Mat Hanaut is a commercial, resources and mining lawyer with 18 years' experience in France and Australia. He has extensive experience advising French and European companies on their investments and operations in Australia and in the Pacific region and has developed a particular focus regarding investments in Pacific islands such as New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Tonga and American Samoa. He also concentrates on projects in the emerging African energy market.
Specifically relating to the French Pacific Territories, Mat advises clients involved in mining, industrial, and tourism projects in New Caledonia and French Polynesia. Mat also acts for international businesses involved in major litigation in Australia and in the Pacific region. Additionally, as a member of the Paris Bar, Mat represents clients before the French Pacific courts (New Caledonia and French Polynesia). In October 2002, Mat was appointed by the French Prime Minister to the position of French Foreign Trade Advisor in Australia (Conseiller du Commerce Extérieur de la France). He also lectured at the University of Paris II-Panthéon Assas for five years.
Representative Legal Matters
In his former capacity as partner at Jones Day, he was involved in a number of notable transactions:
Advised Pacific Petroleum Company SA in its acquisition of British Petroleum South West Pacific, including BP's downstream business and assets in eight different Pacific jurisdictions.
Advised Vossloh AG (a public company listed on the MDAX) in its sale of Delkor Rail Pty Limited and the negotiation of a European Product Distribution Agreement.
Represented Holdingazcal SAS, the largest independent distributor of health and industrial gas in the French Pacific territories, in relation to the acquisition of the Air Liquide businesses and assets in New Caledonia and French Polynesia.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- New South Wales Law Society - Foreign Lawyer
- Paris~France (1995)
- University of Paris II (Pantheon-Assas) (Master's Degree Law)
- University of Paris II (Pantheon-Assas) (Diploma Business Law)