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Philip Morgan

Counsel

Corporate and M&A, Major projects

A standout lawyer with… commercial vision to match his legal skills

Chambers Asia-Pacific

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About Philip Morgan

Philip is a counsel in Freshfields’ global transactions group.

He has more than 17 years of experience advising corporates, financial investors and governments on their global acquisitions, joint ventures, project developments and divestments. Philip’s practice focuses primarily on three areas: transactions and projects in the energy and natural resources sector, Indonesian transactions and matters across all sectors, and emerging markets M&A.

Since relocating to Southeast Asia 12 years ago, Philip has acted for clients on many of the most significant energy M&A transactions in the Asia-Pacific region and globally, as well as a number of landmark and first of their kind transactions and projects in Indonesia and throughout Southeast Asia.

Philip has been recognised by Chambers Asia Pacific for many years as a Leader in the Field (Singapore, Energy) as well as a Recognised Practitioner for Indonesia work, and by IFLR 1000 Energy and Infrastructure Guide as a Rising Star. He is a member of the Jakarta steering committee of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators and an occasional lecturer at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta.

Recent work

  • Advising Rosneft on global oil and gas trading arrangements and on its strategic alliance with Pertamina, including the development with Pertamina of a $19bn refinery project in Tuban, Indonesia.
  • Advising Rio Tinto plc on the US$3.5bn disposal of its interests in the Grasberg gold and copper mine to Inalum, the Indonesian state-owned miner.
  • Advising clients including BP, CNOOC, ConocoPhillips, Hess Corporation, INPEX, Mandala Energy, Repsol and Udenna Corporation on various acquisitions and disposals of upstream oil & gas assets in Indonesia and throughout Southeast Asia.
  • Advising Neptune Energy on its $3.9bn acquisition of Engie E&P International, as well as various global portfolio matters.
  • Advising KKR backed energy platform Mandala Energy on the proposed sale of its entire participating interest in the Lemang Block, an upstream oil and gas asset in Indonesia, to Jadestone, an AIM listed independent oil and gas production company focused on the Asia Pacific region.
  • Advising BP on all aspects of its investment in, and the development of, terminal and storage facilities at Khor Al Zubayr in Southern Iraq.
  • Advising BG Group on its US$5bn sale of its Queensland Curtis liquified natural gas pipeline sale to APA, Australia’s largest gas infrastructure business.
  • Advising KazMunayGaz, the Kazakh national oil company, on its proposed $680m disposal of a 51 per cent interest in KMG International to CEFC China Energy Fund Limited, including related $3bn development financing arrangements and crude supply arrangements.
  • Advising Brightoil Petroleum on its US$1.09bn acquisition of Anadarko’s Bohai Bay assets in China.
  • Advising the Japanese trading houses and JICA on the disposal of their interests in the $1bn 600MW hydroelectric power station and aluminium smelter in Sumatra, Indonesia, to the Government of Indonesia.

Qualifications

Education

  • University of Oxford, UK (ancient and modern history)
  • BPP Law School, London, UK (postgraduate diploma in law)

Professional qualifications

  • Admitted to the Bar in England and Wales