Simon Gray has extensive experience in a wide range of banking and finance transactions across the Asia-Pacific region. Simon also has experience practicing in London.
Simon regularly advises financial institutions and borrowers in a broad range of financing transactions (employing conventional and Islamic financing structures), including acquisition financing, debt restructuring syndicated and bilateral loan facilities, project financing, real estate financing, structured financing and trade financing.
Representative Legal Matters
- Advised the arrangers on a USD 275 million term facility to a Singapore listed company's subsidiary acquire shares in Indonesian established holders of water concession rights, minority shares and related assets.
- Advised a portable navigation systems company on a EUR 1.79 billion loan facility to finance its acquisition of the listed shares in a digital mapping/navigation company.
- Advised the arrangers on a funded, limited recourse, off balance sheet participation in a USD 150 million crude oil prepayment facility entered into between a buyer and a subsidiary of an Indonesian producer of crude oil.
- Advised the arrangers on a funded, limited recourse, off balance sheet USD 72 million participation in a USD 80 million prepayment facility between an offtaker and agent seller of Indonesian crude oil.
- Advised a syndicate of Malaysian banks on the restructuring of project financing facilities of USD 215 million and MYR 436 million to a Malaysian borrower involved in the smelting of ferro and manganese alloys.
- Advised the arrangers on a senior secured USD 100 million reserve based facility to the subsidiary of an Australian listed company to finance the exploitation of oil and gas resources, including post-completion restructuring arrangements.
- Advised the arrangers in the GBP 2.14 billion development financing for the Battersea Power Station in London. Phase 1 won "Best Cross-Border Investment by an Asian Investor" by Real Estate Investment World Asia Awards for Excellence 2013, and Phases 2 and 3 (which included Islamic facilities) were named one of the “Deals of the Year 2014” by ASIAN MENA COUNSEL and “Innovations in Islamic Finance 2015” by Euromoney Awards.
- Advised a Malaysian bank on a GBP 36.5 million murabaha facility for a subsidiary of a Malaysian state owned fund to finance the acquisition of commercial property in the United Kingdom.
- Advised a syndicate of the lenders on senior secured term, revolving and trade facilities totaling USD 270 million to a group of companies based in Indonesia, Myanmar and Singapore.
- Advised the purchasers of receivables on a USD 230 million receivables purchase facility to an SGX listed commodities seller and servicer.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- High Court of New Zealand - Barrister and Solicitor
- Law Society of New Zealand - Member
- New Zealand (2003)
- University of Auckland (LLB)
- University of Auckland (Bachelor of Commerce Major in Accounting and Finance)
Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Leow is a member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein.