Jennifer Josefson focuses on international, cross-border transactions in Russia, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, and Africa, acting on market-leading transactions with an emphasis on the oil, gas, liquefied natural gas, petrochemical, power, mining, and natural resource sectors.
Representing clients across the spectrum of energy industries, Jennifer regularly advises on acquisitions and divestitures, mergers, joint ventures, joint operating agreements, concessions, production sharing agreements, farm-ins, supply, and service agreements. She also handles the commercial agreements regularly used by energy companies for revenue generation, raw materials and feedstock inputs, financing, and facilities operations and maintenance.
Jennifer contributes to the development of international oil and gas contracting standards through her work with the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN). Jennifer is currently AIPN’s President-Elect. In the past, she has served on AIPN’s Board of Directors, was founding regional director of AIPN’s CIS Chapter and was a co-chair of the AIPN 2019 Model Farmout Agreement Revision. Jennifer is a standing faculty member for AIPN’s international oil and gas contracting training courses—the Short Course and the Core Course.
Consistently recognized as a top energy and natural resource lawyer, Jennifer has been is ranked a Tier 1 Energy lawyer by both Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, and she has been consecutively named Lawyer of the Year – Russia for oil & gas, energy, mining, and natural resources by Best Lawyers. She also has been recognized by IFLR1000 and Who’s Who of International Energy Lawyers.
Jennifer is fluent in English and Russian.
Upstream Oil & Gas
Represented a Russian State oil company on its acquisition of an interest in Russian upstream acreage and the related joint venture
Represented an international service company on its acquisition of an interest in a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company
Represented a Middle Eastern state company on the structuring and negotiation of a Russian oil and gas joint venture
Represented an Indian state oil company on its acquisition of 50% stake in Russian upstream oil project
Represented a state oil company on its evaluation and submission of a bid for upstream acreage in the 2018 ADNOC Bid Round
Represented an independent oil company with respect to its production sharing agreement (PSA) in South Sudan
Represented an oil and gas company on its decommissioning obligations
Represented a large international oilfield service and engineering company on an engineering service joint venture
Represented a large international oil on structuring and negotiating its risk-sharing arrangements for the development of mature oil fields
Represented an international oil field service company specializing in drilling fluids and solids control/waste management equipment and services, on its acquisitions of Russian drilling fluid and solids control companies and its business activities in Russia
Represented a large Russian oil company operating in Kazakhstan with respect to various joint venture issues including joint operations and exclusive operations agreements and drilling contracts
Represented a foreign investor in the potential acquisition of a Turkmenistan PSA
Represented an independent oil company with respect to its PSAs in Kurdistan
Represented an independent oil company on three farm-out arrangements in Egypt
Downstream Oil & Gas / LNG
Represented Russia’s largest integrated gas processing and petrochemicals company, on the sale of a transshipment terminal and related commercial agreements
Represented a Russian state oil company on the purchase of 100% of shares of a large Russian refinery
Represented a Chinese oil company with respect to the structuring and due diligence of a potential Russian upstream and LNG joint venture
Represented the trading segment of a large Russian investment bank on back-to-back crude and product sales agreements.
Metals and Mining
Represented a Russian mining and metals company on its sale and joint venture with a Chinese state controlled company for a Russian coal development
Represented a Russian company on a 50/50 quartz mining joint venture in Russia
Represented an Indian holding company on the acquisition of a Russian abrasive factory
Represented the trading segment of a large Russian investment bank on back-to-back metals sales agreements
Represented an international mining equipment company on its contractual arrangements in Russia
Represented an oil and gas company on the establishment of a gas-to-power joint venture for the construction of a new power unit
Represented a Russian power company on it conventional power joint venture
Represented a Middle Eastern investor on review and structuring of a Russian solar power project
Institute of State and Law of the Russian Academy of Science, LL.M.
University of Texas at Austin School of Law, J.D.
Baylor University, B.A.
England & Wales (Solicitor)
Awards and Affiliations
Band 1, Energy, Chambers Global and Chambers Europe
Band 1, Energy & Natural Resources, Chambers Global
Recommended, Energy and Natural Resources, Russia, The Legal 500 EMEA (2020)
Recognized, Energy and Natural Resources, M&A, Mining, and Oil & Gas, Russia Best Lawyers (2016–2021)
Recognized, Energy & Natural Resources, Who’s Who of International Energy Lawyers
Lawyer of the Year, Oil & Gas, Russia, Best Lawyers (2017, 2019)
Lawyer of the Year, Energy and Natural Resources, Russia, Best Lawyers (2018)
Lawyer of the Year, Mining, Russia, Best Lawyers (2016)
Member, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (President-Elect 2020-2021)