Oliver Bacon


Oliver's work involves acting for funds, corporates and state-owned enterprises on a broad range of transactions including on domestic and international M&A, joint ventures, commercial contracting as well as regulatory and advisory work across the hydrocarbon, chemicals, and renewable energy value chain.

Oliver was seconded to BG Group where he worked on a range of corporate matters in relation to their hydrocarbon and power assets. Oliver has also performed the role of acting general counsel to Murphy Oil Corporation’s UK downstream businesses. Oliver was on secondment to the firm’s Amsterdam office from September 2016 until January 2017. Directory feedback on Oliver from clients include “He is exceptionally smart in his understanding of energy and M&A is terrific. He feels like an extension of the deal team.” Chambers 2022 (Energy and Natural Resources).


Representative matters

A public petroleum and natural gas company on its investments in Poland’s refining, wholesale, and jet fuel sectors.

Masdar on its successful bid for a majority stake in renewables developer Arlington Energy.

Chevron Corporation on its acquisition from Neste of its global NEXBASE base oils business.

Pro bono

Oliver has been leading the firm in London in its response to the Ukraine crisis, including setting up a project to second lawyers to refugee reception centres in Poland to provide legal support.

Published Work

  • Bacon, Oliver (2023) "Investing in the Energy Transition: how private capital is fast tracking the journey to net zero (2023) – Transition Economist"
  • Bacon, Oliver (2022) "The British Energy Security Strategy"
  • Bacon, Oliver (2020) "Petroleum Economist"
He is exceptionally smart in his understanding of energy and M&A is terrific. He feels like an extension of the deal team.
Chambers 2022 (Energy and Natural Resources)



Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2010


LLB European (Hons), University of Exeter, 2007

LLM, Universität des Saarlandes, 2007

LPC, College of Law, 2008

Other qualifications: Oliver is a native English speaker. He also speaks German and Dutch.

A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.