Barrisford Petersen
Managing Director

Tel:  +27 21 945 1237
Cell: + 27 72 392 4044


Barrisford Petersen is the Managing Director of BBP Law and holds a BA and LLB degree from the University of the Western Cape and has studied extensively in the United Kingdom and USA.

Barrisford established the first Cape Town based legal practice specializing in the energy sector and is an international oil and gas law specialist with more than 18 years’ experience in the industry and he is the founder of BBP Law.

Barrisford previously worked as manager of legal services for the South African national oil company now known as the PetroSA. He then entered the private sector and practiced as an advocate of the High Court of South Africa and managed his own private legal practice which focused exclusively on African oil and gas activities. In 2009 he joined a leading corporate and commercial law firm in South Africa where he was appointed as the head of the oil and gas division.

Barrisford has extensive experience in the international oil and gas industry, having worked closely with a number of local and international oil and gas companies doing business in many African countries including: Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Botswana, Tanzania, Gabon, Congo, Yemen, Nigeria, Somalia, Angola, Namibia, Mauritania and Chad. He has advised clients on bidding rounds, host government contracts and has been involved in drafting and negotiating of oil and gas related agreements for some of the most complex oil and gas projects.

Barrisford recently presented a Master Class course on Africa’s Oil and Gas Contract to industry specialists in South Africa and Ghana and he is the co-author of UK publication “Getting the Deal Through-Oil Regulation 2011” He is also part of the team awarded the 2014 Legal Advisor of the Year Award by African Investor.

Barrisford brings to BBP Law not only his accumulated experience but also a network of relationships essential for doing business in Africa.


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