Gerard works with borrowers and bank syndicates to negotiate and document project finance for complex energy and infrastructure development projects and acquisitions. Based in Melbourne, he has helped achieve financial close on complex transactions in Australia, Europe and South America.
Gerard has a particular expertise in renewable energy projects and is a market-leading lawyer in the Australian renewables market. He assists clients in negotiating financing packages and power purchase agreements for large-scale wind and solar projects.
Gerard achieves results for clients though commerciality, market experience, responsiveness and quality legal documentation.
Gerard has over 15 years of experience in project finance practice, energy and infrastructure development and acquisition financing. He has acted on landmark deals in the infrastructure privatisation, PPP and large-scale renewables sectors.
He is named in Best Lawyers in Australia 2016 for Banking and Finance Law and Project Finance and Development Practice.
Gerard helps his clients to negotiate project finance loans, infrastructure and energy acquisition financing, interest rate and foreign exchange swaps, power and renewable energy certificate purchase agreements and derivatives.
He also regularly manages due diligence and legal ‘red flag’ processes for clients who are seeking to develop or acquire power and port assets in Australia.
Gerard’s experience includes advising:
- the successful Wellington Gateway Partnership on the financing arrangements of the NZ$1 billion New Zealand Transmission Gully Road Public Private Partnership
- the Mandated Lead Arrangers of the A$250 million construction and term facilities project financing of Goldwind Australia’s 166MW Gullen Range Wind Farm in New South Wales
- NSW Ports Consortium on the limited recourse project financing of the A$5.07 billion lease of Port Botany and Port Kembla from the New South Wales Government
- Civic Nexus Finance Pty Ltd on its US$202 million US private placement of senior secured notes due in 2032 for Melbourne’s landmark Southern Cross station, and
- the Australian Renewable Energy Agency in relation to its funding of Elecnor S.A’s 25MW Barcaldine Remote Solar Project in Queensland.
Gerard graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours). He also has a Graduate Diploma in Banking and Finance Law from the University of Melbourne.
Gerard’s experience outside Herbert Smith Freehills includes secondment to ANZ Investment Bank as in-house legal counsel; solicitor in the Project Finance Group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London; and in-house legal counsel at Goldman Sachs International.