Australia: Energy, Natural Resources & Mining 2017

This chapter features 50 eminent private practice lawyers with deep knowledge and experience across the commodities market. The practitioners listed here have a diverse range of specialisms and boast wide-ranging expertise on contractual agreements, regulatory issues, transactional matters and dispute resolution.  

Most Highly Regarded
1. Geoff Simpson Allen & Overy, Perth
2. Stuart Barrymore Herbert Smith Freehills, Perth
3. Igor Bogdanich Allens, Melbourne
4. Robert Merrick Herbert Smith Freehills, Perth
5. Peter Rose Johnson Winter & Slattery, Melbourne
6. Alan Murray King & Wood Mallesons, Perth
7. Tony J Wassaf Jones Day, Sydney
8. Jay Leary Herbert Smith Freehills, Perth

Global powerhouse KING & WOOD MALLESONS leads our research with a phenomenal eight listings.
Alan Murray is a truly outstanding practitioner and is known for his vast experience drafting and advising on contractual agreements. He represents clients from the mining and oil and gas sectors on a range of corporate matters.
Heath Lewis is an M&A specialist with wide-ranging expertise in the energy and resource sectors. He is a longstanding figure in the mining market and comes highly recommended by peers.
Louis Chiam is a “leading name” at the firm and draws praise for his experience in supply contracts, restructuring and acquisitions.
Craig Rogers is a prominent name in the resources market and regularly advises clients on project finance and development, joint ventures and infrastructure matters. He is commended for his expertise in the LNG sector.                               
Shaun McRobert is highly visible in the market. He impresses peers with his strong international practice and regularly acts in multimillion-dollar transactions.

Six outstanding practitioners from ALLENS’ prestigious energy practice are listed here.
Igor Bogdanich is a highly esteemed practitioner in oil and gas, and mining matters. He is a seasoned adviser and regularly advises on acquisitions of up to and over A$1 billion. He is also commended for his expertise in joint ventures and asset sales. Peers affirm that he is “a certain inclusion at the top of the list”.
Clients commend Mark McAleer’s “high-quality written work”, “attention to detail” and “careful consideration of broad legal and commercial issues”.
With over 25 years’ industry experience, Gerard Woods is a true asset to clients and is known for his significant involvement in high-stakes negotiations, transactions and disputes.

CLAYTON UTZ is a favourite among major clients. Four eminent experts from its energy and resources group are highlighted here.
Emma Covacevich has significant advisory experience in major LNG, oil and petroleum projects. She is has a well-established practice and draws praise for her exceptional work on contractual agreements.  
Stuart MacGregor leads the firm’s energy and resources group in Australia; his practice focuses on joint ventures, M&A and regulatory issues. He is a top-quality commercial adviser and boasts an impressive client portfolio.
Brett Cohen has significant project documentation expertise and is a well-regarded practitioner in the energy and resources space.
Brad Wylynko is a renowned environmental law specialist and regularly advises on impact assessments, compliance procedures and crisis management. Market sources commend his strategic advice and phenomenal litigation skills.

HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS boasts four listings from its distinguished energy practice.
At the top end of our research, Stuart Barrymore garners praise for his strong commercial acumen and performance in high-value transactions. Sources describe him as a “leading player at the firm”.
Robert Merrick is co-head of the firm’s global energy group and a trusted representative in large M&A, project finance and transactions. His practice spans the breadth of the energy and mining industries, and effusive peers praise his work on gas projects.
Market sources commend co-head of the global mining practice Jay Leary’s meticulous handling of commercial agreements. He possesses deep and sophisticated knowledge of the industry’s many facets, including metal and coal mining and supply via railways or ports.
David Ryan draws praise for his first-rate handling of M&A and sales transactions. He has strong project experience in the energy, resources and infrastructure industries and boasts deep regulatory knowledge.

Research identifies three GILBERT + TOBIN practitioners.
This includes the revered mining specialist Michael Blakiston. Peers applaud his commercial focus and broad experience of overseas projects.

JOHNSON WINTER & SLATTERY is an established and experienced market player with two top practitioners listed.
With his strong regulatory background and excellent advisory capabilities, Peter Rose occupies a prominent place at the top end of the market. His superb reputation for competition and commercial law makes him a firm favourite among major clients in the energy sector.
The “excellent” Michael Dulaney is an accomplished LNG expert and knowledgeable adviser on large-scale project agreements.  

Two leading lawyers from ALLEN & OVERY’s Perth office are recognised for their outstanding work in the energy sector.
Geoff Simpson impresses clients and peers alike with his precise technical expertise and broad industry knowledge. He is an established player in the mining arena and maintains a prominent position at the forefront of our research.
The excellent Angus Jones, former attorney general to the Western Australian Gas Review Board, is a seasoned contract negotiator with specialist expertise across the energy and oil and gas sectors. Market sources speak particularly highly of his work in LNG.

JONES DAY achieves two listings in this year’s research.
Peers commend Tony Wassaf for his commercial approach and meticulous contract drafting abilities. He regularly advises on matters including project financing, international investment and native title law.
Andrew Smith is a highly accomplished downstream specialist and stands out for his deep knowledge of energy supply agreements.

At CLIFFORD CHANCE two practitioners are highlighted for their work in this sector.
With over 30 years’ domestic and international experience, Jon Carson is an eminent practitioner with a well-developed practice in mining, renewables, railways and ports.
Paul Lingard is a well-known name thanks to his experience assisting clients in the operation and development of large-scale projects.

CORRS CHAMBERS WESTGARTH sees two esteemed lawyers listed in this chapter.  
Peter Jarosek is a prominent figure in the market and boasts an impressive reputation for his performance in high-stakes transactions. He regularly advises on acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and procurement law.  
With over 20 years’ experience, Michael Macginley is a revered expert in the energy market. He is known for his sophisticated negotiation skills and exceptional handling of M&A transactions and project development goals.

This year’s research highlights two standout names from NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT.
Keira Brennan stands out for her strategic insights, flawless industry knowledge and ability to help clients respond effectively to significant market changes.
Simon Currie, head of the global energy practice, is recognised for his transactional prowess and broad international experience. 

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