Expert Insight

Jon Clark, Partner, M&A, Ernst & Young
In recent years, national oil companies (NOCs) have become increasingly international in their operations as they seek to secure supplies to satisfy domestic demand growth or new markets for equity production. Since 2007, NOCs have spent almost £300bn on asset and corporate acquisitions in the pursuit of their strategic mandate.
Chris Walcot, CEO, Progressive
As we enter the new financial year, unsurprisingly, access to capital continues to be the overriding concern for oil and gas chief financial officers.
Paul Tetlow, Tom Wallace, , K&L Gates
The oil and gas E&P headlines in the first quarter of 2012 have been a source of optimism for participants in the London M&A and capital markets. Stories of new energy finds have driven, and will continue to drive, investment activity in 2012.
Olivier Mussat and Paul Dufays, , Standard Chartered
National oil companies (NOCs) in certain jurisdictions, whether pursuing national agendas of indigenisation, or maximising exploitation of petroleum, are moving away from granting E&P companies direct equity interests in some upstream licences, preferring to retain the equity interest and granting rights under upstream service contracts.

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