Trish Chapman


    Trish is a partner in the Banking + Projects team who specialises in banking and finance. 

    Trish has more than 25 years’ extensive experience in a broad range of financing transactions, with particular expertise in project financing transactions for projects located in Western Australia and internationally. Trish also has experience in international and domestic offtake arrangements, streaming and royalty transactions, derivative transactions, corporate debt facilities, convertible loans, equipment financing and share and business acquisitions.

    Prior to joining Gilbert + Tobin, Trish was a Director at Wright Legal having joined the firm in 2002 which developed into a leading boutique banking and finance practice in WA. Trish worked in the structured finance department of the Paris office of global law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for 18 months. Trish was previously at Freehills, Perth for five years where she worked on a number of mining project financings.  

    Trish is routinely ranked among the leading practitioners in banking and finance law both in Western Australia and nationally.  Trish has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Murdoch University and a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) from the University of Western Australia.  

    Trish’s experience includes advising:

    • Bellevue Gold Limited - A$200m project financing with Macquarie Bank and hedging for the Bellevue Gold Project in WA.
    • Macmahon Holdings Limited - A$250 million secured syndicated debt facility with HSBC as Mandated Lead Arranger and Bookrunner and their A$145 million syndicated asset finance facility, with National Australia Bank as Mandated Lead Arranger.
    • Paladin Energy Limited – US$150mln secured syndicated facilities with Nedbank and Macquarie Bank relating to, among other things, financing for the Langer Heinrich Uranium Project in Namibia.
    • Perth Radiological Clinic – syndicated corporate facility.
    • Mincor Resources NL – $55m syndicated project finance facility provided by BNP Paribas and Société Générale together with hedging and subsequent refinance to a $30m corporate debt facility with BNP Paribas as well as nickel offtake with BHP Nickel West.
    • Northern Star Resources Limited - $1billion+ syndicated corporate facilities and hedging arrangements following the merger of Northern Star Resources Limited and Saracen Mineral Holdings Limited.
    • Saracen Mineral Holdings Limited – A$500 million debt facilities (A$450 million term debt facility, A$45 million revolving facility and A$5 million contingent instruments facility) with BNP Paribas, Citibank N.A. and Westpac Banking Corporation. The term debt facility was used towards the funding of Saracen’s acquisition of a 50% interest in the KCGM Joint Venture from Barrick Gold Corporation, by purchase of the shares in Barrick (Australia Pacific) Pty Limited for a total price of US$750 million.
    • Capricorn Metals Limited - A$107 million funding with Macquarie Bank to advance development of the Karlawinda Gold Project in the Pilbara, Western Australia.
    • Troy Resources Limited – 5,200 ounces gold loan (approx. A$11 million) with Malaysian-based investment fund, Asian Management Investment Services Ltd.
    • Dacian Gold Limited - A$150 million syndicated project facility and cost overrun facility with ANZ, Westpac Banking Corporation and BNP Paribas for the development of the Mt Morgans gold project, together with hedging arrangements and subsequent refinancing with ANZ to a secured corporate facility.
    • Heron Resources Limited - US$60 million secured project financing and US$16 million silver metal stream for the Woodlawn zinc, lead and copper project in NSW as well as zinc, lead and copper offtake arrangements.
    • Resource Capital Funds – A$58m mezzanine funding package to MZI Resources Limited for the development of the Keysbrook mineral sands project in WA, comprising secured convertible loan facilities and purchase of a royalty (including intercreditor arrangements and security trust arrangements with the senior lender).
    • Resource Capital Funds and Macquarie Bank Limited – funding package to Riversdale Resources in connection with a coal project in Alberta, Canada including secured convertible loan facilities and security trust.
    • Karoon Gas Australia Ltd - US$100 million corporate bridge loan with NAB.
    • Sirius Resources NL - advising on its A$440 million syndicated project finance with BNP Paribas, Westpac, ANZ and HSBC and ISDA (hedging) documentation for the Nova-Bollinger nickel project in Western Australia as well as nickel offtake arrangements.
    • Panoramic Resources Limited - US$45m facilities for the restart of the Savannah Nickel Operation in WA, with Trafigura Pte Ltd as lender together with offtake arrangements.
    • Doray Minerals Limited – A$100 million facilities with Westpac for the development of the Deflector gold project located in Western Australia, the refinancing and restructuring of the Andy Well gold project finance facility with Westpac and the original $55m project financing and hedging with CBA.

    Banking and Finance Law, Project Finance and Development, Debt Capital Markets Law and Derivatives 

    Best Lawyers 2021 - 2024

    Lawyer of the Year in Project Finance and Development in WA

    Best Lawyers 2021

    Leading Banking and Finance lawyer (WA)

    Doyle’s Guide 2020 - 2023

    Winner of Boutique firm of the year (as Director at previous firm)

    Australasian Law Awards 2021

    Winner of Debt Deal of the Year 

    Australasian Law Awards 2020