Ashurst today announces that it has strengthened its Asia Pacific project finance capability with the hire of partner Chris Redden in the firm’s Sydney office.
Chris joins Ashurst’s project finance practice from Norton Rose Fulbright, where he was head of financial institutions. He has recognised expertise in project and infrastructure finance, having advised on numerous high profile international and cross border financings across sectors including oil and gas, infrastructure, mining and energy. Chris is qualified to practice in Australia, Hong Kong and the UK and has extensive experience in each of these jurisdictions.
Global co-head of finance Jamie Ng comments: “Chris has a wealth of international experience and technical knowledge which will further enhance our international reputation in the Asia Pacific project finance markets. His appointment supports our active growth agenda, while providing a significantly broader and stronger offering to both our international and domestic clients. We look forward to welcoming him to the team.”
The hire bolsters the firm’s strategy to maintain and build upon its leading project finance practice in the Asia Pacific region. This follows the practice advising Edify Energy on the development, financing and equity transfer to build and operate two-large scale solar farms in Northern Queensland in one of Australia’s largest solar portfolio financings to date; advising Sydney Motorway Corporation on the A$14.9 billion WestConnex motorway project; and advising IFM Investors and AustralianSuper in their A$16.189 billion acquisition of stated owned electricity company, Ausgrid.
Chris added: “Ashurst has an impressively global and dynamic finance practice. I look forward to joining a leading team of legal professionals in the Australian finance group, and being part of a wider firm with exceptional credentials.”
This follows the appointment of Diane Skapinker as a real estate partner in Sydney in July 2017 and the appointment of Martin Kaiser as a securitisation partner in Frankfurt in August 2017.
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