Natural resources (transactions and regulatory) in Australia

Allens

 

Allens is highlighted for being able to provide a 'well-led and knowledgeable team' in both mining and energy mandates. Richard Malcolmson in Sydney and the 'intellectually strong' Igor Bogdanich in Melbourne head the practice - the latter is spotlighted for his handling of high-value work. The practice has a most enviable client list that includes Rio Tinto, Glencore, BHP Billiton, and Woodside and is also noted for its ability to deliver on all aspects of transactions across Asia and elsewhere including Africa. Gerard Woods , Tracey Greenaway and Mark McAleer are some of the leading lawyers within a substantial team.

Practice head(s):

Richard Malcolmson; Igor Bogdanich

Other key lawyers:

Gerard Woods; Tracey Greenaway; Mark McAleer 

Testimonials

Igor Bogdanich has a strong history of consistently high- value transaction work for us over many years. He is proactive and responsive, intellectually very strong, and creative in finding solutions and subtleties.’

Key clients

Rio Tint

BHP

Glencore

Newcrest

Pembroke Resources

CITIC

Snowy Hydro

Alinta Energy

First Solar

Goldwind International

Octopus Investments

Woodside

INPEX

Santos

JERA

Alinta Energy

Mitsui

CK Infrastructure Holdings Limited

Evolution Mining Limited

SCR Sibelco N.V.

Work highlights

  • Advising BHP Mitsubishi Alliance on its divestment of the Gregory Crinum coal mines and associated assets located in Central Queensland, to Sojitz for A$100m. The mines have been in care and maintenance since January 2016.
  • Advising JERA CO Inc on its role in the New South Wales LNG Import project. This involves taking a leading role in the joint venture arrangements between the joint venturers forming the LNG import consortium, and advising JERA on its interests in regard to all proposed aspects of the project
  • Advising Glencore on the drafting and negotiation of a suite of transaction documents between Wambo Coal Pty Ltd and United Collieries Pty Ltd for the establishment and operation of the United Wambo Joint Venture. This will combine two existing adjoining coal mines in the Hunter Valley, NSW.
  • Advised Rio Tinto on the series of divestments of its coal assets in Queensland for a combined consideration of $4.15bn.
  • Advising CITIC on a range of issues arising from the development and operation of the $10bn+ Sino Iron Project in Western Australia.

Ashurst

Ashurst, which 'does a great job in this area', attracts some of the largest, most critical transactions and disputes. It can provide end-to-end assistance to its mining clients, including explorers, producers and investors. The 'technically astute' team is led by Lorenzo Pacitti in Perth with Richard Guit, Michael Harrison and Murray Wheater being some of the senior advisors. A strong cohort of more junior lawyers includes the recommended senior associate Christopher Barry. Advising on both domestic and global transactions, the team covers initial capital raisings, debt finance, corporate/M&A through to rehabilitation work and dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Lorenzo Pacitti

Testimonials

The team is attentive, patient, technically astute and efficient.’

Lorenzo Pacitti is super responsive and has a can-do attitude – nothing is ever too hard.’

‘Senior associate Christopher Barry explains complex regulatory and governmental policies in an easy to understand format that helps to contextualise issues.’

Ashurst also do a great job in this area –  Murray Wheater in particular.

Key clients

BHP

Rio Tinto

Alcoa

Glencore

Vale

Newcrest

Anglo American

South32

Yancoal

Adani

GVK Hancock

China Minmetals

Sheffield Resources

Yara International

Clean TeQ

Gold Fields

Iluka Resources

Idemitsu

Atlas Iron

Mitsubishi

Mitsui

Marubeni

Sojitz

LG International

Sumitomo

Galaxy Resources

Work highlights

  • Advised Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd on its successful off-market takeover bid, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Redstone Corporation Pty Ltd for all of the ordinary shares in Atlas Iron Limited.  
  • Acted as the lead transaction advisor for Iluka in respect of a $60m investment by the International Finance Corporation in Iluka’s Sierra Rutile operation.
  • Acting for Clean Teq Holdings Limited on the A$1bn Sunrise Project; a nickel cobalt scandium project in New South Wales.
  • Continuing to advise Yancoal Australia Ltd  regarding the development of the underground Moolarben mine; advising on the defects/liability phase of more than 70 agreements  supporting  this major expansion and new project.
  • Advised Galaxy, an Australian lithium miner, on the $280m strategic sell down of a package of tenements in Salar del Hombre Muerto in the northwest region of Argentina to South Korean steelmaker, POSCO.

Herbert Smith Freehills

The team at Herbert Smith Freehills is highlighted for the depth and scope of its expertise and counts the likes of Rio Tinto, Iluka Resources and Marubeni Coal among its client roster. It assists its clients on complex corporate and M&A transactions, financing and investments as well as disputes. Practice head Jay Leary is called upon for the most strategically important transactions and he is the global relationship partner for clients such as South32. Ian Williams in Brisbane counts Japanese corporates among his clients and 'the calm and consideredAdam Strauss advises on a range of investments, acquisitions and restructures and counts Yancoal among his clients. The team is also notable for providing a full service, for example on ECM matters (Philippa Stone) and native title and environment (William Oxby).

Practice head(s):

Jay Leary

Testimonials

The team has a great depth of experience.’

Philippa Stone’s work is great on the transactional side – she forms great relationships with her clients. Her knowledge and skills means that she is more than just a legal advisor.’

Adam Strauss is also great on the transactional side – he is calm and considered and always knows the transaction inside out.’

William Oxby is excellent on the native title front. He is a pleasure to work with and is very knowledgable.’

Key clients

Yancoal Australia Limited

Wesfarmers Resources

South32

Coronado Global Resources Inc

Independence Group NL

Newcrest

Sociedad Quimica y Minera (SQM)

Mitsui

Rio Tinto

MMG

Iluka Resources

Neometals

POSCO

Marubeni Coal

Sojitz

BC Iron

Barrick Gold

OZ Metals

Toyota Tsusho

Mineral Resources

Newmont

Work highlights

  • Lead corporate adviser to Yancoal Australia Limited in complex transactions relating to Yancoal’s acquisition of Rio Tinto’s Hunter Valley coal projects (which commenced in 2016) and the subsequent divestment of a number of joint venture interests in the Coal & Allied mines.
  • Advised Wesfarmers on the sale of Curragh and Bengalla mines.
  • Advised South32 Limited on its  acquisition of a 50% interest in and ownership of the Eagle Downs Hard Coking Coal Project and 100% of the shares in the entity appointed manager of the Eagle Downs Project, Eagle Downs Coal Management Pty Ltd.
  • Advised Coronado Global Resources Inc and Coronado Group LLC (Seller) on Coronado’s IPO and $2.74bn  listing on the ASX.
  • Acted for Toyota Tsusho as its global counsel on its acquisition of a 15% shareholding in Orocobre, a dual ASX/TSX listed entity, with substantial lithium interests across several provinces in Argentina.

King & Wood Mallesons

Craig Rogers in Brisbane heads the projects, infrastructure, energy and resources sector work and in Perth Robert Edel is head of mining at King & Wood Mallesons. The team, which includes Scott Langford in Melbourne and Alan Murray in Perth, handles large-scale corporate transactions both regionally and further afield. It delivers deals for the likes of Glencore and Goldcorp Inc from projects structuring and financing to off-takes and shipping-related agreements. Its work ranges from advising on the acquisition of quarrying assets in the Pilbara to advising on a gold mining project in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Practice head(s):

Craig Rogers; Robert Edel

Other key lawyers:

Scott Langford; Alan Murray

Key clients

Alliance Mineral Assets Limited

Alumina Limited

Aurizon Holdings Limited

Aquila Resources Pty Ltd

Baosteel Group

GMA Garnet Pty Ltd

Glencore plc

Gold Road Resources Limited

Goldcorp Inc

Griffin Coal

Mount Gibson

Newmont Mining Corporation

Nui Phao Mining Company Limited

Pembroke Resources

Prospect Resources Limited

RCR Tomlinson Ltd

Resolute Mining

South32

Work highlights

  • Advised GoldCorp Inc on its merger with Newmont Mining Corporation, under which Newmont will acquire all outstanding common shares in Goldcorp in a transaction valued at $10bn.
  • Advised Glencore on its acquisition of Rio Tinto’s 82% interest in the Hail Creek coal mine and adjacent coal resources, as well as its 71.2% interest in the Valeria coal resource in central Queensland for a total cash consideration of  $1.7bn. Also advised Glencore on a subsequent tag transaction, where it acquired a further 2.7% interest in the Hail Creek coal mine, being a part interest of the exiting Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Australia minority joint venturer.
  • Advised Winning International Group Pte Ltd on the development of a new bauxite mine, an alumina refinery, a power station, 135km railway line and associated mining infrastructure in The Republic of Guinea.
  • Advised South32 on its acquisition of Arizona Mining, a transaction valued at $1.3bn.
  • Advising GS Coal Pty Ltd (a 50:50 joint venture between Sumitomo and Glencore) on the acquisition of Mitsubishi Development Pty Ltd’s thermal coal interests in the Clermont Joint Venture and Ulan Joint Venture.

Allen & Overy

Geoff Simpson is the well-regarded global head of mining and is the managing partner of Allen & Overy's Perth office. The practice is best known for its handling of global transactions in conjunction with its world-wide network of offices in addition to its Australia-based work. The team provides a full range of corporate and commercial skills together with the financing side of acquisitions and other fund raisings. Meredith Campion is highly experienced on sector-specific corporate and capital raisings and Peter Wilkes specialises in financing, including debt and offshore capital raisings. A number of the corporate practitioners specialise in the resources or energy sectors including Adam Stapledon and Goran Galic.

Practice head(s):

Geoff Simpson

Testimonials

‘Strong history of consistent high value transaction work for us over many years. Proactive and responsive, intellectually very strong, creative to find solutions and subtleties.’

Key clients

Fortescue Metals Group

Vale

AIC Resources

Resource Capital Funds

Pilbara Minerals

Rio Tinto

EMR Capital

Global Advanced Metals

Palisade

Work highlights

  • Advised Fortescue Metals Group Ltd on its investment in Atlas Iron in order to block its merger with Mineral Resources.
  • Advised AIC Resources on the reverse takeover of AIC by Intrepid Mines. The transaction was the first reverse takeover under the new regulatory regime in the ASX Listing Rules, which came into effect on 1 December 2017.
  • Acted for Pilbara Minerals under Australian law on a debt and equity linked transaction.  The downstream joint venture to be entered into by Pilbara Minerals and POSCO will likely be under Korean law.  
  • Advised Mineral Resources on the purchase of the Kumina Iron Ore Project from BCI Minerals. The Kumina Project is located in the West Pilbara region enabling MRL to leverage its existing workforce and logistics supply chain in the Pilbara, with the ore to be exported out of Port Hedland.
  • Advised Fortescue Metals on its A$500m on-market buyback program.  

Clayton Utz

From its offices across Australia, Clayton Utz has the weight to deliver many of the most substantial resources projects, especially in the coal sector, but also in the areas of minerals and rare earths. It serves a range of key players on corporate and regulatory matters in addition to disputes. As an independent firm, it also attracts a range of offshore operators and investors from countries such as Japan and China. Stuart MacGregor in Brisbane heads the practice and Brett Cohen in Perth and Mark Geritz in Brisbane are two of the senior, key lawyers. The well-rated, newly made-up partner Samy Mansour advises on investments, sales, joint ventures and other corporate matters in both the natural resources and energy industries. Liz Humphry is also noted for her work with international mining companies.

Practice head(s):

Stuart MacGregor

Testimonials

A pleasure to 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 responses).  He is always ready to makes helpful and practical suggestions (e.g., to move forward difficult contract negotiations), not just on purely legal matters.’

Key clients

New Hope

Idemitsu

Fortescue Metals Group

Glencore

EMR Capital

Alcoa

Mitsui

Mitsubishi

Vale

Barrick

EMG

Anglo

Noble Group

Itochu

Peabody

Work highlights

  • Continues to advise specialist private equity resources investor, EMR Capital, on its bid (with Indonesia’s Adaro Energy) for Rio Tinto’s 80% of Kestrel Mine for A$2.9bn.
  • Advised Mitsubishi as part of the BHP-Mitsubishi Alliance  joint venture on the sale of the Gregory Crinum mine in central Queensland to Sojitz Corporation for A$100m and on related rehabilitation funding and rehabilitation liability arrangements.
  • Advising long-standing client Idemitsu (and its subsidiaries) on a range of matters including advising Idemitsu subsidiary Boggabri Coal on a broad range of regulatory matters under the complex NSW legislation framework – which requires multiple overlapping approvals.
  • Continue to advise Adani Group companies on a wide range of corporate, commercial and regulatory matters relating to its ambitious Carmichael Mine and Rail project.
  • Advised on Australian aspects of the global acquisition of the lime and limestone business of SCR-Sibelco NV (Belgium) by joint venturers  Graymont Limited (Canada) and Grupo Calidra (Mexico).   The purchase includes operations located across the Asia-Pacific region and South America.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Vaughan Mills, who splits his time between Brisbane and Port Moresby heads the Corrs Chambers Westgarth  Australian and PNG practices. Other key lawyers include Michael MacGinley and Bruce Adkins who provide a wealth of experience in mining and metals and related infrastructure. The team now benefits from a number of new hires including Abigail Gill who has joined from a global resources corporation. The practice can handle the full life cycle of resources and energy projects and has a strong international referral network.

Practice head(s):

Vaughan Mills

Testimonials

Deep knowledge and a commercial and practical approach to solving complex issues.’

Key clients

Newcrest Mining

Harmony Gold

Fortescue Metals Group Limited

NRW Holdings

Queensland Government

Bullseye Mining Limited

Peabody

MACH Energy

UGL Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the Queensland Government (Department of State Development, Infrastructure & Planning) in the bidding process and contractual arrangements ahead of the A$20bn development of new mine and port facilities in north Queensland.
  • Advised Peabody Australia on the A$40m sale of its Wotonga South coking coal project to Stanmore Coal.
  • Has been advising public gold mining exploration company Bullseye on several significant matters over the past 12 months, including two highly contested takeovers before the Takeovers Panel.
  • Advised Canadian- headquartered Stella Natural Resources Inc in relation to the  announced agreement with Australian Pacific Coal Limited to establish the Dartbrook Mine incorporated joint venture.
  • Advised MACH Energy Australia Pty Ltd in relation to its  announced agreement with JCD Australia Pty Ltd to establish the Mount Pleasant Joint Venture.  Under the agreement, JCDA will acquire a 5% interest in the Mount Pleasant coal project and MACH and JCDA will establish the Mount Pleasant Joint Venture to develop and operate the Mount Pleasant coal mine.

Gilbert + Tobin

Christopher Flynn in Sydney and Michael Blakiston in Perth head the Gilbert + Tobin resources and energy practice group. Blakiston has huge experience in the mining/resources area and fellow partners Justin Little, Phil Edmands and Claire Boyd in Perth offer a wealth of expertise in areas including acquisitions, investments, regulatory regimes and financings. They advise domestic and international clients regarding exploration, developments, mining and mine closures and remediation matters. The team is also active in the growing area of battery minerals and the demand for lithium.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Flynn; Michael Blakiston

Other key lawyers:

Justin Little; Phil Edmands; Claire Boyd

Key clients

Talison Lithium

Mineral Resources Limited

Galaxy Resources Limited

Iluka Resources Limited

Independence Group NL

Tellus Holdings Limited

Whitehaven Coal Limited

BCI Minerals Limited

Sandfire Resources NL

OZ Minerals Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for Whitehaven Coal on its bid for Rio Tinto’s Queensland coal assets (ultimately sold for more than $4bn), including on its acquisition of Rio Tinto’s 75% interest in the Winchester South project for $200m, and its subsequent purchase of the remaining 25% interest from Scentre for a pro rata amount.
  • Advised Mineral Resources in relation to the to the sale of a 50% interest in the Wodgina Lithium Project for $1.15bn  (subject to certain adjustments) to Albemarle Corporation and the formation of a 50:50 joint venture with Albemarle that will produce spodumene concentrate and lithium hydroxide.
  • Advising Talison Lithium on a contractual dispute regarding its Greenbushes Lithium Mine (the world’s largest hardrock lithium mine).
  • Advised Tellus Holdings Ltd in relation to the development of the Sandy Ridge mine and waste repository project to be constructed in Western Australia.
  • Acted as Australian  counsel to Yancoal on the company’s dual primary listing (HK Listing) on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange  and the associated IPO of its shares to raise HK$1.605bn.

MinterEllison

MinterEllison is recognised for its adept handling of joint ventures and other corporate arrangements across minerals and commodities including lithium. It is also noted for its long-standing experience in the coal industries in Queensland and New South Wales, serving clients that include Federal and State entities in addition to major corporates. The 'outstanding' Simon Scott acts for an impressive roster of international resource companies on a range of acquisitions, divestments and other agreements and is also consulted on policy issues. Other key team members include Andrew Corletto, Adam Handley and Tim Hanmore, the latter joined the team from McCullough Robertson. Jordan Phillips is one of a number of more junior partners who is also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Simon Scott

Testimonials

The Minter Ellison team is very capable, is responsible and takes the time to get to know our business intimately so as to provide excellent service.’

Simon Scott is an outstanding practitioner and great to deal with, highly responsive and willing to go above an beyond to achieve the best outcome for us.

Jordan Phillips is one of the most knowledgeable mining and M&A lawyers.’

Key clients

Albemarle Corporation

Anglo American

Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association Limited

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 Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for Albemarle Corporation in relation to its $1.15bn acquisition of a 50% interest in Mineral Resources Limited’s Wodgina Lithium Project in Western Australia, and formation of a joint venture with Mineral Resources
  • Advising Albemarle Lithium Pty Ltd on its  proposal to develop and operate a lithium hydroxide product manufacturing plant and associated infrastructure in Western Australia.
  • Contining 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 ASX-listed Mineral Deposits Limited in responding to the hostile off-market takeover offer from Euronext-listed ERAMET SA.

Johnson Winter & Slattery

Jee-Seon Lee in Perth heads the natural resources practice at Johnson Winter & Slattery - a firm that has a substantial number of specialists in mining in addition to oil and gas and other energy sectors. It also provides expertise in the related areas including environment and climate change and port and other land access issues. Its clients include mineral explores and producers including ASX listed and multi-national corporations. Martin Kudnig, Rick Malone and James Marshall are some of the specialists who deal with the key corporate and finance transactions.

Practice head(s):

Jee-Seon Lee

Testimonials

They have a clear and strong orientation to understanding the client’s needs and objectives and working to this.’

Key clients

Origin Energy

Total E & P

Australia Pacific LNG

Murphy Oil

Newmont Australia

Australian Gas Networks (AGIG)

Beach Energy

Cooper Energy

Northern Minerals

Base Resources

Veolia Water Australia

Infrastructure Capital Group

Bluewaters Power Station II Pty Ltd

Sandfire Resources

South32 Limited

Gas Market Reform Group

Senex Energy

OZ Minerals

Ausdrill

ATCO Australia

State of South Australia

Work highlights

  • Advised diversified mining services company Ausdrill Limited on all aspects of the acquisition of Barminco and a fully underwritten non-renounceable entitlement offer to raise $250m. The transactions had a number of complicating factors including there being a diverse vendor group.
  • As joint counsel with Milbank Singapore, acted for the senior and mezzanine financiers to the EMR Private Equity and Adaro consortium’s $2.25bn acquisition of Rio Tinto’s interest in the Kestrel Coal Mine Joint Venture.
  • Acting for KordaMentha on the sale of 100% of the shares in Black Oak to Western Australian gold producer, Ramelius Resources Limited.
  • Advising Base Resources on the Toliara Sands Project (Madagascar) in relation to the project structuring for the construction and procurement contracting on the Toliara project.
  • Advised Sandfire on the finance aspects and the assignment of a royalty. Sandfire announced to the ASX that it would acquire Talisman’s subsidiary, Talisman A Pty Ltd, on a debt free and cash-free basis. The purchase price comprises $72.3m million and an ongoing 1% Net Smelter Return royalty payable to Talisman on any future discoveries at the Springfield Joint Ventures. Talisman A Pty Ltd holds Talisman’s 30% interest in the Springfield Exploration and Mining Joint Ventures in the Doolgunna region of WA.

McCullough Robertson

One of Australia's largest teams, McCullough Robertson has deep experience of supporting domestic and international clients on the full range of issues surrounding the mining sector. As well as assisting on joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, it provides regulatory, FIRB, tax, environmental and native title expertise. Damien Clarke and Louise Horrocks in Brisbane head the practice which includes Dominic McGannPatrick Holland and Liam Davis.

Practice head(s):

Damien Clarke; Louise Horrocks

Other key lawyers:

Dominic McGannPatrick Holland; Liam Davis 

Key clients

Gloucester Resources Limited

New Hope Corporation Limited

Metro Mining Limited

NQ Minerals PLC

Batchfire Resources

Aeon Metals Limited

Sojitz Corporation

CS Energy

Bounty Mining Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Gloucester Resources Limited on the precedent-setting Rocky Hill Coal project in NSW – a proposed greenfield coal-mining project located near Gloucester in NSW. It has a capital investment value of A$90.3m.
  • Advised New Hope Corporation on acquisitions relating to the Bengalla Coal Mine in New South Wales, totalling just under $1bn.
  • Advising Metro Mining on a variety of matters including native title and cultural heritage, and most recently, on its  obligations and transition to the Financial Provisioning Scheme as per the recently commenced Mineral and Energy Resources (Financial Provisioning) Act 2018 (Qld).
  • Provides legal support for all of Peabody’s Australian mining and exploration activity, including on regulatory disputes relating to mining approvals, as well as on native title. Recent work includes two court proceedings in relation to an Environmental Protection Order.
  • Acted as the Australian counsel in the listing of NQ Minerals on the AIM Exchange in the UK.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright provides 'a strong balance of the commercial with the legal' and the Perth lawyers are especially highlighted. The 'pragmatic' Keira Brennan and 'high-calibre' Jake Howard lead the practice; Gavin Scott specialises in front-end transations, native title and regulatory matters and Lisa Koch, who has relocated to Sydney from the London office, advises on the financing aspects of mining deals. The firm is well known for its multi-jurisdictional capabilities and a number of new hires and internal promotions has refreshed the practice.

Practice head(s):

Keira Brennan; Jake Howard

Other key lawyers:

Gavin Scott; Lisa Koch

Testimonials

The team has a broad and deep knowledge base in respect of a range of issues relevant to the mining sector, coupled with an excellent technical legal skill set. They make a particular effort to generously pass on this knowledge and experience to clients.’

Gavin Scott has delivered commercial, practical and innovative advice on a native title matter in the context of a mining project. This approach combined with his personable and enthusiastic nature makes Gavin great to work with.’

There is a strong balance of commercial with the legal which is very useful in negotiation processes.’

Turnaround is good, we are not required to chase the Perth team for deliverables.

All partners we deal with are of a high calibre and key relationship partner (Jake Howard) is very knowledgeable in the areas of specific support that we have been running through over the last few years (offtake and project finance). Jake is also able to co-ordinate well across the other partners, as necessary.’

Keira Brennan offers her services in a very pragmatic manner and replies to requests very quickly.’

Key clients

Anglo American

Glencore

South32

BHP

Schlumberger

Work highlights

  • Provides Anglo American with strategic and operational advice on its logistics requirements and maximising the operation of its supply chain.
  • Acted for Kestrel Coal Resources Pty Ltd to negotiate the assignment, termination and drafting of rail haulage agreements for the Kestrel Coal Mine arising out of the sale of the Kestrel coal mine by Rio Tinto.
  • Acting for South32 in providing support to its contracting function on negotiating all of its contracts. The core focus of this engagement is twofold, firstly to provide legal support in the negotiation of critical contracts and secondly to utilise data analytics to transform the approach adopted by the business.
  • Acted for New Hope in advising on the operation of the QCA Undertaking with respect to gaining access at the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal.
  • Assisting Multicom Resources Limited on all aspects of the development of Australia’s first Vanadium mine.

Baker McKenzie

Sean Duffy and Mathieu Hanaut co-lead the energy, mining and infrastructure practice at Baker McKenzie. Duffy has broad expertise in the energy and natural resources sectors, including transactions in mining and gas infrastructure matters. The team's work includes advising client on transactions relating to nickel and coal mines.

Practice head(s):

Sean Duffy; Mathieu Hanaut

Key clients

SolarReserve

Neoen

Alinta Energy

Origin Energy

Delta Electricity

Australian Renewable Energy Agency

Genex

DP Energy

Ausgrid

Clean TeQ

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance provides multi-disciplinary teams that can handle a range of natural resources (and energy) transactions. As a regional hub, it advises on capital raisings, M&A, project finance, commodity trading and dispute resolution. In Sydney, Nadia Kalic has widespread expertise of international corporate transactions and Andrew Crook brings private equity and corporate experience. In Perth, Sam Luttrell focuses on dispute resolution and Philip Sealey heads the renewable power practice. Paul Lingard has moved to Norton Rose Fulbright and Tracey Renshaw has moved to the UK.

Practice head(s):

Nadia Kalic; Dr Sam Luttrell; Philip Sealey

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Crook

Key clients

Eramet S.A

Rio Tinto

Kingsgate Consolidated

Work highlights

  • Advising Eramet, the French multinational mining and metallurgy company, on the development of the Weda Bay Nickel project in Indonesia.
  • Representing an international resources company in respect of a cross-border regulatory investigation related to a  Mozambique coal business.
  • Acting for Kingsgate Consolidated Ltd in an ongoing UNCITRAL  rules arbitration under the Australia-Thailand Free Trade Agreement in a dispute concerning the expropriation of the Chatree Gold Mine in northern Thailand.

Dentons

Drawing on an extensive international network, Dentons counts domestic Australian and overseas companies within its client roster, including Chinese enterprises investing into Australia. Kym Livesley in Sydney, David Perks in Perth and John Mollard in Melbourne are the key practitioners and have a wealth of experience acting for mining companies on corporate, financing and listings matters. Livesley has had a lead role on numerous cross-border mandates involving Asia, Europe and the Americas and Perks is a key advisor to Ganfeng Lithium.

Practice head(s):

Kym Livesley

Other key lawyers:

David Perks; John Mollard

Key clients

Bougainville Copper Limited

Variscan Mines Ltd

China Minmetals

Cobalt 27 Capital Corp

Jervois Mining Limited

Centaur Resources

Ganfeng Lithium Co Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Bougainville Copper Limited with respect to corporate issues.
  • Advised Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium Co Ltd. (listed in both the Shenzhen and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges) on various complex foreign investment approvals and other related services.
  • Acted for Variscan Mines in connection with the sale of its French subsidiary, Variscan Mines SAS, to Apollo Minerals for $4.3m.
  • Advising China Minmetals on its financial asset restructuring.
  • Advised ASX listed Jervois Mining on its announced mergers with two Canadian listed companies, a matter valued at A$100m.

DLA Piper

Based in Perth, Alex Jones is the global co-chair of DLA Piper's energy and natural resources sector. The team provides corporate, finance and regulatory expertise to mid-sized mining companies in addition to its work with other global offices on cross-border work. The team has been boosted with the hire of Tom Fotheringham from King & Wood Mallesons and Chris Mitchell and Andrew Fisken from Norton Rose Fulbright who bring significant transactional experience of the resources and energy markets.

Practice head(s):

Alex Jones

Key clients

ACCC

Alliance Mineral Assets Limited

Altura Lithium Operations

Andina Resources

API Management

Atlas Iron

Auctus Minerals

Avenira

Australia Salt Lake Potash

Barra Resources

Batchfire Resources

Battery Minerals

Berkeley Energia

Bigenergy

Black Range Mining

Buddy Technologies

Carnegie Clean Energy

Cradle Resources

DBCT Management Pty Ltd

Eastern Goldfields

Echo Resources

Extension Hill

Gold Valley Investments

Hanwha Mining Services

Jellinbah Group

Kalium Lakes

Kasbah Resources

Lake Vermont Resources Pty Ltd

Manuka Resources

Maroon Gold Pty Ltd

Marubeni Coal

Mighty River International

Minas de Revuboe

Mine Builder

MOD Resources

Nickel Mines Limited

Paringa Resources

Pilbara Minerals Limited

Prairie Mining

ResCap Investments

Resolute Mining

Riversdale Resources Limited

Riversgold

Salt Lake Potash

Sorrento Resources

Talisman Mining

Teranga Gold

Titan Minerals

Work highlights

  • Advising Atlas Iron Limited on its off-market takeover offer for all ordinary shares by Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd, valued at A$427m.
  • Advising SGX-listed Alliance Mineral Assets Limited on its announced merger with ASX-listed Tawana Resources NL, valued at circa A$446m.
  • Represented a coal project owner in Mozambique in an ICC administered international arbitration.
  • Advised Riversdale Resources on a A$70m  strategic placement to Hancock.
  • Advising Nickel Mines Limited on its A$200m IPO on the ASX with a market capitalisation of A$486m.

Jones Day

Jones Day acts for a range of coal mining and mineral exploration companies, joint venture participants and investors. Andrew Smith in Brisbane has broad experience across resources and LNG projects and has of late acted for  Coronado Coal on a number of transactions. The 'brilliant' Tony Wassaf has decades of experience in both resources and energy transactions and Darren Murphy and Adam Conway also have extensive experience, especially on Asia-wide transactions and investments.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Smith

Testimonials

Jones Day is unique in my experience in that engagement is direct with the always available partner (which eliminates what can be a feeling of over-servicing from other firms).’

Tony Wassaf is my resources and commercial lawyer of choice.  He is brilliant, concise, responsive, quick, commercial, experienced and has a deep practical understanding of the mining industry and its regulatory context.’

Key clients

Coronado Coal

Alinta Energy

Orocobre Limited

The Energy & Minerals Group Fund

Centennial Coal Company

Hydro Tasmania

Slipstream Resources International Pty Ltd

DP World

Cement NSW Pty Limited

Bloomfield Collieries Pty Limited

Work highlights

  • 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 the 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.  
  • Acting for Slipstream Resources Investments Pty Ltd who with other minority parties, have agreed to sell their 25% shareholding in Savannah Lithium Limited, a Portugal company which owns the Mina Do Barroso lithium development project in Northern Portugal.

Squire Patton Boggs

At Squire Patton Boggs, Simon Rear's expertise is in assisting mining clients on capital raisings and, together with Margie Tannock, heads a Perth team that provides a range of corporate, finance, environment and regulatory expertise to domestic and Asia-wide clients. Tony Chong has an established international practice and, together with Tina Zhou, increasingly assists Chinese clients on their investments. The team's current work encompasses work in the coal, gold and lithium sectors.

Practice head(s):

Simon Rear; Margie Tannock

Other key lawyers:

Tony Chen; Tina Zhou

Key clients

Eastern Goldfields Limited

MSP Engineering

Pareto Securities

Cockburn Cement Ltd

General Mining Corporation

Itochu Minerals and Energy of Australia

MCM Mining Ltd

Extension Hill Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Eastern Goldfields Limited in relation to the proposed recapitalisation of the company which included an interim funding package that raised $8.75m by the issue of convertible notes and a placement and entitlement offer priced at 5 cents a share to raise up to $42.3m.
  • Advising Extension Hill Pty Ltd (Asia Iron) in relation to several aspects of the Extension Hill Magnetite Project. Iron. The project involves  tenements owned by Extension Hill on a split resource basis (hematite and magnetite).
  • Acted for Norwegian investment bank, Pareto, as Manager and Bookrunner, and the Nordic Trustee, as bond trustee and security trustee, in relation to the $100m bond offering completed by ASX listed Pilbara Minerals Limited.