Australia: Sparke Helmore advises Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service on NSW health contract
Last Updated: 5 January 2015

Sparke Helmore Lawyers has advised Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (WRHS) on its successful tender to provide aeromedical services for the newly created NSW Health Medical Retrieval Network (Network). WRHS will provide helicopter services in northern New South Wales for the Ambulance Service of NSW.

The renewed NSW Ambulance contract ensures that the WRHS can continue serving the communities of the Hunter, Central and Mid North Coast, New England North West and Far North Coast regions of NSW as it has done for the past 40 years.

The creation of a new Network is the result of a Strategic Review of NSW Ambulance requested by the Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research the Hon. Jillian Skinner MP, which included a review of aeromedical operations.

Sparke Helmore advised WRHS on the competitive tender process, as well as its entry into operating lease agreements for the four new AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters and the potential acquisition of new bases at Lismore and Newcastle. Sparke Helmore also advised WRHS on the complex security structure, which needed to reflect the WRHS aircraft financing and mobilisation funding requirements.

The Sparke Helmore team advising WRHS included partners Tony Deegan, Richard Anicich and Adam Fuller, special counsel, Greg Nyman and lawyer Frederika De Wilde. Partner, Ben Burney and senior associate, Andrew Johnston acted for Westpac Banking Corporation on the mobilisation financing aspects of this transaction.

Commenting on the deal, Tony Deegan said, "We are delighted to have advised WRHS on such a significant transaction for the region. The creation of the new Network is an important initiative for the community in Northern NSW and we look forward to working with WRHS as they continue to provide their world-class aeromedical, search and rescue services."

Head of Westpac Corporate Banking NSW, Greg Clark, added "This is a landmark transaction for Westpac Corporate Bank, due to the strategic, long-term relationship between Westpac Rescue Helicopters and our company. This highly complex transaction involved significant co-ordination over the past year across numerous Westpac divisions, the customer and its advisors. We are very pleased to be able to continue to support this iconic charity to provide an essential service."

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