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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Specific responsibilities include structuring, document and negotiate transactions including:
Host government arrangements (production sharing agreements and unitizations);
Farm-ins/farm outs, joint bidding agreements;
Joint/unit operating agreements;
Letters of intent;
Shareholder agreements; and
Employment agreements, consulting contracts and secondments.
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.
Counsel clients in connection with co-venture party disputes and other international disputes that impact or may impact asset development.
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.
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.
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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