Scott Heezen

Partner

Sydney, Australia

Scott Heezen is a leading tax practitioner and specialises in infrastructure, property and funds transactions. He is both a qualified lawyer and a Chartered Accountant.

Scott advises on the tax elements of significant corporate transactions - whether significant for their size, complexity or market-leading effects.

He has advised on a significant number of the major and headline-making deals in the funds property and infrastructure area including the S$7.6bn merger of the listed Ascott Residence Trust and Ascendas Hospitality Trust, Brookfield Private Equity on its acquisition of Healthscope for US$2.15bn, the 2021 simplification of the Dexus Stapled group, the acquisition of the John Laing renewable assets by First Sentier Investments and Woolworths on the sale of their Masters home improvement business.

He is also one of the leading advisers on innovative financing programmes for Australian banks and other institutions such as Westpac and numerous Australian mutuals in respect of their Tier II and Covered Bond programmes.

Scott's work highlights include:

  • DEXUS: Advising on the structuring and implementation of the 2021 simplification of their $10bn stapled structure from four trusts into two.
  • OPSEU Pension Trust: Advising OPTrust on their partial sell down of their interest in Kinetic Group (formerly AATS Group) to Infrastructure Capital Group.
  • First Sentier Investors: Providing tax advisory and structuring assistance to First Sentier Investors (formerly Colonial First State Global Asset Management) on the acquisition of the John Laing renewable assets by their Global Diversified Infrastructure Fund.
  • Brookfield Private Equity: Advising on numerous matters including tax and structuring aspects of the A$5.7bn acquisition of Healthscope
  • Latitude: On various taxation aspects of their proposed IPO together with KWM's corporate and banking teams as well as advising on a number of their securitisation programs.
  •  Westpac: On various Tier II capital raisings.

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