Allens

Energy & Natural Resources Department

Australia
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What the team is known for Market leader with considerable strength across the oil and gas, mining and utilities sectors. Strong aptitude in the renewables sector, covering acquisitions, divestments and the full life-cycle of development projects. The firm is regularly sought out by major resources clients to assist with large-scale projects and complex commercial transactions. Further noted for the possession of extensive, hands-on experience of the energy and resources industries and for access to worldwide expertise through the Linklaters alliance, underpinning its representation of several of the world's best-known multinational players in all relevant jurisdictions.

Foreign desks Has extensive experience in Mongolia with a long track record of handling energy and water projects. Particularly well known for its long-standing representation of Rio Tinto with regard to the evolution of the Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mine project and associated developments, and able to draw upon additional expertise in infrastructure and project finance to advise on the full life-cycle of power projects. Acts for international energy companies, funds and investors and is able to draw on established connections with local Mongolian lawyers for on-the-ground assistance.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Mansour heads the firm's power and utilities group and possesses wide familiarity with the electricity sector, one client observing that he not only has "extremely good knowledge" of this space but is also "passionate about it," while a peer acknowledges his "strong presence across multiple states." A second client calls him "a go-to person for technically challenging matters," saying that he is "just brilliant."

Anna Collyer is a specialist in energy matters, offering well-developed expertise in the renewables space and the closely related sphere of energy reform, where she has acted as an adviser to government bodies. Interviewees speak of the "very high opinion" in which she is held, not least for her mastery of "numerous complex issues." One client calls her a "fantastic, very knowledgeable partner with lots of experience who's able to work through any problems – always balancing our needs with those of other parties – towards a solution."

Gerard Woods has practised in the resources sector for over 25 years, maintaining a strong connection with the mining industry, and is well placed to advise across a comprehensive range of transactional, operational and contentious issues. One client emphasises that he "understands the need to take a holistic approach to these matters," praising the attention he pays to "ensuring that stakeholders are kept abreast of developments" through clear communication, as well as his "deep commitment to maximising our prospects for a favourable outcome."

Igor Bogdanich enjoys widespread acknowledgement as a significant practitioner in the Australian mining space, where, in addition to his transactional and project development work, he acts as relationship partner to a number of key players in the extractive industries. He also heads Allens' Mongolia-focused practice, advising clients on transactional and regulatory issues across the natural resources spectrum. Clients value him, not only as "a very skilled lawyer on both the strategic and the technical sides," but also as "a great person to bounce ideas off" who additionally "offers well-balanced views and poise in complex situations."

John Greig stands out for his extensive experience of major energy-related mandates, including the development of large infrastructural projects and the handling of transactions arising from large-scale privatisations. He offers valuable experience of interacting with government bodies.

Richard Malcolmson heads the team's mining group, concentrating his own practice on transactional mandates, including acquisitions, divestments, joint ventures, takeovers and sales. Clients value him as an "excellent manager who takes ownership and carriage of matters, is very focused on outcomes and provides articulate, thoughtful and considered advice."