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Stephen Millar

Managing Partner

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

Stephen Millar is the Managing Partner for CMS based in the UK and is responsible for the management of the firm across the UK, CEE, the Middle East and Asia. He is also a member of the CMS board.

Stephen led the firm through the groundbreaking tripartite merger with Olswang and Nabarro, which has created the UK’s sixth largest law firm by revenue and world’s sixth largest by headcount. He was also instrumental in the firm’s combination with Scottish leader Dundas & Wilson in 2014, orchestrating discussions and managing a smooth integration.

Prior to his role as Managing Partner, Stephen was Practice Group Manager of the Energy, Projects and Construction team, one of the firm’s largest and most well-known departments. In this role Stephen held international responsibilities with teams based in London, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dubai, Muscat and Rio. He also was Co-Executive Partner in Scotland.

As an Oil & Gas specialist, Stephen has acted on many of the most significant transactions that have taken place in the North Sea in the last 20 years, often leading combined teams from the Aberdeen and other CMS offices. A number of these transactions involved new structures that helped shape the oil and gas industry.

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"a massively respected name in the field."

Chambers 2018

He is an outstanding oil and gas and M&A lawyer. He is extremely proactive and customer service-oriented; we get a very fast and highly consistent quality of service from him.

Chambers, 2015

Relevant experience

  • BP on the sale of various upstream assets in the US, Canada and Egypt to Apache Corporation for a total consideration of US$7 billion.
  • BP on an exchange of BP's interests in the Everest, Lomond and Armada fields with BG's interests in the Amethyst, Wollaston and Whittle, Minerva Hub, Neptune and Mercury fields, a transaction that involves the transfer of a number of major operatorships.
  • Oil and gas multinational on various aspects of the hydrocarbon licensing round in Lebanon. 
  • Oil and gas multinational on a major farm in to assets in Morocco and various country entry advice in conjunction with Casablanca office.
  • Talisman Energy on the leasing of the Beatrice field and the related Nigg Oil Terminal to Ithaca Energy for a period following which the assets shall be returned to Talisman Energy at which time the assets will be decommissioned.
  • Eni UK on the £210 million acquisition of Tullow Oil's interest in the Hewett field for the development of the largest gas storage project in the UK.
  • ConocoPhillips on the disposal of an interest in the UK/Norway cross border oil field, Statfjord, to Centrica.
  • Oil and gas multinational on the support of its multi billion project in Iraq including support on the various contractual arrangements for the establishment of the project and the support of ongoing issues.
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Education

  • 1998 – LLM, Centre for Petroleum and Mineral Law & Policy, University of Dundee, Dundee
  • 1994 – LLB (Hons), University of Dundee, Dundee
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30 November 2018
CMS takes home coveted ‘Law Firm of the Year’ award at Brit­ish Leg­al Awards
CMS was named Law Firm of the Year at the pres­ti­gi­ous 2018 Brit­ish Leg­al Awards, held on 29 Novem­ber in Lon­don. The firm saw off strong com­pet­i­tion from a line-up of firms in­clud­ing Clif­ford Chance, DLA...
9 August 2018
CMS Hong Kong main­tains growth mo­mentum adding In­sur­ance cap­ab­il­ity with...
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS is con­tinu­ing its Hong Kong ex­pan­sion with the ap­point­ment of two es­teemed In­sur­ance part­ners to as­so­ci­ated Hong Kong firm Shir­ley Lau & Co. LLP. Dual-qual­i­fied An­drew Hor­ton...
13 November 2017
CMS con­tin­ues to de­liv­er on mer­ger suc­cess with premises dis­pos­als
CMS has com­pleted the dis­pos­al to Lloyds Bank plc of the en­tirety of its 120,000sqft of space at 125 Lon­don Wall. Loc­ated in the City of Lon­don, 125 Lon­don Wall was formerly oc­cu­pied by leg­acy firm Nabarro...
1 May 2017
CMS, Nabarro and Olswang com­plete largest ever mer­ger in UK leg­al sec­tor
CMS UK, Nabarro and Olswang today an­nounce the com­ple­tion of their trans­form­a­tion­al mer­ger, cre­at­ing a new Lon­don power­house and the 6th largest law firm in the UK by rev­en­ue and 6th largest glob­ally...
13 December 2016
CMS, Nabarro and Olswang con­firm Prac­tice and Sec­tor Group heads
CMS UK, Nabarro and Olswang are pleased to an­nounce the Prac­tice and Sec­tor Group heads who will be lead­ing the new firm from 1 May 2017.Penelope Warne, The Seni­or Part­ner of CMS UK com­ments: “We are...
10 October 2016
CMS, Nabarro and Olswang com­bine to cre­ate 6th largest law firm in the...
The Part­ners of CMS UK, Nabarro and Olswang have voted over­whelm­ingly in fa­vour of a pro­pos­al to com­bine their firms and cre­ate a new City power­house that will be­come the world’s sixth largest law firm...
29/04/2016
CMS an­nounces 31 part­ner and two dir­ect­or pro­mo­tions glob­ally, along­side...
CMS has ad­ded 31 part­ners across 22 of­fices glob­ally, in ad­di­tion to two dir­ect­or ap­point­ments in Scot­land. Wo­men rep­res­ent over 39% of the firm’s pro­mo­tions, spread across a num­ber of prac­tice areas...
03/12/2015
In­sight (Is­sue 3): What's new for our Scot­tish cli­ents?
In this edi­tion we fo­cus on some of our work that we do with the En­ergy Sec­tor.We put the spot­light on our Off­shore activ­ity and in­tro­duce our series of Foresight art­icles; Trans­form­a­tion, as well as...
1 October 2015
CMS An­nu­al Re­view of De­vel­op­ments in Eng­lish Oil and Gas Law 2015
Wel­come to the in­aug­ur­al edi­tion of the CMS An­nu­al Re­view of Eng­lish oil and gas law de­vel­op­ments.2014-2015 has been an in­ter­est­ing peri­od of de­vel­op­ments in Eng­lish law which have a dir­ect im­pact on...
18/05/2015
CMS mo­mentum con­tin­ues one year from Scot­tish com­bin­a­tion
CMS cel­eb­rates one year since its suc­cess­ful com­bin­a­tion with Scot­land’s mar­ket lead­er Dun­das & Wilson which took ef­fect on 1 May 2014. CMS now has 267 part­ners and 1046 fee earners in the UK, and over...
06/03/2015
CMS leads the pack as Scot­land’s go-to deal­maker
The firm was in­volved in 98 trans­ac­tions between Janu­ary and Decem­ber 2014 worth an ag­greg­ate total of £7.72bn, sig­ni­fic­antly ahead of its nearest com­pet­it­ors in both num­ber and over­all value of deals...
10/03/2014
CMS opens new of­fice in Oman, strength­en­ing Middle East cap­ab­il­ity
CMS today an­nounced the open­ing of a new of­fice in Mus­cat, Oman, fur­ther con­sol­id­at­ing its pres­ence in the Middle East mar­ket. The of­fice will ini­tially fo­cus on serving its en­ergy, pro­jects and fin­an­cial...