Australia: Clayton Utz expands energy and resources team with new partner
Last Updated: 9 July 2012

Melbourne, 6 July 2012: Leading law firm Clayton Utz has expanded its national energy and resources capability with the appointment of Jonathan Li as a partner in its Corporate practice, based in Melbourne.

Jonathan has broad-ranging domestic and international energy and resources experience, with a particular focus on the mining industry. He has provided strategic commercial advice to a range of clients in the energy and resources sectors, including on M&A private treaty transactions, public takeovers and schemes of arrangement, FIRB approvals, joint ventures and shareholder agreements, as well as on equity capital markets transactions, restructures, international treaties and the application of foreign bribery legislation.

Clayton Utz national Corporate practice head Graham Taylor said Jonathan's experience would complement the firm's strong energy and resources service offering to clients. "Clayton Utz has broad-based upstream and downstream energy and resources capability on both the eastern and western seaboards, including the largest dedicated energy and resources practice in Queensland. We have also continued to expand our capability in Perth, reflected by the appointment of oil and gas specialist John King as a partner in November 2011, and the promotion of Adel van der Walt and Brett Cohen to the partnership on 1 January 2012.

"Jonathan's appointment will add further weight to the services we provide to clients in the energy and resources sectors, and will particularly benefit our Melbourne-based energy and resources clients who will have access to market-leading experience on the ground."

Clayton Utz Chief Executive Partner Darryl McDonough said Jonathan's appointment also continued the strategic expansion of the Clayton Utz Melbourne office over the last 18 months, which has included the lateral recruitment of Stephen Moulton (Corporate), Michael Linehan (Corporate), Stuart Pill (Workplace Relations & Safety) and Dan Trindade (Workplace Relations & Safety) as partners, and the promotion of Damien Gardiner (Environment & Planning), Richard Hoad (Intellectual Property) and Nicholas Tsirogiannis (Construction & Major Projects).

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