Peter Dreher

Peter is head of the firm’s National Corporate & Commercial Group and one of the lead Partners in the firm’s Energy Practice. In the corporate and commercial field, Peter advises clients in corporate and commercial law matters, sales and acquisitions, business structures and start-ups, distribution and licensing, and the commercialisation of technology.

Peter also advises on major projects in energy and non-energy projects. This has included over 50 energy projects (mainly in the renewable sector in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand) and projects for major infrastructure. Peter’s focus in these projects has been on the corporate, construction and operational aspects including structure, tendering, construction, project management documentation and undertakings to and for project and equity financiers.

Peter has a diverse client base and international experience, having also worked as a lawyer in Germany and England.


Peter’s experience includes advising:

  • Wind energy project proponents and participants in over 35 wind energy projects, including corporate structuring, landholder arrangements, connection, equity and sale documentation; negotiation of EPC, O&M and associated documentation and related key contracts. Projects include Golden Plains, Lotus Creek, Boulder Creek, Chalumbin, Mt Mercer, Mt Gellibrand, Lal Lal, Moorabool, Dundonnell, Mortons Lane, Bodangara, Forsayth, Challicum Hills, Yambuk, Wattle Point, Starfish Hill, Emu Downs, Lake Bonney II, Tararua III and White Hills wind energy projects;
  • Solar energy project proponents and participants in Victoria, NSW, SA, NT and Queensland. This includes Wemen, Yatpool, Karadoc, Glenrowan, Limondale, Hay, Middlemount, Hughenden, Polldale, Walgett, Katherine, Atherton, Pirie and Peterborough solar energy projects;
  • Services, manufacturing and technology industry clients regarding the sale or acquisition of shares or businesses. This includes InComm Payments, a global payments technology company, on the acquisition of The Card Network in Australia;
  • Macquarie Capital on its equity structure and undertakings for the WA Schools Project and ACT Law Courts Public Private Partnerships;
  • Victorian State Government on the negotiation and drafting of financial, management and operational obligations and related undertakings concerning one of the world’s largest sporting facilities – the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) – and its redevelopment; and
  • Technology and data companies on the negotiation and structuring of client contractual arrangements for the commercialisation of product and technology, including investor arrangements, capital structure, distribution and licensing.

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