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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.

Other noteworthy experience includes 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.

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

News & insights

Collection of lights

Publications: 30 NOVEMBER 2021

The sun never sets on English law governed debt: reviewing the Re Prosafe SE decision

The recent decision in Re Prosafe SE pits the principle of freedom of contract against the increasingly popular modified universalism in the cross-border restructuring and insolvency space.

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buildings

Publications: 30 NOVEMBER 2021

2021/2022 – Another eventful year for Thai competition law

While the ongoing global pandemic has had a temporary braking effect on some business sectors and international travel, Thai competition law has continued to develop at pace in an attempt to catch up…

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Road at night

News: 17 NOVEMBER 2021

Allen & Overy advises ConnectEast on AUD1.1bn refinancing for Melbourne’s EastLink tollway

Allen & Overy has advised ConnectEast Pty Ltd (“ConnectEast”) on the AUD1.11 billion refinancing of the EastLink tollway in Melbourne. 

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Publications: 05 OCTOBER 2021

LIBOR transition and loan hedging: basis risk and how to deal with it

Global LIBOR transition efforts continue apace.  However, switching hedged loans to risk free rates is a particularly challenging area.  We discuss what borrowers, lenders and hedge providers really…

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