Lizzie Knight

Partner. Sydney.

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Lizzie Knight

Commercial and strategic, Lizzie is adept at identifying and resolving complex legal issues while championing her clients’ objectives. Noted by clients for her commitment and desire to get the deal done, she has an impressive breadth of skill and knowledge.

Specialising in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, with a focus on foreign inbound investment by companies in Australia, she has advised on some of the largest Asian investments in the Australian energy and resources sector. 

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Commercial and strategic, Lizzie is adept at identifying and resolving complex legal issues while championing her clients’ objectives. Noted by clients for her commitment and desire to get the deal done, she has an impressive breadth of skill and knowledge.

Specialising in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, with a focus on foreign inbound investment by companies in Australia, she has advised on some of the largest Asian investments in the Australian energy and resources sector. 

Having worked in Shanghai and Bangkok, coupled with experience in Australia, Lizzie understands the requirements of foreign clients and key elements of successful deal execution.

“Navigates complex legal issues in a commercial way” International investment bank
Lizzie Knight

Lizzie's Expertise

  • Stanmore Coal Limited Advising Stanmore Coal Limited on a placement to Greatgroup Investment Limited, an investment vehicle managed by Sprint Capital Partners (HK) Limited. The fundraising comprised a placement of shares and zero-coupon notes convertible into shares to secure funds totalling $36.04 million.
  • Queensland coal rail infrastructure Advising QR Network on the development of its standard user funding agreements for the construction of coal rail assets in Queensland.
  • BHP Billiton Olympic Dam Expansion Advising BHP Billiton on the renegotiation of the Indenture (State Agreement/Concession with the State of South Australia) associated with the expansion of the Olympic Dam copper, uranium, gold and silver mine in South Australia.
  • Energy and Resources Deal of the Year, 2011 ALB Awards Advising PetroChina on its $3.5 billion joint acquisition with Royal Dutch Shell of Arrow Energy by way of scheme of arrangement. This is Australia’s second largest takeover in the oil and gas sector and at the time the largest Chinese joint venture in Australia corporate history.
  • Asia's Best M&A Deal 2009 and Asia's Best Cross-Border M&A Deal 2009, FinanceAsia Achievement Awards Advising China Minmetals on the US$1.386 billion private treaty acquisition of the majority of mining assets (copper and zinc) of OZ Minerals Limited with assets located in Australia and Laos (including tenements).
  • Drillsearch Energy Limited Advising Drillsearch Energy Limited on its joint venture with Santos to accelerate Western Cooper Wet Gas commercialisation. Under the arrangements Santos will acquire a 60% interest in the Western Wet Gas Project with a commitment to fund the work program valued by Drillsearch at $100 – 120 million.

What others say

  • “Best Lawyer - Mergers and Acquisitions Law” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2018
  • “A practical approach and a can-do attitude, helps navigate complex legal issues in a commercial way, highly conscientious and a pleasure to work with.” Leading international investment bank client

Lizzie's Thinking

Lizzie's Leadership

  • Law Society of NSW Member
  • AMPLA - The Resources and Energy Law Association Member
  • AMPLA - The Resources and Energy Law Association 2012 Conference Co-presenter - Access to land for mining projects: Has the pendulum swung too far, and if so, why?
  • Corrs Chambers Westgarth China Focus Group Co-chair