Australian firm Gilbert + Tobin has hired a new partner for its finance and restructuring practice in Melbourne.
 
Simon Lynch was previously a Melbourne partner with Allens specializing in finance and banking deals. Last year, he led an Allens team that advises a consortium including the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, Hastings Managed Infrastructure Funds Utilities Trust of Australia and The Infrastructure Fund on the $2.3 billion financing of the Sydney Desalinisation Plant. Gilbert + Tobin also worked on that deal, advising the lenders.
 
In 2011, Lynch advised a group of lenders on a $7 billion debt restructuring deal for Australian shopping mall developer and operator Centro Properties Group.
 
Lynch joined Allens Arthur Robinson, which changed its name to Allens after inking an exclusive alliance agreement with Magic Circle firm Linklaters last year, as associate in 1988 and was made partner in 1993.
 
Gilbert + Tobin has over 300 lawyers working across three offices in Melbourne, Sydney, and Perth.
 
Email: jseah@alm.com .