JWS brings in international partner
Johnson Winter & Slattery has enhanced its corporate and infrastructure practice with the appointment of a new partner who has joined the firm in its Melbourne office.
Nicholas Grambas is an internationally recognised lawyer and the former global leader of Sidley Austin LLP’s project finance and infrastructure group.
Prior to joining Johnson Winter & Slattery, Mr Grambas was based in Singapore and New York for a number of years.
He brings extensive experience in M&A, projects and finance and also has a deep understanding of commercial and legal structuring of transactions across a range of sectors, including infrastructure, utilities, power and renewables, water and wastewater, district energy, mining and resources.
Johnson Winter & Slattery managing partner Peter Slattery said Mr Grambas is a great fit for the firm.
“Nicholas has a strong practice representing investors and project sponsors on a range of complex infrastructure asset deals, with a strong focus on the energy sector,” Mr Slattery said.
“We are known in the market for having one of the largest and most widely experienced energy practices in Australia. Nicholas will further strengthen our capabilities and help us continue to build our corporate offering in Victoria.”
With more than 25 years of experience in Asia, Australia, Europe, US and the Middle East, the firm said Mr Grambas is a versatile lawyer representing strategic and financial sponsors, lenders and arrangers on complex equity and debt transactions for greenfield and brownfield assets.
He has advised on acquisitions, auctions, divestments, privatisations, joint ventures, PPPs/greenfield/concession projects, acquisition and project finance.
Examples of Mr Grambas’ recent significant experience include representing Aboitiz Power Corporation in its $582 million acquisition of a 60 percent economic interest in AA Thermal, AC Energy’s thermal power platform in the Philippines.
Furthermore, he acted for Climate Fund Managers on various renewable investments opportunities in South-East Asia Climate Fund Managers on its $50 million investment in Cleantech Asia Pte Ltd, a leading C&I development platform in South-east Asia, and related commercial structuring and arrangements to establish a “yield-co” business model.
Mr Grambas is the sixth partner to join Johnson Winter & Slattery so far this financial year as the firm continues its focus on expanding its capabilities.