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Aussie nickel hopes

To journalists the sight of a busy lawyer is always a bad omen, but for oil and gas company executives it can be an indicator of good times ahead.Geoff Simpson, partner at the Perth office of giant Australian law firm Clayton Utz, recently visited London-based clients that had lately picked up petroleum assets in Australia.While in town, Simpson told OGJ the company's minerals and resources business had picked up after the recent oil price blight and that signs for the petroleum sector were positive."In Australia," said Simpson, "the mergers and acquisitions business has not gone berserk. We are regularly tendering for jobs and visiting data rooms as clients consider projects. While l...

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