John Smelcer
Position: Director, Oil & Gas Sector Group Head
Practice: Projects
Office: Cape Town
Telephone: +27 21 431 7186

John represents sponsors, governments, financial institutions and private equity investors in all aspects of project development and financing in the oil and gas sector. Examples of projects he has worked on include private equity-led investments in the oil & gas sector, large scale liquefied natural gas import and export projects across Africa and the emerging markets, oil forward sale structures in Egypt and Nigeria, gas-fired power projects and other downstream oil & gas-related projects.

John regularly leads government training workshops on the legal and structuring aspects of oil & gas project financings and his expertise in Africa related projects has been recognized by Chambers Global, IFLR1000 and Legal 500.

He is a member of the New York Bar and American Bar Associations and holds a Juris Doctor of Law from the University of Washington in the US as well as a public policy degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Areas of expertise
  • Oil & gas
  • Project development and finance
  • Sub Saharan Africa regional expertise
  • Named by:
    • Chambers Global 2012 for his work on Africa-related projects.
    • IFLR 1000 2015 as a leading lawyer (Banking & Finance).
    • Legal 500 2017 as a legal expert (Africa; Projects and infrastructure)
  • Member of the:
    • New York Bar Association (2006 to date).
    • American Bar Association (2006 to date).