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Asia-Pacific 2022
Asia-Pacific Region Energy & Natural Resources
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About

Provided by Allens

Across our offices in Asia, Allens has a projects and infrastructure group with unparalleled expertise, experience and resources. Governments, private owners, financiers, contractors, suppliers, consultants and insurers have all sought our expertise in relation to some of the region’s largest construction and infrastructure projects and most complex disputes.

As well as legal and technical excellence, our team understands the construction and engineering industry and the people in it. Our track record in working on some of the region’s largest and most complex infrastructure projects means that we appreciate and can anticipate parties’ objectives and requirements and deliver value-for-money outcomes.

We provide a full range of specialist project and infrastructure services, including: advice across all sectors, with a strong track record in commercial developments, social infrastructure, transport, energy, and water; drafting and negotiating the full suite of contracting methods (from ECI and alliance models, through to D&C, DCM, EPC, O&M, and PPP procurements); procurement and project development strategies; contract administration, tendering processes, risk identification and risk allocation; proactive dispute resolution via dispute resolution boards, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, expert determination, appraisal, adjudication and litigation.


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Energy & Natural Resources - Asia-Pacific Region
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What the team is known for

Allens has a longstanding focus on mining work, with a leading energy and natural resources law team in Australia. Especially experienced in energy M&A and funding matters for private and government clients, with additional capability on divestment and contracts issues. Regularly mandated by multinational players in the oil and gas and utilities industries. On-the-ground team in Vietnam, frequently mandated to advise on oil and gas, power and utilities transactions. Notable expertise in renewables work, acting on transactions as well as the full life-cycle of development projects.

Strengths

One client reports: "Allens understand our business and provide practical, concise legal advice that addresses the realities we are trying to work through. The firm also has both breadth and depth of expertise and really cares for its clients' businesses, feeling like a partner in reaching the needed outcomes."

Another client notes: "The personnel Allens allocate to our account understand the requirement to manage multiple issues simultaneously, while ensuring that there is strategic alignment in the approach. They also act quickly to manage issues as they arise and provide regular updates and briefings on policy matters and issues potentially impacting our operations."

A source notes that "Allens' depth of knowledge and experience in the Vietnam electricity regulatory regime and the development of renewable energy projects is top-notch."

"They are client-oriented, experienced and efficient, with a deep level of knowledge," confirms another interviewee.

Work highlights

Allens advised WestConnex on the implementation of two long-term power purchase agreements facilitated by Transurban and a renewable generator relating to a number of WestConnex toll roads in New South Wales.

The legal team at Allens represented ExxonMobil in the early stages of a proposed LNG-to-power project and LNG terminal in Hai Phong, in Vietnam.

Notable practitioners

Louis Chiam and Melissa Keane in Melbourne, John Greig in Brisbane and Andrew Mansour in Sydney are key points of contact.