image of Emma CovacevichEmma Covacevich

Clayton Utz Partner , Brisbane T +61 7 3292 7304 +61 419 669 214

Emma is Clayton Utz's Deputy Chief Executive Partner for Clients & Markets, and is widely regarded as one of Australia's leading Oil & Gas lawyers.

Emma's experience and capability 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 and LNG projects in both Australia and New Zealand. With more than 20 years' experience practising solely in Oil & Gas, her experience, operational knowledge and commitment to the Oil & Gas sector is genuine and is what sets her apart. As a result, Emma offers a wealth of information and insight into the Oil & Gas industry that goes well beyond legal advice.

From 2011 to 2013 Emma acted as General Counsel of Australia Pacific LNG and in recent years was lead adviser on a number of the most significant M&A transactions in the Oil & Gas sector.

Emma is a member of Chief Executive Women (2021), a network of female leaders in business who actively support gender equality.

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Oil & Gas


ConocoPhillips: Acted for ConocoPhillips in relation to the US $1.4 billion sale of its Northern Australian and East Timorese assets to Santos in 2020.

Quadrant Energy: Acted for Macquarie, Brookfield, Wesfarmers & AMB in relation to 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.

Repsol PNG: Acted for Repsol in relation to the sale of its Papua New Guinean oil and gas assets as part of a PNG-country-wide exit in 2019.

Lattice Energy: Acted for Lattice Energy in relation to the acquisition of Benaris' Otway Gas Project interest in 2017 and subsequent sell-down of an interest in 2018 to OGOG.

AMP Capital & CICC: Acted for AMP Capital & China Investment Corporation Consortium on its bid to acquire BG Group's A$6 billion QCLNG pipeline.

Origin Energy: Acted for Origin Energy in relation to its disposal of 50% of its coal seam gas interests in Queensland to ConocoPhillips for $9.6 bn.

Operations & Projects

Australia Pacific LNG: Adviser to the $35 billion 2-train CSG to LNG project since its inception in 2008.

APLNG: Advised APLNG in relation to its ~$3.4 billion gas purchase from QGC in 2018.

Hydro Tasmania: Advised Hydro Tasmania in relation to its wholesale gas portfolio and gas supply for the Bell Bay Power Station and in the first Australian Energy Regulator access arbitration in respect of access to the Tasmanian Gas Pipeline.

Senex Energy: Advised on:

  • its gas sale agreements with CleanCo, Orora Limited and CSR.
  • the development of the Atlas gas project, including the partnering arrangement with Jemena to build, own and operate a gas processing facility and a 60km purpose-built pipeline to transport Senex gas from the Atlas Project to the domestic market; and
  • the development of the Roma North gas project, including processing facilities and gas transportation arrangements with Jemena.

AIE LNG import and regasification: Adviser to Squadron Energy in relation to all aspects of Squadron Energy's interest in proposed LNG import and regasification project in NSW.


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