Gregory J. Sheppard, OBE, CSM

Greg Sheppard became the Managing Partner of Maladinas Lawyers in 1994, and continued in that role after the merger of Maladinas with Young & Williams Lawyers in 2004.

He was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 1990. He is also admitted to the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Queensland. He was admitted to practice in Papua New Guinea in 1990.

He was a Principal in private practice in Kalgoorlie, West Australia for a number of years. Thereafter, he practiced as a Crown Prosecutor in Queensland, Australia.

Greg is a very successful advocate and has appeared as Counsel before Courts and Administrative Tribunals at all levels in a variety of jurisdictions including Appellate Courts. He has acted for a number of prominent clients in Papua New Guinea, including Prime Ministers, Ministers of State and businessmen. He is experienced in negotiating, drawing and settling resource based corporate and commercial documentation. He has wide knowledge of public law and judicial review of administrative decisions.

He is an expert in the technical and complex law relating to the pleading and trial of Election Petitions, and has acted in these matters subsequent to every National general election since 1992. He has appeared for clients in Leadership Tribunal hearings on many occasions.

Greg acts as a Consultant when required, advising law firms in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji.

He has been previously the Chairman Board of Governors Murray International School, Port Moresby and chairman Interim Board of Governors of Murray and Ela Beach International School, a Board member of the International Education Agency of Papua New Guinea, and a former member of the PNG Lands Board.

Firm Overview:

Young & Williams Lawyers is a national firm and has a long history in Papua New Guinea. The firm’s roots can be traced back to the 1960s at the old United Church Building, Ela Beach. Partners have come and gone but the reputation of Young & Williams Lawyers will live on. In late 2004, another chapter was added to the life of Young & Williams Lawyers when the practices of Messrs Maladinas Lawyers and White Young & Williams Lawyers merged and consolidated their various practices under the Young & Williams Lawyers banner.

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Sarah Kuman

Sarah Kuman specialises in corporate and commercial advice and natural resources law and has worked on some of PNG’s most significant mining, infrastructure and resources projects. She has particular experience in power generation, most notably advising on the regulatory requirements for the establishment of a number of small through to large scale hydropower projects.

Her Recent Experience Includes:

  • NiuPower – advising on regulatory issues related to the establishment of a new power station.
  • Ramu 2 Hydropower Plant – as local counsel to Chinese law firm Fangda Partners (on behalf of project participant Shenzhen Energy), providing regulatory advice for the construction of Ramu 2 Hydropower Project.
  • Cartesian Capital Group – as local counsel providing regulatory advice and preparation of a due diligence report in relation to a project by K92 Mining in PNG in respect of a mining lease located in the Eastern Highlands Province.
  • PNG Power Ltd – providing regulatory advice as part of the establishment of a World Bank funded PPP for the construction and operation of the proposed 80MW Naoro Brown hydropower station.
  • Oil Search (PNG) Limited – advising on regulatory approvals necessary for the establishment of power stations in Morobe Province and Hela Province.
  • Schweiter Technologies – advising on the acquisition of all assets of a PNG company involved in the cultivation, harvesting, processing and export of Balsa wood.
  • Kumul Mineral Holdings Limited – advice to the Board of Petromin PNG Holdings Limited (as it then was) in relation to amendments to the company constitution.
  • International Finance Corporation – PNG law matters relating to the acquisition of shares in Bank of South Pacific Limited.
  • Talisman Australasia Pty Ltd – on secondment for over two months, working with the in-house legal team advising on corporate structure and company secretarial matters.
  • Regulatory Advisory Work – reviewing the constitutional amendments on the State’s ownership of minerals and petroleum and legislation referred to as the ‘Kumul legislation’ and advising clients on the possible effects of the new laws.
  • ExxonMobil PNG Limited – financing and sanction of the PNG LNG Project and providing advice in relation to a range of regulatory issues in relation to the Project.
  • Steamships Trading Company Limited – advising on the establishment of a joint venture company for property development referred to as the Harbourside Development.
  • Nautilus – advising on its acquisition of 17 parcels of land in East New Britain Province, as part of the Solwara 1 Project for its shore based processing facilities.
  • Daewoo International Corporation – advising on regulatory issues related to the establishment of a power generation facility in Lae and assisting with the preparation of related power purchase agreement as well as arranging the set up of a PNG subsidiary of the client.
  • PNG Forest Products Limited – advice to PNG Forest Products Limited in the establishment of Joint Ventures to develop several mineral tenements.

Firm Overview:

Allens is a leading international law firm serving clients throughout Australia and Asia. Together with Linklaters, our global network spans 40 offices across 28 countries.

Named Australian Law Firm of the Year (Chambers Asia Pacific, 2017) we make it our business to know our clients’ businesses. We have built our reputation on the quality of our people, the strength of our client relationships and our innovative approach to complex work. We combine technical excellence with commercial understanding to provide the best insights and whether you’re a global multinational or a start-up with a bright idea, our commitment to outstanding service is the same.

Innovation:

We are committed to knowing our clients, understanding their business needs and collaborating to find solutions that meet their needs. Each client is unique, so the way we provide advice isn’t ‘one size fits all’. We recognise that a great solution will vary, depending on the focus of your business, the sector you work in, and the unique challenges you face.

Our Values:

Our values reflect our strong heritage and our desired future.

Driven by excellence
Everything we do, from delivering client work to interacting with one another, is done to the highest possible standard of quality and integrity. We strive to do the best and to be the best.

Fostering greatness
We build each other up. We take pride in, and celebrate, the diversity of our team. We treat each other with respect and honesty. We work to make ourselves and each other the best we can be.

In it together
Greatness is a team sport, and it’s baked into how we operate. We are at our best when we work together. We all participate not spectate, share our views and get involved in every aspect of the firm. Whether we’re working in multi-disciplinary teams with our colleagues, or partnering with our clients, every challenge is something in which we are all invested.

Courageous and creative
We are bold and challenge the status quo. We aren’t afraid to experiment. We solve the problems others can’t because we are willing to look at things from new angles and challenge conventional thinking. We know that integrity sometimes takes courage.

Eyes on the horizon
We look to the future and see the big picture, spotting new challenges and opportunities, helping our clients and ourselves prepare for what’s to come.

Tim Glenn

Tim Glenn specialises in corporate law with particular emphasis on mining, oil and gas and resources projects in Papua New Guinea. He also provides general advice to senior executives in a number of public and private corporations.

Tim has been a partner of the firm for over 20 years. He initially practised in commercial litigation where he was involved in a broad range of commercial disputes, many being related to mining and oil developments. However for the greater part of his time with the firm, Tim has specialised in “front end” work, negotiating and documenting a wide variety of corporate transactions, capital raisings and mergers and acquisitions, particularly in the resources sector. He has also advised in relation to a number of other commercial contracts, involving many specialist areas including finance, intellectual property, supply contracts and commercial property transactions.

Firm Overview:

A leading international law firm with world class capability.

With our technical expertise, local knowledge and international network, we deliver an experience for our clients that other professional service providers find hard to match. And we are committed to being a sustainable global law firm, having positive impacts for our clients, employees, profession, the environment and the communities in which we are based.