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. The transaction is expected to complete in late 2012.

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.

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.

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.

Primary Health Care refinancing

Acted for NAB as mandated lead arranger and underwriter (MLAU) of A$1bn senior facilities to fund Primary Health Care Limited's refinancing of its existing term debt with 29 lenders. Facilities were syndicated to 11 leading domestic and international banks.