Nicholas Grambas joins JWS as a partner

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Johnson Winter & Slattery has enhanced its corporate and infrastructure offerings with the appointment of Nicholas Grambas, who has joined the firm as a partner in its Melbourne office.

Nicholas is an internationally recognised lawyer and the former global leader of Sidley Austin LLP’s project finance and infrastructure group. Prior to joining Johnson Winter & Slattery, Nicholas was based in Singapore and New York for a number of years.  Nicholas brings extensive experience in M&A, projects and finance. He has a deep understanding of commercial and legal structuring of transactions across a range of sectors, including infrastructure, utilities, power and renewables, water and wastewater, district energy, mining and resources.

With more than 25 years of experience in Asia, Australia, Europe, United States and the Middle East, Nicholas is a versatile lawyer representing strategic and financial sponsors, lenders and arrangers on complex equity and debt transactions for greenfield and brownfield assets. He advises on acquisitions, auctions, divestments, privatisations, joint ventures, PPPs/Greenfield/concession projects, acquisition and project finance.

Johnson Winter & Slattery Managing Partner Peter Slattery said Nicholas is a great fit for the firm.

“Nicholas has a strong practice representing investors and project sponsors on a range of complex infrastructure asset deals, with a strong focus on the energy sector. We are known in the market for having one of the largest and most widely experienced energy practices in Australia. Nicholas will further strengthen our capabilities and help us continue to build our corporate offering in Victoria.”

Nicholas is the sixth partner to join Johnson Winter & Slattery so far this financial year as the firm continues its focus on expanding its capabilities.

Nicholas is consistently recognised as a leader in his field. He was named a “Best Lawyer” in the Singapore chapter of The Best Lawyer (2019), was recognised in Financial Times’ Asia Pacific Innovative Lawyers 2016 and was one of the first to be named in the “World’s Top 20 Project Finance Lawyers” by Euromoney. 

Examples of Nick’s recent significant experience include representing:

  • Aboitiz Power Corporation in its $582 million acquisition of a 60 percent economic interest in AA

Thermal, AC Energy’ thermal power platform in the Philippines

  • Aboitiz Power Corporation on the $300 million acquisition financing facilities from international lenders

lead by DBS, Mizuho, MUFG and Standard Chartered Bank

  • Climate Fund Managers on various renewable investments opportunities in South-East Asia
  • Climate Fund Managers on its $50 million investment in Cleantech Asia Pte Ltd, a leading C&I development platform in Southeast Asia, and related commercial structuring and arrangements to establish a “yield-co” business model
  • Japan Wind Development on capital funding solutions for the proposed development of an offshore wind platform in Japan
  • Mesabi Metallics LLC on its $650 million project financing (prepayment/offtake) facility to fund.


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