Energy (transactions and regulatory) in Australia
Allens can handle a comprehensive range of mandates in the power and utilities sectors, including renewable energy, large-scale electricity procurements, new energy and metering, and regulation. It also assists large consumers such as BlueScope Steel and Sydney Trains on the procurement of new electricity supply contracts. Andrew Mansour, the power and utilities sector leader, advises government, sponsors, financiers and contractors on water, gas, solar and wind projects and more recently battery storage. Anna Collyer's broad expertise includes renewables matters and she has been appointed by the Australian Federal Government to undertake an independent review of the Greenhouse and Energy Standards Act. Igor Bogdanich co-heads the group and Tracey Greenaway in Perth is known for her long-standing expertise in the oil and gas sectors.
Andrew Mansour; Igor Bogdanich
CK Infrastructure Holdings Limited
Intelligent Water Networks (IWN)
- Advised a consortium led by CK Infrastructure on a proposed $13bn acquisition of listed Australian energy infrastructure business, APA Group.
- Advised Snowy Hydro on the sale of the NSW and Victorian Government’s shareholding in Snowy Hydro to the Commonwealth Government.
- Advised Macquarie on the acquisition of Phoenix Energy’s interest in the first commercial-scale waste-to-energy facility in Kwinana, Western Australia, in conjunction with Dutch investment fund, DIF, which has existing interests in the Western Australian renewables sector.
- Advising Intelligent Water Networks, acting on behalf of 13 Victorian water corporations, on its creation of an SPV zero emissions water (ZEW), including preparing the constitution documents, and the preparation and negotiation of ZEW’s entry into a PPA as well as a tripartite agreement and credit support documents.
- Advising British fund manager, Octopus Investments, on its first Australian, and largest global, renewable energy investment.
A collaborative team at Ashurst attracts impressive work in areas including LNG, renewables, waste and regulatory and carbon issues. It can handle the life cycle of projects from development and financing to M&A and disputes. It also has the capability to manage cross-border projects; together with London colleagues it is acting for an Austrian company regarding a joint venture with a Malaysian oil and gas independent. Peter Vaughan in Perth heads Asia oil and gas - his expertise is sought by the likes of Woodside Energy and Oil Search and corporate specialist Shane Kyriakou in Melbourne leads on power and utilities. Some of the other senior team members include the Sydney-based seasoned operator Michael Harrison and Paul Newman in Brisbane who counts Shell Australia and Enel Green Power among his clients. Tara Graneri is a noted senior associate and the team has further expanded with Dan Brown and Alex Guy having joined from DLA Piper.
Peter Vaughan; Shane Kyriakou
Korea Gas Corporation
- Advising Edify Energy in relation to the Darlington Point Solar Farm which involved development, project financing and equity sell-down advice.
- Advising Phoenix Energy, the project company, on the development and project financing of the Kwinana Waste-to-Energy Project.
- Advising Woolworths Group Limited on all aspects of the procurement process to obtain renewable energy offtake and green products.
- Advising Enel Green Power SpA on the entry into a joint development agreement in relation to the Cohuna and Girgarre Solar Farms.
- Acting for each of EnergyAustralia and Spotless (separately) on their participation in the Ballarat Battery Storage Project.
Clayton Utz is home to a large team of specialists who provide corporate/M&A and regulatory expertise and extensive industry knowledge in the energy markets. Stuart MacGregor heads a practice that is adept at delivering complex projects in the gas, oil, electricity and renewables arenas in addition to regulatory advice on gas and electricity networks - advising clients on economic and policy issues. Emma Covacevich is in demand for her oil and gas expertise, and together with Brett Cohen, acts for clients such as APLNG and Squadron Energy. Dan Howard advises on utilities, renewables, electricity, gas and water mandates and Faith Taylor is especially noted on the regulatory side. The well rated Samy Mansour (corporate, investments and supply arrangements) and Liz Humphry have both been promoted to partners.
Other key lawyers:
‘We often work with Samy Mansour. Though he has been made a partner relatively recently, he is already very reliable both in terms of quality and timing (quick response). He is always ready to makes helpful and practical suggestions (e.g., to move forward difficult contract negotiations), not just on purely legal matters.’
‘Experts in transaction subject matter, easy to work with and effective in producing legal agreements that work. Better than other legal firms.‘
- Advised the consortium of sellers led by Brookfield and Macquarie on the $2.15bn sale of Quadrant Energy to Santos Limited. Quadrant holds interests in some of Australia’s most significant oil and gas infrastructure, including Varanus Island.
- Advised Squadron Energy, the largest participant in AIE on its LNG joint venture with Japanese trading house Marubeni and JERA (a joint venture created by Tokyo Electric and Chubu Electric), the world’s biggest LNG buyer. The venture plans to develop NSW’s first LNG import terminal at Port Kembla with capacity to supply more than 70% of NSW’s annual gas demand from 2020.
- Advised Beach Energy on the sale of a 40% interest in its iconic Otway petroleum assets in offshore Victoria to OG Energy for a reported $344m and on its consequential joint venture and tie-in arrangements with OG Energy.
- Acting as Australian counsel to Danish fund manager Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners on its joint venture investment (with Offshore Energy Ltd) in the A$8bn 2GW “Star of the South” project – a huge off-shore wind farm.
- Acting for Mitsui E&P (previously AWE) on its investment in the Waitsia gas project in WA with Mitsui as operator (Mitsui 50%/ Beach Energy 50%). the advice related to a range of regulatory and commercial matters including a complex set of ‘trigger’ issues.
Herbert Smith Freehills
Headed by Nick Baker in Melbourne, the Herbert Smith Freehills team undertakes large-scale transactions in the energy sector such as advising Santos on the $2.15bn acquisition of Quadrant Energy. It also handles a range of renewables and new technologies such as virtual power stations in addition to regulatory and competition issues and inquiries. Robert Merrick and Stuart Barrymore in Perth together with associate Jane Ballard, provide a wealth of experience in the oil and gas and utilities sectors, advising on mergers and acquisitions, project development, finance and commodity trading. Peter Davis and David Ryan in Sydney have extensive expertise in M&A, joint ventures and regulatory issues in the energy and resources sectors including on clean energy projects. Robert Nicholson has some decades of experience of transactions across the utilities and infrastructure sectors including power sales agreements.
‘They have superior regulatory and market knowledge, good responsiveness and produce high quality work. Peter Davis has provided good service.’
‘A first class international team who are able to seamlessly manage cross-boarder or multi-jurisdiction matters in the oil and gas sector. Great at front-end transaction advice and negotiation, ongoing advice, and litigation management. Very responsive and commercially sensible.’
‘Stuart Barrymore in Perth has great energy and commercial knowledge as does senior associate Jane Ballard.’
‘Matthew Fitzgerald in Brisbane has great all round commercial knowledge.’
- Advised Santos on the acquisition of West Australian-based Quadrant Energy for $2.15bn.
- Advised BHP on the sale of its entire portfolio of onshore US oil and gas assets to a wholly owned subsidiary of BP plc.
- Advised Brookfield Infrastructure Group (Australia) in connection with the proposed sale of Enwave Australia Holdings (together with its subsidiary entities). . Enwave is an Australian company that owns and operates water, gas (as distributor and retailer), energy network and infrastructure assets throughout Australia.
- Acted for the NSW Treasury on the sale of its 58% shareholding in Snowy Hydro Limited to the Commonwealth of Australia.
- Advised Macquarie Capital and the project companies on the project development, corporate sale, offtake arrangements and project financing of the Lal Lal wind rarms to be developed in Victoria’s Central Highlands.
King & Wood Mallesons
In addition to many of the market leading transactions, King & Wood Mallesons is also focused on the movement towards clean energy; it advised Clean Energy Finance Corporation on an innovative waste management facility valued at A$60m. It is also well positioned to manage transactions across the Asia region. Louis Chiam, who heads the energy and utilities practice, is well known for his expertise in the oil and gas industries and based in Perth, Alan Murray and Tim Edwards are recommended and count ENGIE, Chevron Australia and BHP Billiton among their clients. In Brisbane, Craig Rogers' broad experience includes advising APA Group on the Surat Basin Tipton West gas processing facility. Vishal Ahuja is recommended for his breadth of skills in the electricity and gas industries.
Allen & Overy
Geoff Simpson heads the Perth-based Allen & Overy practice. Its core strength is its ability, working with global offices, to manage regional and global transactions for the likes of Osaka Gas as well as on-shore work for Viva Energy Group. Its focus is on corporate transactions such as acquisitions, joint ventures and finance/capital markets work including IPOs in the power, utilities, renewables and LNG areas. Meredith Campion has impressive expertise in capital markets and corporate matters as does Peter Wilkes in the areas of debt, project and leveraged financing. Adam Stapledon (in Sydney) applies an impressive range of banking and finance skills to the sector and consultant Angus Jones continues to provide assistance to clients.
- Advised EG Group Limited on its A$1.725bn acquisition of the Woolworths Petrol Business (WOW Petrol) from Woolworths Group Limited which was announced to the ASX in November 2018.
- Acted for Fluence in its capacity as energy storage supplier and long-term monitor of the energy storage system, including negotiating the development-phase equipment, supply and services agreement and operations-phase long term services agreement (including pass-through obligations from the ARENA and Victorian Government funding agreements).
- Advised the Thai national oil company PTTEP on the sale of its 100% interest and operatorship in the producing Montara oil project offshore Australia including production licences and the Montara Venture FPSO to Jadestone Energy.
- Advised Viva Energy Group on its listing on the ASX, raising approximately A$2.6bn at a market capitalisation of A$4.8bn.
- Continuing to act for BHP in the long-running investigation by the Australian competition regulator into what it says are high and uncompetitive gas prices.
Vaughan Mills heads the Corrs Chambers Westgarth practice from Brisbane and Port Moresby. It provides a full service, from transactional and regulatory advice on energy projects to financing, competition and dispute resolution. With 'exceptional knowledge of the industry' Peter Jarosek is sought out by government agencies as well as oil and gas companies including on emerging issues and new approaches to supply agreements. Michael MacGinley's experience crosses energy and natural resources; Gavin MacLaren has joined as both a partner and CEO from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Singapore and Abigail Gill has joined from a major resources/energy corporate.
‘There is great partner engagement. Peter Jarosek is a highly experienced and well-regarded partner in the energy team. The firm has a lower profile compared to some of the other major law firms though.’
‘Peter Jarosek – it is refreshing to have a partner who does most of the work and consequently he has full knowledge of the matter in hand. Although his hourly rates are higher, the savings in terms of efficiency and less overlap makes it all worth while. His knowledge of the industry is exceptional.’
Incitec Pivot Limited
Clean Energy Finance Corporation
- Assisting Oil Search Limited with all aspects of the development of the Papua LNG Project – including regulatory processes to obtain permits and the negotiation of LNG sales contracts with non-PNG counterparties.
- Acted for BP on the complex and highly contentious proposed $1.8bn acquisition of Woolworths’ entire national network of 530 retail petrol service station sites and a network of development sites.
- Advised Incitec Pivot Limited on a complex suite of contracts to secure the continued supply of gas to its Gibson Island fertiliser plant near Brisbane.
- Advised Woodside Energy on its acquisition of a 50% stake in the Scarborough Gas Field from ESSO Australia Resources; Woodside now holds a 75% stake. The deal was valued at $400m.
- Advised longstanding client BP on various matters relating to the Kwinana Oil Refinery, including the renegotiation of a long-term agreement for the supply of electricity and steam to BP’s Kwinana Petroleum Refinery.
Gilbert + Tobin
The 'outstanding' Chris Flynn leads the Gilbert + Tobin practice which brings together infrastructure, finance, corporate and regulatory specialists who focus on the energy industry. The team advises on solar and wind farm projects and areas such as battery storage and behind-the-meter projects in addition to conventional electricity and gas matters. Justin Little in Perth counts CNOOC NWS and Beach Energy among his clients and recently made-up partner Tim Kennedy acts for corporate and government clients on project development, M&A transactions, joint ventures and offtake agreements. Simon Muys, who heads the competition team, and Jennifer Barron deal with the competition and regulatory issues arising from merger clearances and investigations and work closely with the team.
‘Chris Flynn is an outstanding lawyer who is very commercially minded and solutions focused. No obstacle seems too big for Chris to handle.’
Beach Energy Limited
CNOOC NWS Private Limited
Finder Exploration Pty Ltd
Whitehaven Coal Limited
Meridian Energy Australia Pty Ltd
- Advised Jadestone Energy on its acquisition of the Montara oil project (Montara) from PTT Exploration and Production Company Limited.
- Advised Wesfarmers Limited on the sale of it 13.23% stake in Quadrant Energy to Santos Limited alongside co-sellers Brookfield, Macquarie and AMB Holdings. A transaction valued at $2.15bn.
- Advising the Australian subsidiary of Chinese state-owned entity, CNOOC, on an ongoing basis with respect of its equity interest in the North West Shelf LNG Project. This involves providing a range of advice on the key commercial arrangements underpinning the project.
- Advised the syndicate of banks funding A$160m for stage 1 of Pacific Hydro’s Haughton Solar Farm Project valued at A$160m.
- Acted for Tilt Renewables Limited in connection with the A$400m financing of the Dundonnell Wind Farm.
Jee-Seon Lee, who heads the Johnson Winter & Slattery energy and natural resources practice from Perth, is considered a 'valuable ally' by clients thanks to her negotiating skills and industry power supply experience. In Melbourne, Peter Rose is well known for the scale of his commercial transactions, regulations, and competition expertise and for advising State and Commonwealth Governments on mining and petroleum legislation. Michael Dulaney is noted for his handling of LNG, oil and gas and electricity projects, while John Keeves and Amanda Seaton in Adelaide are noted for their expertise in the gas and electricity markets.
‘There is significant partner involvement including on workstreams that would usually be performed by associates at other firms.’
‘Jee-Seon Lee has significant industry power supply experience. Her industry knowledge, coupled with experience negotiating power purchase agreements for many different end-users, made her the perfect ally. Whilst a contract is a contract, knowing and understanding what risks usually fall to the supplier and what is usually taken on by the purchaser was extremely valuable.’
‘The team is very knowledgeable, easy to work with and pragmatic. They provide good levels of challenge and scrutiny that help our business develop and refine ideas outside the traditional pure legal. The partners and senior team members (Roxanne Smith, Rohan Madders, Chris Beames)are well regarded by our business and our business peers and work widely across our sector. This is very valuable to us as we are provided with up-to-date insights into developments in energy sector regulations that are central to our business.’
‘The JWS team integrate and work as a part of the client’s team so all think they are one team. This together with the depth and breadth of experience is valuable. From our experience, the JWS lawyers are always conscious of the clients’ requirements and perspective – whereas some (not all) other firms do not integrate and take the clients perspective to the same extent.’
Total E & P
Australia Pacific LNG
Australian Gas Networks
Veolia Water Australia
Infrastructure Capital Group
Bluewaters Power Station II Pty Ltd
Gas Market Reform Group
State of South Australia
- Advising the State of South Australia in negotiation of arrangements with Tesla to develop a virtual power plant using South Australian Housing Trust Properties as the starting point for the rollout programme.
- Advising Total on all aspects of a transaction in which it has agreed to divest 4% of its participating interest to operating partner INPEX, for an overall consideration of $1.6bn in the Ichthys LNG project.
- Acted for Quanta Services Australia Pty Ltd in its initial acquisition of a 30% interest in Mitchell Water Australia Pty Ltd and taking a call option to acquire the remaining 70% interest.
- Advising ATCO Gas Australia to assist in the preparation of and regulatory review process with the Economic Regulation Authority under the National Gas Rules and National Gas Law as applied in WA.
- Assisting Brisbane- based oil & gas company Senex Energy Limited with the negotiation and drafting of a gas supply agreement, and a raw gas supply and water transfer agreement, both with the participants in the Gladstone LNG Project.
MinterEllison is highly commended for its 'unparalleled knowledge of national electricity market law'. A substantial team, based largely in Brisbane and Perth is led by Simon Scott and counts electricity generators and distributors across Australia, regulators, key Asian and Australian oil and gas operators – such as ConocoPhillips and Petro China – and state governments among its clients. Mark Carkeet, Clay Wohling and special counsel Fiona Lewis are core, senior team members; Brendan Clark heads the oil and gas industry team. Matthew Knox in Perth is highlighted for his 'stand out' knowledge and experience and Tim Hanmore has joined the team from McCullough Robertson.
Other key lawyers:
‘The regulatory environments for electricity and gas is a specialist area and Minters have the right mix of familiarity and understanding of both that regulatory environment and how the industry works.’
‘Matt Knox has been on the Perth energy scene for some time now and his knowledge and experience in this specialist area of practice stands out.’
‘They have unparalleled knowledge of the national electricity market law.’
‘Brendan Clark takes the time to understand your business and provides practical advice that supports your business.’
Australia Petroleum Production and Exploration Association
Rio Tinto (including Oyu Tolgoi LLC)
SA Power Networks
- Continues to act for Flinders Power (a former subsidiary of Alinta Energy) in relation to all aspects of the closure of its Northern and Playford B power stations at Port Augusta in South Australia and the Leigh Creek coal mine that supplied coal to them.
- Advising Hillgrove Resources on its 220MW emerging pumped hydro energy storage project, which will utilise the mine pit of the Kanmantoo Copper Mine as part of the water storage system for the project.
- Advised Northleaf Capital Partners on its acquisition of a 40% interest in Lal Wind Farms, two wind generation projects in Victoria.
- Supported the Victorian Government in the design and implementation of its Victorian Renewable Energy Target reverse auction program, a key element of its target of achieving 25 per cent of electricity in Victoria from renewable sources by 2020.
- Continues to advise SA Power Networks in relation to its multi-billion dollar regulatory proposal to the Australian Energy Regulator for the 2020-2025 regulatory control period and its compliance with the regulatory framework established under the National Electricity Rules.
Norton Rose Fulbright is home to an impressive team that provides the energy industry with the full range of skills in relation to both traditional and new energy technologies. It advises on the life cycle of energy projects including specialist financing and counts financiers and other investors among its clients. Head of the energy team and co-head of the APAC group, Paul Lingard in Perth has an established track record assisting Australian and multinational companies with their operations in the power and oil and gas sectors and counts Woodside, Osaka Gas, Quadrant and ConocoPhillips among his clients. Kelly Davies heads the power industry team from Sydney and Claire Forster has a focus on utilities and national energy law; the Snowy Hydro retail business is a long-standing client. The enlarged team includes Miriam D’Souza who joined from Herbert Smith Freehills; David Jewkes from King & Wood Mallesons and Jessica Davies from Clifford Chance.
- Advised Shell on a range of matters (it is a member of Shell panel) including on the $13bn Shell QGC Gas Project.
- Advising the Queensland Government regarding energy policy and legislation reform.
- Advised Snowy Hydro on its 888MW renewable energy procurement strategy.
- Advised Allianz Global Corporate, Specialty and Nephila Climate on two Australian firsts – a proxy revenue swaps for solar projects globally and a first proxy revenue swaps for a wind project in Australia.
- Advised Woodside and Osaka Gas (Sunrise JV) on negotiating PSC arrangements with the Timor-Leste and Australian governments.
Baker McKenzie maintains a reputation for its work on climate change law and international carbon markets. This complements an energy practice that has a strong focus on renewable and clean energy, which is led by practice head Paul Curnow. Sean Duffy is head of the energy, mining and infrastructure group and Zoe Hilson is another senior partner who handles work relating to thermal energy projects and renewable energy. The team also handles work in the conventional energy sectors and provides the gamut of corporate and M&A expertise, as well as finance and tax. Sean Rush has left the firm and Christopher Saxon has retired.
Paul Curnow; Sean Duffy
Other key lawyers:
Australian Renewable Energy Agency
- Advised Landis+Gyr as part of a successful consortium bid with Pacific Equity Partners – via their joint venture intelliHub – for Origin Energy’s smart metering business, Acumen with a deal value of A$267m.
- Acted for Naturgy on its bid to tender its 180.6 MW Berrybank Wind Farm and its successful award under the Victorian Reverse Auction Scheme, valued at $284m.
- Advising DP Energy in respect to the project development and proposed sale of its unique combined wind and solar project in Port Augusta, South Australia.
- Acting for Genex Power Limited, as sponsor in respect of the development, equity investment and financing of the Kidston renewable energy hub, consisting of a 270 MW solar farm and 250 MW pumped hydro storage project in Kidston, North Queensland.
- Acting with its Hong Kong office, advised Macquarie, through its GIG Pathway Investments arm, on a strategic early stage equity investment in the holding company for the proposed A$22bn Asian Renewable Energy Hub project in the Pilbara.
Nadia Kalic in Sydney and Sam Luttrell and Philip Sealey in Perth head the Clifford Chance energy and natural resources practice. Sealey also spearheads the Asia renewable power group. Across the energy and natural resources sectors, a multi-disciplinary offering has a focus on advising equity investors, sponsors and financiers on all aspects of renewables transactions involving capital raising, M&A, financings, commodity trading and disputes/arbitration. Tracey Renshaw has left the practice.
Nadia Kalic; Dr Sam Luttrell; Philip Sealey
Macquarie, Orsted and Swancor Renewable Energy
Coleambally Solar Farm
- Advising Quadrant Energy on a complete restructure and development of the joint venture and operating arrangements in respect of the Varanus Island Gas Hub and its related gas fields including the Harriet, John Brookes, Spar, East Spar and Reindeer joint ventures.
- Acting for the Global Infrastructure Partners led consortium (including CIC and PSP) which has acquired Equis Energy’s renewable power assets in Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Thailand and Taiwan.
- Advising Arrow Energy across the entire value chain of development (upstream and midstream) for its coal seam gas project in Queensland.
- Acted for Macquarie, Ørsted (previously known as DONG Energy), and Swancor Rewewable Energy (the Sponsors)on the development of the Formosa Offshore Windfarm.
- Advised the lenders in relation to the financing of the construction of the Tailem Bend Solar Farm in South Australia.
DLA Piper is highlighted for being one of the firms that provides domestic and global/cross-border expertise in the energy markets. Brisbane-based Stephen Webb heads the Asia energy practice and has built a significant international practice advising government departments in jurisdictions such as Timor-Leste, the Philippines, the Maldives and Vietnam. In Sydney, Alex Regan's skills encompass energy, resources and infrastructure financings and investments including in relation to greenfield and brownfield developments and acquisitions. Kate Papailiou in Brisbane acts for clients including the NSW Department of Planning and Environment on the Regional Community Energy Fund and for ARENA on a complex microgrid combining solar, wind, battery and gas generation for an offgrid deployment. In Perth, Alex Jones co-heads the global mining group and is head of finance and projects. The firm has recruited a number of new lawyers including in the finance/projects area, including Chris Mitchell from Norton Rose Fulbright and Tom Fotheringham from King & Wood Mallesons.
‘DLA Piper have both a domestic and international presence in the Energy markets. Other firms indicate they have this presence but the reality is often significantly different. The DLA Piper executives are specialists in the domestic and international energy markets. This gives DLA Piper a significant competitive advantage.’
MEC Resources Limited
Western Gas Corporation Pty Ltd
Sunset Power International Pty Ltd t/a Delta Electricity
Alinta Energy Developments Pty Ltd
Ljungstrom Pty Ltd
Quantum Power GK
Gladstone Renewable Electricity Pty Ltd
Bungala Solar Holdings Pty Ltd
RS Energy Group Topco, Inc.
Murphy Oil Company. Ltd.
Tas Gas Networks Pty Ltd
AGP1 Aust Pty Ltd
MEC Resources Limited
The Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
Australian Renewable Energy Agency
Clean Energy Finance Corporation
ActewAGL Distribution (now known as Evoenergy)
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
CitiPower Pty Ltd and Powercor Australia Limited
Volt Power (formerly Enerji Limited)
Equis Funds Group
JKC Australia Pty Ltd
Acciona Construction Australia Pty Ltd
Basslink Pty Ltd
- Advised Infigen Energy on its acquisition of the 109MW flexible, fast-start Smithfield Open Cycle Gas Turbine in Western Sydney, valued at A$74m.
- Advised power generation specialist Pacific Energy Limited on its A$90m acquisition of Contract Power Group.
- Advised Vena Energy on its development of a 127 MW solar farm and 132/3Kv substation at Tailem Bend.
- Advising CitiPower, Powercor and United Energy on their distribution price reset process before the Australian Energy Regulator for the forthcoming 2021-25 regulatory period including advising on their regulatory proposals to the AER.
- Advised US-headquartered Helios Technologies on the A$35m 100% acquisition of Australian business Custom Fluidpower.
The team at HFW is credited with having 'strong complementary skills' across the energy market. Simon Adams, 'an expert in the WA energy market' heads a team that is across utilities and energy transactions, competition issues and disputes and includes expertise on downstream oil and gas. Adams acts for Synergy and Horizon Power, leaders in delivering energy to remote areas. Helen Verrier, who joined from Dentons, provides 'invaluable' help to clients on transactions and regulatory matters. Other well-regarded lawyers include Jo Garland, Caroline Brown and Graham Nagle.
‘The team has strong complementary skills spanning knowledge of the energy market, analytical investigation, contract construction, dispute resolution and litigation.’
‘I consider Simon Adams to be an expert in the WA energy market and who understands the big picture and the detail of the operation of the market.’
‘Graham Nagle provides expert advice and expert contract structuring skill.’
‘Jo Garland has provided valuable assistance to quickly turn around regulatory documents and, together with Caroline Brown, has ably assisted us to assert challenges were necessary.
‘Helen Verrier has been invaluable in providing advice on cross-jurisdictional commercial and regulatory issues.’
‘The HFW team know our business and the ethical framework in which we operate. They are capable of operating as part of a team, bouncing off client input, without trying to drive the bus all the time. Notwithstanding that they know when to stand up and say this situation needs proper legal structure/protection.’
Electricity Generation and Retail Corporation, trading as Synergy
Australian Energy Market Operator (manages the National Electricity Market)
Economic Regulation Authority of Western Australia
Goldfields Power Pty Ltd
Gas Trading Australia Pty Ltd
Yara Pilbara Pty Ltd
Agora Retail Pty Ltd
- Advises Electricity Generation and Retail Corporation, trading as Synergy (large energy retailer with 1m+ customers and A$3bn+ revenue).
- Acting for Synergy in a regulatory investigation by the Economic Regulation Authority related to the price of electricity. Advice includes analysing and explaining a complicated electricity bidding model.
- Representing TEC Pipe (a subsidiary of Canadian-headquartered TransAlta) in a dispute with FMG regarding the Solomon Power Station in the Pilbara.
- Advising Horizon Power on its response to Alinta’s application for access to the client’s part of the North West Interconnected System – the world’s largest and most remote electricity network.
- Handles downstream and midstream petroleum work in Australia for a major international oil company, including transactional work, asset divestiture, pipeline matters in relation to the passage of hydrocarbons, and property and environmental matters.
Based in Melbourne, Hive Legal's expertise spans electricity and gas market regulation, renewable energy, climate change and new energy technologies. It is also notable for its flexible approach to fee structures. Mitzi Gilligan and Andrew Brookes are highlighted for 'providing the client with exceptional confidence in the positions taken'. Susan Taylor has a strong international background in transactions and regulatory issues in the energy markets and has been involved in the development of regulatory frameworks for electricity and gas markets in Australia and elsewhere in Asia Pacific.
Mitzi Gilligan; Andrew Brookes; Susan Taylor
‘The team understands our business and the industry in which we operate completely. Through their deep industry experience and consistently thorough approach and advice they provide a level of service that provides clients with a very high level of confidence in positions ultimately taken.‘
‘Mitzi Gilligan has a depth of market knowledge and experience in the regulatory sector and thoroughness in determining key risks for clients. Andrew Brookes provides thorough legal analysis of a particular topic and to a client’s position. He has the ability to clearly explain positions. Both individuals provide the client with exceptional confidence in the positions taken.‘
‘The innovative fixed fee structure gives clients confidence around efficiency. All lawyers are high performers who have made a decision to work in an environment where they can better balance high quality results with flexible working arrangements and client focus.
‘Andrew Brookes has an in-depth understanding of the energy markets and is able to understand and document complex commercial structures. Mitzi Gilligan is a highly experienced commercial lawyer who provides valued advice.’
AGL Energy Limited
Alcoa of Australia Limited
Origin Energy Electricity Limited
Hydro Tasmania/ Momentum Energy
Palisade Asset Management
- Advising Origin Energy on its successful sale by a competitive bid process of its ‘Acumen’ electricity smart metering business.
- Advised Alcoa of Australia Limited on the negotiation of reserve contract with Australian Energy Market Operator and associated contractual and regulatory arrangements which arose in the context of serious concerns for the security of electricity supply over the summer peak period.
- Advising Lochard Energy on a wide range of its gas market, general business activities and regulatory matters.
- Advised Jacana Energy on a procurement for the acquisition of renewable electricity and large-scale generation certificates from new large-scale solar generation facilities in the Northern Territory and associated power purchase agreement negotiations; other wholesale electricity supply and renewable energy target certificate arrangements with Territory-owned and private sector generators; and renewable energy regulation as it applies to retailers.
- Advised Momentum Energy Pty Ltd (a subsidiary of Hydro Tasmania) on a number of regulatory and commercial projects of significance to the Momentum Energy retail electricity and gas business.
In addition to its industry knowledge, the Jackson McDonald energy team 'has a deep understanding of the regulatory issues and the direction that government wants the energy sector to take through the reform process'. Practice head Matthew Bowen garners much praise including for his 'stand-out mix of intellect, drive and humility' and the whole team is seen as 'nimble and flexible'. Elizabeth Tylich is also acknowledged for her sector-specific corporate skills and Cheryl Dickson, who has a background in-house, has joined from DLA Piper.
‘Outstanding energy practice.‘
‘The partners and senior associates have a deep understanding of the sector, something I believe separates them from competitors.’
‘Matthew Bowen is a lateral thinker, understands the whole picture not just the legal picture. Excellent knowledge in both areas. This firm and this partner are in a league of their own.‘
‘Matthew Bowen; no other partner or law firm has recognised the importance of taking the time to build relationships.’
‘Western Australia has different regulatory and energy market arrangements from the rest of Australia, and as a WA-based firm, Jackson McDonald has expertise in the WA market.’
‘Jackson McDonald seems to do a very good job of training/mentoring junior staff, so they have an effective team, not just some good partners with some junior lawyers to do the grunt work.’
‘Liz Tylich is also very strong.’
Public Utilities Office
Dunsborough Community Energy Project
Various Microgrid matters
Renewable Hydrogen Council
- Advised the Public Utilities Office on a variety of proposed reforms in connection with access to electricity networks in the Pilbara.
- Assisting the Dunsborough Community Energy Project by: drafting the necessary agreements, including the VPP services agreement and equipment lease agreement; advising on the possible commercial structures; and assisting with public consultation.
- Regularly provide advice to various property developers on the relevant regulatory barriers and considerations in connection with plans to develop a microgrid within future strata developments, using solar generation and battery storage capability.
- Advising Tersum, a WA energy market participant, industry advisor, and regional local and State Government representative, who has been supporting community objectives. Advising on a range of commercial and regulatory matters related to the planning and implementation of energy projects in Geraldton.
- Advising a government minister/the Renewable Hydrogen Council on policy and providing strategic guidance regarding regulatory reform.
A compact team at Jones Day advises governments, national oil, gas, electricity trading companies and financial institutions on a range of M&A, financing transactions, legislative and policy issues and foreign investment laws. Brisbane-based team head Andrew Smith offers a wealth of experience in these areas as does the 'brilliant' Tony Wassaf who has some 30 years of experience of mining, pipeline, and energy projects. Darren Murphy and Adam Conway have extensive experience of transactions throughout Asia.
‘Jones Day is unique in that, rather than the client dealing with multiple layers of legal practitioners within the team as is more common practice, the contact, communication and advice is, in my experience, directly with the partner. This is from a client perspective, efficient, effective and eliminates any feeling of over-servicing.’
‘Tony Wassaf is a brilliant lawyer and also available, responsive, very broadly commercial, practical, quick and above all, concise.’
‘They have a strong customer focus and ability to adapt to the client’s needs.’
The Energy & Minerals Group Fund
Centennial Coal Company
Slipstream Resources International Pty Ltd
Cement NSW Pty Limited
Bloomfield Collieries Pty Limited
- Advised Slipstream Resources Investments Pty Ltd on selling its 18.75% shareholding in Savannah Lithium Limited, a Portugal company which owns the Mina Do Barroso lithium development project in Northern Portugal, to its joint venture partner Savannah Resources plc.
- Advised Coronado in the acquisition of additional coal mining areas at the Curragh coal mine in central Queensland, from Stanwell Corporation Limited for A$210m, and the entry into a further long-term coal supply agreement with Stanwell.
- Acting for promoter of Port Kembla Falcon import cement terminal, including shareholders agreement for Falcon CP (NSW) Pty Ltd and Cement Terminal Construction, Licence and Services Agreement with GrainCorp Operations Ltd and cement supply arrangements.
The McCullough Robertson resources and renewables team, based largely in Brisbane, offers a wealth of expertise from seasoned partners through to associates. It is home to specialist lawyers in each of the areas affecting energy projects including land access and native title matters. Damien Clarke and Louise Horrocks head the practice and in addition to their mining clients, assist a range of businesses in the renewables and the oil and gas industries. John Kettle brings additional international experience of the energy markets and partners Adrian Smith and Aaron Dahl deal with a range of corporate, capital raising and regulatory matters.
Damien Clarke; Louise Horrocks
Indygen Utility Limited
United Petroleum Pty Ltd
Freedom Oil & Gas Limited
Clean Teq Holdings Limited
Elliott Green Power Australia
- Advised CS Energy in restructuring arrangements regarding supply arrangements and related securities, for the ongoing supply of energy to their power stations.
- Advises Senex Energy Limited on project approvals matters, including native title and cultural heritage issues, affecting its operations across both Queensland and South Australia.
- Advising DP Energy on the expansion of their Australian investment into the renewable energy sector. Project advice included the negotiation of multiple land access and tenure to secure sites for solar and wind farms.
- Advising McKam Aust Pty Ltd on the sell down and joint venture arrangements for gas tenements in the Northern Territory.
- Acting for an international exploration company in various jurisdictions in Australia, on a range of matters including project approvals, native title and cultural heritage matters, environmental approvals, land access, and on coal seam gas tenement grants.
With noted strength in South Australia and Queensland, Piper Alderman is highlighted for its deep expertise in the oil and gas industries. Gordon Grieve in Sydney and Ashley Watson in Adelaide head the practice which includes Martin Lovell who is referred to as a 'magic circle quality' lawyer. The team handles a range of work for clients such as ElectraNet and Petrel Energy. It also handles electricity and renewables work advising on corporate, finance and disputes; Kathryn Walker has a focus on electricity and renewables matters in addition to related environmental issues. Josh Steele in Brisbane is also recommended.
Gordon Grieve; Ashley Watson
‘Martin Lovell is magic circle quality.’
‘All offices have experienced practitioners in oil and gas, and other energy related sectors, including related regulatory, insurance, M&A, and capital markets dealings.’
‘Wide experience in the sector through Grieve (Sydney), and Steele (Brisbane). All practitioners are widely known in, and have a deep knowledge of, the oil and gas sector.’
Byron Energy Limited
Lakes Oil N.L.
Leigh Creek Energy
Lucas Total Contract Solutions
Next Business Energy Pty Ltd
SA Power Networks
Solar Edge Technologies
Warrego Energy (formerly Petrel Energy(
Wave Rider Energy
- Advising ElectraNet in relation to the SA-NSW Interconnector Project known as Project EnergyConnect – construction of a new 330 kilovolt (kV) above-ground transmission line connecting South Australia and New South Wales, with an added connection to north west Victoria.
- Advised on the A$50m reverse takeover of Petrel Energy Limited, by Warrego Energy Limited.
- Advised Galilee Energy on a successful A$13m capital raise.
- Advised Lucas Total Contract Solutions in relation to the balance of plant contract and subcontracting arrangements with Vestas for the A$280m Granville Harbour Wind Farm in Tasmania.
- Advising French-based renewable energy producer, Akuo Energy, in relation to its A$12m Jane Eliza Solar Farm.
In addition to its domestic practice, Squire Patton Boggs is known for its cross-border M&A expertise and its growing China practice - both incoming and outgoing transactions. Tony Chong and Tina Zhou work with Perth-based Simon Rear to assist Chinese clients. Margie Tannock heads the energy and natural resources practice and has expertise spanning environmental, regulatory and planning matters relating to mining and energy projects.
Shire of Leonora
Complete Power Solutions
Energy Fiji Ltd
- Advising Shire of Leonora – Azark Project (Nuclear Waste Material) in relation to the development of a hazardous and radioactive waste disposal facility.
- Acted for a consortium of the shareholders of Complete Power Solutions Pty Ltd in relation to the acquisition of 100% of its shares by a subsidiary of AmpControl Pty Ltd.
- Acted for RATCH-Australia Corporation Limited and its related entities on a corporate restructure and project financing based on the Kemerton and Townsville gas fired power stations.
- Acting for Subsea 7 – Learmonth Bundle Pipeline Fabrication Facility in relation to Project Heron Point, which is the development of a pipeline bundling facility at Learmonth in the north-west of Western Australia.
- Advising the Government of the Republic of Fiji (Ministry of Economy) on a number of matters including the corporatisation of Energy Fiji Limited from a commercial statutory authority to a public company and the reform of the regulatory framework for the generation, transmission, distribution and supply of electricity.
The relatively new White & Case LLP team in Melbourne is credited with 'great industry knowledge' and has established a reputation for its projects and project finance work which includes work in the energy sector. Andrew Clark advised on the Star of the South offshore wind farm transaction and on the project finance side Brendan Quinn has advised on a number of solar and wind farm projects. Tim Powers, who 'deeply comprehends complex issues', Joel Rennie, Jared Muller and Mark Montag are other notable practitioners and John Tivey is one of the practice heads who joined from the Hong Kong office.
Andrew Clark; Brendan Quinn; John Tivey
‘Great industry knowledge.‘
‘Jared Muller, Mark Montag: longstanding industry experience.‘
‘Country leading advice on renewable energy planning matters and related property advice.’
‘Tim Power – renewable energy and planning advice; able to deeply comprehend complex issues quickly and provide excellent advice.’
Star of the South Wind Farm Pty Ltd
Laing Investments Management Services (Australia) Limited
Neoen Australia Pty Ltd
Perdaman Chemicals and Fertilisers Pty Ltd
Fotowatio Renewables Ventures
InterGen (Australia) Pty Ltd
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
Esco Pacific Pty Ltd
Malakoff Corporation Berhad
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
- Providing advice to Star of the South Wind Farm Pty Ltd in relation to the development of an offshore wind farm in Victoria.
- Advised Neoen in connection with the development and A$198m project financing of the Numurkah Solar Farm, a 128MW solar farm to be constructed north of Shepparton in Victoria.
- Acting For Perdaman Chemicals And Fertilisers Pty Ltd in relation to all aspects of the development, financing, long-term gas supply and long-term offtake for the $4bn Urea Plant to be located on the Burrup Peninsula in Western Australia.
- Acting for FRV Services Australia Pty Ltd in relation to the development and project financing of the Winton Solar Farm.
- Acting for Intergen and the financiers in relation to the refinancing of the Millmerran power station.