GLOBAL law firm Jones Day opened an office in Brisbane in early February.

The Brisbane office will focus on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), major projects, and project-related disputes, with an emphasis on the natural resources, construction, transport, and agriculture sectors.

Brisbane is Jones Day’s third office in Australia, and 43rd worldwide.

The firm opened its Sydney office in 1998 and its Perth office in 2014.

Jones Day managing partner Stephen J Brogan said the company’s expansion reflects its ongoing commitment to Australia and the importance of Queensland as a strategic source of energy, natural resources and agricultural products for growing Asian economies.

“We have clients involved in significant disputes in connection with major energy and resources projects in Queensland and sophisticated M&A transactions, many of which are cross-border,” he said.

When Jones Day opens in Brisbane, Brett Heading, a senior Queensland lawyer with more than 30 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, will join as a partner.

Mr Heading brings a depth of local experience related to transactions and capital raisings, and with particular experience in the energy, natural resources, and agricultural sectors, the firm said.

John Cooper will serve as partner in charge of the firm’s Brisbane office.

Mr Cooper has acted on many major construction disputes in Australia and is presently representing clients in disputes on major coal seam gas and coal projects in Queensland, the firm said.

He previously served as the partner in charge of Jones Day’s Perth office.

“Opening in Brisbane is exciting and a natural progression for Jones Day in Australia,” Mr Cooper added.