Olivier Chambord is an accomplished corporate transactional lawyer who focusses his practice on leading international transactions and projects for clients in the oil and gas, petrochemical, mining, and natural resource sectors, while also counselling clients in a broader range of industries in French corporate matters. In Europe, he handles a variety of matters ranging from cutting-edge energy transactions, including one of the few acquisitions of unconventional upstream oil and gas assets in the UK, to corporate transactions and commercial contracts.
In particular, Olivier regularly counsels clients in the upstream sector, onshore and offshore, on acquisitions and disposals including farm-ins, concessions, production-sharing agreements, joint operating agreements, crude and refined products purchase and sale agreements, lifting agreements, unitization agreements, and more generally the agreements required for the development of oil and gas fields. He also advises on a variety of agreements for the development and operation of domestic and cross-border pipeline infrastructure including intergovernmental agreements, host government agreements, joint venture agreements, interconnection agreement, crossing agreements, and transportation agreements. Additionally, Olivier instructs on joint venture agreements and a variety of agreements for the development and operations of refineries.
As a trusted advisor, Olivier assists certain clients on disputes in African countries or in the course of international arbitrations, projects in the mining sector, and on a variety of commercial matters.
He also advises clients on corporate and commercial transactions in France and in Europe. Olivier recently assisted on an investment by a capital global investment growth equity investment fund based in the US in its investment in a French “unicorn” valued 1.4 Billion USD.
Olivier is a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) and recommended in a number of legal guides, including The Legal 500 for Energy Transactions and for Corporate M&A France, and the International Who’s Who of Oil and Gas and Décideurs – Africa, Oil, Gas, Mining, and Natural Resources, Mergers & Acquisitions France.
Olivier is fluent in English and French and conversant in Spanish.
China Aviation Oil on its acquisition of a private-owned company based in the UK that has jet fuel supply and trading business servicing clients in four major international airports in Europe (Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Stuttgart).
A French telecom services group in its corporate restructuring.
Advising French and foreign venture capital funds on various financing rounds of French high-tech, internet and biotech companies.
A multinational petrochemicals company on its acquisition of a steam cracker and related assets in France.
A leading international sporting goods/sportswear company on the acquisition of a sporting goods/sportswear and ski business in France.
A leading media company on the sale of its French media business.
A leading international insurance company on the preclosing restructuring of its French activities in the context of the listing of a part of its worldwide activities on the NYSE.
A multinational reinsurance company in the restructuring of its pan-European activities by way of a cross-border merger.
A US company in its acquisition of a French polymers plant.
Investors on the acquisition of French and German office real estate.
A French development finance institution in its investment in a telecom company in Chad.
Assisting the Kingdom of Morocco in negotiations with respect to the concession of the electricity, sewer and water networks of the agglomeration of Rabat-Salé to a European consortium.
A major European-based oil company on a contemplated offshore farm-in transaction in Côte d’Ivoire.
A supermajor on the drafting of a Petroleum Licence Agreement and related Joint Operating Agreement with the government of Sierra Leone for the exploration and development of two deepwater blocks located offshore Sierra Leone.
An Asian investment fund in connection with its contemplated acquisition of interest in oil blocks in the Republic of Congo and in the Central African Republic.
A Chinese state-owned oil company in connection with the drafting and negotiation of the documentation for its multibillion-dollar investment in Niger-including the acquisition of upstream hydrocarbon assets, the construction and operation of the first refinery in Niger, the construction and operation of pipelines for transportation and export of crude oil and refined products, and the sale and purchase of crude oil and refined products in Niger.
A Chinese state-owned oil company on the formation of a joint venture company for the construction and operation of a refinery in Chad, the construction and operation of the refinery in Chad, the sale and purchase of crude oil and refined products in Chad.
A Chinese state-owned oil company in its negotiations of a PSA with the government of Chad.
An independent North American company in connection with various issues relating to its interest in West African oil blocks (Gabon and Côte d’Ivoire).
A Chinese state-owned oil company on its acquisition of interests in an offshore oil block in the Republic of Congo.
An oil company in relation to the contemplated acquisition of upstream and downstream hydrocarbon assets in West Africa (Angola, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea).
An oil company in connection with its contemplated acquisition of interest in heavy oil blocks in Madagascar.
An independent UK energy company in connection with its contemplated acquisition of upstream Algerian assets.
A US independent company on the farm-out of interests in the Côte d’Ivoire.
A French independent company on the farm-out of interests in Gabon and Senegal.
A supermajor on its negotiations of Condensate and LPG sales and purchase agreements in Algeria.
A leading international commodities trading company in its investment in an agricultural commodities distribution company in Ghana.
A European mining company in connection with its interests in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
US based investors in a contemplated wind farm project in the French West Indies.
A multinational petrochemicals company on its acquisition of a refinery and related assets in France.
Université de Paris II Panthéon-Assas, 1994, French Postgraduate Law Degree
Manchester Law Faculty, 1993, LL.M.
Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, 1992, French Graduate Law Degree
England & Wales (Registered Foreign Lawyer)
Awards and Affiliations
Recommended, Corporate and Commercial: M&A: Lower Mid-Market Deals, £50m-£500m, The Legal 500 UK (2021, 2022)
Recommended, Projects, Energy and Natural Resources: Oil and Gas, The Legal 500 UK (2021, 2022)
Recommended, Industry Focus: Emerging Markets, The Legal 500 UK (2021)
Recognized, M&A - Transactions between 75m and 500m, Décideurs – Mergers & Acquisitions (2015–2018)
Recommended,Project Finance: Energy, M&A, and Private Equity, The Legal 500 Paris (2011, 2012)
Recognized, Who's Who Legal France: Energy (2014, 2016, 2017)
Recognized, Who's Who Legal: Energy (2013–2017)
Recommended, The Legal 500 UK (2013–2017)
Recognized, Oil, Gas, Mining, and Natural Resources, Décideurs – Africa (2015, 2017–2018)
Member, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)