Ged Cochrane

Partner, Melbourne

Biography

Overview

Ged advises lenders, borrowers and sponsors on the development, financing and acquisition of major energy and infrastructure projects. He has particular experience in project finance, acquisition finance and in negotiating power purchase agreements for large-scale thermal, and renewable energy projects.

Ged has developed innovative financing and offtake solutions for energy storage projects in Australia and throughout Asia Pacific.

In 2017, he advised the sponsor on the development of the world's largest lithium ion battery in South Australia. He also advised the sponsor on the Bulgana Green Power Hub, a landmark transaction that was awarded 'Asia-Pacific Energy Storage Deal of the Year 2018' by Project Finance International.

In 2014, Ged represented the sponsors on the A$6.8bn East West Link Road Project, which, at the time, was the largest ever private financing of a PPP in Australia.

While on secondment to Société Générale in Paris he gained invaluable, hands-on experience as in-house legal counsel to the bank's Energy and Natural Resources team.

Based in the Melbourne office, Ged is a Partner in 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.

Bars and Courts
Supreme Court of Victoria
High Court of Australia
Education
LLB (Hons)
Monash University
BA
Monash University
Languages
English

Experience

Hornsdale Power Reserve
Representation of Neoen on the development of the world’s largest lithium ion battery in South Australia, including in relation to the asset's offtake agreement with the SA Government. 

Lilyvale Solar Farm
Representation of FRV in relation to the project financing of the 125MW Lilyvale Solar Farm in Queensland, Australia.

Bulgana Green Power Hub
Representation of Neoen on the development and financing of a 194MW wind farm and 20MW energy storage facility in Victoria, a landmark transaction that was awarded PFI’s ‘2018 Asia-Pacific Energy Storage Deal of the Year’.

Finley Solar Farm
Representation of ESCO Pacific in relation to the financing and sale of the 175MW Finley Solar Farm in Victoria, Australia.

Coleambally Solar Farm
Representation of Neoen on the development and financing of the 150MW Coleambally Solar Farm in New South Wales, Australia.

Burgos Wind Farm*
Representation of Energy Development Corporation in relation to the US$315 million ECA-backed financing and development of the 150MW Burgos Wind Farm in the Philippines. This project was awarded '2014 Asia-Pacific Renewables Deal of the Year' by PFI.

Numurkah Solar Farm
Representation of Neoen on the development and financing of the 128MW Numurkah Solar Farm in Victoria, Australia.

Lincoln Gap Wind Farm
Representation of Nexif Energy in relation to the offtake agreements and financing of Stages 1 and 2 of the 212MW Lincoln Gap Wind Farm in South Australia. 

East West Link PPP*
Representation of the East West Connect Consortium on the A$6.8bn financing of the East West Link Stage One PPP, which, at the time, was the largest ever private financing of a PPP in Australia.

Philippine Gen Co*
Representation of a confidential client in relation to the long-term gas supply and offtake arrangements of two existing and two greenfield gas fired power plants in the Philippines.

Angola LNG*
Representation of one of the lenders on a US$1.8bn syndicated loan made available to the Chevron operated Angola LNG project.

Millmerran Power Station
Representation of the lenders in relation to the refinancing of the 850MW Millmerran Power Station in Australia.

Queensland New Generation Rollingstock PPP*
Representation of the lenders in relation to the A$900 million financing of 75 new six car trains and related infrastructure in Queensland, Australia.

Port of Melbourne privatisation*
Representation of the underbidder on the acquisition of a 50 year lease of the Port of Melbourne in Australia.

Macquarie Generation*
Representation of AGL on its acquisition of Macquarie Generation's thermal power assets in Australia, particularly in relation to the target's electricity hedging arrangements.

*Experience gained in a previous role