Geoff Stevens

Geoff has extensive experience across the full spectrum of banking and financial services law.

Geoff has particular expertise in corporate, project, structured and property finance, including club and syndicated transactions. He has acted on significant complex deals in these areas, and has also advised on all levels of security enforcement and workouts.

Geoff is profiled as a recommended banking and finance lawyer in the 2015 edition of the Asia Pacific Legal 500 and has been named named in Best Lawyers™ Australia for Banking and Finance Law, Project Finance and Development Practice and Real Property Law.

Experience

Geoff’s recent experience includes:

  • Westpac: Acting on the funding of the Rivershores apartment development (JV with Diploma);
  • Exxaro: Acting on proposed funding for Territory Resources takeover and subsequent funding of mining activities;
  • Pitcher Partners: Acting for administrators (Pitcher Partners) of Croesus Group including gold asset sales, share sale and AIM relisting;
  • HSBC: Acting on its exposure to Marine & Civil and its Australian JV activities associated with Gorgon;
  • HSBC: Acting on its exposure (in a club with ANZ) to Ausgroup/AGC Group including restructure of common terms deed and security trust deed, dealing with customer exposure to Kagara, implementing restructure of JV activities and also provision of additional facilities;
  • Westpac: Acting in relation to the funding of the acquisition by Primewest of a half interest in the Exchange Plaza office tower. The value of the acquisition was in excess of $100m and involved acquisition of 50% of the units in a unit trust;
  • Public Transport Authority: Acting in relation to funding by a syndicate of banks led by Bank of China to Karara/Gindalbie. This involved negotiating a financiers tripartite deed with Bank of China and Karara/Gindalbie and due diligence on the facility and security documents.  Transaction value is in excess of USD1.4b;
  • Bankwest: Acting on the funding of land development activities in Perth by the Estates/Jindee Group. The land area is 112 hectares to be developed over 10 years to create in excess of 870 residential lots and 40 commercial lots; and
  • Confidential: Acted for a consortium of Singapore based lenders in relation to a security sharing arrangement involving a property portfolio in the North West of WA.

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