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Pacific Hydro advised on global funding platform

Pacific Hydro advised on global funding platform

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Two firms have advised on a multimillion-dollar transaction that sees financing across a portfolio of renewable energy assets throughout Australia and Chile.

Firms: Allens (Pacific Hydro); Gilbert + Tobin (China Construction Bank – Agencia en Chile and DIFC Branch, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, DNB Asia Ltd, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited and National Australia Bank Limited)

Deal: Pacific Hydro has been advised on the implementation of a global funding platform.

Value: $670 million

Area: Finance

Key players: The team advising Pacific Hydro was led by Allens banking and finance partner Warwick Newell. He was supported by banking and finance partner Michael Ryan, banking and finance associate Tristan Kelly, and banking and finance lawyer Hamish McCormack.

The Allens due diligence team consisted of energy, resources and infrastructure partners Anna Collyer and Michael Graves; energy, resources and infrastructure senior associates Helen Verrier, Liz Fernando, Fiona Potter and Kate Kelleher; corporate associate Harini Amarasinghe; energy, resources and infrastructure lawyer Scott Joblin; and corporate lawyer Adam Percy.

The team advising the financiers to Pacific Hydro was led by Gilbert + Tobin banking and infrastructure partner Simon Lynch, with assistance from lawyers Daniel Yim, Andrew Kourpanidis and Liam Mulvey, and graduate Sarah McArthur.

Deal significance: Pacific Hydro’s implementation of a new $670 million global funding platform will provide financing across a portfolio of renewable energy assets throughout Australia and Chile.

The platform establishes one of the first cross-border portfolio financings for renewable energy assets by an Australian company, covering more than 568 megawatts of large-scale renewable energy, including both hydroelectric plants and wind farms, according to a statement from Allens.

The transaction involved refinancing a number of project-financed assets into the new facility, including wind farms at Portland, Challicum Hills and Clements Gap in Australia, and Punta Sierra in Chile, along with hydroelectric plants at Coya and Pangal and Chacayes in Chile, the firm said.

“We are delighted to have worked with Pacific Hydro on reaching financial close on this groundbreaking platform, and congratulate their team on achieving this outcome,” said Allens partner Warwick Newell.

“We are looking forward to working with Pacific Hydro on an ongoing basis to assist the company with its growth mandate in the renewable energy market.”

Gilbert + Tobin partner Simon Lynch said the firm was delighted to have advised the financiers on this strategically significant deal.

“Our past experience on major cross-border projects, due diligence and fundraisings was invaluable in advising the financiers and managing the technical and multi-jurisdictional challenges of this transaction, including the complex security arrangements,” he said.

“This deal highlights our team’s continued success in tackling innovative financing deals, and builds upon the success of our recent role advising Tilt Renewables on its renewable energy portfolio-style financing.”

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