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Rupert Lewi specialises in transactions within the oil and gas, liquefied natural gas and mining sectors. A partner in our Mergers & Acquisitions and Projects and Construction practices, Rupert represents clients in a range of matters, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

Rupert represents clients in corporate and asset acquisitions and divestments, project structuring, and project development, mainly in the energy and mining industries. In particular, he has advised clients on leading LNG projects in Australia, Asia and the Middle East.

Rupert is a Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi (Registered Foreign Lawyer in Japan), and is also qualified as a solicitor in England, Wales and Western Australia. Practicing in Japan for more than 12 years, Rupert represents many Japanese and Korean trading companies, as well as gas and electric utilities, in matters concerning their overseas resource-sector investments in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and Africa.

Amongst many honors, Rupert has been ranked as a leading lawyer in Energy and Natural Resources, Oil & Gas by Chambers Global and Chambers Asia Pacific since 2007, and listed as a first-tier lawyer in Oil & Gas and Mining by Best Lawyers since 2009. In addition, he was selected as External Counsel of the Year in 2009 by Asian Counsel and Pacific Business Press.

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Credentials

England & Wales

Japan - Gaikokuhojime Bengoshi

Western Australia

Japan - Gaikokuhojime Bengoshi (Admitted 2/01/2016; Reg # G958)

England & Wales (Admitted 3/15/1999; Reg # 299780)

Western Australia (Admitted 12/21/1984; Reg # 14213)

Energy & Natural Resources (Oil and Gas)


Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2012–2014 and Chambers Global, 2007–2011

Mining


Best Lawyers Australia, 2014–2015

Natural Resources


Best Lawyers Australia, 2009–2015

Oil & Gas


Best Lawyers Australia, 2009–2015

South Korea: Corporate/M&A: Lawyers Based Abroad


Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2012–2013, 2015

International Who's Who of Energy Lawyers


2015

"A natural lawyer with an innate legal mind."


Chambers South Korea, quoting a client, 2013

"On a par with anybody" in his field.


Chambers Asia-Pacific, citing peers, 2013

"The best LNG lawyer in the Asia-Pacific region."


Chambers Asia-Pacific, quoting a client, 2013

"His advice ... blends commercial and legal aspects in a sophisticated manner."


Chambers Asia-Pacific, quoting a client, 2013

Japan: Projects & Energy: Experts Based Abroad — Spotlight Table


Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2012

International Who's Who of Oil and Gas Lawyers


2009, 2012

"The good reputation of oil and gas specialist Rupert Lewi continues to grow amongst his peers."


Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2012

"One of the most technically skilled lawyers I've seen."


Chambers Asia-Pacific, quoting a client, 2012

"Praised for his deep knowledge of the Japanese legal system."


Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2012

"Rupert Lewi is active in international resources investment work."


Chambers Global, 2010

Project Finance and Development


Best Lawyers in Australia, 2009

External Counsel of the Year 2009


Asian-Counsel and Pacific Business Press

Energy


Best Lawyers, 2008–2009

"Rupert Lewi has a wealth of experience in energy projects throughout Asia, South America and the Middle East."


Chambers Global, 2009

Matters

Oil & Gas
Advising Mitsubishi Corporation in relation to its acquisition of an interest in Repsol’s petroleum licenses in Papua New Guinea and in relation to downstream gas processing developments.

Advising Korea Gas Corporation in relation to its acquisition of a 15% interest in the Gladstone LNG project and ongoing advice in relation to the development of the Gladstone project.

Advising Korea Gas Corporation in relation to its participation in the Prelude LNG project.

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Oil & Gas
Advising Mitsubishi Corporation in relation to its acquisition of an interest in Repsol’s petroleum licenses in Papua New Guinea and in relation to downstream gas processing developments.

Advising Korea Gas Corporation in relation to its acquisition of a 15% interest in the Gladstone LNG project and ongoing advice in relation to the development of the Gladstone project.

Advising Korea Gas Corporation in relation to its participation in the Prelude LNG project.

Advising Korea Gas Corporation on its proposed sale of a partial interest in the LNG Canada project.

Advising Mitsui in relation to its participation in a condensate stripping plant project in Papua New Guinea with InterOil and its subsequent exit from the projects.

Advising LG International in relation to its acquisition of an interest in companies in the GeoPark Group of Companies in respect of an oil and gas exploration project in Chile and Columbia.

Advising Prize Petroleum in relation to its farm-in to a gas production joint venture in the Otway Basin.

Advising BHP Billiton on the sale of its interest in the Browse LNG project to PetroChina.

Advising Toho Gas in relation to its acquisition of an interest in the Ichthys LNG project.

Advising a Korean company in relation to its bid for an interest in an upstream joint venture associated with the Wheatstone LNG project.

Advising Inpex in relation to its participation in the Bayu Undan and Darwin LNG projects.

Advising Australia LNG in relation to project financing of LNG ships for the transportation of LNG from the North West Shelf Project in Western Australia to the Guangdong LNG receiving terminal.

Advising Mitsui in relation to its participation in the Cliff Head Oil Project in Western Australia.

Advising PetroChina in relation to its bid for the acquisition of an interest in Indonesian oil and gas development projects.

Advising Sojitz Corporation in respect of its acquisition of an interest in a production-sharing contract and associated joint venture for the development of an offshore field in Gabon.

Advising Sojitz Corporation in relation to its acquisition of an interest in the Basker Gummy Manta joint venture, including negotiating a farm-in agreement and amendments to the joint operating agreement and undertaking due diligence.

Advising a major Japanese utility in respect of its bid for an interest in an upstream joint venture associated with the Gorgon LNG Project.

Advising Toyota Tsusho in relation to its farm-in to two upstream oil and gas exploration joint ventures in Western Australia and in an exploration licence in the Otway Basin.

Advising Toyota Tsusho in respect of its acquisition of CalEnergy Gas (Australia) Limited.

Advising Woodside in relation to LNG Sale and Purchase Agreements for its Pluto LNG project and in relation to the structuring and development of the Sunrise LNG Project.

Advising members of a consortium in respect of its bid to participate in the Guangdong LNG receiving terminal project.

Negotiating and drafting documentation for a major Japanese trading company in respect of the construction and financing for three of Sonatrach’s LNG refinery renovation projects in Algeria by way of frame supply contracts utilising a combination of private finance and finance from several export credit agencies.

Carrying out preliminary due diligence and negotiating heads of agreement and draft documentation for a bid to acquire an equity interest in the Yemen LNG project.

Reviewing documentation and participating in negotiations for the acquisition by a Japanese company of an equity interest in and the provision of financing for the Ras Laffan LNG refinery project in Qatar.

Mining
Advising Sojitz Corporation in relation to its participation in Grange Resources’ Southdown Magnetite mining project.

Acting for Sojitz Corporation in relation to its participation in the Worsley Alumina Project in Western Australia.

Advising POSCO and STX in relation to the issue of convertible notes by Hancock Prospecting with an option to convert the convertible notes into equity in the Roy Hill Iron Ore project.

Advising Korea Resources in relation to an investment in the Mkuju South uranium project in Tanzania and the Vlakplaats coal project in South Africa.

Advising Korea Resources in relation to a proposed acquisition (together with Kemco Mining) of a 50% interest in the Coro Coro copper mine project in Bolivia.

Advising Korea Resources in relation to the Teguidda uranium mining project in Niger.

Advising BHP Billiton in relation to the expansion of port facilities at Port Hedland for its iron ore business.

Advising Cristal Mining in relation to the acquisition of a mineral sands mining business in Western Australia.

Advising OM Group, Inc. in relation to its OMG Cawse nickel refinery project and in respect of the sale of its nickel mining and refining businesses to Norilsk.

Advising Japanese companies, including Sojitz, Marubeni and JFE Shoji in respect of their investment in coal mining joint venture projects in Australia and Indonesia involving tenders for exploration licences, acquisition of interests in incorporated and unincorporated joint ventures, and coal sales agreements.

Acting for Sumitomo Corporation in connection with its acquisition of a strategic shareholding in Iron Ore Holdings Limited.

Advising POSCO in connection with its investment in Murchison Metals Limited.

Advising in respect of POSCO's participation in the West Pilbara Iron Ore Project.

Advising Marubeni in respect of its investment in Dampier Salt Limited.

Advising Minmetals in respect of its proposed investment in a magnetite ore mining project in Western Australia.

Advising Mitsubishi Corporation in relation to its participation in Rio Tinto's HIsmelt Project.

Advising Mitsubishi Corporation in relation to its participation in the Boyne Aluminium Smelter and Gladstone Power Station Projects.

Advising Hyundai Steel Company in relation to contracts with suppliers of coal and iron ore and in relation to vessel charterparties.

Acting for Sojitz Corporation in the dissolution of a joint venture which had operated a copper smelter and refinery in Australia, and thereafter acting for that company in its subsequent acquisition of the assets of the joint venture and its formation of a new incorporated joint venture to revamp and expand the smelter and refinery.

Power and Chemical Plants
Acting for Sojitz Corporation in respect of two power projects in Mexico, which involved undertaking a review of the bidding guidelines, preparation of bids, negotiating trust agreements with the Mexican power utility (for construction lease and transfer of the power plant), and providing advice in respect of the negotiation of EPC contracts, loan agreements, security documents and related inter-creditor issues.

Advising Mitsui in respect of the EPC Contracts and financing arrangements for the Bluewaters Power Project in Western Australia.

Advising Mitsui in relation to a possible acquisition of an interest in an ammonia plant project.

Acting for Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. in respect of the negotiation and drafting of an EPC contract for the construction of a 210 MW coal-fired power plant in Mindanao, the Philippines.

Advising Sojitz Corporation in respect of negotiations of an EPC contract and in relation to the provision of financing and the associated offtake arrangements relating to the construction of a polypropylene production plant in Turkmenbashi in Turkmenistan.

Acting for a Japanese trading company in respect of its participation in a consortium together with an American engineering company for the construction and financing of a petrochemical plant for Uzbekneftegas at its Shurtan gas chemical complex in Uzbekistan.

Advising a Japanese company in respect of the provision of down-payment financing associated with export credit agency financing from US EXIM and Japan EXIM banks, for the supply of a compressor station and oil field equipment to Uzbekneftegas for the Kokdumalak oil and gas field in Uzbekistan.

Acting for Sojitz Corporation in respect of the negotiation and execution of a consortium agreement with an American engineering company and a Korean construction company, and in the negotiation of an engineering contract for the construction of an aromatics refinery in Map Ta Phut in Thailand.

Matters

Oil & Gas
Advising Mitsubishi Corporation in relation to its acquisition of an interest in Repsol’s petroleum licenses in Papua New Guinea and in relation to downstream gas processing developments.

Advising Korea Gas Corporation in relation to its acquisition of a 15% interest in the Gladstone LNG project and ongoing advice in relation to the development of the Gladstone project.

Advising Korea Gas Corporation in relation to its participation in the Prelude LNG project.

See more
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Matters

Oil & Gas
Advising Mitsubishi Corporation in relation to its acquisition of an interest in Repsol’s petroleum licenses in Papua New Guinea and in relation to downstream gas processing developments.

Advising Korea Gas Corporation in relation to its acquisition of a 15% interest in the Gladstone LNG project and ongoing advice in relation to the development of the Gladstone project.

Advising Korea Gas Corporation in relation to its participation in the Prelude LNG project.

Advising Korea Gas Corporation on its proposed sale of a partial interest in the LNG Canada project.

Advising Mitsui in relation to its participation in a condensate stripping plant project in Papua New Guinea with InterOil and its subsequent exit from the projects.

Advising LG International in relation to its acquisition of an interest in companies in the GeoPark Group of Companies in respect of an oil and gas exploration project in Chile and Columbia.

Advising Prize Petroleum in relation to its farm-in to a gas production joint venture in the Otway Basin.

Advising BHP Billiton on the sale of its interest in the Browse LNG project to PetroChina.

Advising Toho Gas in relation to its acquisition of an interest in the Ichthys LNG project.

Advising a Korean company in relation to its bid for an interest in an upstream joint venture associated with the Wheatstone LNG project.

Advising Inpex in relation to its participation in the Bayu Undan and Darwin LNG projects.

Advising Australia LNG in relation to project financing of LNG ships for the transportation of LNG from the North West Shelf Project in Western Australia to the Guangdong LNG receiving terminal.

Advising Mitsui in relation to its participation in the Cliff Head Oil Project in Western Australia.

Advising PetroChina in relation to its bid for the acquisition of an interest in Indonesian oil and gas development projects.

Advising Sojitz Corporation in respect of its acquisition of an interest in a production-sharing contract and associated joint venture for the development of an offshore field in Gabon.

Advising Sojitz Corporation in relation to its acquisition of an interest in the Basker Gummy Manta joint venture, including negotiating a farm-in agreement and amendments to the joint operating agreement and undertaking due diligence.

Advising a major Japanese utility in respect of its bid for an interest in an upstream joint venture associated with the Gorgon LNG Project.

Advising Toyota Tsusho in relation to its farm-in to two upstream oil and gas exploration joint ventures in Western Australia and in an exploration licence in the Otway Basin.

Advising Toyota Tsusho in respect of its acquisition of CalEnergy Gas (Australia) Limited.

Advising Woodside in relation to LNG Sale and Purchase Agreements for its Pluto LNG project and in relation to the structuring and development of the Sunrise LNG Project.

Advising members of a consortium in respect of its bid to participate in the Guangdong LNG receiving terminal project.

Negotiating and drafting documentation for a major Japanese trading company in respect of the construction and financing for three of Sonatrach’s LNG refinery renovation projects in Algeria by way of frame supply contracts utilising a combination of private finance and finance from several export credit agencies.

Carrying out preliminary due diligence and negotiating heads of agreement and draft documentation for a bid to acquire an equity interest in the Yemen LNG project.

Reviewing documentation and participating in negotiations for the acquisition by a Japanese company of an equity interest in and the provision of financing for the Ras Laffan LNG refinery project in Qatar.

Mining
Advising Sojitz Corporation in relation to its participation in Grange Resources’ Southdown Magnetite mining project.

Acting for Sojitz Corporation in relation to its participation in the Worsley Alumina Project in Western Australia.

Advising POSCO and STX in relation to the issue of convertible notes by Hancock Prospecting with an option to convert the convertible notes into equity in the Roy Hill Iron Ore project.

Advising Korea Resources in relation to an investment in the Mkuju South uranium project in Tanzania and the Vlakplaats coal project in South Africa.

Advising Korea Resources in relation to a proposed acquisition (together with Kemco Mining) of a 50% interest in the Coro Coro copper mine project in Bolivia.

Advising Korea Resources in relation to the Teguidda uranium mining project in Niger.

Advising BHP Billiton in relation to the expansion of port facilities at Port Hedland for its iron ore business.

Advising Cristal Mining in relation to the acquisition of a mineral sands mining business in Western Australia.

Advising OM Group, Inc. in relation to its OMG Cawse nickel refinery project and in respect of the sale of its nickel mining and refining businesses to Norilsk.

Advising Japanese companies, including Sojitz, Marubeni and JFE Shoji in respect of their investment in coal mining joint venture projects in Australia and Indonesia involving tenders for exploration licences, acquisition of interests in incorporated and unincorporated joint ventures, and coal sales agreements.

Acting for Sumitomo Corporation in connection with its acquisition of a strategic shareholding in Iron Ore Holdings Limited.

Advising POSCO in connection with its investment in Murchison Metals Limited.

Advising in respect of POSCO's participation in the West Pilbara Iron Ore Project.

Advising Marubeni in respect of its investment in Dampier Salt Limited.

Advising Minmetals in respect of its proposed investment in a magnetite ore mining project in Western Australia.

Advising Mitsubishi Corporation in relation to its participation in Rio Tinto's HIsmelt Project.

Advising Mitsubishi Corporation in relation to its participation in the Boyne Aluminium Smelter and Gladstone Power Station Projects.

Advising Hyundai Steel Company in relation to contracts with suppliers of coal and iron ore and in relation to vessel charterparties.

Acting for Sojitz Corporation in the dissolution of a joint venture which had operated a copper smelter and refinery in Australia, and thereafter acting for that company in its subsequent acquisition of the assets of the joint venture and its formation of a new incorporated joint venture to revamp and expand the smelter and refinery.

Power and Chemical Plants
Acting for Sojitz Corporation in respect of two power projects in Mexico, which involved undertaking a review of the bidding guidelines, preparation of bids, negotiating trust agreements with the Mexican power utility (for construction lease and transfer of the power plant), and providing advice in respect of the negotiation of EPC contracts, loan agreements, security documents and related inter-creditor issues.

Advising Mitsui in respect of the EPC Contracts and financing arrangements for the Bluewaters Power Project in Western Australia.

Advising Mitsui in relation to a possible acquisition of an interest in an ammonia plant project.

Acting for Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. in respect of the negotiation and drafting of an EPC contract for the construction of a 210 MW coal-fired power plant in Mindanao, the Philippines.

Advising Sojitz Corporation in respect of negotiations of an EPC contract and in relation to the provision of financing and the associated offtake arrangements relating to the construction of a polypropylene production plant in Turkmenbashi in Turkmenistan.

Acting for a Japanese trading company in respect of its participation in a consortium together with an American engineering company for the construction and financing of a petrochemical plant for Uzbekneftegas at its Shurtan gas chemical complex in Uzbekistan.

Advising a Japanese company in respect of the provision of down-payment financing associated with export credit agency financing from US EXIM and Japan EXIM banks, for the supply of a compressor station and oil field equipment to Uzbekneftegas for the Kokdumalak oil and gas field in Uzbekistan.

Acting for Sojitz Corporation in respect of the negotiation and execution of a consortium agreement with an American engineering company and a Korean construction company, and in the negotiation of an engineering contract for the construction of an aromatics refinery in Map Ta Phut in Thailand.

Credentials

England & Wales

Japan - Gaikokuhojime Bengoshi

Western Australia

Japan - Gaikokuhojime Bengoshi (Admitted 2/01/2016; Reg # G958)

England & Wales (Admitted 3/15/1999; Reg # 299780)

Western Australia (Admitted 12/21/1984; Reg # 14213)

Energy & Natural Resources (Oil and Gas)


Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2012–2014 and Chambers Global, 2007–2011

Mining


Best Lawyers Australia, 2014–2015

Natural Resources


Best Lawyers Australia, 2009–2015

Oil & Gas


Best Lawyers Australia, 2009–2015

South Korea: Corporate/M&A: Lawyers Based Abroad


Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2012–2013, 2015

International Who's Who of Energy Lawyers


2015

"A natural lawyer with an innate legal mind."


Chambers South Korea, quoting a client, 2013

"On a par with anybody" in his field.


Chambers Asia-Pacific, citing peers, 2013

"The best LNG lawyer in the Asia-Pacific region."


Chambers Asia-Pacific, quoting a client, 2013

"His advice ... blends commercial and legal aspects in a sophisticated manner."


Chambers Asia-Pacific, quoting a client, 2013

Japan: Projects & Energy: Experts Based Abroad — Spotlight Table


Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2012

International Who's Who of Oil and Gas Lawyers


2009, 2012

"The good reputation of oil and gas specialist Rupert Lewi continues to grow amongst his peers."


Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2012

"One of the most technically skilled lawyers I've seen."


Chambers Asia-Pacific, quoting a client, 2012

"Praised for his deep knowledge of the Japanese legal system."


Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2012

"Rupert Lewi is active in international resources investment work."


Chambers Global, 2010

Project Finance and Development


Best Lawyers in Australia, 2009

External Counsel of the Year 2009


Asian-Counsel and Pacific Business Press

Energy


Best Lawyers, 2008–2009

"Rupert Lewi has a wealth of experience in energy projects throughout Asia, South America and the Middle East."


Chambers Global, 2009