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Alister McConnell

Phone: +61 2 8243 9622
Email: mcconnell@origincapital.com.au

Alister has operated in the financing, engineering & operation of a large number of major projects in Australia & offshore for some 30 years.
Prior to working with Origin, Alister established and ran independent debt advisory businesses for 9 years at boutique investment banks Rothschild and Grant Samuel arranging independently over $20 billion in debt for projects and corporations in both the bank & bond markets – locally & offshore.
Previously he established and led the National Australia Bank’s Global Energy & Utilities, Infrastructure Resource & Project Financing business for 12 years.
Alister has advised on the financing for a number of major projects in the broader resource & infrastructure sector & included work for Pan Australia Mining, Fortescue Metals, Mt Gibson, Burrup Fertilizers, Leighton’s, Lend Lease, Wesfarmers & Asciano/Toll. Selected transactions of relevance include:

• US$120M financing for Pan Australia Mining’ s Copper/Silver project in Laos;
• US$250m refinancing for Korea Zinc’s Sun Metals;
• US$2.7bn Greenfield US 144A bond financing of Fortescue Metals;
• US$500m financing for Burrup Fertilizers merchant ammonia project;
• $493m development financing for Eastern Distributor;
• A$530m restructuring and refinancing for Wesfarmer’s Australian Rail Group; and
• €355m refinancing for Cameron O’Reilly’s Bayard now Landis & Gyr Group.

He is currently advising several clients on a number of major new mining, port & related infrastructure projects in WA, NSW & Queensland in the coal , magnetite & iron ore sectors, including Crosslands Resources, PKCT & Adani. Previously as a practising chemical engineer he worked as project manager on several major projects with Fluor, Sentrachem, AKZO & BP. Alister holds a BSc (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University – Ireland and an MBA from the University of Cape Town.