Resources and Energy

A leading advisor to the resources, energy and projects sector.

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Australia’s burgeoning resources sector continues to attract strong interest from explorers, producers, investors and customers. As a leading advisor to the resources and energy industry, we provide strategic, sophisticated legal advice to private and publicly listed resources companies and government bodies within Australia and internationally, as well as working with smaller explorers and producers.

Our practitioners play a pivotal role in supporting the long-term growth of established miners, SMEs and junior explorers across Australia and around the world. We advise more than one-third of the ASX listed companies in the mining and oil and gas sectors that are headquartered in Queensland, with our broader client base extending across local and international borders.

Our knowledge of the Australian mining, electricity, minerals, gas and coal industries is extensive, having advised on some of the country’s most significant resources and public infrastructure projects. We have also participated in the development of legislation, including drafting submissions to, negotiating with and acting for government bodies.

HopgoodGanim participates in and contributes to key resources industry associations, including the Queensland Resources Council, the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association, and AMPLA - the Resources and Energy Law Association.

Our accolades include being named a leading energy and resources firm in Chambers Asia Pacific for 2013-2015, 2017 and 2018, Doyle’s Guide to Queensland’s Energy and Resources Lawyers, 2010, and a leading Brisbane firm in Australasian Legal Business magazine’s Practice Guide to Energy and Resources, 2009. Acquisition International Magazine also named HopgoodGanim the Resources Law Firm of the Year, Australia, 2014. Recently, two of our Partners were mentioned in the Australian Financial Review in Best Lawyers in Australia - 2018 and 2019, for their work in Mining Law, Energy Law and Oil & Gas Law. Michael Hunt (of Hunt & Humphry) was also recently named as winner of the Corporate LiveWire Global Awards - Excellence in Mining Law Services for 2017.  

Areas of Expertise

  • Mining, resources and energy developments
  • Oil and conventional and unconventional gas developments, including coal seam gas and tight or shale gas 
  • Land tenure and property issues 
  • Petroleum, gas and water pipelines 
  • Native title and cultural heritage 
  • EPC, construction, operation and management contracts 
  • Partnership, joint venture, farmin, offtake and sales agreements 
  • Environmental issues, including EPA, approvals, licensing, enforcement and biodiversity offsets 
  • Rail, road, power and water projects 
  • Tenement applications 
  • Third party access 
  • Exploration and production 
  • Tribute and royalty arrangements 
  • Strategic cropping land 
  • Project finance 
  • International investment in Australia’s resources sector, including FIRB compliance 
  • Taxation related to the resources sector, including the Mineral Resource Rent Tax and the Petroleum Resource Rent Tax
  • Advising Northern Energy Corporation on the Elimatta and Colton coal projects, and on a life of mine coal offtake agreement with Chinese steel making group Xinyang Iron and Steel Group Company. This agreement will deliver Northern Energy approximately $700 million in sales revenue over a 10 year period. 
  • Advising CuDeco on the development of a major copper mine near the town of Cloncurry in north Queensland, including advising on the principal copper offtake agreement, grant of titles, landowner compensation, tenure related agreements, infrastructure development and access to rail via a multi load user facility. 
  • Advising Bow Energy on all aspects of its exploration, including tenement acquisition, native title and cultural heritage, compensation, construction agreements, access to transport infrastructure and power station development. We also advised Bow Energy, and its wholly owned subsidiary SEQOil, on the sale of its interests in a tenement to Victoria Petroleum for $12.5 million. 
  • Advising Drillsearch on its $130 million Cooper Basin shale gas joint venture with QGC. 
  • Advising a major player in the CSG industry on the development and operation of a number of gas projects.
  • Acting for Stanwell Corporation since 1996 in the procurement of coal for, and the transport of coal to, Stanwell Power Station, including negotiating purchase agreements, assisting with tender processes and advising on the operation of agreements.
  • Advising Bow Energy in relation to the $535 million takeover bid by Shell and PetroChina subsidiary, Arrow Energy.
  • Advising Bandanna Energy on its coal mine development and co-development agreements for exploration, including negotiating land access and providing advice on native title and compensation. We also advise Bandanna Energy on rail access, including access to rail lines and rail transport.
  • Advising a major player in the CSG industry on the acquisition of, and agreements relating to, a power station.
  • Acting for DEEDI in the development of standard access and deferral agreements for Queensland’s 2010 land access regime, including undertaking stakeholder consultation.
  • Acting for Norton Gold Fields in the acquisition of Paddington Gold Mine from Barrick Group, and the mine’s subsequent operation.
  • Advising Whitehaven Coal (formerly Pecten Corporation) on its $318 million scrip takeover of Whitehaven Coal Holdings.
  • Advising BeMax Resources on its $301.5 million acquisition by Cristal Australia.
  • Advising Northern Energy Corporation on the $238 million takeover bid by New Hope
  • Advising Norton Gold Fields on its unsolicited $275 million takeover bid by Jinyu (H.K.) International Mining Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Zijin Mining Group, China’s largest gold producer.
  • Advising Waratah Coal on its $126 million acquisition by Mineralogy (controlled by Clive Palmer).
  • Advising Jindal Steel and Power (Australia) on its $73 million on-market (unconditional) takeover of Rocklands Richfield. Our client’s parent company, Jindal Steel & Power, is the third largest steel producer in India. 
  • Advising Armour Energy on its $75 million IPO, one of the largest petroleum initial public offerings in recent years. 
  • Advising ASX-listed Bow Energy on a placement and share purchase plan to raise $77 million. We also advised Bow Energy on an institutional placement to raise $48.4 million, and a share purchase plan to raise $30 million.
  • Advising ASX-listed CuDeco on the placement of shares with Hong Kong resource fund New Apex Asia Investment, raising $86.3 million.
  • Advising ASX-listed Orion Metals on their takeover by Australia Conglin International Investment Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Huachen, a major coking coal and iron ore supplier in China.