Jones Day adds partners to Energy Practice in Brisbane and Singapore
Simon Brown and Paul Greening have joined the Firm as partners in the Energy Practice. Mr. Brown is based in the Brisbane Office and Mr. Greening is based in the Singapore Office.
Messrs. Brown and Greening will collaborate with Jones Day lawyers around the globe to advise the Firm's energy clients on M&A transactions, infrastructure development, regulatory compliance, decommissioning, competition, state aid rules, marketing and trading, and disputes. The Firm's Energy Practice includes more than 120 lawyers worldwide who provide counsel to clients regarding transactions and regulatory issues involving energy and natural resources, and is supplemented by our leading disputes practices, which include hundreds of litigation and international arbitration lawyers with deep experience in energy, infrastructure, natural resources, and construction.
"Simon and Paul have tremendous experience in all facets of commercial issues and transactional dealmaking in the energy M&A and project development space," said Jeff Schlegel, who leads the Energy Practice. "Their depth of experience, combined with practical approaches to the complex issues that face a growing and evolving industry across multiple geographies, will be a tremendous asset to our clients in the Asia Pacific region and worldwide. We are excited to welcome these two excellent lawyers to Jones Day."
Simon Brown, Brisbane
Mr. Brown has more than 25 years of experience as a corporate lawyer in Australia, with a heavy emphasis in the energy and resources sector. He has worked on many cross-border M&A deals and equity capital market transactions, including takeovers, acquisitions, disposals, capital raises, private equity investments, joint ventures, and corporate governance matters. His clients have consisted of oil and gas companies, mining enterprises, trading platforms for metals and minerals, renewable energy development companies, and private equity houses.
"Simon has been ranked as a leading practitioner in M&A as well as the Energy and Infrastructure areas of practice in the Asia-Pacific region for many years, and is a well-respected corporate lawyer in the energy and resources sector in Brisbane and throughout Australia," said John Cooper, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day's Brisbane Office. "He is an exceptional addition to the Jones Day team in Australia and we welcome him to our office."
Jones Day's Brisbane-based lawyers share with clients their deep knowledge and significant experience in the key sectors of the Queensland economy, including the energy and resources, construction, transport, defense, tourism, property, IT, superannuation, and food and agriculture sectors. The Brisbane Office represents clients in mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings, tax, energy and resources projects, and procurement transactions and disputes.
Mr. Brown earned his bachelor of laws degree from the University of Birmingham in the UK. He is a qualified Solicitor in England & Wales and also in Queensland, Australia, and relocated to Australia in 1997. Mr. Brown has been based in Brisbane and Singapore for the past 26 years.
"Jones Day is a dynamic global law firm that has achieved its success by focusing on client service excellence and professional collaboration, where the only consideration for building teams to work on matters is bringing together the right level of knowledge and experience for the client," said Mr. Brown. "I am delighted to join the global Energy Practice and am very much looking forward to working alongside my new colleagues as we strive to assist our clients with the important corporate transactions that will fuel their business success."
Paul Greening, Singapore
Mr. Greening has more than 15 years of experience advising clients on international energy, utilities, and infrastructure projects in Asia, Africa, Latin America, North America, and the Middle East, with a particular focus on liquified natural gas (LNG) project development. He helps clients—including private equity and fund investors, project sponsors, and developers—to maximize their returns, while keeping close watch on the activity of regulators in key markets. Mr. Greening also handles cross-border M&A transactions and divestitures.
"Paul is familiar with the business and legal environment in South and Southeast Asia, and has a proven track record of closing successful corporate transactions throughout the region," said Sushma Jobanputra, Partner-in-Charge of the Singapore Office. "Paul's skills and knowledge are an excellent addition to our team and we are very pleased that he has joined our Firm."
The Singapore Office serves as the Firm's regional hub for the ASEAN and South Asia business markets, and provides advice and assistance to global clients doing business in Singapore and the region—including India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam—and regional clients doing business globally. Singapore-based lawyers at Jones Day are experienced in international corporate and commercial work, M&A, joint ventures, venture capital and private equity, fund formation, banking and finance, debt restructuring, energy (including renewables), projects and infrastructure, investigations, global disputes, and arbitration.
Mr. Greening earned both his law and chemical engineering degrees from the University of Melbourne in Australia. He is qualified to practice in England, Wales, and Hong Kong and is also admitted in New South Wales, Australia. He has been recognized in The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific (Energy), Chambers Asia-Pacific (Energy and Natural Resources: International), and Who's Who Legal (Energy) in Southeast Asia.
"I have long admired Jones Day for its truly global presence and reputation for the seamless collaboration of its lawyers worldwide, with a singular focus on client service and achieving results by bringing together the best legal minds to work on each specific matter," said Mr. Greening. "Moreover, Jones Day is one of a few international law firms to hold a Qualifying Foreign Law Practice license in Singapore, which is crucial to assisting clients in the energy industry with cross-border transactions in South Asia. I look forward to working with my new colleagues in the global Energy Practice and the Singapore Office."