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, governments and major multinational and domestic corporations. He works closely with financial advisers on major capital projects.

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;
  • Sponsor General Electric and project company WRC on the syndicated project financing, development and restructuring of the A$1.2 billion Worsley Multi-Fuel Cogen Power Station in Worsley, Western Australia;
  • Sponsors MasdarJohn Laing,Hitachi Zosen Inova and Tribe Infrastructure on the syndicated project financing of the A$511 million Waste-to-Energy Resource Recovery Facility in East Rockingham, Western Australia;
  • A syndicate of international banks, led by Société Générale, on the syndicated project financing of the Langer Heinrich Uranium Mine in Erongo, Namibia;
  • A syndicate of international banks, led by Société Générale, on the syndicated project financing of the Kayelekera Uranium Mine near Karonga, Malawi;
  • The New South Wales Government on the financing, securities and complex tripartite aspects of a 10-year structured essential services arrangement involving the acquisition and supply of multiple fixed-wing aircraft;
  • General Electric on financing and restructuring matters pertaining to its joint venture with CATCON to develop and construct several significant renewable energy projects across Australia;
  • Peabody Energy on the complex securities aspects of its A$381 million United Wambo Coal Joint Venture with Glencore in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales;
  • JPMorgan on its financing of Sankaty’s A$1.9 billion acquisition of General Electric’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;
  • A global bank on its New York capital call facility to a US$1.5 billion investment fund affiliated with a globally significant sovereign pension fund;
  • A global bank on the real estate financing of Sekisui House’s A$1.9 billion Sanctuary residential precinct development in Wentworth Point, New South Wales;
  • ASX-listed BHL Group on the real estate financing of its Clydesdale Estate residential precinct development in Marsden Park, New South Wales;
  • Moelis on multiple structured Australian real estate finance facilities;
  • A global bank on its novel A$240 million Tier 2 Capital loan facility to a major Australian insurer;
  • ASX-listed Ovato on the German export credit financing of a rotary printing press and related machinery;
  • An international bank on its Australian asset finance facilities to Marubeni;
  • A major global commodity trading company on its structured cross-border US$520m trade finance facility from a global bank;
  • A club of international banks on the corporate financing of Puma Energy’s downstream petroleum businesses in Papua New Guinea;
  • A global bank on its structured Australian and New Zealand corporate finance facilities to Volvo;
  • A global bank on its structured Australian and New Zealand corporate finance facilities to Leaseplan;
  • A global bank on its structured Australian and New Zealand corporate finance facilities to Graphic Packaging International;
  • A global bank on its structured Australian and New Zealand corporate finance facilities to Ball & Doggett;
  • A global bank on its structured Australian corporate finance facilities to CIMIC;
  • A global bank on its structured Australian corporate finance facilities to SUEZ;
  • A global bank on its structured Australian corporate finance facilities to Yamaha;
  • A global bank on its structured Australian corporate finance facilities to Holcim;
  • A global bank on its structured Australian corporate finance facilities to Bradken;
  • A global bank on its structured Australian corporate finance facilities to Optus;
  • AMCI on its structured Australian corporate finance facilities;
  • ASX-listed Oldfields on its structured Australian corporate finance facilities; and
  • Landfill Gas Industries on its structured Australian corporate and project finance facilities.

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