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Richard Hayes


Richard Hayes

Richard Hayes is an international finance lawyer based in our Sydney office, where he focuses on acquisition finance, funds finance, and general corporate finance.

With over 20 years' experience gained at leading firms in London, New York, and Sydney, his clients know they have a senior partner on board who knows what it takes to get the toughest and most complex jobs done - on time and without any nasty surprises.

Richard's clients include global investment banks, commercial banks, debt funds, and other lenders, as well as private equity and other investment firms and corporations.

His practice includes refinancings, restructurings, recapitalisations, and work-outs.

Richard is a regular presenter and guest lecturer on banking-related issues, has published various articles, and co-authored the chapter on Intercreditor Issues in Australian Finance Law.

Richard is admitted in Australia, England, and New York and is consistently rated as a leading individual in legal directories including Chambers Global and the Legal 500.

"Very good at the big end of town"

Chambers 2016

Representative experience

Advising on first ever Australian dollar denominated and Australian law governed Term Loan B facility for Iron Mountain's acquisition of Recall Australia.

Acted for a New York-based hedge fund on a proposed financing for a global energy company to be secured by coal assets located in Australia.*

Advising QIC on the debt financing of its Global Infrastructure Fund, secured by capital commitments of institutional investors of A$1.75 bn.*

Advising Barclays on an A$900m financing of a joint venture between Apollo and Leighton Holdings. This included the first-ever A$ denominated Term Loan B facility.*

Advising a global private equity firm on the financing of its bid for Metronode Data Centres

Advising an international syndicate of banks on the financing of a Chinese sponsor's bid for I-MED Networks (Australia's largest radiology business)

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

Education and admissions


  • Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and Law, University of New South Wales, Australia


  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • Law Society of NSW
  • New York State Bar

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Australia
  • England
  • New York

Court admissions

  • Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia
  • High Court of Australia
  • England and Wales
  • New York Supreme Court


Banking & Finance: Acquisition Finance (Australia)

Chambers Asia-Pacific


Leading Individual: Acquisition Finance



Leading Individual: Banking and Finance

Legal 500


Best Lawyers in Australia

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