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Clayton Utz

Energy & Natural Resources

3 ranked lawyersBand 2AustraliaAsia-Pacific 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Clayton Utz's specialised and well-resourced practice advises multinational and prominent domestic clients on a range of matters associated with their energy and resources requirements, addressing regulatory, contentious and project development issues in tandem with an admired transactional support capability. Offers comprehensive coverage of all Australian jurisdictions and is particularly valued by clients across the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. Key clients include ConocoPhillips, Senex Energy and Talison Lithium.

Strengths

A client calls Clayton Utz "an excellent firm with experienced and extremely knowledgeable partners," and particularly values a continuity of staffing which ensures "greater understanding of our requirements, resulting in more efficient and practical legal advice for our business." The same source also emphasises a "seamless integration and discussion" between practice groups which puts everybody likely to be concerned "across the issue."

More than one interviewee places particularly strong emphasis on Clayton Utz's "excellent expertise in the oil and gas space," one also stressing the team's "strong understanding of the specific demands, considerations and priorities of the business when providing advice on transactions."

Work highlights

Clayton Utz advised Bravus Mining & Resources across an extensive range of mining, renewable energy and associated infrastructure projects in Australia, including the country's largest coal mining development, the Carmichael Mine & Rail project.

Notable practitioners

Brett Cohen is well regarded in the market for advising large mining companies on both commercial and project development issues, including acquisitions, divestments, tenure approvals for mining operations and other regulatory matters. Noted by market sources as a partner with "a loyal and expanding clientele," he is identified by a client as a lawyer who "knows his stuff." He is based in Perth.

Emma Covacevich is based in Brisbane and enjoys a high reputation in the market for her extensive experience in the oil and gas industry. She advises across a comprehensive range of issues, including M&A transactions, gas transportation and sale agreements, the development and operation of projects, and a variety of regulatory, exploration and licensing questions. Almost universally acknowledged by market sources as a "very strong lawyer and very good operator," she is singled out by a client as a partner with "a strong understanding of market practice, standards and commercial drivers in the oil and gas space," and as an "excellent negotiator, with the ability to reach compromises on outstanding issues in protracted negotiations."

Stuart MacGregor regularly advises international mining clients on their operations within Australia as well as joint ventures and mining infrastructure developments. A client speaks of him as a "very knowledgeable partner who's easy to talk to and can quickly get to the crux of a matter and apply both legal and practical means to ensure a wholly efficient and correct outcome." A market source adds: "Some would call him a leader on streaming and royalty issues and fair enough - he is." He is based in Brisbane.

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Australia

Energy & Natural Resources: Mining


Brett Cohen
Band 4
Stuart MacGregor
Band 4

Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas


Emma Covacevich
Band 1