Ex CEO of Centrica forms oil and gas acquisition fund

Former Centrica manager Sam Laidlaw has established Neptune Oil & Gas Ltd, a new oil & gas investment company, to be headquartered in London. Neptune will focus on investing in large oil & gas portfolios that may come available as a result of current energy market dynamics. Funding will be provided by The Carlyle Group  and CVC Capital Partners.

Laidlaw will work alongside Carlyle and CVC to identify large-scale investment opportunities arising in the North Sea, North Africa and South East Asia. Neptune Oil & Gas will target acquisitions of up to $5 billion

Funding for the investment platform will come from Carlyle International Energy Partners (CIEP), a fund that focuses on oil and gas exploration & production, midstream, and refining and marketing in Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia, and from funds managed by CVC Capital Partners.

Sam Laidlaw, Executive Chairman of Neptune said: “I am pleased to be partnering with investors of the experience and calibre of Carlyle and CVC. They share my enthusiasm to invest in building a new oil & gas company and to create significant value for our stakeholders at this pivotal time for the industry, in particular across the North Sea, North Africa and South East Asia.”

Marcel van Poecke, Managing Director, and Head of CIEP, said: “Sam Laidlaw, Carlyle and CVC are a formidable partnership. CIEP will provide capability and support to Neptune through its global energy platform as we invest in and grow large-scale energy companies seeking capital and global management expertise.”

Rob Lucas, Managing Partner, CVC said: “We have known Sam Laidlaw for many years and believe the timing is now favourable to pursue this venture in partnership with Sam and Carlyle. CVC bring over thirty years of investment experience, including a successful track record of delivering complex corporate carve-outs, and the support of an extensive international office network.”

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