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Graham Watson


Graham is a corporate partner based in our London office.





Graham is co-head of our oil & gas group.  His practice covers public and private mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and general corporate and commercial advice.
Based in London, he has worked on a wide variety of natural resources matters across the globe, particularly in Latin America and Africa.
A fluent Spanish speaker, Graham has spent almost three years based in our Madrid office.  He is one of our country partners for Brazil, for Mexico and for South Africa.

Graham Watson is a 'Leading Lawyer' for oil & gas.
ILFR1000 2016
Graham Watson is a ‘top lawyer in the oil and gas sector’ and has significant Brazil experience.
Projects and Energy, Legal 500 2014
Graham Watson provides ‘an exceptional level of service’.
Projects, Energy and Natural Resources, Oil & Gas, Legal 500 2012

Recent deals/Highlights

Tullow Oil on its US$300m convertible bond offering. 

First Reserve on its proposed acquisition of a subset of the international transmission and distribution division of Crompton Greaves.

BG Group on its:

  • US$70bn recommended takeover offer by Shell;
  • US$5bn Queensland Curtis LNG pipeline sale to APA, Australia's largest gas infrastructure business; and
  • US$1.7bn disposal to Cosan of its 60.1% holding in Comgás, Brazil’s largest gas distribution company.

TelecityGroup on its proposed US$4.5bn all-share merger with Interxion.

The settlement between the Karachaganak consortium (BG, Eni, Chevron and LUKoil) and the Republic of Kazakhstan, including the US$3bn transfer of 10 per cent of the consortium’s interests to national oil company KazMunayGas.

Sinochem’s acquisition of Emerald Energy, the first London main market takeover by a Chinese state-owned enterprise.

Various transactions for Xstrata, including its unsolicited and contested C$20bn acquisition of Falconbridge, its Cerrejón and Prodeco Colombian coal acquisitions and its rights issues.


Financial News Awards 2016 and Oil & Gas Council World Oil & Gas Awards 2015: deal of the year for advising BG Group on its US$70bn recommended offer by Shell.
Latin Lawyer Awards 2013: shortlisted M&A deal of the year for advising BG Group on the disposal of its interests in Comgás to Cosan.
China Law & Practice Awards 2010: M&A deal of the year for advising Sinochem on its acquisition of Emerald Energy.
Legal Business Awards 2008: corporate team of the year for advising Xstrata on its acquisition of Falconbridge.

Career to date

Graham joined the firm in 1997 and became partner in 2008.

Qualifications and education

MA in Jurisprudence from Trinity College, Oxford.


English and Spanish

  • London

  • 65 Fleet Street
  • London EC4Y 1HT
  • T +44 20 7936 4000
  • F +44 20 7832 7001

    Direct line
    T +44 20 7832 7263
    F +44 20 7108 7263

  • graham.watson@freshfields.com
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