Energy & Natural Resources Department

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What the team is known for Respected team with an enviable national and regional footprint, particularly noted for its representation of global mining houses, investors, leading regional oil and gas players and electricity companies, plus government agencies at both state and Commonwealth levels. Assists clients on both transactional and operational mandates, covering the full life-cycles of their projects from initial exploration and financing, through operation, regulation and contentious issues, to disposal. Able to leverage expertise from within the firm's wider resources to provide a holistic service covering such areas as disputes, environmental concerns and native title issues.

Strengths Clients value the firm's industry knowledge and experience, with one stating: "They have worked extensively across the energy industry and understand the operations and obligations. Their commercially-driven approach complemented our business objectives."

Similarly, another finds that "they always keep in mind our commercial drivers and ideal outcome, and tailor their advice accordingly," and appreciates their "good insight into usual market practice in the current environment."

Work highlights Acted for Albemarle on its acquisition of a 60% interest in Mineral Resources' Wodgina Lithium Project in Western Australia, its sale of a 40% interest in Kemerton lithium hydroxide facility and the formation of the MARBL Lithium joint venture with Mineral Resources.

Notable practitioners

Mark Carkeet
continues to enjoy a strong reputation for his regulatory expertise. He has extensive experience advising both regulators and prominent energy companies on policy developments and compliance.

Simon Scott
is well respected in the market for advising leading resource companies on a range of complex transactions including joint ventures, large acquisitions and ownership structures. Clients are quick to praise his knowledge of the mining industry, with one adding: "He's so knowledgeable but also very practical. He understands what the business tries to accomplish and it's very easy to talk to him."