Christopher Flynn

Partner, Sydney

Biography

“Chris Flynn is an outstanding lawyer who is very commercially minded and solutions focused. No obstacle seems too big for Chris to handle.”
Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020

Chris “is distinguished among peers as a leading light in the energy sector.”
Who's Who Legal 2020

Overview

Christopher Flynn is a Partner in the Firm's Global Project Development and Finance practice.

Chris is an energy and infrastructure, and public international law specialist, and a trusted advisor to private and government clients internationally.

He advises domestic and international companies and governments on energy, resources and infrastructure transactions and projects, particularly in the upstream, LNG, renewable and non-renewable power sectors, as well as on public international law and energy security matters. He has advised in these areas in over 60 countries, particularly in the Asia Pacific region, Europe and in Africa.

Chris is one of only three lawyers in the Asia Pacific Region listed as a Leading Individual and Global Elite Thought Leader in Energy in Who's Who Legal for 2020, 2021 and 2022. He is listed as a Best Lawyer in the areas of Natural Resources Law and Oil & Gas Law in Best Lawyers Australia for 2022. He is recognised as a Leading Individual in Energy in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021, and in Project Development in IFLR1000 for 2021.

He is a member of the Legal Advisory Task Force to the Energy Charter Treaty.

Bars and Courts
Supreme Court of New South Wales
High Court of Australia
England and Wales
Education
Masters of Letters
University of St Andrews

Chevening Scholar

Master of Laws
University of Sydney
Ambassadorial Scholar
Universidad de Salamanca
Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
Griffith University
Bachelor of Commerce
Griffith University
Languages
English
Spanish

Experience

FRV on the sell-down of its Australian and New Zealand renewable energy business to Canadian pension fund OMERS, and the design and structuring of their related joint venture arrangements.

Qube Logistics in respect of its bulk storage and handling arrangements at the Port of Newcastle.

The State of Papua New Guinea and its national petroleum company, Kumul Petroleum, on negotiations with ExxonMobil (as operator) and its joint venture partners on the multibillion-dollar development of the P'nyang gas field, including a third train alongside the existing USD 19 billion PNG LNG project, and across from Total SA on the USD 15 billion Papua LNG Project.*

Jemena on several market-leading energy transition projects in Australia, including the Western Sydney Green Gas Project in New South Wales (one of Australia's first green hydrogen gas projects), the new gas lateral pipeline to connect to Australia's first LNG import terminal at Port Kembla, New South Wales, and the Malabar Biomethane Project in New South Wales (Australia's first biomethane-to-gas project).*

A short listed, final bidder on its bid to acquire Tilt Renewables, valued at approximately NZD 3 billion.*

An international consortium on the design and implementation of a 'first in world' portfolio of sustainable base-load integrated hybrid hydrogen, solar and lithium power projects in Australia.*

Harbour Energy Limited on its AUD 14.4 billion proposal to acquire Santos Limited.*

Beach Energy Limited on its AUD 1.585 billion acquisition of Lattice Energy Limited (Origin’s conventional upstream oil and gas business) from Origin Energy Limited (together with several multibillion dollar related gas offtake arrangements).*

CVC, the Carlyle Group and Neptune Energy on the Australian aspects of Neptune's USD 3.9 billion acquisition of Engie's global petroleum exploration and production business.*

A bidder on its 'first in market' innovative solutions to supply the South Australian and the New South Wales governments with 100% of its electricity supply requirements from a renewable portfolio.*

A South East Asian state in respect on certain maritime boundary delimitation matters with its neighbour, and related joint petroleum development matters.*

A bidder on the landmark South Australian first-in-world 100MW Grid Connected Battery project.*

FRV on the structuring and development, and the subsequent sale, of its Royalla Solar Project, then the largest project of its kind in Australia.*

 

*Experience prior to joining White & Case

Speaking Engagements

Chris presents or lectures at, and has been asked to provide comment, on energy and energy security matters at leading international universities and conferences, and by international print and broadcast media internationally (including Bloomberg, Reuters, the AFR, the BBC World Service and Fairfax).

Publications

Energy Security, moratoria and domestic gas: Australia, LNG and its gas policy catch-22, The APPEA Journal 57(1) 26-40, May 2017.

Awarded best paper at the industry APPEA Conference 2017.

Awards and Recognition

Chris is one of only three lawyers in the Asia Pacific Region listed as a Leading Individual and Global Elite Thought Leader in Energy in Who's Who Legal for 2020, 2021 and 2022.

He is listed as a Best Lawyer in the areas of Natural Resources Law and Oil & Gas Law in Best Lawyers Australia for 2022.

Chris is also recognised as a Leading Individual in Energy in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021, and in Project Development in IFLR1000 for 2021.