Firm nabs two finance and projects experts

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DLA Piper has appointed two new partners to the Finance & Projects practice, as part of a major growth strategy.

Former Corrs Chambers Westgarth partner Alex Regan and Simon Huxley, who was previously a senior associate at Allen & Overy, will both join the firm’s Sydney practice.

“Over the last 12 months, we've actively sought to grow our corporate, M&A, finance, projects and infrastructure capabilities.  Alex and Simon joining is key to delivering on this strategy,” Australian Finance & Projects co-head Onno Bakker told Australasian Lawyer.

Regan, who joined DLA Piper this week, has experience in both Australia and the Asia Pacific region in private equity and leveraged and acquisition finance. 

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to add some further leveraged finance expertise to this top tier private equity capability,” Regan said.

Huxley, who will join DLA Piper next month, specialises in the development, project financing and acquisition of large infrastructure, energy and power projects, with particular experience advising on power and mining and resources projects.

“We anticipate there to be a continued focus on M&A and major projects and infrastructure activity in Australia in the next financial year, with a continued strong foreign investor interest in Australia,” Bakker said.

DLA Piper’s Finance & Projects team in Australia is particularly busy, having recently advised St. George Bank on the financing for the acquisition of a hotel and resort portfolio across Australia, as well as financing aspects of Australia's largest IPO of 2015 for Link Group.