Mike Wakefield is the General Manager of Al Tamimi & Company in KSA and is a highly experienced, practising Oil and Gas lawyer.
Mike has had vast experience in the Upstream; Midstream; and Downstream sectors of the Oil and Gas business globally but focusing on Middle East; Africa; and Asia Pacific. In addition, Mike has worked extensively with new and renewable technologies in the Energy sector and has advised various Legal Governance boards in respect of the conduct of operators working in the United Kingdom Continental Shelf (“UKCS”). Mike has particular experience advising Oil and Gas companies on Procurement and Supply Chaim Management.
- Advising the Government of Sharjah on a single cycle Energy from Waste Integrated Project, which was the first of its kind in the Middle East and was worth AED 1.8 billion.
- Leading a large litigation team on an AED 5 billion gas sales and purchase agreement case in particular with respect to technical issues on behalf of a major regional oil and gas E&P company.
- Acting on a range of Middle East projects, in particular on projects relating to Iraq, involving spending time based in Basra; advising multi-national companies on establishing businesses in the Northern Province of Erbil, Kurdistan and mainland Iraq in Baghdad and Basra.
- Negotiating upstream joint venture operations in Algeria; Iraq; Oman; Qatar; and Saudi Arabia and providing ongoing advice on issues arising out of their operation.
- Advising on all legal issues arising out of major oilfield services company in its Eastern Hemisphere operations, including the management of all litigation and dispute resolution and.
- Leading negotiations on 11 early production facilities geographically spread from Bolivia, to Ghana and Uganda, through Yemen and Iraq.
- Leading negotiations on a USD 2.1 billion early production facility joint venture in Southern Iraq with a consortium with the government of Japan.
- Managing the US Department of Justice investigation of a major oilfield services company throughout the Eastern Hemisphere with outside counsel.
- Law Society Libyan Committee – In conjunction with a team of UK – qualified legal specialists, advising the Libyan Government on changes to the Libyan commercial, banking and arbitration laws so that Libya could present a more favourable environment for inward foreign investment.
- Advising BP UK on its annual USD 2 billion Procurement and Supply Chain Management spend, which covered all aspects of oilfield services and involved leading the redrafting of the global model well services contract.
1995 – Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Commendation),Nottingham Trent University
1994 – Post Graduate Diploma in Law (Credit), Nottingham Trent University
1992 – MA Arabic Studies (2:1),University of St. Andrews
1998 – England & Wales