James Donoghue


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Corporate & Commercial | Energy & Resources

James is a corporate lawyer with over 25 years experience advising clients on domestic and international transactions and projects. James specialises in international energy and resources projects, particularly in the mining, electricity and oil and gas sectors. His work covers project acquisition, development, operation and financing, and regulatory advice. He has worked both in private and corporate practice.

He has worked for leading national and international law firms in Australia, England, Argentina, Singapore & Indonesia. He is a recognized expert on Indonesian mining and investment law.

James expertise includes drafting and negotiating project development and operating agreements, obtaining all required regulatory approvals and managing aspects of the multi-faceted and complex joint venture relationships.


Major transactions

  • Austindo – development and operation of a gold mining project in Java, Indonesia
  • China Minmetals – participation in a nickel project in Sulawesi, Indonesia
  • Herald Resources – development and operation of Dairi lead and zinc project in Sumatera, Indonesia
  • Investika – participation in a lead and zinc project in Bangka Belitung, Indonesia
  • Noble – participation in 5 coal mining and exploration projects in Central Kalimantan, South Kalimantan and East Kalimantan, Indonesia
  • Noble – development and operation of coal haulage and handling infrastructure in Central Kalimantan and South Kalimantan, Indonesia
  • Marubeni – participation in a coal mining project in East Kalimantan, Indonesia
  • UC Rusal (Russian producer of aluminium and alumina) – development and operation of a bauxite mining and refining project in West Kalimantan, Indonesia.
  • RioTinto – sale of its interest in bauxite mining operation in Guinea
  • Samacor – acquisition of a manganese mining and processing project in the Northern Territory
  • PT Recapital – issue of USD high yield notes and its listing on Indonesia Stock Exchange
  • POSCO – acquisition of interest in operating coal mines in Queensland
  • Mitsui – acquisition of coal mining and exploration projects in Queensland and New South Wales
  • SS&T Group – acquisition of a majority interest in a WA iron ore joint venture and associated stake in an ASX-listed entity