Allens advises on sale of stake in ConnectEast’s EastLink toll road

Infrastructure & Transport Mergers & Acquisitions

Allens has advised New Zealand Superannuation Fund (NZSF) and Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association through its manager, Nuveen Infrastructure (TIAA), on the sale of their respective stakes in ConnectEast, the operator of the EastLink toll road network, to the Future Fund Board of Guardians.

Under the transaction, the Future Fund has acquired a 19.82% stake in ConnectEast and will have its interests managed by QIC.

'We are very pleased to have supported both NZSF and TIAA, together with RBC Capital Markets, on the successful sale of interests in a premium Australian infrastructure asset. This transaction underlines the enduring appeal of core Australian infrastructure to private capital investors,' said M&A Partner and Private Capital Sector Leader Emin Altiparmak.

ConnectEast operates Victoria's largest toll road network, consisting of a 39km toll road (Eastlink) and a 1km bypass (Ringwood Bypass). The toll road serves as the primary north-south transportation route in Melbourne's eastern region, accommodating an average of 250,000 daily vehicles and linking the Eastern, Monash, Peninsula Link, and Frankston Freeways.

Allens legal team

Mergers & Acquisitions

Emin Altiparmak (Partner), Tom Story (Partner), Jessica Choong (Partner), Sarah Birrell (Managing Associate), Vincent Pang (Senior Associate), Kelsey Montgomery (Senior Associate), Hana Mian (Senior Associate), Harry Martin (Associate), Jack Keleher (Associate), Lachlan Paterson (Lawyer), Madeleine Andreopoulos (Law Graduate)

Competition, Consumer & Regulatory

Felicity McMahon (Partner), John Yiannakou (Senior Associate), Will Sommers (Senior Associate) Melissa Camp (Associate), Charlie Johnson (Lawyer)


Martin Fry (Partner), Jay Prasad (Managing Associate), Kristina Adzic (Associate)

Projects & Development

David Donnelly (Partner), David McLeish (Partner), Jillian Button (Partner), Michael Graves (Partner), Steven Hood (Associate), Junior Soonthornsaratul (Associate)