Jeff Clark

Jeff Clark

Jeff Clark is a partner in the Melbourne office where he practises in the Banking and Finance group.

Jeff specialises in major projects including project finance, the financing of property acquisitions and developments and acquisition and leveraged finance. He also advises extensively in relation to financial restructures and workouts, general insolvency issues and securities enforcement.

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Recent Matters

Major Projects and Project Finance

  • Advising the financiers to the AquaSure Consortium in relation to their successful bid to develop the Victorian Desalination Project.
  • Advising the Sothern Way Consortium with respect to its approach to develop the Peninsula Link PPP.
  • Advising ConnectEast in relation to the financing of the EastLink Tollway.
  • Advising Babcock & Brown and CITTA Property Group in relation to their appointment by the Victorian Government and the City of Port Phillip to redevelop the St Kilda Triangle site.
  • Advising PPP Solutions, a consortium of Babcock & Brown and Multiplex, in relation to their successful appointment by the Victorian Government and Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria joint venture to redevelop the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds under a PPP model.
  • Advising Bilfinger Berger in relation to its bid to redevelop the Royal Childrens Hospital.
  • Advising the financier to Plenary Group which was appointed to develop the Barwon Water Biosolids PPP Project.
  • Advising the lenders to Griffin Power in relation to the financing of the construction and operation of the Bluewaters Power Station.
  • Advising Port of Portland in relation to the proposal to develop Australia's largest Hardwood Chip Facility at the Port and various financinfs for Port of Portland.
  • Acting for the financiers to Epic Energy Ltd in connection with the construction and financing of the Burrup Peninsula Pipeline and Pilbara Extension Pipeline.
  • Acting for the financiers to Santos Ltd and Apache Corporation in connection with the construction and operation of the Second Varanus Island Pipeline.
  • Acting for the financiers to Pasminco Limited with respect to the financing of the Century Mine transportation assets.

Acquisition and Leveraged Finance

  • Advising Incitec Pivot Limited in relation to the financing of the acquisition of Dyno Nobel and various financings.
  • Acting for CVC Asia Pacific Limited in relation to its bid to acquire Carter Holt Harvey.
  • Acting for BOS International (Australia) Limited and Royal Bank of Scotland plc as the financiers to Ironbridge Capital and Archer Capital in relation to their bid with Healthscope to acquire Symbion Health.
  • Advising Blackstone Management in relation to the financing in Australia of its acquisition of the Hilton Hotel Group.
  • Acting for Credit Suisse and ANZ as arrangers of the financing to Pacific Equity Partners in relation to its proposed acquisition of Flight Centre.
  • Advising CVC Asia Pacific Limited in relation to the financing of the acquisition of a 75% interest in PBL Media Group and the subsequent acquisitions of Ticketek and Emap Holdings.
  • Advising KKR, Blackstone and TPG in relation to their bid to acquire Coles Limited.
  • Advising Citibank in relation to the financing of the takeover by Transurban of Sydney Roads Group.
  • Advising Credit Suisse in relation to the financing of the acquisition of Carter Holt Harvey by the Rank Group and the subsequent recapitalisation of Cater Holt Harvey.
  • Advising Credit Suisse in relation to the financing of the takeover by Rank Group of Burns, Philp & Co Limited.
  • Acting for National Australia Bank as the arranger and the financiers in relation to financing of the initial public offer of shares in Goodman Fielder Limited including the acquisition of the businesses from Burns, Philp & Co Limited and New Zealand Dairy Foods Limited.
  • Advising Credit Suisse as financial advisor and lead arranger in relation to the takeover by Burns, Philp & Co Limited of Goodman Fielder Limited and the financing of that acquisition.
  • Acting for the financiers to TXU in connection with the acquisition by it of the Westar and Kinetik gas businesses from the Victorian Government.
  • Acting for the lead arrangers and financiers in the A$750,000,000 global facility provided to CSL Ltd in relation to its acquisition of Adventis-Behring.
  • Acting for National Australia Bank as the lead arranger and the financiers in the US$850,000,00 global facility provided to PaperlinX Ltd in relation to its acquisition of the Buhrmann Group.
  • Acting for the financiers to Tabcorp Holdings Ltd in connection with the financing of its merger with Jupiters Ltd and the financing of the subsequent takeover of TAB Ltd.
  • Acting for the financiers to Bayard Capital in connection with the acquisition of the Landis & Gyr Group.
  • Acting for Hancock Natural Timber Group in connection of the financing of the acquisition of the Victorian Plantations Corporation from the Victorian Government and the subsequent acquisition of the Australian Paper Plantations Pty Ltd from Amcor Limited.
  • Advising the lenders to Asciano in relation to the refinancing of their debt facilities.

Property Acquisition and Development

  • Advising Babcock & Brown in relation to the acquisition and the financing of the development of 717 Bourke Street, Docklands.
  • Advising Sachsen Fonds GmbH in relation to the acquisition of a long term leasehold interest in the KPMG Building at 161 Collins Street, Melbourne.
  • Advising Hampton Development Group in relation to the acquisition, construction and financing of the Chevron Development.
  • Advising Sachsen Fonds GmbH in relation to its acquisition of a long term leasehold interest in the Digital Harbour buildings at the Docklands.
  • Advising the financiers in relation to the financing of the development of the Nolan Tower and Conder Tower developments at Docklands.
  • Advising the financier in relation to the financing of the development by the Folkestone/Leightons Joint Venture of 700 Collins Street, Melbourne.
  • Acting for the mezzanine financiers in connection with the financing of the construction of the Eureka Tower.
  • Acting for Hampton Development Group in relation to the acquisition, construction and financing of the Cammeray Square Development in Cammeray, New South Wales.
  • Advising Hampton Development Group in relation to the financing of the Whisper Cover Development in New Zealand.
  • Advising the financier to ISPT in relation to the construction and financing of the Industry Workshop Development.

Financial restructures

  • Advising a financier in relation to the facilities provided to the Centro Property Group and the financial restructure of the Group.
  • Advising the financiers to Paperlinx in relation to the restrucutre of Paperlinx's external financing.
  • Working on secondment with the asset structuring unit of a major financial institution.
  • Advising the financiers to a major privately owned group of companies upon a financial restructure of the group.
  • Acting for the financiers to the Pasminco group of companies in connection with a financial restructure of the group and the subsequent placement of the Group in voluntary administration.
  • Advising the financiers upon the financial restructure of The Gribbles Group Ltd and the subsequent takeover by Healthscope Ltd.

Memberships

  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Member of the Victorian Technical Committee for the Finance & Treasury Association.

Experience

  • 1986: Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Science degrees, University of Melbourne
  • 1987: Solicitor, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Melbourne - gaining early legal experience in the areas of intellectual property law, corporate and commercial law, commercial litigation and property development and leasing
  • 1988: Solicitor, Banking & Finance, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Melbourne
  • 1993: Seconded to a major financial institution to work in a specialist debt recovery unit
  • 1996 - present: Partner, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Melbourne
  • He has presented at various seminars and written a number of journal papers.
  • Jeff has been nominated as one of the world's leading project finance lawyers by Chambers Global Guide since 2000. He is listed in the International Who's Who of Project Finance Lawyers and was named as a leading Banking lawyer in IFLR 1000 2009, as well as being recommended in the 2009 edition of the Guide to the World's Leading Banking Lawyers produced by Euromoney's Legal Media Group.
  • APL 500 2008/2009 describes Jeff as "forceful and proactive" as well as "driven to provide a service and to protect the client".

Location

Legal insights

Australia's insolvency reforms are some of the most significant changes to occur over the last decade, and will have implications to company directors, banks, and creditors.

09 October 2017

The Turnbull Government's proposed reforms introduce a two-layered adjustment to the restructuring landscape through safe harbour reform and the ipso facto stay.

02 May 2017

The Australian Government's proposed reforms aim to shift the face of Australia's corporate insolvency laws towards restructuring over a formal insolvency process.

02 June 2016

The decision is an example of the potentially severe (and expensive) consequences to lessors of failing to register security interests arising from PPS leases.

16 February 2016

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