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Matthew Culver

Head of Oil and Gas, Middle East

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English

Matthew Culver is Head of the Oil and Gas Practice Group in the Middle East and is based in the Dubai and London offices.

Since setting up the Dubai office in 2012, Matthew has advised on a number of high value projects in the Middle East region including in Iraq and Kurdistan. 

He advises on the acquisition and disposal of oil and gas interests worldwide (upstream, midstream and downstream) and on joint venture arrangements, including all aspects of joint operating agreements such as operatorship, pre-emption, assignment, default and withdrawal. Matthew is a contributing editor of the Getting the Deal Through – Oil Regulation – Iraq publication and CMS Middle East is co-founder of the DMCC ‘Energy Club’ based in Dubai.

Prior to his move to Dubai, Matthew worked in the London office of CMS for 12 years. During that period, he spent time on secondment with BP, ExxonMobil and Talisman. He assisted ExxonMobil in the sale of a number of its North Sea interests and worked with BP on its TNK joint venture. He has advised a number of oil and gas companies on various acquisitions and divestments in Russia, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, United Kingdom (offshore and onshore), France, Italy, Netherlands, Romania, Spain and Turkmenistan.

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Relevant experience

  • Gazprom Neft Middle East on its oil and gas activities in Kurdistan.
  • European oil company in relation to the development of a gas field in Kurdistan.
  • Major UAE oil company in relation to its Middle East oil and gas interests including in Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and Algeria.
  • Oil Major on its drilling activities in Southern Iraq.
  • Major European oil and gas company in relation to its Iraq oil and gas interests including on issues concerning default, assignment and withdrawal.
  • Premier Oil on its Middle East oil and gas interests.
  • Excelerate Energy in relation to its FSRU charter with DUSUP.
  • An international oil and gas company on the farm-out of certain oil interests in Egypt.
  • An international oil and gas company on its drilling and supply chain management contracts in Iraq.
  • ExxonMobil on the disposal of various oil and gas interests and on expert determination for decommissioning.
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  • 2000 - Legal Practice Course, The College of Law, Guildford
  • 1999 - Common Professional Examination, The College of Law, Guildford
  • 1998 - BA (Hons) Modern History, University of Warwick, Warwick 
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  • Member, UK Energy Lawyers Group
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