Former ASX 100 counsel joins Adelaide firm

By Tony Zhang|31 March 2020

DMAW Lawyers has appointed an experienced energy, resources and infrastructure lawyer and previous ASX 100 company secretary to lead its corporate advisory practice.

Peter Kupniewski, who is appointed as the new principal, was previously company secretary for an ASX 100 company Beach Energy and has advised on issues ranging from mergers and acquisitions to native title and land access agreements, capital raising and corporate disputes. 

DMAW Lawyers managing principal, Leo Walsh, said the appointment of Mr Kupniewski “would provide a wealth of additional expertise and experience to the firm’s clients”.

Mr Kupniewski has provided advice on the full range of corporate transactions including capital raisings, contested and friendly takeover bids and schemes of arrangement, and asset level acquisitions and divestments.


Mr Kupniewski previously was part of the in-house team in Santos before moving to onshore and offshore oil and gas company Beach Energy, where he was company secretary.

He also works extensively on delivering energy, resources and infrastructure projects around Australia during his time at Santos and Beach Energy. 

These have involved a variety of agreements such as general services agreements, aircraft charter services agreements and contracts for construction services design services, equipment hire services, well site services along with rig services contracts and seismic survey contracts.

Mr Kupniewski also has extensive experience working on land access, native title and Aboriginal cultural heritage matters.

Mr Walsh said that this appointment was also a homecoming for Mr Kupniewski who started his career at DMAW Lawyers back in 2002.


Former ASX 100 counsel joins Adelaide firm
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