Cameron Watson

Partner, Sydney

Biography

Overview

Cameron advises on the financing and acquisition of major energy and infrastructure projects. 

He has worked on transactions across the globe, including Australia and New Zealand, Asia, North America and South America.

Cameron recently represented the successful Lonsdale consortium on its acquisition of the Port of Melbourne in Victoria for A$9.7 billion. He also advised the successful NSW Ports consortium on its acquisition of the Port of Botany and Port Kembla in New South Wales for A$5.07 billion. This deal was awarded various 'Deal of the Year' awards in 2013.

Cameron is a partner in the Firm's Sydney office and a member of the Firm's Project Development and Finance Group, a global team dedicated to providing business and strategic advice to clients regarding financing transactions, which enable the completion of major projects. He is admitted to practice and has practiced at leading firms in Australia, New Zealand and New York.

Bars and Courts
High Court of Australia
Supreme Court of New South Wales
Supreme Court of Victoria
High Court of New Zealand
New York State Bar
Education
LLB
University of Canterbury

New Zealand

BCom
University of Canterbury

New Zealand

Level I of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program

Languages
English

Experience

Port of Botany and Port Kembla*
Advised the successful NSW Ports consortium on its acquisition of the Port of Botany and Port Kembla in New South Wales for A$5.07 billion. This transaction was awarded Best M&A Deal of the Year at the ASIA MONEY Awards 2013, Asia Pacific Transport Deal of the Year at the PFI Awards 2013, Best M&A Deal and Best Project Finance Deal at FinanceAsia's 2013 Achievement Awards – Australia and New Zealand and M&A Deal of the Year at Australian Financial Review's CFO Awards 2013.

Port of Melbourne*
Advised the successful Lonsdale consortium in relation to its acquisition of the Port of Melbourne in Victoria for A$9.7 billion.

TransGrid*
Advised a consortium on its bid for New South Wales transmission grid owner TransGrid.

Indiana Toll Road*
Advised a consortium in relation to its bid for the Indiana Toll Road.

SA Schools II PPP
The TESA Education consortium (DIF, Tetris Capital and Sarah Construction) on its successful bid for the $469.4 million SA Schools II PPP Project in South Australia.

Karratha Workers Accommodation Project
The lenders to the DIF, Multiplex. Compass Group and Brookfield Financial consortium in relation to the $415 million Karratha Workers’ Accommodation Project in Karratha, Western Australia.

West Gate Tunnel Project
Transurban in relation to its market-led proposal to the Victorian Government to build the $6.7 billion West Gate Tunnel Project in Victoria.

lchthys LNG Project*
Advised the export credit agencies and financiers on the US$20 billion project financing of the lchthys LNG Project. This transaction was awarded Deal of the Year at the Project Finance International Awards 2012, Energy & Resources Deal of the Year and Project Finance Deal of the Year at the ALB Australasian Law Awards 2013, Project Finance Deal of the Year 2013 at the Australian Financial Review's CFO Awards 2013 and Best Project Financing Deal of the Year at the ASIA MONEY Awards 2013.

Wellington Solar Farm
Senior lenders on the project financing of the 200MW Wellington Solar Farm, the first solar farm to install bifacial solar panels at scale in Australia.

Royalla Solar Farm*
Advised the financiers on the financing of a commercial 20MW photovoltaic plant and associated infrastructure under a feed in tariff scheme in the Australian Capital Territory.

Moree Solar Farm*
Advised the sponsor in relation to the financing of its 70MW photovoltaic plant and associated infrastructure in New South Wales. The transaction was named IJ Global's 2014 Asia Pacific Solar Transaction of the Year.

*Experience gained in a previous role