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King & Wood Mallesons

Energy & Natural Resources

Band 2Asia-Pacific RegionAsia-Pacific 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

King & Wood Mallesons has respected legal teams based in Australia and Mainland China. Considerable experience advising on cross-border oil and gas, mining and power sector mandates, spanning M&A, licensing and projects. Acts for Chinese and Australian energy companies as well as financial institutions. Active on energy work across the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, with experience acting on mandates involving countries in Europe, South America and the Middle East.

Strengths

King & Wood Mallesons is lauded for its breadth and depth of expertise. One admiring client notes: "The team is well coordinated internally to provide a one-stop shop service for matters across multiple legal jurisdictions. Their expertise across China and Australia makes them the perfect team to be engaged on transactions. Their key strength lies in the ability to ensure problems, large or small, would be resolved in a pragmatic manner."

"They have deep experience and knowledge in the new energy area, they can grasp the key points quickly and handle the matters with ease," observes another interviewee.

A client reports: "King & Wood Mallesons provide commercially relevant advice within the sometimes challenging timeframes expected by the client or required by the nature of the transaction. The personnel we deal with genuinely seek to understand our business and people, their work product is excellent and they endeavour to manage their legal costs to meet our in-house legal budget expectations."

Another client observes: "We have a longstanding relationship with King & Wood Mallesons which has enabled them to establish a deep understanding of our business at a corporate level. This brings significant efficiencies as well as enabling our corporate priorities to permeate through all of the transaction advice they provide and the negotiations they conduct."

Work highlights

King & Wood Mallesons acted for Shandong Gold Group on its acquisition of Cardinal Resources, a company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and Toronto Stock Exchange.

King & Wood Mallesons assisted China Molybdenum on its USD550 million gold and silver streaming transaction.

Notable practitioners

Vishal Ahuja in Sydney and Xiong Jin in Beijing are the key client contacts.

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