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Former BP, Conoco Legal Counsel Joins Centurion Law Group

Sep 28, 2015

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Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, (Law Firm Newswire) September 28, 2015 -Centurion Law Group is pleased to announce that Norman J. Nadorff will join the group as Special Counsel effective November 1. He will be based in Houston and will serve as both an advisor to the firm and as a legal practitioner.

Mr. Nadorff has 30 years of legal experience in the oil and gas industry. He recently retired from BP, where he served as in-country Senior Counsel for Angola from 2006 to 2015. Mr. Nadorff has extensive experience with E&P legal work in Latin America, Southeast Asia, Africa and elsewhere for BP, Conoco and ARCO, including two expatriate assignments in Indonesia. He has excelled at finding practical solutions to thorny legal issues facing foreign subsidiaries and in developing national legal departments. At ARCO, Norman wrote the company’s policies on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, U.S. Anti-boycott laws and U.S. Export Regulations, and has lectured widely on anti-corruption laws and developing local talent.

Mr. Nadorff is Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Texas Law School, the University of Houston Law Center and the University of Miami School of Law, and is an annual lecturer at Angola’s Agostinho Neto University Faculty of Law. In 2006, he played a key role in the creation of a pioneering international oil and gas master’s program at Angola’s national law school. Later Norman helped organize, and taught in, similar programs in Thailand and in Equatorial Guinea (in cooperation with Centurion Law Group).

CEO of Centurion Law Group NJ Ayuk said: “We are delighted to have Norman on board at Centurion. He is a giant in the oil and gas industry, with a track record of success that is next to none, and he is a great addition to our firm. Centurion is the number one oil and gas law practice in Africa and we have the audacity to dream big. I am excited that our oil and gas clients will get to benefit from Norman’s repertoire of knowledge and experience.”

Mr. Nadorff stated: “I am honored and excited to join my dear friend NJ Ayuk and his colleagues at Centurion. This development builds upon the professional bonds that NJ and I first formed in Cape Town in 2013 and which solidified in the course of Centurion-organized educational events in Malabo and Johannesburg. NJ and I share a passion for developing, through innovative and rigorous training programs, a homegrown African legal community able to compete with its European and North American counterparts. I hope to learn from my Centurion colleagues how to view similar issues from a different perspective as we assist emerging market players in Africa and elsewhere to compete and prosper.”

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NJ Ayuk, Chief Executive Officer
Centurion Law Group
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