With a strong track record of advising on a number of major projects in Queensland, including Public Private Partnerships, David Lester works with clients from project structuring, procurement strategy, and tender formation through to evaluation, contract preparation, negotiation and administration. 

He uses the invaluable commercial insight he's gained from secondments to a number of the firm's clients, including Macquarie Bank, Queensland Treasury, Queensland Cement Limited and ING Australia Ltd, to give sharp, practical advice to his clients, who include Government entities and major Australian companies and financial institutions. 

David also advises borrowers and lenders on banking and finance matters including property, corporate, project and infrastructure financing.

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Construction and Major Projects

Toowoomba Second Range Cross (Projects Queensland) ‒ $1.6 billion: David is leading the Clayton Utz team that is advising Projects Queensland on this toll road project.

Legacy Way (Brisbane City Council) – $1.5 billion: As a core team member, David advised Council in relation to the business case, the procurement model and procurement process for this project, as well as the contractual documentation entered into with the successful bidder, Transcity, for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of this toll road.

Project Q (Brisbane City Council) ‒ $900 million: David led the Clayton Utz team that advised Council on the monetising of its toll road assets through the grant of long-term concessions for the Go Between Bridge and Legacy Way.

Sale of Queensland Motorways (Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council) ‒ $7.1 billion: David led the Clayton Utz team that advised the State and Council with respect to the sale of the Queensland Motorways group to Transurban.

Sale of QML (Queensland Government) – $3 billion: David was a member of the team advising the State in relation to the sale of QML, including QML's rights to operate and toll the Gateway and Logan Motorways. David worked closely with the Department of Transport and Main Roads in the development of the sale agreement, the concession deed and the performance specification for the operation and maintenance of these roads.


East West Link (Linking Melbourne Authority) – $10 billion:
David provided strategic advice on the business case and procurement for this proposed $10 billion northern cross city route in Melbourne.


National PPP Guidelines (Infrastructure Australia):
David led our team advising Infrastructure Australia on the creation of the National PPP Guidelines for economic infrastructure.


Airport Link and Northern Busway Projects (Queensland Government) – $4.8 billion:
David was part of the core team advising the State on all aspects of this project, being delivered as a PPP. The project also includes the concurrent construction of the Northern Busway Project and the Airport Roundabout Upgrade. This involved the integration of the toll road concession with the publicly funded design and construct contracts let for the other two projects, a contracting arrangement which had not previously been accomplished in Australia.


CLEM7 (Brisbane City Council) – $2 billion:
David was part of the core team advising Council on all aspect of this project, and had primary carriage of drafting the concession deed and the suite of other project documents for the project. He advised Council during the delivery and operational phases of the project.

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Banking and Finance

Project finance


Camp Accommodation – $80 million
: David advised in relation to the financing, construction and operation of a greenfield camp accommodation project in Gladstone.


APLNG Project
: David has advised APLNG in relation to the financing aspects of the development of its LNG project.


Corporate finance


Various:
David provides advice to a range of our corporate clients in relation to their financing facilities and securities.

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Corporate Finance

Various: David provides advice to a range of our corporate clients in relation to their financing facilities and securities.

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Project Finance

Camp Accommodation – $80 million: David advised in relation to the financing, construction and operation of a greenfield camp accommodation project in Gladstone.


APLNG Project
: David has advised APLNG in relation to the financing aspects of the development of its LNG project.

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Debt Capital Markets

Various: David provides advice to a range of our corporate clients in relation to their financing facilities and securities.

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Knowledge

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