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Stephen Webb

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Partner, Finance & Projects and Head of Renewable Energy & Climate Change, Asia Pacific


Stephen is a projects partner based in Brisbane, having previously established and managed the firm's Abu Dhabi office and, prior to that, was based in Hong Kong for seven years as a project finance and construction partner at Clifford Chance. He has broad experience in advising developers, investors, lenders and government bodies on infrastructure, transportation, resource and energy projects and most recently, a particular focus on the renewable sector. Stephen advises on projects across Australia, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and South America. His project experience includes advising on all forms of power projects, pipelines, transportation (roads, tunnels, ports and airports), oil and gas, petrochemical and mining projects. Currently Stephen is advising, as lead partner, on pipeline, dam and port projects in Australia and Asia, solar and conventional power stations in Queensland, the ACT, Thailand, Malaysia, Mongolia and the Philippines and advising on petrochemical and resource projects in China Please refer to link for details of expertise and experience:


Supreme Court of New South Wales, 1992; Supreme Court of Queensland, 1993; Hong Kong, 1999; England and Wales, 2003




Bachelor of Commerce, University of Tasmania 1990; Bachelor of Laws, University of Tasmania 1990


Energy (transactions and regulatory)

Within: Energy (transactions and regulatory)

DLA Piper’s ‘excellent’ team is ‘proactive, reliable and easy to deal with’, and possesses ‘strong industry knowledge and business acumen’. The practice, headed by Stephen Webb, has been busy with renewables transactions and often attracts cross-border matters. It acted for ActewAGL in regulatory matters, drawing on the team’s energy pricing expertise, and remains a key adviser to the government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. Kate Papailiou is ‘willing to make judgement calls’ and is rated for her ‘strong expertise’ and ‘clear understanding of evolving energy market dynamics’. Alex Regan and regulatory experts Fleur Gibbons and Rhys Davies are also singled out. Dan Brown left to join Ashurst.

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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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