For much of his 40+ year career, Paul has been a leading international lawyer advising governments and corporations on the development, legal structuring and operation of large-scale power plants and oil and gas and mining projects. He has also represented international banks lending to these types of projects.
Paul was a partner of the international law firm, Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) for 31 years before commencing his own private business consultancy providing strategic business advice to major corporations and governments.
Paul’s clients (including whilst a partner at Mallesons) have included:
- the Government of Lao PDR
- the Government of Papua New Guinea
- two Chinese Government State owned corporations, Metallurgical Corporation of China (MCC) and China National Overseas Oil Company (CNOOC)
- three PNG Government State owned corporations, National Petroleum Company, Petromin (PNG) Holdings Limited and Mineral Resources Development Company
Paul has advised on mining and energy projects in Australia, Laos, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, China, Indonesia, USA, Greece, Finland and New Zealand.
Euromoney magazine has previously nominated Paul as being one of the world’s leading Energy and Resources Lawyers and, separately, as one of the world’s leading Project Finance Lawyers for excellence in the Asia Pacific region. He has also been nominated as a leading individual in the Euromoney Guide to the World’s Leading Energy and Natural Resources Lawyers.
Jane Furniss is an Australian qualified lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in legal and commercial aspects of large energy, resources and infrastructure projects and in senior management, business and governance roles.
During Jane’s career as an international lawyer, she has worked predominantly in the energy and resources sector, advising in respect of large power and infrastructure projects in Australia and Lao PDR and on public private partnerships in Australia and Asia.
Together with Paul Cargill, Jane has advised the Government of Lao PDR on legal aspects of hydropower projects starting with the Nam Theun 2 Hydropower Project in 1998.
Jane started her career at Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) and was a Senior Associate at that firm until 2004. She has also worked as a governance and capacity building consultant in her own business, including on several World Bank funded projects assisting the Government of Lao PDR with the development of a more sustainable hydropower sector.