Martin Kudnig Partner

Meet Martin

Martin is a commercial lawyer specialising in the fields of energy and resources, construction and infrastructure, and unregulated M&A.

He advises on joint ventures, the acquisition and disposal of mining and oil and gas assets, as well as unregulated M&A in the infrastructure and corporate sectors. He also has substantial experience in resources/energy project and infrastructure development, including roads and rail, and social infrastructure PPPs.

Martin previously spent nearly three years working with a global law firm in London, where he was mostly involved in upstream oil and gas and mining M&A, and development projects in Africa and Europe, as well as gas sales and transportation agreements. Martin's extensive experience and outstanding skill set are complemented by his "common sense with a profound knowledge of the resource industries" – Chambers Global.

He has been acknowledged as a leading individual in Energy & Resources each year in Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2005-2012, as a leading individual in Energy & Natural Resources each year in Chambers Global, 2007-2012, a leading individual in Natural Resources each year in Best Lawyers Australia 2010-2019, and a leading individual in Victorian Energy & Resources law in Doyles Guide 2016.

Martin is currently the National President of the Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Association, AMPLA.



Canadian Australian company

Negotiation of a stabilisation agreement with the Government of Zambia for a copper project in Zambia.


Listed as a leading lawyer in Equity Capital Markets Law
Best Lawyers Australia, 2020
Listed as a leading lawyer in Construction/Infrastructure Law
Best Lawyers in Australia, 2019 - 2020
Listed as a leading lawyer in Corporate Law
Best Lawyers Australia, 2017 - 2020
Listed as a leading lawyer in Energy Law
Best Lawyers Australia, 2009 - 2020
Listed as a leading lawyer in Mining Law
Best Lawyers Australia, 2008 - 2020
Listed as a leading lawyer in Natural Resources Law
Best Lawyers Australia 2010 - 2020
Listed as a leading lawyer in Oil & Gas Law
Best Lawyers Australia, 2014 - 2020
Recognised as a leading lawyer in Energy & Natural Resources
Chambers Global, 2007-2012
Recognised as a lawyer in Energy & Resources.
Asia-Pacific Legal 500, 2005-2012

Career & qualifications


  • Master of Laws, University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Melbourne


  • Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Association (current National President and Board Member)
  • Resources and Energy Law Committee (Business Law Section, Law Council of Australia)
  • Australian German Association Inc
  • Australia China Business Council
  • Australian Corporate Lawyers Association
  • Law Council of Australia Business Law Section
  • International Bar Association

International experience

  • Germany (1992-1993)
  • Shanghai (2002)
  • London (2013-2015)

Insights Read more insight

New incentives for mineral exploration: Treasury Laws Amendment (Junior Minerals Exploration Incenti

It is anticipated that a number of changes to the EDI scheme will encourage Mineral Explorers to engage in new capital raisings for the purpose of undertaking mineral exploration.

Distressed asset sales & insolvency regimes

Insolvency sales have their own unique issues, but the agenda is always clear - maximise return to creditors.

Distressed asset sale snapshot

Companies in distress often undertake a sale of assets to alleviate cash flow or debt repayment issues when other lines of credit or sources of funds have been exhausted. Such decisions are not...



External publications

  • Shale Gas – The Key to Unlocking Energy for the UK’s Future, ICLG, 2014
  • Putting the Community First, Mining Journal, 2015


  • The Mining Contract Process, African Community of Practice for Managing for Development Results, Tunisia, 2014
  • Stabilisation Clauses in Government Mining Contracts, African lawyers conference, African Legal Support Facility, Zimbabwe, 2014
  • Mineral Ownership Rights, AIPN shale gas seminar, London, 2014
  • African Mining Issues, Business Resource Management Conference, Law Society, London, 2014
  • International Mining Issues, New Silk Road seminar, Australia House, London, 2014