Practice group leader - Corporate, and Partner
Vincent Dwyer is a corporate Partner, the head of the Corporate Practice Group of the firm in Australia and Energy practice head in the Asia-Pacific. For over 20 years, Vincent has advised on domestic and cross border merger and acquisition transactions and project development, for buyers, sellers, consortia and government in Australia and Asia. He also advises on listed company capital raisings, governance and listing rules issues; capital management structures (such as capital reductions and share buy-backs); joint ventures, partnerships and shareholder arrangements; and ASIC, ASX and FIRB applications.
In the energy and infrastructure industries, Vincent has acted:
- regulated assets: on a $1 billion bid to acquire the Basslink transmission line, on the sale of various gas pipelines (transmission and distribution) in Queensland, Western Australia, NSW and the ACT (including the $2.4 billion privatisation of the Dampier-Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline), on the development of transmission lines in the Lao PDR, on foundation customer arrangements for the Eastern Gas Pipeline and the spur pipeline to the ACT, on the Sydney - Cairns optic fibre network, on network support arrangements for transmission assets and on various transmission and distribution connection arrangements
- power and gas: on the $1.4 billion acquisition of the hydro electricity power stations of Southern Hydro, the development of a gas processing and a gas power plant in Southern Iraq; the development of a hydro electricity power project in the Lao PDR; on bids to acquire, whether by sale or through other structures, interests in the Flinders, Torrens Island, Northern Valley Power, Osborne; Oakey; Yubulu and Loy Yang A power stations, the acquisition of the Western Underground Gas Storage facility, the $850 million privatization of ETSA Power, the $800 million acquisition of Pulse Energy and the establishment of the $800 million ACTEW/AGL, Alinta/AGL and Arrow/AGL joint ventures; and on various complex electricity, weather and temperature based ISDA derivatives contracts
- renewable power: on the $1.5 billion Federal Government led Solar Flagships Program, the off-take, asset management, project financing and sale (by competitive tender) of each of the Wattle Point, Hallett 1, Hallett 2, Hallett 4, Hallett 5 and Oaklands Hill wind farms and the joint venture with Meridian Energy for the development of the 420MW Macarthur Wind Farm; on a bid to acquire the wind farm portfolio sold by way of privatization by the Queensland Government; on bids to acquire or the entry into long term off-take for certain other renewable energy (hydro and biomass) power plants
- upstream energy: the acquisition of various underground gas storage facilities, the $950 million acquisition of interests in the Cooper Basin Gas Field, the acquisition of various offshore gas permits in Australia and the negotiations of various coal contracts of works in Indonesia
- gas contracting: on the foundation gas supply arrangements for the Eastern Gas Pipeline; on the wholesale supply of Gas to ACTEW/AGL, the dominant gas retailer in the ACT; on the foundation gas supply arrangement for the Victoria-Tasmania gas pipeline; on the acquisition of Pulse Energy, including the renegotiation of the Victorian Gas supply Arrangements; on the acquisition of an interest in the Cooper Basin Gas fields including consideration of the gas supply arrangements from the Cooper Basin; for various gas fired power generators for the supply of gas to those power generators and the tolling of that gas for electricity; on the sale of various gas pipelines, including the Dampier-Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline in WA, the Wallumbilla - Gladstone gas pipeline and the Port Headland - Dampier gas pipeline
- transport: on the abandoned $4.5 billion Sydney Metro project, an (abandoned) $200 million acquisition of various port assets; the Newcastle Port expansion, the Sydney light rail, the Sydney Airport link, the abandoned Jakarta Metro, tollroads in Indonesia and on transport and logistics operations in SE Asia
- water: on the $2.5 billion Victorian desalination plant; the South Australian Desalination plant, a bid to acquire the $2 billion Sydney Desalination plant and the $2 billion restructure of the Tasmanian water sewerage assets
Vincent has also been involved in acquisitions in the media, technology, financial services, insurance, aged care, healthcare, printing and tourism industries, for domestic and foreign listed and private equity investors.
He was the winner of Project Finance International (PFI) "Asia Pacific Project Finance Deal of the Year 2011" (Oaklands Wind Farm); Euromoney Project Finance Magazine "APAC Renewables Deal of the Year 2011" (Macarthur Wind Farm) and was nominated for the 2010 Asia Pacific M&A Deal of the Year (Oz Minerals acquisition), 2009 Project Finance Deal of the Year (AGL’s Hallett 4 wind farm sale) and 2008 Energy & Resources Deal of the Year (AGL/Arrow acquisition of Enertrade). He was also included in “Australia’s Top Lawyers" in 2011 and 2012 for M&A and Corporate, prepared by Best Lawyers Australia, has been recognised as a leading Energy & Resources Lawyer (NSW) by Doyle's' Guide and has been recognised in the 2012 "Guide to the World’s Leading Energy Lawyers" as one of the outstanding practitioners in Australia.
Vincent joined us from another premier Australian law firm where he was a partner in their corporate group for 10 years, focusing on energy and infrastructure work. Prior to that Vincent spent four years based in Singapore working throughout South East Asia and eight months as acting general counsel of a major energy company.
Vincent holds Masters of Laws, Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Sydney.