Welcome to the HFI website. I am pleased to introduce the HFI firm, including our Client Services & Solutions and Our Team & Network Resources. A new Case Studies page will arrive shortly. 

In a nutshell, we provide specialist consulting and legal services for international business ventures in developing high growth markets with advanced technologies in the oil & gas, renewables, power and water sectors.

My core vision is to offer clients a personalised solutions-orientated and results-driven specialist which has a sharp focus on the drivers for successful ventures. Ultimately, we are committed to strong business ethics, investment in people and long-term client and business relationships.

The firm has its origins in the North Sea oil and gas industry and was established in the Middle East in 2003 after my tenure as Group Head of Legal at John Wood Group PLC (as it was then) between 1996 and 2003. Our initial focus was on the internationalisation of North Sea oil and gas technology-based service companies to the Middle East region.  After 10 years, the first iteration of HFI was sold to a US law firm in 2013.

Since 2017, following four years under US ownership, the business has returned to independent ownership and the core legal services offering has been extended to consulting work following my appointment to the GlobalScot network. We remain committed to the ongoing internationalisation of North Sea oil and gas technology to the Middle East but the scope is now wider. The 2014 “oil price shock” is driving diversification for our clients, “along the x-axis” into renewables, power and water, and “along the y-axis” into new high opportunity/high challenge territories.  We will rise to that challenge.

Our focus in 2019 is on ventures in the Middle East, Mediterranean & North Africa (MENA), India and South East Asia (ASEAN) developing high growth markets. These regions contain many of the territories where the highest growth in global demand for energy and water resources is anticipated over the next 5 to 10 years, but we will not ignore other high potential territories. Specific opportunities are anticipated for subsea oil and gas, offshore wind, LNG, solar, nuclear life extension and decommissioning, energy efficiency, energy storage, greenhouse gas sequestration, desalination and waste-water treatment and recycling expertise and technologies.

Our senior team has been active since the 1980s and over the last 16 years, the firm has advised on hundreds of business expansion ventures for clients.  Our clients, over these years, have been dominated by technology and know-how driven businesses from the UK, Norway, EU, USA, Canada, Australia and Japan. We have worked on mandates in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Iraq, Yemen, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Libya, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia and China.   

The world has changed a lot over that period of time and new and fundamental challenges have emerged including the challenge to globalisation, the climate change concerns and the rise of new technologies driving automation, digitalisation and artificial intelligence. These challenges also bring opportunities for the innovative, brave and adaptable.

Our News & Events page will be updated regularly. A new Knowledge Bank page is on the launch pad. This will feature key reports and information of a strategic nature reports which I hope will be of assistance to our clients and connections. I will also contribute a regular personal Blog section which will contain the headline themes which will be expanded on in articles on the HFI Consulting International Linked-In page.

We very much appreciate our connections with Subsea UK, the Energy Industries Council (EIC), Scottish Development International (SDI) & the GlobalScot Network, the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB) and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) and we look forward to expanding these connections in 2019.

I am always pleased to hear from clients, connections and new contacts and I hope sincerely that we can support you to succeed and to achieve your objectives.


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