Joel Reid
Partner, Brisbane
I am a specialist advisor to leading energy and electricity sector clients on their mergers and acquisitions, major infrastructure projects and general corporate law matters. Acting for private clients and federal, Queensland and other state government and commercial clients, I have spent more than 20 years in almost exclusive practice in the sector advising across the full spectrum of industry-related legal issues.

My expertise spans regulatory issues, contract negotiation and drafting, hedging and risk management, renewable energy and market by-pass issues, as well as approvals, access and facilitation of major Asia-Pacific energy infrastructure projects. I have also advised on multiple acquisitions and divestments of significant Australian energy facilities. My general front-end corporate and commercial law advisory also draws upon three years’ practice in the Cayman Islands providing corporate and trading advice to offshore investment and private equity funds.

Career highlights

  • Energy Queensland – advised in relation to the Queensland Government’s public housing solar project
  • Rio Tinto – counselled on the development of, and the offtake from, the Amrun power station, which provides sole-source electricity to the Amrun bauxite mine
  • Queensland Government – worked in relation to the proposed divestment of the state electricity network
  • Infratil Limited – advised on the sale of Lumo Energy
  • Pacific Aluminium – drafted carbon and renewable energy pass-through arrangements for Gladstone Power Station and Boyne Island Aluminium Smelter
  • Acted in the merger of Queensland electricity distributors to create Energy Queensland (Energy & Resources Deal of the Year, 2017 Australasian Law Awards)
  • Advised property developers and regulatory and contractual frameworks for the development of solar generation and embedded networks
  • Advised on a project proponent in the development of utility scale solar projects, which will allow community participation to supplement primary revenue streams under a power purchase agreement