Bruce Adkins

Partner. Brisbane.

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Bruce Adkins

Bruce is a partner in Corrs’ Energy, Resources and Projects group based in Brisbane.

He has 25 years’ experience in mining, oil and gas, transport and infrastructure related transactions, and is widely regarded by his clients and peers as being one of the leading energy and resources lawyers in Australia. He was a finalist in the Lawyer’s Weekly 2017 Partner of the Year Awards in two separate categories – Projects, Energy and Resources Partner of the Year AND Mergers and Acquisitions Partner of the Year. He was also recently crowned as the 2018 Energy Law 'Lawyer of the Year' in the 10th annual Best Lawyers peer survey.

Bruce is best known for his expertise in mergers and acquisitions in the mining and oil & gas sectors, but his experience extends well beyond that. He has been involved in establishing new joint ventures (via farm-ins or sell-downs), the sale and purchase of interests in major mining, transport, energy and industrial assets, the development of new projects, and the negotiation and documentation of high value procurement and supply contracts.

Bruce is also one of the leading rail infrastructure experts in Australia, and is co-chair of Corrs' India Country Focus Group.

Bruce is a partner in Corrs’ Energy, Resources and Projects group based in Brisbane.

He has 25 years’ experience in mining, oil and gas, transport and infrastructure related transactions, and is widely regarded by his clients and peers as being one of the leading energy and resources lawyers in Australia. He was a finalist in the Lawyer’s Weekly 2017 Partner of the Year Awards in two separate categories – Projects, Energy and Resources Partner of the Year AND Mergers and Acquisitions Partner of the Year. He was also recently crowned as the 2018 Energy Law 'Lawyer of the Year' in the 10th annual Best Lawyers peer survey.

Bruce is best known for his expertise in mergers and acquisitions in the mining and oil & gas sectors, but his experience extends well beyond that. He has been involved in establishing new joint ventures (via farm-ins or sell-downs), the sale and purchase of interests in major mining, transport, energy and industrial assets, the development of new projects, and the negotiation and documentation of high value procurement and supply contracts.

Bruce is also one of the leading rail infrastructure experts in Australia, and is co-chair of Corrs' India Country Focus Group.

“His technical brilliance combines well with a highly developed understanding of commercial issues, and he focuses on practical solutions to get the job done” Chambers Global Guide
Bruce Adkins

Bruce's Expertise

  • MACH Energy acquisition of Mt Pleasant Coal Project Advised MACH Energy, a company owned by Indonesian billionaire Anthoni Salim, in relation to the A$320 million acquisition of the Mt Pleasant Coal Project from Rio Tinto, and advising on the development of the new coal mine.
  • Peabody Energy sale of Metropolitan coal mine to South32 Advised Peabody Energy in relation to the proposed sale of the Metropolitan coal mine to South32 for US$200 million plus a contingent payment based on future coal prices.
  • Peabody Energy / CITIC sale of Olive Downs and Willunga coal projects to Pembroke Resources Advised Peabody Energy and CITIC in relation to the A$120 million sale of the Olive Downs and Willunga coal projects to Pembroke Resources (an investment vehicle of Denham Capital).
  • Gold Road sale of 50% interest in Gruyere gold project to Gold Fields Advised Gold Road on its A$350 million sale of a 50% interest in the Gruyere gold project to Gold Fields and the establishment of the new joint venture.
  • Isaac Plains Coal Mine re-start Advised Stanmore Coal in relation to the re-start of the Isaac Plains coal mine, including in relation to the rail haulage agreement, water arrangements, export coal supply contracts and other matters.
  • Sale of Springsure Creek, Arcadia and Planet Creek coal projects Advised the Administrators of Bandanna Energy in relation to the sale of the Springsure Creek, Arcadia and Planet Creek coal projects to Adamelia Resources.
  • Senex Energy acquisition of Western Surat Gas Project Advised Senex Energy in relation to the acquisition of the Western Surat Gas Project from QGC, CNOOC and Tokyo Gas.
  • Aurizon billion-dollar projects Advised Aurizon on major acquisitions and infrastructure projects, including: $1.3 billion joint acquisition of the ARG rail business, $101 million acquisition of the CRT transport and logistics business, $1 billion Goonyella - Abbot Point rail expansion project, and $900 million Wiggins Island rail project upgrades.

Bruce's Leadership

  • AMPLA - The Resources and Energy Law Association State Committee Member - Queensland Branch
  • Queensland Law Society Mining and Resources Committee Member
  • Corrs Chambers Westgarth India Focus Group Co-chair

What others say

  • “Leading Energy and Resources Lawyer” Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2012, 2014-2017
  • “Leading Lawyer - Energy & Natural Resources and Mining” Chambers Asia Pacific and Global Guides, 2013-2018
  • “Lawyer of the Year - Energy Law - Brisbane” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2018
  • “Best Lawyer - Natural Resources” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2014-2020
  • “Best Lawyer - Energy” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2013-2020
  • “Best Lawyer - Mining” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2013-2020
  • “Best Lawyer - Oil & Gas” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2013-2020
  • “Bruce Adkins is highly recommended for his expertise in mining and related infrastructure, particularly coal acquisitions and mine developments. A client reports: 'He is very down-to-earth. His depth of knowledge, particularly in the M&A space, is very impressive, his advice was spot-on but easy to comprehend, and he is very good at responding to tight timelines.' He advised MACH Energy on its AUD320 million acquisition of the Mount Pleasant thermal coal project.” Chambers Asia-Pacific Guide, 2017
  • “Michael MacGinley heads the practice, which includes the ‘very smart, very commercial’ Bruce Adkins, who is ‘one of the best’ and ‘a great lateral thinker’.” Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2017
  • “Mining clients praise Bruce Adkins' knowledge of joint venture formation and other commercial issues, whilst peers also acknowledge his presence in this arena.” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2016
  • “Bruce Adkins is increasingly prominent in the mining sphere, especially in Queensland. One source reported that 'his technical brilliance combines well with a highly developed understanding of commercial issues, and he focuses on practical solutions to get the job done.'” Chambers Asia-Pacific Guide 2015
  • “Great experience of the Queensland mining industry” Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2015
  • “Bruce Adkins excels at acquisition and project development matters. Clients note that he 'has good technical knowledge and has done so many deals in the resources space that there can't be a transaction structure he hasn't seen.' ” Chambers Global Guide, 2014
  • “Bruce Adkins is an excellent, very commercial lawyer who can turn his hand to anything and is very pleasant to deal with. He specialises particularly in mining and its related infrastructure.” Chambers Asia-Pacific Guide 2013
  • “Bruce Adkins provides sensible advice”, demonstrates “extensive expertise in transport-related law”, and attracts praise for the “ability to communicate.” Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2012-2013
  • “He listens to what we want, handles things exceptionally well and the quality of his work is excellent. I wouldn't think of going anywhere else.” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2018

Bruce's Thinking