Head of Legal

Nailesh leads PETL’s legal team and is also our Company Secretary. His team offers legal advice, guidance and commercial negotiation support to the Company and its subsidiary/affiliate companies and also liaises with the central legal team at our parent company, PETRONAS.

Nailesh first joined PETL in 2011 having previously been General Counsel and Company Secretary of Coventry Building Society, a leading UK financial services company. From 2014-2016 he served a secondment as Head, Legal and Corporate Secretary of the PETRONAS-led Pacific NorthWest LNG Project in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

During his career Nailesh has advised a number of leading international investment banks on their energy trading operations. He began his career at leading international law firm Linklaters (in their London and Hong Kong offices) and then worked as a Senior Associate in the banking and energy sectors for a number of years with McDermott, Will & Emery (another major international law firm) in the City of London (while also spending significant time in their Washington DC office).

“It’s great to be working for such a prestigious international group and having the chance to represent PETRONAS in Europe and North America. The lawyers in my team can experience a huge variety of legal assignments and projects and need to be hands-on and take early responsibility. It is a pleasure to develop team members and to see them achieving their full potential. PETRONAS has given me a fabulous chance to grow and develop professionally and personally. In my time with the PETRONAS Group I have been given the opportunity to build strong relationships and to work on flagship projects across the globe.”

Nailesh is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales and a graduate of Oxford University and Nottingham Law School. He is a former member of the legal panel of the UK Council of Mortgage Lenders and a former Director of the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry. He is also a former finalist (individual nomination) at the British Legal Awards.

In his spare time Nailesh enjoys time with his family, cricket, supporting Liverpool Football Club and running.