Rod Cameron has acted for Energy Developments Ltd on several significant projects over a period of about five years. This involvement has included a combination of very complex ‘greenfield’ energy construction projects and projects to refinance our Australian and United Kingdom asset portfolios. At all times, he has remained objective, practical and unbiased and has delivered excellent results, on occasions under very difficult circumstances. Rod has also worked very effectively to enhance and bolster the skills and experience of our internal personnel to ensure the transfer of knowledge once he has completed each assignment.
Rod Cameron has extensive energy industry experience as a senior financial executive and company director which complements his strong financial advisory experience. I would highly recommend him to others that want independent, unbiased and practical financial advice from someone that understands both corporate and banking perspectives.
Greg Pritchard, Managing Director, Energy Developments Limited
I first started working with Rod Cameron around 10 years ago, when he was Chief Financial Officer of NRG Asia Pacific Ltd in Australia and was – over a number of years – financing the acquisition of three power stations. Since Rod has been providing financial advisory services, we have worked together on three further occasions.
On all occasions I worked with Rod, the financing transactions were complex, with demanding schedules, large numbers of people and different stakeholder groups involved, and for large amounts -ranging from around $100m to $800m. Rod project managed these transactions seamlessly.
To achieve the objectives of each transaction, Rod clearly and transparently managed the key interpersonal relationships necessary to tie together the multiple technical strands to achieve on-time, on-budget results in a professional yet friendly manner.
I would recommend Rod to anyone wanting one or more large-scale financings completed within a tight timeframe and in a professional and collegiate manner.
Stewart Bubb, Director – Project Finance Asia Pacific, HVB Australia Pty Ltd
Over the 12 years that I have been involved with Rod he has demonstrated the unrivalled ability to successfully complete deals, both large and small, across a variety of industries. He has continually displayed a professional, hardworking and never give up attitude which has enabled him to deliver projects where many others would have failed. Rod’s knowledge of Australian and international project finance and his contacts and relationships with both Australian and overseas banks is a key reason for his success.
It is a personal pleasure to have known and worked with Rod and I would recommend his services to all.
Stuart Owen, Chief Financial Officer, Blue Energy Limited
I have known Rod Cameron and Peter Sonsie for a number of years. During that time I have worked on transactions with Rod Cameron while we were engaged by one of Australia’s leading project finance banks. Rod was an energy industry expert and commercial adviser to this bank on several very large acquisition and refinance transactions. More recently Navigator Project Finance worked with Rod and Peter on the refinance of Callide C power station, when Rod was appointed financial adviser by Ozgen (Intergen and China Huang Power partnership). Both Rod and Peter are recognised project finance experts and my company Navigator Project Finance provided expert financial modelling services support to them. As well as acknowledging the skills, expertise and experience of both individuals they have also acted with professionalism and integrity when we have worked together. They are focused on achieving superior commercial outcomes for their clients and have demonstrated an advanced understanding of project finance and the process management of large complex financial transactions. More importantly, they deliver what they promise, which is based on thorough analysis and sage advice.
Unlike many financial advisory firms with Rod and Peter, you get direct access to the years of experience and the principal’s high level of expertise because they personally undertake the work and are responsible for delivering the results.
Nick Crawley, Managing Director, Navigator Project Finance
My first association with Rod goes back almost 10 years when we were working together at NRG Asia Pacific. His role as CFO was to ensure that the business was on top of its game and that investment decisions were soundly based, appropriately funded and met all the hurdles our shareholders had set. In addition Rod had the major relationship with the banking fraternity and other capital providers. His insights were invaluable in terms of securing funding, establishing appropriate ownership structures to manage shareholder risk and provide returns as set out in the investment business plan.
In recent times I am aware that Rod has assisted a range of listed and unlisted corporates to move smoothly through transactions and provide the close attention necessary to reach financial close in a timely manner. Rod is comfortable working in small or large teams. He is a person with high integrity.
Dr Ralph Craven, prominent senior electricity industry executive.
I’ve worked with Rod Cameron on a number of transactional matters and operational issues. He’s a straight-shooter who understands what is required to manage large complex transactions and knows how to pinpoint focus on the issues that are important. In particular, we have worked together on several significant project finances, and his capacity to sculpt and tailor arrangements which meet organisational requirements, while still passing with credit committees, is impressive.
Shaun Messer, Senior Corporate Counsel
I am a project finance lawyer and have enjoyed working with Peter Sonsie on several major projects. The projects included a structured financing for Transurban’s Melbourne City Link Project, a project financing for the development of the Millmerran Power Project for Intergen and a project style acquisition financing for the purchase 50% of the then partially constructed Callide C Power Station, also by Intergen. In these projects, Peter took a leading role in the negotiation of the financing facilities and was instrumental in securing a successful outcome for both the financiers and the borrower.
Peter Sonsie has extensive experience in project and structured finance and would provide clients with a deep understanding of, and the ability to anticipate, prioritise and resolve, the issues which arise from both the sponsor and banking perspectives.
Phillip Cornwell, project finance lawyer