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Adam Stapledon



Adam Stapledon



Adam is head of our Debt and Projects practice in Australia. He has extensive experience advising sponsors and lenders in Australia and the Asia Pacific region, including in project finance, acquisition finance, infrastructure, energy and resources and syndicated lending. Adam has particular expertise in implementing complex multi-source financing structures.

Adam is recognised as a leading lawyer by Doyle’s Guide, Best Lawyers, IFLR1000, Legal 500 and Chambers. Chambers Global says of Adam that " 'His drafting ability, great people skills and understanding of complex technical matters' all attract specific praise, as does his ability to 'cut to the chase, identify the issues and get on top of them.'" Chambers Asia Pacific recognises Adam as a "practical and commercial" lawyer who is "really excellent, quick, thorough and able to negotiate to make our job easier".

Other noteworthy experience includes advising:

  • Fluence Energy, LLC on its participation in a consortium appointed to supply and install one of the first utility scale (30MW/30MWh), grid-connected lithium-ion batteries in Victoria, Australia. The project was developed through the Victorian Government's Energy Storage Initiative and partly funded by the Victorian Government and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).
  • The project company PT Donggi Senoro LNG, a subsidiary of the sponsors, Mitsubishi Corporation, PT Pertamina (Persero), Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS) and PT Medco Energi Internasional TBK, on the development of the Donggi-Senoro LNG project in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia.
  • The lenders to QIC's Global Infrastructure Fund in relation to its acquisition of Sea Swift, a privately-owned, integrated marine transport and logistics provider.
  • Banco Santander on its acquisition of a significant interest in the $280m Taralga Wind Farm in New South Wales, Australia (owned 90% by a subsidiary of Banco Santander and 10% by CBD Energy) and on the subsequent project financing of the project by ANZ Bank, EKF (the Denmark Government's Export Credit Agency) and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.
  • A leading Australian investment bank on the acquisition of a large real estate loan portfolio from Bank of Queensland.
  • The financiers to NBN Co Limited, Australia's largest fixed line broadband infrastructure company and primary wholesale high-speed broadband provider, on AUD6.1bn of unsecured revolving bilateral facilities.
  • Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP) on the AUD1.6bn acquisition of the 40 year concession to operate South Australia's Land Services Group from the South Australian Government.
  • The Financiers to Nexus Group (comprised of Acciona, Cintra and Plenary Group) in relation to the financing of the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing PPP Project - Asia-Pacific Road Deal of the Year 2015, PFI Thomson Reuters 2016 and IJGlobal awards 2016.
  • The commercial lenders and ECAs in relation to the USD7.2bn project financing of the Roy Hill integrated mine, port and rail in Western Australia and the lenders on the subsequent refinancing. The transaction involved ECA financing including by KEXIM, K-Sure, JBIC and NEXI.

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Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2011

Admitted as solicitor, New South Wales, Australia, 1997

Admitted to the High and Federal Courts of Australia, 1997

Admitted as a solicitor, South Australia, 1996


Bachelor of Laws (Hons), The University of Adelaide, 1996

Bachelor of Commerce, The University of Adelaide, 1994

Published work

  • Worldbank "Benchmarking PPP Procurement", contributor