image of Graeme TuckerGraeme Tucker

Clayton Utz Partner , Sydney T +61 2 9353 4875

Graeme Tucker has extensive experience advising on a wide range of corporate finance transactions and trade and asset finance transactions, including asset based lending and working capital facilities. Graeme has also practised at major firms in New York and as a partner at a major firm in South Africa.

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Corporate Finance

Avenue Capital

  • Advised on the financing of a $50m property construction and student accommodation facility.
  • Advised on the financing of a $50m corporate and project based facility.


  • Advising on an asset based loan facility provided to a non-bank financier comprising a revolving asset backed receivables purchase facility.
  • Advising on a equipment backed asset based lending to an equipment leasing business and related intercreditor negotiations with senior secured lenders.
  • Advising Balmain as purchaser of a book of asset based loans from Investec.

Broadpeak and Arbitrium Capital Partners

  • Broadpeak Investment Adviser and Arbitrium Capital Partners: Advising on a secured term loan facility to fund the M Group's acquisition of the Sandvik global business in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Advising on a syndicated structured property financing.

Collection House: Graeme led the refinancing of Collection House Limited, with a combined asset sale (led by Andrew Hay), financing arrangements with the buyer of the assets and restructuring of existing secured club debt facilities.  The transaction built on a restructuring transaction led by Timothy Sackar to stabilise the business earlier in the year.

Downer EDI Limited

  • Advised on numerous bilateral and syndicated facilities over many years.
  • Advised on the acquisition financing and target debt aspects of its +A$1bn unsolicited takeover bid for Spotless.
  • Advised on its Syndicated Bonding Facility.

Gordon Brothers: Advised in relation to the syndicated borrowing base facilitated provided to Allegro in connection with the acquisition of the Toll Parcels group.


  • Advised on a $220m asset based lending financing package consisting of a secured revolving credit and term loan facility to refinance all existing senior secured facilities.
  • Advised Myer on its migration from an unsecured credit platform onto a secured platform including a new A$400m secured syndicated facility (to refinance its existing unsecured syndicated facility), secured bilateral facilities and secured hedging arrangements.

Virgin Airlines Australia / Deloitte (as voluntary administrators): Graeme led the finance work streams in connection with the VAA administration, sale, administrator funding and ultimate exit from the administration through the deed of company arrangement.

See Corporate Finance

Asset Finance and Structured Asset Finance

Siemens Healthcare Pty Ltd: Graeme advised Siemens Healthcare on a structured equipment financing arrangement for the provision of medical equipment and managed equipment services. 

A syndicate of Australian banks

  • Advised on a syndicated inventory financing (SIF) for Graincorp, at the time the largest SIF transaction in the Australian market.
  • Advised on a participation in a sugar sale and repurchase facility provided to Queensland Sugar Limited.


  • Advised on numerous structured receivables finance facilities.

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

  • Advised on the establishment of its working capital facility program.
  • Advised on numerous subsequent facilities provided to CBA business bank and IB borrowers, all backed by receivables and/or inventory.

CBA, Westpac, Balmain, Gordon Brothers: Graeme and team advised on a wide variety of structured asset based lending and trade finance facilities, including retail borrowing base facilities, an administrator financing facility for a wine company in administration, two steel backed trade finance facilities, various equipment backed facilities, a trade payables programme and structuring and preparing the documentation for a new asset based lending programme.

Marubeni Equipment Finance

  • Advised MEF on various transactions and matters including the structured asset financings of various mining companies through independent trustee structures.
  • Advising MEF and Westpac on a funded sub-participation agreement in relation to the leasing of equipment to a miner.
  • Advising MEF on the equipment lease financing for a mining company and related intercreditor arrangements.
  • Advising MEF on the equipment lease financing and principal & agency arrangements with a major bank for the equipment leasing to a mining company.

Moorebank Intermodal Company: Advising on its unsecured corporate financing, including transaction structuring and planning, due diligence reports and working closing with financial advisers.


  • Advised on a structured receivables purchase facility for a major corporate borrower.
  • Advised on a “just in time” inventory finance facility provided to a major corporate borrower.

See Asset Finance

Debt Trading and Special Situation Investing

Virgin Airlines Australia / Deloitte (as voluntary administrators): Graeme led the finance work streams in connection with the VAA administration, sale, administrator funding and ultimate exit from the administration through the deed of company arrangement.

Bain Capital Credit and Deutsche Bank: advised on the acquisition of the A$1.9bn GE commercial finance business in Australia, comprising a leveraged and sponsor finance book, a debtor finance book, an asset based lending book, an equipment loan and equipment leasing book and an aircraft loan and aircraft leasing book.

Efic: Advised in relation to the secured equipment loan provided to the Administrators of Arrium in relation to the Whyalla Mining Operations.

Bain Capital Credit: Advised on the acquisition and financing of the acquisition of a portfolio of performing and non-performing loans from BOSI.

See Debt Trading and Special Situation Investing


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