Mark Standen

Mark has developed expertise in the acquisition and sale of retirement villages and portfolios. Amongst many transactions, he acted for Aevum Limited in its acquisition of the Sakkara portfolio, for IOR Group on several acquisitions, and for the Retirement Villages Group in its landmark acquisition of the Zig Inge portfolio.

Mark has also acted in mergers and acquisitions in the medical equipment, wholesale pharmaceutical distribution and health insurance areas for clients such as Fresenius Kabi, Fresenius Medical Care, Medibank Private, and Zuellig.

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. That transaction completed on 31 May 2013.

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.

IAG's A$1.85 billion acquisition of Wesfarmers Insurance

Acted for Insurance Australia Group Limited (IAG) on the $1.85 billion acquisition of the Australian and New Zealand insurance underwriting businesses of Wesfarmers Limited, the number 1 and number 5 general insurers in Australia respectively.

Port Botany and Port Kembla Transaction

Advising the New South Wales Government (NSW Treasury) on the refinancing of Port Botany and Port Kembla in NSW. The project is unique, involving the contemporaneous refinancing and long term lease of two major Australian ports. Our role includes 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 is complex and very significant for NSW.

Sale of Lloyds property loans

Advised the Australia subsidiaries of Lloyds Banking Group on the sale of portfolios of property loans in Australia and New Zealand to Morgan Stanley and a consortium comprising Goldman Sachs and Brookfield.