Glenn Kangisser

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Postgraduate Degree, Law and Legal Practice Course, BPP Law School

B.A., Economics (Hons.), Government and Political Theory, University of Manchester

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England and Wales

Profile

Glenn Kangisser is a partner with extensive international and multi-jurisdictional experience in the offshore, oil and gas, and shipping industries (contentious and non-contentious) with a particular focus on upstream exploration and production and the transportation of oil and gas. His practice emphasis is on offshore drilling and he is involved in all aspects in the “life cycle” of a drilling unit - from the design and construction phase through operations and maintenance to recycling, disposition or decommissioning.

Glenn is a recommended lawyer in the oil and gas section of The Legal 500, Legalease, the international directory of law firms. Legal 500 2021 report that the team headed by Glenn has “very detailed knowledge of the oil and gas sector and in particular the drilling industry. Second to none in that respect.” Glenn is also recognised as “very thorough and always delivers solid advice which has been thought through. He is accessible and a pleasant chap with a great legal mind.”

Glenn regularly advises clients on offshore drilling and construction disputes in the English High Court as well as in arbitrations under the LCIA, LMAA and ICC rules. Glenn has also negotiated contracts for the construction, sale, operation and employment of drilling units in the UKCS, US Gulf of Mexico, West Africa, Brazil and the Far East.

Having a sector focus enables Glenn to advise on both commercial projects and disputes in this sector. Being able to negotiate contracts and handle disputes allows Glenn to help clients find commercial solutions either to minimize the risk of potential disputes or, where these can’t be avoided, to help the clients achieve the best possible commercial outcome.

Glenn has been involved in one of the leading cases on force majeure under English law in securing for Seadrill Ghana Operations Ltd. an English High Court judgment worth in excess of USD 270 million, plus interest and expenses in a case relating to the disputed termination of a drilling contract for alleged force majeure. Glenn has recently led a team representing a drilling contractor client in arbitration proceedings arising out of the disputed termination of a drilling rig construction contract with combined claims in excess of US$700 million.

Glenn is active member of the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) and is currently helping the IADC update their offshore daywork drilling contract. Glenn also writes regularly on various topics of interest for industry publications.

Recognition

Legal 500 2018

Haynes and Boone CDG Improves Rankings in Legal 500 UK 2019

Haynes and Boone CDG was again recognized in the 2019 United Kingdom edition of The Legal 500, published by Legalease. The firm improved its rankings in Oil and Gas and Shipping and also was ranked among recommended law firms in International Arbitration.

Selected Client Representations

  • Assisting a drilling contractor with the negotiation and drafting of a drilling contract with an independent oil company for operations offshore West Africa for two firm wells and multiple option wells.
  • Advising a drilling contractor client on a substantial dispute relating to the suspension of a drilling contract for the convenience of the operator, an independent oil company. The dispute is the subject of ongoing proceedings in the English Commercial Court.
  • Assisting a drilling contractor client with the negotiation and drafting of a drilling contract with a major oil company for operations offshore South America for a one year term plus options.
  • Acted for Seadrill Ghana Operations Ltd and has recently secured an English High Court judgment worth in excess of USD 270 million, plus interest and expenses, for a drilling contractor in a case relating to the disputed termination of a drilling contract for alleged force majeure.
  • Assisting a drilling contractor client in a substantial ICC arbitration relating to the disputed cancellation of a construction contract for a semi-submersible drilling unit.
  • Assisting a drilling contractor client on the complex renegotiation of a drilling contract with a US independent oil company following the oil price collapse.

Energy

$273 Million Judgement in Offshore Drilling Dispute

Risky Business – English Court Rejects Force Majeure Claim in Offshore Drilling Contract

The English High Court issued its judgment in the case of Seadrill Ghana Operations Limited v Tullow Ghana Limited1 on 3 July 2018 in respect of a dispute under a long-term drilling contract between Seadrill and Tullow regarding the use of the semi-submersible drilling rig “WEST LEO” for operations offshore Ghana. The contract was signed in 2012 and its term was due to continue through to June 2018.

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