In this chapter we highlight 59 standout lawyers from the Australian market for their work advising on transactional and regulatory issues, as well as mine and energy exploration, production and transportation.
Most Highly Regarded
Ashurst performs impressively with six listings here.
Roger Davies receives wide-ranging endorsements for his extensive experience as a corporate and securities transactions specialist, and for his technical expertise in the energy sector.
Peter Vaughan is a renowned for his deep knowledge of the oil and gas sector, spanning project financing, and asset acquisition and divestment.
John King draws commendation for his vast experience in the energy sector. He is held in high esteem for his strong commercial disputes practice.
Lorenzo Pacitti is widely recognised in the natural resources sector as a project development specialist with strong expertise negotiating and drafting agreements.
Allens sees seven lawyers listed in this chapter.
Igor Bogdanich is a seasoned energy lawyer with vast energy and resources experience, well versed in advising clients on M&A transactions and operational issues such as gas sales and transport agreements.
John Greig is held in high esteem by the market for his work in both the public and private sectors on the sale, acquisition and development of energy resources and infrastructure assets within Australia.
Gerard Woods is a prominent figure in energy law and a go-to name for complex commercial and corporate transactions in the mining, oil and gas sectors.
Mark McAleer is a trusted adviser when it comes to structuring and negotiating energy transactions, commodity sale and purchase agreements, and foreign investment regulation.
Herbert Smith Freehills receives five nominations in this chapter.
Stuart Barrymore is a go-to name for many major oil and gas producers operating within Australia. He specialises in joint venture structuring, project gas chain issues and development and financing matters.
Robert Merrick has over 20 years’ experience advising clients on transactions and projects spanning oil and gas exploration and production, as well as issues regarding mining and mineral processing.
Liza Carver is widely regarded as a leading practitioner in competition law and regulatory work, and impresses peers and clients with her deep energy sector expertise.
Jay Leary is highlighted for his broad-ranging practice representing mining and infrastructure companies on private M&A and joint ventures.
David Ryan is a top-notch energy lawyer, highly recommended by market sources for his excellent work handling sector-related M&A and project development.
King & Wood Mallesons see five practitioners achieving a listing this year.
Alan Murray impresses market commentators with his work representing oil, gas and mining companies. He has a deep understanding of the corporate and resources matters.
Louis Chiam is a go-to name in the field and continues to impress peers and clients alike with his work on energy and infrastructure projects, acquisitions and divestments and in the energy market.
Vishal Ahuja draws acclaim for his expert advice to clients on work relating to energy and utilities, infrastructure access, climate change and competition law.
Clayton Utz’s Emma Covacevich is an energy law specialist with experience handling a range of upstream and midstream petroleum project, and the acquisition, development and operation of energy projects.
Stuart MacGregor is widely regarded as an expert on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and regulation issues across the energy sector.
Brett Cohen is a prominent figure in the Australian market, singled out for his corporate and commercial expertise which focuses on energy and natural resources matters.
Allen & Overy secures two listings this year.
Peers state that Geoff Simpson “must be on your list” for his deep expertise in a wide range of transactions and capital markets matters across the energy sector.
Angus Jones is a highly regarded expert in oil, gas and energy matters at all stages. Peers say he is an “excellent lawyer, technically and commercially”.
Gilbert + Tobin’s Chris Flynn is a distinguished figure in energy law, looked upon with enormous favour for his adept handling of high-value M&A and financing across the sector.
Peter Jarosek at Corrs Chambers Westgarth is regarded as one of Australia’s foremost oil and gas lawyers. He enjoys an excellent reputation as an expert in acquisitions and disposals, project planning and regulatory issues.
Francis Burt Chambers’ Leigh Warnick is endorsed by peers as a leading practitioner thanks to his excellent work on major natural resources projects.
Michael Hunt with HopgoodGanim possesses vast commercial experience, and regularly advises both public and private sector clients on complex mining, petroleum, exploration and infrastructure matters.
With over 30 years’ experience Tony Wassaf of Jones Day is highly regarded for his superb work representing domestic and international clients across the energy sector.