Candice Ota | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice

Candice Ota

Counsel, Melbourne

T +61 3 8486 8000

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Overview

Candice advises on the development, financing and acquisition of projects in the oil and gas, mining and metals, infrastructure and power (including renewable) sectors.

Through working at top firms in New York, Sydney and Melbourne, Candice has represented  project sponsors, lenders and borrowers in respect of large and complex projects located in Africa, Australia, Latin America and the USA, often with multi-sourced financing arrangements.

In addition Candice advises developers, lenders, asset owners, hedge funds and private equity funds involved in the energy and infrastructure sectors on the development, financing, acquisition, disposition and transmission projects as well as other energy and infrastructure projects.

Based in the Melbourne office, Candice is a Counsel in the Firm's Energy, Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance Group, a global team dedicated to providing business and strategic advice to clients regarding financing transactions, which enable the completion of major projects.

Bars and Courts

  • Supreme Court of Victoria
  • New York State Bar

Education

  • LLB (Hons), Monash University
  • BA, Monash University

Languages

  • English

Experience

Refinancing of Queensland Airports Ltd

Represented the senior lenders in respect of the refinancing of Queensland Airports Ltd to fund expansion and upgrade works at three airports in Queensland, Australia.*

Financing and restructuring San Andres and El Paso Hydro Power Projects

Represented the senior lenders in connection with the US$120 million financing and restructuring of the San Andres and El Paso Hydro Power Projects located in the Tinguiririca Valley, Chile, sponsored by Hydrochile SA.*

Acquisition financing of Castleton Commodities International

Represented the lenders in connection with financing the acquisition of Castleton Commodities International (formerly Louis Dreyfus Highbridge Energy), a global, private commodities merchant, from Louis Dreyfus Group and a consortium of financial institutions and individuals.*

ITOCHU Corporation US$1.04 billion investment in Samson Investment Company

Represented ITOCHU Corporation in respect of its US$1.04 billion investment in Samson Investment Company.  The project involved preparing and negotiating a gas offtake agreement to provide ITOCHU the right to offtake natural gas produced by Samson's assets, equivalent to 1 million metric tons a year of LNG.*

US$310 million project financing of Canadian Hills Wind Project

Represented the lenders in connection with the US$310 million project financing of the construction and operation of the Canadian Hills Wind Project, a 298.45 MW wind energy facility located in Canadian County, Oklahoma, owned by affiliates of Atlantic Power Corporation, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Metlife, State Street Bank and Trust Company and Union Bank.*

Refinancing of four gas-fired generation facilities in Georgia, USA

Represented the lenders in connection with the US$324 million refinancing of a portfolio of four gas-fired generation facilities located in Georgia, USA, owned by Mackinaw Power LLC, a subsidiary of ArcLight Capital Partners LLC.*

Project finance for CPV Cimarron Wind Project

Advised  the sponsor and developer, Competitive Power Ventures, in connection with the US$240 million project financing of the construction and operation of the CPV Cimarron Wind Project, a 165 MW wind energy facility located in Kansas, USA.*

Idaho Wind Project

Advised the lead arrangers and senior lenders (including The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, ING Capital, Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale and CoBank) in connection with the US$241 million project financing of the construction and operation of the Idaho Wind Project, a portfolio of 11 wind energy facilities with a total capacity of 183 MW, located in Idaho, USA and sponsored by GE Energy Financial Services, Exergy Development Group and Reunion Power.*

Acquisition of Cogentrix Inc

Represented  private equity investors in the acquisition and US$850 million acquisition financing of Cogentrix Inc. , comprising of a portfolio of 14 power plants (2330 MW) located across the United States.*

Financing and restructuring Schahin Black Gold Oil Rig Project

Represented the senior lenders (including Mizuho Corporate Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, WestLB AG, IFC, China Development Bank and other lenders) in the financing and restructuring of the US$1 billion Schahin Black Gold Oil Rig Project sponsored by Schahin Engenharia S.A. and Mitsubishi, which consisted of the financing of the construction and operation of two deep sea drilling rigs chartered to Petrobras and operated in Brazil.*

*Experience gained in a prior role.