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Marnie Fels

Marnie Fels

Executive Counsel

Marnie specialises in leveraged and acquisition finance and corporate finance.



Marnie has more than 15 years’ experience and expertise advising mid-market and large domestic and international private equity sponsors as well as banks and financial institutions. Marnie also has experience advising project sponsors and equity investors in relation to the financing of major projects and the acquisition of infrastructure assets.

Commended by clients for her intelligence and warmth, Marnie is an excellent communicator who works with client teams to achieve commercial results.

Marnie is named as a Best Lawyer in Australia for Leveraged Buyouts, and is also named in the Asia Pacific Legal 500.

  • Pacific Equity Partners in relation to the financing of its acquisition of the Acumen electricity metering infrastructure business
  • The Riverside Company in relation to the financing of its acquisition of Energy Exemplar by way of a unitranche loan
  • Brookfield Infrastructure Partners on the debt financing for its A$8.9 billion acquisition of Asciano Limited by way of scheme of arrangement and takeover bid
  • Prime Infrastructure in respect of the banking and finance aspects of the A$1.8 billion recapitalisation, including negotiating with a number of different bank syndicates in relation to the financings. The deal was named joint winner of the Finance Asia Most Innovative Deal for 2009



Marnie joined the Perth office of Herbert Smith Freehills as an articled clerk and moved to the Sydney office to join the Banking and Finance group in 2002.

Marnie holds a Bachelor of Laws (Distinction) from The University of Western Australia.