05 Sep 2011

Clayton Utz Perth appointment adds further oil and gas expertise

Perth, 05 September 2011: Clayton Utz is pleased to announce the appointment of leading oil and gas expert John King as partner, effective 15 November 2011.

John was previously Senior Legal Counsel with Eni Australia and VICO, an Eni-BP joint venture and a leading supplier of Indonesian LNG. John has over 15 years experience advising major participants in the petroleum and petrochemical sectors on a wide range of energy related matters including upstream exploration and production projects, offshore contracting, pipeline projects, processing and long-term marketing arrangements, asset sale and purchase (mergers & acquisitions), and independent power projects.

John has extensive experience in Australia, the United Kingdom, Indonesia and North-Asia.

The national head of Corporate, Graham Taylor, said John's appointment would add significant strength to the firm's highly regarded Energy and Resources team. "John's appointment reflects strong growth in the oil and gas sector in Western Australia and the region and reflects our commitment to, and longer-term growth strategy for, our Energy and Resources practice. John has advised on virtually all aspects of the oil and gas sector and his substantial experience advising on Asia-Pacific LNG projects will be a significant asset."

Perth managing partner Paul Fitzpatrick said John's appointment reflected the firm's commitment to delivering excellence in legal services. "Clayton Utz remains committed to providing our clients with the very best legal talent. John's appointment reflects this commitment and we look forward to him joining the Clayton Utz team in November."

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