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Darren Murphy

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Jones Day

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Energy | Energy Projects | Energy Transactions | M&A | Joint Ventures & Strategic Alliances




Darren Murphy is an experienced transactional lawyer focused on the energy, resources, and infrastructure sectors in Asia Pacific. He has represented a wide range of clients on their investments and transactions in the region, including in Australia, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, PNG, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Darren has acted on many of the Asia Pacific region's most significant oil and gas projects across upstream, midstream, and downstream, including major pipeline, LNG, refinery, and petchems developments. He is involved in all stages of oil and gas projects, including title and tenure, upstream issues and exploration, government agreements including production sharing contracts, joint ventures, royalty interests, drilling and services, unitizations, farm-ins and farm-outs, sales and offtake, facility development including pipelines, transportation, facility access rights, regulatory and operational issues, and investor protection. In addition to his project development work, Darren regularly leads major M&A transactions in the oil and gas sector. Darren also has worked in-house for a NYSE-listed energy company in Kansas City, Missouri where he handled transactions in the U.S., U.K., and Australia.


BAR ADMISSIONS: Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales; Permitted to practice Singapore law (commercial, finance, and corporate); Australia (Victoria, Western Australia, and New South Wales)


University of Melbourne (Bachelor of Laws with honours 1996; Bachelor of Commerce 1996)


Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

Jones Day fields a nine-partner team that includes Chris Ahern, Mark Crean, Matthew Latham and Brett Heading. It has been bolstered by the arrival of Courtney Dixon and Hemang Shah, who both joined as of counsel from Herbert Smith Freehills; Michael Lishman, who joined from Gresham Advisory Partners; and Isaac West from McCullough Robertson. The firm also relocated Darren Murphy from Singapore to add capacity to its new Melbourne office. The growing team can draw on the firm’s strong global practice, and recent cross-border work includes advising Lennox International on the $110m sale of its refrigeration businesses in Australia, New Zealand and Asia to Beijer Ref. Pepper Group instructed the team on its £367m acquisition by KKR Credit Advisors, KKR’s first successful takeover of an Australia-listed target.

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Energy (transactions and regulatory)

Within: Energy (transactions and regulatory)

Jones Day’s eight-partner team led by Andrew Smith capitalises on its global reach, assisting Tonen General Sekiyu, Japan’s third-largest oil refiner, with the oil and gas aspects of its $4.3bn merger with JX Nippon Oil & Energy, a matter that involved offices in Australia, the US, Japan and Singapore. The team also advised Japanese Suntory Holdings on its joint venture with Anellotech, a renewable chemicals and fuels company; both matters were led by Darren Murphy, who relocated from the firm’s Singapore office in order to boost the new Melbourne presence, and who ‘finds solutions and proactively drives outcomes in complex transactions that involve a need to prioritise headline issues'. Of counsel Tony Wassaf provides ‘practical and commercial legal advice and is very responsive to pressing legal matters’.

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Natural resources (transactions and regulatory)

Within: Natural resources (transactions and regulatory)

Jones Day’s ‘fantastic team’ has ‘the right mix of legal expertise and business savvy’ and is ‘thorough, but not over-the-top’. It advised Coronado Coal on its acquisition of the Curragh coal mine in Queensland from Wesfarmers, and acted for the same client on its proposed $2bn acquisition of the Hail Creek and Kestrel coal mines from Rio Tinto. Wanguo International Mining Group instructed the team on the share sale and purchase agreement for shares in AXF Gold Ridge. Practice head Andrew Smith has ‘a very good understanding of the Australian coal industry’ and is ‘not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get involved in the details’; the eight-partner practice includes Darren Murphy and of counsel Tony Wassaf.

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Foreign firms

Within: Foreign firms

Jones Day Indonesian practice is split between its Hong Kong and Singapore offices where it advises clients on capital markets, energy, projects and infrastructure, M&A, and banking and finance matters, as well as disputes. Of note is James Harris, who is highly experienced in infrastructure projects and acts for clients including IFC and the World Bank. Key members from the capital markets team include Jeffrey Maddox and of counsel Paul Kuo; the latter acted for Alpha JWC Ventures on the sale and purchase of shares in a US-based lending platform. Darren Murphy and Maria Pedersen are the names of note in the projects team; Murphy represented General Sekiyu on its $4.3bn merger with JX Nippon Oil & Energy. Corporate partners Elizabeth Cole, Alex Cull and Matt Skinner are also recommended.

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Singapore: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A – Foreign firms

Within: Corporate and M&A – Foreign firms

Jones Day's team has experienced notable growth in outbound transactions into the US for Singapore and India-based clients, and is increasingly being recognised for its experience in private equity transactions, including leveraged buyouts and minority investments, and real estate private equity deals. The team represents a number of local and regional private equity houses; recent highlights include advising PAG, one of Asia's largest alternative asset management firms, on an investment from the Blackstone Strategic Capital Holdings Fund. It also represented Park Place Technologies on its acquisition of Axentel Technologies' businesses in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and the Philippines. China outbound transactions are also at the heart of the practice, thanks in part to the presence of Elizabeth Cole.  Dennis Barsky is a 'sophisticated lawyer' who is 'rated as one of the most technical practitioners out there'. Ben Witherall was promoted to of counsel and is noted for his M&A expertise. Darren Murphy transferred to Melbourne.

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Singapore: Energy

Energy – Foreign firms

Within: Energy – Foreign firms

Jones Day has considerable bench strength in the Singapore office and has a particularly fine record in oil and gas M&A, as well as LNG to power projects in Bangladesh and Pakistan. Karthik Kumar is a leader in renewables and Alex Cull has an outstanding reputation in oil and gas transactions. Kumar led the team that advised BEXIMCO and Teesta Solar on its power purchase agreement with the Bangladesh Power Development Board to develop a 200MW solar power plant in Gaibandha, Bangladesh; this is the largest renewable energy project in Bangladesh. Darren Murphy has relocated to the firm's Melbourne office.

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