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Bruce is Clayton Utz's Chief Executive Partner. In this role, he is responsible for consolidating the firm's position as Australia's leading law firm and helping shape the firm's business responding to the needs of clients in a dynamic and fast-changing legal market.

Bruce was previously Deputy Chief Executive Partner (2014-2020) responsible for the Clients & Markets and International aspects of the business, a role that reflects his significant legal industry experience in Australia and internationally.

Before joining Clayton Utz, Bruce worked offshore with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, of which he was a partner since the late 90's.  

As a practitioner, Bruce has specialised in energy, project and infrastructure work across a broad spectrum, with sectoral expertise in power, oil and gas, water, transport and mining. He has acted for leading developers and consortia on energy and infrastructure assets, and for lenders and borrowers on large-scale limited recourse transactions. He has particular experience advising on project finance and commodity finance, as well as restructurings and work-outs for borrowers and lending groups on large project deals.

Bruce is an active supporter of art and performance in Australia,  In 2017 he initiated the Clayton Utz Art Partnership, an industry-first collaboration between Clayton Utz and established and emerging artists. He is also Deputy Chair of the Australian String Quartet.

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Energy and Resources

  • Borrower/sponsor counsel on Australia's largest project finance loan (US$8.5 billion) in relation to the first coal-seam gas LNG project to be funded on limited recourse terms (Project Finance International Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Deal of the Year);
  • Counsel to a Chinese oil company on a proposed US$17 billion LNG project development offshore Iran;
  • Lenders counsel on a syndicated loan transaction to fund the development of a phthatic anhydride facility;
  • Advising a bank group on the limited recourse funding of a generation and electricity transmission project in West Australia to deliver off-grid energy to a major iron ore mine development;
  • Sponsor counsel on a tank farm project in Queensland;
  • Tenement holder/developer counsel on a Galilee Basin coal project, to be developed on the basis of coal prepayment contracts;
  • Sponsor counsel on a Victorian wind turbine project;
  • Borrower’s counsel on the US$90 million project financing of a Philippines offshore oil field development;
  • Counsel to a major coal mine owner/operator on a number of development/operational funding facilities;
  • Counsel to the commercial lenders steering group on the Alinta deleveraging/restructuring; and
  • Counsel on the development of a Mongolian coal export project.

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Banking and Finance

  • Borrower/sponsor counsel on Australia's largest project finance loan (US$8.5 billion) in relation to the first coal-seam gas LNG project to be funded on limited recourse terms (Project Finance International Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Deal of the Year);
  • Counsel to a Chinese oil company on a proposed US$17 billion LNG project development offshore Iran;
  • Lenders counsel on a syndicated loan transaction to fund the development of a phthatic anhydride facility;
  • Advising a bank group on the limited recourse funding of a generation and electricity transmission project in West Australia to deliver off-grid energy to a major iron ore mine development;
  • Sponsor counsel on a tank farm project in Queensland;
  • Tenement holder/developer counsel on a Galilee Basin coal project, to be developed on the basis of coal prepayment contracts;
  • Sponsor counsel on a Victorian wind turbine project;
  • Advising the electricity and REC supplier on the privatisation of the Sydney Desalination Plant;
  • Counsel to a European bank on the Peninsula Link road infrastructure project in Victoria (Project Finance APAC Transport (Road) Deal of the Year);
  • Borrower’s counsel on the US$90 million project financing of a Philippines offshore oil field development;
  • Counsel to a major coal mine owner/operator on a number of development/operational funding facilities;
  • Counsel to the commercial lenders steering group on the Alinta deleveraging/restructuring; and
  • Counsel on the development of a Mongolian coal export project.

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Project Finance

  • Borrower/sponsor counsel on Australia's largest project finance loan (US$8.5 billion) in relation to the first coal-seam gas LNG project to be funded on limited recourse terms (Project Finance International Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Deal of the Year);
  • Counsel to a Chinese oil company on a proposed US$17 billion LNG project development offshore Iran;
  • Lenders counsel on a syndicated loan transaction to fund the development of a phthatic anhydride facility;
  • Advising a bank group on the limited recourse funding of a generation and electricity transmission project in West Australia to deliver off-grid energy to a major iron ore mine development;
  • Sponsor counsel on a tank farm project in Queensland;
  • Tenement holder/developer counsel on a Galilee Basin coal project, to be developed on the basis of coal prepayment contracts;
  • Sponsor counsel on a Victorian wind turbine project;
  • Advising the electricity and REC supplier on the privatisation of the Sydney Desalination Plant;
  • Counsel to a European bank on the Peninsula Link road infrastructure project in Victoria (Project Finance APAC Transport (Road) Deal of the Year);
  • Borrower’s counsel on the US$90 million project financing of a Philippines offshore oil field development;
  • Counsel to a major coal mine owner/operator on a number of development/operational funding facilities;
  • Counsel to the commercial lenders steering group on the Alinta deleveraging/restructuring; and
  • Counsel on the development of a Mongolian coal export project.

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