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Caroline Rowe

Senior Associate

Caroline specialises in project finance, with an emphasis on energy and infrastructure.



Caroline has experience in the areas of project finance, infrastructure, syndicated lending, trade commodity finance and loan derivatives in various jurisdictions including Australia, England, France and the Netherlands.

Caroline helps clients to negotiate project finance loans, interest rate and foreign exchange swaps, power and renewable energy certificate purchase agreements and derivatives. She also regularly manages due diligence and legal ‘red flag’ processes for clients who are seeking to develop or acquire power assets in Australia.

Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills, Caroline worked as an English law solicitor in the London, Paris and Amsterdam offices of a Magic Circle law firm. This included secondments to the syndications team of ABN AMRO and documentation team of Deutsche Bank.

She is able to draw on her international experience to provide advice to clients on the structuring, negotiation and documentation of complex cross-border financing transactions. In addition, through her experience of secondments to clients, she has perspective on what clients want and how their lawyers can help. She acts for both project sponsors and financiers and uses this experience to drive the parties to a position that is commercially acceptable for both sides.

Caroline's recent experience includes:

  • acting for Eurus and Windlab as sponsors in relation to the construction, offtake, grid connection and project financing of a combined wind, solar and battery storage project. Kennedy Energy Park
  • acting for the financiers to Goldwind’s 540MW Stockyard Hill Wind Farm in Victoria
  • adviser to ENGIE and Mutsui on the development and project financing of the Willogoleche Wind Farm in South Australia
  • assisting the project financiers to ESCO/Palisade’s 142MW solar project currently under development in Queensland. Ross River Solar Project
  • advising the lender groups in respect of the SEA Gas pipeline and the Mortlake pipeline. SEAGas and SEAGas Mortlake



Caroline holds a Masters of Biochemistry from the University of Oxford and a Graduate Diploma in Law from BPP Law School.

Caroline is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia.

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