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Andrew Rentoul

Andrew is one of Australia's leading infrastructure and corporate lawyers. He specialises in M&A and privatisation (with a focus on economic infrastructure), infrastructure development, capital restructures, corporate law and joint ventures.

Andrew's many milestone transactions include acquisitions and privatisations of major ports, airports, power stations, wind farms/ renewables projects, gas distribution networks, mining projects and the development of infrastructure and utilities. He also has significant experience in the retail, manufacturing and service sectors.

Most recently he led the legal work for the Victorian Government on the $9.7 billion privatisation of the Port of Melbourne.

Known for his industry knowledge and technical expertise, he also advises on asset restructures, capital management and corporate governance.

Andrew is featured in Best Lawyers International: Australia in the areas of Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate, Commercial, Corporate Governance and Government, and in Chambers Asia Pacific as a Leading Lawyer.

A$1.75 billion sale and privatisation of Port of Newcastle

The sole legal adviser to NSW Treasury in relation to the $1.75 billion sale (by way of long term lease) and privatisation of Port of Newcastle, which is the world's largest coal export port. The A$1.75 billion restructure and refinancing transaction establishes a new benchmark in transaction preparation and execution, as reflected in the financial outcome which significantly exceeded market expectations. The transaction will free up much needed capital to help the NSW Government fund the revitalisation of the Newcastle CBD, and a backlog of other critical public infrastructure across New South Wales, including hospitals, schools and roads.

NSW Ports Refinancings

Our Ports team is the leading legal specialists in this sector, with key roles advising on all recent major national port refinancing deals. We were the sole legal advisers to NSW Treasury in relation to the A$5.07 billion restructure and refinancing of the State-owned assets of Port Botany and Port Kembla, with proceeds from the transaction to be invested in the NSW Government's infrastructure fund, Restart NSW. The transaction was completed on 31 May 2013 and considered the largest and most complex of its kind in Australia.

Port Botany and Port Kembla Transaction

Advised the New South Wales Government (NSW Treasury) on the refinancing of Port Botany and Port Kembla in NSW. The project was unique, involving the contemporaneous refinancing and long term lease of two major Australian ports. Our role included extensive legal analysis of the existing assets and businesses and the regulatory landscape; recommending a transaction structure; drafting special transaction legislation; asset restructuring; preparing extensive interrelated transaction documents; tender process and negotiations; and implementation under legal project management. The project was complex and very significant for NSW, with the transaction widely considered to establish a new benchmark in transaction preparation and execution.