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Russell Wells

Russell Wells


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Russell Wells

Russell is a Partner in Clifford Chance's London office and a member of Clifford Chance's global energy and infrastructure team. 

Russell has 25 years of commercial, corporate and finance experience in the energy and infrastructure sector – including a large number of landmark transactions in emerging markets.  Russell is listed in the International Who’s Who of Project Finance Lawyers and the International Who’s Who of Energy Lawyers.

  • Tanzania LNG: Advising Statoil on the commercialisation of their gas discovery in Tanzania.
  • Azura IPP: Acting for the lenders on the financing of the Azura IPP in Nigeria.
  • NordStream: Advised the ECAs and commercial lenders on the USD$7.2 billion multilateral financing of the Nord Stream Pipeline project, Europe's flagship project for energy security in the 21st century (Midstream).
  • Kosmos Energy: Advised the lenders on the financing of Kosmos Group's participation in the development of the Jubilee oil field in Ghana. This USD$2 billion financing was voted "African oil & gas deal of the year (Kosmos)" – Project Finance and Infrastructure Magazine 2009.
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Career and qualifications

  • University of London, Queen Mary College; (LLB) 1987
  • Joined Clifford Chance 1988
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 1990
  • Partner in the Energy & Infrastructure Group since 1997
  • Singapore office from 2002-2007

Awards and citations

  • One source commented that Russell Wells "speaks the same language as our business".
    Projects, Chambers UK 2011
  • "Russell Wells stands out for his oil and gas sector work." Sources have praised him as “proactive, helpful and knowledgeable."
    Energy & Natural Resources, Chambers UK 2011
  • Russell Wells is a "client-friendly lawyer, providing a great combination of oil and gas experience and commercial thinking."
    Projects & Energy: Oil & Gas, Chambers UK 2010
  • "Oil and gas is Russell Wells's domain, with his 'truly astonishing intellect' attracting widespread praise."
    Projects & Energy: Project, Chambers UK 2010