Banking & Finance

Project Finance

Understanding stakeholder objectives and driving efficiencies

Project finance is at the heart of infrastructure development success across a myriad of sectors requiring innovative and commercially focused finance solutions.

We will work closely with you to understand your objectives and your approach to the project.  This commercial understanding, together with our sector expertise and multidisciplinary approach, will bring practical solutions and clear strategies to deliver a successful project.

Our team advise sponsors and lenders to large, complex and high-profile projects including the nation’s major infrastructure projects, cutting edge renewable energy transactions and the emerging social housing sector.

Unlocking synergies globally

As the first global law firm head-quartered in Asia, we are truly invested in helping clients increase their presence and coverage in the region and globally. Our presence in London, Hong Kong and Beijing means our project finance team leverage off its global network, expertise and depth to unlock opportunities across the globe – the King & Wood Mallesons team can support you.

KWM’s project finance lawyers have played a lead role in some of the globe’s most significant projects, from the recent $7 billion acquisition and financing of Queensland Motorways to the project financing of the development of the Morree Solar Farm and deals in Africa, South-east Asia, China, and South America.

End to end client offering

Our team of specialists offer a genuine sector focus across the key industries in which we operate and truly understand the commercial realities you face. We have the market leading solutions available for you.

Our law firm’s experience in Project Finance, includes:

  • WestConnex (WCX): lead adviser to Australia’s largest road infrastructure project on financing arrangements which involved the A$4.2 billion refinancing and restructuring of the financing for Stage 1 of WCX, funded by a syndicate of 20 banks.
  • Clean Energy Finance Corporation: senior financier to Tesla’s Virtual Power Plant project in South Australia including in relation to intercreditor arrangements with ARENA and the South Australian government and project documentation.
  • National Housing and Infrastructure Funding Corporation (NHFIC): key legal advisor in relation to its new cash flow lending business, advising in relation to financing of each of the three bids participating in the Victorian Public Housing Renewal PPP and a number of other confidential projects which are ongoing.
  • Consortium: on the establishment of a $343 million syndicated loan facility to support the delivery of around 600 social homes, 450 affordable and private rental homes and 50 supported disability accommodation across sites in Brighton, Flemington and Prahran.
  • Global Infrastructure Partners (“GIP”) financiers: on GIP’s acquisition of an interest in the midstream and downstream components of the Gladstone LNG (“GLNG”) Project from Total S.E. and its affiliates (“Total”).
  • The QCLNG Project: one of the largest resource projects in Australia, with forecast project expenditure to exceed A$30 billion.
  • Mitsubishi Development: project financing process for the Oakajee multi-user port and the rail line and the Jack Hills iron ore mine.
  • TransGrid Services: on its A$600 million revolving capex facility enabling it to continue to deliver services to its fast growing pipeline of long-term contracted load and renewable energy infrastructure projects.
  • TransGrid Services: on the issuance of a $295 million Subordinated Note to the CEFC.
  • Transurban: in relation to the acquisition of the debt in Cross City Tunnel and subsequent acquisition of and project financing of Cross City Tunnel.
  • CPPIB, AusSuper and Borealis Consortium: on the bid by the consortium regarding the privatisation of TransGrid.
  • TPG: lenders' counsel for TPG's A$211 million accordion facility for dividend recapitalisation related to Greencross Limited.
  • Holiday Inn Express: lenders' counsel for Holiday Inn Express Sydney Airport refinance.
  • Australian Energy Market Operator: on the refinancing of its corporate facility.

TESTIMONIAL

'...dedication, attitude and approach,' saying that team lawyers 'act like business partners and not just service providers.' 'They have extensive experience handling large-scale and complex international transactions as lead counsel. They have a global network and an ability to work with local teams seamlessly.' 'The firm is excellent. I give it five stars for being very accessible and providing plain English advice. The team is efficient and very responsive.'

Chambers and Partners

The advice is always well set out and very easy to understand in a very complex area. The law isn't always particularly clear and the team are really good at breaking it down into digestible advice that is practical and pragmatic with the suggestions regarding compliance with the requirements.Another cites leading expertise and commitment to the client's needs: They're top-notch: on the technical detail and command of the field, they're right at the top. But they also really throw everything at the work: we ask them to do something and they have relevant people ready to go straight away.

Chambers and Partners

We worked with the Hong Kong and China offices and that gave us good cross-cultural and cross-border capability; their main strength is having the diverse range of skills, being able to do both Australian and international fund structures.

Chambers and Partners

We would use King & Wood Mallesons more for matters which require international capability, so when we need access to local knowledge abroad we would use them.

Chambers and Partners

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