Project, Resource and Infrastructure Finance

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Our projects resources and infrastructure practice draws on members from our banking and finance, property, construction, commercial and tax teams to provide sponsors, financiers and other clients with a multi-disciplinary approach to the delivery of legal services across a broad range of projects.

Our team has acted for government agencies, lenders and sponsors on key infrastructure projects including the electricity industry privatisations in Victoria and South Australia, the privatisation of ports in Queensland and South Australia and infrastructure projects such as CityLink and the redevelopment of Spencer Street Station.

In the resources sector we have acted for borrowers and lenders on transactions within the oil, gas, coal and gold industries. Our understanding of the legal, structural and regulatory drivers enable us to provide targeted advice on issues such as limited recourse financing, tax effective borrowing and partnership and joint venture structures.

Our team regularly acts for superannuation funds involved in investing in alternative asset classes, such as infrastructure, resources and large scale developments.

We are experienced in dealing with the complexity and multi-party nature of these transactions, including in documenting and negotiating complex intercreditor arrangements, dealing with consents and approvals from government agencies, undertaking due diligence and dealing with cross border issues.

Experience

Some of the more significant matters the team has completed include:

  • acting for sponsors and lenders in relation to the privatisation of ports in Dalrymple Bay and South Australia;
  • acting for the major Australian banks on the financing for the expansion of the Visy pulp and paper mill at Tumut in New South Wales;
  • acting for Transurban in relation to the $1.78 billion project financing for the construction and operation of Melbourne City Link project and the subsequent $1.95 billion refinancing in 2002;
  • acting for the lead arrangers in relation to the syndicated financing for the acquisition of the WestNet rail assets in Western Australia;
  • acting for the lead arrangers of a  syndicated facility provided to Cheung Kong Infrastructure for its investment in South Australian retail and distribution electricity assets;
  • acting for the banking syndicate to Newcrest for the development of the Tefler world-scale gold mine in Western Australia; and
  • acting for the successful bidders in the acquisition financing of a major Australian natural gas pipeline and subsequent partial refinancing via a credit wrapped bond issue.

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