Dr Lawrence Tal
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Dr Lawrence Tal, Partner of TWCOG LLP, is an Expert and Advisor in the resolution of quantum and regulatory disputes in oil, gas, and LNG transactions. 

He has advised on cross-border regulatory, financial, and political issues impacting energy contracts and on price adjustments in M&A transactions. He holds a D.Phil. and M.Phil. from Oxford University, where he was the John M. Olin Fellow at St. Antony's College and Lecturer in Politics at Trinity College. ​


Lawrence has held industry and capital markets senior management roles, including Managing Director, M&A for Rio Tinto, Vice President for Shell E&P International, Senior Negotiator and Manager for Shell Gas & Power, and Head of Energy and Senior Portfolio Manager for CQS Investment Management.


  • Expert on quantum and regulatory disputes

  • Expert and Advisor on M&A price adjustment disputes 

  • Commercial Advisor on negotiation of gas/LNG sales and purchase agreements


Recent Assignments


  • Appointed as Expert and project managed several major European gas Price Reviews in arbitration for clients such as Uniper, PGNiG, and Engie. 

  • Previous client work on oil and gas disputes and arbitration includes projects for RWE Supply and Trading, CNPC, ONGC, and Petronas.

  • Advised on the sale of the Rio Tinto Alcan Kitimat port and associated land to LNG Canada (Shell, Petronas, KOGAS, PetroChina, Mitsubishi).

  • Advised QAL on the sale of a surplus gas option contract to APLNG.


“Let's Decide Who Owns What in the Gulf, Red Sea: Threats to the World's Most Important Oil-Shipping Lanes”

“The Coming Middle East Water Crisis: Resources, Technology, and Dispute Resolution”


“Natural Resource and Boundary Conflicts”, King’s College, University of London

“Oil & Gas Resources and Border Disputes”, University of Oxford

“Energy and Water Resources: Dispute Resolution Frameworks”, SOAS, University of London

“States and Borders in the Arab World: Resolving Regional Natural Resource Disputes”, International Institute for Strategic Studies, London