International Oil and Gas Lawyer Job at Centurion, LLP

Job Title: International Oil and Gas Lawyer
Company: Centurion, LLP
Job Type: Full Time
Qualification: BA/BSc/HND  
Experience: 2 years
Location: Lagos, Nigeria
Job Field: Law / Legal  
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Centurion is a leading pan-African legal and business advisory group with extensive experience in oil and gas law. The group provides outsourced legal representation and covers a full suite of practice areas for its clients, including arbitration and commercial litigation, corporate law, tax and anti-corruption advisory and contract negotiation. Centurion specializes in assisting clients that are starting or growing a business in Africa and has offices in Malabo, Douala and Johannesburg.
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Job Description: – This position is located in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, Africa. Relocation to Malabo is a must. This position has been created to strengthen and support our growing Africa corporate, oil and gas and mining practice. 
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It is a dynamic opportunity for a Corporate Commercial lawyer to support a leading Energy firm in Africa. The ideal candidate would have extensive legal practice experience, a strong track record. Work will be performed in Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, South Africa, Congo, Gabon, Angola, South Africa and internationally. 
. – Centurion LLP is unique in being able to offer the successful candidate hands-on experience of both local and international work. 
. – We have strong growth plans for the firm for the next two years and so it is an exciting time for an experienced, self-starting Corporate Commercial lawyer to join the firm and contribute to our expansion. 
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Responsibilities: – The successful candidate will perform a broad multi-functional role as a member of our firm’s International Energy Practice, including, but not limited to: 
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International Upstream Oil & Gas Transactions and Operations: – Provide advice to Centurion’s clients (senior management, commercial managers and multidisciplinary project team members) on a wide variety of upstream transactional matters in connection with upstream international petroleum and gas exploration, development and operations projects in Africa.
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Specific responsibilities include structuring, document and negotiate transactions including: – Host government arrangements (production sharing agreements and unitizations); – Corporate/asset acquisitions/divestitures – Farm-ins/farm outs, joint bidding agreements; – Joint/unit operating agreements; – Lifting agreements; – Letters of intent; – Shareholder agreements; and – Employment agreements, consulting contracts and secondments. 
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Anti-corruption Compliance: – Counsel, train and advise clients on anti-corruption compliance issues arising under the FCPA, UK Bribery – Act and other applicable local laws. Activities include: – Review and approval of requests for charitable contributions, gifts and expenditures; – Drafting and negotiation of anti-corruption compliance clauses; – Delivery interactive anti-corruption compliance training to U.S. based international employees and to local offices and vendors; – Oversight of anti-corruption due diligence investigations of prospective vendors/existing vendors; and – Design and oversight of vendor anti-corruption compliance remediation plans. 
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International Arbitration/Disputes: – Counsel clients in connection with co-venture party disputes and other international disputes that impact or may impact asset development. 
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International Geophysical Data Transactions: – Counsel clients in connection with a wide variety of geophysical data transactions relating to international development and operations projects including acquisition of proprietary (including offshore 2D and 3D data) and multi-client geophysical/seismic data, service agreements for processing/reprocessing and transfer agreements. Structure and document master license/processing services agreements, geophysical data licenses and offshore marine acquisition agreements.
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Qualifications: – Experience in the energy industry; experience and knowledge of the international upstream sector is a plus. Strong analytical and critical thinking skills; solid computer skills and excellent communication skills, with an emphasis on clear and precise writing. 
. – Strong self-starter, energetic team player with proven ability to effectively collaborate with colleagues across a complex organization and with all levels of management. – “Out-of-the box” legal thinker with ability to devise legal solutions to unique fact situations. – Commercial acumen: able to propose value/legal solutions; able to distinguish and prioritize risks and propose proportional mitigation strategies. – Project management and organizational skills with the ability to juggle multiple projects with varying deadlines and priorities. – Knowledge of anti-corruption laws and regulations, including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (the “FCPA”) and the U.K. Bribery Act. – Foreign language skills (French, Portuguese or Spanish), while not required would be a plus. – LLB or LLM or JD – Must be an admitted Attorney.
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Spanish or French is a plus: – At least 2-4 years of experience (ideally within different legal disciplines) with a proven track record in contract negotiation and drafting. – Proven track record of providing accurate and effective legal counsel; and – Proven track record of adding value to an organisation through the development of comprehensive contract documents that mitigate risk and penalties. – Have extensive experience in Legal and Commercial aspects of International Contracts and International Corporate Framework.



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