Construction, Infrastructure & Project Finance Department

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What the team is known for Highly regarded for its representation of government on high-profile infrastructure mandates. Advises on all aspects of major infrastructure projects, including structuring and planning, as well as contract negotiations and disputes. Demonstrates further ability on project finance matters, representing government and corporate borrowers with a growing capacity for lender-side mandates.

Strengths Clients appreciate the strength of the team's experience in the infrastructure space, one noting: "They are across the market precedents and issues on the large projects so there is no read-in time, they are across the issues quickly and are very agile."

Another client comments on the team's depth across the board: "They're excellent, they have a very strong team in infrastructure procurement. They have very good partners but they also have very good strength at the associate level."

Work highlights Acted for Transport for NSW on all aspects of the Sydney Metro Project, including project structuring, procurement and construction contracts, property acquisitions, planning and over-station developments.

Represented Clean TeQ on the preparation of project documents and financing arrangements with regards to the AUD1 billion development of the Sunrise Nickel Cobalt Scandium Project in New South Wales.

Notable practitioners

Alex Guy is well regarded for his "long-standing experience in transport contracts." He is particularly noted for his work on rail projects. He joined Ashurst's Brisbane office from DLA Piper in 2018.

Angus Foley is noted for being a particularly commercial lawyer in the infrastructure space, a client commenting: "He's perceived as a bit of superstar in terms of his direct, commercial approach, drawing on his background having worked as a banker in one of the large domestic banks." He is active representing various government bodies on a number of transport projects.

David Mason specialises in project finance transactions, often acting for borrowers on financing and refinancing arrangements in the energy space. He has a particular focus on debt financing.

Georgia Quick is noted as a litigator who focuses on construction and infrastructure disputes, including international arbitrations. One of her clients notes that "she's got a great understanding of strategy in litigation and a good understanding of the commercial needs of the client."

Grant Rowlands has an active practice acting for both public entities and private corporations in relation to the construction of a number of infrastructure and development projects. One client notes that "his advice always comes with clear, concise recognition of key risks and opportunities, and consideration of value for money."

Harvey Weaver works on transport and social infrastructure projects and has been particularly active in the student accommodation space. Clients praise his technical ability, one commenting: "He's technically very strong and very good at what he does, and is very strategic and outcomes-focused."

Lee McDonald is a very highly regarded infrastructure practitioner, particularly for his representation of government on major transport and rail projects. Clients praise the depth of his experience and knowledge, one saying: "He's just really knowledgeable and practical and he understands government very well, he has a real knowledge in that regard."

Richard Guit is described as "reasonably versatile and highly commercial." He acts for both the public and the private sector on infrastructure projects in the energy, transport and education sectors.