Jones Day

Energy & Natural Resources Department

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What the team is known for Compact Australian team, fully connected to a worldwide network and focusing on the handling of transactional mandates for prominent players in all practice area subsectors, receiving acknowledgement for raising its profile in the mining space in particular. Often advises on contractual arrangements such as exploration and production agreements and power purchase agreements. Also offers notable expertise in regulatory and competition issues arising in the energy and resources space.

Strengths One client singles out the team's "excellent legal expertise, business sense and enriched experiences," which "allow the partner to provide responsible, insightful and far-sighted opinions to benefit the client long term."

Another finds that "they always cut to the heart of the matters and provide advice on the critical issues first, to ensure that the basic draft terms for any agreement are in place and correct, before spending time on the more peripheral terms," adding: "This is clever, efficient and most appreciated to ensure negotiations are moving forward and in the right direction."

Work highlights Advised PTT Exploration and Production on its exploration and production sharing agreement with the Sultanate of Oman concerning Block 12 and its joint operating arrangements with an affiliate of Total SA.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Smith
often advises on downstream oil and gas issues as well as acquisitions and disposals. One interviewee highlights his "ability to grasp complex commercial topics," adding: "He has a unique and rare ability to assist in negotiations by articulating and defending his client's legal viewpoint."

Darren Murphy
has considerable experience advising on transactional mandates across a number of jurisdictions.

Tony Wassaf
is highly regarded for his extensive expertise and experience within the mining industry, where he has advised on a number of complex and large-scale transactions. Clients appreciate that he is "always accessible, responsive, and his advice is concise and to the point." Another adds: "He always thinks ahead for what might become challenging, always understands clearly and provides convincing solutions for a situation, no matter how complicated it is."