White & Case Announces Further Expansion in Asia-Pacific, Including Second Australia Office
Global law firm White & Case LLP has further expanded its Asia-Pacific business and Global Energy, Infrastructure & Project Finance Practice with the arrival of ten new Senior Lawyers and a partner promotion in Australia where, following the Firm's launch in Melbourne in December 2016, a second office has opened in Sydney.
"These individuals are market leading lawyers who have unparalleled experience advising on top tier projects throughout Australia, Asia-Pacific and other international jurisdictions," said White & Case partner Eric Berg, Head of Asia-Pacific. "Their arrival reinforces our position as the leading law firm in project finance globally. They add further strength to our client offering and underline our commitment to providing the highest quality advice to our clients on a global basis."
Brendan Quinn, Andrew Clark, Alan Rosengarten, Josh Sgro, Tim Power, Jared Muller and Joanne Draper join the Firm in Melbourne, Joel Rennie in Sydney, Fergus Smith in Hong Kong and Matthew Osborne in Singapore. They arrive from Herbert Smith Freehills and work across Australia and Asia-Pacific, providing strategic advice on large infrastructure projects and project financings. They represent global sponsors and financial institutions across a range of sectors including infrastructure, power and natural resources.
White & Case has also promoted Cameron Watson to partner in its Global Energy, Infrastructure & Project Finance Practice, effective January 25, 2017. Watson, who joined White & Case in Melbourne from Herbert Smith Freehills, is relocating to Sydney where he will join Rennie in the Firm's newest office. He brings extensive experience advising clients on the financing and acquisition of major energy and infrastructure projects, with a particular focus on project finance.
"Asia-Pacific is an important region for White & Case where our strategy is to build on the Firm's global strengths and continue developing our client offering," said partner Art Scavone, who leads the Firm's Global Energy, Infrastructure & Project Finance Practice. "Adding lawyers of this caliber is a unique opportunity for the Firm and represents a significant step as we grow our role advising clients across the Asia-Pacific region on their most complex, cross-border matters. We anticipate that these new lawyers will be working closely with colleagues across our global network of offices."
White & Case launched its Australia practice in December 2016 with the opening of a new office in Melbourne and the addition from Herbert Smith Freehills of Ged Cochrane, Michelle Keen and Adeline Pang, who joined the Firm as partners.
The Firm has 40 offices in 28 countries following the opening of the new office in Sydney. As well as Melbourne and Sydney, the Firm's Asia-Pacific presence includes offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo, as well as an association in Jakarta.
Brendan has extensive project and project financing experience in the power, renewables, natural resources, oil & gas and infrastructure sectors across Australia, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He has experience of both common and civil law jurisdictions and expertise in many forms of finance including commercial, export credit, multilateral and capital markets.
Andrew advises on major project financing transactions in the energy, infrastructure and transport sectors, with experience in multiple jurisdictions including Asia-Pacific and South America. He also advises on the delivery and financing of power, energy and renewable energy projects and general infrastructure and chemical processing plants, as well as advising private sector clients on road projects.
Alan advises sponsors, equity investors, financiers, government agencies and contractors on the development, financing and acquisition of infrastructure projects with a focus in the transport, public private partnerships, social infrastructure, defence procurement, water and energy sectors in Australia, Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America.
Josh focuses on infrastructure and project acquisition, construction and financing (both debt and equity). He has extensive experience in developing and financing project and infrastructure transactions in Australia, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, advising sponsors and equity and debt participants on domestic and international infrastructure and energy projects. He offers particular expertise in infrastructure procurement and acquisition including public private partnerships.
Tim focuses on environment, planning and climate change law, advising leading corporations and government clients on the environmental impact assessment and approval of major property development, infrastructure and resource projects, the remediation and development of contaminated properties, pollution risk management and incident response, managing native title and indigenous and non-indigenous heritage issues, land acquisition and disputed valuations, and advice and representation on town and environmental planning appeals and panel hearings. He also advises on greenhouse gas emissions reporting and climate change issues.
Jared's practice is focused on major infrastructure projects, particularly in the energy and resources sectors. He advises clients on the preparation and negotiation of off-take agreements, supply arrangements, connection agreements, development and construction-related agreements including engineering, procurement and construction contracts, equipment supply contracts, 'balance of plant' contracts, EPCM contracts, operations agreements, maintenance arrangements and other related project documents.
Joanne focuses on the delivery of major projects and infrastructure, particularly in the transport, health, defence and justice sectors. She advises consortiums, financiers, equity investors and contractors tendering for infrastructure projects throughout Australia and New Zealand, and also has extensive experience in the development of unsolicited proposals to state governments in Victoria and New South Wales. Her acquisitions experience includes the secondary market for infrastructure assets and the sale and purchase of assets in distress.
Joel advises sponsors and lenders across the spectrum of project, acquisition and corporate finance transactions, and has experience on traditional limited-recourse project finance structures in the energy, resources and infrastructure sectors. He is familiar with large-scale public private partnerships in Australia and private finance initiative projects in the United Kingdom, and has advised on numerous energy, mining, resources and infrastructure project, acquisition and corporate financings across the world.
Cameron has extensive experience advising clients on the financing and acquisition of major energy and infrastructure projects, with a particular focus on project finance, across a variety of sectors including oil & gas, power, infrastructure and renewables.
Fergus has experience in the financing of energy and infrastructure projects and other structured financing transactions. He has worked in Australia, France and the United Kingdom, advising lenders and borrowers on successful financing transactions across the globe. Fergus was previously Senior Adviser (Legal and Governance) to the Prime Minister of Australia.
Matthew is focused on the delivery of infrastructure and construction projects, particularly in the energy and resources sectors. He advises clients on the preparation and negotiation of, and due diligence reporting on, D&C, EPC, EPCM and FEED contracts, long term operation and maintenance agreements, BOO and BOOT contracts, engineering and technology supply agreements, feedstock and offtake agreements, energy supply contracts, tolling, transmission and transportation agreements and other related project documents.
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