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Darren Spalding
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Bernadette Stewart


Darren is a corporate lawyer dedicated to the energy sector. He advises clients on oil and gas M&A transactions across the upstream, midstream and downstream value chain, with a particular emphasis on cross-border deals, having advised on transactions involving assets in more than 30 jurisdictions. Darren also has experience in relation to commercial arrangements relating to the oil and gas industry, including production sharing contracts, joint operating agreements, sales and transportation arrangements and joint venture issues.

Darren has been recognised in Chambers UK as being highly regarded for his work in the oil and gas sector and clients say that he provides "a full suite of support."

Representative Matters

Hess on the US$1 billion sale of its interests in the ACG oil field in Azerbaijan and BTC pipeline to ONGC Videsh

BG Group in relation to its country entry into Colombia, by way of a farm-in to an upstream interest with Shell

Chevron on the US$1.7 billion sale of its downstream business in the UK and Ireland, including the Pembroke refinery, to Valero Energy Corporation

Rosneft on the crude oil supply and refined product off-take arrangements relating to its $1.6 billion acquisition of a 50% interest in the Ruhr Oel joint venture in Germany from PDVSA and in relation to ongoing shareholders arrangements with BP

Murphy Oil on the sale of its upstream interests in the  UK North Sea to Shell, Perenco and First Oil

BP on the sale to Lukoil of a joint venture interest in the Tengiz Field in Kazakhstan and the CPC Pipeline from Kazakhstan to Russia for US$1.6 billion

Delek in relation to the facility sharing arrangements for the development of the Tamar field offshore Israel in connection with the US$900 million financing of the field

DNO in relation to the merger with RAK Petroleum of their Middle East and North African upstream businesses

BP on the acquisition of an interest in the Nerefco refinery and associated windfarm in the Netherlands from Chevron Corporation for US$1.3 billion

Keppel in relation to its US$115 million acquisition of a 20% stake in Krisenergy

JKX Oil & Gas on the acquisition of upstream interests in Russia, Hungary and Slovakia

Publications and Speeches

"Walking the Walk: UK Shale Gas Development Has Commercial Interest, But Can We Expect Production Anytime Soon?", Energy Executive, Fall 2014

"UK Announces Unconventional Petroleum Licensing Model Clauses", Oil & Gas Financial Journal, 8 July 2014

"Underground Drilling Access for UK Shale Developers: The 300 Metre Question", Natural Gas Europe, 11 June 2014

"Challenges of Methane Hydrates", Oil & Gas Financial Journal, May 2014

"The Future of the UK North Sea: A New Game with More Rules", Oil & Gas Financial Journal, 21 March 2014

"Fracking in the UK: the Shale Gas Industry Begins to Take Shape", Natural Gas Europe, 25 February 2014

"Unlocking the potential of shale gas in the UK energy mix", Oil & Gas Financial Journal, January 2014


LL.B. (Hons), Murdoch University, Perth, Australia, 2002
B.Com, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, 1994

Bar Admissions

Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
Solicitor in New South Wales, Australia
Barrister and Solicitor in Western Australia, Australia


Legalease, The Legal 500 United Kingdom, Projects, Energy and Natural Resources – Oil & Gas, 2014-2016
Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, IFLR1000 Energy & Infrastructure GuideSub-Saharan Africa, 2016
Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, IFLR1000 Financial & Corporate Guide, Leading Lawyer, M&A, 2017