What we do

The Resonant Advisory team specialise in advising governments and private
clients on all aspects of energy and resources projects.
We have extensive experience in drafting, negotiating and reviewing major
transaction documents such as:

  • Concession and Project Development Agreements for public private
  • Power Purchase Agreements
  • Mine Development Agreements
  • Incorporated and Unincorporated Joint Ventures
  • Project Acquisition Agreements
  • Risk Management Frameworks
  • Legal frameworks for mitigation of environmental and social issues arising
    from energy and resources projects
  • Financing arrangements

Our practice also includes legal structuring of major energy, resources and
infrastructure projects and corporate advisory work.

Our experience

Hydropower sector – Lao PDR

Paul Cargill and Jane Furniss have advised the Government of Lao PDR on legal aspects of hydropower projects since the 1990s, starting with the US$1.4 billion Nam Theun 2 Hydropower Project.

Paul Cargill advised Lao Holdings State Enterprise (LHSE) to review its shareholding arrangements in various projects. He advised LHSE on its ability to finance equity interests in those projects, including the Hongsa Thermal Project.

Paul Cargill and Jane Furniss have also advised the Government of Lao PDR on several significant capacity building initiatives funded by the World Bank (PPIAF):

  • Emergency Dam Safety Inspection, 2019 – Review of legal obligations of Hydropower Project Owners, strategic guidance and legal action plan for implementation of dam safety findings and recommendations
  • Negotiation of Sustainably Sound Concession Agreements in the Lao Hydropower Sector (2013-4)
  • General Advice on Negotiating Domestic Power Supply Agreements (2014)
  • Development of a Standard Form Concession Agreement for the Lao Hydropower Sector (2014)
  • Development of a Risk Matrix for the Lao Hydropower Sector (2015)

Resonant Advisory was appointed by the Government of Lao PDR in 2017 to advise in respect of the proposed refinancing of the Nam Theun 2 Hydropower Project.

Thermal power sector – Lao PDR

Resonant Advisory has advised the Government of Lao PDR in respect of the development of two thermal power stations, in 2017 and 2019.

Energy and infrastructure projects – Australia

Paul Cargill advised Australia’s second largest electricity distributor and retailer on all aspects of its business for an eight-year period. Jane Furniss also advised that client in the early part of her career.

Resources sector – Papua New Guinea

Paul Cargill advised the Government of Papua New Guinea through the Attorney General and the State Solicitor in the strategic requirements for restructuring of that country’s equity interests in oil and gas and mining projects into Petromin and then, subsequently, into the Kumul companies.

He also represented China Metallurgical Corporation (MCC) in its acquisition of the Ramu Nickel deposit and the subsequent development of that project into a major nickel and cobalt producer exporting its product to China.


Why Resonant?

As lawyers with over 70 years of experience between us, we understand the need to give clear and sound advice.

In the infrastructure development space, we have a proven track record in assisting developers and governments to achieve their project goals.

We are particularly strong in dealing with cross-cultural negotiations and showing clients new to the area the benefits and the pitfalls of implementing complex development proposals involving a wide range of international players, be they multinational developers, international financial institutions, such as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, international lenders and so on.

To be successful in this complex area requires strong communication skills, persistence, resilience, and a commitment to obtaining good and proper outcomes for clients. Where our clients do not have the skills or the experience to match their international counter parties, we can help redress the balance by providing those skills and delivering them that experience.

Our role is to stand shoulder to shoulder with our clients and help them achieve their goals – to amplify their cause. That is our commitment.


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