Chris Mitchell

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Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

Chris Mitchell

Chris Mitchell

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Biography

Chris Mitchell is a corporate lawyer based in Melbourne.

Chris has 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 and oil and gas sectors.

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.


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
  • Canadian Solar - on the proposed divestment of a portfolio of three large scale solar PV projects in Queensland.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Vestas Australia – in relation to its participation as a supplier of wind turbines to each of the following wind farm development projects: (1) Coonooer Bridge Wind Farm located in Victoria; (2) Stage 2 development of the Waterloo Wind Farm located in South Australia; (3) Kiata Wind Farm located in Victoria; and (4) Mt Emerald Wind Farm located in Queensland.
  • 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.
  • 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