Brad Roach is Co-Chair of Gibson Dunn’s Oil and Gas Practice Group and a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions, Projects and Infrastructure, and Power and Renewables Practice Groups. Mr. Roach has more than 25 years’ experience advising clients in the energy, upstream oil and gas/LNG, infrastructure and project finance industry throughout Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, and has been based in Singapore since 1996.
Mr. Roach is a strategic advisor who is recognized for his negotiation skills and a commercial and pragmatic approach to counselling clients on their investments in the oil and gas, LNG and power sectors. He has extensive experience advising companies on asset and corporate acquisitions, joint venture and shareholder agreements, gas and LNG sale and purchase agreements, joint operating agreements, farmout agreements, production sharing contracts, unitization agreements and financing agreements. He has also advised developers of power projects and LNG regasification terminals in various countries throughout Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines. He has advised the sponsors of several greenfield LNG projects, including the sponsors of the Mozambique LNG project, the Donggi-Senoro LNG project (Indonesia) and the Tangguh LNG project (Indonesia). In 2019, he advised Murphy Oil on the divestment of its Malaysian operations to PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP) for a consideration of US$2.127 billion, which is the largest upstream M&A transaction undertaken in Southeast Asia in the past 5 years.
Mr. Roach has been consistently recognized by Chambers & Partners and other professional directories and has been ranked “Band 1” for Energy & Natural Resources in Singapore for eight consecutive years. He has been ranked “Band 1” for Projects & Energy in Indonesia for ten consecutive years by Chambers & Partners, which notes he is “an eminent oil and gas expert sought out for advice on the most significant energy and natural resources deals” and is “the leading authority for oil and gas in the region”. He was named Best Lawyers International’s Energy Lawyer of the Year for Singapore in 2017 and is the only lawyer from Singapore included in the Energy section of Who’s Who Legal Thought Leaders – Global Elite 2019.
Mr. Roach gained his Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honors) and his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne. He is admitted to practice in England and Wales. He has been a director of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) for several years and a member of the Southeast Asia Petroleum Exploration Society (SEAPEX).
Mergers & Acquisitions
- Murphy Oil in connection with the sale of its participating interests in the Block K, Block H, SK 309, SK 311, SK 314A and SK 405B PSCs in Malaysia to PTTEP for a consideration of US$2.127 billion.
- Repsol in connection with the sale of its 42.4% participating interest in the Wiriagar PSC and 3.06% interest in the Tangguh LNG project in Indonesia to BP for a consideration of US$313 million.
- Murphy Oil in connection with the sale of 30% of its participating interests in several PSCs in Malaysia to PT Pertamina (Persero) for a consideration of US$2 billion.
- Jadestone Energy in connection with the acquisition of a 90% participating interest in the Lemang PSC in Indonesia from Mandala Energy.
- Talisman Energy in connection with the acquisition of a 30% participating interest in the Block 07/03 PSC in Vietnam from Premier Oil.
- PT Medco Energi Internasional Tbk. in connection with the acquisition of the shares in Lundin Indonesia Holding B.V., which has interests in several PSCs in Indonesia.
- Jadestone Energy in connection with its acquisition of Talisman (Ogan Komering) Ltd., which holds a 50% participating interest in the Ogan Komering PSC in Indonesia, from Repsol.
- PT Saka Energi Indonesia in connection with its acquisition of a 100% participating interest in the South Sesulu PSC in Indonesia from Hess Corporation and the acquisition of a 100% participating interest in the Wokam II PSC in Indonesia from Murphy Oil.
- PT Pertamina (Persero) in connection with its acquisition of ConocoPhillips’ assets in Algeria for a consideration of US$1.75 billion, including a 65% participating interest and operatorship in Block 405a and a 3.7% and 16.9% unit participating interest in the Ourhoud and EMK fields.*
- Murphy Oil in connection with the acquisition of a 20% participating interest in the Block 13/03 PSC in Vietnam from Santos.
- PT Medco Energi Internasional Tbk. in connection with its acquisition of 100% of the shares of Storm Ventures International (Barbados) Limited, which has interests in several petroleum concessions and permits in Tunisia.
- Murphy Oil in connection with its acquisition of a 40% participating interest and operatorship in the Deepwater Block 2A PSC in Malaysia from BHP.
- Mitra Energy Limited in connection with a farmout of a 75% participating interest in Service Contract No. 56 in the Philippines to Total and its farmout of an interest in Blocks 45 and 46/07 in Vietnam to Talisman Energy.*
- PT Medco Energi Internasional Tbk. in connection with the acquisition of a 21.25% participating interest in Block 9 in Yemen from Reliance Exploration & Production DMCC for a consideration of US$90 million.*
- Talisman Energy in connection with the sale of a 5.03% participating interest in the Offshore North West Java PSC in Indonesia to PT Pertamina Hulu Energi Offshore Northwest Java.*
- PT Medco Energi Internasional Tbk. in connection with the sale of a 20% participating interest in the Senoro-Toili PSC in Indonesia to Mitsubishi Corporation for a consideration of US$260 million.*
- INPEX in connection with the transfer of a 15% participating interest in the Babar Selaru PSC in Indonesia to PT Pertamina Hulu Energi Babar Selaru.*
Oil & Gas – Upstream
- Chevron in connection with its operations in the Rokan PSC in Indonesia, the single largest producing contract area in Indonesia, with cumulative production in excess of 11 billion barrels.
- Murphy Oil in connection with the international unitisation arrangements between Malaysia and Brunei in respect of the Geronggong/Jagus-East/Gumusut-Kakap field.
- Murphy Oil in connection with its operations in the CA-1 and CA-2 Production Sharing Agreements in Brunei.
- PTTEP in connection with certain of its operations in Malaysia.
- ExxonMobil in connection with certain of its operations in Malaysia.
- BW Offshore in connection with a potential farm-in to a PSC in Southeast Asia.
- Talisman Energy in connection with the unitisation of oil fields in Malaysia and Vietnam, various joint bidding and study agreements and joint operating agreements in Indonesia, and its farm-in to the Block 133 and 134 PSC in Vietnam.*
- Murphy Oil in connection with its farm-in to a 50% participating interest and operatorship in the Deepwater Block 2C PSC in Malaysia from SapuraKencana, Mitsubishi Corporation and PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd.
- Murphy Oil in connection with its negotiations with PetroVietnam on the Block 144 and 145 and Block 11/2-11 PSCs in Vietnam and the negotiation of the Block W PSC in Equatorial Guinea and associated joint operating agreements.*
- Murphy Oil in connection with the award of the Semai II PSC, located offshore Papua, Indonesia and associated joint operating agreement with PTTEP and INPEX and the first exercise by PT Pertamina (Persero) of its right to back-in to a 15% participating interest in connection with the Semai II PSC.*
- PT Medco Energi Internasional Tbk. in connection with the Area 47 Exploration and Production Sharing Agreement in Libya.*
- PT Medco Energi Internasional Tbk. on an exploration joint venture agreement with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in relation to 13 production sharing contracts located in Indonesia.*
- PT Medco Energi Internasional Tbk. in connection with the farmout of a 60% participating interest in the Nunukan PSC in Indonesia to Anadarko Petroleum Corporation.*
- Salamander Energy plc in connection with its bid and participation in the South East Sangatta PSC, East Kalimantan.*
- Mozambique LNG, whose sponsors include Total, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., PTTEP, ONGC Videsh, Bharat PetroResources, Oil India and ENH, on a long term LNG sale and purchase agreement for the sale of 1 million tonnes per annum of LNG to PT Pertamina (Persero).
- PT Medco Energi Internasional Tbk. on the development and financing of a US$2.8 billion, 2.1 million tonne LNG project in Sulawesi, Indonesia, including:
- the Shareholders’ Agreement entered into with Mitsubishi Corporation, PT Pertamina (Persero) and Korea Gas Corporation to establish the project company, PT Donggi-Senoro LNG;
- the Gas Sales Agreement for the supply of 250 mmscfd of feedstock gas to PT Donggi-Senoro LNG from the Senoro-Toili PSC;
the FEED Contract and EPC Contract with JGC Corporation; and
- the LNG HOAs and SPAs with Chubu Electric, Kyushu Electric and Korea Gas Corporation.*
- BG in connection with Egypt LNG, a US$900 million LNG export project in Idku, Egypt, including advising on the terms of the concession agreements with EGPC, domestic gas sales agreements, and LNG SPAs.*
- BG on the development of the Tangguh LNG project in Papua, Indonesia including:
- the joint venture agreement and unitisation agreement between the partners in three PSCs to provide for the unitisation of 14.4 trillion cubic feet of proved reserves and the development of the Tangguh LNG project; and
- the terms of the LNG SPA between the participants in the Tangguh LNG project, CNOOC and the Fujian Investment Development Corporation, and LNG SPAs with SK Power Limited and POSCO in South Korea.*
- Korea Gas Corporation in respect of an equity investment and LNG offtake arrangements in respect of a proposed LNG project in Nigeria.*
- LNG Japan Corporation on the development and financing of the Tangguh LNG project.*
- Shizuoka Gas Company, Ltd on the terms of an LNG SPA with The Tokyo Electric Power Company, Incorporated.*
- PT Pertamina (Persero) in connection with its bid for Chevron’s geothermal power operations in Indonesia and the Philippines.
- A consortium of PT Medco Energi Internasional Tbk., Korea Electric Power Corporation and Nebras Power in connection with their bid for the Jawa-1 1,600MW power project in Java, Indonesia.
- PT Medco Energi Internasional Tbk. on the development of the US$1.5 billion 330MW Sarulla geothermal power project, Indonesia.*
- The Bechtel Group, Inc. and Royal Dutch/Shell on the sale of the shares of InterGen N.V. to AIG and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board for US$1.75 billion.*
- An affiliate of Tenaga Nasional Berhad in connection with the development of a 2,000MW coal-fired power station in Malaysia.*
- A developer in its purchase of nine barge-mounted diesel fired power barges from National Power Corporation in the Philippines.*
- PT Amman Mineral Industri in connection with its proposed development of a 2.6 million tonne per annum copper smelter in Sumbawa, Indonesia.
*Indicates experience gained prior to joining Gibson Dunn.
Mr. Roach is consistently recognized as a pre-eminent lawyer in his fields of practice. Recent awards include:
- Chambers & Partners: Energy & Natural Resources: Singapore – Band 1 (2014-2021); Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas – Singapore: Spotlight Table (2017-2021); Corporate & Finance – Projects & Energy (International Firms) (Expert Based Abroad): Indonesia – Band 1 (2008-2017);
- Chambers Global: Leaders in Their Field (Corporate/M&A, Projects and Energy) (2012-2021);
- Who’s Who Legal Thought Leaders – Global Elite: Energy (2019) (inclusion limited to top 2% of lawyers ranked by peers);
- Who’s Who Legal: Energy (2014-2020); Thought Leader (one of four lawyers) for Asia-Pacific (2018);
- Who’s Who Legal: Project Finance (2020);
- Legal Media Group’s Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Energy Lawyers (2005-2020);
- Legal Media Group’s Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Banking, Finance and Transactional Lawyers (2008-2020);
- Best Lawyers International: Leading Lawyer (Singapore: Energy Law) (2013-2022); (Singapore: Mergers and Acquisitions Law) (2018-2022);
- The Legal 500 Asia Pacific: Leading Individual (Energy) (2006-2021);
- The Legal 500 Asia Pacific: Leading Individual (Indonesia: Foreign Firms) (2017-2021); and
- IFLR1000: Highly Regarded Lawyer (Asia Pacific, Singapore: Banking; Energy and Infrastructure; Project Development; and Project Finance) (2015-2021).
Recent commendations from independent publications based on client feedback include:
- “an eminent oil and gas expert sought out for advice on the most significant energy and natural resources deals” and “his industry knowledge in South-East Asia is top notch and unparalleled” – Chambers Asia Pacific, 2020;
- “a particularly formidable record in upstream M&A” – The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2020;
- “peers applaud his sweeping knowledge of upstream oil and gas matters” – Who’s Who Legal: Energy, 2020;
- “commercially savvy” – Chambers Global, 2019;
- “pre-eminent energy lawyer” and “extremely disciplined and thorough in his approach” – Chambers Asia Pacific, 2019;
- “the leading authority for oil and gas in the region,” possessing “deep experience in the energy sector, especially in upstream and downstream oil and gas matters” – Chambers Asia Pacific, 2017;
- ““a definite inclusion on any list” for his high-level practice advising both exploration and production companies, as well developers of power projects throughout the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.” – Who’s Who Legal: Energy, 2017;
- “in terms of his knowledge of the Indonesian oil and gas industry, I can’t think of anyone else who has this space so well covered” and “the number one upstream energy lawyer in South-East Asia” – Chambers Asia Pacific, 2016;
- “a very powerful reputation for upstream oil and gas work” and “widely acknowledged as a heavy hitter in the sector” – Chambers Asia Pacific, 2015;
- “Brad Roach receives substantial praise; ‘a busy lawyer who keeps abreast of industry trends’, he has ‘excellent knowledge of transactional agreements and connections with South East Asian companies.’” – The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2015; and
- “widely acknowledged for his deep experience in oil and gas transactions. Clients laud his commercial savvy and experience in negotiations.” – Chambers Asia Pacific, 2014.