Chris heads Gilbert + Tobin's Energy + Resources group.
He advises companies and government clients on projects and transactions in the energy and resources sector, and in public international law.
His experience spans throughout Australia and more than 50 other countries. His clients include Total SA, Rio Tinto, Engie (formerly GDF Suez), Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited (PNG’s national oil company), KKR, Fotowatio Renewable Ventures, GLNG Operations and Orica Limited.
Chris led (pro bono), the international legal team that helped to secure the freedom of Australian journalist, Peter Greste, from incarceration in an Egyptian gaol. He also provided support to counsel assisting in Chan and Sukumaran.
Chris has advised:
Harbour Energy Limited on its AUD 14.4 billion proposal to acquire Santos Limited.
Beach Energy Limited on its AUD 1.585 billion acquisition of Lattice Energy Limited (Origin’s conventional upstream oil and gas business) from Origin Energy Limited (together with multiple related gas offtake arrangements).
CVC, the Carlyle Group and Neptune Energy on the Australian aspects of Neptune’s USD 3.9 billion acquisition of Engie’s global petroleum exploration and production business.
Engie on its landmark gas to power arrangements with Origin Energy for the Pelican Point Power Station.
Rio Tinto in respect of its coal handling, transportation and processing arrangements in Queensland.
an Asia-Pacific government on maritime boundary delimitation and related joint petroleum development from a contested area.
Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited (Papua New Guinea’s national oil company), on a range of transactions, and legislative and regulatory reform initiatives.
an Australian company in respect of a potential expropriation claim in North Africa.
numerous multi-national companies and corporate officers in respect of the implications of international sanctions regimes, including those applying to North Korea, Iran, Syria and Libya.
GLNG Operations Pty Ltd (part of the Santos GLNG facility structure), on its upstream gas supply arrangements.
Origin Energy Limited and Sasol Limited on their joint farm-in to a number of permits in the Beetaloo Basin, Northern Territory from Falcon Oil & Gas.
GDF Suez in respect of its gas transportation and supply arrangements in Eastern Australia with Santos Limited and Epic.
Orica Limited in respect of its Gas Supply Agreements with Exxon Mobil, BHP Billiton and Strike Energy.
FRV on the development, and subsequent sale, of its Royalla Solar Project.
A leading UK ‘behind-the-meter’ rooftop solar project group on its entry into, and the development of its business in, Australia.
NSW Treasury on the Network Electricity Reform Program involving the integration of the three NSW electricity distributors, Essential Energy, Endeavour Energy and Ausgrid.
Chris presents at, and has been asked to comment on these areas, at leading international universities and conferences, and by international print and broadcast media (including Bloomberg, Reuters, the BBC World Service and Fairfax).
Chris holds a Master of Letters from the University of St Andrews (taken as a Chevening Scholar), a Master of Laws (International Law) from the University of Sydney and Bachelors degrees in Law (Honours) and Commerce (Accounting and Finance) from Griffith University. He also studied at the University of Salamanca (as an Ambassadorial Scholar).
He is also a member of the Legal Advisory Task Force to the Energy Charter Treaty.
He is admitted to practice in New South Wales, Queensland, and England and Wales.
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