Allens

Experience

The in-depth knowledge of our China Group, coupled with the extensive experience of our other sectors and practice groups, allows us to advise on the key areas of interest to Chinese business investors in Australia and the Asia region.

Mining and minerals

  • CITIC Pacific – on issues arising from the development of the A$10 billion Sino Iron Project, which is the largest investment in the Australian resources industry by a Chinese-controlled company.
  • Chengdu Tianqi Group – on its acquisition of Australian-listed lithium miner Talison Lithium.
  • Chinalco Rio Tinto Exploration Co Ltd (CRTX) – on the development of a Communities Manual outlining policies and procedures for its mineral exploration projects in China.
  • Zijin Mining Group – on its A$27.7 million investment in Norton Gold Fields, an Australian producer listed on the ASX.
  • Jiuquan Iron & Steel (Group) Co Ltd (JISCO) – on its strategic equity investment in a major Indonesian resources company (with assets including a nickel mine, exploration company and smelting business.
  • Oyu Tolgoi copper mine in Mongolia – key advisor to Oyu Tolgoi on all China related aspects of the project.

Power

  • State Grid Corporation of China – on two significant acquisitions in Australia: its acquisition of a 41% stake in ElectraNet; and its acquisition of a 19.9% stake in SP AusNet, and a 60% stake in SPI Australia (Assets) Pty Ltd. (Along with our Alliance partner Linklaters)
  • AusChina Energy Group – establishment of AusChina Energy Group, a renewable energy joint venture between China Datang Renewable Power Co, Tianwei Baobian Electric Co and CBD Energy Limited.
  • AusChina Energy Group – on the acquisition of the Taralga Wind Farm (NSW), including negotiating the Share Sale Agreement, due diligence and advising on amendments to the project documents necessary in order to secure project finance.
  • CIC – its acquisition of a 19% interest in AES-VCM Mong Duong Power BOT company in Vietnam.
  • Goldwind Science & Technology Co Ltd (Goldwind) – on its acquisition and proposed development of wind farm sites in Australia, including the A$247 million five-year project financing of the Gullen Range Wind Farm.
  • Goldwind – on the acquisition and development of Mortons Lane Wind Farm.
  • Goldwind – in relation to the connection agreement for White Rock Wind Farm.

Oil & Gas

  • Shell & PetroChina – on the 50-50 joint venture with PetroChina and acting for the Shell/PetroChina consortium on its proposal to acquire Arrow Energy.
  • China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) – on joint venture and acquisition arrangements for the exploration and exploitation of petroleum titles in Papua New Guinea.

Agribusiness

  • Chinese SOE – on the acquisition of beef processing assets.
  • Chinese SOE – on the acquisition and development of agricultural supply chain infrastructure in Australia.
  • Cubbie Station – sale by McGrathNicol, as administrators, to Shandong RuYi of the largest irrigated land aggregation in the southern hemisphere.

Real Estate

  • ISG Group – on the initial acquisition by ISG Asia Investment (Hong Kong) Limited of 85% of Realys Group Limited and subsequent acquisition of the balance of the shares.
  • Goodman Group & CIC – on the formation of a partnership with CIC.
  • Various Macquarie entities & CIC – on the provision of a $485 million secured bridge loan facility to the Goodman Group.

Services

  • CCCC international – on its acquisition of one of Australia’s leading engineering and contracting services providers, John Holland, from CIMIC Group (formerly Leighton Holdings).
  • Beijing Capital Group – on its acquisition of Transpacific New Zealand, an Auckland-based waste management company, from Transpacific Industries Group Ltd.