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02 Mar 2011

Clayton Utz advises on Insto award-winning deals

Sydney, 2 March 2011: Two headline transactions in 2010 on which Clayton Utz had key advisory roles have been recognised at the 12th Annual Insto Distinction Awards held in Sydney recently, run by Insto magazine.

The Initial Public Offering of QR National was named Equity Deal of the Year, while Australian transport infrastructure company Asciano Ltd was named Australian Issuer of the Year – International Bond Markets following its inaugural US $1 billion issue into the United States Rule 144A debt capital markets last year.

A Clayton Utz team led by national Equity Capital Markets practice head Stuart Byrne and Brisbane Corporate partner Tim Reid, with support from senior associate Natalie Krahe, advised the five joint lead managers on the QR National IPO – the largest IPO of 2010. The transaction involved a highly successful collaboration between our Brisbane and Sydney offices to bring the IPO to market.

Asciano's successful bond issue was achieved with legal advice and support from a Clayton Utz team led by Sydney Corporate partners Mark Williamson and Simon Brady, with support from lawyer Patricia Paton. Banking partner Paul Gatward led the Clayton Utz team that advised on Asciano's bank debt restructuring that facilitated the Rule 144A issue.

The deal - which has also recently been named Offshore Public Bond Deal of the Year by KangaNews Magazine - represented another collaborative effort within Clayton Utz to help Asciano bring this strategically significant deal to market. 

The Insto Distinction Awards are the benchmark for achievement in Australia’s finance and capital markets.

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