NJ is the managing partner of Centurion. The firm has grown from 2 lawyers to 35 lawyers, thanks to his leadership, with offices in Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Cameroon, South Sudan, United ArabEmirates and two liason offices in Houston and Toronto. His experience includes advising major companies on investment strategies, the establishment of joint ventures and cooperation structures, privatisation, licensing and related tax, OHADA and Equatorial Guinea law, oil and gas, local content, litigation, negotiations, governance and other matters.
He is particularly active in the structuring, negotiation and implementation of petroleum, mining, LNG, and other natural resource projects in Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Chad, South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, Angola, Congo and other sub-Saharan countries. His experience has included PSCs, JOAS, service agreements, concessions, oil-field service and drilling contracts, licensing and pipeline and marine transportation issues, including the sale and transportation of LNG.
Drawing from his past experience from his job with the United Nations, he continuously advises governments on judicial modernisation, rule of law issues, training of judges, prosecutors and lawyers in Equatorial Guinea, Chad, South Sudan, Uganda and Niger on a pro bono basis.
He regularly participates in industry-specific conferences and seminars as speaker and moderator. He graduated from University of Maryland College Park and earned a JD from William Mitchell College of Law in the United States. He further holds an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology.
He is an active member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), the Institute for Energy Law (IEL) and the Petroleum Joint Venture Association (PJVA).
He is recognised as a leading oil and gas lawyer in Who's Who Legal: Energy, the Oil and Gas Year Publication recognised him as 'a shrewd, street-smart, savvy dealmaker and major asset' andChambers and Partners recognised him as an 'important player' and a "tremendous resource'-an acknowledgement bestowed upon him by his peers in the industry.