Daniels, Jo

Jo Daniels

Baker & McKenzie


Jo Daniels has over 20 years of experience in mining and natural resource, infrastructure, competition and regulatory, government law and general commercial work. Jo has recently advised clients on all aspects of competition law, including merger and acquisition authorisations, cartel investigations, joint venture structuring and third party access regulation. Specifically in the energy and resource sphere, Jo acts for clients on their investments and operations across the infrastructure industry. She advised on many major infrastructure projects and privatisations. Jo has published extensively on third-party access law. She is currently completing her PhD in heavy haul access regulation through The University of Melbourne.

Practice Focus

Jo advises clients in complex merger and acquisition clearances, third-party access matters, and cartel and other antitrust investigations. She advises clients across a range of industries including government, financial services, manufacturing, agriculture, retail, mining and resources. Jo's experience stretches across most Australian states, having advised on major infrastructure projects (including port, rail, electricity and gas assets) in Queensland, Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. Additionally she has advises on major competition clearances and investigations in a range of domestic and international markets.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Acted for bidders, vendors and acquirers with respect to the sale and privatisation of major port and rail infrastructure within Australia, including development and certification of regulation, and ACCC clearances. Acted on a number of specific projects, including Abbot Point, Dudgeon Point and the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal. 
  • Advised major coal companies with respect to all aspects of Pit-to-Port projects within Queensland, including both commercial and regulatory advice.
  • Advised major coal companies with respect to all aspects of rail and port regulation, including negotiating access agreements, access undertakings, project deeds, and specifically in Queensland the ongoing development of a standard user funding agreement.
  • Advised electricity companies on the full range of electricity regulatory issues with respect to the valuation of asset bases; the calculation of weighted average cost of capital (WACC) and WACC parameters; connection agreements; expansion of networks; distribution use of system charges (DUOS) and transmission use of system charges (TUOS); licensing issues; and pricing disputes with regulators.
  • Represented major investment corporations in connection with the sale, acquisition and construction of tollroad infrastructure in Victoria and Queensland, specifically in relation to the statutory, commercial and regulatory aspects of the transactions.


  • Queensland High Court~Australia (1997)


  • University of New South Wales (LL.B.) (1995)
  • Queensland University of Technology (LLB, LLM (Hons))

Previous Offices

  • Melbourne