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David Rutherford

David Rutherford

Senior Associate

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CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
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United Kingdom
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David Rutherford is a senior associate in the Oil & Gas practice of the London office. He joined CMS in 2009 as a trainee and has ten years’ experience in oil and gas law.  David’s core practice is advising on development and infrastructure projects, EPC/procurement contracts and supply chain arrangements in the upstream oil and gas sector.   His clients include oil majors, state energy companies, independents and contractors.  He has been on long term secondments to BP, OMV, Maersk Drilling, BG/Shell and GDF Suez. His practice covers ‘the globe’ and has included a large degree of travel, including to Pointe Noire in Congo, Accra in Ghana and Yangon in Malaysia. 

David’s particular interests cover drilling, wells services and vessel charters and advising clients on bespoke financing arrangements (including synthetic equity investments).  His practice also covers a wide range of commercial matters, including: concession agreements with host governments (Licences, PSAs and PSCs); joint ventures (JOAs, UUOAs and shareholders’ agreements); infrastructure contracts, including tie-in, transportation and processing arrangements (TAs, TPAs, POSAs and CTIAs); decommissioning contracts; and product sales agreements.    

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Relevant experience

  • Maersk Drilling in relation to its unique funding, service and alliance arrangements with SeaPulse and related service and alliance arrangements with Halliburton and Petrofac.
  • Oilfield services provider in relation to its USD 1bn synthetic equity investment in an oil field development in Western Africa.
  • Dragon LNG in relation to various capacity, power and environmental matters associated with the LNG terminal in Wales.
  • BG/Shell: procurement support during the takeover and assisting in relation to a long term services agreement in connection with the Lake Charles LNG facilities.
  • GDF Suez (now Neptune) in relation to the development of the Cygnus Field (£1.4 billion shallow water gas field development; largest North Sea gas discovery in 30 years) and Juliet Field (sub-sea tie-back).
  • An international owner, operator and manager of LNG carriers on a conversion contract to create an FSRU to serve the south eastern European gas market.
  • NEAC Compressor Service on its global arrangements for the supply of reciprocating compressors with an oil supermajor.
  • Significant experience in drilling contracts, drilling unit sharing arrangements, vessel charters (time and voyage) and infrastructure contracts. 
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2008 – LL.M. (Dist.), University of Nottingham

2007 – LL.B. (Hons.), University of Nottingham

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