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Infrastructure

There will be considerable challenges over the next decade as governments and the private sector seek to plan, procure and deliver the projects that the Asia Pacific needs to boost productivity and ensure sustainable growth. Meeting this challenge will require long-term planning, focus, flexibility in delivery methods and funding options, excellent risk management skills, expert project management and experienced advisers.

As leading lawyers in the infrastructure sector, our infrastructure team is respected and engaged on a recurring basis by government, constructors, developers, operators, debt providers and investors alike. We operate across all sectors, including economic infrastructure (transport, communications, power, water and other utilities), municipal facilities and social infrastructure (health, education, housing and justice).

Our key point of difference is our ability to provide a tailored and cross-disciplinary team for the lifecycle of your infrastructure project – from strategic input through to project delivery and dispute resolution. We seamlessly integrate our specialists from areas such as real estate, planning, environment, construction, tax, finance, competition and regulatory, insurance and dispute resolution to manage your risk and achieve the best outcome for your project.

We also have a strong track record in advising on high profile, commercially complex and strategically important public private partnership (PPP) projects. PPPs continue to be recognised as a successful method of delivering infrastructure and we have been at the forefront of the development of Australia's PPP sector and are now exporting those skills into Asia. Our on-the-ground lawyers in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai work on infrastructure projects in many Asian jurisdictions, giving us an acute understanding of the local challenges and opportunities.

Acquisition of the Mermaid Marine Supply Base from MMA Offshore

Advised Toll in relation to its strategic acquisition from MMA Offshore of the Mermaid Marine supply base and logistics supply base business for approximately $44 million. The acquisition of assets included property leases, inventory, plant and equipment, leased equipment and statutory licences.

Acquisition of SMEC by Singapore's Surbana Jurong

Advised engineering and construction company SMEC Holdings Limited on its acquisition by Surbana Jurong Private Limited through a scheme of arrangement.

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec acquisition of 20% of Plenary Group Holdings

Advised Plenary Group Holdings Pty Ltd [and Plenary Group Pty Ltd as trustee for the Plenary Group Unit Trust] in relation to the acquisition by an investment vehicle of Caisse de dépôt et placement de Québec of a 20% equity interest in the Plenary Group for a subscription price of $58.5 million, including advising on the implementation of an internal corporate restructure in preparation for the acquisition.

Sale of 100% of shares to Metro Performance Glass Limited

Advised on the sale of 100% of the shares in Australian Glass Group (Holdings) Pty Ltd to a New Zealand listed entity, Metro Performance Glass Limited, for A$43 million.

A$451 million acquisition of SMEC by Singapore's Surbana Jurong

Engineering and construction company SMEC Holdings Limited has been acquired by Surbana Jurong Private Limited through a scheme of arrangement.