Lunch and Learn Series 2020-09-16T11:20:32+00:00


We are excited to announce this new series will provide our members and guests with six opportunities to connect with each other online, over lunch, learning from some of our industry’s leading experts. And with a program featuring presentations on climate change impacts, project financing, dispute issues in renewables projects, contract law, due diligence and new energy, this is a lunch that should be firmly penciled into your diary.

Registrations can be purchased to attend one or multiple sessions throughout the series. Please see the Registration Page for information and pricing.

Session 1 – Tuesday, 13 October 2020 2020-09-16T11:23:27+00:00
90 mins National Online Session
Chair: Georgia Quick
1430 – 1600 AEDT Renewables – A New Wave of Dispute Issues
Judith Levine, Independent ArbitratorIn recent years there has been significant investment in renewables projects throughout Australia and internationally. These projects bring technical challenges, especially with Grid connection issues, new entrants into the contracting market and the additional complexity of Joint Venture arrangements and funders requirements. In addition to commercial disputes there are changing regulatory frameworks which add potential investor state claims into the mix.
Live Panel
Judith Levine, Independent Arbitrator
Kim Middleton, Marque Lawyers
Mindy Chia, Dutch Investment Fund
Live Q&A
Session 2 – Thursday, 15 October 2020 2020-09-16T11:24:55+00:00
90 mins National Online Session
1430 – 1600 AEDT Due Diligence 2.0 – Are You Mapping All the Risks a Client Needs to Know?
John Southalan, Barrister
Lawyers in the resources and energy sector are well versed in undertaking appropriate due diligence for clients looking to acquire an interest in an existing project. Most due diligence reports follow a familiar pattern of assessing and commenting on issues such as:
• Corporate structure
• Major contracts
• Off take arrangements
• Tenures and tenements
• Environmental approvals
• Native title and cultural heritage
• Real estate
• Industrial relations and HR issues
• Tax
• FinanceHowever in 2020 it is readily apparent that there needs to be an assessment of risks to a project well beyond these “hard law” issues. A due diligence report stating that a project holds all approvals under local law necessary to operate does not mean that a project has community support, is not the target of activism, has not been the subject of criticism of failing to meet well regarded international standards, or is not suffering from allegations about human rights deficiencies in its supply chain.This presentation will seek to arm attendees with the tools to consider what further issues should be the subject of due diligence in the energy and resources sector to ensure that clients understand where a project sits with respect of both “hard laws” and what are commonly referred to as “soft laws”. Through present day case studies the presenters will also show how projects have been severely impacted by ignoring these “soft law” issues.Finally, the presentation will put forward a suggested index of issues that may be relevant in this space when designing an improved due diligence process, including:
• The reach and impact of key international standards such as the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
• The importance of understanding how financiers will assess a project, including against the newly amended Equator Principles
• The pressures brought by shareholder activism, increased litigation against projects and civil action against projects that are perceived to not meet community expectations
• Modern operational issues beyond the project boundary such as human rights and supply chain matters upstream and downstream and the responsibility of the project in that spaceThe overarching theme will show that the exhausted term “social licence to operate” has been overtaken by the real need of assessing environmental, social and governance risks when making critical investment decisions.
Live Panel
John Southalan, Barrister
Gavin Scott, Norton Rose Fulbright
Abigail MacGregor, Norton Rose Fulbright
Live Q&A
Session 3 – Tuesday, 20 October 2020 2020-09-16T11:23:54+00:00
90 mins National Online Session
Chair: Nadia Kalic
1430 – 1600 AEDT Financing in a Changing Landscape…
Peter Wilkes, Partner, Allen & OveryAlternative Sources of Finance for the Energy & Resources sector: Noting some of the challenges in sourcing capital from the tradition bank and debt capital markets, this presentation provides an overview on some alternative sources of funding for energy & resource projects. It will touch on:
• Royalty and streaming financing;
• Prepaid offtake;
• Commodity and inventory finance;
• Convertible bond/hybrid instruments.
Live Panel
Peter Wilkes, Partner, Allen & Overy
Speakers TBAA discussion of the key considerations and challenges relevant to different sources of funding. The Panel will provide insights, from a banks, funds and borrower’s perspective, into the key issues they consider and need to address in deciding to fund an energy & resource project. How important are social, environmental, human rights, political and policy considerations? What are the return hurdles? Does the project have to be in production? Are creditworthy offtakers a prerequisite? What is the impact of capital allocation? These factors and more will be explored with our panellists.
Live Q&A
Session 4 – Thursday, 22 October 2020 2020-09-16T11:22:59+00:00
90 mins National Online Session
1430 – 1600 AEDT Contract Law Update
Nicholas Andreatidis QC, Angus O’Brien 
Live Panel
Nicholas Andreatidis QC, Angus O’Brien
Cameron Sim, Debevoise & Plimpton, Hong Kong
Simon Bellas, Jones Day, Singapore
Live Q&A
Session 5 – Tuesday, 27 October 2020 2020-09-16T11:22:33+00:00
90 mins National Online Session
Chair: Tanya Denning
1430 – 1600 AEDT New Connections – Where To from Here?
Tanya Denning, Baker & McKenzie 
Live Panel
Peter Davies
Live Q&A
Session 6 – Thursday, 29 October 2020 2020-09-16T11:24:23+00:00
90 mins National Online Session
Chair: Tanya Denning
1430 – 1600 AEDT Climate Change – The Growing Challenge for Climate Impacted Organisations to Achieve Social Acceptance and Financial Survival
Diane Smith-Gander AO, Wesfarmers Director
The gloves are off and climate change reporting is now front and centre for both corporates and regulators, and for different reasons. Corporates, in an effort to bolster social acceptance of their undertakings (and survival), are responding to the swelling public call for aggressive action on climate change issues. Regulators, on the other hand, are alive to the potential impacts which poor climate change strategy can have on short and long term financial performance and the need to ensure markets can ‘see’ this impact in regular reporting. Either way, climate change is on every board’s agenda – whether for PR or compliance purposes.

This session looks firstly at how financial regulators (equity and debt) are newly creating tools to keep climate change impacting organisations accountable and how companies and directors need to respond in order to comply. The session then turns to consider the counterparty – the debt and equity providers – and the factors they take into account in assessing risk and financial performance for such organisations and how that drives their investment appetite and strategy.

Live Panel
Diane Smith-Gander AO, Wesfarmers Director
Elisa De Wit, Norton Rose Fulbright
Live Q&A

The program is also available in a print-friendly PDF. Click on the button below to download.

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Please note: The draft program is subject to change and is current at time of publication.

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Partnership Opportunities

AMPLA offers the opportunity to partner with us for the delivery of the 2020 Lunch & Learn Online Series:

Session Sponsorship – $500 (inc gst)

Six opportunities to sponsor a virtual conference session. Session sponsorship includes:

  • Acknowledgement of session sponsor status on Lunch & Learn website and digital marketing communication
  • Promotion of session sponsorship via social media
  • Branded presentation backgrounds for session speakers
  • 30-second video promotion at the start of the session
  • Acknowledgement of sponsor at the conclusion of the session
  • Branding on session platform/online interface

 Session sponsorships will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis and are available for purchase until 30 September 2020.

Lunch & Learn Hub Partner: $8,000 (inc gst)

Hub Partners are able to host unlimited delegates in their own venues for every session of the program. This package includes:

  • Ability for the hub partner to host an unlimited number* of delegates in any number of conference room locations (e.g. Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne offices)
  • Acknowledgement of hub partner status on Lunch & Learn website and all digital marketing communication
  • Promotion of hub partnership via social media

*subject to covid-safe work practices and government issued restrictions

Hub Partners must adhere to AMPLA’s covid-safe event policy, and the requirements for recording attendance in line with continuing professional development policies.

Hub Partnerships are available for purchase until 30 September 2020.

Contact for more information or to discuss partnership opportunities.