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N Bonnefoy

Nicolas Bonnefoy


Email: nbonnefoy@asafoandco-ln.com
Telephone: +44(0)203 802 0031


A dual-qualified lawyer and dual-citizen (France and England), Nicolas is an oil & gas lawyer with an exclusive focus on Africa. His experience mainly includes acting for oil & gas companies in securing the award of exploration and production rights; and structuring, negotiating and implementing acquisitions and disposals throughout Africa, and advising oil and gas companies in the context of disputes. His experience includes acting for States and national oil companies in reviewing petroleum regimes in Africa. He lived in Libreville (Gabon) and Malabo (Equatorial Guinea) for several years and travelled exclusively in Africa over the past twenty years.

Work History

  • Partner and co-head of Oil & Gas at Bowmans (Johannesburg)
  • Partner at Ashurst (London)
  • Managing Director at Africa Oil & Gas LTD
  • Gide (London), Ernst & Young Legal (Gabon, Equatorial Guinea)


Practice areas

  • Strategic Advisory and Compliance
  • M&A — Corporate Commercial
  • Asset management



  • Business & Tax law postgraduate, 1997, Lyon University, France
  • Tax certificate, 1997, Montpellier University,France
  • Year of call/admission: Barreau de Paris, 1997; Law Society of England & Wales, 2011



  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators