Chris Mitchell

Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

Chris Mitchell

Chris Mitchell

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Biography

Chris Mitchell is a mergers and acquisitions and projects lawyer with extensive experience in advising clients on regulated and unregulated M&A transactions in a variety of industry sectors but with a particular focus on the energy, infrastructure, agriculture and oil and gas sectors.

He advises both local and international investors on energy, infrastructure and agriculture investments in Australia. His experience also extends to advising developers on acquiring early stage projects, assisting with project development having regard to future divestment strategies and structuring competitive but efficient sale processes to enhance equity value on divestment.

In addition to his M&A experience, Chris regularly advises listed clients on equity capital markets transactions and all aspects of corporate governance and securities law issues.

Chris' dedicated, enthusiastic and commercial approach to practice ensures technically astute advice that is relevant to achieving a commercial outcome. A hard working lawyer, Chris has built a reputation for providing practical solutions in a timely manner.

"Chris Mitchell is outstanding at solar transactions." - The Legal 500, 2019 Global Legal Directory


Professional experience

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  • Master of Laws, University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Law (Hons), Monash University
  • Bachelor of Commerce, Monash University
  • Federal Court of Australia
  • Supreme Court of Victoria
  • Hassad Food Group - in relation to the merger of its Australian pastoral and cropping properties with Macquarie Group's agricultural investment business, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Asset (MIRA).
  • Althea Group Holdings – an Australian founded medicinal cannabis company on its $19.65m initial public offering and listing on the Australian Securities Exchange.
  • Large global renewable energy developer (confidential) - in relation to investments in energy infrastructure assets in South Korea.
  • Canadian Solar - on the proposed divestment of a portfolio of three large scale solar PV projects in Queensland. he transaction included project financing and implementation of a unique structure for two adjacent projects to share connection infrastructure to connection to the grid.
  • BlackRock – in relation to the acquisition by a fund managed by BlackRock of a majority interest in a portfolio of two large scale solar PV projects in Queensland, namely the 150MW Daydream project and the 50MW Hayman.
  • Canadian Solar - in relation to the acquisition of a majority interest in 1.14GW pipelines of solar projects comprising five utility scale solar development projects in New South Wales.
  • BP Australia – in relation to its AU$1.8 billion acquisition of Woolworth Limited's network of Australian retail petrol stations.
  • Spark Infrastructure – an ASX-listed energy infrastructure manager in relation to its equity participation in the consortium that won the bidding for the NSW State government sale (through long term lease) of its TransGrid 'poles and wires' business in a deal worth AU$10.3 billion.
  • BP Australia - in relation to settling arrangements with ATCO Power and Origin Energy in connection with the proposed shutdown of BP Australia's Bulwer Island Refinery.
  • Vestas Australia – in relation to its participation as a supplier of wind turbines to each of the following wind farm development projects: (1) Dundonnell Wind Farm located in Victoria; (2) Finley Wind Farm located in New South Wales; (3) Lal Lal Wind Farm located in Victoria; (4) Granville Wind Farm located in Tasmania; (5)Coonooer Bridge Wind Farm located in Victoria; (6) Stage 2 development of the Waterloo Wind Farm located in South Australia; (7) Kiata Wind Farm located in Victoria; and (8) Mt Emerald Wind Farm located in Queensland.
  • Nextgen Networks – in respect of its proposed sell down and associated financing of the Australia-Singapore optical subsea fibre cable project.
  • Hydro Tasmania – in respect of its 75 per cent equity sell down in the Woolnorth Studland Bay and Woolnorth Bluff Point wind farms to Guohua Energy Investment Corporation.
  • ISPT – in relation to joint ownership arrangements for two significant shopping centre properties in Australia, including negotiations of Co-Joint Ownership Agreements.
  • Louis Dreyfus Commodities Asia Pte Ltd – in connection with its partial financing of Mackay Sugar Limited's AU$132 million competitive takeover bid for Tully Sugar Limited.
  • Winner, Special Counsel of the Year, Lawyers' Weekly Australian Law Awards (2017)
  • Finalist, Senior Associate of the Year, Lawyers' Weekly Australian Law Awards (2014)
  • English