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Greg specialises in construction and finance law. He focuses his practice on the funding and development of major infrastructure projects, with particular expertise in privately financed projects in the transport and energy sectors.

Greg also advises lenders and borrowers on all types of finance transactions, including project financings, corporate borrowings, bond raisings, reserve-based lending, acquisition finance, guarantee facilities, leasing and other forms of asset finance.

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Construction and Major Projects

Greg has been part of the firm's core team advising on many of South East Queensland's recent major infrastructure projects.

Inland Rail: Inland Rail is a project to create a 1,700km inland freight railway connecting Melbourne and Brisbane. Clayton Utz advises the project owner, Australian Rail Track Corporation.

Cross River Rail: The $5.4 billion Cross River Rail is a new 10km rail line through Brisbane city, including a 6km tunnel and four new stations. Clayton Utz advises the Queensland Government's project delivery authority, Cross River Rail Delivery Authority.

ETCS Level 2 Technology: The European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 2 project is a new technology-based train control and signalling system for Brisbane's inner city rail network, including Cross River Rail. Clayton Utz advises the Queensland Government's project delivery authority, the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority.

Brisbane AirTrain: The Brisbane AirTrain is a privatised rail link operating between Brisbane city and the airport. Clayton Utz advises the project owner, the Queensland Government's Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Toowoomba Bypass: The $1.6 billion Toowoomba Bypass is a 41km toll road bypassing Toowoomba to the North and West. The toll road opened to traffic in 2019. Clayton Utz advised the project owner, the Queensland Government.

Legacy Way: The $1.5 billion Legacy Way is a 4.6km toll road tunnel connecting the Western Freeway to the Inner City Bypass in Brisbane. Legacy Way opened to traffic in 2015. Clayton Utz advised the project owner, the Brisbane City Council.

Nord Stream 2: Greg advised the project company on the funding and development of Nord Stream 2, a 2.6 billion, 1,230km gas pipeline from Russia to Germany through the Baltic Sea.

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Banking and Finance

Greg advises many of the firm's key corporate clients on a broad range of banking and finance transactions.

COVID-19 Industry Support Package: Greg recently advised the Queensland State Government on secured loan support packages to Queensland businesses in the wake of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Various: Greg regularly advises a broad range of lending institutions and corporate borrowers on all types of credit, including project finance, corporate borrowings, bond raisings, reserve-based lending, acquisition finance, guarantee facilities, leasing and other forms of asset finance.

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Project Finance

Greg has experience advising a variety of stakeholders, including project owners, government authorities, sponsors, lenders and project vehicles, on a range of project financings.

Public Private Partnerships (PPPs): Greg has been part of the firm's core team advising government authorities on many of South East Queensland's privately financed major infrastructure projects, including Cross River Rail, Toowoomba Bypass and Airport Link.

Nord Stream 2: Greg advised the project company on the financing of a €2.6 billion, 1,230km gas pipeline from Russia to Germany.

Rare Earths Project: Greg advised the lender on the refinancing of a US$225m project finance facility for rare earth minerals.

Energy Finance: Greg has advised lenders, borrowers and sponsors on a large number of $100m+ project financings for oil, gas, nuclear, wind and steel developments in Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Russia, Nigeria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

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Corporate Finance

Greg advises many of the firm's key corporate clients on a broad range of corporate finance transactions.

Corporate facilities: Greg regularly advises lenders and borrowers on corporate loan facilities, such as bilateral and syndicated revolving credit facilities and term loans.

Guarantee facilities: Greg advises corporate borrowers on bank guarantee, letter of credit and insurance bond facilities.

Asset finance: Greg advises lending institutions and corporate borrowers on asset financing facilities, such as operating leases and prepayment facilities.

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Restructuring

Greg has advised lenders, borrowers and sponsors on the restructuring and refinancing of various finance facilities in default.

Circle Oil: Acting for the World Bank's private development institution, The International Finance Corporation, Greg led the enforcement and distressed sale of Egyptian, Moroccan and Tunisian oil and gas assets to recover part of a secured loan in default.

US$1bn Steel Facility: Greg acted for the sponsors on the distressed refinancing of a US$1 billion steel processing plant in Saudi Arabia.

Peabody Energy: Greg was part of the firm's core team advising Peabody Energy Australia on its local operations and financing facilities after its US parent company filed for Chapter 11 relief in 2015.

Rare Earths Project: Greg advised the lender on the distressed refinancing of a US$225m project finance facility for rare earth minerals.

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Debt Capital Markets

While working in New York, Greg advised issuers on a series of high profile bond raisings.

Fortescue Metals: US$3.2 billion secured high yield bond offering for iron ore developments in Western Australia.

American Energy Partners: US$3 billion secured high yield bond offerings for oil and gas developments in Texas and Oklahoma.

Concordia Pharmaceuticals: US$1.6 billion acquisition financing of Covis Injectibles via a US$735 million bond offering, US$300 million equity raising and US$575 million loan facility.

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