Global law firm White & Case LLP is launching its Australia practice with the opening of new offices in Melbourne and Sydney and the addition of Adeline Pang, Ged Cochrane and Michelle Keen, who will join the Firm as partners.
"The arrival of our new partners represents the launch of our practice in Australia, which aligns with our Asia-Pacific strategy to build on the Firm's global strengths and supports the growth of our leading Global Energy, Infrastructure & Project Finance Practice," said White & Case partner Eric Berg, Head of Asia-Pacific. "It's another important strategic milestone as we continue to grow our role advising clients across the Asia-Pacific region on their most complex, cross-border matters."
White & Case partner Art Scavone, who leads the Firm's Global Energy, Infrastructure & Project Finance Practice, said: "Our ambition is to build a top-tier energy, infrastructure and project finance practice in Australia, with a pivot north towards Asia more generally, and the addition of Adeline, Ged and Michelle is a great start for us. White & Case is the leading law firm in the acquisition, development and project financing of energy and infrastructure projects globally, and our new partners underline the Firm's commitment to continue strengthening our client offering."
The new partners join White & Case from Herbert Smith Freehills and are expected to arrive on or before December 8, 2016. They will be based in the new Melbourne office, which is due to open on December 1, 2016 and will be followed by the opening of the new Sydney office in early 2017. They bring significant experience advising on major energy and infrastructure projects. Pang focuses her practice on energy and infrastructure project development; Cochrane advises clients on the acquisition and project financing of major energy and infrastructure projects; and Keen's practice is focused on environmental planning and permitting.
White & Case has previously announced that its Global Energy, Infrastructure & Project Finance Practice and Asia-Pacific business are being expanded with the arrival of ten new partners from Herbert Smith Freehills, who will be based in the new Australia offices in Melbourne and Sydney, and in Hong Kong and Singapore. The expansion aligns with White & Case's strategy in Asia-Pacific to build on its global strengths and continue developing its client offering.
The Firm will have 40 offices in 28 countries following the opening of the new offices in Australia. 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.
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