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With impressive backgrounds in both corporate law and the energy industry, Neil brings a unique perspective to his work with private and public sector clients in the energy, resources, agribusiness and manufacturing sectors.
After many years as the head of the South Australian Corporate Division, Neil now leads the Energy team in the Adelaide office. He has a thorough understanding of all areas of corporate and commercial law including competition and market regulation, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions, as well as extensive experience in major project delivery, outsourcing and procurement.
Neil is particularly expert in the natural gas industry. He has been involved in negotiating and documenting long term, high volume, contracts for the sale and purchase of natural gas and contracts for transportation of natural gas via pipeline systems. He also advises regarding third party access to pipeline systems.
Among Neil’s long standing clients are ETSA Utilities, Flinders Ports, SEA Gas, and Viterra.
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Neil thrives on the challenges associated with negotiating and documenting strategically significant commercial contracts. Although he deals with a wide range of clients across many industries, Neil often handles agreements associated with the marketing, supply, distribution, shipping and transportation of products, including food, wine, grain, newspapers and magazines, quarrying materials, cement and rail and aviation components. Neil brings to his practice a firm grasp of relevant regulatory, risk and compliance requirements.
Neil has a wealth of experience in the marketing, sale and transport of natural gas, and the connection, operation and maintenance of significant natural gas infrastructure. Neil’s first work in this area was acting for the South Australian Government when they sold the state’s transmission pipeline assets to the private sector in the mid 1990s – a project that involved unbundling existing haulage arrangements and negotiating complex new long-term arrangements. Since that time Neil has continued to be a key adviser to many organisations in this important industry.
Neil is an experienced M&A lawyer. He has negotiated and documented asset and share sales and purchases in industries as diverse as cement and quarrying, food, grain, gaming and wagering, newspapers, mining and water. Neil has managed corporatisation and sale processes related to the sale of South Australian Government Assets to the private sector, and has acted for ASX listed entities in the acquisition and disposal of both companies and assets.