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Robert Desmond



Level 39, Bourke Place
600 Bourke Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Office Telephone: +61 (0)3 8601 4500
Office Fax: +61 (0)3 8601 4555

Direct Dial (Melbourne): +61 (0) 3 8601 4503

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Robert has more than 30 years experience advising clients in the energy sector, with a focus on downstream (petroleum products refining, marketing and distribution) operations. He has extensive experience in M&A/JV, trade practices, storage/infrastructure and environmental matters, as well as corporate reconstructions, schemes of arrangement and general corporate and commercial law issues.

He has acted for Australian and foreign banks and finance houses in the preparation and enforcement of securities over corporations and real estate assets and for external appointees such as receivers and administrators whether privately or court appointed. Robert has acted for major oil companies, chemical companies and trading houses to negotiate and settle 'debt work out' agreements, balance sheet reconstructions and 'debt for equity swaps'.

Robert is an Australian Legal Practitioner and a registered foreign lawyer in England and Wales.

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Known as one of the world's most liveable cities Melbourne is a hub for industry with many global and national companies calling the city home.

Leading companies in the construction, commodities, energy, insurance and shipping sectors base their Australian headquarters in the city and HFW is centrally positioned, providing full legal support to our clients.

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