Reliance Rail, a public-private partnership (PPP) formed with the NSW State Government, has built and owns the Waratah Trains on Sydney’s rail network, and is one of Australia’s largest PPP projects with a value of A$3.6 billion.
John leads Gilbert + Tobin's Banking and Infrastructure group.
His major areas of practice are structured and project financing and leveraged financing. He also has experience in various other areas including the financing of construction and resources projects, property, acquisition and general corporate financing.
John has worked with arrangers, lenders, equity investors, end-users and credit enhancers on various tax-based structured products, including R&D syndications, lease-tail transactions, foreign tax credit structures and the use of limited partnerships.
John's experience also extends to corporate debt and leveraged finance transactions, including the financing of specific asset acquisitions as well as funding general working capital requirements. In this area, he has acted for both lenders and borrowers and in secured, unsecured, syndicated and club loan arrangements.
John is recognised as a leading banking and project finance lawyer in numerous publications including leading directories such as Chambers, the Legal 500, Best Lawyers and IFLR1000. John led the TransGrid team, which was awarded 2015 M&A deal of the year by Project Finance International.
John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Bachelor of Laws degree with first class honours and a Master of Taxation degree from the University of Sydney. He is admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia and has also been admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in England & Wales and as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales.
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