Australia: Project Finance 2017

Our research has identified 21 of the top project financing lawyers in Australia this year.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Phillip Cornwell Allens, Sydney
2. Brendan Quinn White & Case, Melbourne

At ALLENS, three practitioners are listed.
Senior counsel Phillip Cornwell “still stands out as the pre-eminent project finance practitioner in the market”, according to interviewees. He brings a highly commercial approach to infrastructure and power projects across Australia and Asia.
Rob Watt is described as “one of the true top 10 project finance lawyers in Australia” by impressed sources. He is deeply experienced in public-private partnerships (PPPs) and leveraged finance deals in relation to projects around the world.
Ben Farnsworth is also highlighted for his depth of expertise in the projects field and has acted on numerous matters worth billions of Australian dollars.

Brendan Quinn of WHITE & CASE is “one of the best in Australia” in this area and is particularly noted for his work in the natural resources sector including oil and gas and renewable energy projects.

Richard Gordon at CLIFFORD CHANCE is a financing specialist who has advised on a number of complex infrastructure projects, including numerous road, hospital and port projects.

ALLEN & OVERY’s Adam Stapledon is a prominent name in the project finance field, with particular expertise in energy and natural resources projects.

Two lawyers from GILBERT + TOBIN are highlighted.
John Schembri is a “very active” name who is “regularly seen on major deals” according to commentators. He regularly assists with the financing of major construction projects including natural resources and property projects.
Simon Lynch is also noted for his broad-based financing expertise, which includes notable skill in project financing transactions.

Erin Wakelin at HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS is an expert in projects involving transport, mining and infrastructure and is regarded as “among the leading names in the area in Australia”.

Simon Currie at NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT is the firm’s global head of energy and is well known for his prowess in financing issues relating to complex projects in the sector.

ASHURST’s Simon Irvine possesses notable expertise in relation to domestic and international projects, particularly Asia. He has acted on a number of prominent PPP deals in Australia.
Angus Foley is also highly recommended for his prowess in the field. He is particularly noted for his infrastructure and transport expertise.

At KING & WOOD MALLESONS, Jeff Clark in Melbourne is a financing expert who handles complex deals involving hospital, water treatment and transportation projects.
Peter Doyle in Sydney is highly experienced in infrastructure as well as energy and natural resources projects, including the refinancing of the Millmerran Power Station worth A$765 million.

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