International energy and resources law companies join forces 

Blake Dawson and Ashurst combined their Asia Pacific practices in March, with Blake Dawson changing its name to Ashurt Australia.

In the past 12 months, Ashurst has acted for Delta Electricity and Eraring Energy on the NSW Government’s $5.3 billion electricity privatisation, as well as gas-fired power generation and wind farm projects worth in excess of $1 billion for clients such as Areva, EDL, NRG Energy, and Inalco.

They have also acted on one of Australia’s largest solar generation projects – the 250MW Kogan Creek solar thermal project – under the Commonwealth Government’s Solar Flagships Program.

“Our long-standing experience in the energy sector gained through involvement in cornerstone projects in Australia, provides us with unique market-leading experience which continues to drive our engagement in this expanding sector,” Ashurst Australian energy team head Peter Limbers said.

“Our energy clients stand to benefit from our Australian market knowledge and expertise, coupled with Ashurst’s global network and resources.”

According to Lawgate.com.au, the move underscores industry sentiment that growth in the Asian market is likely to outstrip the Northern American and European markets for the foreseeable future.