Gavin B. Watson

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Gavin B. Watson

Partner

London | 160 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4QQ
+44 20 7184 7574 | +44 20 7184 7001

Dubai | Unit 501, Level 5, Precinct Building 2, Dubai International Financial Centre, PO Box 506675, Dubai
+971 4 425 6320 | +971 4 425 6301

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Gavin B. Watson advises clients on cross-border corporate and commercial transactions, as well as the development and financing of energy and infrastructure projects worldwide. His energy practice focuses particularly on oil & gas, refinery, petrochemical and related projects. Mr. Watson’s clients include sovereigns, governments, owners, developers, investors, financiers and export credit agencies connected with projects in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

He has been ranked in Chambers Global as a leading lawyer for corporate and commercial work in the United Arab Emirates since 2008. In Chambers Global, 2017, he is recognised in particular for his experience advising on project developments and clients have described him as "enormously valuable" and a "good communicator" with an ability to provide "very good, practical, commercial advice." Chambers Global, 2016 highlights his practice in M&A transactions and corporate structuring and cites interviewee testimony that "he is very strong in corporate guidance and advisory work" and emphasises his experience in oil and gas matters. In Chambers Global, 2015 he is described as a "super-smart lawyer with very good risk management skills." In Chambers Global, 2014 clients praised his regional knowledge and technical skills, saying: "his support has been invaluable." 

Mr. Watson is also noted in Legal 500 EMEA for his work in Energy and Infrastructure in the United Arab Emirates. Legal 500 EMEA 2018 describes him as ‘experienced, insightful and highly supportive’. 

Mr. Watson has been recognized annually in Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Energy and Resource Lawyers since 2008.

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Watson was a partner in the Dubai office of an international law firm.

Experience
  • Hass Petroleum Group, a leading oil marketing company in Africa, on its sale of a strategic stake in the company to Oman Trading International, a global trading company that specializes in energy products.
  • Advising various government-related entities on a range of corporate matters including the acquisition of interests in energy and natural resource assets, the development of industrial and petrochemical facilities and the disposal of interests in transportation infrastructure projects.
  • A major Asian upstream energy company and certain subsidiaries on various corporate, finance and commercial matters including the development of contract areas in Iraq, compliance with U.S. and EU sanction regimes, and joint ventures in the MENA region.
  • An international energy trading company on various matters including the negotiation of a US$300 million borrowing base facility agreement, as well as certain corporate transactions and pre-dispute matters.
  • A private South East Asian exploration and production company on its potential acquisition of a significant offshore gas asset in North Africa.
  • A listed Middle Eastern energy company on various matters including its acquisition of upstream assets in Yemen and Russia.
  • A Middle Eastern petrochemicals company on various contractual and commercial matters.
  • A Dubai-based investment company on the development of various refinery assets in Asia and North Africa.
  • A group of investors on their investment in the development and expansion of a petrochemical facility in Libya, North Africa.
  • An international LNG company on its bid to acquire an equity interest in an African LNG export project.
  • A leading petrochemical company as shareholder on the development of a US$3 billion petrochemical project in Oman.
  • A leading LPG company on the development of an LNG import terminal at Canvey Island, England.
  • Various developers on certain gas export pipeline projects including the West Natuna Gas Pipeline in Singapore, and the West African Gas Pipeline, which transports natural gas from Nigeria to Ghana.

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

Education
  • Manchester University, LL.B, 1991
  • Emmanuel College, Cambridge, LL.M., 1992
  • College of Law, J.D.
Admissions
  • England and Wales
Languages
  • English
  • French
Memberships
  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • International Bar Association
  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
  • Petroleum Club of Dubai