code of Practice (“CCOP”) was designed to promote co-operative value generation by means of best practice commercial processes and senior management commitment.
OGA information and samples powers brought into force
On Monday 19 December two additional Oil and Gas Authority (“OGA”) powers under the Energy Act 2016 (the “Act”) were brought into force.   As noted in our previous Law Now, whilst most of OGA’s new range of powers were brought into force with effect from 1 October.
Offshore 2016 Supplementary Round launched
On 6 December 2016, the Oil and Gas Authority (the “OGA”) invited applications for licences to be awarded in the Offshore 2016 Supplementary Round. Fourteen blocks have been offered outside the recent 29th Licensing Round which concluded in October.
OGA consults on proposals to introduce ‘Innovate Licence’ and ame...
The Oil and Gas Authority (“OGA”) has launched a consultation on proposed changes to the model clauses for Seaward Production Licences. The regulator is seeking to amend the date on which a licence is considered to have commenced, add new termination provisions,.
OGA calls on industry to recognise collaboration benefits when co...
In its latest publication, “Competition and Collaboration” (accessible here), the Oil and Gas Authority (“OGA”) has urged industry to consider the benefits of collaboration when determining how to act in light of competition law.
OGA consults on proposals to introduce new fees and recalculate i...
 The Energy Act 2016 provides for regulations to be made to enable the Oil and Gas Authority (“OGA”) to charge fees for its work. The intention of Parliament was that, ultimately, OGA will be a regulator funded by the industry it serves.
Current OGA Guidance – a summary
Over the last few weeks the Oil and Gas Authority (“OGA”) has published significant further guidance on how it intends to achieve its obligations under MER UK. To date, this consists of seven Strategies, three Delivery Programmes, and additional ‘Asset Stewardship.
OGA: Asset Stewardship
The Oil and Gas Authority (“OGA”) had long promised to expand upon its plans for achieving its MER UK objective. Although a handful of Strategies had been published in recent months, the pace has accelerated in the last few weeks with the publication of a considerable.
OGA Statutory Notice : Meetings
The powers that vested in the Oil & Gas Authority (“OGA”) on 1 October 2016 included those relating to meetings set out in Part 2, Chapter 4 of the Energy Act 2016 (“the Act”). That provides that OGA is entitled to be notified of and participate in 'relevant.
OGA Update: The MER UK Conference = the times, they are a-changin...
After a slow, considered, start we are now finally beginning to see some real, practical detail around how the Oil and Gas Authority (“OGA”) intends to achieve MER UK. There are of course still many unanswered questions but the “MER in Practice” day held by.
The OGA is here
In UK oil and gas law, we’re used to seeing a change of government department responsible for the regulation of oil and gas – from the DTI, to DBERR, to DECC to (D)BEIS. Now, however, the new regulator, OGA will shortly be transferred many of the old functions.