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Clifford Chance
GROUD FLOOR, 235 ST GEORGES TERRACE
PERTH, WA 6000
Australia

Australia > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

Clifford Chance benefits from the firm’s global presence in the arbitration arena and is adept at conducting commercial and international investor-state arbitrations. In Perth, natural resources, energy and mining sector expert Sam Luttrell leads the firm’s investor-state dispute settlement team, which has conducted arbitrations against the Republic of Kenya and the Arab Republic of Egypt. Also in Perth, Amanda Murphy is also highly adept at handling disputes in the mining and energy sectors, and her mandates include investment treaty claims made against various states. Counsel Robert Tang is also a notable team member based in Sydney.

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Key clients

Kingsgate Consolidated

Tantalum International Ltd

Cortec Mining Kenya Ltd

Work highlights

    Australia > Energy (transactions and regulatory) Tier 2

    Clifford Chance handles conventional energy transactions and disputes, alongside more niche areas of work in the sector. In particular, the firm is known for engaging with foreign governments in relation to major projects and advising clients on commodity trading in Australia. On the contentious side, the team has a very strong international arbitration practice, known for managing disputes arising during energy and natural resources projects. Sydney partner Nadia Kalic specialises in acquisitions, financing and project development, particularly in the clean energy space. Solicitor-advocate Sam Luttrell handles a high volume of domestic and cross-border disputes and investment protection mandates in the natural resources sector. Philip Sealey assists sponsors, lenders and borrowers with project financing across various jurisdictions. Among the firm’s associates, Amanda Murphy stands out for her strong track record in disputes at the nexus of public and commercial law in the energy and natural resources sector.

    Practice head(s):

    Nadia Kalic; Philip Sealey; Sam Luttrell

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    Testimonials

    ‘Expertise on project finance and market knowledge / application in multiple jurisdictions; commercial sensible approach; great on management of local counsel and local law issues; positive fun approach to work and clients’

    ‘Phil Sealey and Dom Kepinski work very well together as a team and are effective in allowing clients to work towards deadlines. Great understanding of legal issues and market positions.’

    Key clients

    Asia Development Bank

    A global asset manager

    CDPQ

    Equatorial Resources Ltd

    Global Infrastructure Partners

    Iris Energy

    Kingsgate

    Macquarie Capital

    Partners Group

    Sundance

    Tantalum

    Australia > Project finance Tier 2

    The project finance group at Clifford Chance utilises the experience of its team and the strength of its global network to advise investors, sponsors, and financial institutions involved in high-value multijurisdictional transactions regarding the funding of major projects. Recent work includes handling a 376MW wind farm in Taiwan, a $186m solar plant in Vietnam, the $9.26bn WestConnex road project and LNG storage projects. The team’s full service advice extends to acquisition finance work, asset financings, structured products and capital market solutions. The practice is led by leveraged finance authority Richard Gordon, renewables expert Nadia Kalic, regulatory specialist Chad Bochan and new recruit Elizabeth Hundt Russell in Sydney, and, in the Perth office, Mark Gillgren, who manages structured financings, and energy, mining, and infrastructure adviser Philip Sealey. In Sydney, associate Dean Bao is also recommended.

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    Testimonials

    ‘Expertise on project finance and market knowledge/application in multiple jurisdictions; a commercial, sensible approach; great on the management of local counsel and local law issues; positive, fun approach to work and clients.’

    ‘Phil Sealey and Dom Kepinski work very well together as a team and are effective in allowing clients to work towards deadlines. Great understanding of legal issues and market positions.’

    Key clients

    Global Infrastructure Partners

    Partners Group – CWP Renewables

    Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)

    Asian Development Bank

    Partners Group – Murra Warra 2

    National Australia Bank (NAB)

    Westconnex

    Land Services WA consortium

    Land Services SA consortium

    Macquarie Capital led consortium

    Work highlights

    • Appointed by Global Infrastructure Partners to advise the lenders on the financing for their bid to acquire a 26.5% stake in the Shell-operated Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) Common Facilities (which included LNG storage tanks, jetties, and operations infrastructure that service QCNLG’s LNG trains).
    • Advised Partners Group on the merger between renewable energy developer CWP Renewables and the Partners’ Group Grassroots Renewable Energy platform.
    • Advising CDPQ, which, together with established local investor Cathay PE as an offshore wind sector partnership, will acquire 50% of Greater Changhua 1 which will supply 605MW of clean power to over 650,000 Taiwanese families.

    Australia > Banking and finance Tier 3

    Providing a personalised service to major local and international banks, non-bank lenders, and multinational corporates involved in high-value transactions, the ‘internationally experienced ‘group at Clifford Chance provides a full range of banking and finance services. These include assistance with acquisition finance, project finance, structured products, insolvency, and regulatory compliance. In Sydney, Richard Gordon demonstrates a track record in financing transactions meanwhile Chad Bochan leverages distinguished expertise in infrastructure financings, IBOR transition projects and green financings throughout the Asia Pacific region; the pair co-head the department together with recently promoted partner Elizabeth Hundt Russell and Perth-based Mark Gillgren who provides the group with specialist expertise in respect of trade and commodity finance. The team’s client base features Barclays and Shell and encompasses players in oil and gas, renewables, mining and metals, healthcare and infrastructure sectors.  

    Testimonials

    ‘Global experience and a top-tier focus across all geographies allowing the interconnected team to deliver global expertise taking the best practice/most innovative solutions from each market and applying them.’

    ‘Richard Gordon is trusted by the market including global investment banks, credit funds and other advisers as being able to navigate and deliver solutions to difficult situations in a timely manner.’

    Key clients

    Partner’s Group

    Credit Suisse

    Barclays

    Citibank

    HSBC

    AMP Capital

    Global Infrastructure Partners

    Asian Development Bank

    Glencore

    Shell

    Work highlights

    • Advised HSBC Bank plc and the other active bookrunners in the syndication of Glencore’s refinancing of its short-term syndicated revolving credit facilities.
    • Appointed by GIP to advise the lenders on the financing for their bid to acquire a 26.5% stake in the Shell-operated Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) Common Facilities (which included LNG storage tanks, jetties and operations infrastructure that service QCNLG’s LNG trains).
    • Advised the Nature’s Care group, as borrower, in relation to its financing arrangements.

    Australia > Capital markets

    Led by Richard Gordon, the capital markets group at Clifford Chance utilises the expertise of its team to advise major banks and non-bank financial institutions on a diverse spectrum of matters. The debt capital markets team assists issuers and underwriters with debt securities and debt issuance programmes including medium term notes and hybrid programmes. The equity capital markets practice helps clients with high-value refinancings and IPOs. In addition, the securitisation team acts on trade receivables securitisation programmes, and multi-currency trade securitisations. The group’s client roster includes HSBS and JP Morgan.

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    Testimonials

    ‘The Clifford Chance team always bring a high degree of technical skill, market knowledge and a collaborative approach to their transactions. Clifford Chance also benefits from the breadth and strength of its global network when acting on cross-border transactions.’

    Key clients

    BNP Paribas

    HSBC

    Citigroup

    Deutsche Bank

    JP Morgan

    Société Générale

    Bank of America Merrill Lynch

    ANZ

    NAB

    Westpac

    MUFG

    UBS

    Work highlights

    • Advised ANZ, CBA, NAB and Westpac as the Joint Lead Managers on Woolworths Group Limited’s issuance of A$400m fixed rate notes and A$600m fixed rate notes under its medium term note programme.
    • Advised Citi as arranger on the update of Woolworths Group Limited’s $2bn medium term note programme.
    • Advised BNP Paribas, CBA, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, JP Morgan and Westpac as the joint lead managers on Telstra Corporation Limited’s issuance of €500m fixed rate notes under its €15bn debt issuance programme.

    Australia > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 3

    Commercial litigation, class actions and cross-border regulatory investigations are key areas of practice for the dispute resolution team at Clifford Chance, which benefits from the firm’s global presence when handling multi-jurisdictional disputes. Ben Luscombe and Angela Pearsall head up the team from the Perth and Sydney offices, respectively. Tim Grave in Sydney is a specialist in regulatory investigations and financial crime cases, and Perth-based counsel Kirsten Scott is skilled in the white-collar crime arena.

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    Testimonials

    ‘Deep understanding of litigation practice and procedure. Really clever people.’

    ‘Their attention to detail, combined with strong legal strategy and deep industry expertise, led to a very strong outcome.’

    ‘Angela Pearsall is sensational – we have worked with her for many years. She has always delivered best of market results. She is not afraid to challenge – but always in a constructive way – and she is always spot on with her legal strategy. She rolls up her sleeves but at the same time appropriately manages her team.’

    Key clients

    Epic Games

    Glencore

    EY

    Forge

    Work highlights

      Australia > Competition and trade Tier 4

      Integrated with the firm’s global antitrust offering, the team at Clifford Chance advises on global mergers and joint ventures, market investigations and ACCC proceedings, alongside representing clients in competition litigation. The team also has notable capabilities in market access cases, working with global clients entering the Australian market. The team is led from Sydney by Dave Poddar, with senior associate Mark Grime also noted for his work across merger clearances, cartels, and abuse of dominance issues.

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      Testimonials

      ‘ Knowledge of the law and knowledge/insights about the prevailing judicial, regulatory and industry trends relevant to the area of law.

      ‘Works hard to understand what the client is trying to achieve and works to ensure that the result is achieved. Definitely focused on the result and not the size of the file. Will think outside the box to get the required results, and understands the environment around the competition area.’

      ‘Dave Poddar is excellent and always available to discuss matters.’

      Key clients

      Epic Games

      Glencore Coal

      BGC Group

      New South Wales Minerals Council

      Wesfarmers

      Lactalis Australia

      CBH Group

      NBC Universal

      Australia > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

      Clifford Chance has an international M&A offering, advising on cross-border transactions on behalf of domestic and international clients, working in close collaboration with its international offices. Areas of strength include the energy and resources sectors (oil and gas co-head Nadia Kalic is a key player) alongside private equity expertise, with the team advising funds on formations, investments and exits. The practice is also integrated with the competition and antitrust team. Other leaders in the team include Andrew Crook, Mark Currell and Dave Poddar.

      Testimonials

      ‘The practice has a clear niche strategy, they employ some of the best lawyers and provide outstanding service. They very quickly grasp your business and requirements and the relationship becomes long term.’

      Key clients

      The Bikini Body Training Company Pty Ltd

      I-Med Radiology Network Limited

      Quintet Yorkway

      ATF Services Pty Ltd

      Pemba Capital

      Work highlights

      • Advised two entrepreneurs and their start-up The Bikini Body Training Company on the Series A investment by US private equity firm Norwest Equity Partners.
      • Advised I-MED Radiology Network (I-MED), which is backed by global private equity firm Permira, on its entry into an agreement to acquire Alfred Medical Imaging from existing shareholders.
      • Advised Quintet Partners and Quintet Yorkway on the acquisition of a majority stake in Talent International.

      Australia > Financial services regulatory Tier 4

      With a vast global network spanning Europe, Africa, the Americas, the Middle East and seven offices in four Asia Pacific countries, the banking and finance and disputes team at Clifford Chance advises major banks, financial institutions and corporates on risk assessment, licensing, the marketing of new financial products, compliance issues and investigations by government regulators and enforcement agencies. The team is led in Sydney by Chad Bochan, who assists with energy and infrastructure financings, Tim Grave, who specialises in corruption and anti-bribery matters, experienced regulatory litigator Angela Pearsall, and by dispute resolution advisor Ben Luscombe in Perth.

      Practice head(s):

      Chad Bochan; Tim Grave; Angela Pearsall; Ben Luscombe

      Australia > Natural resources (transactions and regulatory) Tier 4

      Clifford Chance specialises in natural resources transactions and disputes. The firm also has notable experience in niche areas, including politically sensitive energy and resources projects and commodity trading. Nadia Kalic handles numerous corporate transactions, including major acquisitions in the energy sector. On the contentious side, Sam Luttrell is the standout partner, specialising in investor-state disputes regarding natural resources ventures. Associate Philip Sealey also deserves mention given his strong credentials in project financing. Amanda Murphy stands out for her work in relation to public law challenges in the energy and natural resources field.

      Practice head(s):

      Nadia Kalic; Philip Sealey; Sam Luttrell

      Other key lawyers:

      Key clients

      Asia Development Bank

      A global asset manager

      CDPQ

      Equatorial Resources Ltd

      Global Infrastructure Partners

      Iris Energy

      Kingsgate

      Macquarie Capital

      Partners Group

      Sundance

      Tantalum

      Australia > Transport: shipping Tier 4

      Leveraging the strength of its offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Paris, and London, the maritime and offshore practice at Clifford Chance acts for a wide range of clients in the shipping and offshore oil and gas sectors. Led by maritime legal authority Pat Saraceni in Perth, the team advises clients including Bahrain Steel on matters such as ship arrests, charterparty disputes, maritime and offshore disputes, casualty management, and regulatory compliance. The group is backed by senior associate Nathan Sexton in Perth.

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      Testimonials

      ‘This team is at the top of its game, with excellent partners and associates who have a genuine mastery of the law.’

      ‘Pat Saraceni is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced maritime lawyers in the Perth market, and has good commercial sense in litigation.’

      Key clients

      Bahrain Steel

      Work highlights

      • Continuing to act for Bahrain Steel (an iron ore pelletiser based in Bahrain) on a range of shipping-related matters, both corporate advisory and litigious.

      Australia > White-collar crime Tier 4

      The anti-bribery and corruption team at Clifford Chance leverages the firm's global network to act for regional and multinational corporations, individuals and financial institutions involved in high-profile investigations brought by government regulators and enforcement agencies. Spearheaded by experienced litigator Ben Luscombe in Perth, and regulatory enforcement specialist Tim Grave and class action expert Angela Pearsall in Sydney, the group assists clients across the energy, media, mining and financial services sectors with crisis management work, due diligence, internal reviews, risk management issues and front-line compliance.

      Australia > Restructuring and insolvency

      Leveraging its international platform, Clifford Chance handles pan-Asian and global insolvency processes and regulatory investigations for banks, funds, and professional services firms, with a particular strength in the financial services sector. The practice is led from Perth by Mark Gillgren.

      Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration > Leading firms

      Clifford Chance‘s international arbitration team is well-rated across the region for both commercial and investment treaty disputes. Regional practice group head Cameron Hassall splits his time between Sydney and Hong Kong while Shanghai-based Lei Shi and Thomas Walsh in Hong Kong jointly lead the Greater China practice which excels in private equity and corporate disputes. Also in Hong Kong, the group benefits from the addition of Jonathan Wong from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, who handles arbitration cases with a focus on cross-border and Greater China matters. In Singapore – where the firm has a local law alliance with Cavenagh Law LLP -, its strong team is led by Nish Shetty and includes energy and infrastructure disputes expert Paul Sandosham, investment arbitration expert Paul Tan and Kabir Singh, who is known for handling disputes relating to India and Indonesia. In Perth practice head Sam Luttrell and Amanda Murphy excel in natural resources, energy and mining sector and investment treaty disputes.

      Practice head(s):

      Cameron Hassall;

      The firm: Clifford Chance is one of the world’s pre-eminent law firms, with significant depth and range of resources across five continents. As a single, fully integrated, global partnership, it prides itself on its approachable, collegial and team-based way of working. The firm always strives to exceed the expectations of its clients, which include corporates from all the commercial and industrial sectors, governments, regulators, trade bodies and not-for-profit organisations. It provides them with the highest quality advice and legal insight, which combines the firm’s global standards with in-depth local expertise.

      Types of work undertaken
      Capital markets: the capital markets practice concentrates on securities transactions and other products sold into the capital markets. The practice is founded on a full-service US and UK securities law capability, complemented by local securities law expertise in each of the key financial centres. It provides practical, integrated legal advice covering the full spectrum of global capital raising activities including public and private domestic and international offerings of traditional debt and equity securities as well as convertible and other derivative and structured securities.

      Corporate: the corporate practice handles some of the world’s largest and most complex M&A transactions. It combines global transaction capability with a full service of English, US and civil law expertise in the key financial centres across Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. In addition to mainstream M&A, the firm also encompasses leading specialist practices in: commercial contracts, competition and antitrust, communications, energy, healthcare, financial institutions, funds, investment banking, insurance, media and technology, and private equity.

      Finance: Clifford Chance’s finance practice is the leading international finance practice of any law firm. The practice provides highly commercial and practical advice across the full spectrum of financial products including syndicated lending and leveraged and acquisition finance, asset finance, derivative products, project finance, financial regulatory, insolvency, restructuring and structured finance.

      Litigation, dispute resolution and risk management: the firm has experience in virtually all segments of the business and financial markets across multiple jurisdictions. The lawyers work with clients to resolve disputes efficiently and effectively – whether through arbitration, litigation or other techniques.

      Real estate: Clifford Chance’s leading real estate practice offers UK, European, Asian and US real estate capability. The practice advises the real estate industry’s leading players on the entire property ‘life-cycle’ from the initial acquisition, development, leasing, joint venturing and financing through to the final exit, as well as tax structuring, PFI/PPP, corporate outsourcing, planning, environment and litigation.

      Tax, pensions, employment and incentives: Clifford Chance has one of the world’s largest international tax groups within a single law firm. The firm is uniquely placed to provide leading edge advice to clients, and the practice is structured on an integrated global basis. Local tax groups within the practice work closely with areas such as securitisation, securities, M&A, corporate restructuring, private equity, real estate and funds.

      The pan-European VAT group advises on all areas of VAT and has particular strength advising on novel and complex issues in the structured finance, financial services, corporate finance and real estate sectors.

      The team of experienced employment, employee benefits, ERISA, immigration and pensions specialists work with clients from a wide range of sectors to address local and cross-border issues.

      International offices: Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Casablanca, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Kyiv*, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Paris, Perth, Prague, Rome, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Warsaw, Washington, D.C., Riyadh**

      *Clifford Chance has a best friends relationship with Redcliffe Partners in Ukraine.

      **Clifford Chance has a co-operation agreement with Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm in Riyadh

      Number of partners : 550
      Number of other fee-earners : 3,300

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