Perth, 2 September 2014: Clayton Utz is advising Empire Oil & Gas NL (Empire) on the agreement to buy ERM Power's interest in several Perth Basin permits for $16.34 million, announced to the market yesterday. ERM Power has also agreed to participate up to $7.5 million in a placement and subsequent rights issue.
Perth corporate partners Mark Paganin and Brett Cohen led the Clayton Utz team, which includes senior associates Liz Humphry and Stephen Neale.
The agreement with ERM Power will deliver Empire full ownership of the Red Gully gas project and several other Perth Basin tenements. Following successful completion, Empire will be the largest acreage holder in the onshore Perth Basin. The transaction is still subject to a number of conditions including shareholder, regulatory and contractual approvals. If approved, Empire intends to undertake a rights issue at the same price as the placement to ERM Power to raise up to $10 million.