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Bruce is a partner in our Energy & Natural Resources group, and has more than 25 years' experience in M&A and project development in the resources sector.
He is widely regarded by clients and peers as one of the leading energy and resources lawyers in Australia, and is best known for his expertise in energy and resources M&A and project development.
Bruce has been involved in negotiating and documenting new resources and infrastructure joint ventures, the sale and purchase of major mining, transport, energy and industrial assets, the development of new projects, and the negotiation and documentation of high value procurement and supply contracts.
Bruce was a finalist in the Lawyer’s Weekly 2017 and 2018 Partner of the Year Awards for ‘Projects, Energy and Resources Partner of the Year’ and ‘Mergers and Acquisitions Partner of the Year’. He was also crowned as the 2018 Brisbane Energy Law 'Lawyer of the Year‘.
According to the Asia Pacific Legal 500 Guide, Bruce is ‘very smart, very commercial’ and is ‘one of the best’ and ‘a great lateral thinker’.
Advised in relation to the A$320 million acquisition of the Mt Pleasant Coal Project from Rio Tinto, and the $500 million development of the new Mt Pleasant coal mine.
Part of the team which advised Gold Road on its A$350 million sale of a 50% interest in the Gruyere gold project to Gold Fields and the establishment of the new joint venture.
Australian counsel for Centerra in relation to its C$310 million acquisition of TSX listed AuRico Metals Inc.
Part of the team which advised Canadian gold miner New Gold on the C$58 million sale of their Peaks mine to Aurelia Metals.
Advised in relation to the acquisition of the Western Surat Gas Project from QGC, CNOOC and Tokyo Gas.
Advised in relation to its acquisition of the Isaac River coal exploration project from Aquila Resources.
Advised Peabody and CITIC in relation to the A$120 million sale of the Olive Downs and Willunga coal projects to Pembroke Resources (an investment vehicle of Denham Capital).
Advised in relation to the sale of the Burton coal mine to New Hope and Formosa.
Advised in relation to various aspects of the re-start of the Isaac Plains coal mine, including advice in relation to the rail haulage agreement, water arrangements, export coal supply contracts and other matters.
Advised in relation to the proposed sale of the Metropolitan coal mine to South32 for US$200 million plus a contingent payment based on future coal prices.
Advised in relation to its farm-in and joint venture with Sumitomo in connection with the Hillalong coal project.
Advised the Administrators in relation to the sale of the Springsure Creek, Arcadia and Planet Creek coal projects to Adamelia Resources.
Advised the Receivers on the sale of the Chain Valley coal mine to Delta Electricity.
Best Lawyer – Mining Law, Oil and Gas Law and Energy Law
Best Lawyer – Natural Resources Law
Leading Individual – Energy & Natural Resources: Mining
Energy Law ‘Lawyer of the Year’, Brisbane
Projects, Energy and Resources Partner of the Year (FINALIST)
Mergers and Acquisitions Partner of the Year (FINALIST)
Leading Energy and Resources Lawyer
Leading Energy & Resources Lawyer – Queensland
WINNER - M&A Lawyer of the Year – Australia