Michael Lawson

Michael Lawson

Michael is a Projects and M&A partner with particular expertise in the energy, resources, infrastructure, life sciences and telecommunications sectors. He is an expert on all aspects of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply chain and has extensive experience in major projects, project financing, joint ventures, acquisitions and divestments, utilities regulation, commercial contracts, corporate restructuring and equity capital markets.

Michael co-led a large team advising BG Group on its US$2 billion binding agreements with China National Offshore Oil Corporation for the sale of further interests in the Queensland Curtis LNG project in Australia and for the supply of an additional 5 million tonnes per annum of LNG for a period of 20 years.

More recently, Michael also advised BG (and then Shell, following its merger with BG Group) on its successful bid for a further 1 mtpa of LNG import capacity in Singapore and the related restructuring of LNG terminal and domestic gas supply arrangements, and on its successful bid and joint venture with Keppel for one of two inaugural LNG bunkering licences in Singapore.

Other clients Michael advises in the energy, resources and infrastructure sector include ACWA Power, Armstrong Asset Management, BHP, BP, GE, ENGIE and Tokyo Gas. Michael has also worked with many clients in the telecommunications/infrastructure, life sciences and agribusiness sectors, including China Unicom, Incitec Pivot, Maxis Berhad, Primary Health Care, SITA, Telstra and Zoetis.

He assists clients with the full spectrum of corporate, M&A and projects work, including acquisitions, divestments, corporate restructurings and joint ventures in Australia, South East Asia and the broader APAC region. Michael is qualified to practise in NSW, Australia.

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Legal insights

With the volatility in world markets impacting on finance transactions, we look at certain key aspects of existing and future finance transactions under English and Australian law which we are...

06 March 2020

This article was written by George Zhao, Michael Lawson, David Phua and Haoqing Zhang. Introduction As the world’s largest consumer of energy, with the recently-achieved status of the...

18 February 2020

As one of the largest consumers of commodity products globally, the impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak on international commodity contracts with Chinese buyers raises challenging and important...

10 February 2020

This article highlights the key amendments including changes relevant to the financial services, e-commerce and telecommunications sectors etc.

19 October 2016

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