King & Wood Mallesons

Energy & Natural Resources Department

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What the team is known for Respected offering with substantial bench strength across the oil and gas, utilities and mining spectrum. It advises leading domestic and international players on major sector-specific M&A transactions, assisting with the acquisition and divestment of interests in assets at all stages of their life-cycles. Renowned, not only for its work throughout Australia, but also for its handling of impressive regional and global mandates. Recognised for its high-level interactions with official bodies concerning the future evolution of national energy policy, particularly within the electricity sector. Notable profile in the renewables sector, including solar and hydro power projects.

Strengths One source praises its "ability to act commercial and focus on key issues" and "ability to access specialist expertise and firm experience to cover the field on the needs of a project."

Another interviewee adds: "They are technically excellent, and their capability has good depth and is seamless across the practice areas."

Work highlights Represented Lochard Energy in its damages claim against EnergyAustralia, concerning its purchase of Iona Gas Storage Facility for over AUD1 billion.

Notable practitioners

Alan Murray
enjoys a strong reputation across oil and gas and mining projects and transactions. One client observes: "He's a highly experienced and respected energy and resources practitioner who is impactful and can lead a room and achieve alignment. He can readily gain trust." 

Craig Rogers
has a broad practice encompassing energy infrastructure projects, financing, acquisitions and purchase agreements.

Louis Chiam
has considerable experience advising on complex transactions and regulatory matters. One source comments: "He has very good technical and commercial understanding of the energy industry, both electricity and gas."

Nicholas Pappas
is reputed for his transactional expertise in the mining sector. One client finds that he "has a sound understanding of the law but is also highly commercial, so he manages to provide advice that is well founded in legal principles but also practical."

Robert Edel
is "very experienced in contracts and corporate finance specifically for the mining sector." He is well regarded for his wealth of experience advising both domestic and international mining companies on mergers, joint ventures, investments, mining royalties and offtake agreements.

Robert Jackson
is well regarded in the market for advising across transactional, financing, mining projects and offtake agreements.

Scott Langford
is noted for his impressive track record advising on mining transactions including takeovers, joint ventures, divestments and acquisitions as well as IPOs and investments. One client comments: "Scott has a deep understanding of mining M&A issues and delivers quality, thoughtful and comprehensive legal advice."

Vishal Ahuja
is praised by one interviewee for his "responsiveness, diligence, understanding of client requirements and strong expertise in energy market reform." He has a strong reputation for advising on regulatory issues, particularly within the renewables sector.