Nicolas is an oil, gas and mining consultant and lawyer, who has provided strategic advisory and M&A legal and tax services in Africa over the past 20 years. He is the managing director of Africa Oil & Gas LTD, an advisory firm based in London, a Special Advisor at Africa Matters Limited, a strategic advisory firm based in London and VP – Legal and Commercial at Stonechair Capital Corp, a venture capital firm based in Calgary, London and Hong-Kong. Dual-qualified (France and England & Wales), Nicolas was a partner at South African law firm Bowmans and at English law firm Ashurst in London. He also worked for French law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel in Paris and in London, as well as Ernst & Young Legal in Gabon and in Equatorial Guinea. Nicolas is fluent in French (native language) and in English. He lived in West Africa for 7 years and has travelled extensively in Africa.