Niazi Kabalan

Niazi Kabalan

Senior Associate

Email [email protected]​

Phone +44 20 7296 2736

Fax +44 20 7296 2001

LanguagesEnglish, French, Arabic

Practice groupCorporate & Finance

Niazi Kabalan is an international projects lawyer with experience in energy & natural resources projects in emerging and growth markets, with a particular focus on Africa, the Middle East, and the Eastern Mediterranean. 

Niazi has extensive experience advising on and negotiating upstream oil & gas projects and M&A deals, gas sales agreements, LNG projects and pipeline transportation agreements, and advising on energy regulations in challenging jurisdictions. Niazi is dual qualified as a common-law solicitor and a civil law attorney. 

Niazi is recognised as a legal expert in the energy sector by Euromoney Experts Guide 2018. Niazi has commented on legal and commercial issues in the energy sector in various publications such as the AIPN Newsletter and the Financial Times. Niazi has worked as a lawyer in London, Abu Dhabi and Beirut.

Education and admissions


LPC, College of Law, Moorgate, 2008

LL.M., Université St Joseph, Beirut, (LL.M. in French), 2005

LL.B., Lebanese University, 2003

LL.B. Law, London School of Economics, 2001


Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (Global Member)

Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (Francophone Committee Member)

Beirut Bar Association

International Bar Association

Law Society of England and Wales

Representative experience

A consortium led by BP and SOCAR on the Shah Deniz 2 gas project in Azerbaijan encompassing three large cross-border pipeline projects and cross-border gas sales arrangements on multiple issues

National Oil Company of a South East Asian State on its upstream oil and gas project in Chad

A French power developer on a first-in-country geothermal power project in the Caribbean

Equinor on an upstream gas project

Total and a consortium of E&P companies in relation to a cross-border pipeline from Uganda to Tanzania

CNOOC Iraq in relation to the ongoing development of a mega oilfield in Iraq

Pertamina Persero in relation to the negotiation of a petroleum contract in the Middle East and related project contracts including advice on the licensing regime and country risk

Petronas LNG in relation to a greenfield LNG import project in Lebanon

CNOOC in relation to a greenfield LNG project in the Russian Arctic (Arctic 2)

An international E&P company in relation to gas supply agreements in Iraq-Kurdistan, and a cross-border gas supply agreement between Iraq and Turkey

Norwegian oil-field services contractors in relation to the structuring of joint ventures in Ghana, Angola, Congo (Brazzaville), Nigeria and related advice on local content and energy regulations

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