Samantha Sutton

Associate, Melbourne

Biography

Overview

Samantha advises on the delivery of major infrastructure projects, with a particular focus on transport and energy projects. Samantha acts on a broad range of transactions, including project delivery, project financing, and mergers and acquisitions.

Samantha's infrastructure experience includes a number of significant public-private partnerships and government procured infrastructure projects, such as the AUD11 billion Metro Tunnel Project, the AUD2 billion High Capacity Metro Trains Project and the AUD7.1 billion Queensland Train Manufacturing Program.

Samantha recently spent three years working in London in the Firm's Project Development and Finance practice group, where she advised on the landmark USD20 billion project financing of Mozambique's first onshore LNG development, Mozambique LNG. Mozambique LNG is one of the largest ever foreign direct investments into Africa, including direct and covered loans from 8 export credit agencies, 19 commercial bank loans and a loan from the African Development Bank. She also advised on a number of European energy projects, including the project financing of two wind projects in Finland.

Bars and Courts
Supreme Court of Victoria
High Court of Australia
Education
JD
University of Melbourne
BA
History and English
University of Melbourne
Languages
English

Experience

Infrastructure

  • Advising Downer Rail in respect of its bid for the AUD7.1 billion Queensland Train Manufacturing Program. 
  • Advising the Victorian Government on the development and delivery of the AUD 11 billion Metro Tunnel Project. 
  • Advising the financiers to AustralianSuper in respect of its AUD1.9 billion acquisition of Singtel's Optus towers assets.
  • Advising the existing bondholders in relation to the Casey Hospital Expansion Project in Victoria, Australia.
  • Advising the Victorian Government in relation to the commissioning of 65 High Capacity Metro Trains, which is the largest single order of new trains in the State's history.  

Energy

  • Advising the financiers on a landmark USD 20 billion project financing of Mozambique's first onshore LNG development, Mozambique LNG, one of the largest ever foreign direct investments into Africa.
  • Advising Neoen S.A. on the EUR328 million project financing of the 404 MW Mutkalampi onshore wind power plant in North Ostrobothnia and Central Ostrobothnia, Finland.
  • Advising Hedet vindpark AB, a company owned by Neoen and Prokon, on the development and financing of the 81MW, 18 turbine Hedet onshore wind farm in Finland.
  • Advising a bidder in relation to its acquisition of the 200MW Sunraysia Solar Farm Project in New South Wales, Australia.
  • Advising the financiers in respect of the A$862 million refinancing of the Worsley Co-Generation Gas Field Power and Steam Project in Western Australia, Australia. 
  • Acting for FRV in relation to the financing and development of the 100MW Lilyvale Solar Farm in Queensland, Australia. 

Acquisitions and privatisations

  • Advising IFM Investors, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets and APG Asset Management N.V. in relation to their bid for the privatisation of the AUD9.7 billion Port of Melbourne.
  •  Advising IFM Investors on its sale of Pacific Hydro Pty Ltd to the State Power Investment Corporation.