Energy and Resources

Minter Ellison has one of the largest specialist energy and resources legal practices in the Asia Pacific with more than 100 lawyers across Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. Our strength is to combine lawyers from various offices in virtual teams to work with international and domestic clients who are operating across borders.

We work in the electricity, mining and metals, oil and gas, climate change, native title and water sectors throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Baosteel/Aurizon joint off-market bid for Aquila Resources Limited and development of $8 bn West Pilbara Iron Ore Project

Advised Baosteel and Aurizon Operations Limited on a joint $1.4bn off-market bid to acquire 100 per cent of the share capital of Aquila Resources. In addition to the takeover matter, we also advised Baosteel Financing 2015 Pty Ltd, an Australian subsidiary of Shanghai Baosteel Group Corporation, on its raising of US500 million through the issue of bonds listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Baosteel/Aurizon joint off-market bid for Aquila Resources Limited

Advised Baosteel Resources Australia on its successful $1.4 billion joint off-market bid with Aurizon Operations Limited to acquire 100% of the share capital of Aquila Resources. This is the first time a Chinese and Australian company have launched a joint takeover bid.

Citadel Resource Group Limited A$1.25bn takeover of Equinox Minerals

Advised ASX-listed Citadel Resource Group Limited, on the recommended A$1.25bn cash and scrip takeover offer from copper producer Equinox Minerals Limited. The deal combined Citadel's advanced Jabal Sayid copper and gold project in Saudi Arabia with Equinox's Lumwana copper project in Zambia to form a company with a potential 260,000 tonnes of copper production a year by 2015. The successful takeover launched the combined group into the mid-tier of global copper producers.

Gloucester Coal merger with Yancoal Australia

Advised Gloucester Coal on its A$8bn merger with Yanzhou Coal Mining and its wholly owned subsidiary Yancoal Australia by scheme of arrangement. This was the biggest investment by a Chinese state-owned company in Australia's coal industry, continuing a trend of state-backed entities seeking to shore up China's resource security. It created one of Australia's largest listed mining companies, operating mines in NSW and Queensland and with investments in two coal export terminals – Wiggins Island in Gladstone and NCIG in Newcastle.

Rocklands Richfield Limited takeover by Shandong Energy (Linyi Mining Group Co)

Advised Rocklands Richfield Limited in response to the takeover offers by Jindal Steel & Power and Linyi Mining Group Co,. Ltd, a company located in Shandong, China for approximately A$200m.