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Asia Guide

Energy & Natural Resources — Australia

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Anna Collyer
- 16 partners
- 55 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market leader with considerable strength across the oil and gas, mining and utilities sectors. The firm is regularly sought out by major resources clients to assist with large-scale projects and complex commercial transactions.

Strengths Clients focus their praise on the group's thorough and reliable approach, asserting that its "problem-solving ability is good and it has a good eye to see how situations may evolve."

Another commentator points to the high quality of its practitioners: "They are up there in terms of setting a benchmark, and they are a pleasure to deal with."

Work highlights Advised CITIC on a range of issues concerning the development and running of the Sino Iron project in Western Australia, the value of which was over USD10 billion. The matter included litigation proceedings relating to use of and access to the Port of Cape Preston.

Represented Rio Tinto in protracted negotiations with the government of Mongolia regarding the multibillion-dollar Oyu Tolgoi copper mine project, leading to the resolution of issues pertaining to the underground development.

Significant clients NSW Treasury, AGL Energy, ExxonMobil, Glencore, Newcrest.

Notable practitioners  

John Greig is well reputed for his great depth of experience, acting for both private and public sector clients in the energy and infrastructure arenas. He played a leading role in advising the NSW government in connection with the privatisation of electricity transmission and distribution networks. An impressed client cites him as "deep, thorough, well organised and able to co-ordinate input from a large, high-quality team."

Practice group leader Anna Collyer is renowned for her wealth of experience in power sector-related matters, encompassing projects, transactions, regulatory and reform work. She took a leading role in a regulatory-focused mandate for the Australian Energy Market Commission. Sources highlight her ability to "understand client objectives."

Gerard Woods is "very well regarded," especially for his expertise in relation to mining and oil and gas. He handles project structuring and development together with corporate transactions. He was lead adviser to CITIC in connection with the Sino Iron project, undertaken for CITIC. 

The "very experienced and knowledgeable" Igor Bogdanich attracts praise for his "very commercial advice." His considerable skills in mining and oil and gas matters includes an impressive track record in handling matters in the Mongolian market. In this regard he led the firm's advice to Rio Tinto on the Oyu Tolgoi copper mine matter. 

Mining sector leader Erin Feros offers extensive experience in M&A and project development. She acted on behalf of the NSW government in a mandate relating to its privatisation of electricity transmission and distribution networks.

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Peter Vaughan, Lorenzo Pacitti and Paul Newman
- 35 partners
- 145 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Front-running team well reputed for its representation of prestigious multinational firms on countrywide energy and resources mandates. Also noted for its adroit handling of cross-border matters.

Strengths Clients cite the group as "very commercial, practical and always able to find the answer to any question."

The practice is also highlighted for its ability to "work well under pressure " as well as for its "good judgement from a commercial perspective."

Work highlights Advised a major resources corporate on a AUD2.7 billion complex M&A transaction involving acquisition and demerger schemes of arrangement as well as a capital reduction. 

Represented Phoenix Energy and New Energy on the AUD1 billion development of three waste-to-energy projects.

Significant clients Woodside, Anglo American, Rio Tinto and Santos, Alinta Energy.

Notable practitioners  

Sources commend Michael Harrison as a "leading practitioner." Renowned for his expertise across the energy, mining, oil and gas, waste and water sectors, he handles both Australia-based and international matters and he continues to act for Moolarben Coal, a subsidiary of Yancoal, on the expansion of its coal operations.

Paul Newman is highly valued by one client for his "knowledge of our business, fast turnaround times and knowledge of our commercial position on legal issues." He has broad experience of handling matters pertaining to the electricity, LNG and downstream gas sectors.

Interviewees highlight Peter Vaughan's accommodating approach to clients: "He is very client-focused, he looks for the most efficient ways to work and he is very easy to have a difficult conversation with." He possesses extensive experience in M&A and project development work. 

Peter Limbers is a noted regulatory specialist, handling this in conjunction with transactional work within the utilities market. He advised the Western Australia government on the establishment of new institutional arrangements in the WA electricity market and the South West Interconnected Systems.

Lorenzo Pacitti is credited by sources with a "breadth of knowledge and experience." An authority in the fields of both mining and oil and gas, he is underlined by one client as "our go-to for any commercial issue that no one else knows the answer to." He is an ongoing adviser to BHP Billiton in relation to its iron ore operations.

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Robert Merrick, Toby Anderson and Jay Leary
- Approximately 50 partners
- Approximately 200 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded team with an impressive profile due to its handling of some of the most well-known projects and transactions in this space. Offers comprehensive services to its roster of leading names from the energy, resources, LNG and renewables sectors. 

Strengths Clients and peers attest to its all-round excellence, highlighting that "they are the standout firm in oil and gas."

The group's tactical approach is mentioned as a primary reason for engagement: "They did an excellent job. They know the law, as well as strategy and tactics."

Work highlights Advised the Independence Group on the prominent AUD1.8 billion acquisition of Sirius Resources.

Provided advice to Barrick Gold regarding the dual sale of its Cowal gold mine in New South Wales and 50% of its interest in the Porgera gold mine in Papua New Guinea. The value of the sales is estimated at approximately AUD1.2 billion.

Significant clients BHP Billiton, Adani Mining, AGL Energy, Singapore Power, Oz Minerals. 

Notable practitioners

Stuart Barrymore is referred to as a "go-to" lawyer who is "very strong in the oil and gas sector." He is regularly engaged for his expertise in major acquisitions and divestments, and project structuring, development and financing. His recent matters include advising Santos with regard to a number of disputes all relating to issues arising from joint ventures.

Jay Leary is recognised as the key practitioner in the mining practice with a singular expertise in matters relating to iron ore, coal, coal seam gas, gold and copper. He is recommended as a "high-quality practitioner" with a "fantastic practice." Of late he was involved in advising Liberty Metals & Mining Holdings in its AUD100 million restructuring proposals for Cockatoo Coal. 

Commentators laud Robert Merrick for his consistency and "Band 1 quality work" in the oil and gas, LNG, power and utilities arenas. He co-heads the firms global energy group and counts the likes of AGL Energy among his clients.

Robert Nicholson is acknowledged as a "good operator" who devotes a significant part of his practice to the M&A facets of energy, resources and infrastructure transactions. His work includes acting in respect of the sale of Energy Australia's gas storage assets to QUC. 

David Ryan regularly advises on mandates relating to energy and resources transactions along with specialising in regulatory work. His experience incorporates M&A, operational matters and asset privatisation.

Since publication, Andrew Clark has joined White & Case LLP

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

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. 

Strengths

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.

Notable practitioners  

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.

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Stuart MacGregor
- 29 partners
- 122 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice with an established track record advising government and corporate clients on a range of issues associated with their energy and resources projects. Highly experienced in assisting clients from jurisdictions throughout the Asia-Pacific region with their Australian investments and operations.

Strengths One satisfied client offers a comprehensive appraisal of the firm: "Their strengths are in their specialists, quick turnaround times, having a support system in place that can deal with large due diligence, and being very approachable." 

Another adds: "The expertise was excellent and they have very strong market knowledge." 

Work highlights Advised the US private equity group Energy & Minerals on its investment into three permits held by Pangaea Resources in the shale sector in the Northern Territory. 

Acted on behalf of a consortium made up of EMR Capital, and Farrallon Capital on the AUD1 billion acquisition of a 95% stake in the Martabe Mine in Indonesia.

Significant clients Glencore, Noble Group, Origin Energy, Barrick Gold, Antofagasta.

Notable practitioners  

Commentators acknowledge Stuart MacGregor as an active presence in the energy and mining arenas, in which he offers expertise in M&A and joint ventures as well as regulatory matters. He has an impressive roster of clients and of late he assisted the Energy & Minerals Group on its shale investments in the Northern Territory.

Emma Covacevich garners praise as a "commercially astute" attorney who "understands the internal workings of businesses and their needs." She is especially noted for her oil and gas expertise and her recent work includes advising Tri-Star in relation to a dispute on the APLNG project.

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Michael MacGinley
- 23 partners
- 80 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service offering with noteworthy expertise on large-scale energy and resources matters involving cross-border project finance. The team acts for both domestic and international clients on an array of matters across the oil and gas, electricity and mining industries from acquisitions and joint ventures through to disputes and arbitrations.

Strengths A client points to the team's consistency in providing high-quality advice: "They are good lawyers - they are bright, easy to deal with and user-friendly and they never let me down on timelines." 

Work highlights Advising QGC and its parent BG Group on a range of issues regarding the AUD23 billion Queensland Curtis LNG Project, the high-profile coal seam gas to liquefied natural gas project.

Acted on behalf of a consortium comprising Macquarie Capital Group and Brookfield Asset Management during its multifaceted, USD2.1 billion acquisition of the Australia-based oil and gas portfolio of Apache Corporation.

Significant clients BG Group, Quadrant Energy, Senex Energy, Peabody Energy and Stanmore Coal.

Notable practitioners  

Market-leading oil and gas practitioner Peter Jarosek has broad experience on high-profile and high-value oil and gas matters, in addition to considerable expertise in the mining sector. An impressed client reports: "He is a good draftsman with deep industry knowledge. He takes sensible commercial positions, keeps it simple and captures and distils the issues." He advised Macquarie Capital Group and Brookfield Asset Management on its USD2.1 million acquisition of the Australian oil and gas portfolio of the Apache Corporation.

Michael MacGinley heads the group and handles project development, M&A and complex commercial agreements in the resources space. An impressed client asserts: "He really does have a broad practice and understands the whole mining industry very well. His breadth of knowledge is very impressive." He was one of the lead partners advising QGC and its parent BG Group on a range of issues regarding the AUD23 billion QC LNG project.

Bruce Adkins is highly recommended for his expertise in mining and related infrastructure, particularly coal acquisitions and mine developments. A client reports: "He is very down-to-earth. His depth of knowledge, particularly in the M&A space, is very impressive, his advice was spot-on but easy to comprehend, and he is very good at responding to tight timelines." He advised Mach Energy on its AUD320 million acquisition of the Mount Pleasant thermal coal project.

Paul Careless is acknowledged as "very responsive and very much a detail person." His expertise incorporates the formation and documentation of joint ventures and the acquisition and disposal of energy assets. His recent activity includes advising on gas supply agreements, and he is working with PPB Advisory in relation to an administration that affected the proposed development of the Springsure Creek underground thermal coal mine.

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Band 2

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Simon Scott
- 30 partners
- 80 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A well-regarded team that acts for both major corporations and government entities. Assists blue-chip international clients with all aspects of their Australian projects and transactions from initial developments and financing through to regulatory regimes, M&A and disputes. 

Strengths 

An interviewee enthuses: "They are responsive, have a good understanding of our needs and provide rigorous advice. The relationship is born out of trust and we are very comfortable with their expertise and the work they do."

Another client highlights the "consistency in experience and expertise across the firm." 

Work highlights Advised Beach Energy on its acquisition of the issued share capital of Drillsearch Energy, the combined value of which is approximately AUD1.19 billion.

Acted for the State of Queensland and the Queensland Treasury Corporation regarding the implementation of a proposal to amalgamate five state-owned energy companies into two entities. The merged entities are valued at approximately AUD24 billion.

Significant clients Rio Tinto, Anglo American, AGL Energy, Baosteel Group, Cockatoo Coal.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Carkeet is renowned as a "leading technical lawyer in the electricity space" and for his mastery of the industry regulations. He is routinely engaged by prestigious clients from both the private and public sectors, and played a leading role in the advice to the State of Queensland and Queensland Treasury Corporation in relation to the amalgamation of five state-owned energy companies into two entities. 

Head of department Simon Scott is commended as "very good technically and strategically." His expertise encompasses energy and resources-related M&A, and joint ventures and he frequently handles large-scale transactions in the mining sector.

Commentators praise Allison Warburton for her "strategic nous and practical advice" in relation to utilities and gas matters. She is also known for her expertise in the areas of climate change and clean energy. 

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Geoff Simpson
- 13 partners
- 33 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for High-quality offering with impressive international reach due to its global network. Offers noteworthy experience advising on project finance and development in African jurisdictions. Handles mandates in all areas of energy and resources, including utilities, renewables, oil and gas, petrochemicals and mining.

Strengths 

Clients laud the group's business acumen. One reports: "They're very experienced, knowledgeable and very good at providing commercial advice. They are not just good at identifying issues, but are helpful in overcoming these issues."

Another client reinforces this view: "The practitioners have a great deal of expertise and experience, and they're targeted in their advice and are commercially astute."

Work highlights Acted for Fortescue Metals Group in connection with its Rule 144A Senior Secured Note offering, worth USD2.3 billion.

Advised Palisade Investment Partners during its AUD282 million acquisition of the North Queensland Gas Pipeline.

Significant clients Vale, Quadrant Energy, Rio Tinto, Japan Australia LNG, KUFPEC.

Notable practitioners  

Angus Jones commands the respect of the market for his breadth of expertise, centred on oil and gas and including cross-border work. A recent highlight saw him assisting Horizon Power with a range of issues relating to its regional power procurement and distribution activities, such as drafting and negotiating agreements covering power supply and gas transportation.

Geoff Simpson is heralded for his transactional expertise within the mining market. Clients report: "He is very good to deal with. He is very responsive and his advice is typically very commercially astute and outcomes-oriented." Of late, he acted for Vale with regard to investments by Mitsui into the Moatize mine and the Nacala rail and port projects in Mozambique and Malawi.

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Christopher Saxon and John Mollard

What the team is known for A robust practice with a significant international footprint, the team has impressive expertise in matters involving renewable energy projects. Also has a well-established reputation in the mining and oil and gas arenas and acts for an enviable roster of investors as well as international and domestic energy and resources corporates.  

Strengths Sources point to the team's practical approach: "We go to them because they're pragmatic. When we ask them for advice we get advice as opposed to pages of views on the law."

The depth of the team's skills is also highlighted: "They're a strong team and they've got bench strength supporting the senior lawyers. We have never had an issue that they couldn't deliver on."

Work highlights Advised Adani Mining on all facets of the AUD16 billion pit to port Carmichael project in the Galilee Basin in Queensland, covering all commercial and regulatory aspects of the matter including drafting the key rail and services agreements.

Represented Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec on its USD10.3 billion consortium bid for the 99-year lease of TransGrid.

Significant clients NSW Treasury, Origin Energy, Neoen Australia, Palisade Investment Partners, ERAMET.

Notable practitioners  

The well-regarded Paul Curnow has notable experience in all aspects of the renewable energy markets including project finance, emission reduction and carbon capture and storage. He acted for Malakoff Corporation in relation to the AUD532 million sale of a 50% interest in the Macarthur Wind Farm to HRL Morrison.

Chris Saxon centres his practice on large-scale M&A transactions together with other corporate issues related to the energy, resources and infrastructure arenas. Clients value the fact that he "actively leads" a team on matters and "takes ownership of the work" in addition to taking a "commercial and efficient" approach.

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Jon Carson, Paul Lingard, Tracey Renshaw and Dave Poddar
- 14 partners
- 40 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for The Australian arm of this high-profile, international firm frequently utilises its global network in prominent cross-border matters. A recognised presence in the energy and resources field, the team has a solid track record in both mining and oil and gas mandates.

Strengths Clients are enthusiastic about the all-round quality of the team's service. One reports: "They are thorough, responsive, commercial in their outlook and a pleasure to deal with."

Another client confirms: "The individuals were very responsive and understood what we were doing, we never felt like they were holding us back and the quality of the work is really good."

Work highlights Advised the Browse FLNG joint venture in relation to gas fields off the north-west coast of Australia. The work ranged from advising on the impact of maritime boundaries on leases to drafting the joint venture arrangements between the various parties. 

Acted for the Apache Corporation during the sale of its Australia-based oil and gas assets, worth AUD2.7 billion, to a private equity consortium spearheaded by Macquarie Capital Group and Brookfield Asset Management.

Significant clients BHP Billiton, Shell Australia, Glencore, Vale, GE.

Notable practitioners

Perth-based Paul Lingard attracts recognition as an active presence in both the mining and utilities spheres and is often engaged by Australian and international clients on domestic and cross-border matters. His recent work includes advising Guinea Alumina Corporation on the development of its greenfield bauxite and alumina export project in the Boké region of Guinea.

Veteran practitioner Jon Carson offers over 30 years of experience in the energy and resources field, acting for both private and public sector clients. Sources praise him as "hard-working, reliable and ever so available." Of late, he acted for BGC in relation to its mining operations at two of Atlas Iron's mine sites.

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Stephen Webb and Alex Jones
- 26 partners
- 55 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected team with cross-border capability, facilitated by the integrated nature of DLA Piper's global network. Regularly advising on international projects, the group is also sought out by Australian clients on notable projects within the domestic market.

Strengths The team is highly praised for its client service: "They are responsive, provide good analysis and are very receptive and willing to develop their ideas based on our views."

Another source attests to the team's effectiveness: "They are commercial and non-adversarial in their approach to negotiations and they are well connected and well respected in the industry."

Work highlights Advised Green Light Contractors, a subsidiary of Elecnor, on issues pertaining to its solar farm project in New South Wales. The team handled the negotiation of all contractual arrangements including EPC, subcontract and supply agreements. 

Acted on behalf of Equatorial Resources during the development of the Mayoko-Moussondji pit to port iron ore project in the Republic of Congo. The work entailed the acquisition of a mining licence and a raft of negotiations and agreements.

Significant clients Samsung C&T Corporation, Fortescue Metals Group, API Management, Abengoa Solar Power, Kalium Lakes.

Notable practitioners

Stephen Webb and Alex Jones are key contacts for the group. 

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Michael Blakiston
- 17 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded group with a noteworthy presence on large-scale mining and oil and gas mandates. Experienced in assisting both domestic and international clients with a variety of transactional, regulatory and investment matters as well as the handling of significant overseas projects.

Strengths Clients consider the team to be "very proactive, very creative in its approach, and diligent" as well as having "a good understanding of the sector."

The commercial flavour of the group's guidance is also recognised: "The advice is both technically compliant and commercially sensitive."

Work highlights Represented HRL Morrison on its AUD532 million acquisition of a 50% interest in the Macarthur Wind Farm.

Continued to advise Todd Corporation with regard to its investment in the Balla Balla joint venture, a mandate with a value exceeding AUD3 billion. This large-scale undertaking includes the negotiation of a number of agreements including an iron ore off-take arrangement with Shandong Iron & Steel.

Notable practitioners

The "pre-eminent" Michael Blakiston is known for his significant expertise in mining matters and is noted for his "excellent industry knowledge and commercially minded approach." His work includes advising Altona Mining regarding the formation of a joint venture and the development of the Cloncurry Copper project, a matter worth USD357 million.

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Peter Rose
- 17 partner
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Deep bench with noteworthy expertise in the oil and gas sphere. The team also assists clients with large-scale power and mining projects and is highly experienced in advising on issues such as joint venture formations, commercial contracts acquisitions and various industry regulations.

Strengths 

Clients are enthusiastic in their praise for the team's commitment to its clients, as one reports: "They are very thorough and respond in a timely manner. They think commercially about the wider issues, rather than just the contractual issues, and are proactive in providing advice."

Another commentator remarks: "They are well respected, give great legal advice, and the team works well together."

Work highlights Advised Australian Gas Networks in relation to the setting of prices for the provision of its gas distribution services, which involved significant regulatory work.

Acted for Mitsubishi Corporation in obtaining tenure rights together with negotiating various construction and service agreements in connection with its AUD90 million Port Bonython hydrocarbon terminal development.

Significant clients Origin Energy, Total E&P Australia, Newmont Australia, Osaka Gas, InterGen Australia.

Notable practitioners

Peter Rose is a widely respected figure in the oil and gas sectors. He advises on a range of commercial transactions, such as joint ventures, commodity sales, transport agreements and share and asset acquisitions.

Michael Dulaney offers extensive experience in oil and gas, LNG and electricity projects, acting for both Australian and international clients. Clients assert that he is "well known in the energy market in Western Australia and has a good-quality reputation."

Anthony Groom is cited by sources as a "very, very strong contract negotiator" who is "very strong on anything gas infrastructure or supply related." He takes on utilities and mining-related matters and of late he advised Western Power on Western Australian legislation concerned with electricity network regulations.

James Marshall's expertise encompasses oil and gas, where he advises clients on acquisitions and divestments, power generation projects and energy supply and trading mandates. His work includes advising Cooper Energy on the divestment of its interests in various energy assets in Indonesia.

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Band 3

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Alen Pazin and Simon Currie
- 30 partners
- 71 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected branch of the global firm with considerable expertise in advising on domestic and international energy and resources projects. The group's work spans the oil and gas, utilities and mining sectors where it takes on substantial M&A and project finance transactions.

Strengths 

Clients attest to the team's all-round strengths. One client reports: "They tick all boxes in terms of legal skills. They are proactive and turned things around quickly. They give pragmatic advice, are very commercial and are careful to make sure that issues requiring responses are not swept under the rug."

Commentators also declare: "They're a very constructive team to work with and very flexible in terms of how they target work and input. They are very dynamic in their processes and do a good job of integrating teamwork."

Work highlights Advised POSCO E&C on its involvement in the Carmichael coal mine project in Queensland which involved the delivery of key infrastructure, a port terminal and a rail line, a matter valued at AUD3 billion.

Provided counsel to the group of financiers pertaining to the AUD450 million Ararat Wind Farm development in Victoria.

Significant clients Anglo American, BP, Rio Tinto, Macquarie, Origin Energy.

Notable practitioners  

Keira Brennan is widely acknowledged in the market as an "outstanding" practitioner who is renowned as an authority in the mining sector. Her work also takes in broader infrastructure matters and of late she advised the Queensland Competition Authority in relation to its decision on Aurizon Network's access undertaking for the Central Queensland Coal Network.

Global head of energy Simon Currie has extensive international experience and regularly advises on a range of issues concerning energy, resources and infrastructure. His skills are in demand in respect of the development, acquisition and financing of assets. Lately he was part of the team that advised the group of financiers in connection with the AUD450 million Ararat Wind Farm development in Victoria. 

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Band 4

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Matthew Bowen and Will Moncrieff
- 19 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Long-established profile in the Western Australian market. A go-to team for household names from the mining, and oil and gas sectors, advising on the gamut of onshore and offshore transactions. Also offers impressive skills in relation to regulatory matters including assisting in the reform processes in relation to gas and electricity supply. 

Strengths 

Interviewees single out the team's deep expertise: "They have an in-depth technical knowledge of energy law - their knowledge and networks are outstanding."

Another source highlights the quality of the team: "They have great lawyers in utilities and mining."

Work highlights Worked on behalf of the Meekatharra Solar Consortium, which was seeking a renewables solution to lower the price of power.

Advised Dakota Minerals on its acquisition of lithium exploration assets from Asgard Metals and also advised on the related AUD3.6 million capital raising. 

Significant clients Perth Energy, ATCO Australia, Western Australia Department of Finance, Kanara Mining, APA Group.

Notable practitioners  

Noted for his knowledge of the utilities and oil and gas sectors, Matthew Bowen attracts client acclaim for his "very good content knowledge, communication skills and team approach." He advised the Meekatharra Solar Consortium in seeking a renewables solution in order to lower the price of power. 

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Band 4

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Tony Wassaf
- 8 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Burgeoning practice with expertise across the spectrum of the energy and resources fields, incorporating matters relating to oil and gas, mining and utilities. The team handles mergers, acquisitions, financings and disputes for an impressive roster of clients. 

Strengths One client observes that the team's advice is "underpinned by original thinking and creativity." 

Another commends the lawyers for being "protective of their clients and good at both transactions and disputes."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Energy Developments in relation to the Coober Pedy renewable hybrid project. The team's role included negotiations and the drafting of amendments to the EPC and other contracts. 

Assisted Bloomfield Collieries during the purchase of the Integra open cut coal mine and related assets from Glencore.

Significant clients Bhushan Steel Australia, Dart Mining, Australian Coalbed Methane, Chevron, SunPower. 

Notable practitioners  

Tony Wassaf is highly regarded for his grasp of mining matters. From his Sydney base Wassaf handles notable mining, pipeline and energy projects. Peers consider him a "very good operator" and clients appreciate that he is "very commercial and practical in his approach."

Andrew Smith joined Jones Day in January 2017 and is recognised for being "technically and commercially good." He specialises most notably in the supply and transport of oil and gas, and related project infrastructure, acquisitions and disposals.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Damien Clarke
- 23 partners
- 40 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established presence on the East Coast with a strong focus on the energy and resources sectors in addition to its long-standing tradition in handling coal-related matters. Offers a full service to domestic and international clients on large-scale projects from M&A to related environmental, health and safety and regulatory issues. 

Strengths Client feedback highlights the team for its "comprehensive coverage of the resources sector" and for being "easy to deal with, personable and approachable and very good at turning around documents within a timeframe."

Interviewees emphasise that the group "gives good service and brings good experience."

Work highlights Advised New Hope Corporation on its AUD865 million acquisition of Coal & Allied's 40% joint venture interest in the Bengalla coal mine in New South Wales.

Represented Stanmore Coal during its acquisition of the Isaac Plains coal mine.

Significant clients Whitehaven Coal, Peabody Energy Australia Coal, Glencore, Cockatoo Coal, ERM Power. 

Notable practitioners

Practice head Damien Clarke is a key contact at the firm.

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

What the team is known for Solid group operating from Sydney and Perth offices, and offering experience in advising domestic and international corporates and public sector clients on a range of energy and resources matters, alongside a track record of activity in Papua New Guinea. 

Notable practitioners  

Kym Livesley has considerable expertise handling the corporate issues faced by oil and gas and mining companies, as well as experience in resources projects and related financing. A client enthuses: "He has very good knowledge of the mining sector, an ability to provide advice on difficult situations and is available."  

Sally Weatherstone is a well-regarded senior associate who has built up considerable expertise in the resources sector. She was part of the team that advised WPG Resources on an option agreement for the acquisition of the Challenger Gold Mine and South Australian exploration assets from Kingsgate Consolidated.

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Martin Klapper
- 7 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Compact team with an acknowledged reputation for its work on behalf of resource explorers and producers, especially junior and mid-market mining clients. The team handles issues such as exploration permits and mine leases from its offices in Brisbane and Perth as well as attracting mandates in the electricity, minerals and oil and gas sectors.

Strengths Feedback for the team confirms the quality of its work product: "They are very thoughtful and really rush to get the work to you on time. They are very hard-working, and the materials they prepare are comprehensive."

Another interviewee indicates: "They know their stuff. What I like is that they don't over-service; rather they do the work they quote for. The estimates are reasonable and the advice is very good."

Work highlights Represented Metals X during its AUD20.64 million acquisition of the Grosvenor Gold project.

Acted on behalf of Metro Mining with regard to a bauxite mining operation in northern Queensland. The practice provided advice on aspects of mine development.

Significant clients Yara Pilbara Holdings, Armour Energy, Aeris Resources, Origin Energy Resources, Clarke Energy.

Notable practitioners  

The "very knowledgeable" Martin Klapper is a recognised figure in the mining and oil and gas areas. He has extensive experience advising both private and public sector clients on a range of significant mining and infrastructure projects. Among his recent work, he represented Bintan Mining SI with regard to a bauxite mining operation and related disputes.

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

What the team is known for Boutique firm with a noteworthy presence in the Perth market. The team works with explorers, developers and government agencies on a range of issues affecting their mining and infrastructure projects. Also advises on projects undertaken in African jurisdictions.

Strengths

Positive client commentary centres on the firm's industry knowledge: "We use them for their specialties in mining projects." 

Significant clients Barminco, Eneabba Gas, Neometals, Poseidon Nickel, Silver Lake.

Notable practitioners 

Seasoned practitioner Michael Hunt has vast experience in mining and petroleum matters. Highly regarded by his peers, one source refers to him as a "legend" and another remarks that he "wrote the textbook on mining tenements."

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