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Chris Scott

Special Counsel
+61.8.9216.0933
Fax +61.8.9216.0901

Mr. Scott has extensive experience in domestic and international project financing, particularly in the mining and resources and oil and gas sectors, but also greenfield construction and telecommunications projects. He spent five years living and working in Jakarta, Indonesia in the 1990's and his practice has had a strong South East Asian element since then, including award winning innovative transactions. He has also been involved with projects in Saharan and sub-Saharan Africa (for example, the first resources project finance in Mauritania).

Mr. Scott's experience in the mining and resources sector includes negotiation and preparation of exploration and mining joint venture agreements, acquisitions, marketing, off-take and refining agreements, mining and other services agreements, construction and engineering contracts.

His experience in project financing includes structuring finance deals, drafting and negotiating loan and security documents, drafting and negotiating ISDA and other derivative contracts, drafting and negotiating tripartite agreements, workouts, schemes of arrangement and enforcements.

Mr. Scott has recently been named in the seventh edition of "Best Lawyers in Australia" for 2014-2015 in the field of Project Finance and Development Practice.

Professional Background

Mr. Scott worked in a number of law firms in the City of London and in regional England before emigrating to Australia in the late 1980s.

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Scott worked for an Australian national law firm for two years as special counsel in the corporate and commercial team. Prior to this, Mr. Scott worked at a large national and regional law firm in Perth for more than 20 years, with a focus on project finance. During this time, he was seconded for nearly five years to the firm's associated Jakarta, Indonesia office, assisting with international financial transactions and foreign investment.

Achievements

  • Mr. Scott has recently been named in the seventh edition of Best Lawyers in Australia for 2014-2015 in the field of project finance and development practice.
  • Mr Scott has been recognised in the Australian Financial Review's 2016 Best Lawyers for project finance and development practice.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Law Society of England and Wales member
  • Law Society of Western Australia member
  • Australia Indonesia Business Council member
  • Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Association member

Speaking Engagements

  • "Strategic and Legal Aspects of Negotiation", 10th National Contract Law Summit, Perth, April, 3 – 4, 2012 and at the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association Masterclass, April 19, 2012
  • "The Impact of the Personal Property Securities Act on Commercial Contracts", Legalwise seminar, Perth, August 28, 2012
  • "Drafting Time Bar Exclusions of Liability", Construction Law Masterclass, Perth, August 20, 2012
  • "Setting Up a Business in Indonesia" International Company and Commercial Law Review, July, 1995 
  • "Are Asia’s capital markets a good place for international oil and gas companies to seek future funding at present?" Drillers and Dealers, Volume 4, Issue 2, April 2013
  • Advising PT Tower Bersama, an Indonesian telecommunications tower operator, in US$1 billion debt program with a syndicate of international banks, a transaction that was awarded the Alpha Southeast Asia Best Structured Loan Deal of the Year for 2010.
  • Advising PT Tower Bersama in relation to a US$519 million acquisition of 2,500 Indosat tower assets, a transaction that was awarded the Finance Monthly Dealmaker of the Year for 2012 and Euromoney Project Finance Asia-Pacific Telecoms Deal of the Year 2012.
  • Acting for BNP Paribas, Singapore branch, as the lead arranger for a syndicate of banks in structuring, documenting and negotiating the development financing of Masbate gold mine in the Philippines – a transaction that was awarded the Euromoney “International project finance transaction of the year” in 2009.
  • Acting for telecommunications joint ventures and construction projects (fixed line and wireless) in Indonesia and Australia, including:
    • Telstra and international telecom companies in setting up MTGI PPP joint venture in Indonesia
    • a Telstra subsidiary as the successful bidder in US$400 million T-21 PPP project for local loop CDMA for the Indonesian Government owned PT Telkom
    • Telstra and international telecom companies in US$200 million sale of MTGI telecom joint venture
    • acting for iiNet Limited, Australia's second largest ISP, in relation to a AUD300 million syndicated debt financing and acquisition of a regional ISP.
  • Acting for promoter of first private power station in Indonesia, including negotiation of offtake contract with PLN.
  • Acting for the Pt Bursa Efek Jakarta on the computerisation of the Jakarta Stock Exchange.
  • Advising a joint venture sponsor of the Oakajee port and rail development in Mid-West Western Australia.
  • Advising on gold and industrial metal project financings in Australia, Indonesia, Philippines, including hedging, gold loans and other financial products.
  • Acting for lenders or borrowers, including, recently, Consolidated Minerals, St Barbara and Integra in Australia, Goldman Sachs (Singapore) in relation to a Mongolian gold mine, including advising on structuring, review of EPC contracts, power supply and other project contracts, drafting and negotiation of finance and security documents and ancillary documents, such as tripartite agreements.
  • Advising on an offshore oil development, including acquisition, conversion and operation of an offshore floating petroleum storage and offloading (FPSO) facility, advising on applicable legislation and security issues, including:
    • local counsel for an international syndicate of lenders, in relation to financing of an FPSO for use on the North West Shelf
    • local counsel for the Bank of Scotland in the US$90.6 million financing of an FPSO, for use on the North West Shelf.
  • Advising an international oil services company on Australian investment and corporate law issues.
  • Advising Burswood Casino on expansion finance and operating joint venture, Burswood – Mirvac property development joint venture; Burswood – Intercontinental/Holiday Inn hotel joint venture including advice on regulatory issues under Casino legislation.
  • Advising Western Australian (WA) Government on port expansion issues.
  • Advising WA Public Transport Commission in relation to US Cross-border leases affecting rolling stock and compliance issues, generally.
  • Advising WA Government Forest Products Commission on contracts and private finance initiatives.