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John Elias
Partner
John Elias is a highly regarded specialist in structured finance and debt capital markets. He has recognised expertise in market-leading finance transactions for domestic and international banks, financial institutions and major corporations.
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  • +61 421 271 077

John has particular skill in securitisation, asset finance, structured credit products and derivatives. He is also active in the Australian corporate bond market.

Amongst John’s numerous major finance transactions, he has acted for a major Australian mortgage originator on its residential mortgage funding; an investment bank on the establishment and funding of an aircraft investment fund; a major Australian mortgage originator on its residential mortgage funding as well as advising many clients on their derivatives referencing investment portfolios.

Career Highlights

  • A$1.55 billion Lloyds Banking Group sale of Capital Finance and BOS International Australia
    Acted together with Allen & Overy as joint legal advisers to the Lloyds Banking Group on the sale of its Australian asset finance business, Capital Finance Australia Ltd (CFAL), and its corporate loan portfolio, BOS International Australia Ltd (BOSI) to Westpac Banking Corporation for approximately A$1.55 billion in total.
  • 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.
  • CSC Treasury Trust capital call facility
    To provide funding to the CSC Treasury Trust for on-lending to the ARIA Property Fund and PSS/CSS A Property Trust.
  • Baosteel groundbreaking US$500 million fundraising
    Advised an Australian subsidiary of Shanghai Baosteel Group Corporation in relation to its capital raising of US$500 million through the issue of bonds listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
  • Sale of Lloyds property loans
    Advised the Australia subsidiaries of Lloyds Banking Group on the sale of portfolios of property loans in Australia and New Zealand to Morgan Stanley and a consortium comprising Goldman Sachs and Brookfield.