Australia: Project Finance 2018

In this chapter we recognise 24 leading lawyers for their exceptional work in advising parties to major project financing undertakings.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Brendan Quinn White & Case, Melbourne
2. Adam Stapledon Allen & Overy LLP, Sydney
3. Phillip Cornwell Allens, Sydney

King & Wood Mallesons is a major player in the project finance market and has four standout lawyers included in this year’s guide.
Peter Doyle is identified as one of the leading practitioners in the field and is known for his advisory work on high-value project financing, particularly regarding major infrastructure developments.
Jeff Clark is a finance specialist who has considerable experience working on a wide array of project matters including leveraged finance.
Claire Rogers has great international experience most notably in relation to working on project financing for infrastructure and energy ventures.
Mark Upfold is a specialist in project financing for infrastructure matters, and boasts extensive experience across the transport, resources and energy sectors.

White & Case is recognised as having three eminent lawyers in the field.
Brendan Quinn is a heavyweight in the industry, with one peer asserting that he has had a “very significant reputation in the market for a long time”, a testament to his expertise and skill in the project financing market.
Joel Rennie is noted for his strong experience in energy and infrastructure project financing (on both a domestic and an international level) – areas in which he is considered a real specialist.
Josh Sgro has vast experience negotiating all levels of project financing transactions, across a range of infrastructure types including power projects and PPPS.

Allens also enjoys a strong presence in the market, with three lawyers recognised.
Phillip Cornwell has a record of working on major project financing transactions, implementing a bank of knowledge gained over a long career in the industry.
Rob Watt is a seasoned practitioner working on a variety of international project financing transactions. He wins high praise for his specific experience dealing with infrastructure projects.
Ben Farnsworth is known for his work on project financing for mining operations throughout Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, in addition to his experience with more general infrastructure ventures.

Peers note that Allen & Overy’s Adam Stapledon is “an excellent project finance lawyer” with “a very good reputation” for his work in project finance in the Australia and Asia-Pacific region. He stands out as one of the foremost projects lawyers in the country.

Gilbert + Tobin has two individuals identified.
Head of the firm’s banking and infrastructure group, John Schembri has significant experience working in project financing, particularly when it comes to large, high-value infrastructure developments.
Simon Lynch is recognised for his strong experience handling banking and infrastructure matters, and particularly stands out for his work financing projects across a range of sectors including construction.

At Clifford Chance, Richard Gordon is a well-recognised figure in the Australian market who draws high praise for his expert handling project and infrastructure financing transactions.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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