Tony J.Wassaf

Of Counsel

Sydney + 61.2.8272.0527

Tony Wassaf is a corporate and commercial lawyer with more than 30 years' experience in the energy and natural resources sector. He is rated as one of the world's best energy and natural resource lawyers by Chambers Global, Best Lawyers, and Doyle's Guide. Tony has built an international reputation for his commercial focus, his ability to quickly identify issues and find solutions, and his strength in contract drafting.

He has been involved in many major Australian mining, pipeline, and energy projects in various roles over the years. He advises on legislative and policy issues; drafts and negotiates commercial agreements, joint ventures, business acquisitions, and disposals; and advises on capital raisings, project financing, foreign investment laws, and native title issues.

Tony was a director of AMPLA Limited, the Resources and Energy Law Association, for 10 years and was the AMPLA president from 2008 to 2009. He is also a member of the Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law of the International Bar Association and is a member of the mining committee of the energy section.


  • Lennox International sells refrigeration businesses in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia to Beijer Ref ABJones Day advised Lennox International Inc. in the sale of its refrigeration businesses in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia to Beijer Ref AB.
  • 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).
  • Highlands Pacific Limited defeats Board spill motionsJones Day advised Highlands Pacific Limited (HIG) on a Board spill requisition and subsequent special meeting of shareholders where the Board spill motions were defeated.
  • Highlands seeks counsel regarding dispute under Frieda River joint venture with PanAustJones Day is acting for Highlands Pacific on the feasibility study dispute under the Frieda River joint venture agreement with PanAust Ltd.
  • Silver Standard Resources sells all shares in Berenguela mining project to Valor ResourcesJones Day is acting as Australian counsel for Silver Standard Resources Inc in the sale of 100% of its share capital of Sominbesa (Peru) and Fossores Ltd. (Grand Cayman), to Valor Resources Limited.
  • Bloomfield Collieries acquires open cut coal mine assets from Glencore Coal and Integra coal joint venturersJones Day represented Bloomfield Collieries Pty Ltd. in the acquisition of the Integra open cut coal mine assets from Glencore Coal and the Integra coal joint venturers, including Vale.
  • Resource Generation Ltd. seeks advice on coal mining project in South AfricaJones Day advised Resource Generation Limited in connection with its coal mining project in South Africa.
  • Australian Coalbed seeks advice on its coal seam gas joint venture with SantosJones Day is advising Australian Coalbed Methane Pty Limited on its sale and joint venture arrangements with Santos, including disputes arising from those arrangements.
  • JBIC conducts comprehensive review of Australian laws applicable to financingsOn behalf of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, Jones Day conducted a comprehensive review of Australian laws and regulations applicable to JBIC financings for Australian projects.
  • SunPower purchases shares of Diamond EnergyJones Day advised SunPower Corporation on the purchase of shares of Diamond Energy Pty Ltd from Lend Lease Ventures Pty Ltd and Potentate Investments Pty Ltd and D Kamp.
  • Delta Electricity seeks advice on price review dispute under coal supply agreementJones Day represented Delta Electricity in a matter involving an expert determination of a price review dispute under a coal supply agreement.
  • NS Resources Australia acquires minority interest in Codrilla DepositJones Day represented NS Resources Australia Pty Ltd in its acquisition of a minority interest in the Codrilla Deposit from Macarthur Coal Limited and CITIC Resources Holdings Limited.
  • Argent Minerals Limited sells Bullant Gold Project to US Nickel LimitedJones Day represents Argent Minerals Limited in the sale of the Bullant Gold Project to US Nickel Limited in return for the issuance of 44 million fully paid US Nickel ordinary shares and consenting to the cancellation of 19.5 million Argent shares held by US Nickel.
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