Chief Legal & Corporate Affairs Officer, Uganda National Oil Company,Uganda
Peter currently works with the Uganda National Oil Company Ltd (UNOC), a limited liability company wholly owned by the Government of Uganda, whose mandate is to manage commercial interests of the State in Uganda’s nascent petroleum sector. He was among the first three employees of the Company and as such has participated in structuring the company and putting in place all systems and processes. He was part of the lead team that handled the Heritage and Tullow arbitration claims (Cases fully based on stabilization clauses) and related tax cases that enabled Uganda collect close to USD 700M in revenue before crude oil production commences. He has participated in negotiation of all agreements that enabled the taking of Final Investment Decisions for Tilenga, Kingfisher and EACOP. He has been the State’s lead negotiator for the Shareholders Agreement (EACOP) and all UNOC back-in agreements (PSAs and JOAs) into Tilenga and Kingfisher projects. Peter was also part of the team that supported the Executive arm of the State in presenting and defending enabling legislation for the oil and gas sector before the Ugandan legislature. Three key laws that enabled Final Investment Decision for the three key O&G projects in Uganda were enacted out of this effort. Peter has been instrumental in implementation of Ugandan PSAs and related agreements, has done extensive study of PSAs in different jurisdictions and is very conversant with all matters in the oil and gas space. Peter has specific interest in building in-country capacity to competently negotiate complex oil and gas contracts to achieve national value while encouraging investment. Peter started his career as a magistrate and thereafter spent more than 10 years in tax litigation practice as part of tax administration in Uganda. Peter is a qualified lawyer in Uganda, a member of the Uganda Law Society as well as the East African Law Society. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Makerere University, a Post- Graduate diploma in legal practice from Law Development Centre, Kampala and an LLM in Petroleum Taxation and Finance from the University of Dundee, UK. His interests are in Oil and Gas, Corporate governance, tax, and dispute resolution.