Robert Edel

Rob Edel

Robert Edel is a global leader in the Energy & Natural Resources sector and has extensive experience in advising on the acquisition, sale and development of mining, energy and infrastructure projects in Australia, Africa and Asia. Since 2008, he has been recognised as one of Australia's top 20 project lawyers and as a “leading individual” in area of Energy and Natural Resources Law by Chambers Global.

Robert's practice covers all aspects of project development in the mining, energy and infrastructure sectors. He is involved in the drafting and negotiating sale and purchase agreements, concession agreements, advising on project structures, third party access, obtaining all relevant permits to operate, land access, negotiation of construction contracts, off take contracts, preparation of all relevant power and water supply contracts and dealing with all operational issues.

Robert has particular expertise in the acquisition, sale, development and operation of infrastructure assets, including transport, energy, water and digital infrastructure.

Robert advises joint venture participants, project developers, infrastructure funds, resources companies (including juniors), financiers and contractors. He advises many Australian and international companies on their investments in emerging markets and regularly advises on major cross border transactions, including companies from Australia, Africa and North Asia. Robert also has extensive experience in relation to Chinese investment in Australia, Africa and South-East Asia.

Robert has been the Chair of the Western Australian Energy Review Board and a Director of the Board of Fremantle Ports.

Representative Matters


  • Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets: acting for the successful consortium comprising Macquarie Infrastructure, Sunsuper, HESTA and PSP on the commercialisation of the land titling system in Western Australia;
  • AMP: on the acquisition of the Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison
  • Macquarie Capital: on the development of the Murra Warra Wind Farm in Victoria, including EPC agreements, O&M agreement, Coordination Agreement and grid connection agreement.


  • Goldcorp: in relation to its successful merger with Newmont Gold Corporation to create the world’s largest gold mining company;
  • Mitsubishi and Murchison Metals JV: on the development of a new iron ore export port, 600 km heavy haul rail system and magnetite project in Western Australia;
  • Australian Premium Iron Joint Venture: on the development of a new iron ore project, heavy haul rail system and iron ore export port in Western Australia;
  • SMB Joint Venture: advised on the successful execution of agreements for the development of a new bauxite mine, railway power station and alumina refinery in Guinea, West Africa
  • Resolute Mining: on a new Mining Convention underpinning its operations at Syama and contracts for the automation of underground mining at Syama in Mali, West Africa;


  • Mitsui E&P: on its successful bid for the Kipper oil and gas project;
  • Woodside: on the development of onshore processing facilities in support of the Browse LNG project;
  • Sinopec: on the acquisition and development of an interest in an offshore FLNG project.

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow
  • Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Association
  • Association of Mining and Exploration Companies
  • Western Australian Chamber of Minerals and Energy
  • Law Society of Western Australia


Legal insights

COVID-19 is having an unprecedented effect on the economy and will continue to affect small and medium sized enterprises (SME), particularly in the mining sector.

15 April 2020

The recent M&A activity in North America has highlighted a number of trends in mining, including the availability of debt and equity for mining projects.

22 November 2019

A recent bill by the DRC is likely to have a significant impact on international investors in the mining industry who will be immediately subject to higher royalties and a tax on “super-profits”.

14 February 2018

There is currently a significant shortage of high-quality exploration projects across a number of key mineral commodities, including gold, copper, lithium, zinc and cobalt.

08 August 2017

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