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Zac Kerr

Partner
+61.3.9205.2166
Fax +61.3.9205.2055

Mr. Kerr is a partner in the Melbourne office and advises on projects and infrastructure transactions globally, particularly in Australia and Asia. He has a particular knowledge of the transport, power, water and social infrastructure / public–private partnership (PPP) sectors, including greenfield contracting, financing and secondary markets.

Mr. Kerr has advised on every privately owned toll road in Australia (together with a number of international road projects). He has also advised on the majority of the PPPs undertaken in Australia to date (together with a number of offshore PPPs). He is also experienced in advising clients lending to or buying and selling stakes in these assets.

He has advised on large and complex infrastructure procurement projects. He has drafted and negotiated project agreements, construction, operation and maintenance agreements, feedstock, offtake, tolling and other revenue agreements and ancillary project documentation.

Mr. Kerr also has extensive experience advising on the sale and purchase of infrastructure assets and non-recourse or limited recourse project finance documentation.

His clients include sponsors, financiers and contractors on PPPs, toll roads, power stations, renewable projects, transmission and distribution assets, rail, ports, airports, telecommunication and industrial projects in Australia, New Zealand, developing and developed Asia, UK and Europe and the United States.

Achievements

  • Listed in Doyle’s Guide for Leading Construction and Infrastructure Lawyers, 2019.
  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers for Construction / Infrastructure Law, 2020.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Law Institute of Victoria member 
  • International Project Finance Association member 
  • Lance Corporal, Australian Army, 6 RAR, 5/6 RVR, 1995 – 2000

Speaking Engagements

Zac regularly speaks at conferences and conducts client workshops. Examples of recent speaking engagements include:
  • client PPP risk allocation workshops in 2017 and 2018
  • chairing the International Project Finance Association 2018 Victorian Government Update, hosting Victorian Treasurer, moderating expert panel
  • chairing the International Project Finance Association 2017: Renewable Energy Projects Negotiation Workshop
  • chairing the Mills Oakley 2017 Renewable Energy Roundtable
  • presenting at the Victorian Transport Infrastructure Conference 2017 on 'Infrastructure priorities and risk allocation'
  • presenting at the Victorian Major Projects Conference 2016 on 'Key issues in infrastructure risk allocation'
  • presenting at the WA Infrastructure Conference, African Transport Conference, Victorian Transport Infrastructure Conference, Australian Water Summit and other events on relevant infrastructure topics in 2013-2015.
Publications
Co-edited the Thomson Reuters 2017 practical guide for 'Project Finance in Australia'.
PPP experience gained prior to joining K&L Gates includes:
  • Education: schools PPP projects including Southbank Education and Training Project, Victorian Schools I and II, SA Schools I and II, NSW Schools I and II and NZ Schools I, II and III
  • Corrections: prison PPP projects including Ravenhall, Ararat, Wiri, Auckland, Waikeria and SA Prisons
  • Roads: road PPP projects including NorthConnex, CityLink, EastLink and East-West Link, Lane Cove Tunnel, Cross City Tunnel, Western Sydney Orbital, Eastern Distributor, M2, M5, Brisbane Airport Link, Clem7, and Transmission Gully, together with other international road PPPs.
  • Rail: rail PPP projects including Gold Coast Rapid Transit, North West Rail Link, Southern Cross Station and Melbourne and Sydney Metro interfaces.
  • Health: health PPP projects including Royal Children's Hospital, Royal Women's Hospital, VCCC, Bendigo and Mater Hospitals and Biosciences Research Centre.
  • Accommodation: accommodation PPP projects including various University Accommodation projects, Singapore Sportshub PPP, Melbourne Convention Centre, Melbourne Showgrounds, Perth Courts, ACT Courts and Single LEAP I and II.
  • Water: water PPP projects including Victorian Desalination Project, Sydney Desalination Project and various regional water and waste water treatment schemes.
  • New Zealand: the Wiri Prison (first NZ PPP), Transmission Gully (first NZ road PPP), Auckland Prison, Waikeria Prison and NZ Schools I, II and III PPP projects in New Zealand.
  • Asia: the Institute of Technical Education PPP and Singapore Sportshub PPP (awarded the international PPP deal of the Year for 2010 by Infrastructure Journal) in Singapore, and Mactan-Cebu International Airport PPP in the Philippines.

Toll road experience gained prior to joining K&L Gates includes advising clients on every privately owned toll road in Australia (14 assets), including multiple upgrades, augmentations and capital dealings, and numerous international toll roads including Capital Beltway, Pocahontas Parkway, Texas I-635, Chicago Skyway, Illinois Tollroad, Pennsylvania Turnpike, Dundalk Road Ireland and Transmission Gully, New Zealand.