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Paul A. Davis
Paul A. Davis
Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

Of Counsel
+ 81 3 6271 9729

Paul Davis belongs to the Major Projects Practice Group. He has been a lawyer for over 30 years, half of which have been spent in Japan and half in Australia. Mr. Davis practices in the areas of oil and gas, natural resources, power, infrastructure and other major projects. He is an adjunct professor at Hitotsubashi University and an outside lecturer at the University of Sydney.

Practice Focus

Mr. Davis regularly represents Japanese trading, manufacturing and utility companies in their overseas investments — particularly in the areas of energy, mining, power and climate change — as well as in acquiring commodities from such projects. He has also been involved in a number of M&A transactions and has a broad range of dispute resolution experience.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Involved in over 30 coal, oil, gas, copper, lead, chrome and mineral sands projects in various countries, many of them project financed.
  • Advised on upstream and mid-stream oil and gas and LNG projects in the Middle East, Mexico, Venezuela and Sakhalin, as well as Pluto, Gorgon and QCLNG projects in Australia.
  • Advised on regulatory issues, documentation and tax aspects relating to commodities and commodity derivative transactions.
  • Assisted equity investors and EPC, O&M and consultant contractors concerning overseas power, port and oil refinery projects.
  • Advised on over 40 coal, uranium, oil and LNG supply agreements.
  • Acted as counsel in ICC, UNCITRAL, JCAA and LCIA project and sales arbitrations.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Chartered Institute of Arbitratiors (FCIArb) - Fellow
  • Australian Mining and Petroleum Lawyers Association - Member
  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) - Member
  • Australia & New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan - Member of Finance Committee


High Court of Australia~Australia (2008)
Queensland~Australia (1996)
Hong Kong (1987)
England & Wales~United Kingdom (1978)
New South Wales~Australia (1977)
Victoria~Australia (1976)
New Zealand (1967)


Nagoya University  (Japanese Law) (1969)
University of Canterbury, NZ  (LL.M.) (1967)

Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise) is a member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein.

Author, "Renegotiating Long-Term Energy Supply Contracts with Japanese Buyers," 19, Journal of Japanese Law, 2014

Author, "Japan's difficulties in securing substitute fuels following Fukushima," Global Energy Magazine site, May 2011


Presenter, "SCoTA Crash Course," 2014, 2015

Presenter, "Structural Changes in Australia's Relationships with its Foreign Resources Customers," AMPLA Conference, 2008
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