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Our team is one of the largest in Australia with substantial experience in Australia and overseas. We act for all the major Australian banks and a number of Australian and international investment banks and other financial institutions in senior secured, subordinated and mezzanine debt facilities, unsecured facilities, bridge loans and restructures. We also act for our corporate clients including well known and respected private equity houses involved in prominent acquisition transactions.
Our focus is on syndications, acquisition and leveraged finance. We also act on club, bilateral and other corporate finance transactions.
Many of our lawyers have spent time in either in-house or commercial roles providing them with industry specific expertise and commercial awareness. We have developed a reputation for a pragmatic commercial approach, coupled with extensive market knowledge and technical expertise enabling the provision of efficient and astute solutions for our clients.
Advised Affinity Equity Partners on the acquisition of a majority shareholding in Primo Smallgoods, Australia's largest producer of ham, bacon and small goods, alongside the founding family.
Acted for RMIT University on a $225 million facility from Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
Acted for Toll Transport on the structuring of subordinated debt and other finance arrangements as part of the merger of its Northern Australian maritime services assets into Sea Swift.
Advised on the stablishment of a A$150 million revolving cash advance and bank guarantee facilities to the newly-formed SCA Property Group in connection with the spin-off of Woolworths' property portfolio in Australia and New Zealand (consisting of 69 neighbourhood, sub-regional and freestanding shopping centres) valued at approximately A$1.4 billion.
Acted for a syndicate of two lenders led by Westpac in connection with $234 million term and revolving facilities for the acquisition by Blackstone of the Greensborough Plaza Shopping Centre in Melbourne. The transaction involved the senior debt underwrite and sell-down to Deutsche Bank and a $25 million mezzanine finance piece, which involved complex intercreditor negotiations with the mezzanine debt provider.
Acted for the private equity owned Hexion Specialty Chemicals on the refinancing of its senior bank debt
Acted for Wesfarmers' Coles Group on its funding in relation to the Alphington Paper Mill acquisition and redevelopment.
Advising Wilmington Trust in relation to Altamont Capital Partners' Billabong refinancing.
Acted for a syndicate of seven lenders led by Westpac and NAB in connection with the $400m refinance of the Valad Property Group's multi-currency corporate facilities. The transaction involved Danish, German, Scottish, English, Dutch and New Zealand elements.
Acted for the US based SWK Funding LLC, a specialist lender in the pharmaceuticals industry, on an innovative secured revenue interest refinancing of the (Australian) Parnell Pharmaceuticals group to finance its expansion in the USA
Acted for Commonwealth Bank of Australia in relation to A$132 million construction and term debt facilities to a joint venture between the Leighton Property Group and the Devine Group in connection with the 'Riverside Hamilton Harbour' precinct development in Brisbane.
Advising on debt restructuring.
Acted for Commonwealth Bank of Australia on its $80.2 million facilities to Arrow Funds Management Ltd including to fund the $57 million acquisition (on sale and leaseback terms) of five farm properties from Baiada Poultry Group
Australian Unity Limited: Acted on a A$230 million syndicated refinancing as part of Australian Unity's acquisition of Westpac Funds Management Limited and, in particular, its Diversified Property Fund
Acted for ANZ Banking Group on construction-related facilities to the Toga Group including $88 million land, construction and bank guarantee facilities for Hampton Court at Kings Cross, a residential/retail development, and $92 million construction and takeout facilities for 'Boheme' at Bondi Beach, Sydney mixed use development comprising an Adina apartment Hotel, 45 residential apartments, retail space and car parking.
Advised ALS Limited on both the capital raising and debt financing elements of ALS Limited's US$533 million acquisition of Reservoir Group.
Acted for Elders Ltd on its $145 million syndicated bank debt facilities refinancing and associated share placement and recapitalisation in November 2014.
Acted for Equis Asia Fund on the shareholders and funding arrangements with Partners Group, DEG and FMO establishing the clean energy infrastructure fund Soleq.
To provide funding to the CSC Treasury Trust for on-lending to the ARIA Property Fund and PSS/CSS A Property Trust.
Acted for the banking syndicate on the A$900 million syndicated secured corporate debt facilities to then Macquarie Office Trust (now Charter Hall Office Trust), a listed Australian commercial property REIT.
Advised on the provision of a $162 million facility to assist CBD Property Pty Ltd with the construction of a mixed use (residential, retail and commercial office) building, including 558 residential apartments, at 568 Collins Street, Melbourne.