Energy & Resources

The energy & resources sector (encompassing mining, oil & gas, electricity and other energy sources) is not only a key driver of the Western Australian economy, but also a globally significant industry. Advising clients in the industry requires an understanding not only of the law, but of the technical, developmental and economic challenges that face operators and contractors at different stages of project development.

As a leading commercial law firm in one of the world’s leading mining jurisdictions, we have extensive experience in relation to all aspects of the resources project lifecycle. Further, our team includes several practitioners who have held senior Board and managerial positions in publicly-listed resources companies and understand firsthand the needs and requirements of the industry and the commercial implications of our advice to clients.

We regularly advise Australian and international clients (both publicly listed and otherwise) on energy & resources-related matters regarding projects located not only in Australia but in overseas jurisdictions, including the United States, South America and Africa – particularly in Tanzania where we have been involved for more than 20 years.

We can assist with matters including:

  • Tenement and land tenure
  • Project acquisition and development
  • Option agreements
  • Sale and purchase agreements for both shares and assets
  • Royalty agreements
  • Joint venture and farm-in/farm-out agreements (incorporated and unincorporated)
  • Corporate compliance and JORC/SPE-PRMS disclosure advice
  • Drilling, procurement, supply and other commercial contracts
  • Production sharing agreements
  • Compensation agreements
  • Sales and off-take agreements
  • Toll treatment agreements
  • Port, rail and other infrastructure access and use
  • Power purchase agreements
  • Capital raisings, corporate transactions and finance
  • Mining services, construction and engineering agreements

Our recent experience includes:

  • Advising several ASX-listed junior resources companies in relation to successful fundraising activities
  • Acting for ASX-listed gold explorer and developer in an A$13M earn-in and joint venture transaction with a major international mining house
  • Acting for ASX-listed mineral sands explorer and developer in an earn-in and joint venture transaction with a major international mining house worth up to approximately A$15M
  • Designing and negotiating offtake and joint venture arrangements in connection with a listed junior resources company’s flagship Australian and African assets