Connor McClymont is a senior associate in the Corporate Practice Group. Connor advises on a wide range of corporate transactions, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, joint venture interests, projects and capital markets, particularly for multinational corporations, including a leading Japanese trading company, and natural resources businesses.

Connor has acted on behalf of both operators and minority interest holders on legal matters impacting ownership and control of some of the largest and longest-standing natural resource projects in Australia and around the world. He has advised clients on a range of matters in related fields, including Australia’s foreign investment regime.

Connor also has particular expertise in data privacy, cybersecurity and emerging technologies (including artificial intelligence) regulatory compliance and best practice. He advises on domestic and international standards, as well as regulatory regimes across a variety of data and technology impacted fields. He is adept at developing effective policies and internal operative procedures grounded in understanding the nature of client’s operations and has undertaken in-depth reviews on operational practice to evaluate internal processes, identify risk and advise on best practice compliance updates across the spectrum of regulatory frameworks impacting data, AI and emerging technologies.

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Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Acting for Metals Acquisition Limited (NYSE:MTAL) in connection with its acquisition of Glencore’s “CSA” mine in New South Wales for a total purchase price of circa US$1.1 billion.
  • Acting for ITOCHU Iron Ore Australia, a subsidiary of ITOCHU Corporation, in connection with the acquisition of a partial interest in the Western Ridge iron ore project owned by BHP.
  • Acting for ITOCHU Corporation (a Fortune Global 500 company), on its minority strategic investment into Western Australian integrated energy company UON Pty Ltd.
  • Advising ITOCHU Corporation on Australian law matters in connection with its acquisition of a minority interest in the AMMC joint venture project for US$560 million.
  • Acting for Animoca Group on its acquisitions of Be Media Group and Grease Monkey Games Pty Ltd, addressing “new economy” issues, such as cryptocurrency, NFTs and blockchain technology.

Equity Capital Markets

  • Advising Metals Acquisition Limited on a US$55 million private placement to Osisko and Sprott in connection with purchase of CSA Mine.
  • Acting for Alvo Minerals Limited (ASX:ALV) on its AU$10 million initial public offering and listing to the ASX.

Projects and Resources

  • Acting for Metals Acquisition Limited in connection with its 1.5% net smelter life of mine royalty to Glencore in connection with the acquisition of CSA Mine.
  • Acting for Metals Acquisition Limited in connection with a US$75 million silver stream prepurchase and a US$75 million copper stream prepurchase from Osisko in connection with acquisition of CSA Mine.

Data Privacy and, Cybersecurity & Emerging Technologies (AI)

  • Acting as an independent privacy impact assessor for a major Australian provider of identity verification services in connection with an application for accreditation with the Australian Trusted Digital Identity Framework.
  • Advising the Western Australian Football Commission on implementation of a whole-of-organisation privacy and cybersecurity compliance framework.
  • Acting for SFW Capital Partners in connection with its majority investment in Captify Technologies Ltd, a “privacy first” search technology provider, advising on Australian privacy compliance matters in the context of complex cross-border operations.
  • Acting for GB Group plc in its acquisition of Vix Verify Global, a provider of identity verification and location intelligence solutions, in the context of a multimillion-dollar cross-border transaction with respect to data privacy and cybersecurity transfer and compliance issues.
  • Acting for an international mining entity liaising with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner in connection with a data breach.


  • The College of Law, GDLP, 2017
  • University of Western Australia, LL.B., B.A. (History), 2016


  • Supreme Court of Western Australia, 2017
  • Named as a Rising Star for Corporate and Commercial Law in Western Australia in Doyle’s Guide 2022
  • Finalist in Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30, 2023 – Projects, Energy and Resources category

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