Dennis C. Stickley

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Dennis Stickley

Mr Dennis Stickley is a Special Projects Legal Consultant to Crestle Zanders, based in the USA. He is an international legal expert in petroleum law, gas and power projects finance and transactions. He is a qualified lawyer in the United States as well as New Zealand and has been listed in the Guide to the World’s Leading Energy and Natural Resources Lawyers. On requests he works with our Africa Practice team as an International Legal Consultant especially in our work for sovereign states, state corporations, export credit agencies, and multilateral lenders and institutions, on oil and gas and power project finance, transactions, regulation and matters.

In his over thirty years of practice, Mr. Stickley has been the chief legal officer for Sinclair Oil Corporation in the US, and the Petroleum Exploration Corporation of New Zealand. He has worked extensively in the Africa energy and resources sectors. He was, recently, the legal adviser to the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel on oil pipeline access between the Republic of Sudan and South Sudan. He was also the legal adviser to four West African governments (Nigeria, Benin, Togo and Ghana) for the West African Gas Pipeline Project and was appointed as an adviser by the US State Department and Department of Commerce on gas pipeline projects in Azerbaijan and Bangladesh. In 2007, Mr. Stickley was selected as the independent expert on petroleum contracts as part of the implementation process for the Peace and Wealth Sharing Agreement between the Government of the Sudan and the People’s Liberation Movement / Army of Southern Sudan.

He has also worked as an adviser on law and negotiations regarding petroleum resource development, pipeline transportation and fuel purchase contracts to Petrobangla, PetroVietnam, Kazmunigaz, Cambodian Petroleum Authority, Perusahaan Gas Negara (Persero), Gas Authority of India, Papua New Guinea Department of Mines and Petroleum, Philippines National Power Corporation and the Sri Lanka Petroleum Resources Development Secretariat.

Mr. Stickley has been a consultant to the Asian Development Bank, The World Bank and the European Investment Bank on petroleum sector policy, project financing for oil and gas development and cross-border gas trade in Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, China, Cambodia, Greece, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Laos, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam and East and West Africa.

He has presented training programs on the legal and commercial aspects of the petroleum and power industries for APEC, AusAID, TACIS, NZMFAT, USAID and USTDA. He has conducted in-house training programs for UNOCAL Thailand, CALTEX Indonesia, and Fletcher Challenge Energy. He has presented public courses for British Geologic Survey (Papua New Guinea), Ghana Bar Association, IHRDC (Indonesia & USA), Instituto Brasilerio de Petroleo (Brazil), LDI Training (Indonesia), Centre for Mining & Petroleum (Australia) the Oxford College of Petroleum Studies (Kazakhstan & UK) and PEPCAC (Pakistan).

Mr. Stickley is a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Wyoming where he teaches Oil & Gas Law, Energy Law & Policy, Insurance Law, Mining Law, and courses in the School of Energy Resources. He is also Honourary Lecturer at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, University of Dundee where for the last twenty years he has been the Course Director and principal instructor for seminars on Petroleum Industry Negotiations, Petroleum Service Contracts, Gas Industry Contracts and Electrical Power Contracting, Production Sharing Contracts and Downstream Petroleum Law.

He has authored two highly regarded practitioners’ guide books in the oil and gas industry, namely: A Framework for Negotiating and Documenting International Petroleum Transactions; and A Framework for Negotiating and Managing Gas Industry Contracts.

Mr. Stickley received the degrees of Juris Doctor from the University of Wyoming and LLM-Energy Law from the University of Utah, as well as M.Sc Resource Economics, and a B.Sc Degree both from the University of Wyoming.

EXPERIENCE

Mr Dennis Stickley’s engagements, representative transactions and matters include: Read more Hide

  • African Union High-Level Implementation Panel – Legal Advisor on oil pipeline access between the Republic of Sudan and South Sudan 2012.
    CLIENT: U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT
  • Gulf LNG Project – Legal advisor on licensing strategy for LNG project in Papua New Guinea. 2011.
    CLIENT: INTEROIL Ltd.
  • Kudu Gas Development Project – Legal advisor on formation of joint venture for the development of the Kudu Gas Field in Namibia, 2011.
    CLIENT: NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION OF NAMIBIA.
  • Sheberghan Power Project – Legal advisor on project to recruit private investment for development of 150 MW gas-fired power project in Northern Afghanistan.
  • Prepared risk analysis report and major contracts for international tender. 2009-2010.
    CLIENT: UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT.
  • Legal Rights for Wind-Energy Development – Team leader on legislation to establish legal regime for development of wind-energy resources in Wyoming, USA. 2009 – 2010.
    CLIENT: WIND ENERGY TASK FORCE, WYOMING LEGISLATURE.
  • Options Analysis for Development of Offshore Methane Hydrates – Expert on legal policy for development of sub-sea methane hydrates as alternative energy supply for New Zealand. 2009.
    CLIENT: NEW ZEALAND MINISTRY OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.
  • Bangladesh Natural Gas Pipeline Transportation Agreements – Expert on production sharing contracts and natural gas pipeline transportation agreements in dispute before the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes.
    CLIENT: CHEVRON BANGLADESH.
  • Oil and Gas Regulatory Assistance to the Sri Lankan Department of Petroleum Resources – Expert on petroleum law responsible for drafting regulations for the exploration and development of offshore petroleum resources in Sri Lanka. 2007- 2008.
    CLIENT: UNITED STATES TRADE DEVEOPMENT AGENCY.
  • Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline – Training program on cross-border gas transportation that was hosted by Azerbaijan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and SOCAR. Completed February, 2008.
    CLIENT: UNITED STATES TRADE DEVEOPMENT AGENCY.
  • Wealth Sharing Agreement Between the Government of Sudan and the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement – Technical expert on petroleum law responsible for advising the signatories to the Wealth Sharing Agreement on the fairness of the terms and conditions in the production sharing agreements with foreign oil companies. Completed November, 2007.
    CLIENT: SUDANESE PEOPLE’S LIBERATION MOVEMENT. (Funded by UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT)
  • Strategic Functional Roadmap for the Cambodian National Petroleum Authority – Team leader of project to prepare a 5 year strategic plan for the Cambodian National Petroleum Authority in order to guide administration of petroleum resources including maritime boundary dispute in Gulf of Thailand. Completed. April, 2006.
    CLIENT: CAMBODIA – AUSTRALIA TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FACILITY (CATAF).
  • West African Gas Pipeline Project – International lawyer responsible for acting on behalf of four West African Governments in the negotiation of an International Project Agreement, Treaty and implementing rules and regulations for transnational gas pipeline. Completed January, 2005.
    CLIENT: UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
  • Kazakhstan Model Risk-Service Contract – International legal expert on the preparation of a Model Risk-Service Contract to replace the Production Sharing Contracts currently in use with foreign oil companies. Completed November, 2005.
    CLIENT: KAZMUNYGAS CONSULTING
  • Cross-Border Natural Gas Trade in APEC Economies – Legal expert on the regulation of cross-border trade in natural gas among the countries who are members of the group for Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation. Completed 2004.
    CLIENT: APEC ENERGY WORKING GROUP
  • Improvement of Energy Sector Efficiency in Bangladesh- International lawyer responsible for improvement of Model Production Sharing Contract, Dispute Resolution Procedures and Negotiation Capability. Completed 2002.
    CLIENT: UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
  • South Asia Regional Initiative / Energy – International legal export on cross-border trade in cleaner fuels within Indian subcontinent and Sri Lanka. Completed August, 2001.
    CLIENT: UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
  • Promotion of Private Sector Involvement In Oil & Gas Exploration in Sri Lanka – International lawyer responsible for new legal framework (Petroleum Act, Marine Pollution Regulations & Production Sharing Contract) for recruitment of private investment in petroleum exploration. Completed 2001.
    CLIENT: ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK
  • Philippines Natural Gas Regulatory Framework – Legal member of team advising the Philippine Department of Energy on appropriate regulations for the natural gas sector including preparation of Implementing Rules and Regulations Governing the Natural Gas Industry. Completed 2000.
    CLIENT: ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK
  • India Gas Master Plan – International legal expert responsible for evaluating risk categories and management strategies for LNG and pipeline gas imports. Completed April 1998.
    CLIENT: ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK
  • Papua New Guinea Petroleum Processing Legislation – Drafted Legal Framework (statutes and rules) for operator licensing, product safety and facility access for LPG processing and distribution. Completed March 1998.
    CLIENT: DEPARTMENT OF PETROLEUM & ENERGY
  • India LPG Pipeline Project – Adviser to sponsor of pipeline project for transport of 2.5 MMTA on development of transportation services agreement. Completed November 1997.
    CLIENT: GAS AUTHORITY OF INDIA LTD
  • Papua New Guinea Hydrocarbon Sector and Policy Study – International expert responsible for preparing petroleum pipeline policy statement including access arrangements and tariff structure for adoption by the Department of Mining and Petroleum. Completed May 1997.
    CLIENT: ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK
  • Vietnam: Hydrocarbon Sector Study and Review — Petroleum legislation expert on the evaluation of a legal framework and recommendations for regulatory reform to encourage private investment in petroleum sector. Completed January 1997.
    CLIENT: ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK
  • Institutional Strengthening for Energy and Mineral Sectors Kingdom of Cambodia Legal expert responsible for drafting legislation regulations and model contracts or implementation by Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy. Proposals focussed on attracting foreign investment and prospects for development of gas discoveries in Gulf of Thailand. Completed June 1996.
    CLIENT: ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK
  • Transcentral Sumatra Gas Pipeline System – Adviser to PGN, state gas corporation, on negotiation of gas transportation, sales and supply, and pipeline construction contracts including preparation of agreements, internal training and negotiation strategy for $560 million project. Completed March 1996.
    CLIENT: PERSUHAAN UMUM GAS NEGARA
  • People’s Republic of China – Hydrocarbon Sector Institutional Evaluation – Sector expert responsible for a detailed analysis of the effectiveness of government policy and strategy for encouraging foreign investment in the hydrocarbon sector including a critique of laws, regulations and model exploration and production contracts. Completed March 1995.
    CLIENT: ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK
  • Hellenic Natural Gas Law – Legal and commercial analysis of proposed legislation to establish framework for natural gas industry in Greece, preparation of Model Concessionary Contract for private investment in gas distribution companies. July 1995.
    CLIENT: EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK
  • Short Course on Natural Gas Use, Management and Regulations – Course Director for a 4 week training programme conducted at the University of New South Wales for the professional staff of the Philippines Gas Project Office which addressed production, processing, regulation, competition, marketing, transportation and distribution. Completed July 1995.
    CLIENT: AUSTRALIAN AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (AUSAID)
  • Uzen Oil Field Rehabilitation Project — Advisor to UZENMUNAYGAZ production association on appropriate legal, taxation, regulatory and organisational changes to support effective commercial management. Preparation of model fee-for-service enhanced oil production contract for negotiation with foreign investors. Completed October 1995.
    CLIENT: THE WORLD BANK
  • Evaluation of Private Sector Investment Proposals for Oil and Gas Exploitation and Development in Bangladesh — Adviser to the Independent Negotiating Committee on production sharing contracts, gas purchase and export development agreements with 10 international oil companies. The assignment also included preparation of petroleum production rules, models contracts and a review of enabling legislation. Completed August 1994.
    CLIENT: ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK
  • Modernisation of Atyrau Refinery — Adviser to KAZMUNAIGAZ in the negotiation and documentation of turnkey contract and process licensing for upgrading Atyrau refinery complex to serve export markets. Completed February 1994.
    CLIENT: MINISTRY OF ENERGY,REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN
  • Unitization of S.E. Gobe Field — Adviser on unitization factors relevant to negotiations for first unit development of petroleum in Papua New Guinea. Completed March 1994.
    CLIENT: MIM PETROLEUM
  • Crown Minerals Act and Crown Mineral Programme for Petroleum — prepared and presented Parliamentary submissions on new petroleum legislation, royalty and tax regimes and subsequent implementation of programmatic document by Ministry of Commerce. Completed October 1990, November 1994.
    CLIENTS:NEW ZEALAND LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION
    PETROLEUM EXPLORATION ASSOCIATION OF NEW ZEALAND
  • Reform of New Zealand Natural Gas and Energy Markets — Interpretation of new legislation and regulations decontrolling energy markets, also renegotiation of bulk power and natural gas purchase contracts, and natural gas transportation contracts. Completed March 1993.
    CLIENTS: NATURAL GAS CORPORATION OF NEW ZEALAND, TARANAKI ENERGY, AND PETROCORP EXPLORATION
  • Petroleum Industry Service and Support Contracts, Petroleum Joint Venture Agreements, Negotiating and Drafting Energy Agreements, Natural Gas Use Management and Regulation — professional training seminars which emphasise legal and commercial skills in evaluating, negotiating and documenting production sharing contracts, sales agreements for crude oil, gas, LNG and finished products and other key industry agreements.
    CLIENTS: PERTAMINA REFINING DIRECTORATE (INDONESIA), LDITRAINING (INDONESIA) PETROLEUM EXPLORATIONPRODUCTION COMPANIES ADVISORY COMMITTEE (PAKISTAN), INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANTS (USA-BOSTON), CENTRE FOR PETROLEUM &MINING LAW &POLICY (UK-DUNDEE), COLLEGE OF PETROLEUM AND ENERGY STUDIES (UK-OXFORD), CENTRE FOR MINING AND ENERGY,AUSTRALIA.
  • Redetermination of Maui Field Reserves — Legal adviser in interpretation of takeor-pay obligations, process for redetermination of remaining reserves, revision of accounting and invoicing for gas and LPG sales and settlement of force majeure claims for gas field which supplies 80 % of country’s natural gas for power production, reticulation, and petrochemical processing. Completed 1993.
    CLIENTS: SHELL, BRITISH PETROLEUM, TODD PETROLEUM AND PETROCORP AS THE MAUI MINING COMPANIES.