Resources, Energy and Projects

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A lead advisor to private and publicly listed resources companies, government bodies and small explorers and producers within Australia and internationally

We offer an unparalleled understanding of the Australian mining, resources and projects sector to support the long-term prosperity of established global resources companies through to junior explorers.

Our clients include organisations across mining, mining services, oil and gas, energy and utilities, renewables, transport and infrastructure.


  • Mining, resources and energy project developments
  • Capital raisings, seed raisings, IPOs, secondary listings, placements, rights issues
  • Mergers and acquisitions, sale and purchase of tenements and projects, takeovers and schemes of arrangement
  • Joint venture, farmin/farmout and partnership agreements, royalties and tribute arrangements
  • Mining services (underground and open cut), construction, drilling and supply contracts
  • Offtake, mineral sales and infrastructure (port, road and rail) access arrangements
  • Land tenure and property issues, third party tenure access disputes and arrangements and  interaction with pastoral and farming interests
  • Native title and cultural heritage 
  • Environmental issues, including EPA, approvals, licensing, enforcement, water, land clearing
  • Corporate governance and advisory
  • Workplace, employment, health and safety issues
  • Intellectual property protection, commercialisation and disputes

Industry participation

HopgoodGanim participates in and contributes to key resources industry associations, including the Queensland Resources Council (QRC), the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA), the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) and the Resources and Energy Law Association (AMPLA).


HopgoodGanim is proud to have been ranked by Chambers Asia Pacific as a Leading Energy and Natural Resources Firm 2017 (Band 5).

HopgoodGanim is also proud to have been ranked as a Leading Energy and Resources Law Firm by Doyle's Guide 2017 (Queensland and Western Australia).

Exceptional outcomes

Metro Mining / We advised on the development of the Skardon River Project, Metro Mining's flagship project. Our role included advising and representing Metro in the Land Court in relation to its objection to Gulf Alumina’s environmental authority, negotiating and drafting a transhipment agreement for the transportation of bauxite from the mine, preparing a suite of agreements for the construction of a barge loading facility and negotiating and drafting a camp construction agreement. 
Australian Pacific Coal / We advised APC on a capital raising and the associated regulatory requirements for the restart of mining operations at the Dartbrook Coal Project.  Our work also included the drafting and negotiation of various services, procurement and other operational contracts.
Armour Energy / We're advising Armour Energy on their move into oil and gas production via the acquisition of Origin’s interest in the Kincora Project. Our role involved assisting Armour in the initial negotiations for the acquisition including the review of the transaction documents for the initial acquisition, draft sale agreements for subsequent acquisitions from joint venture parties and advice on the ongoing operation of the project.  
Ascot Resources / We have acted for Ascot Resources on the acquisition and the recently announced sale of the Wonmunna Iron Ore Project in the Pilbara of Western Australia.  The sale transaction has involved negotiation and documentation of exit from legacy arrangements in relation to previous development of the project to facilitate a clean sale.
Cauldron Energy / We advised Cauldron Energy in the WA Court of Appeal dismissal of an appeal by Forrest & Forrest Pty Ltd. The dismissal meant that our client can progress its applications for exploration licences over Forrest's Minderoo Station, east of Onslow. In dismissing the appeal, the Court confirmed that the Minister does not need to consider the most current financial information about an applicant for an exploration licence to be able to validly grant the licence. 
Renewable Energy Construction Company / We advised our client, a renewable energy product construction company, on an overseas joint venture which consists of two foreign companies who are shortly to enter into a EPC contract for the construction of a 100+ megawatt power station in Queensland. We advised on the terms of the EPC contract and the O&M contract as well as providing advice on all relevant licensing requirements and drafting of appropriate subcontracts, consultants and agreements and supply contracts.
Mako Gold / Advising Australian gold exploration company,  Mako Gold (ASX: MKG) on their AU$6M IPO and ASX listing.  Mako Gold are currently invested in projects seeking high-grade gold in West Africa.
Red 5 Limited / We advised Red 5 Limited on the simultaneous acquisitions of the Darlot gold mine from Gold Fields Limited and the King of the Hills gold project from Saracen Mineral Holdings Limited.  We also advised on the related partially underwritten AU$12.7M rights issue. 
Southern Ports Authority / We advise Southern Ports Authority in relation to new port user agreements with project developers (exporters/importers), port service providers (such as stevedores) and also interactions with Government.

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