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Nicky Lester

Partner
Sydney
Perth

Nicky Lester
Phone
+61 2 9093 3502 (Sydney)
Languages
English
Practice Group
Finance

Nicky knows finance. She understands what is needed to get a deal done – having led some of the most complex banking and finance transactions in the market over 20 years. Nicky brings to deals precise technical skills together with a commercial, deal-driven approach.

Nicky's experience is expansive. It covers corporate and real estate finance, securitisation, debt capital markets and restructuring. Clients seek out Nicky because she can advise them across the full spectrum of debt solutions, from structured and unstructured capital markets transactions to secured and unsecured bank bilateral, syndicated and club deals.

Nicky also supports clients on complex regulatory issues. She regularly advises domestic and international clients on financial services and banking regulation in Australia.

Nicky has acted for all of the major players in the market – from banks, funds and hedge counterparties to REITs, public and private companies and trustee companies. Having acted for borrowers and lenders on both sides of the ledger Nicky can guide her clients as to the 'must haves' on a transaction.

Nicky is joint managing partner of Hogan Lovells' practice in Australia. She is also head of the firm's banking and finance practice in Australia.

Outside the office, Nicky is a trustee and director of the Westpac Foundation and a director of Bangarra Dance Theatre Australia Limited (Australia's national indigenous dance company).

Nicky is admitted to practice in Australia. She completed a combined Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Tasmania.

 

Representative experience

Acting for Partners Group on a cross-border US$700 million syndicated capital call facility involving 32 fund borrowers.

Acting for a syndicate of banks on the restructure and refinancing of more than GBP1 billion of debt and derivative facilities for an international business in Australia.

Acting for a Chinese bank in relation to an A$250 million bilateral facility secured over mining tenements in Western Australia.

Advising an international bank on a €250 million secured multi-currency bilateral facility in connection with an infrastructure investment by a Gibraltar borrower.

Acting for Bank of New York Mellon on the establishment of a €3 billion EMTN program for Victoria Power Networks (Finance) Pty Limited.

Acting for Goodman Australia Industrial Partnership in relation to a US$600 million private placement.

Advising DBRS Ratings on the establishment of a master trust credit card securitisation program for Latitude Finance Australia.

Advising Bank of New York Mellon on the early redemption of A$2.1 billion of debt, comprising bullet and CPI bonds, bank facilities, derivatives and financial guarantees.

Acting for an Australian superannuation fund in relation to its investment into a Dutch infrastructure fund.

Providing advice to numerous domestic and international trustees, fund managers and similar services participants on the Australian financial services regulatory regime.

Advising Bank of New York Mellon in relation to the appointment of a voluntary administrator to Paladin Energy Ltd (a uranium production company).

Education and admissions

Education

  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Tasmania, 1996
  • Bachelor of Laws with Honors, University of Tasmania, 1996

Memberships

  • Trustee & Director of Westpac Foundation
  • Director of Bangarra Dance Theatre Limited
  • Member, Australia Securitisation Forum
  • Member, Law Society of New South Wales
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