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LAWS6360: Project Finance Fundamentals

2022 unit information

Energy, infrastructure and resources projects are critical to meeting our current and evolving needs for the products and services that they provide. They are also a key component of government stimulus packages in response to economic downturns. Project finance is one of the most common mechanisms for developing and delivering these projects. This unit introduces and explores the fundamental principles of project finance from a practical perspective, using case studies and group work. We will identify the key parties and explore their objectives. Key risks will be identified and analysed, as well as options for mitigating them. We will discuss core contractual structures, the key terms that are negotiated in project and finance contracts and their implications. The impact of different sources of financing will be considered. This unit will also provide a framework for understanding the similarities and differences of project finance across different sectors. The lecturer, a highly experienced practitioner in the field, will draw on her own experience of project finance from Australia and Asia, through to the US and Europe, as well as guest lecturers from top tier law firms and industry players, to explain key concepts, explore practical case study examples and provide a range of industry perspectives.

Unit details and rules

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Code LAWS6360
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
Students who do not hold a law degree must have completed LAWS6252 Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System before enrolling in this unit

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. critically examine the key parties and their objectives and the main project and finance contracts involved in a project financed project.
  • LO2. identify and explain the typical risks that arise in a project financing at each of its key stages and how these are mitigated or managed, by contractual and other means.
  • LO3. analyse the contractual structure and key terms that are negotiated in project and finance contracts and their implications.
  • LO4. compare the similar and differing contexts and approaches to contractual provisions and risk assessment across a range of sectors in which project finance is used.
  • LO5. understand the different sources of financing used for project finance and their impact

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Intensive May 2021
Block mode Remote
Semester 1b 2022
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1b 2022
Block mode Remote

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