Agribusiness Finance

 
The Australian agribusiness sector continues to face economic fluctuations, challenging environmental factors and changing levels of interest from investors.

Within this context, our agribusiness team advises both lenders and borrowers on most types of lending, including syndicated and bilateral loan facilities. Their expertise extends to advising on various types of traditional and non-traditional security, such as stock mortgages, crop liens and real property mortgages.

The team also advises on various agribusiness investment vehicles, including the structuring, establishing and operating of listed, unlisted, retail and wholesale funds.

Clients we have advised regarding finance transactions include AWB Limited (now Agrium Asia Pacific and Cargill Australia), Landmark Operations, Gunns Limited, Rabobank, Rural Finance Corporation and Tasmanian Dairy Products.

Experience

  • Acting for a responsible entity of a number of registered and unregistered agricultural managed investment schemes in the drafting of operations agreements with rural management partners in respect of beef cattle projects and operations agreements for cattle, lamb, forestry, tomato and cropping projects.
  • Advising an international grains commodity manager on commodity inventory finance facilities totalling $290 million with major Australian and overseas banks.
  • Advising on a new non-pooled warehouse finance product to be offered to growers after delivery into the Australian bulk handling system.
  • Developing a pre-harvest loan product for growers.

Key contact

Mark has experience acting for Australian and overseas financial institutions, and leads the firm's Banking and Finance practice.

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