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Millar, Stephen

Stephen Millar

Managing Partner

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
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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  • 1998 – LLM, Centre for Petroleum and Mineral Law & Policy, University of Dundee, Dundee
  • 1994 – LLB (Hons), University of Dundee, Dundee
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