Nicholas Antonas joins JWS


Leading independent law firm Johnson Winter & Slattery has appointed Nicholas Antonas as a Special Counsel in its Melbourne Energy and Resources practice, on 24 January 2022.  

Nicholas is an internationally recognised energy and resources lawyer and joins the firm after more than seven years at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where he was Counsel in the firm’s London office.

He represents international energy and resources companies and investment funds across a wide variety of complex transactions including asset and share level acquisitions and divestments, farm-ins/farm-outs, joint ventures, project development, special situations and restructurings.

Managing Partner Jeremy Davis said the firm was delighted to have Nicholas on board.

“Our Energy and Resources practice is one of the largest and most experienced in Australia. Nicholas’ expertise will complement the team and provide increased capabilities to support our clients throughout their energy related investments. Nicholas also brings a strong network of connections with international funds and corporates active in the Australian market.”

Nicholas has been recognised as an Associate to Watch in Energy and Natural Resources by Chambers UK 2018–22. Nicholas co-edited the leading text on decommissioning and has written and spoken extensively on energy and ESG matters.

Just some of his recent experience includes:

  • advising an ad hoc group of creditors of Premier Oil in connection with its US$2.7 billion restructuring and merger with Chrysaor to create Harbour Energy
  • a secondment as interim general counsel to the FTSE 250 company Vivo Energy plc
  • advising Carlyle backed Discover Exploration on its acquisition of Bahari Resources
  • advising LUKOIL on its A$220 million takeover proposal for ASX listed FAR Ltd

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