Jonathan Goldfarb


About Jonathan Goldfarb

Jonathan Goldfarb is a Partner at Wikborg Rein's London office and is part of the Shipping Offshore group.

Jonathan's practice focuses on the development and finance of offshore energy projects, with a specialist focus on the LNG sector. He advises on project tendering, vessel construction, EPCIC, financing, sale and purchase and leasing arrangements in respect of FSRUs, LNGCs, FLNG, FPSOs/FSOs, drilling units and drillships. He acts for some of the leading vessel owners and energy contractors, and handles a wide variety of projects in the oil and gas sectors. Jonathan has been particularly active on Floating Storage and Regasification (FSRU) projects in the LNG sector, advising on projects in Indonesia, India, Brazil, Dubai, Jordan and Jamaica amongst many others, as well as being at the forefront of the FLNG sector, having advised on one of the first floating liquefaction projects to be successfully implemented, in Cameroon.

Client endorsements:

“Jonathan Goldfarb is particularly active in the LNG sector and draws warm praise from sources: 'He keeps on top of things and makes sure it all works'." (Chambers UK)

"Jon Goldfarb is a warm, principled person, with whom one can enjoy working even under stressful conditions. He takes an holistic approach to a client’s issues, and ensures that a proper balance is struck between defending one’s interests, and reaching a timely and efficient conclusion to a matter." (Legal 500)

"Jonathan is one of the finest lawyers and importantly, persons I have ever worked with. His focus on his client; command of his subject; and overall genuine nature is unparalleled." (LinkedIn Client Endorsement)

Jonathan is recommended within Legal 500 in commodities disputes as well as oil and gas.

Work experience
  • 2018 -

    Partner, Wikborg Rein, London

  • 2008 - 2018

    Partner, Ince & Co

  • 2001 - 2008

    Associate, Ince & Co

  • 1999 - 2001

    Trainee, Ince & Co

  • 1997 - 1998

    College of Law, London - LPC

  • 1996 - 1997

    Manchester Metropolitan University, CPE

  • 1993 - 1996

    University of Manchester, Bachelor of Arts in Economics

Selected projects
  • Regularly advises on long term and short term shipping time and spot charters, and has represented a number of owners in negotiations with major international charterers such as BG, Shell, ENI, GDF Suez, Chevron, and Maurebeni.

  • Regularly advises on LNG and FSRU newbuilding and conversion contracts with the major Korean, Japanese and Singaporean shipyards.

  • Represented various owners in respect of numerous FSRU tenders, including Brazil, India, Egypt, Lithuania, Fujairah, Uruguay, Chile and the Ivory Coast, and advises regular on pre-qualification documents, tender documents (including the qualification of time charters, leases, O&M contracts and EPCIC contracts) and liaising with a network of local Counsel in the various jurisdictions.

  • Led the team which represented Golar LNG on their 11 year time charter with PT Nusantara Regas (PTNR - a joint venture of Pertamina and PGN) for the provision of a FSRU and associated mooring infrastructure. This project was Indonesia’s (and Asia’s) first ever FSRU. The team advised Golar on the initial stages of the project, through the tender process and negotiation of and entry into the long term time charter. The regasified LNG will be supplied by PTNR to Indonesia’s state owned electricity company PLN as a replacement for high speed diesel.

  • Led the team which represented Golar LNG on their Liquefaction Tolling Agreement with Perenco and Société Nationale Des Hydrocarbures for Golar's first operational FLNG unit, Hilli Episeyo, operating offshore Cameroon.

Honor awards
  • 2021

    Recommended, Legal 500

  • 2021

    Recommended, Legal 500