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Phillip McMahon


Phil leads Brisbane’s Finance team within the national Finance group. 


Phillip's Experience

He acts for borrowers and lenders across a range of industries and financing transactions, including energy, project and infrastructure financings, acquisition financing and property finance.

Phil has advised leading Australian and global corporations and financial institutions in large and complex deals. His deals have received accolades such as Best Project Finance Deal at the FinanceAsia Achievement Awards 2011, and Project Finance Deal of the Year 2010 at the ALB Australasian Law Awards.

His experience includes:

  • advising the State of Queensland on the financing aspects of the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal project, which was awarded the Best Project Finance Deal at the FinanceAsia Achievement Awards in 2011
  • advising Santos on the project financing aspects of the US$15 billion Papua New Guinea liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, which was awarded Project Finance Deal of the Year in 2010 at the ALB Australasian Law Awards
  • advising Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ), Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank and Westpac in connection with the A$2.4 billion facilities provided to Incitec Pivot Limited for its acquisition by scheme of arrangement of Dyno Nobel
  • advising Yancoal Australia Limited on the financing aspects of its acquisition of Gloucester Coal Ltd
  • advising Future Fund and The Campbell Group on the financing aspects of their successful bid to acquire forward rotation forestry assets from the State of South Australia.


Phillip holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of New South Wales. He is admitted to practise in a number of Australian jurisdictions and in the United Kingdom.

Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills, Phillip worked in the United Kingdom at the London office of Allen & Overy before returning to Australia in 2005. While in the United Kingdom, he spent nine months on secondment with the syndicated finance group at HSBC Bank’s London head office.