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Banking and Finance – Recent Experience

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  • Westpac Banking Corporation – advised Westpac on the banking and finance aspects of its acquisition of the Australian assets of Lloyds Bank, including all DCM, securitisation and loan aspects of their acquisition of the Lloyds Bank assets in Australia.
  • Alinta – advised Alinta (as borrower) and TPG (as main shareholder) in connection with the A$1.6bn refinancing of the Alinta group’s corporate debt facilities.
  • Woolworth Holdings Limited – advised Woolworth Holdings Limited (South Africa) on the acquisition of David Jones Limited.
  • Nine Entertainment Group – advised Nine Entertainment Group Holdings Pty Ltd, its subsidiaries and the board of directors on its debt restructure by way of a scheme of arrangement which involved a debt for equity swap.
  • Pacific Equity Partners and the Spotless Group – advised Spotless Group, as borrower, and Pacific Equity Partners, as sponsor, in relation to Spotless’ unsecured guaranteed corporate facilities in relation to the initial public offering of the Spotless Group.
  • Gold Coast Private Hospital – advised Healthscope on its project financing and negotiations with Queensland Health and with a consortium of financiers comprising Commonwealth Bank of Australia, SMBC and Industry Funds Management, in relation to the Gold Coast Private Hospital.
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia – advised CBA on their US$70 billion EMTN Programme updates and on drawdowns under that programme.
  • Billabong – advised Centerbridge and Oaktree on their recapitalisation and refinancing of Billabong.
  • Pacific Equity Partners and the Spotless Group – advised Pacific Equity Partners and the Spotless Group in relation to the refinancing of the Spotless Group’s facilities, jointly arranged by Deutsche Bank (as left-sided lead), Barclays Bank, Goldman Sachs and UBS, valued at US$845 million and A$200 million (First Lien) and US$235 million (Second Lien).
  • Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison – advised financiers in relation to the successful consortium’s bid to design, construct, operate and maintain the Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison PPP Project in Western Australia.
  • NSW Treasury Corporation – advised NSW Treasury Corporation on the update of its $10 billion EMTN programme and on updates to their US MTN Programme.
  • Queensland Schools PPP – advised the successful consortium’s financiers in relation to the Queensland Schools PPP.
  • Sydney Desalination Plant – advised the consortium’s 11 financiers including all four major domestic banks, an export credit agency and a range of international banks on the project finance and acquisition perspective of the $2.3 billion privatisation of the Sydney Desalination Plant.
  • Pacific Equity Partners – advised Pacific Equity Partners on financing aspects of the $1.2 billon public–to–private takeover of Spotless Group Limited.
  • Atlas Group – advised Credit Suisse AG as agent and Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC as co-lead arranger in relation to the US$325 million secured debt facilities for the Atlas Group.
  • Pacific Equity Partners and Hoyts Group – advised Pacific Equity Partners and Hoyts Group in relation to refinancing facilities arranged by Credit Suisse (as left-side lead) and UBS, valued at approximately US$450 million.
  • MF Global – acted as Australian advisors to the UK special administrators.
  • Royalla Solar Farm – advised Fotowatio Renewable Ventures on the successful development and financing of the Royalla solar farm in the ACT – Australia’s largest solar farm.
  • Port of Botany and Port Kembla – advised a syndicate of financiers to a consortium’s bid on the privatisation of Port of Botany and Port Kembla.
  • New Bendigo Hospital PPP – advised the financiers to the successful consortium’s bid to construct and perform facilities management services for the New Bendigo Hospital PPP Project in Victoria.
  • Ravenhall Prison PPP – advised financiers in relation to a bid for the Ravenhall Prison PPP
  • DuluxGroup – advised on the debt financing aspects of DuluxGroup’s acquisition of Alesco Corporation.
  • Sunshine Coast University Hospital – advised financiers to the successful consortium in their bid to construct and perform facilities managementservices for the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.
  • Fortescue Metals Group – advised Credit Suisse AG as agent and Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC as co–lead arranger in relation to the US$5 billion secured debt facilities for the Fortescue Metals Group.
  • Sydney Convention Centre – advised financiers in relation to the successful consortium’s bid to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Sydney Convention Centre Project.
  • Mirabela Nickel – advised the majority group of US noteholders.
  • Top Ryde Shopping Centre – advised the bank syndicate to the Top Ryde City Shopping Centre and McGrathNicol as receivers and managers during the course of the receivership and with respect to the successful process to sell the debt in the centre to Blackstone.

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