By Emily Tsokos and Meagan Hillier
Globally, 2016 has been a year of political shocks and surprises that we are just beginning to process. We have set out our review of milestones and market trends in some of the core industries we work in.
We advise on all aspects of energy and resources projects, including finance, acquisitions and disposals, project development and delivery strategies, construction, procurement, regulation and operations.
Our team’s mix of corporate, regulatory and project experience enables us to advise on a project’s entire lifecycle in all areas of this sector, including energy, mining, oil and gas as well as renewable energy.
We regularly advise publicly listed and private Australian and international companies involved in resource exploration, development, mine closure, remediation and mining. Commodities include base metals, coal, copper, diamonds, gold, iron ore, mineral sands, nickel, platinum, rare earths, uranium, pearls, and salt and timber. We also have extensive experience in coal bed methane, gas and other hydrocarbons. In particular, our expertise covers projects in emerging economies, particularly Africa.
Gilbert + Tobin is a market leader providing critical corporate M&A, project development, competition and regulatory advice that has helped shape the energy and utilities sector in Australia. We provide advice on all aspects of energy and utility regulation and transactional advice for a diverse range of clients including energy retailers, electricity and gas transmission businesses, oil and gas producers, generation businesses, regulators, market managers and investment banks. We also advise clients on Australian Competition and Consumer Commission investigations, including formal demands for the production of information and documents.
We have been heavily involved in the formulation and application of the legal framework for economic regulation of energy network businesses. Through our involvement in various electricity and gas price reviews and merits review processes in the last few years, we understand the significant legal and commercial implications of the National Electricity Law and Rules, which means that Gilbert + Tobin is well-placed to assist clients to ensure an optimal outcome from the regulatory process.
Commercialising alternative energy sources is a relatively new phenomenon in the Australian market. Gilbert + Tobin has a proven track record in this emerging area, advising major industry players such as Infigen and AGL on numerous wind farm projects around Australia, as well as advising bidders in relation to the Commonwealth Government’s Solar Flagships Program.
As a result of our involvement in this sector, we are well placed to anticipate the issues likely to arise in the construction and financing of key renewable energy projects, by providing renewable energy companies and wind farm investors with seamless, integrated advice and transaction management that meets their objectives.
High stakes and short timeframes mean active lawyer-client team work on advanced deal structures that achieve optimum outcomes.
We execute corporate transactions with imagination and vigor. The solutions we deliver you are decisive and pragmatic.