Energy (transactions and regulatory) in Australia

Allens

Allens has a broad offering in the energy space, reflected in its regular involvement in large-scale transactions and projects within the oil & gas, renewable energy, and power sectors. The team acts for high-profile national and multinational energy companies, infrastructure providers, and government bodies, offering strong cross-border and regulatory capabilities. In particular, the firm is highly active in energy transition and renewable energy transmission work, with a strong focus on regulatory reform, led by Sydney-based Kate Axup, who now jointly leads the team as head of power. Melbourne's Igor Bogdanich is the other team leader, focusing on major oil & gas transactions for domestic and international clients. Andrew Mansour in Sydney remains highly recommended for his work on energy projects, while Melbourne's Anna Collyer has extensive regulatory expertise and regularly advises the Government of Australia on legislation and reforms. Perth's Tracey Greenaway takes the lead on West Coast energy transactions and projects, with a strong record in LNG matters.

Practice head(s):

Kate Axup; Igor Bogdanich

Key clients

Snowy Hydro

Australian Energy Market Commission

Energy Security Board

Acciona

Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC)

Goldwind

TransGrid

Iberdrola

Alinta

Work highlights

  • Advising the Australian Energy Market Commission on changes to the National Electricity Rules aimed at improving price signals for generation and transmission investment in light of the energy market transition.
  • Advised Santos on its sale of a 25% interest in Darwin LNG and the associated Bayu-Undan gas field to SK E&S for $390m.
  • Advised Iberdrola on its acquisition of the Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park Stage 1 hybrid wind and solar project.

Ashurst

Ashurst enjoys consistent relationships with blue-chip clients in the energy and oil & gas sectors, advising across a wide variety of transactional, regulatory, and project-related matters. Alongside high-value transactions, investments, and ventures, the team has notable capabilities in contentious matters and energy transformation projects, working with major domestic and international names on a push towards renewable energy. The team is led from Perth by Richard Guit, who oversees the energy practice and has a strong record in waste-to-energy projects, alongside oil & gas lead Peter Vaughan, who offers great transactional and regulatory expertise to projects across the Asia-Pacific. Brisbane's Paul Newman advises on large-scale energy and utility projects, encompassing LNG, electricity, and downstream gas. Michael Harrison is a highly experienced projects partner with international experience, while Brisbane-based senior associate Tara Graneri regularly works with foreign investors on oil & gas matters.

Practice head(s):

Peter Vaughan; Richard Guit

Key clients

AGL

EnergyAustralia

Jemena

Mitsubishi

CleanCo

Shell

BP

Woodside

Santos

Alinta Energy

GLNG Operations

Oil Search

BHP

Mitsui

Work highlights

  • Advising Shell Energy Australia on its proposed acquisition of ERM Power.
  • Advised the development consortium sponsors on all aspects of the development of the A$500m East Rockingham Waste to Energy Project.
  • Advised EnergyAustralia on the negotiation and execution of a power purchase agreement with Genex Power Limited (Genex) for exclusive supply of the offtake from the 250MW K2-Hydro Project, in the form of an Energy Storage Services Agreement.

Clayton Utz

Clayton Utz is highly active in large-scale domestic and cross-border energy transactions, with on-the-ground experience across Australia. The team acts for a number of major domestic oil and gas providers, corporates, utilities companies, and renewable energy clients, reflecting broad expertise across the space. The practice has also expanded its share of inbound investor and cross-border work. Practice head Stuart MacGregor works for a diverse range of domestic and international energy producers and investment funds on transactions and the life-cycle of major projects. Perth's Brett Cohen advises investors, commodities traders, and suppliers on structuring, M&A, and project-related transactions. Emma Covacevich has advised on several high-value oil and gas M&A transactions in the past year, and is a key relationship partner to many domestic clients. Sydney-based Faith Taylor is a regulatory specialist, and supports public and private sector clients in transactions and wider regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Stuart MacGregor

Key clients

Origin Energy

Senex Energy

Horizon Power

Alinta Energy

Idemitsu

Australia Pacific LNG

Ergon Energy

Stanwell Corporation

Beach Energy

PetroChina

ConocoPhillips

Enel Green Power

Work highlights

  • Advising ConocoPhillips on the sale of Northern Australian and East Timorese assets to Santos Limited for $1.39bn.
  • Advising APLNG on its agreement to purchase coal seam gas project, Ironbark, from JV parent Origin Energy for AU$231m.
  • Advising a Macquarie Bank subsidiary on its acquisition of 25% of Active Utilities.

Herbert Smith Freehills

Herbert Smith Freehills stands out for its work with major domestic and international energy companies and investors on large-scale renewable energy transition matters, including waste-to-energy plant developments, battery storage facilities, and market reforms. This work is combined with regular involvement in major transactions in the oil and gas sector, with a strong record in LNG projects. Melbourne's Nick Baker leads the energy team and specialises in cross-border energy and infrastructure transactions. Perth's Robert Merrick is hugely experienced in the oil & gas sector and is particularly well-regarded for his work with petroleum and utilities companies. Stuart Barrymore is another experienced practitioner with a strong record in financing LNG projects, alongside structuring and negotiating development agreements. Sydney's Liza Carver handles competition and regulatory issues for energy sector transactions, including merger clearance and litigation. Robert Nicholson has retired.

Practice head(s):

Nick Baker

Key clients

Woodside

Santos

AGL Energy

Origin Energy

Caltex

Engie

Brookfield Infrastructure

Work highlights

  • Advised Origin Energy Limited on its strategic partnership with  Octopus Energy.
  • Advised Masdar on its acquisition of a 40% stake in the AU$511m East Rockingham Resource Recovery Facility in Western Australia.
  • Advised AGL on its entry into a deal with renewable energy company Vena Energy in relation to a new large-scale battery energy storage system near Wandoan in Queensland.

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons has an extensive energy practice, handling large-scale transactions and regulatory matters on behalf of blue-chip corporate clients, investors, and public sector bodies. The firm is involved in renewable energy generation and transmission projects, upstream and downstream oil & gas, and utilities work, alongside advising on regulatory and legislative issues relating to market reforms and energy transition. The team is led by Craig Rogers in Brisbane, who specialises in major renewable energy developments and projects, alongside Melbourne-based Louis Chiam, a well-established figure in utilities and oil & gas transactional work. In Sydney, Vishal Ahuja is noted for his regulatory expertise and work in the electricity and power sector, with Roderick Smythe another key name, advising on energy and infrastructure projects and M&A transactions. Perth's Tim Edwards maintains a strong client list in the utilities and oil & gas sector.

Practice head(s):

Craig Rogers; Louis Chiam

Key clients

Alinta Energy

APA Group

Ausgrid

Benaris International

Chevron Australia

CKI Group

ENGIE

Horizon Oil

Lightsource BP

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Asset Holdings

Mitsui Group

Origin Energy

Transgrid

Work highlights

  • Advising Lochard Energy on its purchase of Otway basin gas wells from Origin Energy.
  • Advised AGL on its successful acquisition of 100% of Perth Energy, for up to AU$93m.
  • Advised on the establishment of CleanCo – a Queensland publicly owned clean energy generator that forms part of the Queensland Government’s “Powering Queensland” plan.

Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy is widely recognised for its consistent involvement in high-value global mining and resources transactions, regularly advising international minerals and metals companies, banks, and financial sponsors on deals and projects in Australia and the wider Asia-Pacific region. The practice is integrated globally, regularly collaborating with other offices on deals. The firm also regularly works for major domestic clients on operational and transactional matters. Geoff Simpson leads the team, and is prolific within the transactional energy space, advising on domestic and cross-border M&A deals, joint ventures, capital markets, and projects-related matters. Meredith Campion has an international practice, primarily acting for foreign investors and entities in Australia, while Adam Stapledon specialises in financing matters, including acquisition finance and syndicated lending. Goran Galic is noted for his role in long-term energy and utilities projects and complex regulatory matters, particularly relating to LNG.

Practice head(s):

Geoff Simpson

Key clients

TOTAL SA

Mubadala

Santos

Osaka Gas

BHP

Alinta

Innogy

EG Group

Palisade Investments

John Laing

Work highlights

  • Advised TOTAL SA on its 50:50 joint venture with the Adani Group in relation to the development of LNG assets in India.
  • Advised the lenders in relation to a $5.25bn revolving credit facility for BHP Group.
  • Advised innogy SE ( on its acquisition of Limondale Sun Farm.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie has expanded its team, with notable arrivals including that of Brisbane-based regulatory partner Tanya Denning from Ashurst and Melbourne-based transactional lawyer Raymond Lou from Norton Rose Fulbright. The practice is particularly strong on the East Coast, advising on a variety of transactional and regulatory matters for energy companies and investors. Matters include upstream oil and gas transactions and renewable energy projects, including several major national and cross-border mandates. The team is led from Sydney by Paul Curnow, who takes the lead on renewable energy work, including project financing, transactions, and M&A transactions, alongside Sean Duffy, who advises sponsors, contractors, and government bodies on energy infrastructure matters, particularly in upstream oil and gas. Melbourne-based Aylin Cunsolo made partner in mid-2020 and is active in renewable energy projects and energy regulation.

Practice head(s):

Paul Curnow; Sean Duffy

Testimonials

The team has a very strong understanding of the energy market, the issues facing it, as well as the opportunities that may present themselves. The team also has strong all-round capabilities across all aspects of the project development life cycle.

Raymond Lou – very strong commercially and great client service.

Key clients

DP Energy

Genex Power

Metka EGN

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

HRL Morrison & Co

Providence Asset Group

SK E&S

Work highlights

  • 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.
  • Aadvising Genex Power as the key sponsor in relation to a 250MW pumped storage hydroelectric power facility.
  • Advised RATCH-Australia on its acquisition of a 70% stake in the Yandin Wind Farm from Alinta Energy, for AU$53.31m

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance advises a combination of resource companies and financial investors on transactions, disputes, and negotiations with host governments for energy projects in Asia and Africa, with a strong focus on renewable energy. The practice also has notable capabilities in the commodities trading market. Key names within the practice include the Perth-based duo of Sam Luttrell, who specialises in international arbitration within the energy and resources sector, and Philip Sealey, who advises international sponsors and borrowers on project financings. Sydney-based Nadia Kalic advises industry players and investors on domestic and cross-border energy and infrastructure transactions. Perth-based senior associate Amanda Murphy is highly recommended for her technical expertise across corporate advisory, regulatory, and contentious work.

Key clients

Shell

Quadrant Energy

Global Infrastructure Partners

Arrow Energy

Rio Tinto

Macquarie, Orsted and Swancor Renewable Energy

Kingsgate Consolidated

Equis

Cbus

Partners Group

Coleambally Solar Farm

JBIC, K-EXIM

Vision Infrastructure TopCp S.à r.l

China Development Bank

Bank of China

Tantalum International Ltd

Cortec Mining

Saipem SA & Saipem Portugal Maritimo Comercio LDA

Work highlights

  • Advising Macquarie Capital and Swancor Renewable on the financing of the development and construction of the Formosa 2 offshore wind farms.
  • Advised the lender on the 180MW VRET-supported Berrybank Wind Farm Project in Victoria.
  • Advising on development and financing aspects of the Murra Warra and Bango wind farms.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Corrs Chambers Westgarth has a strong presence in both Perth and Brisbane, regularly advising major energy suppliers on large-scale operations on both coasts. Additionally, the practice regularly acts for multinationals and on referrals from prominent international firms. Matters include oil and gas, LNG, and renewable energy projects and transactions, with the team also assisting clients with financing and capital raising. Perth's Peter Jarosek co-heads the practice, and is involved in multi-billion-dollar oil and gas projects of considerable strategic importance. Brisbane co-head Michael MacGinley is highly experienced in major energy projects across Queensland. Melbourne-based senior partner Gavin MacLaren returned from Asia in 2020 and brings significant cross-border expertise in major oil and gas transactions, acting for corporates, multinationals, and private equity investors. Brisbane's Joshua Paffey and Perth's Russell Philip are also key members of the team and trusted advisors.

Practice head(s):

Michael MacGinley; Peter Jarosek

Testimonials

Depth of knowledge of the energy sector. blend of international and domestic work. Range of work. An impressive team.

Joshua Paffey. Great team leader. Unfailingly polite. Extremely knowledgable and with real tactical strength.’

Joshua Paffey is thorough, diligent and provides exceptional service.’

Corrs are very responsive and comprehensive on their advice. They bring in their experts as required and they manage to make legal advice understandable as to current situation, exposure, issues and implications of actions (or inaction). Everyone we have dealt with is very personable (not like robots) and is easy to deal with, authentic in their interactions – they are not condescending, or reactive.

Russell Philip is am amazing lawyer and one of the best i have ever come across. His knowledge, depth of advice and personability make him one of the best lawyers in Perth. he is easy to deal with, has excellent advice, and makes all the legalese we need to deal with, as easy as possible. We want to focus on the deal/issue at hand and not the legalities of it. Russell is easy to deal with and makes it all so easy. His sharp mind, critical thinking abilities and the unique way he looks at all situations make him my lawyer of choice.’

Efficient in getting to the core of the matter. Solution-focused.’

Russell Philip is experienced in broad corporate matters, well beyond the law. He provides true counsel to c-suite executives that make them better at what they do.

Key clients

AGL

BP

Woodside Energy

MACH Energy

Newcrest Mining

Harmony Gold

Oil Search

Incitec Pivot

NRW Holdings

AusNet Services

Carnarvon Petroleum

Aspire Mining

Victoria Government

Work highlights

  • Advising Woodside Energy on four significant construction packages related to the Browse LNG Project.
  • Advising CuString in its position as the developer of the AU$2bn CopperString Project, a privately owned, project financed 1,100-kilometre electricity transmission network from Townsville to Mt Isa.
  • Advising Australian Paper on regulatory and all other aspects of procuring what will be Australia’s largest energy-from-waste facility when completed.

Gilbert + Tobin

Gilbert + Tobin combines corporate, transactional, regulatory, and project management experience, focusing on large-scale and complex matters for a range of domestic and international energy producers, investment banks, private equity sponsors, and government bodies. The team prioritises market-crucial projects and transactions for clients, with a strong focus on renewables and energy transition work, encompassing project financing, regulatory issues, procurement, and investments. Sydney-based practice head Chris Flynn is an energy and resources specialist with experience in advising public and private sector clients on projects across multiple jurisdictions, with notable expertise in Papua New Guinea in particular. Perth's Justin Little advises on joint ventures, M&A, and logistics transactions in the oil & gas sector. Melbourne-based Simon Muys is a competition and regulatory-focused lawyer with several key energy sector clients, including Rio Tinto.

Practice head(s):

Chris Flynn

Other key lawyers:

Justin Little; Simon Muys

Key clients

State of Papua New Guinea and Kumul Petroleum Holdings

Beach Energy

Alinta Energy

Meridian Energy Australia

Tilt Renewables

Hydro Tasmania (and its retailer subsidiary Momentum Energy)

Jemena

ENGIE Services Australia & New Zealand Holdings

Origin Energy

Ausgrid

APA

GE Electric

Work highlights

  • Advising the State of Papua New Guinea and its state energy company on negotiations with ExxonMobil and its joint venture partners in respect of the multi-billion dollar development of the P’nyang gas field.
  • Advising Beach Energyon price reviews under gas sales agreements with Origin Energy .
  • Advising Tilt Renewables on its sale of the Snowtown 2 Wind Farm.

Johnson Winter & Slattery

Johnson Winter & Slattery has bolstered its energy practice, already a strong focus for the firm, with the arrival of highly-respected transactional partners Bruce Adkins and Stuart Claque from Corrs Chambers Westgarth, a significant boost to the Brisbane office. A full-service offering includes transactional advice, regulatory support, and planning matters for major domestic and international clients engaged in upstream and downstream oil & gas, electricity, and renewable energy projects. Jee-Seon Lee leads the team from Perth, and has great experience in the Western Australia gas and electricity sector, encompassing power station developments, transactions, and regulation. Melbourne's Peter Rose is an experienced transactional counsel who also offers regulatory and planning expertise. Adelaide-based Christopher Beame made partner in 2020 and specialises in regulatory advice to both the business and regulatory side.

Practice head(s):

Jee-Seon Lee

Testimonials

The firm offers deep energy industry experience and a considerable amount of local market knowledge. They have demonstrated to me that they can draw on specialists from within their organisation at short notice when required for specific issues (e.g. project financing, insurance, etc). JWS is responsive and adaptable to client requirements. Their legal advice is never given in isolation of commercial and client necessities. JWS communicate the risks of various approaches well.

I am always comfortable that the drafting will be competent, the turn-around times will be reasonable and the legal advice will be considerate of our commercial and strategic needs.

Extremely practical and client-focused advice.

Calm, professional and focused on delivering the client’s goals.

Key clients

3D Oil

State of South Australia

Silver Lake Resources

NewGen Kwinana Partnership

Infrastructure Capital Group

GB Energy Holdings

Beach Energy

Cooper Energy

AGIG

Origin Energy

Alinta Energy

ATCO Australia

SEA Gas Pipelines

Jemena

AEMO

Gas Markets Reform Group

SA Power Networks

Total E&P

Power & Water Corporation

Western Power Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised ICG on its acquisition of the Enwave Australia group from Brookfield Infrastructure following a competitive sale process.
  • Advised the State of South Australia on the preparation of 25-year leases of nine duel fuel generators.
  • Advised GB Energy on the development of its landmark underground gas storage project in Gippsland, Victoria.

MinterEllison

MinterEllison has an extensive energy offering, encompassing transactions, regulatory advice, and life-cycle project support, from planning to operations. A high-profile client base includes multinationals, major domestic energy producers, and government bodies across Australia. The practice is similarly diverse, with presence across all states and sizeable teams in Perth and Brisbane. Simon Scott leads the team from Brisbane and has long-standing relationships with many of the firm's highest-profile clients as a commercial advisor. Also in Brisbane, Brendan Clark heads up the oil and gas practice and specialises in infrastructure projects and transactions. Adelaide's Clay Wohling specialises in regulatory frameworks, especially relating to the public sector, and advises clients on complex considerations relating to major projects. In Perth, Matthew Knox is a competition and regulatory specialist with particular expertise in Western Australia. Melbourne-based senior associate Fiona Lewis advises public and private sector clients on a range of energy-related transactions, alongside a detailed knowledge of government regulations. Mark Carkeet has retired from the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Simon Scott

Testimonials

Strength of experience and expertise across upstream and downstream oil and gas matters.

Commercial problem-solving skills.

Very focused on the commercial goals and how these can best be achieved.

Partner expertise and understanding of the regulatory environment.

Clay Wohling has an outstanding knowledge of regulation rules and legislation is proactive, efficient, accessible and always delivers to some extremely tight timeframes.

Key clients

AGL Energy

Anglo American

Ausgrid

Australia Petroleum Production and Exploration Association

ConocoPhillips

EnergyAustralia

Endeavour Energy

Energy Queensland

GLNG

Inpex Corporation

Jemena

Peabody Energy

PetroChina

Powerlink

Rio Tinto (including Oyu Tolgoi LLC)

SA Power Networks

Stanwell Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised the Australian Energy Market Operator in relation to its $400m Western Victorian Transmission Network project.
  • Advising the Australian Government in relation to the design and implementation of the Underwriting New Generation Investments program.
  • Advising ConocoPhillips on its farmout agreement with 3D Oil involving the acquisition of a 80% interest in, and operatorship of, the offshore Otway Basin Permit T/49P.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is a trusted advisor to a variety of public and private sector clients, including multinational oil and gas companies, investment funds, and state and local governments. Alongside oil and gas and utilities, the firm has a strong niche in renewables and energy transition work, assisting major clients such as Shell in their moves away from hydrocarbons. The team also advises on transactions and regulatory issues, with expertise in legislative regimes across Australia and the Asia-Pacific. Perth-based practice head Paul Lingard is highly regarded for his multi-jurisdictional work for major clients, encompassing transactions, project developments, and operational issues. Also in Perth,  Dylan McKimmie heads up the oil & gas team. Syndey-based Kelly Davies is the firm's power lead, and advises on acquisitions and financing for major energy projects. Brisbane's Keira Brennan is active in the oil & gas sector, particularly LNG, working on infrastructure projects, disputes, and regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Paul Lingard

Testimonials

The team contains a couple of key experts in the energy sector, these experts know the energy market inside and out and know the practicalities in dealing with developers and retailers for power purchase agreements. They are on top of all the upcoming legislative changes as well.

Kelly Davies has immense knowledge of the retail energy market in Australia and was able to assist a large buying group with a renewable energy power purchase agreement. Kelly was extremely responsive to client requests and assisted throughout the negotiation process to get to an agreement on key legal terms. Kelly always provided high quality advise and kept the interests of the clients front and center.’

Key clients

Shell Australia

Woodside

Capella Capital

Macquarie Bank Limited

Chevron

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Goldwind

Snowy Hydro

Genex Power

Bright Energy Investments

City of Sydney

Vestas

Schlumberger

BP

BHP

ExxonMobil

JXTG

Essential Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised Shell on its purchase of 49% of ESCO Pacific.
  • Advised the senior financiers of the East Rockingham Resource Recovery Facility.
  • Acting as legal advisors to the sponsors on the development of a 200MW solar farm and 30MWh battery energy storage system to be co-located with the Sapphire 270MW wind farm.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's team operates as part of a globally integrated practice, and regularly advises on large-scale cross-border transactions, regulatory issues, and projects with multijurisdictional elements, and has a growing focus on the renewable energy sector. Clients include international and domestic energy companies alongside governmental bodies, in both Australia and abroad. As such, matters regularly feature inbound and outbound investment, with complex jurisdictional and regulatory elements. Perth's Alex Jones oversees the global energy team, while Brisbane's Stephen Webb takes the lead on the firm's strategic advice to governments on energy and infrastructure projects. In Melbourne, Fleur Gibbons specialises in competition law and economic regulations relating to energy, gas, and network industries. Kate Muller (neé Papailiou) specialises in financing energy and utilities projects across Australia, acting for public and private sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Alex Jones; Natasha Luther-Jones

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Webb; Fleur Gibbons; Kate Muller

Key clients

Alinta Energy Developments

Altura Group

Ampyr Australia

APA Group

Australian Renewable Energy Agency

Basslink

CitiPower and Powercor Australia

Evoenergy

H.R.L. Morrison & Co

Infigen Energy

Innogy SE

Kalium Lakes

Kufpec Australia

MEC Resources

MEC Resources

Merricks Capital

Mirvac Energy

Mitsui

Murphy Oil Company

Pacific Energy

POSCO Australia

Resolute Mining

SUEZ Water

Sunset Power International

Delta Electricity

The Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

Trina Solar Investment

TTCL Public Company and Sojitz Corporation

United Energy

Vena Energy Services

Work highlights

  • Advised the regulatory team of United Energy on the implementation of novel technology in an emerging market.
  • Advised Pacific Energy on its AU$460m acquisition by QIC Private Capital by scheme of arrangement.
  • Advised on all aspects of the AU$495m East Rockingham Resources Recovery Facility.

White & Case

White & Case is highly active across the sector, advising clients on transactions, project financings, and contentious matters in oil & gas, power generation, and particularly renewable energy, which is a key focus area for the team. The firm is involved in a combination of domestic and international projects, including in the Asia-Pacific and in Latin America. Practice head Brendan Quinn works across the Asia-Pacific on a number of renewables projects, including offshore wind, solar farms, and biomass developments. Andrew Clark advises on project financings in Australia and the Asia-Pacific, also focusing strongly on renewables. John Tivey works on life-cycle project advice, with extensive experience of cross-border arrangements. Adeline Pang is highly noted for her work on battery storage facilities for renewables, encompassing transactions and disputes matters. 

Practice head(s):

Andrew Clark; Brendan Quinn

Other key lawyers:

Adeline Pang

Testimonials

Very strong knowledge in the section and solution-oriented team.

Partners are very actively involved to make sure that high quality is being delivered.’

Andrew Clark very experience within the energy/renewable field.

Ability to understand their clients’ needs and weaknesses and compensate them. extremely commercial approach and always working towards maximising client’s benefits.

Key clients

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP)

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV)

Malakoff Corporation Berhad

Star of the South Wind Farm

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Perdaman Chemicals and Fertilisers

Neoen Australia

QIC

Société Générale

Macquarie Group

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ)

National Australia Bank (NAB)

AusNet Services Group

Hengxing Gold

Pala Investments

ElectraNet Pty

Work highlights

  • Advising Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners as sponsor on the development and project financing of the 589 MW $3bn Changfang and Xidao offshore wind projects off the coast of Changhua County in Taiwan.
  • Advised Malakoff Corporation Berhad, on the sale of its 50% interest in the Macarthur Wind Farm, located in Victoria’s Western District.
  • Advised AusNet Services Group on its bid to the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) to build, own and operate the contestable assets for the Western Victoria Transmission Network Project.

HFW

HFW advises clients engaged in innovative new projects relating to energy transition, with a strong focus on companies in the renewable energy sector. Matters include renewable power projects, battery storage, energy transformation, and hybrid renewable/fossil fuel structures. The team combines regulatory expertise with transactional support, regularly assisting emerging companies with capital raising and financing issues alongside broader regulatory and logistical issues. Jo Garland made partner in early 2020 and leads the team, focusing on energy transformation and climate regulation work. Michael Maxwell joined in early 2020 from Clayton Utz, bolstering the practice's wider capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Jo Garland

Other key lawyers:

Michael Maxwell

Testimonials

The team have specific technical experience, which makes it far easier to discuss relevant legal issues.’

Key clients

Electricity Generation and Retail Corporation

BGC

Yara Pilbara

Powerwest

Chaucer Energy

CleanTech Energy

Work highlights

  • Advising Synergy on key regulatory reforms to allow for the transition from traditional energy sources and roles to new and innovative supply and management. This will shape Australia’s energy future.
  • Advising Sandfire on hybrid renewable and thermal power station agreements for a remote mine site
  • Advising Chaucer in relation to its initial public offering and proposed listing on the ASX to develop an underground coal gasification project in Chile.

Jones Day

Jones Day supports a wide range of clients, from domestic energy producers and suppliers to international investors and fund sponsors, in M&A transactions, investments, and financing matters across Australia, the Asia-Pacific, and Africa. The team is led from Brisbane by Andrew W. Smith, who focuses on downstream oil & gas and advises on large-scale projects, including procurement elements, financing, and acquisitions. Sydney's Tony Wassaf is experienced in legislative and regulatory issues, and Perth's Adam Conway works on a range of transactions and energy and utilities projects across the Asia-Pacific.

Practice head(s):

Andrew W. Smith

Other key lawyers:

Tony Wassaf; Adam Conway

Key clients

Canadian Solar

Cement NSW

Rehabit Solar

The Energy & Minerals Group Fund

Cress Power

Hydro Tasmania

Slipstream Resources International

Batchfire Resources

PTT Exploration and Production Public Company

Western Metropolitan Regional Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Rehabit Solar on a new solar power project in New South Wales, including long-term lease arrangements for the land and development consent issues.
  • Advising Canadian Solar on solar power purchase agreements to help the company meet its renewable energy goals.

McCullough Robertson

McCullough Robertson advises on a range of energy sector transactions, planning considerations, and investments across Australia, working on a mixture of oil & gas and renewable energy matters. Practice heads Damien Clarke and Louise Horrocks are heavily embedded in the industry, regularly advising industry groups alongside corporates in the oil & gas and renewables industries respectively, focusing increasingly on energy transition projects. John Kettle has corporate and competition experience in Australia, the UK, and Ireland, regularly advising clients on complex regulated industry considerations, including transactions, permissions, and regulatory challenges.

Practice head(s):

Damien Clarke; Louise Horrocks

Other key lawyers:

John Kettle

Key clients

Falcon Oil & Gas

Sungrow

CleanCo

CS Energy

Senex Energy

Powerlink

Clean Teq Holdings

Indygen Utility

DP Energy

Elliott Green Power

United Petroleum

Freedom Oil & Gas

AGL Energy

Natural Carbon

Clean Energy Regulator

Land Restoration Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised Falcon on decreasing its interest in the Beetaloo Basin joint venture by 7.5 per cent in exchange for Origin Energy increasing its carry of Falcon’s share of costs by AU$150.5m AU$263.8m.
  • Advising Sungrow on its investment in Australia, including the acquisition and development of six separate solar farms with a battery component throughout Victoria.
  • Advising Clean TeQ on a variety of planning, environmental and property related matters for the Sunrise Project including land and water transactions, negotiation of compensation agreements with landowners and planning approvals

Piper Alderman

Piper Alderman specialises in complex and innovative energy projects, advising clients on developments in renewable energy transmission and storage, hybrid and virtual power generation, and district energy schemes. The team is geographically diverse and acts on matters across Australia utilising expertise from across the firm. Sydney's Gordon Grieve co-heads the team and is a highly experienced energy sector lawyer. Adelaide-based co-head Martin Lovell focuses on energy transmission infrastructure projects and market-leading renewable energy and battery storage schemes. advising on transactional and regulatory elements. Also based in Adelaide, Kathryn Walker takes the lead on planning, approvals, and cultural heritage-related advice. Sydney's Sina Kassra has a number of energy and oil & gas clients, supporting them in transactions and commercial matters. The team was bolstered by the arrival of internationally experienced energy projects specialist John Doyle from an in-house position in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Gordon Grieve; Martin Lovell

Other key lawyers:

Kathryn Walker; Sina Kassra; John Doyle

Testimonials

Multidisciplinary firm covering all aspects of the energy sector with highly skilled practitioners.

The team has a great balance of experienced individuals and willing young lawyers. They are trained really well to respond to inhouse needs and always provide practical, implementable advice.

Martin Lovell is magic circle quality but based in Adelaide; you can’t get better than that.’

Piper Alderman has a great depth of experience in relation to commercial advice on regulatory and transactional matters in the natural resources industries, and particularly in oil and gas. Its deep understanding of the sector makes it the go-to firm for oil and gas matters across Australia.

I have greatly valued the collegiate approach to all matters commercial that I have worked on with the firm.’

Key clients

Akuo Energy

Alinta Energy

Bengal Energy

BOC

Byron Energy

Civilex Victoria

Clarke Energy

ElectraNet

Epic Energy

Galilee Energy

Gas2Grid

Infigen Energy

Lakes Oil N.L.

Leigh Creek Energy

Lucas Total Contract Solutions

Next Business Energy

Raphael Energy

SAPgen

SA Power Networks

Solar Edge Technologies

Strike Energy

United Petroleum

Warrego Energy

Wave Rider Energy

Work highlights

  • Advising ElectraNet in relation to their $1.5bn SA-NSW Interconnector Project known as Project EnergyConnect.
  • Assisting SA Power Generation on the construction, delivery, connection, offtake and project financing arrangements for a proposed $600m hybrid gas fired power station.
  • Advising Civilex in relation to the development of a $300m, 55 turbine windfarm in NSW.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs expanded its team with the addition of Simon Adams and Caroline Brown from HFW, while Chris Rosario was promoted to partner in mid-2020. Alexis Martinez moved from the London office, bolstering the team's capabilities in complex energy disputes. The practice specialises in domestic and cross-border transactions in the coal sector, energy generation and utilities projects, including waste-to-energy plants, and in equity capital markets deals for Australian and international energy and resources companies. Simon Rear works on transactional and financing matters, while Graeme Slattery leads on regulatory investigations, disputes, and risk management. All lawyers are in Perth.

Key clients

Economic Regulation Authority

Extension Hill

GE Renewable Energy

Government of Republic of Fiji

Horizon Power

Itochu Corporation

Pareto Securities

Ricardo

Subsea 7

Synergy

Tamboran Resources

Work highlights

  • Acting for Itochu Corporation in connection with the project documentation and financing of Beo Cista Energija.
  • Advising Pareto Securities as the manager to a proposed $40m loan note issue by Walkabout Resources in relation to the development and construction of its Lindi Jumbo project in Tanzania.
  • Acting for the Economic Regulation Authority on its assessment of all regulated third party access arrangements for regulated assets in Western Australia.

Hive Legal

Hive Legal offers specialised energy expertise in a bespoke partner-led service, which covers innovative projects including technological transformation, solar generational, and battery storage, alongside regulatory advice, transactional support, and disputes. The firm also advises energy and gas providers on regulatory and market reforms. Key names include Mitzi Gilligan, a specialist in energy-related commercial, regulatory, and disputes matters, international regulatory expert Susan Taylor, who advises Australian and Asia-Pacific clients on regulatory reforms and strategies, and Andrew Brookes, who also offers international expertise alongside regulatory and disputes work.

Key clients

Alcoa of Australia

Origin Energy

Jacana Energy

Infigen Energy

Reposit Power

Epic Energy

Lochard Energy

GreenSync

Hydro Tasmania/Momentum Energy

ENGIE/Simply Energy

Vocus/M2 Energy

Melbourne Airport

Stoddart Energy Systems

Sola.io

Amber Electric

Work highlights

  • Advising multiple energy market participants in a number of separate, and unrelated, wholesale energy market disputes (in both electricity and gas markets).
  • Advising Lochard Energy, the owner and operator of the Iona underground gas storage and processing facility, on a wide range of projects, including implementation of major regulatory reform, major contracting matters, and a major litigation matter.
  • Advising Melbourne Airport on the complex regulatory arrangements pertaining to embedded electricity networks.

Jackson McDonald

Jackson McDonald offers standout expertise in Australian energy regulatory law, regularly working with government bodies to update regulations in emerging areas such as battery storage, hydrofuels, and renewables. The firm also advises corporate clients on transactions, joint ventures, and regulatory issues. Matthew Bowen is a standout name in the Perth market and the wider Australian energy market, with extensive regulatory experience, and is a trusted advisor to the public and private sector as well as a regular contributor to though leadership in the space.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Bowen

Testimonials

The ability to identify and secure a strong support team (graduates to senior associates) to support the partners. Then it is a internal development process that encourages the whole team to contribute, rather than the partner simply driving outcomes or the process. As the client I value this approach, as it means that new ideas and ways of addressing the emerging challenges of the WA electricity market, are not lost, which could occur, where a partner is set in their ways and not open to having their staff take the lead with clients.’

The mentoring approach provided by Matt Bowen encourages his energy team to take the lead and develop their skills. From a client perspective it means that I don’t have to rely on getting the attention of Matt, rather I know I can contact anyone of the team and I’ll receive the high quality advice I have always received. Lastly I think all of the team have a passion for and a commitment to their customers and improving the WA electricity market.

Key clients

Energy Policy WA

the Hon Jessica Shaw’s Parliamentary Inquiry into Microgrids and Associated Technologies

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD)

Tersum Energy

the Hon Alannah MacTiernan’s State Renewable Hydrogen Council

Meekatharra Solar Consortium

Work highlights

  • Advising Energy Policy WA on regulatory reform in the Pilbara.
  • Assisted the WA State Parliament’s Economics and Industry Standing Committee in completing its final report for its Inquiry into microgrids and associated technologies in WA. This sets out a detailed policy landscape for the energy transition.
  • Advised the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development  as it undertook a review of the regulatory landscape as it relates to hydrogen refuelling stations and fuel cell electric vehicles in WA.