JOHN King, one of Australia’s leading oil and gas lawyers, will join MinterEllison as a senior legal consultant in the company’s Perth office.

Mr King, a strategic adviser to the petroleum and petrochemical sectors for close to two decades, focuses on international oil and gas projects, particularly those involving liquefied natural gas (LNG).

His domestic and international experience includes upstream exploration and production projects, offshore contracting, pipeline projects, asset sale and purchase, and independent power projects.

Mr King spent more than four years as senior in-house legal counsel of Eni International and VICO, the BP-Eni joint venture that operates the Sanga-Sanga production sharing contract in East Kalimantan, Indonesia.

MinterEllison managing partner of Western Australia Adam Handley said Mr King’s appointment was a coup for the firm and gives energy clients operating in Western Australia and Asia access to unique expertise.

“John’s appointment reflects our growth strategy for the firm’s energy and resources practice in Western Australia.”

“John has advised across the entire spectrum of oil and gas projects and he has been involved in significant LNG projects across the Asia Pacific. He will play an important role in helping to achieve our vision in this important industry sector in Western Australia and throughout Asia,” he said.

MinterEllison boasts a strong energy and resources team of more than 100 lawyers working in the electricity, mining and metals, oil and gas, climate change, native title and water sectors from the firm’s offices in Australia, Greater China, Mongolia and London.

Mr King is a former partner of Clayton Utz in Western Australia and before that Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

“I was attracted by MinterEllison’s commitment to being its clients’ best partner, its already strong profile in the Asian oil and gas sector and its reputation as a leading legal adviser to major foreign investors in this sector in Australia,” Mr King said.