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Paul A. Davis

Senior Counsel
Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Not admitted to practice law in this jurisdiction


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, and disputes.

Practice Focus

Mr. Davis regularly represents Japanese trading, manufacturing and utility companies in their overseas investments — particularly in the areas of energy, mining and power — 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 40 coal and mining 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.
  • Advised on over 50 coal, uranium, oil and LNG supply agreements.
  • Acted as counsel in ICC, UNCITRAL, JCAA and LCIA project and sales arbitrations.

Professional Honors

Mr. Davis has been listed as a leader in his field in Euromoney’s Expert Guides for Energy and Natural Resource, The International Who’s Who of International Oil and Gas Lawyers, Global Counsel 3000, Asia Pacific Legal 500, Chambers Asia and Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2012. He was a winner of ALB’s Energy Deal of Year Award in 2012.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) - Member
  • University of Hitotsubashi - Adjunct Professor
  • Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Association - Member
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb) - Fellow (retired)
  • University of Sydney - Lecturer


  • 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)
  • Foreign Registered Lawyer (jaikokuho jimu bengoshk) (1996-2012)


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


  • English
  • Japanese

Previous Offices

  • Sydney


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