Stephen has a significant depth of experience in the areas of corporate finance, aviation law, and project and structured finance.
Stephen advises banks, corporate financiers, and aviation groups on contracts, financing, leasing arrangements, restructuring, and securitisation. He also acts for corporates in their dealings with financiers and government.
Stephen’s expertise in aviation law (rotary and fixed wing), includes advising on leasing arrangements, negotiation of national and international contracts for the sale and purchase of aircraft, charter agreements, wet leases, FIFO agreements, aircraft maintenance agreements, power by the hour agreements, special mission and defence contracts, code share, insurance, and IT contracts.
Stephen also has experience in the acquisition of aviation businesses and companies, and in documenting joint ventures between aviators and related licensing and ACCC approvals.
Recent experience includes:
- Advised Cobham Australia on the successful tender to the A$1 billion CMS04 “Sentinel” contract with the Commonwealth of Australia. This contract is for the provision of surveillance services of the Australian coastline to Australian Customs for up to a 14 year period.
- Advised Bank SA and Westpac Banking Corporation in relation to the documentation and negotiation of property development and project finance transactions involving syndications, “club” transactions and participations, including finance for the construction and operation of hotels and apartment developments, office developments, and warehouse developments in South Australia and the Northern Territory.
- Acting for ARTC in the obtaining of its club facility and involving the review and negotiation of finance documentation, the satisfaction of conditions precedent and related matters.