Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Scott Gardiner, Craig Rogers, Alan Murray, Robert Jackson, Robert Edel, Vishal Ahuja and Louis Chiam
- 71 partners
- 230 other qualified lawyers
What the team is known for Respected offering with substantial bench strength across oil and gas, utilities and mining matters. Has a well-established reputation for its work throughout Australia as well as attracting impressive regional and global mandates.
The group garners praise from a client for its ability to "take the time to understand our business and its overall objectives."
Clients also appreciate that "they are responsive and turn things around quickly."
Work highlights Assisted BG Group on the Australian and Chinese regulatory hurdles in respect of its off-market takeover by Royal Dutch Shell, together with advising on the commercial agreements relating to the QCLNG project. The matter has a global value of GBP36 billion.
Advised Guangdong Rising Assets Management on its successful unconditional, off-market hostile takeover bid for PanAust, the ASX-listed copper and gold mine company.
Significant clients APA Group, Aurizon Holdings, Chevron Australia, Glencore, PetroChina.
Vishal Ahuja is characterised by one client as "very impressive and good at addressing the issues at hand and not getting sidetracked on things" thereby "making sure the overall project stays on track." The focus is on energy and utilities and of late he played a key role in advising the Western Australia Department of Finance on the restructuring of its energy regulatory regime.
Alan Murray attracts market recognition for his activity in both the oil and gas and mining sectors. Of late he was part of the team advising BP Billiton on the demerger of its aluminium, coal, nickel, silver, lead and manganese assets into a new resources company, South32. The team also advised on the subsequent listing of the company on the ASX and elsewhere.
Louis Chiam provides notable experience in the utilities and oil and gas sectors, particularly in relation to renewables. One satisfied client remarks: "He is very personable and good to work with - he is a specialist energy lawyer, but is also able to make value points - so he is very useful in terms of his value-add." His recent work includes advising Queensland Investment Corporation on its AUD1.78 billion acquisition of the Iona Gas Plant.
Robert Edel is a respected figure in the mining sphere for both national and cross-border mandates. He is also known for his infrastructure expertise, advising on project development and related financing. His work of late includes leading the team advising on a huge iron ore project that included mine, rail and other infrastructure.
Nicholas Pappas draws much respect for his corporate work, especially in the mining sector. He is a trusted adviser to Glencore and of late assisted it in relation to a major funding transaction with Aurelia Metals.
Brisbane-based Robert Jackson centres his practice on energy and natural resources-focused project development, M&A and joint ventures. He has broad experience representing clients from both the private and public sectors in major infrastructure and mining work. He assisted Landbridge in its successful bid to operate Darwin Port under a 99-year lease.
Interviewees single out Craig Rogers for his "style, commerciality and ability to understand the bigger picture." His areas of expertise cover oil and gas and utilities, as evidenced in his leading role advising the BG Group in respect of the off-market takeover by Royal Dutch Shell.