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Herbert Smith Freehills has been recognised for its leading Asia-Pacific project finance and infrastructure expertise in at the IJ Global Awards 2017. 

The awards celebrate outstanding transactions and institutions in the world of infrastructure finance. The firm advised on two deals that received the prestigious awards.

Asia Pacific Ports Deal of the Year – Port of Melbourne

Herbert Smith Freehills advised the successful Lonsdale Consortium comprising the Future Fund, QIC, Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) and OMERS on the acquisition of a 50-year lease of the Port of Melbourne from the Victorian Government. The acquisition was one of the most significant transactions in the Australian market last year.

The Herbert Smith Freehills’ team was led by partners Peter Butler and Robert Nicholson, supported by specialist corporate, finance, regulatory, disputes, employment, environment and real estate partners and their teams from across the firm.

Asia Pacific Waste Deal of the Year – TuasOne Waste-to-Energy

Herbert Smith Freehills advised Singapore's National Environment Agency on the contract for the construction and operation of a new 120MW waste-to-energy power plant. The cross-border team comprised partners Erin Wyeth, Melanie Cave and Matt Osbourne.

“We are delighted to have been recognised alongside our clients for these market-leading transactions. It is an honour that clients turn to us to advise them on the most significant and complex deals in the market, and we are proud of our partnerships and the outcomes we achieve together,” said Jason Ricketts, Global Head of Finance, Real Estate and Projects.