Finance

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. Minter Ellison 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.

Anchorage Capital Partners acquisition of Dick Smith Electronics

Advised Australian private equity firm Anchorage Capital Partners on a share purchase agreement with Woolworths Limited to acquire Dick Smith Electronics. Under the agreement, Anchorage will purchase 100% of the business, including 327 stores employing more than 4,500 people. Minter Ellison subsequently advised Dick Smith Electronics on its successful $344.5 million Initial Public Offering on the Australian Stock Exchange.

Funding of the acquisition of three Boeing 737 aircraft

Advised Qantas on the funding for the acquisition of three Boeing 737 aircraft. This involved the use of a multiple tranche facility in both Australia and New Zealand.

Perpetual agribusiness securitisation

Acted for Perpetual as trustee, security trustee and standby servicer and manager on the Rural Bank securitisation of agribusiness loans. This headline transaction was the first new asset class to be securitised in a public transaction in Australia since the start of the global financial crisis.

PBL Media leveraged buyout

Acted for the arrangers of the A$600m mezzanine facility for the PBL Media leveraged buy-out (LBO) and subsequent additional financing for the A$5.5bn acquisition of Ticketek/Acer Arena (CVC). This deal was awarded 2008 Debt Market Deal of the Year at the ALB Australasian Law Awards.

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.