Natural resources (transactions and regulatory) in Australia

Allens

Allens has a strong position in the natural resources space, advising high-profile multinational and Australian mining and minerals companies on an ongoing basis, and working with said clients on major transactions and projects of significant value. The team has a presence across Australia, and also regularly acts in cross-border and multi-jurisdictional matters, with project development and regulatory expertise across the Asia-Pacific region. Sydney's Richard Malcolmson heads up the firm's mining team, and advises major clients including Genesee & Wyoming and Rio Tinto on strategic and sector-critical transactions, regulatory issues, and projects. Melbourne-based Igor Bogdanich is recognised as a key player in the sector for his work on complex M&A, joint ventures, and resources projects, maintaining long-standing relationships with key clients. Perth's Gerard Woods has great experience advising multinationals on international minerals projects, regularly working in Papua New Guinea, while Jodi Reinmuth advises public and private sector clients on project development and approvals.

Other key lawyers:

Gerard Woods; Jodi Reinmuth

Key clients

Wesfarmers

Rio Tinto

CITIC

Australian Industrial Energy (AIE)

Santos

Woodside

Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal User Group

Glencore

Newcrest Mining

Work highlights

  • Avised Santos on its sale of a 25% interest in Darwin LNG and the associated Bayu-Undan gas field to SK E&S.
  • Advised Wesfarmers on its acquisition of Kidman Resources, a Australian-based lithium developer.
  • Advising CITIC on a range of issues arising from the development and operation of the Sino Iron Project, located at Cape Preston in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Ashurst

Ashurst provides long-term advice to major mining and minerals companies in Australia and across the Asia-Pacific, working with clients through the life-cycle of projects, including regulatory and operational issues, as well as advising on major transactions within the industry. The firm also advises industry groups across Queensland and Australia on strategic matters, reflecting its profile within the sector. Lorenzo Pacitti leads the Asia-Pacific mining team from Perth, advising key clients on major project developments and transactions across the region, as well as in South America and Africa. Richard Guit focuses on infrastructure development and operations, while Sydney's Michael Harrison has a diverse practice encompassing procurement, commercial advice, and financing support for resources projects. In Melbourne, Lynda Tully advises on cross-border resources transactions, joint ventures, and restructurings in a range of jurisdictions. Perth-based senior associate Christopher Barry works on all elements of mining projects, with particular expertise in commercial considerations such as royalties and offtake agreements.

Practice head(s):

Lorenzo Pacitti

Key clients

Northern Star Resources

Iluka Resources

Adani Australia

BHP

Anglo American

Yancoal

Peabody Australia

Rio Tinto

South32

Mitsui

Glencore

Vale

Sheffield Resources

Yara International

Indemitsu

Mitsubishi

Sojitz

Marubeni

Sumitomo

Galaxy Resources

New Century

Work highlights

  • Advised Northern Star in relation to its acquisition of a 50% interest in KCGM from Newmont Goldcorp, as well as associated assets, and its associated equity raising.
  • Advising Iluka Resources Limited in relation to the International Finance Corporation taking a 10% stake in its Sierra Leone rutile operations for US$60m.
  • Advising Adani on the Carmichael rail, mine and port projectThis includes acting for Adani in multiple Federal Court and State Court proceedings.

Herbert Smith Freehills

Herbert Smith Freehills's mining-focused team provides a full service offering to a variety of major national and international mining companies, encompassing transactional and regulatory support, project development and approvals, contentious and litigation support, and general corporate advice. The team regularly acts on cross-border matters, with Perth-based practice head and global co-head of mining Jay Leary advising a number of major clients on complex strategic acquisitions, joint ventures, and development agreements. Adam Strauss in Sydney is a well-regarded transactional and corporate counsel to key mining clients. Brisbane's Sian Newnham advises on construction projects and operational matters, and is particularly active in the coal mining sector. Also in Brisbane, recently-promoted partner Melissa Swain-Tonkin is noted for her work with financial investors on equity investments and joint investments in the minerals and resources sector. Ian Williams has taken a senior counsel position.

Practice head(s):

Jay Leary

Key clients

Yancoal Australia

Iluka Resources

IGO

Sociedad Quimica y Minera

BHP

South32

Anglo American

Newcrest

Queensland Resources council

Baralaba Coal

Coronado Global Resources

West African Resources

MMG

BBIG

Work highlights

  • Advised Iluka Resources on the demerger of Iluka’s Mining Area C royalty business to create a separate ASX listed Australian royalty company.
  • Advised BBIG on the farm-in and resultant incorporated joint venture with Flinders Mines for the financing and development of the Pilbara Iron Ore Project.
  • Lead counsel for WAF in respect of the $200m project financing and  project development of the Sanbrado Gold Project in Burkina Faso.

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons is highly active within the mining and minerals sectors, advising on large-scale project developments and major transactions, including the formation of Australia's largest gold company through the combination of Newmont and Goldcorp. The team operates across Australia, and is also heavily involved in projects in Africa and Asia, regularly advising Chinese companies in their investments across the region. Brisbane's Craig Rogers co-leads the practice as head of infrastructure and projects, with Perth-based global mining head Robert Edel taking the lead on mining and minerals work, advising on all aspects of projects and regularly advising on cross-border operational and transactional issues. Melbourne's Scott Langford advises major resources companies on transactions, takeovers, joint ventures, and other commercial matters, while Perth's Alan Murray is noted for his strategic advice to clients in the mining and upstream oil & gas sectors. Sydney-based Paul Schroder specialises in cross-border resources M&A, acting for Chinese investors, private equity sponsors, and multinational companies.

Practice head(s):

Craig Rogers; Robert Edel

Key clients

Alumina Limited

Aurizon Holdings

Aquila Resources

Baosteel Group

Glencore

Goldcorp

Griffin Coal

Mount Gibson

Pembroke Resources

RCR Tomlinson

Resolute Mining

South32

Work highlights

  • Acted for Newmont in the sale of its 50% interest in the Super Pit gold mining operations to Northern Star Resources.
  • Advised GoldCorp Inc on its merger with Newmont Mining Corporation, under which Newmont acquired all outstanding common shares in Goldcorp in a transaction valued at $10bn.
  • Advised St Barbara on its farm-in and joint venture arrangement with Kite Operations, which will see St Barbara manage exploration for the Drummartin gold project in Victoria.

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 and resources space, advising on domestic and cross-border M&A deals, joint ventures, capital markets, and projects-related matters. Meredith Campion has an international energy practice, primarily acting for foreign investors and entities in Australia on acquisitions and takeovers, while Adam Stapledon specialises in financing matters, including acquisition finance and syndicated lending. Goran Galic is noted for his role in long-term projects and complex regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Geoff Simpson

Key clients

Mitsubishi Metals Group

KfW IPEX-Bank

BHP

Mineral Resources

Pilbara Minerals

Mubadala

Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility

Vale

Global Alumina Corporation

Fortescue Metals Group

Tronox

Work highlights

  • Advising Mitsubishi Materials Corporation  in relation to its acquisition of a 30% stake in Mantoverde SA, which owns and operates the Mantoverde Copper Mine located in Chile’s Atacama Desert, for approximately $300m.
  • Advised KfW IPEX-Bank and the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility as lenders under project finance facilities to fund the development of Kalium Lakes Potash project in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.
  • Advised Pilbara on its partnering process to sell a minority stake in its flagship Pilgangoora Lithium-Tantalum project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia and on the execution of binding terms for a lithium chemical conversion joint venture with POSCO.

Clayton Utz

Clayton Utz has a strong and diverse natural resources team, with bench strength in key areas such as Perth and Brisbane. The firm has consistent relationships with major mining and minerals companies both domestically and internationally, advising clients on transactions, project development, and regulatory issues. In particular, the firm has increased its involvement in cross-border mandates involving inbound investment. The team is led by Brisbane's Stuart MacGregor, who works with high-profile mining and resources companies alongside private equity investors, as well as regularly advising public bodies on industry developments. Perth's Brett Cohen is heavily involved in large-scale minerals projects across Australia, while Brisbane-based Mark Geritz is highly regarded for his regulatory and litigation expertise, handling contentious elements of major projects. Sydney's Samy Mansour plays a key role in major cross-border transactions, and is praised by clients. Perth's Liz Humphry advises energy and resources clients on a range of commercial and corporate matters.

Practice head(s):

Stuart MacGregor

Key clients

New Hope Group

Australia Pacific LNG

Fortescue Metals Group

Glencore

EMR Capital

Alcoa

Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Corporation

Mitsui

Idemitsu

Vale

Peabody

Barrick

Anglo American

Work highlights

  • Advising EMR Capital on its successful purchase (with Adaro Energy) of Rio Tinto’s 80% stake in the Kestrel Mine for $2.25bn.
  • Advising a consortium comprising of Nippon Steel Corporation, Mitsui & Co, Nippon Steel Trading Corporation, and Shinsho Corporation, JFE Mineral Co. on their acquisition of a 12% interest in the Grosvenor coal mine in Queensland from Anglo American.
  • Negotiating and drafting EPC, D&C and EPCM contracts for the Fortescue Metals Group’s AU$10bn Solomon Mine Project.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Corrs Chambers Westgarth's natural resources offering is spread across the key areas of Western Australia and Queensland, with significant bench strength in both Perth and Brisbane. The team acts for a number of major domestic and international mining and minerals companies (including a recent mandate from Rio Tinto) engaged in high-profile operations across Australia, as well as advising public sector bodies and governments. Melbourne-based senior partner Gavin MacLaren rejoined the Australian team from Asia in 2020, and has brought considerable transactional expertise to the team, regularly advising businesses and financial investors. Perth-based co-head Peter Jarosek is active in transactional and project-related work across the natural resources sector, while Brisbane co-head Michael MacGinley is recognised as a highly experienced advisor in a wide range of sector-crucial mining mandates. Also in Brisbane, Vaughan Mills has particular expertise in Papua New Guinea, having advised on deals and projects within the jurisdiction for over twenty years.

Practice head(s):

Michael MacGinley; Peter Jarosek

Testimonials

A good one-stop-shop for PNG mining and petroleum issues with a variety of specialisations, combining to provide a service which transcends the provision of purely legal advice, and offers very useful insights on a socio-political level.

Vaughan Mills – a strategic thinker with an understanding of the broad context, and a knack for innovative drafting solutions’

The practice has strong base capabilities in knowledge of PNG laws and regulations. Added to this is their in-depth knowledge and experience in the customs and practices of PNG, which is critical to navigating doing business in PNG.’

Vaughan Mills is a senior practitioner and trusted advisor on PNG related matters. Highly regarded with extensive experience.

Nick Thorne is another senior practitioner who has quickly developed an extensive knowledge and experience of PNG, providing focused and practical advice.

Key clients

AGL

Newcrest Mining

Harmony Gold

MACH Energy

Incitec Pivot

NRW Holdings

AusNet Services

Aspire Mining

Victoria Government

Work highlights

  • Advising Australian Paper, on its AU$600m energy-from-waste facility.
  • Acting for Magnetic South on its greenfield, open-cut metallurgical coal mine in the Bowen Basin producing coal for export to the international steel making industry.
  • Acting for Newcrest Mining and Harmony Gold on the development of the multi-billion dollar Wafi-Golpu Project underground copper/gold mine.

Gilbert + Tobin

Gilbert + Tobin brings corporate, regulatory, and projects expertise to its work in the natural resources sector, advising clients on financing, transactions, development, and operation. The team regularly advises Australian clients on overseas projects alongside high-profile domestic work. A growing area of focus for the firm is the battery minerals sector, with teams advising on a large proportion of lead and lithium mining projects across Australia. Michael Blakiston co-leads the team, focusing on corporate advice to mining clients, including on transactions, joint ventures, financing, and fundraising. Sydney-based Christopher Flynn is the other co-head, and focuses on project development work. Claire Boyd advises on a combination of transactional and regulatory issues, such as state agreements and land access. Marshall McKenna specialises in regulatory issues, including native title agreements and litigation. Melbourne's Phil Edmands is noted for his work on high-profile mining and mining infrastructure M&A.

Key clients

Tellus Holdings

Mineral Resources

Sandfire Resources

Antipa Minerals

Abra Mining

BCI Minerals

IGO Limited

Resource Capital Funds

Covalent Lithium

OZ Minerals

Work highlights

  • Advised Mineral Resources on the sale of a 60% interest in the Wodgina Lithium Project for $1.3bn to Albemarle Corporation and the formation of a 60:40 joint venture with Albemarle.
  • Advised Tellus Holdings in relation to the development of the Sandy Ridge mine and waste repository project under development in Western Australia.
  • Advised Resource Capital Fund VII LP on its $70m equity investment in the Khoemacau Copper Silver Project, located in Botswana, as part of the $650m funding package to fund the project’s development.

McCullough Robertson

McCullough Robertson works across the natural resources space, with partners heavily involved on both the transactional and regulatory side. The team acts for a number of major minerals and mining houses on all aspects of their work, including corporate M&A and transactional support, investments, joint ventures, ESG considerations, and project licensing. Mandates include projects relating to gold, bauxite coal, and a growing share of the battery minerals market, with the practice also acting in a number of cross-border mandates. The practice is led by Damien Clarke, who advises clients on transactions, commercial strategy, and tax considerations, including complex asset development and ownership structures, alongside Louise Horrocks, a regular adviser on M&A within the mining industry, alongside energy transition, project investments, and funding in the renewables sector.  On the regulatory side, Dominic McGann is highly experienced in native title and cultural considerations relating to project approvals, with Liam Davis also noted for his role in securing complex approvals. All lawyers are in Brisbane.

Practice head(s):

Damien Clarke; Louise Horrocks

Other key lawyers:

Dominic McGann; Liam Davis

Key clients

Whitehaven Coal

Sojitz Corporation

Peabody Energy

Falcon Oil & Gas

NQ Minerals PLC

New Hope Group

Elliott Green Power Australia

Stanmore Coal

Bounty Mining

Bowdens Silver

Batchfire Resources

Fitzroy Resources

Futura Resources

Evolution Mining

Vitrinite

Bluff PCI Management

New Century Resources

Sungrow

Aeon Metals

Work highlights

  • Advised Sojitz Corporation on the acquisition of the Gregory Crinum Coal Mine from the BHP Mitsubishi Alliance.
  • Advised Falcon on decreasing its interest in the Beetaloo Basin joint venture by 7.5% in exchange for Origin Energy  increasing its carry of Falcon’s share of costs by AU$150.5m to AU$263.8m
  • Advised NQ Minerals on the acquisition of the Beaconsfield Gold Mine in northern Tasmania.

MinterEllison

MinterEllison has a broad national practice that acts for major mining houses, government departments, industry bodies, and regulators across a wide range of natural resources-related matters, encompassing mining projects, joint ventures and M&A, and a variety of regulatory matters. The team offers extensive sector knowledge across a variety of products, including coal, gold, and battery products such as lithium, and also regularly acts on cross-border mining and minerals projects across the Asia-Pacific and worldwide. Brisbane's Simon Scott leads the team, acting for large international resources companies on projects and high-value transactions. Adelaide-based Andrew Corletto works on a variety of corporate and regulatory matters, including transactions, project development, and licensing agreements. In Perth, Adam Handley specialises in advice to Chinese investors operating in the Australian minerals sector, while Brisbane's Jordan Phillips acts on transactions and project operations in a variety of jurisdictions.

Practice head(s):

Simon Scott

Testimonials

The team is very well structured with a broad range of skills and expertise. Under Simon Scott’s leadership, it has grown its capabilities and increased its depth. The service delivery model provides exposure to young lawyers under supervision, and the checks and balances within the team ensure its advice is always robust and well-argued.

The team consistently provides clear, incisive, and effective advice that is robust and reliable.

Simon Scott is unquestionably the knowledge expert on Queensland’s resources legislation, and in particular on the overlapping tenement regime between coal mining and CSG. His experience, ingenuity, and agility on this subject make him a key strategic advisor for our Queensland mines, and we depend on him and his team heavily to help us plot our way through this complex regime.’

Key clients

Albemarle Corporation

Anglo American

Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association

China Hanking

Evolution Mining

Glencore

Gold Fields Australasia

Incitec Pivot

Jellinbah Group

Metro Mining

Noble Group

Peabody Energy

POSCO Australia

Queensland Resources Council

Queensland Treasury

Resource Generation

Rio Tinto (including Oyu Tolgoi LLC)

Seqwater

South32

Stanwell Corporation

Sunwater

Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal

Yancoal Australia

Work highlights

  • Advised Albemarle Corporation on its $1.3bn acquisition of a 60% interest in, and forming a joint venture with, Mineral Resources for the Wodgina Lithium Project.
  • Advised Anglo American on its equalisation of ownership across the Moranbah-Grosvenor mine complex, including the $141m sale of part of the Grosvenor mine to a Japanese consortium.
  • Advised First Quantum Minerals on the restart of its Ravensthorpe Nickel Operation in Western Australia which has been on care and maintenance.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper acts as part of an integrated global resources team, advising on a combination of domestic and cross-border transactions, investments, and projects-related issues in the mining, metals, and minerals sectors. Clients include Australian and international minerals companies and financial investors. Alex Jones leads the Perth-based team and co-chairs the firm's global natural resources practice, specialising in mine acquisitions and overseas projects. Michael Bowen is active in corporate M&A and private equity transactions in the mining sector, while Scott Gibson has notable equity capital markets expertise, regularly advising companies on capital raisings.

Practice head(s):

Alex Jones; Natasha Luther-Jones

Other key lawyers:

Michael Bowen; Scott Gibson

Key clients

Resolute Mining

Kalium Lakes

Saracen Mineral Holdings

MOD Resources

Salt Lake Potash

Myanmar Metals

Leichhardt Industrials

Atlas Engineering

Titan Minerals

Kombi Mining Pty Limited and Bentley Resources

Nickel Mines

Jellinbah Group

Nord Gold S.E

Pensana Metals

EMR Golden Grove Holdings

Washington H Soul Pattinson and Company

RSM Australia Partners

Black Range Mining

Austral Resources Australia

Paringa Resources

Avenira

Auctus Resources

Kestrel Coal Resources

Work highlights

  • Advised Saracen on the AU$1.1bn acquisition of Barrick Gold Corporation’s 50% interest in the KCGM Joint Venture and advising on its associated AU$796m equity raising.
  • Represented Leichhardt Industrials in the negotiation of a concession for minerals in the Samangan province.
  • Advised Resolute Mining on the acquisition of Toro Gold for $274m.

Johnson Winter & Slattery

Johnson Winter & Slattery has bolstered its resources practice, already a strong focus for the firm, with the arrival of highly-respected transactional partners Bruce Adkins and Stuart Claque, 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 large-scale mining and minerals projects. Jee-Seon Lee leads the team from Perth, and has great experience in the Western Australia mining construction and procurement sectors. 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

Extremely knowledgeable and thorough in their implementation of numerous project financings for our group in a highly complicated area involving multiple international banks and excellent knowledge of the technicalities of international project financings and with a focus on client outcomes and deadlines.

Bruce Adkins and Stuart Claque have extensive industry knowledge and are leaders in the Energy & Resources space. They bring a unique mix of technical legal skill and commercial acumen. I have always found them to be highly responsive, proactive, practical, reliable and a pleasure to deal with. They are also very highly regarded in the industry, both by legal practitioners and clients alike, which greatly assists in the efficient negotiation and execution of transactions.

Ability and desire to assist the smaller players around town, with an appetite to form long-lasting relationships.’

Particular resources industry knowledge, ability to look at issues from a high level and to deep dive into the granular risks facing developers/operators.

Key clients

Base Resources

Macmahon Holdings

MACH Energy Australia

Project proponent for CopperString 2.0 Project.

Coking Coal One

HLB Man Judd

Novo Resources

Queensland Competition Authority

South32

GFG Alliance Group

Silver Lake Resources

Sandfire Resources

Northern Minerals

Linc Energy

Stanmore Coal

Work highlights

  • Advised Base Resources on project structuring for the construction and procurement contracting on the Toliara project.
  • Advised McMahon Holdings on the binding agreement to acquire 100% of GF Holdings and its subsidiaries.
  • Advised Novo and GBM Resources  on its option-to-purchase/joint venture and share swap agreement with GBM Resources.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has a strong record in natural resources work across Australia, with significant presence in Perth and Brisbane. The firm advises high-profile mining and minerals clients, including major domestic and international producers, handling corporate and regulatory issues of major developments and projects. In Brisbane, practice co-head Keira Brennan is recognised as a key player in the mining sector, advising major clients such as Anglo-American on transactions, regulatory issues, and disputes. Gavin Scott specialises in life-cycle project development, with expertise in regulatory regimes across Australia and native title issues. In Perth, co-head Jake Howard works on financing and transactions for mining and commodity banks and developers, while Paul Lingard and David Jewkes are noted for their M&A expertise in the mining sector.

Practice head(s):

Keira Brennan; Jake Howard

Other key lawyers:

Gavin Scott; Paul Lingard; David Jewkes

Key clients

Anglo American

South32

BHP

NW Interconnected Power

Multicom Resources

Arrow Energy

Tiger Resources

Golden Energy and Resources

New Hope

Castleton Commodities

Strandline Resources

Emerald Resources

Woodside Energy

Yancoal

Aquilla Resources

Total

Shell/OGC

Chevron

Work highlights

  • Advising Anglo American and Kimura Capital LLP on the $45m strategic, offtake-linked financing they made available to Chilean mining company Minera Tres Valles SpA.
  • Advising on a major transformational programme for South32, utilising data analytics to transform the company’s approach to negotiating and managing contracts.
  • Exclusive legal service provider to Multicom for all aspects of the development of one of Australia’s first Vanadium mines in far North Queensland.

Piper Alderman

Piper Alderman works with a wide variety of minerals and mining companies, including mid-sized to major domestic and international entities, supporting clients across commercial, regulatory, strategic, and contentious matters. Areas of expertise include transactions, exploration approvals and development agreements, project financing and operations, and dispute resolution. Adelaide-based Practice head Ashley Watson advises resource companies on the life-cycle of projects, including land access agreements, infrastructure, and downstream elements, as well as working with clients on environmental obligations. Brisbane's Josh Steele specialises in public and private transactions for resources clients, alongside capital markets equity raisings for projects.

Practice head(s):

Ashley Watson

Other key lawyers:

Josh Steele

Testimonials

Responsive and succinct.

Availability and professionalism.

Multi disciplined legal team with offices and people in multiple cities. culture is adaptable to our sized company and business.

Josh Steele is our main commercial lawyer and he has taken upon himself to get a deep understanding of our business and people; in some ways, we see Josh as an employee rather than a consultant and that is the way it should be. he is available 24/7 and understands when mission-critical activities arise that he needs to be on top of them and deliver which he does to the highest standard. his work and advice have been flawless.’

Breadth of expertise and specialist skills to draw on across various disciplines under one large roof.

Practical solutions and approaches to complex issues, looking not only at the legal interpretation but the commercial goals and coming up with solutions rather than hurdles.’

Key clients

Archer Materials

Ausmon Resources

Capricorn Copper

Catalyst Metals

Cobalt 27

Coppermoly

Core Lithium

DGO Gold

Galane Gold

Grange Resources

Gypsum Resources Australia

Hanson Construction Materials

Havilah Resources

Lucas Total Contract Solutions

Mekong Minerals

Pegmont Mines

PNX Metals

Prodigy Gold NL

Red River Resources

Resolution Minerals

Southern Gold

Zentree Investments

Work highlights

  • Representing Singapore fund Zentree Investments in a Takeover Panel application against Energy Resources of Australia and Rio Tinto.
  • Advising Havilah Resources Limited on its proposed $100m funding transaction with OneSteel Manufacturing.
  • Advising Resolution Minerals on its proposed acquisition from Millrock Resources of up to an 80% interest in the 64 North Gold Project within the Tintina gold province.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie bolstered its mining and resources offering with the arrival of three partners in its Brisbane office. Tanya Denning specialises in end-to-end energy and resources projects work, Derek Pocock focuses on capital markets and transactional work for resources-focused clients, and Jim Peterson has extensive experience in resources and mining. Elsewhere, Sydney's Sean Duffy leads on natural resources and mining work, acting for clients across Australia and in the US. The practice is noted for its regular role in cross-border transactions and projects, collaborating closely with international teams in the Asia-Pacific.

Practice head(s):

Paul Curnow; Sean Duffy

Key clients

DP Energy

Genex Power

Metka EGN

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

HRL Morrison & Co

Providence Asset Group

SK E&S

Work highlights

  • Advised SK E&S on its proposed acquisition of a 25% interest in Darwin LNG and Bayu-Undan from Santos.
  • Advising Genex Power Limited as the key sponsor in relation to a 250MW pumped storage hydroelectric power facility.
  • Aadvised 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 resources projects in Asia and Africa. 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 abritration within the energy and resources sector, and Philip Sealey, who advises international sponsors and borrowers on project financings. Sydney-based Nadia Kalic advises resource companies and investors on domestic and cross-border energy and infrastructure transactions.

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

China Development Bank

Bank of China

Tantalum International

Cortec Mining

Work highlights

  • Representing Cortec Mining Kenya and its UK shareholders in an ongoing investment dispute with the Republic of Kenya at ICSID.
  • Advising the NOGA Group since it acquired the Laminaria Corralina field and related oil and gas infrastructure from Woodside in 2014.
  • Advised OCP Asia on a series of complex restructures and financings for Australia’s Terracom.

Dentons

Dentons prioritises cross-border work, primarily advising domestic and Asian mining companies on transactions, project considerations, and regulatory issues. The team is particularly adept in acting for Chinese clients, with several Chinese-qualified lawyers. Sydney-based practice head Kym Livesley is highly rated by clients for his expertise in the mining sector, encompassing corporate issues, financing, and projects across multiple jurisdictions. Perth's David Perks is an experienced transactional counsel who also regularly advises clients on strategic considerations.

Practice head(s):

Kym Livesley

Other key lawyers:

David Perks

Testimonials

Dentons has a great team with expertise related to Natural Resources. This team proved to have exceptional skills and contributed to fostering institutional building.

David Perks is one individual who has great skills related to natural resources law and he has contributed in analyzing natural resources issues.’

Key clients

Anchor Resources

Jervois Mining

Bougainville Copper

China Minmetals

Sev.en. Energy

Montem Resources

Carpentaria Resources

Centaur Resources

Canterbury Resources

Work highlights

  • Advising Sev.en Energy on its acquisition of the 50% interest in Intergen N.V. held by Ontario Teacher’s Plan.
  • Advised Anchor Resources Limited on their response to a public takeover bid, including but not limited to drafting the target’s statement, advising on continuous disclosure obligations and Australian Securities Exchange listing rule compliance.
  • Advised Jervois Mining on its announced mergers with two Canadian listed companies.

Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells advises inbound and outbound investors on a range of natural resources transactions, with particular strength in global gold mining. The Perth-based team regularly works with other offices worldwide on deals in Africa and Southeast Asia, acting for multinational mining companies and resources-focused investment funds. Matthew Johnson leads the team and is the firm's global head of mining, with significant experience in M&A and wider corporate advice to domestic and international mining companies. Sydney's Charles Bogle regularly advises financial investors and private equity funds on their investments in Australia.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Johnson

Other key lawyers:

Charles Bogle

Key clients

Allied Gold Corp

Peninsula Energy

Grant Thornton Australia

Morrison & Co Infrastructure Investments

Alinta Energy

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures

Work highlights

  • Advising Allied Gold Corp on its acquisition of the majority interest in Société d’Exploitation des Mines d’Or de Sadiola S.A.
  • Advised Peninsula Energy Limited on its fully underwritten renounceable rights issues to raise AU$40.3m.
  • Advised Morrison & Co in relation to its acquisition of Sundrop Farms from private equity house KKR.

Jones Day

Jones Day offers expertise in financing transactions and projects, capital raisings, legislative and regulatory issues, and commercial agreements, acting for mining and mineral exploration companies, steel producers, and public sector bodies. Brisbane's Andrew W. Smith leads the team, focusing on downstream issues relating to project financing and development. In Sydney, Tony Wassaf works across financing, transactional, and regulatory elements of major mining projects, with Perth-based Adam Conway also a highly experienced projects lawyer.

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

  • Advised PTTEP on its agreement to an Exploration and Production Sharing Agreement with the Sultinate of Oman.
  • Advising Slipstream Resources on the sale of shares to Xantippe Resources.
  • Advising Canadian Solar on solar power purchase agreements to help the company meet its renewable energy goals.

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 resource disputes. The practice specialises in domestic and cross-border transactions in the coal, lithium, gold, and base metal sectors, 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

Extension Hill

Itochu Corporation

Cockburn Cement

Pareto Securities

Ricardo

UON

Xodus Group

Zitron

Work highlights

  • Advising Asia Iron in relation to various contractual and regulatory aspects of its Extension Hill Magnetite Project.
  • 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 Zambia.
  • Advising international engineering consultancy Xodus Group on its acquisition of Green Light Environmental.