Profile of Melissa Keane

Melissa Keane

Partner, BEc (Hons) LLB (Hons)

About Melissa Keane

Melissa specialises in foreign investment projects, sales and acquisitions and project developments, with particular emphasis on the energy sector and large-scale infrastructure, power and renewables projects and contracts with governments.

Melissa's relevant experience includes advising:

  • GE Vietnam – on various regulatory issues and contracts (including turbine supply and installation and maintenance) and its acquisition of a local company operating wind power projects in Vietnam.
  • An international investment group – leading due diligence on the project company of a waste-to-energy project in Vietnam for the purpose of financing.
  • Bangkok Bank Limited – on the financing of two solar power projects and wind power project in Vietnam.
  • A Malaysian renewable developer – on the potential acquisition of a number of renewable asset opportunities in Vietnam, including an offshore wind project and a floating solar project, as well as advising on rooftop solar project structures.
  • An Australian investment group – on a number of its renewable investments in Vietnam.
  • Mainstream Renewable Power – on the Vietnamese aspects of the sale of its global portfolio of renewable assets; and on its potential investment in a number of solar power projects in the Central Highlands in Vietnam.
  • A foreign bidder – on an acquisition of a portfolio of renewable assets across the region, including in Vietnam, in conjunction with Linklaters.
  • A Japanese glass manufacturer – on various corporate issues including establishment of a joint venture in Vietnam to produce low iron silica sand for use in production of solar panels.
  • An international investment group – on their development of Block B/52 project in Vietnam, including advising on the Government Guarantee and Undertaking.
  • A Japanese electric utility – on its potential investments in pumped hydro projects in Australia.
  • AGL Energy – on the divestment of its digital metering business, Active Stream; the financing and sale of its 50 per cent interest in the 420MW Macarthur Wind Farm; as well as on a range of regulatory and commercial issues in connection with its retail business, new energy initiatives and operation of its assets.
  • Other retailers and metering services providers – on their digital metering arrangements in the ramp up to the power of choice reforms.
  • Major energy retailers including ERM PowerTango (Pacific Hydro)and Lumo (Snowy Hydro) – on their market retail contracts and obligations to customers under the National Energy Retail Rules and the ESC's Energy Retail Code.
  • The AEMCand AEMO – on interpretation and application of various provisions in the National Electricity Law.
  • Corporate clients – on the terms of their corporate PPAs with renewable energy generators.
  • Pacific Hydro– on its project financing for the Portland Wind Farm, including review and negotiation of the offtake arrangements.
  • ERM Power– on its bid in the NSW State Government privatization of Macquarie Generation including review of the electricity supply arrangements for the Tomago Aluminium smelter.
  • Rio Tinto and Oyu Tolgoi LLC– on the construction of a coal fired power station under an IPP model to support its copper/gold project in Mongolia and the associated long term power purchase agreement.
  • a consortium of investors including Engieand Sojitz – on its contracts with the Mongolian government to develop a power plant in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
  • Daewoo International– on a number of its existing and greenfield power plant projects in Papua New Guinea.
  • the investors in the Vung Ang II power project(China Light & Power and Mitsubishi Corporation) – on all legal aspects of their investment in a 1200MW greenfield coal-fired power plant in Vietnam including the power purchase agreement between the investors and the Vietnamese Government.
  • the sponsors of the Nghi Son Refinery Project(including Idemitsu) – on the US$5 billion ECA led project financing of this US$9 billion Vietnamese project awarded PFI's Petrochemical Deal of the Year 2013.
  • Qantas– on its partnership with Vietnam Airlines in Jetstar Pacific.
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia– on its acquisition of a foreign strategic interest in Vietnam International Bank.
  • a prominent foreign real estate services company– on its restructure of its Japanese entity following a merger.
  • both lenders and borrowers – on financing in a range of high profile acquisitions and projects in Japan.
  • Foreign companies– looking to set up businesses and conduct investments in Australia, Japan and Vietnam.

As well as working in the firm’s Melbourne and Hanoi offices, Melissa was seconded to Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, one of Japan's leading law firms in Tokyo from 2006 to 2008.

Melissa has very strong spoken and written Japanese language skills.

Melissa has been trained formally in Legal Project Management. Melissa’s LPM expertise drives efficient legal and business outcomes for her clients.