NJ AYUK JD, MBA

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NJ is the Chief Executive Officer of Centurion. His experience includes advising major companies on investment strategies, the establishment of joint ventures and cooperation structures, privatisation, licensing and related tax, OHADA, Equatorial Guinea law, oil and gas, local content, litigation, negotiations, governance and other matters. He also frequently advises International oil companies, governments, oil service companies, financial institutions, development banks and construction firms in Equatorial Guinea and Sub Saharan Africa.

He is particularly active in the structuring, negotiation and implementation of petroleum, mining, LNG, and other natural resource projects in Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Chad, South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, Angola, Congo and other Sub-Saharan countries. His experience has included PSCs, JOA, service agreements, concessions, oil-field service and drilling contracts, licensing and pipeline and marine transportation issues, including the sale and transportation of LNG.

Drawing from his past experience from his job with the United Nations, he continuously advises governments on judicial modernization, rule of law issues, training of judges, prosecutors and lawyers in Equatorial Guinea, Chad, South Sudan, Uganda and Niger on a pro bono basis.

He regularly participates in industry-specific conferences and seminars as speaker and moderator. He graduated from University of Maryland College Park and earned a Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law in the United States. He further holds an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology.

He is an active member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), the Institute for Energy Law (IEL) and the Petroleum Joint Venture Association (PJVA).

He is recognized as a leading oil & gas lawyer by the International Who’s Who of Oil & Gas Lawyers, and chambers and partners, recognized him as “important player” and a “tremendous resource” an acknowledgement bestowed upon him by his peers in the industry.

Most Recent Transactions Include:
  • Advising clients on establishing legal entities, branches, and representative offices and conducting business in the Equatorial Guinea, as well as related corporate, commercial, employment, and immigration matters.
  • Representing major international oil field service providers in the acquisition of local service providers within the sub-Sahara Africa;
  • Advising a US utility in the structuring of a USD 2 billion stranded cost bond financing (including legislative, lobbying and structured finance transactional matters) in a certain African country;
  • Advising in relation to the possibility of using VSAT technology and the applicable regulation in Equatorial Guinea and South Sudan;
  • Advising a multinational oil and gas company on the gas supply contracts to be concluded with an oil and gas exploration and distribution group;
  • Drafting consortium and construction contracts in respect of gas liquification projects in Angola;
  • Advising an international oil company in the preparation and negotiation of one of the first offshore production sharing Contracts in Equatorial Guinea;
  • Advising a petro chemical company in negotiation for the contraction of a Urea Fertilizer facility;
  • Acting for a client in connection with the purchase of company holding interests in the marginal oil fields programme in Nigeria;
  • Advising an American Oil and Gas company in relation to an existing Product Sharing Contract in Equatorial Guinea;
  • Acting as counsel to major international oil drilling service providers in connection with E&P projects in Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and West Africa; and
  • Negotiating field service agreements, including for the repair and reconstruction of oil wells and advising seismic, drilling, environmental and other specialty service contractors.