DarrenMurphy

Partner

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Darren Murphy has acted on major M&A, projects, and transactions in Australia and the wider Asia Pacific region for more than two decades. He has particular experience in the oil and gas sector, across upstream, LNG, pipelines, supply and trading, refineries, and petrochemicals, as well as in mining, power, and renewables.

Darren is involved in all stages of the energy and resources value chain including foreign investment regimes, title and tenure, project structuring, upstream issues and exploration, government agreements including production sharing contracts and other concessions, mergers, share and asset acquisitions, joint ventures, operating agreements, royalty interests, drilling and services, unitizations, farm-ins and farm-outs, pipelines, onshore and offshore facilities (platforms, FPSO, FSRU, vessels), LNG liquefaction and regas, sales and offtake, power purchase agreements and derivatives, energy transportation, marketing, facility access rights, construction, abandonment and decommissioning, regulatory and operational issues, and investor protection.

Darren previously worked in-house for a NYSE-listed energy company in Kansas City in the United States. He is currently a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators and co-chair of the Energy Committee of AmCham Singapore. He has received extensive recognition in legal directories with recommendations in Chambers Global, Chambers Asia-Pacific, and The Legal 500 across the areas of energy/projects and corporate/M&A.

Experience

  • Utility company negotiates gas sales and gas transportation agreements in multiple Australian statesJones Day is advising a utility company in negotiating gas sales and gas transportation agreements in multiple Australian states.
  • Sapura Upstream creates farm-in agreements and forms joint venture with Finder ExplorationJones Day represented Sapura Upstream with respect to its farm-in to three Australian offshore oil and gas permits and the associated formation of a joint venture with Finder Exploration Pty Ltd.
  • Corporate power buyer negotiates long term power purchase agreement with greenfield wind farm developerJones Day represented a corporate power buyer in negotiating a long term power purchase arrangement with the developer of a greenfields wind farm in Australia. The arrangements included an innovative proxy revenue swap.
  • Corporate power buyer negotiates long term power purchase agreement with greenfield wind farm developerJones Day represented a corporate power buyer in negotiating a long term power purchase arrangement with the developer of a greenfields wind farm in Australia. The arrangements included an innovative proxy revenue swap.
  • Coronado Coal acquires Curragh coal mine in central Queensland, Australia, from Wesfarmers Limited for A$700 million (US$539 million)Jones Day advised Coronado Coal LLC in the acquisition of the Curragh coal mine in central Queensland, Australia, from Wesfarmers Limited for A$700 million (US$530 million).
  • Singapore-based Biomass Ventures secures investment from InfraCo Asia for development of biomass business in Sri LankaJones Day represented Singapore-based Biomass Ventures in securing an investment from InfraCo Asia for the development of a biomass business in Sri Lanka.
  • Pan Pacific Petroleum NL sold its interest in Ca Rong Du oil and gas project offshore Vietnam to Repsol ExploracionJones Day acted for Pan Pacific Petroleum NL in its agreement to sell its subsidiary that holds a 5% interest in Block 07/03 in the Nam Con Son Basin offshore Vietnam to Repsol Exploracion SA.
  • TonenGeneral Sekiyu combines with JX GroupJones Day advised TonenGeneral Sekiyu K.K. in connection with the business integration with JX Group, which forms the largest oil refiner in Japan.
  • Multinational conglomerate develops integrated energy hub in AsiaJones Day is representing the lead sponsor on the development, construction, and financing of a multi-fuel import facility proposed to be developed in Asia.
  • Total sells Atotech to The Carlyle Group for $3.2 billionJones Day advised Total in the $3.2 billion sale of specialty chemical affiliate Atotech B.V., a global manufacturer of high technology plating solutions, to The Carlyle Group.
  • Lundin SEA Holding sells upstream oil and gas interests in IndonesiaJones Day represented Lundin SEA Holding B.V. on the sale of certain upstream oil and gas interests in Indonesia to PT Medco Energy Internasional Tbk, including Lundin's interests in the Lematang, South Sokang and Cendrawasih VII oil and gas blocks.
  • Chevron sells companies holding Vietnam Block B offshore gas development project interests to Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam)Jones Day advised Chevron Corporation affiliates on the sale of their shares in three Bermuda companies that held Chevron's interests in the Block B offshore gas development project in Vietnam.
  • Total finalizes acquisition by Arkema of Total's Bostik Adhesives unit for €1.74 billion (US$2.2 billion)Jones Day represented Total SA in the €1.74 billion (US$2.2 billion) acquisition by the French group Arkema, one of the world’s major players in specialty chemicals, of its Bostik affiliate, a global adhesives company.
  • Major U.S. oil company seeks advice following adverse conduct by state-owned entity and local government in connection to its investmentJones Day is advising a major U.S. oil company on its rights and potential remedies under a bilateral investment treaty and several production sharing contracts with a Southeast Asian State.
  • Chevron agrees to sell its entire issued share capital in holder of its Cambodia Block A interest to KrisEnergy Ltd.Jones Day advised Chevron Global Energy Inc. on its sale of its entire issued share capital in Chevron Overseas Petroleum, which held Chevron's interest in Cambodia Block A offshore oil and gas project, to KrisEnergy Ltd.
  • Global metals company reviews structuring in Asia PacificJones Day represented a global metals company in relation to its structuring in Asia Pacific.
  • Indonesian state-owned enterprise reviews pipeline arrangementsJones Day represented an Indonesian state-owned enterprise in relation to contractual arrangements on a significant on-shore natural gas pipeline.
  • Integrated energy company proposes U.S.-based LNG export projectJones Day represents an integrated energy company in a proposed U.S.-based LNG export project in connection with project development issues, joint venture arrangements, transportation arrangements, and LNG sales into Asian and other markets.
  • Japanese electric utility reviews LNG purchase arrangementsJones Day represented a Japanese utility in relation to aspects of its LNG purchase arrangements.
  • Nusantara Regas purchases LNG for regas terminalJones Day represented Nusantara Regas on the purchase of LNG for its regas terminal in Indonesia.
  • The following represents experience prior to joining Jones Day.

    Acted for Chevron and its partners PetroVietnam, PTT and Moeco, on the development of their US$4 billion Block B Project in Vietnam.

    Acted for a confidential bidder for ConocoPhillips' assets in Vietnam.

    Acted for a confidential bidder for certain ExxonMobil assets in Indonesia.

    Acted for Pertamina on its Central Java floating regas project.

    Acted for Höegh LNG, DSME EnR and Petromin on their PNG Floating LNG Project.

    Acted for a confidential SOE in developing a suite of pro forma services contracts for the Indonesian market.

    Acted for Inpex on its Masela Floating LNG Project in Indonesia.

    Acted for MedcoEnergi in relation to its North Sumatra Block A development.

    Acted for ConocoPhillips in relation to its US$9 billion acquisition of an interest in Origin Energy’s Queensland CBM assets, and the consequent formation of the APLNG joint venture.

    Acted for Tiger Energy Trading on a range of Indonesian coal sales agreements.

    Acted for an international E&P company negotiating a new Production Sharing Contract in Indonesia.

    Acted for Graceland (an affiliate of Wengfu) in connection with its commodities trading in Asia.

    Acted for Shell on a range of upstream oil and gas matters over many years in Australia, including in relation to its Crux, Echuca Shoals, and Prelude projects.

    Acted for the North West Shelf JV on both pipeline gas and LNG sales contracts.

    Acted as Australian counsel to TEPCO on its participation in the Wheatstone LNG Project.

    Acted for ASX-listed Central Petroleum, on a range of farm-out and joint venture transactions.

    Acted for DBNGP on its acquisition of the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline, and subsequent expansion of that pipeline, which involved in excess of US$1 billion in capital works.

    Acted for Aquila, Inc. for many years in relation to its acquisition of energy businesses in Australia, as well as the subsequent divestment of those businesses and other assets in Europe and the United States.

    Speaking Engagements

    • July 25, 2019
      Energy and Resources Disputes: Trends and Analysis
    • March 7, 2019
      Presentation on Long-Term LNG Contracts and Market Developments, Melbourne Petroleum Club
    • August 23, 2018
      Chair of Panel, "Insights and Perspectives on the Australian Resources Sector"
    • March 1, 2018
      Seminar and workshop: Negotiation Skills for Oil and Gas transactions
    • January 10, 2017
      Seminar Panelist: 2017: What Lies Ahead for Asia?
    • September 2016
      Legal Training Seminar: Limitation of liabilities and penalties in Oil and Gas contracts
    • May 31, 2016
      Production Sharing Contracts in Indonesia and Malaysia - Training Course in Upstream Oil & Gas Law hosted by Petroleum Institute of Thailand
    • March 6, 2016
      Decommissioning in Asia Oil & Gas - Seminar hosted by Society of Petroleum Engineers
    • September 2015
      Legal Training Seminar: Pre-emption and Change of Control in Oil and Gas Joint Ventures
    • June 2015
      Legal Training Seminar: Director's Duties in a Joint Venture Context
    • November 20, 2014
      The American Lawyer 2nd Annual Singapore Legal Summit - Indonesia Foreign Investment: Through the Lens of Energy (Coal, Mining and Oil & Gas)
    • November 20, 2014
      The American Lawyer 2nd Annual Singapore Legal Summit - Moderator on Panel entitled: Energy, Resources, and Infrastructure Practice Trends
    • August 11, 2014
      Exploring Contracting in Floating LNG Projects, 9th Annual LNG World
    • March 20, 2014
      Development of Oil and Gas Resources in SEA - Underlying Legal & Commercial Arrangements, SMU School of Law
    • September 2013
      Indonesian Oil and Gas, Offshore Convention: Indonesia 2013
    • July 31, 2013
      AmCham - US Shale Gas Plays and Export LNG projects: Executive Update
    • May 8, 2013
      Indonesia-Focused Panel, Indonesian Petroleum Association (IPA) Annual Convention
    • February 21, 2012
      Investing in Indonesia – Oil & Gas Seminar
    • December 2011
      Legal, Structuring and Regulatory Aspects of Floating LNG Projects, World Deepwater Summit & Expo China 2011
    • November 30, 2011
      Outlook for floating LNG projects remain positive
    • August 22, 2011
      Shale gas in China and Asia Pacific
    • June 2011
      Floating LNG – Legal, Structuring and Regulatory Considerations, 6th FLNG Asia Pacific Summit
    • May 2011
      Commercial and legal issues – Financing and developing Oil & Gas Sector projects (Upstream and Downstream), Indonesia - China Investment Forum
    • March 2, 2011
      New opportunities in oil and gas sector in Asia
    • October 20, 2010
      Prudent Operator & Gross Negligence in its application in oil & gas contracts internationally and in Indonesia, Indonesian Petroleum Association
    • July 8, 2010
      International Petroleum Contracts, E&P Sharing Contracts & Agreements 2010
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