Global law firm White & Case LLP has expanded its Global Project Development and Finance Practice with the addition of partner Joanne Emerson Taqi in Sydney.
"Waste and water infrastructure are two key areas of focus for White & Case in Asia-Pacific as these types of projects become of increasing importance to the burgeoning urbanization of the region," said White & Case partner Mark Castillo-Bernaus, Head of the Global Development and Finance Practice. "Joanne will add bench strength to our project development team in Asia-Pacific, with particular expertise in waste and water infrastructure projects, enabling the Firm to further support clients on projects in these sectors in Australia and across Asia-Pacific."
Joanne is a project development lawyer with experience advising on a wide range of construction and project agreements in the infrastructure, utilities and real estate sectors. She advises on all types of developments, including commercial, industrial, domestic, public private partnerships and all forms of contracts, including the FIDIC and NEC suite of agreements and the Australian Standards. Joanne brings more than 20 years' experience and joins White & Case from Norton Rose Fulbright, where she was a partner.
"Joanne has a strong track record advising clients in the Middle East on some of the largest water infrastructure and waste projects and has been applying that experience to major projects in Australia and Asia-Pacific," said White & Case partner Andrew Clark, Regional Section Head Asia-Pacific EIPAF & Disputes. "Having Joanne join our Sydney team with her tremendous project development experience is an important addition to our market-leading practice in Australia."
Partner Donald Baker, a member of White & Case's global Executive Committee, added: "In the last three years White & Case has grown our project capabilities in Asia-Pacific through our implementation of a targeted business plan, with a focus on infrastructure and energy. This has been supported by our recent additions of five project development and finance partners in Asia-Pacific, including in Singapore, Seoul and Australia, and the recent promotion to partner of two lawyers in Australia. Joanne's arrival demonstrates our continued commitment to the expansion of our project capabilities in Asia-Pacific in response to significant client and market demand."
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