Australia: Energy, Natural Resources and Mining 2018

This year’s research features 57 energy lawyers. With expertise spanning oil and gas, LNG, renewable and mineral projects, the market has identified these individuals as being among the leading advisers in the space.  

Most Highly Regarded
1. Geoff Simpson Allen & Overy, Perth
2. Stuart Barrymore Herbert Smith Freehills, Perth
3. Robert Merrick Herbert Smith Freehills, Perth
4. Peter Rose Johnson Winter & Slattery, Melbourne
5. Igor Bogdanich Allens, Melbourne
6. Louis Chiam King & Wood Mallesons, Melbourne

With six listings, King & Wood Mallesons is a leading player in the domestic market.
Louis Chiam is held in high esteem as “one of the best” energy and mining lawyers in Australia and is recognised as a top expert in downstream energy projects.
Alan Murray is a standout name at the firm and a trusted adviser to major oil and gas and mining companies. Peers describe him as “one of the leading lawyers in the energy and mining sectors”.
Craig Rogers is a seasoned energy lawyer with vast projects and transactional experience. He is well versed in the LNG, oil and power sectors and is a trusted adviser to large industry players.
Vishal Ahuja is a highly regarded expert in energy regulation and transactions. Peers say, “He is exceptionally smart and very professional.”

Australian law firm Clayton Utz also achieves six listings in this chapter.
The “excellent” Emma Covacevich is an esteemed practitioner in the energy and mining industry. She has deep expertise in upstream and midstream projects and boasts a well-established transactional practice.
Stuart MacGregor is highlighted as “an outstanding lawyer”. He is a prominent figure in the mining industry and a go-to lawyer for complex M&A and joint venture transactions.
Dan Howard is an energy law specialist with experience handling a range of large-scale projects. He is a highly regarded figure in the market and “very strong on the electricity front”.
Brett Cohen enjoys an excellent reputation for his broad commercial experience and is regularly engaged to advise on transactional and project finance matters across the oil and gas, electricity, and metal industries.

Allens is a major player in the region and achieves five listings in this chapter.
Igor Bogdanich “is an excellent operator” who receives wide-ranging endorsements for his extensive expertise in mining and oil and gas projects. 
John Greig “is a force in the market” say peers who commend his vast experience in the electricity sector. He is held in high esteem for his strong M&A practice and expertise in government-based divestment transactions.
Mark McAleer is a renowned mining lawyer and a go-to adviser on major projects and transactions. Clients say, “He is able to pick up and address concerns very quickly and accurately,” and speak highly of his “very practical advice”.
Gerard Woods is regularly engaged to advise on complex transactions in the mining and energy sectors. He stands out as “a strong litigator” and boasts broad experience in project development.

Herbert Smith Freehills sees four lawyers listed here.
With over 30 years’ experience, Stuart Barrymore is widely recognised as “an excellent lawyer” in the oil and gas, and LNG sectors. He has a broad transactional practice and robust knowledge of M&A and project divestment matters.
Robert Merrick leads the firm’s global energy practice and is widely regarded as an “outstanding” energy and mining lawyer. He has extensive experience in M&A and project development; according to one peer, “He has the strongest practice in the market at the moment.” 
Jay Leary is a prominent figure in the regional market. He is known for his commercial expertise which spans metal, mineral, coal and energy projects.
David Ryan is a highly regarded expert in energy transactions and regulatory advice. He represents major clients from the public and private sectors and is commended for his particular expertise in privatisation proceedings.

Allen & Overy is home to two esteemed practitioners.
Geoff Simpson is endorsed as “a leading light in the mining market” by peers. He leads the firm’s global mining group and is well known for his excellent work on cross-border transactions. 
Angus Jones is highlighted as a “tremendous” energy and natural resources lawyer. With over 25 years’ experience, he enjoys an excellent reputation as “one of the best” lawyers in the Australian market.

At Johnson Winter & Slattery, Peter Rose stands out as one of the most highly regarded energy and mining lawyers in the country. He is known for his first-rate work handling commercial transactions across the sectors.

This year’s research highlights two practitioners from Norton Rose Fulbright Australia.
Keira Brennan stands out as “a fantastic practitioner on the East Coast” and enjoys a stellar reputation for her work in the mining and infrastructure space.              

The “excellent” Simon Currie at Energy Estate is highlighted as “one of the very top names” for complex energy transactions and project financing matters.
Vincent Dwyer is an “impressive” practitioner highly recommended for his extensive experience in transactional matters in the energy sector.

Independent law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth achieves two listings in this chapter.
Peter Jarosek draws praise as “a well-known oil and gas expert”. He is regularly engaged to advise on high-value oil and gas projects and “has been at the top of the market for a long time”. 
Michael Macginley is widely regarded as “an excellent lawyer” who comes “highly recommended” for his impressive energy sector expertise.

Jones Day is an international firm that sees two experts listed in this chapter.
Tony Wassaf is described as “a fantastic energy and resources lawyer”. He is an expert in commercial contracts, transactions and regulatory matters and is well known for his work in the space.
Andrew Smith draws praise as “a very good operator with an excellent practice in the gas space”. He boasts sophisticated knowledge of downstream energy projects and financing matters and is regularly engaged to advise on high-value infrastructure projects.

Gilbert + Tobin’s Chris Flynn is a top-notch energy lawyer who comes highly recommended by market sources for his excellent work handling sector-related transactions and projects.
Michael Blakiston is “a great lawyer” who continues to impress peers and clients alike with his deep understanding of the mining and natural resources sectors.

Leigh Warnick is a highly regarded figure at Francis Burt Chambers. He is praised as “an excellent barrister and outstanding practitioner” for his expert advice to clients in the in the energy and natural resources sectors.

At Clifford Chance in Perth, Paul Lingard impresses market commentators with “his commercial, timely, well-considered advice. He has a strong understanding of the commercial drivers of transactions and provides effective solutions.”

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