Simon Gray

Special Counsel - Banking and Finance

Simon has extensive expertise both domestically and internationally with financial institutions, sponsors and borrowers in a wide range of complex financing transactions. This includes project finance (including Public Private Partnerships), property development finance, acquisition and leveraged finance and project (including debt) restructuring. Simon has a particular interest in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Prior to joining MinterEllisonRuddWatts, Simon was a Local Principal in the finance and projects team at Baker & McKenzie in Singapore. Simon has also practiced in London with Herbert Smith LLP.

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Professional background

Recent work

Wellington Gateway Partnership

Advising WGP on a variety of aspects of the delivery and project financing of the Transmission Gully motorway PPP project.

Project finance facilities for school project (PPP)

Acted for the lending syndicate providing project finance to fund the design, construction and maintenance of expansion facilities connected with an existing PPP project.

Structured project finance facilities arising from a Treaty settlement

Acted for an Iwi in relation to the acquisition from the Crown and project financing of certain schools in the context of a Treaty settlement.

Restructuring of project finance facilities

Acting for the banks on the restructuring and rescheduling of project financing facilities in relation to a Malaysian ferro and manganese alloys smelting plant.

Indonesian hydro plant

Acting for the sponsors and project company on the project financing of a hydropower plant in Indonesia

Reserve based facility

Acting for the banks on a senior secured reserve based facility to the subsidiary of an Australian listed company to finance the exploitation of oil and gas resources.

Development financing

Acting for the banks on the development financing for three phases of the Battersea Power Station in London

Acquisition of motor vehicle brands

Acting for the purchaser of certain motor vehicle brands then owned by a US motor vehicle company, including transitional arrangements in relation to existing, and post-completion replacement of, consumer and dealer finance.

Acquisition of shares in digital mapping company

Acting for a portable navigation systems company on loan facilities to finance its acquisition of the listed shares in a digital mapping/navigation company.

Capital call facility

Acting for the banks on a capital call facility to an offshore private equity fund.

Admitted

  • New Zealand

Qualifications

  • LLB, BCom (Accounting and Finance), University of Auckland

Specialisations

  • Acquisition Finance
  • Loans and Credit Facilities
  • Project Finance
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Structured Finance
  • Trade Finance