David Beckett

Partner. Brisbane.

+61 7 3228 9318 |   |  vCard

David has been the lead adviser on many domestic and cross boarder financing transactions acting for senior lenders, mezzanine funders, financial sponsors (in particular private equity houses) and corporate borrowers. 

He has specific expertise in syndicated and club acquisition financing transactions as well as acting on investment grade and corporate financing generally.

Show full profile

David has been the lead adviser on many domestic and cross boarder financing transactions acting for senior lenders, mezzanine funders, financial sponsors (in particular private equity houses) and corporate borrowers. 

He has specific expertise in syndicated and club acquisition financing transactions as well as acting on investment grade and corporate financing generally.

David has been a trusted adviser to a number of senior and mezzanine debt providers backing leading private equity sponsors such as Archer Capital, Carlyle, Hg Capital, Hellman and Friedman, Ironbridge, Pacific Equity Partners and Quadrant. He has also worked for a range of private equity houses, including Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Permira.

David is regularly recognised for his considerable expertise in resources financing. Last year alone he acted for Macarthur Coal and Straits Resources and on their respective project and corporate financings, for one of the sponsors to the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal and for the financiers to Xstrata Coal Investments Australia Pty Ltd.

“Best Lawyer - Structured Finance and Banking & Finance” Best Lawyers Peer Review
David Beckett

David's Expertise

  • Macarthur Coal Coppabella $350m syndicated debt facility Primary counsel to Macarthur Coal on its Coppabella syndicated debt facilities and in respect of its Middlemount joint venture.
  • Straits Resources Acted for Straits Resources in its bid for Rio Tinto’s Northpark Mines assets and in respect of the demerger of its coal and metals business involving ANZ and Macquarie Bank.
  • Coates Hire $2.8 billion take-private Acting for lead arrangers comprising ABN Amro, ANZ, Calyon, Mizuho, Sumitomo Mitsui and Westpac in providing senior acquisition debt funding to the Carlyle/National Hire consortium in its $2.8 billion public to private and merger.
  • SBS Broadcasting While working in London, acted for Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Permira in respect of the financing of the acquisition of SBS Broadcasting, S.A.
  • Airport Link financing Acting for the successful Macquarie Bank/Thiess BrisConnections consortium in its bid for and the project financing of the Airport Link and Northern Busway concession in Brisbane.

What others say

  • “Best Lawyer - Structured Finance” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2013 & 2014
  • “Best Lawyer - Banking & Finance” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2014
  • “Project Finance Deal of the Year - Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal” Australasian Legal Business Awards, 2012

David's Thinking

David's Leadership

  • Banking and Financial Services Law Association Member
  • Asia Pacific Loan Market Association Member
  • Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association Member