Our finance specialists advise on a full range of corporate, real estate, project and structured finance transactions. We have great depth and breadth of experience advising national and multinational corporations, national and international banks, investment banks, other financial institutions and intermediaries and government organisations. MinterEllison is one of the few major law firms appointed to the legal panels of all four major Australian banks.

We have a proven track record, and are widely recognised for our technical and commercial expertise, and ability to deliver practical, innovative solutions. Clients applaud our accessibility, partner responsiveness, and timely, cost-effective service.

Our offices in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Asia enable us to provide a seamless service on multi-jurisdictional finance transactions.

Acquisition and development of the Waterline residential development in Williamstown, Victoria

MinterEllison acted for Bankwest in connection with project finance provided to an AVJennings subsidiary to assist with the acquisition and development of the Waterline residential development in Williamstown, Victoria. The development consists of 4 stages and will ultimately yield up to 600 apartments and 100 townhouses with a small retail component.

The Melbourne FIG team (Theo Kindynis, Sean Bradley and John Azzopardi) assisted Bankwest with the negotiation and documentation of the senior financing documents (including side deeds with material construction contractors) to fund the acquisition and development. The facilities consisted of up to $100 million (approx) by way of a peak debt arrangement.

Assisting Victoria Racing Club Ltd with the debt financing arrangements for the A$120m plus construction of the new Flemington Racecourse

Assisting the Victoria Racing Club Ltd with the debt financing arrangements for the A$120m plus construction of the new 18,000 seat Club Stand at Flemington Racecourse, the home of the Melbourne Cup.

Port of Melbourne Privatisation

Acting for the Victorian Government on the proposed multi-billion dollar privatisation of the Port of Melbourne, Australia's largest container port. It is anticipated that leasing of the port will help improve the efficiency of the port and provide funding to support new transport infrastructure projects.

M2 Group acquisition of Dodo and takeover of Eftel

Advised M2 Group on its A$250m private treaty acquisition of Dodo and recommended takeover of Eftel Limited. The transaction involved parallel acquisitions of a publicly listed entity (Eftel) and a private entity (Dodo) where the vendor of the private entity had a majority shareholding in the listed entity. This required careful consideration of independence issues and potential collateral benefit issues.

Healthscope acquisition by TPG/Carlyle

Advised Healthscope in its A$2.7bn takeover by scheme of arrangement by private equity consortium Texas Pacific Group (TPG) and The Carlyle Group. The recommended offer was the culmination of an intense bidding war between a number of private equity groups. Given the bidding duel, the transaction dynamics and strategies changed regularly and quickly. We had a key advisory role and were able to provide urgent and constant strategic and legal input as required in the bidding process.