Transport, Road, Rail and Ports

Demand for new infrastructure will be especially high where the two classic signs of infrastructure shortfalls — congestion and overcrowding — are evident. Australia's ports and principal airports will require major upgrades and expansion to avoid gridlocking the nation's logistics network. Urban highway and rail networks will also require priority attention in order to deliver more efficient outcomes for commercial traffic and commuters.

Our infrastructure lawyers have unparalleled experience advising governments and the private sector on all aspects of port, airport, road and rail projects. We provide tailored and cross-disciplinary teams for the project lifecycle – from strategic input through to project delivery and dispute resolution – and seamlessly integrate specialists in real estate, planning, environment, construction, tax, finance, competition and regulatory, insurance and dispute resolution to manage risk and achieve the best outcome for the project.

Lidis Group Lennox Bridge Carpark Redevelopment

Acted for Lidis Group as developer on the Lennox Bridge Carpark Redevelopment in Parramatta. The project involves the development of a riverfront precinct spanning both sides of Parramatta River, including foreshore parks and civic spaces, a discovery and convention centre, cafes and retail, and two residential towers (approximately 35,000 sqm GFA).

NSW Ports Refinancings

Our Ports team is the leading legal specialists in this sector, with key roles advising on all recent major national port refinancing deals. We were the sole legal advisers to NSW Treasury in relation to the A$5.07 billion restructure and refinancing of the State-owned assets of Port Botany and Port Kembla, with proceeds from the transaction to be invested in the NSW Government's infrastructure fund, Restart NSW. That transaction completed on 31 May 2013.

A$1.75 billion sale and privatisation of Port of Newcastle

The sole legal adviser to NSW Treasury in relation to the $1.75 billion sale (by way of long term lease) and privatisation of Port of Newcastle, which is the world's largest coal export port. The A$1.75 billion restructure and refinancing transaction establishes a new benchmark in transaction preparation and execution, as reflected in the financial outcome which significantly exceeded market expectations. The transaction will free up much needed capital to help the NSW Government fund the revitalisation of the Newcastle CBD, and a backlog of other critical public infrastructure across New South Wales, including hospitals, schools and roads.

Brisbane Airport parallel runway

The cornerstone of the Brisbane Airport Corporation's infrastructure program for Australia's third-busiest airport is a new Parallel Runway, expected to be completed by 2020. We are currently supporting BAC with the development and implementation of a procurement strategy for Stage 1 of the proposed A$1.3 billion runway.

Next Capital sale of shares in Carriage Holdings New Zealand Limited

Minter Ellison Rudd Watts advised Next Capital (and the other shareholders) in the sale of 100% of the shares in Carriage Holdings New Zealand Limited. This is the top company in the group which operates urban, school and charter bus services throughout New Zealand under the "Go Bus" brand. Minter Ellison Rudd Watts were advisers to Next Capital in 2012 when the private equity group acquired this business.