Matt Sercombe

Associate, Melbourne

Biography

Overview

Matt has extensive experience in the delivery and financing of major infrastructure and power projects, with a focus on government procurement and privatisations. He has worked on a variety of projects including large scale wind farms, infrastructure (road, rail, port and social), petroleum and mining ventures, and civil construction.

He has assisted clients in the successful delivery of a number of market leading transactions including:

  • The procurement of the availability-based concession for the Metro Tunnel rail project, the construction of twin 9km underground rail tunnels from Kensington to South Yarra and five underground stations through the Melbourne CBD valued at a total of $11 billion.
  • The project financing of the availability-based concession for the Transmission Gully motorway, New Zealand's largest ever public private partnership, and which was awarded the 2014 Asia Pacific Public Private Partnership (PPP) Deal of the Year by Project Finance International.
  • The sale of Pacific Hydro, a renewable energy business with 19 assets across Chile, Brasil and Australia for an installed capacity of approximately 900 MW of wind and hydro electricity generation.

Matt previously worked with the oil and gas services major, Baker Hughes, across a range of commercial, technical, and site-based roles. This experience ensures that his advice considers the commercial realities of each project as well as the legal aspects.

Matt is an Associate 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
Education
LLB (Hons)
Deakin University
BSc (Hons)
Applied Chemistry
Curtin University
Languages
English

Experience

Infrastructure

SA Schools PPP (2019)
Adviser to the successful consortium for the project financing, construction, and maintenance of two schools at Angle Vale and Aldinga with the State of South Australia.

Hobart Airport (2019)
Adviser to an equity participant on the purchase of a 50.1% interest in Hobart Airport.

Metro Tunnel (2016-2019)
Adviser the State on the public-private partnership component of the Melbourne Metro Tunnel rail project.

Sydney Light Rail (2019)
Adviser to the project entity regarding claims related to the delivery of the Sydney light rail project.

Port of Melbourne (2016)*
Adviser to a bidding consortium on the purchase of the long term lease of the Port of Melbourne.

Cranbourne-Pakenham Rail Corridor Project (2015)*
Adviser to the sponsors on the project financing for the construction, operation and maintenance of the Cranbourne to Pakenham rail link PPP.

Transmission Gully PPP (2015)*
Adviser to the sponsors on the project financing of the availability-based concession for the Transmission Gully motorway, New Zealand's largest ever PPP. Named the 2014 Asia Pacific Public Private Partnership (PPP) Deal of the Year by Project Finance International.

Port of Newcastle (2014)*
Adviser to a bidder on the acquisition, and project financing, of the Port of Newcastle, New South Wales.

Clem7 Tunnel (2014)*
Adviser to the sponsors on the acquisition, and project financing, of the Clem7 tunnel and toll road, Queensland.

 

Power

Western Victoria Transmission Network Project (2019)
Adviser to a bidder for the construction, operation and maintenance of the contestable works package for the Western Victoria Transmission Network Project with AEMO.

Pacific Hydro (2016)*
Adviser to the vendor on the sale of Pacific Hydro Pty Ltd, a renewable energy business with 19 assets across Chile, Brasil and Australia for an installed capacity of approximately 900 MW of wind and hydro electricity generation.

Basslink interconnector (2014)*
Adviser to the sponsors on the $700 million refinancing of the wrapped capital markets debt in relation to the Basslink interconnector.

Muja AB coal fired power station (2014)*
Adviser to the financiers on the amendment of the project facility to remove the joint venture partner, recognise additional equity contributions and waive events of default.

Musselroe wind farm (2013)*
Adviser to the sponsors in relation to the financing, development, construction, operation and maintenance of the Musselroe Wind Farm, and the associated sale of equity.

Waubra wind farm (2014)*
Adviser to the financiers on the refinancing of the term tranche and the credit support tranche under the project facility.

Bluff Pont wind farm (2014)*
Adviser to the sponsors on the replacement of the Bluff Point wind farm operations and maintenance provider, and the consequential amendments to the project facility.

Gunning wind farm (2014)*
Adviser to the financiers on the refinancing of the term tranche under the project facility.

Gullen Range wind farm (2013)*
Adviser to the financiers on the project financing for the development, construction, operation and maintenance of the Gullen Range Wind Farm.

 

Energy and Resources

Ichthys LNG (2019)
Adviser to the principal on the Security of Payment Act claims in relation to the Ichthys LNG project.

Ichthys LNG (2015)*
Adviser to the financiers on the accession of new equity participants to the Ichthys LNG project financing as a result of equity sales and restructuring.

Tronox and Exxaro merger (2012)**
Australian adviser on the international merger of Tronox and Exxaro to create the world's largest fully integrated producer of titanium ore and titanium dioxide.

Roy Hill China Steel Corporation equity purchase (2012)*
Adviser on the purchase of an equity stake in the Roy Hill iron ore development.

 

*Experience gained in a previous role