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Corrs Chambers Westgarth, John Walter, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

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John Walter

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Corrs Chambers Westgarth

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Banking & Finance / Corporate / Energy & Resources / Government / Major Projects & Infrastructure.




Unparalleled experience. Enviable industry recognition. Just a glance at John’s career reveals a sharp legal mind that is always ready to tackle that “next big challenge”. John’s expertise has been effectively utilised as lead adviser in major government and private sector projects. His track record ranges from  the privatisation of the Victorian Electricity Industry in the 1990s to the  Tasmanian Natural Gas Pipeline, Melbourne Citylink, EastLink in Melbourne, the Brisbane Airport Link, Melbourne Convention Centre, Victorian Schools, South Australia Desalination Project, South Australia Schools and the Victorian Desalination Project together with the review and subsequent reform of the Victorian gambling industry and advising on the competitive relicensing process for the gambling industry in Victoria. Not wanting to rest on his extensive legal experience, John has also proven himself to be an exceptional leader. He is currently Chair of the Transport Accident Commission ( which is responsible for the prevention and insurance of all personal injuries in transport accidents in Victoria) and a director of WorkSafe Victoria, he was previously acting Chair of WorkSafe Victoria, Head of Investment Banking at the Bankers Trust in Melbourne; and Board Member of ABB Grain Ltd.  He is also Chair of the Responsible Gambling Ministerial Advisory Council. John has also served for five-and-a-half years as Chair of a Commonwealth Statutory Authority, the Wheat Export Authority, in which role he had Financial Management Act responsibility and represented the Authority before the Senate Estimates Committee hearings.


University of Melbourne - Presenter – “Contract Management” issues - Former Independent Lecturer – Taxation and Securities and Creditors Rights Regulatory Policy Taskforce for the Infrastructure Partnerships Australia (2008-to-date) Inaugural Chairman and Member Infrastructure Partnerships Australia Transport Committee (2008-to-date) Member Public-Private Regional Collaboration Member of Panel of Senior Experts to Promote Infrastructure PPPs in the Asia-Pacific Economic Community (APEC/APEC Business Advisory Council sponsored) Australia-Japan Business Cooperative Committee Mission to Japan and Indonesia 2011 Member Commonwealth Statutory Authority Chairman Bankers Trust in Melbourne (1996-1999) Head of Investment Banking Banking Law Review (1991-2010) Editorial Board Member.


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Corrs Chambers Westgarth has a clear focus on infrastructure work and acts for both government and private sector clients. David Warren heads the 28-partner team; it includes Peter Schenk, who is representing the Queensland government in relation to the $2.2bn Queen’s Wharf project, which involves the redevelopment of nine hectares in the Brisbane’s CBD; Warren acts for two longstanding clients on the development of a facility to supply precast structural elements to the West Gate Tunnel project. Airlie Fox is assisting the Altrac consortium, consisting of Capella, Acciona, Alstom and Transdev, with the delivery of the $1.2bn Sydney Light Rail project, which includes a rail network extension through Sydney’s CBD. John Walter, Andrew Chew and Clare Corke are also recommended. Jared Heath has been promoted to partner.

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