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Mark James

Managing Director


Mark James has over 39 years of international experience in the upstream and midstream oil, gas and power business, focusing on gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG), origination, infrastructure, long-term contract price review negotiation and international arbitration. He has advised and managed business strategies, transactions, and dispute resolution matters involving market, commercial, financial, and regulatory issues for natural gas and LNG, oil, helium, and conventional electricity generation. He has broad experience with commercial analysis, arbitration, and testimony for gas and LNG disputes heard before international arbitration panels. 

Mr. James has led and advised on numerous LNG/gas negotiations, price reviews and arbitrations and two helium negotiations with most of the major LNG and gas companies in Europe. He has worked closely with many European and US law firms and consultancies. 

Prior to joining BRG, Mr. James spent over 35 years with ExxonMobil in various international positions, the last eight of which were advising RasGas, an ExxonMobil joint stock company with Qatar Petroleum and a major LNG and helium producer. Before that, he spent three years at Schlumberger as a wireline general field engineer in the Middle East and Colombia.


Advanced Training on International Commercial Arbitration, Sept 2014
International Contracts: Study of a mock case under the ICC Rules of Arbitration, May 2010

Thunderbird American Graduate Management School
Business Strategy, 1998

Columbia Business School

Oxford University
M.A. (honors), Wadham College, Engineering Science, 1977

Employment History

Special Projects ExxonMobil, London
Commercial advisor
July - October 2016

ExxonMobil Qatar, Doha
LNG manager
2008 - 2016

ExxonMobil, London
2002 - 2008

Power & Desal, Saudi Arabia
Planning director core venture

2001 - 2002

ExxonMobil Power Inc., London
Vice president
1999 - 2001

Esso Norway, Stavanger
Commercial chief gas negotiator
April - August 1999

Esso UK, London
Gas contracts manager
1996 - 1999

Esso Norway, Stavanger
Commercial chief gas negotiator

1992 - 1996

Esso Expro, London
Gas planning/commercial advisor
1989 - 1992

Exxon USA, California
Staff production engineer
1987 - 1989

Esso UK, Plymouth
1983 - 1985

Esso UK, London
Project analyst
1981 - 1983

Schlumberger (Middle East/South America)
General field engineer
1977 - 1980


Professional Affiliations

Member of the ICC (international Chamber of Commerce) Paris