Keith Loke

Keith Loke is a partner in the banking and project finance department at HWL Ebsworth. He is based in Sydney.

Keith specialises in bespoke, structured and strategic debt financing. He has substantial experience and particular expertise in complex energy, natural resources and infrastructure project finance, real estate finance, corporate finance, debt restructuring and workouts, and leveraged and acquisition finance. His longstanding clients include banks, investment funds, and major multinational and domestic corporations. He works closely with financial advisers to sponsors and borrowers.

Keith’s practice is centred on advising senior and subordinated lenders, sponsors and borrowers on large-scale financing, refinancing and restructuring transactions, often featuring cross-border multi-tiered multi-sourced funding. He is adept at guiding clients through novel and intricate intercreditor, security, government co-funding, tripartite and commercial arrangements.

Keith is a member of the Australian project finance committee of the Asia Pacific Loan Market Association (APLMA).

Experience

Keith’s market-leading experience includes advising:

  • Project company WICET on the syndicated project financing, development and restructuring of the A$4.3 billion Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal in Gladstone, Queensland;
  • Project company WRC and sponsor GE on the syndicated project financing, development and restructuring of the A$1.2 billion Worsley Multi-Fuel Cogen Power Station in Worsley, Western Australia;
  • A group of sponsors on the syndicated project financing of the A$450 million Waste-to-Energy Resource Recovery Facility in East Rockingham, Western Australia;
  • A syndicate of¬†international banks on the syndicated project financing of the Langer Heinrich Uranium Mine in Erongo, Namibia;
  • A syndicate of international banks on the syndicated project financing of the Kayelekera Uranium Mine near Karonga, Malawi;
  • Peabody Energy on the complex securities aspects of its A$381 million United Wambo coal JV with Glencore in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales;
  • An international bank on its New York capital call facility to a US$1.5 billion investment fund affiliated with a globally significant sovereign pension fund;
  • An international bank on its financing of Sankaty’s A$1.9 billion acquisition of GE’s Australian commercial lending businesses;
  • A syndicate of¬†international banks on the financing aspects of a private equity bid to acquire Lattice, the A$1.6 billion oil and gas business of Origin Energy;
  • ASX-listed BHL Group on the financing of its Clydesdale Estate residential precinct development in Marsden Park, New South Wales;
  • An international bank on the financing of Sekisui House’s A$1.9 billion Sanctuary residential precinct development in Wentworth Point, New South Wales;
  • An international bank on its novel A$240 million Tier 2 Capital loan facility to a major Australian insurer;
  • A club of international banks on the corporate financing of Puma Energy’s downstream petroleum businesses in Papua New Guinea;
  • An ASX-listed industrials company¬†on the German export credit financing of a printing press and related machinery; and
  • Various international banks on their corporate and project loan facilities to CIMIC, Volvo, Leaseplan, SUEZ, Yamaha, Optus, Holcim, Bradken and Landfill Gas Industries.

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