NRF adds three senior lawyers in Sydney

Two of the experienced counsel come from rival international firms

NRF adds three senior lawyers in Sydney
Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) has added three senior lawyers in Sydney.

The firm has appointed partner Natalie Lonergan and senior international project lawyers Karel Potgieter and Lisa Koch. The appointment comes as the firm experiences a surge in regional energy projects, NRF said.

Lonergan, who was most recently with Herbert Smith Freehills, specialises in cross-border M&A, joint venture arrangements, and general corporate advisory work for Australian and international companies in the oil and gas sector. With more than 20 years’ experience, she has particular expertise in Chinese inbound M&A work.

Potgieter comes to NRF from Baker McKenzie in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was most recently a partner. He will focus on financing for renewable energy projects in Australia, including concentrated solar power and biomass projects.

Koch comes from NRF’s London office. She specialises in cross-border financings, including Chinese financing into Africa. She has particular focus on natural resources projects in developing markets, and advising on physical offtakes in the mining and metals  space, the firm said.

Both Lonergan and Potgieter have started in Sydney, while Koch starts with the firm in the city at the beginning of next year.

“The addition of these three senior lawyers, with a wealth of experience across corporate and M&A, projects and banking and finance disciplines, will bolster our highly regarded and busy global energy team across both the oil and gas and booming Australia renewables sectors, as well as providing further support to our mining practice,” said Wayne Spanner, managing partner.

“Natalie Lonergan, who brings impressive experience in domestic and regional oil and gas advice, is also the fifth new corporate and M&A partner we have announced since June this year. Her appointment is part of a concerted effort to not just broaden and strengthen our national corporate practice, but renew the Australian partnership overall,” he added.

“Our upcoming combination with leading Australian law firm Henry Davis York is providing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create the sort of diverse and talented partnership we want for the future. We are well on track to achieve that goal and will be announcing more appointments in coming weeks.”

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