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Alex Jones

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Partner, Finance & Projects


Alex is a partner in the Finance & Projects team in Perth. He provides advice in relation to the development and operation of mines and major infrastructure, including port, rail, gas, electricity and water. Alex regularly provides advice and assistance to industry in relation to regulatory reform through various committees and groups. To ensure a seamless provision of services, Alex also manages contentious work arising from the regulatory work. This includes the management of a large practice representing resource companies in administrative proceedings before the Mining Warden, including objections to tenement applications, applications for forfeiture and objections to exemption applications. Alex has considerable experience in proceedings for judicial review to overturn administrative decisions including Ministerial decisions. He also represents mining and infrastructure companies in general commercial litigation in the Supreme and Federal courts, including construction litigation and joint venture disputes. Alex has experience in preparing a full range of commercial agreements associated with project development and operations, including joint venture agreements, mining agreements, construction agreements and consultancy agreements.


Australian Mining & Petroleum Law Association National Environmental Law Association Chamber of Minerals & Energy Association of Mineral Exploration Companies


Bachelor of Laws, University of Western Australia, 1998 Bachelor of Arts, University of Western Australia, 1998


Natural resources (transactions and regulatory)

Within: Natural resources (transactions and regulatory)

DLA Piper’s 16-partner team attracted a steady domestic and international deal flow, advising the SGX-listed Alliance Mineral Assets on its announced merger with the ASX-listed Tawana Resources, as well as Atlas Iron on its agreement with Mineral Resources to combine via a scheme of arrangement. Regulatory work included advising Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal Management on access and regulatory issues. Alex Jones co-heads the global mining group out of Perth; the team includes regulatory expert Simon Uthmeyer, transactions specialist Michael Bowen and counsel Joanne Steer, who has a particular focus on advising mining sector clients. David Nancarrow left to take up a role in-house at Byrnecut Australia.

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Project development

Within: Project development

DLA Piper possesses considerable PPP expertise, including advising governments on structuring PPP schemes, and handles a range of infrastructure as well as renewables and mining sector matters. The team has seen some change, with Dan Brown and former head of PPP and transport Alex Guy leaving for Ashurst, and Simon Huxley joining Allen & Overy LLP; however, the firm has appointed new partners Alyson Eather and Rhys Davies and grew at associate and counsel level. Resolute Mining received advice on the development of the Syama and Ravenswood mining operations in Mali and Queensland, respectively. Infrastructure work included the team’s advice to the Acciona Ferrovial joint venture on the Melbourne Metro Tunnels and Stations PPP project. Alex Jones leads on mining project matters, and Stephen Webb handles energy projects work. Alex Regan and John Gallagher are also names to note. Finance and projects lawyer Kate Papailiou has ‘strong business acumen and industry knowledge’ and displays ‘a strong work ethic’.

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