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James Abbott

Partner

Sydney

Abbott James
James Abbott

Partner

Sydney

James has experience on a wide range of project, corporate and acquisition financings, including in the energy, resources and infrastructure sectors and in relation to the syndicated, ECA and multi-source debt financing of major Australian and South East Asian projects. 

James is recognised as a notable practitioner in the 2018 IFLR1000 Australia Guide as well as Best Lawyers.

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Experience highlights

Office

Sydney

Allen & Overy
Level 25, 85 Castlereagh Street
Sydney
NSW 2000

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted as solicitor, New South Wales, Australia, 2005

Academic

Bachelor of Laws, University of New South Wales, 2004

Bachelor of Commerce (Finance), University of New South Wales, 2004

Diploma of Applied Finance, Kaplan Professional, 2014

Other noteworthy experience 

Advising:

  • The lenders of Port of Portland Pty Ltd in connection with the refinancing of Port of Portland.
  • Palisade Investment Partners in relation to its acquisition of the North Queensland Gas Pipeline from Victoria Funds Management Corporation.
  • The financiers in respect of a fully committed bid to acquire 50% of the Macarthur Wind Farm.
  • A confidential sponsor in repsect of the development and financing of a portfolio of three solar PV farms in Australia.
  • ARENA in relation to its partial funding for the Lake Bonney 25MW Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) in South Australia.
  • Flight Centre Limited in relation to its debt facilities, including its syndicated multi-option corporate facilities.
  • A confidential private equity bidder in connection with the financing for its bid to acquire Arnott's Biscuits.
  • The entities that own and operate the Abbot Point Coal Terminal in relation to multiple bonds and institutional placements.
  • Bank of China, Sydney Branch, Bank of China, London Branch, MUFG Bank Ltd., Standard Chartered Bank and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation as mandated lead arrangers and lenders and Standard Chartered Bank as facility agent and security agent on the USD1.1bn syndicated revolving borrowing base facility made available to Macquarie Bank Limited. The facility was supported by guarantees provided by Macquarie Bank Limited and Macquarie Group Limited. The transaction involved A&O teams in Sydney, London, New York, Frankfurt and Paris and relationship firms in Sweden and Canada.
  • Australia and New Zealand Banking Group and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Sydney Branch as lenders, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group as agent and ANZ Fiduciary Services Pty Ltd as security trustee on a syndicated capital call facility for Pacific Equity Partners Fund VI, L.P.