Profile of Lisa Zhou

Lisa Zhou

Partner, BCom LLB (Hons)

About Lisa Zhou

Lisa specialises in renewable energy and infrastructure project finance, real estate finance and corporate finance.

She advises financiers, sponsors and borrowers across a range of sectors, including renewable energy, infrastructure, real estate, funds, healthcare and telecommunications.

Lisa's transactional experience includes advising:
  • CWP Renewables portfolio acquisition by Squadron – the financiers on the renewables portfolio financing. The largest renewables portfolio transaction completed in Australia at the time and one of a few vendor stapled financings to be taken to completion in Australia.
  • Northeast Link – the Capella Capital led consortium on their successful bid and project financing of the largest PPP in Victoria's history.
  • Foresight/ICG renewables portfolio – the lenders to Foresight/ICG on its acquisition and project financing of a portfolio of wind and hydro power projects from Meridian.
  • Snapper Point Gas Power Station, and Lincoln Gap Wind and Battery Projects – the financiers to RATCH/Nexif on the portfolio refinancing.
  • Hazelwood Battery – on the Macquarie Capital/ENGIE development of the Hazelwood Battery storage project.
  • Mytilineos solar portfolios – in relation to the portfolio development and project financings of two solar portfolios, firstly, the Corowa, Junee and Wagga Wagga Solar Farms with Coles Group Limited as an offtaker, and secondly, the Kingaroy, Moura and Wyalong Solar Farms with NBN as an offtaker.
  • ConnectEast – on its A$705 million refinancing for EastLink, the longest tollway in Victoria, connecting the Eastern Freeway to Peninsula Link and Frankston Freeway.
  • Frankston Hospital redevelopment PPP – the financiers to the Exemplar Health consortium (comprising Capella, Lendlease, Honeywell and Compass) on their successful bid and project financing.
  • Powering Australian Renewables Fund/Tilt Renewables – on the original establishment of the PARF fund and then advising the sponsors on the sale and project finance of a series of solar and wind projects, including the Broken Hill and Nyngan solar power stations, Silverton Wind Farm and Coopers Gap Wind Farm.
  • ACCIONA – on various project financings, including of the Gunning and Waubra Wind Farms, and the Royalla Solar Farm.
  • Sydney Desalination Plant – the sponsors in relation to several refinancings, including conversion of the document structure to a common terms deed platform to allow for diversification of debt to include short-medium term bank debt and long term Samurai debt.
  • Hawaiki submarine internet cable system – Natixis on the development financing of the 14,000 kilometre Hawaiki submarine internet cable system with 30 Tbps of capacity, connecting Australia, New Zealand and the United States.
  • Lane Cove Tunnel – the private placement investors on Transurban's A$460m refinancing of its bank and private placement debt facilities for the Lane Cove Tunnel.
  • Vocus – on the refinancing of the group's A$1.07bn and NZ$160m bank debt facilities.
  • Vicinity Centres – the lenders on the refinancing of A$5.1bn of bank debt facilities for the Federation Centres and Novion merged group (now known as Vicinity Centres).
  • The lenders to Growthpoint Properties – on the refinancing of its A$925 million syndicated bank debt facilities.
  • The financier to ISPT and Galileo Group – on the construction financing of three residential apartment towers known as "Metro Apartments", comprising more than 500 apartments in Chatswood Transport Interchange in New South Wales.
  • Institutional lender – on a number of property financings across Australia, including the A$425m acquisition of The Complex office towers, A$200m acquisition financing of Figtree shopping centre, NSW and A$170m acquisition financing for "K1", a commercial office tower in Fortitude Valley, Queensland.