What we do

Extensive experience

The Resonant Advisory team specialise in advising governments and private clients on all aspects of energy and resources projects.
We are currently advising the government of a petroleum producing country on a strategic regulatory reform project.

We have extensive experience in drafting, negotiating and reviewing such as:

Concession and Project Development Agreements for public private partnerships

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, corporate advisory work and drafting of legislation for government clients.

Multidisciplinary experience

Our team has multidisciplinary experience across energy and resources and corporate law, project planning and development, capacity development, governance and financing.

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)

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.

This involved preparing the Concession Agreements on behalf of the Government of Lao PDR and helping to negotiate its terms with the developer party.

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.

In the private sector, Paul Cargill advised China Metallurgical Corporation (MCC) on the acquisition and development of the Ramu Nickel Project including undertaking negotiations with the PNG Government, the Medang Provincial Government and numerous landowner groups and entities.

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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Our Team

Resonant Advisory is an Australian law firm with international experience in the energy and resources sector. The focus of our work is in the Asia-Pacific region.

Paul Cargill

Principal

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.

Jane Furniss

Principal

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.