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Hugo Thistlewood

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Partner, Finance & Projects


Hugo has broad experience acting for financiers and borrowers on transactions in various industries. He is experienced in project and structured finance, property and construction finance, leveraged finance and syndicated and mezzanine lending, as well as work-out and restructure lending. Hugo advises regularly on cross-border financing transactions and works closely with colleagues in foreign jurisdictions on finance-related tax, structuring and security issues. His finance experience covers many industry sectors, including: commercial, retail and industrial property; construction; transport; energy & mining; hospitality & leisure (including the hotel sector); aged care; and social and affordable housing. Hugo advises major financial institutions in Australia, including some of Australia's largest banks and principal surety providers. He advises foreign lenders, including banks in New Zealand, the United States and the United Kingdom. Hugo also acts for listed and private corporates and investment and advisory firms in relation to their finance and banking transactions. Please refer to link for details of expertise and experience:


Supreme Court of New South Wales, 2001




Law Society of New South Wales; Registered Foreign Lawyer in the UK (Solicitors Regulation Authority; Australian Financial Markets Association; Asia Pacific Loans Market Association


Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Macquarie University, 1999; Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University, 1999


Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

DLA Piper's 'sound level of industry knowledge' encompasses corporate banking transactions for domestic lenders and borrowers, international finance issues and project finance work. Clients include Link Group, which the team advised on its IPO-related debt financing; Bank of Melbourne and Citibank, which it assisted with debt facilities provided to Glenwaye; and the Destination Brisbane Consortium, which it acted for on a bank guarantee facility with ANZ for the provision of guarantees to the State of Queensland for the development of the Queen's Wharf Brisbane integrated resort. The 'technically solid, responsive and commercial' Onno Bakker heads the team, which also includes Alex Regan and Hugo Thistlewood. Simon Huxley joined Allen & Overy LLP.

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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