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Data Room Management for Mergers and Acquisitions in the Oil and Gas Industry - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444637468, 9780444637529

Data Room Management for Mergers and Acquisitions in the Oil and Gas Industry, Volume 69

1st Edition

Author: Bob Harrison
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444637468
eBook ISBN: 9780444637529
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 3rd August 2020
Page Count: 250
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Table of Contents

1. Due Diligence, Definitions and Doubt
2. The Data Room
3. Data Room Documentation
4. Deal Brokers
5. Before the data room
6. In the data room
7. After the data room
8. When things go pear shaped
9. Tips for quicker focused evaluation


Data Room Management and Rapid Asset Evaluation - Theory and Case Studies in Oil and Gas, Volume 66 introduces frameworks and workflows that help streamline the data room process, highlight the essential data that must be assembled in the permitted time window, and accelerate the subsequent assessment of the opportunity. The book combines theory with case studies, some of which describe lessons learned directly by the author himself. Methodologies are presented that can be used immediately by those involved in the technical and commercial evaluation of oil and gas exploration and production ventures.

The book is suitable for readers with a wide spectrum of experience, from those who are newcomers to the strange world of data rooms, to those diehards who may have spent too many hours in them. The purposes, strategies, and tactics of data rooms are explained, along with some suggestions on how to survive them, and how to get a fit-for-purpose evaluation in front of the decision makers in the shortest timeframe possible.

Key Features

  • Demonstrates what makes a good data room, including how vendors attract potential buyers to attend and how the latter can decide whether they should go or not
  • Presents how to prepare for a data room, what needs to be done there, and how to evaluate the assets on offer as quickly as possible
  • Covers which essential data should be gathered and questions to ask
  • Suggests how to avoid common ‘banana skins’ when under pressure to provide a rapid but reasonable evaluation


Professionals working in asset valuation: technical, commercial and financial. Academic researchers and industry professionals be they executives, managers, technical experts, engineers, geoscientists, economists, investors, auditors, bankers or government officials


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About the Author

Bob Harrison

Bob Harrison is a petroleum engineer who has worked in the oil and gas industry since 1979, gaining broad technical and commercial experience around the world, with a strong reservoir engineering and petrophysics background. He has over 20 years with large independents (British Gas and Enterprise Oil) together with over 15 years acting as an advisor to many large and small oil and gas companies around the world. He is co-founder and managing director of Soluzioni Idrocarburi s.r.l. providing advisory services and training for the energy industry. He is also project director and subsurface technical authority with a global energy consultancy. Bob specialises in prospect evaluation, due diligence, asset screening, data room management, reserves audits and regulatory compliance, analytical reservoir modelling, production profile generation and scoping economics. He is a Fellow of the Energy Institute, past Chair of the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers’ European Chapter and served on the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ Oil & Gas Reserves Committee. He holds BSc Electrical Engineering (Manchester University), MSc Petroleum Engineering (Imperial College London) and MBA (Cranfield University).

Affiliations and Expertise

Petroleum Engineer, Senergy Oil and Gas Ltd.