Uisdean is an upstream oil and gas lawyer, meaning that he principally advises oil companies on the acquisition and divestment of oil and gas licences through bidding, farmouts, asset acquisitions and corporate acquisitions. He also advises oil companies on joint venture agreements (i.e. JOAs) and unitisation agreements. Furthermore, he advises oil companies on commercial arrangements for the processing, transportation and sale of hydrocarbons.
Uisdean also advises both oil companies and oil service companies on oil service contracting of all kinds.
He also advises nomads, private equity and banks on the oil and gas aspects of raising finance.
Uisdean has had 30 years’ experience in the international and UK oil sector. He studied for an LLM in International Oil & Gas Law in Louisiana State University in the early 1980s and went on to take the State Bar exam, practicing with a major a New Orleans law firm for five years. In the 1990s he began a career in the Latin American oil sector, first practicing as an oil and gas associate in the Caracas office of Clyde & Co. and then establishing the Caracas office of Calgary-based Macleod Dixon (now Norton Rose). In 2001 he moved to Rio de Janeiro to establish the Macleod Dixon Rio office. He returned to Scotland in 2003 and became Head of Oil & Gas in major Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens LLP in 2004. He left MMS (along with a team of lawyers) to join Bond Dickinson as Partner in 2013. Since returning to Scotland, Uisdean has been active in North Sea work and international work, the latter with a focus on Africa. Uisdean has also developed a strong interest in UK onshore and unconventional petroleum. He is a regular visitor to Norway, Texas/Louisiana and Alberta. Uisdean is a frequent writer and speaker on oil and gas matters.
Uisdean is qualified to practice in Scotland and Louisiana and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.