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Herbert Smith Freehills advises consortium on A$2.9 billion NorthConnex motorway

Deals and cases | Australia, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney | 01 February 2015

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised Transurban, QIC Private Capital Pty Ltd (on behalf of its managed clients) and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board on a A$2.9 billion project to design, build, operate and maintain the NorthConnex motorway in NSW. The project is the first road project to be delivered under the NSW Government’s unsolicited proposal framework.

Herbert Smith Freehills appointed on High Speed 2

Firm news | London | 29 January 2015

Herbert Smith Freehills has been appointed by High Speed Two (HS2) Limited, the developer of Britain’s new north-south high speed rail line.

Herbert Smith Freehills advises Willis Group on formation of new insurance broking firm

Deals and cases | London | 23 January 2015

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised Willis Group Holdings, the global risk adviser, insurance and reinsurance broker, on the formation of a leading London-based wholesale specialist insurance broking firm with Miller Insurance Services LLP.

Herbert Smith Freehills launches London Women Trainee Lawyers' Network

Firm news | London | 23 January 2015

23rd January 2015 – Global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills launched its Women Trainee Lawyers' Network, the first of its kind in the City of London, on 20th January, with a key note speech given by Alison Munro, Managing Director of HS2 Limited.

Herbert Smith Freehills advises on first-of-its-kind Moscow infrastructure project

Deals and cases | Moscow | 22 January 2015

Herbert Smith Freehills is advising the Moscow government on its RUR50-60bn "Kutuzovsky Northern Bypass" PPP/PFI project with LLC New Concession Company (an SPV owned by leading Russian private pension fund and construction company Lider) – the city's first toll road concession to date.

Herbert Smith Freehills named Stonewall Top 10 Global Employer for LGBT Inclusion

Firm news | Abu Dhabi, Africa group, Australia, Bangkok, Beijing, Belfast, Berlin, Brisbane, Brussels, China, Doha, Dubai, Frankfurt, Germany, Hong Kong, India group, Jakarta, Kazakhstan group, Latin America group, London, Madrid, Melbourne, Middle East, Moscow, New York, Nordic group, Paris, Perth, Saudi Arabia group, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, South East Asia, Sydney, Tokyo, Ukraine group | 22 January 2015

Herbert Smith Freehills has been recognised as one of the Top 10 global employers for LGBT inclusion by Stonewall, the UK's leading LGBT rights organisation, for promoting sexual orientation equality across its global network. The firm also ranked 22nd in Stonewall's top 100 Workplace Equality Index 2015 - the seventh year in a row Herbert Smith Freehills has made it in to this highly competitive ranking – as well as 4th in the legal sector UK Top 5.

Herbert Smith Freehills advises Federation Centres on A$74 million purchase of Currambine Central shopping centre

Deals and cases | Australia, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney | 14 January 2015

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised Federation Centres on its A$74 million purchase of Currambine Central shopping centre in Western Australia. The convenience shopping centre is located 30 kilometres to the north of Perth in Currambine and includes a Woolworths supermarket, a Dan Murphy’s liquor store, a Grand Cinemas complex and 44 specialty retailers.

Herbert Smith Freehills advises China Merchants Bank on RMB2 billion Medium Term Note Program drawdown

Deals and cases | China, Hong Kong, Singapore | 13 January 2015

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised China Merchants Bank Co. Ltd. Hong Kong Branch on the second drawdown of its US$5 billion Medium Term Note (MTN) Program established in 2014.

Herbert Smith Freehills partner Heather Gething appointed First-tier Tribunal Judge (Tax Chamber)

Firm news | London | 12 January 2015

Heather Gething, Head of Herbert Smith Freehills' London Tax Disputes practice, has been appointed a Judge in the First-tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) in England. Her appointment took place with effect from 9 January 2015.

Herbert Smith Freehills announces relocation of International Arbitration partner to Paris

Firm news | Paris | 12 January 2015

Herbert Smith Freehills today announced that London-based international arbitration partner Andrew Cannon has relocated to Paris. His move strengthens the firm's unmatched Paris-London arbitration axis, and enhances our common law and public international law expertise in our thriving Paris practice.

Herbert Smith Freehills advises NSW Government on procurement of Northern Beaches Hospital

Deals and cases | Australia, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney | 09 January 2015

Contractual close was reached between the NSW Government and Healthscope on the new Northern Beaches Hospital transaction at the end of 2014. Herbert Smith Freehills has acted as legal adviser to the NSW Government focussing on the health services, delivery and operating term components for the procurement of the Northern Beaches Hospital.

Herbert Smith Freehills advises underwriters on Jingneng Clean Energy Investment Holdings Limited's RMB1 billion bond issuance

Deals and cases | Hong Kong, Beijing | 07 January 2015

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised the underwriters on a RMB1 billion bond issuance by Jingneng Clean Energy Investment Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of Beijing Energy Investment Holdings Co., Ltd. on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Record year for Asia Pacific’s M&A market

Deals and cases, Firm news | Australia, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Hong Kong | 06 January 2015

The Asia Pacific mergers and acquisitions market achieved an impressive comeback in 2014, with the total value of deals in the region surging to US$743.9 billion - a 62% increase on the previous year and the region’s strongest annual period by value for over thirty years.

Herbert Smith Freehills advises Lovisa Holdings Limited on its A$210 million Initial Public Offering

Deals and cases | Australia, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney | 24 December 2014

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised Lovisa Holdings Limited on its successful A$210 million initial public offering (IPO) on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).

Burgos wind farm project wins Asia Pacific Project Finance International renewables deal of the year

Deals and cases | Australia, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney | 23 December 2014

Herbert Smith Freehills’ client Energy Development Corporation (EDC) has been awarded renewables energy deal of the year by Project Finance International for its US$315 million financing of the 150 MW Burgos Wind Farm Project.

Herbert Smith Freehills advises on four award-winning project finance deals

Deals and cases | Australia, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney | 22 December 2014

Herbert Smith Freehills has been recognised in Project Finance International’s annual ‘PFI Awards’, with four deals the firm advised on in 2014 receiving prestigious awards.

Herbert Smith Freehills advises Moorfield on sale of diversified investment portfolio to Lone Star

Deals and cases | London | 22 December 2014

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised Moorfield Real Estate Fund (MREF) and Moorfield Real Estate Fund II (MREFII) on its sale of a diversified real estate investment portfolio to Lone Star Real Estate Fund III (LSREFIII) for c.£1 billion.

Herbert Smith Freehills advises Pacific Basin on habour towage business sale

Deals and cases | Hong Kong | 18 December 2014

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised Pacific Basin Shipping on the sale of its shareholding in PB Towage Australia (PBTA) and a harbour tug and barge owned by another of its subsidiaries to Smit Lamnalco.

Herbert Smith Freehills partners’ Top 10 Australian M&A predictions for 2015

Firm news | Australia, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney | 18 December 2014

Herbert Smith Freehills corporate partners Tony Damian and Rodd Levy have released their annual top 10 Australian M&A predictions for the coming year. They have also looked back on the accuracy of their predictions for 2014.

Herbert Smith Freehills advises on oOh!media IPO

Deals and cases | Australia, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney | 17 December 2014

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised oOh!media Limited in relation to its initial public offering and listing on the Australian Securities Exchange. The offer consists of an institutional offer, broker firm offer and priority offer (Offer) and values oOh!media at A$365.5 million.

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