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Allens specialises in the natural resources sector, and advises regulators and regulated companies on headline projects from development and financing through to litigation. Another key area of expertise is banking and finance, on which the firm advises regulators, local banks, and offshore and investment banks. The firm acted for Niu Power in relation to the negotiation and finalisation of project agreements for the development of a new $120m 60MW gas-fired power station near Port Moresby. Other clients include Westpac, Bank of South Pacific and Australia, and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ). David Hill, Richard Kriedemann and Paul Brittain head the team and are supported by newly promoted partner Sarah Kuman.

Ashurst¬†provides ‚Äėhigh-quality service, fast response times and in-depth knowledge of business and industry in Papua New Guinea‚Äô. It focuses on the areas of energy, infrastructure, finance and telecoms. The firm advised ExxonMobil on its $2.5bn acquisition of InterOil, securing access to six InterOil licences located in Papua New Guinea. Another highlight included advising a banking client on a secondary listing of shares on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). Other clients include UBS AG and Bewani Oil Palm Plantations. ‚ÄėAccessible and pragmatic‚Äô¬†Richard Flynn¬†heads the team, and is supported by¬†Jason Brooks¬†who is ‚Äėhardworking, intelligent, detailed and very experienced‚Äô.¬†Derek Frecker¬†is ‚Äėa patient, diligent, detailed, experienced practitioner‚Äô. Tim Glenn,¬†Ian Shepherd¬†and¬†Chris Grier¬†are also recommended.¬†Austin Edo¬†joined as senior associate from Dentons.

Dentons¬†acts for public and private sector clients in the areas of energy and resources, employment, corporate governance, property and construction, trade, insolvency, competition and consumer law, and planning and environment. Recent highlights include acting for the state of Papua New Guinea in a $580m dispute against Puma Energy, relating to taxes on crude oil. Other clients include ExxonMobil, Westpac Banking, and Total. Practice head¬†Stephen Massa¬†is ‚Äėby far the most experienced banking and finance lawyer in Papua New Guinea‚Äô; he is supported by Erik Andersen, Steve Patrick,¬†Ian Clarke¬†and Winifred Kamit. ‚ÄėResponsive and knowledgeable‚Äô senior associate¬†Wavie Kendino¬†is also recommended.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth is a new entry to the Papua New Guinean market. Vaughan Mills heads the practice, having joined from Allens. The firm is particularly focused on energy and natural resources, banking and finance, capital markets, M&A and infrastructure. Litigation specialist Allan Mana is another key member of the team.

Norton Rose Fulbright focuses on energy and natural resources, infrastructure, financial services, tourism and transport. It handles corporate acquisitions worth billions of dollars and has experience in strategically important shipping matters, among other kinds of work. Karo Lelai heads the team on the ground in Papua New Guinea, supported by Australia-based Keira Brennan. Other key members of the team include Ernest Van Buuren and Tom Young. Paul Toua joined the firm as special counsel, and Gavin Scott and Natalie Lonergan joined as partners. Anthony Latimer left to join Bird & Bird in Sydney in July 2018.

O’Briens Lawyers focuses on the local market but is also adept at handling multi-jurisdictional commercial matters. Areas of expertise include energy, construction and banking litigation. Steven O’Brien heads the practice and specialises in corporate finance and natural resources.

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