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June 6, 2017

King & Spalding’s Oil and Gas Practice and Juris Publish Definitive Guide to Upstream Government Petroleum Contracts

HOUSTON, June 6, 2017 — King & Spalding is pleased to announce the publication of a comprehensive guide to drafting, designing and interpreting upstream government petroleum contracts.

The book, titled, “Upstream Government Petroleum Contracts: A Practitioner’s Guide to Concessions, Production Sharing Contracts, and Risk Service Agreements,” was written through the collaborative efforts of multiple King & Spalding international oil and gas practitioners.

The guide offers practitioners and academics:

  • detailed explanations and hundreds of examples of sample provisions—spanning the entire globe—of host-government granting instruments that are negotiated in these complicated transactions;
  • deep analysis of the risks and considerations for host governments and contractors;
  • 24 chapters of highly relevant subject matter in an easy-to-reference format; and
  • updated subject materials, including complications with unconventional resource operations and anticorruption legislation.

“This book analyzes international upstream government contracts in a way that weaves the context of negotiations—theoretical, historical, political—with examples based on actual contracts, to provide a meaningful training experience for negotiators,” said Ken Culotta, head of King & Spalding’s Global Transactions group. “This work is a product of our group’s collective experience and deep knowledge of this niche area.”

The contributing King & Spalding editors are:


  • John Bowman
  • Kenneth Culotta
  • Vera De Brito de Gyarfas
  • Archie Fallon
  • Evan Korngold
  • Kathy Marietta
  • Rodrigo Morales
  • Jason Nasra
  • Adrian Talamantes
  • Nathaniel Thomas
  • Philip Weems


  • Susanna Beard
  • Nina Howell
  • Garry Pegg


  • Jennifer Josefson


  • Ji Nin Loh
  • Sylvia Taslim
  • Merrick White


  • Ray Witt

“Upstream Government Petroleum Contracts: A Practitioner’s Guide to Concessions, Production Sharing Contracts, and Risk Service Agreements” is available on the Juris Publishing website as well as on Amazon.

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