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Paul Wentworth

Paul is a partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions group. He specialises in advising clients on private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, commercial agreements and regulatory matters, with a focus on the energy, mining and resources, communications and transport sectors. He also deals widely in climate change and carbon cost issues.

Paul regularly leads due diligence teams for acquisitions or sales in the mining and resources and energy sectors and advises on the application of Australia’s foreign investment regime. He also advises on complex commercial contractual arrangements and greenfields development projects, including gas fired power plants, solar power projects, windfarm development and gas pipelines, as well as associated regulatory matters in the energy and mining and resources sector.

Paul’s recent mining and energy sector transactions include acting for PTTEP on the acquisition of oil and gas interests in the Timor Sea, advising AGL on gas sales contracts, advising a solar thermal generation project for its submission to the Solar Flagships Program acting on the acquisition of the Collgar Wind Farm by REST and UBS International Infrastructure Fund.

In the communications arena, Paul has acted for SingTel Optus and Broadcast Australia. He also advised the community radio broadcasting sector on the transition to digital radio broadcasting.

In the transport sector, he has advised government and private sector clients on rail projects and haulage arrangements, including for the NSW Government on the lease of the interstate railway infrastructure to Australian Rail Track Corporation and for mining clients on arrangements for the haulage of coal to port.

Paul has presented various conference papers and lectures on legal issues in energy and climate change and is a visiting academic at the University of New South Wales being the course coordinator for (and a lecturer at) the university's Mining and Resources Law short course presented by specialist lawyers from Minter Ellison's Sydney office.

New South Wales Interstate Rail Network Restructure

Advised NSW Government in relation to a major restructure of the State's non-metropolitan rail system which included an investment of A$800 million+ in rail infrastructure by the Commonwealth Government. The arrangements effectively incorporated 3000kms of NSW interstate and Hunter Valley mainline railway track under the same operation and management as the interstate standard gauge mainline railway track. We also subsequently advised on commercial arrangements in relation to the take up by ARTC of the Metropolitan Freight Network and the Southern Sydney Freight Line.

Optus transfer of Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) network to NBN Co

Advisor to Singtel Optus on the renegotiation of the agreement to transfer ownership of its coaxial cable and ancillary assets to NBN Co, to enable the accelerated roll-out of Australia’s National Broadband Network.