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Gilbert + Tobin

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Melbourne, NSW 2000, Perth

Simon Lynch

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Gilbert + Tobin

Work Department

Banking + Finance.


Specialises in corporate facilities, LBOs and acquisition financings (including private equity transactions), project and infrastructure financing, property and construction financings, restructurings and workouts.


2013 joined Gilbert + Tobin based between the Melbourne and Sydney offices. Prior to that was a Partner at Allens.


Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia. Admitted also to practice in Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia.


Simon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Sydney.


Banking and finance

Within: Leading individuals

Simon Lynch - Gilbert + Tobin

Within: Banking and finance

Clients rate Gilbert + Tobin 'incredibly highly' thanks to 'its ability to know clients in great detail, responsive and practical advice and a sensible and commercial approach that can't be beaten'. The group counts all four major Australian banks as clients and also acts for global investment banks, private equity funds, corporates and government bodies; examples include Beach Energy, Qube Holdings and the NSW government. John Schembri leads the group and handles acquisition and corporate finance work; he recently advised Reliance Rail on the refinancing of its A$2bn debt. Other key names include the 'smart, experienced and diligent' Gail Christopher, Alexander Danne and Simon Lynch; Danne recently acted for Veolia Water Australia and Infrastructure Capital Group on its successful bid to finance and operate a water treatment plant for the Springvale mine and Mt Piper power station, and Lynch assisted Cooper Energy with the funding package for its sole gas project. Adela Smith is the key name for infrastructure and energy clients and David Kirkland handles leveraged and acquisition finance transactions. Peter Doyle joined from King & Wood Mallesons in July 2019.

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Project finance

Within: Project finance

Gilbert + Tobin has expertise in a diverse range of sectors, including infrastructure, health, water, energy, transport and social housing. Practice head John Schembri assisted Reliance Rail with its multibillion-dollar recapitalisation and refinancing, and in the energy sector, Simon Lynch advised Cooper Energy on a funding package for its sole gas project and acted as lead global counsel to Pacific Hydro's financiers on two financing deals, establishing one of the first cross-border portfolio financings for large-scale renewable energy. Alexander Danne acted for Veolia Water Australia and Infrastructure Capital Group in relation to their successful bid to finance a water-treatment plant in New South Wales. The six-partner team also includes David Kirkland and Adela Smith, who were recently promoted.

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Real estate

Within: Real estate

Gilbert + Tobin handles commercial and industrial property transactions and has particular expertise in relation to port and transport infrastructure projects. Commercial, retail and industrial leases are also focus areas and the team has expertise with tenant representation and lease-back transactions. Amanda Hempel heads the practice with Steven Mackay and Simon Lynch being the other names to note. It advised Carnival on a license for a planned cruise facility in Brisbane and Beach Energy on its A$1.58bn acquisition of Lattice Energy, which saw the team advising on pipeline, land tenure and leasing arrangements. Twynam Agricultural Group received advice on a sale encompassing agricultural properties, associated businesses and water rights.

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Restructuring and insolvency

Within: Restructuring and insolvency

Gilbert + Tobin counts banks, borrowers, investors, directors and insolvency practitioners as clients with examples including KordaMentha and Oaktree Capital. The team also assisted Bis Industries Group with two creditors' schemes of arrangement relating to its US and Australian debt facilities and the general restructure and recapitalisation of the group, acted for the lenders in the restructure and recapitalisation of Slater and Gordon, and handled the restructuring and voluntary administration of Ten Network Holdings. Dominic Emmett leads the department, which also counts restructuring and workout expert Simon Lynch, litigators Colleen Platford and Crispian Lynch, and restructuring specialist David Clee as key practitioners. Peter Bowden joined from Norton Rose Fulbright.

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