In partnership with the QRC and QEC, McCullough Robertson is delighted to host a three part webinar series for the exploration community, covering a number of practical topics specific to the needs of the mining and exploration sector, including the following:

  • Managing your workforce: your options in managing the economic impact of COVID-19; and
  • Managing and interpreting commercial contracts: including the need for review and understanding of existing contractual provisions (e.g. force majeure, extension of time, variation, change in law etc.), as well as interpreting relief provisions
  • Insurance and risk: what’s happening in the insurance market right now and how to deal with it; and
  • Insolvency and restructuring: issues for directors and officers arising from the financial impacts of COVID-19
  • Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB): what the changes to the FIRB regime mean for your business; and
  • ASX/ASIC COVID-19 reforms for listed companies: including an update on capital raising relief, continuous disclosure and AGMs.  


Webinar 1: Managing your workforce & interpreting commercial contracts during COVID-19


Michael Rochester, Head of Projects, Construction & Infrastructure
For more than 20 years, Michael has advised on the successful delivery of projects in Australia and overseas. He has been involved in all forms of project delivery, including design, design and construct, EPCM, alliancing and ECI, and with his extensive industry experience, is aware of the risk management issues involved with each form. Michael has particular expertise in resource infrastructure and is sought out by both domestic and intentional clients to advise on mining and exploration infrastructure projects. Michael also regularly presents at industry conferences including the Institute of Public Works Engineers and Australian Coal Preparation Society.

Lydia Daly, Special Counsel, Employment Relations & Safety

Lydia is a specialist in employment and industrial relations matters. She has a unique skill set in that she has over 13 years’ senior government experience, and over 7 years’ of private practice experience. Lydia is widely recognised as a ‘safe pair of hands’ and a leader in technical excellence, and has particular expertise in company restructures and resulting transfers of business and redundancy issues, managing complex employee claims, enterprise bargaining and disciplinary matters.

Webinar 2: Insurance & Risk, and Insolvency & Restructuring 


Scott Butler, Head of Restructuring & Insolvency

Scott works with clients, company directors and advisers to analyse issues and provide a range of options within tight time frames, and often under difficult circumstances.  An expert in turnarounds and restructures, Scott works collaboratively with other turnaround and restructuring professionals, assisting with and documenting financial restructures and advising company directors in relation to their duties.  Advising on all aspects of administration, liquidation, receivership and bankruptcy, Scott combines his industry knowledge with strong technical and dispute resolution skills to provide innovative, commercial and cost-effective solutions, often negating the need for a formal insolvency.  Scott chairs the Insolvency and Restructuring Committee of the Law Council of Australia which regularly makes submissions about proposed law reform and regulatory matters affecting restructuring and insolvency.  A Fellow of INSOL International and an expert in cross-border insolvency law, Scott regularly presents on cross-border matters and is published on a number of restructuring and insolvency matters.

Brad Russell, Head of Insurance & Corporate Risk

Brad leads McCullough Robertson’s Insurance & Corporate Risk Group and is also Chair of Allegiant IRS. He focuses on risk management, insurance, corporate governance and due diligence, contractual risk management methodologies, insurance indemnity and the development and delivery of tailored insurance programs and policy advice. Brad advises all parts of the resources sector, including global and local mining and exploration companies, mining equipment suppliers, mining services companies and coal loading facility companies. He has drafted specialised insurances specifically for the resources sector such as Mining ISR, Statutory Liability Plus and Environmental Rehabilitation Insurance Sureties.

Webinar 3: Changes to the FIRB regime, and ASX/ASIC COVID-19 reforms 


Emma Murray, Special Counsel

Emma is a corporate, commercial and finance lawyer with over 10 years’ experience advising clients across all aspects of, sales, acquisitions, joint ventures and financing for a wide range of projects principally in the resources and energy sector.

Her experience spans due diligence, sale agreements, loan, security, and priority arrangements to complex legislative and advisory work, including advising overseas investors and resources companies on foreign investment in Australia. Emma brings together a strong understanding of industry as well as a high level of technical expertise to provide commercially focused advice.

Aaron Dahl, Partner

Aaron has experience in a broad range of corporate and commercial matters, in particular, public capital raisings and public and private M&A. He regularly supports organisations in the energy and resources industry to structure and implement complex transactions, including managing IPOs and capital raisings, business and share sales and acquisitions, as well as regulated control transactions.


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