Baker McKenzie

General Business Law Department

Pacific Islands
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What the team is known for Standout Australia-based team with a wealth of experience acting for well-known clients in Pacific Islands territories including New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Samoa and Vanuatu. Possesses considerable knowledge of mining regulations, as well as handling energy, IP, employment and corporate matters. Experienced acting across multiple Pacific Island jurisdictions on the upgrade of telecommunications infrastructure and development project financing.

Strengths Clients identify the team's commercial approach as a key strength. An interviewee notes: "I like the fact that they are technically good while really understanding the overall role of the company and what we want to do."

Work highlights Advised Office des Postes et Télécommunications New Caledonia on the construction of a submarine telecommunications cable, assisting with tax structuring, and IRU agreements with parties including Fiji and Vanuatu.

Notable practitioners

French-qualified Mathieu Hanaut heads the team and is particularly experienced in issues relating to New Caledonia and French Polynesia. A client comments that "he is really good at giving strategic advice. He responds quickly and is available all the time." He handles a wide range of energy, mining, IP and corporate matters across the Pacific Islands.