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John Vercoe

Extensive experienced international oil and gas upstream lawyer, with leading edge practice gained from transactions in the UK Continental Shelf, Republic of Kazakhstan, the Caribbean and Africa. John's in-house experience makes him a highly valued contributor in any significant oil & gas team.

What we say about John

John is well used to working successfully in international oil and gas teams in Europe, Central Asia (especially Kazakhstan), Africa and South East Asia.

Focussing particularly on the upstream including HSE, he knows the industry and its people very well. He has acted for both large and small international oil companies and contractors in their day to day business with Governments and regulatory agencies. His Kazakhstan experience included participation in major oil & gas pipeline negotiations in Moscow and Kazakhstan. His experience included a major international oil company of the gas networks in Europe and Africa.

His experience encompasses:

  • Negotiations with NOCs in Kazakhstan (KMG, Kazakhoil, Oil Ministry), Jamaica (PCJ), Syria, Eastern Border of Canada, Denmark, Russian Federation and Pakistan.
  • Oil & Gas JOAs, service agreements in Cameroon, Ukraine, South Africa, Zambia, Kenya and Namibia.
  • Senior legal expert in environmental law project sponsored by the European Commission in Brussels, known as EPMOGI in respect of the 5 states of Central Asia.
  • Member of business and legal project in worldwide downstream transmission and distribution of gas.
  • Negotiations with NOCs in Kazakhstan (KMG, Kazakhoil, Oil Ministry), Jamaica (PCJ), Syria, Eastern Border of Canada, Denmark, Russian Federation and Pakistan.
  • Reviewing international PSA terms including Jamaica, Honduras, Egypt, Tunisia, Pakistan.
  • Heading up upstream and downstream legal department of the Canadian listed oil company, Hurricane Hydrocarbons in Kazakhstan.
  • Implementing the North Caspian Sea PSA (Kashagan field), as head of legal for Shell in Kazakhstan and The Hague, The Netherlands.
  • Karachaganak, Kazakhstan operations and negotiations.
  • Heading up British Gas E&P Legal Department for 16 years.
  • Training in oil and gas law and contracts to NOCs (Petronas and Kazmunaigas), a Malaysian law firm, KL (June 2014) and Kazakh government lawyers together with British Gas staff and also students at Dundee University.

 

This extensive industry experience makes John the lawyer to turn to in order to resolve industry issues.

Highlights

Having started his legal career in the IT sector (Texas Instruments), he headed up legal affairs at British Gas Exploration for 16 years. He then obtained valuable experience working both in Kazakhstan and the Netherlands including heading up the elephant-sized Kashagan oil field. Back in the UK, he was in the Imperial Energy team flotation and with AIM listed and SME oil and gas companies.