Adam Stapledon

Head of Banking and Finance



A leading banking and finance lawyer, Adam has over 25 years’ experience advising sponsors, borrowers and lenders in Australia and the Asia Pacific region, including on project, acquisition and corporate financing transactions across the infrastructure, renewables, energy and resources sectors. 

Adam covers the full spectrum of financing, including capital markets, bank debt and private credit, with particular expertise in implementing complex multi-source financing structures.

Adam is consistently recognised as a leading lawyer by respected industry publications such as Best Lawyers, Legal 500, Chambers Asia-Pacific and Chambers Global. He has lectured on syndicated lending at the University of Sydney and is a member of the APLMA project finance sub-committee.

Key deals

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board

Advising Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board on the A$1.6 billion acquisition of the 40-year concession to operate South Australia’s land services group and on their shortlisted bid to acquire NSW Land and Property Information from the NSW government.

AusNet acquisition

Advising the lenders in connection with the financing of Brookfield’s A$10.2 billion acquisition of AusNet.

John Holland

Advising the financiers, sustainability coordinator and facility agent in connection with an A$1.5 billion bank guarantee facility refinancing with a sustainability-linked loan overlay, for infrastructure and property development service provider John Holland. This is one of the largest sustainability-linked bonding facilities to be arranged in Australia to date and one of the largest to successfully close in the Asia Pacific region in 2021.

Financiers to NBN Co

Advising the financiers to NBN Co Limited, Australia’s largest fixed line broadband infrastructure company and primary wholesale high-speed broadband provider, on A$6.1 billion of bilateral credit facilities.


Advising SingTel on the financing aspects of its A$1.9 billion sale to AustralianSuper of a 70% stake in Australian Tower Network, the operator of Optus’ passive telecommunications tower infrastructure.

Project financing

Advising the commercial lenders and ECAs in relation to the US$7.2 billion project financing of the Roy Hill integrated mine, port and rail project in Western Australia as well as the lenders on the 2020 refinancing. This was the largest ever project financing in the global mining sector.