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Isabelle Whitehead

Counsel

Sydney

Whitehead Isabelle
Isabelle Whitehead

Counsel

Sydney

Isabelle is an Australian and New York dual-qualified lawyer specialising in infrastructure and energy transactions.

 Isabelle advises corporate and fund-based sponsors, financiers and contractors on their investments a range of assets (spanning both traditional and emerging asset classes) in the Asia-Pacific region and the US. In addition to project and acquisition financing, Isabelle also has experience advising clients on PPP/concession documents, preferred equity investments and other innovative funding arrangements.

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Experience highlights

Office

Sydney

Level 25, 85 Castlereagh Street
Sydney
NSW 2000

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted: Bar of the State of New York, 2019

Admitted as a solicitor, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 2014

Academic

LLB (Hons I), University of Sydney, 2013

BSC (Hons I), University of Sydney, 2011

Other noteworthy experience

Advising:

  • ENGIE and Meridiam as the successful bidder for the USD1.2bn+ long term lease and concession of University of Iowa’s utility system, associated bank and USPP financing arrangements. Awarded 'North America Social Infrastructure Deal of the Year 2021' (IJ Global); ‘North America Energy Deal of the Year 2021’ (Infrastructure Investor).
  • The lenders on their financing (and subsequent refinancing) of Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners’ acquisition of the “Seven Seas Water” portfolio of desalination and water supply projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Korean credit funds on various financings (in the form of equity bridge loans and a USPP) of acquisitions by a major UK asset manager of equity in the Denver Eagle P3 rail project (Colorado), Portsmouth Bypass P3 (Ohio) and Presidio Parkway P3 road project (California).
  • Clearway Energy Group on the project financing of its “Daggett 3” Solar Power (482 MW) and Battery Energy Storage System (394 MW) project in California.
  • Dutch Infrastructure Fund in connection with a joint venture with PERENfra LLC develop and acquire USD1.5bn of water infrastructure opportunities in North America.
  • The financiers to Palisade Investment Partners in connection with the development of the 112 MW, USD280m Granville Harbour Wind Farm in Tasmania, Australia.
  • The financiers to Nexus Group (comprised of Acciona, Cintra and Plenary Group) in relation to the financing for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing PPP Project.

Pro bono

  • Worked with a diverse cross-border team to assist the Center for Reproductive Rights in reporting on access to sexual and reproductive health rights in humanitarian settings, including conflict-affected areas.
  • Advised non-profit organization Anthropocene Alliance in researching potential avenues of legal redress for flood survivors in the southern United States.