Farrell, Robyn

Robyn Farrell

Associate
Baker & McKenzie

Biography

Robyn Farrell is an associate in the Banking & Finance team at Baker McKenzie, Sydney. She focuses on corporate finance and acquisition and project finance.

Practice Focus

Robyn has experience acting for banks, other financial institutions and corporate borrowers on financing transactions and debt restructurings. She has advised on bilateral and syndicated deals (pre- and post-insolvency appointments), acquisition and project finance, general corporate finance, construction and property finance and cross-border transactions. Robyn also advises on the Personal Property Securities legislation.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised Neoen, a leading French renewable energy company, on the A$285 million debt financing for the 100MW first stage of its Hornsdale Wind Farm project near Jamestown in South Australia. The debt financing comprises a long-term senior debt facility from Germany’s KFW Ipex-Bank and France’s Societe Generale, with a smaller portion of junior debt from Investec. The deal is the first of the larger wind projects in Australia under the recent ACT 200MW Wind Auction and it is one of a few renewables projects in Australia to benefit from long-term debt financing.

  • Advised Electricity Generating Public Company (EGCO) on the acquisition of the A$350 million Boco Rock wind farm from Asia Pacific Renewables and GE EFS and the related project financing of that acquisition.

  • Advised Malakoff Corporation Berhad, a Malaysian power producer, on its acquisition and financing of a 50 percent interest in the A$1.2 billion Macarthur Wind Farm in Victoria from Meridian Energy and subsequently advised Malakoff Corporation Berhad, in relation to AGL's A$532 million sale of 50 percent interest in the Macarthur Wind Farm to private equity firm, HRL Morrison & Co. The Macarthur Wind Farm is located in south-west Victoria, Australia and is the largest wind farm in the southern hemisphere.

  • Advising Platinum Equity, a major US based private equity firm, on its first acquisition in Australia - the A$454 million purchase of a 70 percent stake in Sensis from Telstra.

  • Advised a Chinese banking syndicate on Australian law aspects of USD1.3 billion facilities for an iron ore project in Western Australia, including impact of Personal Property Securities Act.

  • Advised an Indian banking syndicate led by ICICI Bank on USD800 million syndicated financing of Lanco Resources and The Griffin Coal Mining Company and the ongoing development of the project.

  • Advised a residential and commercial property developer on acquisition funding for the redevelopment of 50 and 54 Park Street, Sydney and construction funding for the redevelopment of 99 Elizabeth Street, Sydney.

  • Advised an unlisted closed end infrastructure fund with a focus on infrastructure investments in OECD and OECD-like countries on A$65 million bridging finance with security over offshore assets.

  • Advised Lantern Hotel Group (ASX:LTN) on the re-negotiation and restructure of A$100 million banking facilities as a result of the change in fund manager to Lantern and to accommodate future transactions such as the internalisation and stapling and the acquisition of pub assets, refinancing of subsidiary fund facilities and restructure of the group’s investment in the Panthers Group.

  • Advised Starhill REIT (Malaysian listed hospitality trust) on acquisition funding for purchase of hotel and business assets of Sydney Harbour Marriot Hotel, Brisbane Marriott Hotel and Melbourne Marriott Hotel.

Admissions

  • New South Wales~Australia (2005)

Education

  • Macquarie University (LL.B.) (2005)