Emma Covacevich

Clayton Utz
Chief Executive Partner Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Perth

Emma Covacevich has "excellent knowledge and experience. great client service and is very approachable, understanding and commercial in approach." She handles a range of corporate, capital-raising and transactional matters for established players as well as assisting new entrants into the Australian energy markets.


Emma's experience and capabilities are vast. In addition to overseeing Clayton Utz's key client initiatives, Emma has a proven track record advising on the acquisition, development and ongoing operation of significant oil & gas, LNG and other energy projects in both Australia and New Zealand. With close to 25 years' experience practising solely in the energy sector, her experience, operational knowledge and commitment to the energy sector is genuine and is what sets her apart. As a result, Emma offers a wealth of information and insight into the energy industry that goes well beyond legal advice.

Notable Work
  • Senex Energy: the A$900 million takeover by POSCO International Corporation and Hancock Energy, in all stages of the takeover from initial strategy to closing.
  • Quadrant Energy: the US $2.9 billion sale of Quadrant Energy to Santos in 2018, following initially proposed IPO. This deal was Awarded Australasian Law Awards – Energy & Resources Deal of the Year: 2019.
  • Australia Pacific LNG: the $35 billion 2-train CSG to LNG project since its inception in 2008, and its ~$3.4 billion gas purchase from QGC in 2018.
  • Squadron Energy: the development of the Australian Industrial Energy Regasification Terminal, including acquisition of former partners' interests and the proposed dual fuel (gas/hydrogen) power station.
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