Profile of Nicholas Adkins

Nicholas Adkins


About Nicholas Adkins

Nick advises on a wide range of financing transactions, with his main areas of practice being project finance (including infrastructure and PPPs), acquisition finance, corporate finance and restructuring/ distressed debt transactions.

Some of the notable transactions he's advised on across a range of sectors are outlined below.

Project and infrastructure finance

  • Social infrastructure
    • Sydney Light Rail Project
    • New Royal Adelaide Hospital Project
    • Circular Quay Redevelopment Project
    • Sunshine Coast University Hospital Project
    • bids for the NSW Social and Affordable Housing Project and the Victorian Public Housing Renewal Program
    • bids for numerous PPP projects such as Footscray Hospital, Cross River Rail, SA Courts, Queensland Schools II, Gold Coast Rapid Transit and Peninsula Link Road
    • numerous student accommodation projects (including at University of Melbourne, Edith Cowan University, UNSW, UWS, Macquarie University and Murdoch University).

  • Economic infrastructure
    • Queens Wharf Brisbane Integrated Resort Development
    • Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal
    • Brisbane Airport and Sydney Airport
    • Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group
    • Port Kembla Coal Terminal

  • Digital infrastructure
    • Optus mobile towers business (bid)
    • Iseek Communications (data centres) and LBNCo
    • NSW Government data centre reform project
    • NSW Land and Property Information and Land Use Victoria (online land registry businesses)

  • Energy
    • Yarranlea Solar Farm
    • Defence NT Solar Project
    • Sunraysia Solar Farm
    • Eco Energy World renewables portfolio
    • Worsley Cogeneration Plant
    • Mackay Sugar Cogeneration Plant

  • Mining, oil & gas
    • Pluto Gas Train 2 Project (bid)
    • Phu Kham Copper-Gold Project
    • Kanmantoo Copper-Gold Project
    • Tui Oil Project and Kupe Gas Project
    • Avebury Nickel Project

  • Other sectors
    • Seafarms Group's 'Project Sea Dragon' prawn farm development
    • A$50 billion Attack Class Submarine Program

Acquisition financing and privatisations

  • recent bids for the Optus Mobile Towers business and Pluto LNG Train 2
  • privatisations of the NSW Land and Property Information, Land Use Victoria and the Port of Brisbane
  • privatisations of the Port of Newcastle, SA Land Titles and NSW Lotteries (bids)
  • Providence Equity Partners' acquisition of Study Group
  • numerous mid-market leverage financings such as iseek Communications, LBNCo and Jeminex Group
  • the APA spinoffs Energy Infrastructure Investments and GDI Allgas Gas Network

Corporate financing

Nick also advises on numerous corporate finance transactions, particularly across the agribusiness, food, infrastructure and energy sectors, including for several ASX listed clients such as Blackmores, Collins Foods Group and Ricegrowers Limited.

Restructuring and distressed debt

Nick also regularly advises on restructuring / distressed debt transactions, including:

  • numerous restructurings such as for Sydney Light Rail, New Royal Adelaide Hospital, Wiggins Island Coal Export Project, Sunraysia Solar Farm and Seafolly
  • acting for RBS on the sale of its debt exposure in the Cross City Tunnel to Transurban
  • acting on the purchase or sale of several loan portfolio transactions (including the RBS and BOSI loan portfolios)

Nick was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Australia in the fields of Banking and Finance Law and Project Finance and Development Practice and is also listed in the Doyle's Guide – Leading Banking & Finance Lawyers NSW.

He regularly presents on topics within his areas of expertise, including at the Banking and Financial Services Law Association Conference, as a facilitator of the APLMA documentation training courses and a lecturer for the Sydney University Faculty of Law course 'Advanced Financing Techniques'.