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Alister has operated in the financing, engineering and operation of a large number of major projects in Australia and 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 independently arranging over $20 billion in debt for projects and corporations in both the bank and bond markets – locally and 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 resources and infrastructure sector which included work for Pan Australia Mining, Fortescue Metals, Mt Gibson, Burrup Fertilizers, Leighton’s, Lend Lease, Wesfarmers and 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).


Previously, as a practising chemical engineer, he worked as project manager on several major projects with Fluor, Sentrachem, AKZO and BP.

Alister holds a BSc (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University – Ireland and an MBA from the University of Cape Town.

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