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Your upstream business is driven by landing successful and robust commercial deals. We have a proven track record in assisting clients frame and achieve their commercial ambitions. Our lawyers are familiar with the boardroom, having served as directors for various companies and having worked with directors and fund managers. We can assist your company with its:


As lawyers who have worked inside oil majors, across the world, we are ready to negotiate commercial agreements together with or independently for our clients. At times it’s useful to have an intermediary doing the talking, leaving the serious calls to you, the client. Working together in this manner we looks to be greater than the sum of the parts, and, in 2013, together with our client we negotiated one of the highest value farm-out deals in the UKCS.

Corporate Strategy

If you’re a new entrants or even an established player, you’ll require clear strategies to be successful. Using our 50 years of upstream experience we work with you to define achievable goals, whether that is focusing on acquiring exploration acreage, turning around licence interests, developing stranded resources or buying production.


Companies grow either organically or by asset or corporate acquisitions. WL Associates has worked extensively on all these and can prepare options for your company utilizing its extensive in-house oil company and regulatory experience.


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