Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) has announced law firm Blake Morgan as its preferred legal advisor in the UK.
Headquartered in Ahmadi, Kuwait, KOC is a subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC), Kuwait’s national oil company. KOC manages all upstream development in the oil and natural gas sectors in Kuwait and has approximately 7000 employees. Blake Morgan will provide legal services in support of KOC’s business and activities in the UK. This will include providing counsel on commercial, corporate and employment matters, and the procurement of healthcare for KOC’s employees based in Kuwait.
Led by energy specialist Mathew Kidwell, the Blake Morgan team will also provide training as needed.
Dr. Aref Al-Abbasi, London Office Manager of the Kuwait Oil Company, comments: “Blake Morgan proved, without doubt, the strength and breadth of their knowledge of the energy and healthcare sectors. We were particularly impressed by their reputation for delivering high-quality legal advice and their experience in assisting international corporates with cross-border operations. Blake Morgan also displayed an innovative and flexible approach to charging structures.
We have every confidence that Blake Morgan will deliver a highly responsive, agile and financially competitive service that will add real value to our operations here in the UK.”
Mathew Kidwell, Head of Energy at Blake Morgan adds: “This prestigious appointment by the Kuwait Oil Company is a major milestone in the development of our energy practice which spans the petroleum, thermal power generation and renewables sectors. Our lawyers understand the particular opportunities and challenges of the petroleum sector, and our industry knowledge coupled with our cross-border expertise makes us well placed to advise oil companies on their international operations.
“Central to our offering to KOC was our commitment to working as an integral part of the administrative functions in their London office in a manner that is responsive to their needs and informed by a developing understanding of their business. By careful analysis of KOC’s requirements, we were able to structure a highly competitive value proposition for KOC. We are delighted to have been chosen by KOC to represent their business in the UK.”
Working internationally from their six offices across the UK, Blake Morgan’s energy team have a wealth of experience in assisting clients with cross-border energy transactions, real estate, planning, employment and regulatory issues. The team provide specialist advice to a range of clients in the energy sector including independent oil companies, government agencies, power developers and investors.