Managing Partner, Centurion LLP, Equatorial Guinea
NJ is the Managing Partner of the Malabo office. His experience includes advising major companies on investment strategies, the establishment of joint ventures and cooperation structures, privatisation, licensing and related tax, Ohada, Equatorial Guinea law, oil and gas, local content, litigation, negotiations, governance and other matters. He also frequently advises International oil companies, governments, oil service companies, financial institutions, development banks and construction firms in Equatorial Guinea and Sub Saharan Africa.
He is particularly active in the structuring, negotiation and implementation of petroleum, mining, LNG, and other natural resource projects in Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Chad, South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, Angola, Congo and other Sub-Saharan country. His experience has included PSCs, JOA, service agreements, concessions, oil-field service and drilling contracts, licensing and pipeline and marine transportation issues, including the sale and transportation of LNG.
He continuously advises government on judicial modernization, rule of law issues, training of judges, prosecutors and lawyers in Equatorial Guinea.
He regularly participates in industry-specific conferences and seminars as speaker and moderator. He graduated from University of Maryland College Park and earned a Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law in the United States. He further holds an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology.
He is an active member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), the Institute for Energy Law (IEL) and the Petroleum Joint Venture Association (PJVA).
He is recognized as a leading oil & gas lawyers by the International Who's Who of Oil & Gas Lawyers , and chambers and partners, recognized him as “important player” and a "tremendous resource" an acknowledgement bestowed upon him by his peers in the industry.
Specialties:Oil and Gas, Tax, Contracts, Local Content, Rule of Law, Due Diligence, Litigation, FCPA , Capacity Building, Labor and Employment Law, Project Finance, Petroleum Licensing and Host Government Relationship,Negotiation and International Arbitration,International Oil and Gas Agreements.
Centurion Law Group is a pan-African corporate law conglomerate. Operating at the cutting edge of business practices today, Centurion stands ready to provide outsourced legal representation and a full suite of legal services to new, expanding and established corporations.
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