Room 902, Tower A
Beijing Fortune Centre
7 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu
Chaoyang District
Beijing 100020
China

+86 (10) 6530-8846
rchambers@chadbourne.com

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Robin H. Chambers

Special Counsel

Practice Description

Robin Chambers has served as Chadbourne’s Special Counsel – China since 2003 and spends approximately half of each year working in China. He is the co-founder of Chambers & Company and has been the Senior Partner since its establishment in 1984. He was formerly General Counsel of CRA Limited (now Rio Tinto Limited) for 14 years and lead lawyer on major mining projects in Australia involving billions of dollars of equity investment and export sales contracts. His practice primarily involves acting as the lead lawyer on international projects, with a particular focus on China.

Mr. Chambers has advised a number of major Chinese state-owned enterprises on their investments in Australia over a 23-year period. He has also advised U.S., European and Australian corporations on a range of projects in China. He has leading edge experience on the negotiation and documentation of numerous joint ventures in Australia and overseas, together with project management experience coordinating the participation of numerous interested parties at all stages and the project financing of major projects by international banking syndicates. His involvement extends to projects in more than 30 countries.

Representative Matters

  • Appointed as lead lawyer to the Chinese Government’s AUD$420 million Channar joint venture investment in 1984 which was China’s first major overseas investment. 
  • Appointed as lead lawyer for four of China’s largest steel mills on the Wheelarra joint venture with BHP Billiton, which is China’s largest operating joint venture in Australia. The contracts for these two projects exceed AU$20 billion. 
  • Appointed as adviser on six other iron ore projects in Australia involving Chinese steel mills. 
  • Appointed as adviser to Sinosteel on China’s first uranium project in Australia signed in April 2007. 
  • Appointed as adviser of Yunnan Tin Company Group Limited, the world’s largest tin producer, on China’s first Australian IPO in May 2007. 
  • At the invitation of the Australian government, member of Australia’s first legal delegation to China in 1981, and therefore has a 26-year history of involvement with China. 
  • Appointed as adviser to the China State Council’s Economic Legislative Centre in 1982 headed by Mr. Gu Ming to assist on China’s new joint venture law. 
  • Advised the National People’s Congress Economic Legislation Commission in 1985 after invitation from its Deputy Director, Mr. Song Rufen on China’s joint venture law, corporations law, etc. 
  • Appointed by the Australian Attorney General Alexander Downer to the prestigious Australia-China Council advising the Australian government on Australian-Chinese education and cultural projects. 
  • At the invitation of the Australian Ambassador to China, Alan Thomas, participated in the Australia China Free Trade Agreement negotiations on resources projects in November 2005. 
  • A member of the top level delegation to China in July 2006 led by the Australian Attorney General Philip Ruddock making submissions to China on Australian legal services to China.

Activities and Affiliations

  • Member: Law Institute of Victoria; Law Council of Australia, International Bar Association; Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Association (AMPLA) (co-founder and life member); Victorian Branch Executive Board, Australia China Business Council (since 1986); Advisory Board, International Centre for Excellence in Asia-Pacific Studies, Australia National University; China Working Group on Legal Services, International Legal Services Advisory Council (ILSAC); Australia China Council; Australian Institute of Company Directors; Pacific Institute of Australia; Asia Society, Australasia Centre; Australian Institute of International Affairs (honorary member) 
  • Director: Sinosteel Australia Pty Ltd and Sinosteel Channar Pty Ltd (Australian subsidiaries of Sinosteel Corporation, Beijing, China); YTC Resources Limited (Australian subsidiary of Yunnan Tin Company Group Limited, Kunming, China); KNM Pty Ltd, W E Smith Engineering Services Pty Ltd and HEA Australia Pty Ltd (Australian subsidiaries of KNM Process Systems SDN BHD, Malaysia); Wugang (Australia Pty Ltd – Australian subsidiary of Wuhan Iron & Steel Corporation, Wuhan, China)

Speeches and Events

  • "China – A Look at Iron Ore Requirements, Investment and Plans for the Future," 10th Annual Global Iron Ore & Steel Forecast Conference, Perth, Australia, February 27-March 1, 2007
  • "Effectively Sourcing Iron Ore Requirements for China’s Rapidly Expanding Steel Industry," Asia Steel Conference, Singapore, January 11-12, 2007
  • "Successful Contract Development for Joint Ventures with International Investors in Chinese Mining Projects," China Steam Coal Conference, Shanghai, People's Republic of China, December 4-5, 2006
  • "An Overview of The Australian Legal Framework for Mining Projects in Australia," 9th Annual Global Iron Ore & Steel Forecast Conference, Perth, Australia, February 23-24, 2006
  • 6th Asia/China Steel Markets Conference (chairperson), Shanghai, People's Republic of China, September 19-20, 2005
  • "China – A Look at Iron Ore Requirements, Investment and Plans for the Future," 10th Annual Global Iron Ore & Steel Forecast Conference, Perth, Australia, February 27-March 1, 2007
  • "Effectively Sourcing Iron Ore Requirements for China’s Rapidly Expanding Steel Industry," Asia Steel Conference, Singapore, January 11-12, 2007
  • "Successful Contract Development for Joint Ventures with International Investors in Chinese Mining Projects," China Steam Coal Conference, Shanghai, People's Republic of China, December 4-5, 2006
  • "An Overview of The Australian Legal Framework for Mining Projects in Australia," 9th Annual Global Iron Ore & Steel Forecast Conference, Perth, Australia, February 23-24, 2006
  • 6th Asia/China Steel Markets Conference (chairperson), Shanghai, People's Republic of China, September 19-20, 2005
  • "Negotiating Joint Ventures for Chinese Participation in Australian Iron Ore Projects," China Iron Ore Conference, Beijing, People's Republic of China, April 10-12, 2005
  • "The China Factor” and “Chinese Participation in The Australian Iron Ore Industry and Sourcing Supply of Iron Ore to Meet Demand," 8th Annual Global Iron Ore & Steel Forecast Conference, Perth, Australia, February 28-March 1, 2005
  • "Twenty Years as a China Insider: Of Joint Ventures, Natural Resources and ‘Guanxi’," The Australian Institute of International Affairs Victorian Branch China Forum, Melbourne, Australia, February 8, 2005
  • "Raw Materials Situation for The Chinese Steel Industry & Logistics – Iron Ore and Coking Coal," 5th Asia/China Steel Markets Conference, Shanghai, People's Republic of China, September 20-21, 2004
  • "China’s Iron Ore & Steel Sector Dynamics," 2nd Australia-China Metals & Minerals Conference, Sydney, Australia, July 8-9, 2004
  • "Update of Iron Ore Supply and Impact on Steel Mills Strategy in China," 4th Asia/China Steel Markets Conference, Shanghai, People's Republic of China, October 16-17, 2003
  • "Strengthening Australia’s Ties to China in The Steel & Iron Ore Industry," Australia-China Metals & Minerals Conference, Sydney, Australia, August 18-19, 2003
  • "Strengthening Australian Ties in The Chinese Iron & Steel Industry," 6th Annual Global Iron Ore & Steel Forecast Conference, Perth, Australia, February 24-25, 2003

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Practice Areas

Corporate

Capital Markets

Corporate Governance and Risk Oversight

Finance

Mergers and Acquisitions

Project Finance

Project Finance Workout and Restructuring

Securities Compliance

Industries

Energy

Mining and Metals

Oil & Gas

Renewable Energy

Regions

Australia and the Pacific Rim

Asia

China

Education

  • The University of Melbourne, B.A., 1964
  • The University of Melbourne, The Melbourne Law School, LL.B., honors, 1965
  • Duke University School of Law, LL.M., 1968

Admissions

1966

Victoria, Australia

1989

New South Wales, Australia

Languages

English