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Corrs Chambers Westgarth

General Business Law

4 ranked lawyersBand 2Papua New GuineaAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Full-service firm with an active on-the-ground presence in Papua New Guinea. Routinely assists multinational corporate clients in the mining, energy and real estate sectors with Papua New Guinean investment and project development. Also active across a wide range of financing and M&A transactions, well resourced to support contentious mandates and increasingly sought after for regulatory advice.

Strengths

A variety of valuable qualities is identified by a client who reports: "The Papua New Guinea team - in both Port Moresby and Brisbane - has very extensive experience of PNG laws and of the country context, including local customs and processes. They are also practical and responsive."

Another client emphasises customer care considerations, noting: "The advice is clear and always presented with little legal jargon; the team set out to understand the client's needs before offering an initial strategy, keeping us in the loop throughout." The same source goes on to say: "We are very comfortable, and confident of Corrs' ability to meet our needs."

Work highlights

Advised Bank of South Pacific, in its capacity as sole financier, on a review of its financing arrangements with PNG Power and on the documentation of the refinancing of those facilities.

Notable practitioners

Allan Mana heads the team's litigation practice and is the recipient of highly positive feedback from both clients and other market sources, with one client observing: "On the litigation side, Allan Mana is frankly one of the best I have come across: he is very knowledgeable, procedurally excellent, solution-oriented and thinks outside the box." Another interviewee simply observes: "His work is truly outstanding."

Nick Thorne operates mainly in the resources and infrastructure spheres, offering experience of involvement in some of Papua New Guinea's highest-profile projects. Clients value him as a lawyer with "strong PNG knowledge and experience" who "provides reliable and timely advice."

Ryan Warokra enjoys widespread market recognition as a particularly "good operator" in the commercial space, an assessment echoed by a client who speaks similarly of his "very strong background in commercial and corporate law." His versatile skill set also embraces the handling of employment, insurance and real estate-related matters.

Practice head Vaughan Mills has practised in Papua New Guinea for over 20 years, advising both on the development of major resources and infrastructure projects and on a variety of transactional mandates. Respected in the market as a "very experienced practitioner with a very strong reputation," he is characterised by a client as "a good thinker who plans his responses meticulously, yet provides advice readily and rapidly." The same source goes confidently on to place him "among the top tier of lawyers available in the country."

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General Business Law

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

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Level 17, 8 Chifley, 8-12 Chifley Square, NSW 2000

Sydney

New South Wales

Australia

2000

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Papua New Guinea

General Business Law


Allan Mana
Band 2
Nick Thorne
Expertise based abroad in Australia
Ryan Warokra
Up and Coming
Vaughan Mills
Band 1