Michael’s main areas of practice are oil & gas, mining, securities, public companies and banking and finance.
Michael’s work has included the negotiating, drafting and settling of complex documents used in the oil and gas industry including gas agreements with the State, joint venture agreements, unitisation agreements, cost sharing agreements, transportation and lifting agreements, gas sales agreements and farm-in and farm-out documents.
Michael has worked extensively with the Bank of PNG and with a variety of financial and non-financial institutions in relation to PNG’s Banks and Financial Institutions Act 2000, Central Banking Act 2000 and the Central Banking (Foreign Exchange & Gold) Regulation.
Michael has worked on every major oil and gas project in PNG over the last 10 years including the following:
Hides Gas to Electricity Project
Unitisation of the Moran oil field
Proposed PNG Queensland Gas Project
Proposed Hides LNG Project
Proposed Oil Search/British Gas LNG Project
Oil Search/ExxonMobil/Santos PNG LNG Project
Prior to joining Leahy Lewin Lowing Sullivan Lawyers, Michael spent 12 years working in the oil and gas industry as general counsel and group secretary for Oil Search Limited, the largest oil and gas company in Papua New Guinea. As a result Michael has a very high level of understanding of how the oil and gas industry operates in practice.
Michael also spent 12 months as executive general manager legal and general counsel for Lihir Gold.
Prior to that Michael was a partner at Gadens and before that a senior associate at Freehills.
Michael is a qualified company secretary and a public notary in New South Wales.
Michael is admitted to practice as a solicitor in England and Wales and in Australia as well as in Papua New Guinea.
He is currently completing his Master of Accounting and International Finance at Deakin University.