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Name: Sarah Kuman
Firm Name: Allens
Country: Papua New Guinea
Expertise: Energy & Natural Resources Law

Telephone: +67 5 305 6000
Fax: +67 5 320 0588
Email: [email protected]

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Professional Biography:

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.

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