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White & Case
Level 32, Rialto Towers
525 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Australia

Australia > Project development Tier 1

White & Case’s team, based in Melbourne, handles infrastructure projects across Australia and Asia, providing assistance with construction contracts, land access, environmental issues, project financing and secondary market sales. Alongside this core offering, the firm is experienced in construction litigation, best illustrated by its ongoing work for ALTRAC Light Rail in disputes relating to Sydney Light Rail project. Andrew Clark specialises in transport and rail projects, however, he is also considered a leading expert in renewable energy developments. In one of his standout matters, Clark is advising Rail Projects Victoria on the $11bn Metro Tunnel project.  Joanne Draper specialises in project delivery, acquisition and divestment deals, focusing on the transport, health, defence and renewable energy sectors. Alan Rosengarten is another key member of the team, with a strong track record of supporting clients with project bids and procurement strategies.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Clark

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Key clients

Suburban Rail Loop Authority

Rail Projects Victoria

Transurban Limited

UniSuper

Plenary

Hana Financial Investment

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures

Suburban Rail Loop Authority

Tetris Capital

Stary of the South Wind Farm Pty Ltd

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Perdaman Chemicals and Fertilisers Pty Ltd

John Holland Pty Ltd

QIC

Société Générale

Macquarie Group

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners on the development $3bn financing of the 589 MW Changfang and Xidao offshore wind projec.
  • Advising the Suburban Rail Loop Authority in relation to the investment case and procurement of the AUD$50bn Suburban Rail Loop.
  • Advising on the Star of the South, Australia’s first proposed offshore wind farm.

Australia > Project finance Tier 1

The project finance team at White & Case acts for international investors, export credit agencies, financial institutions and lending syndicates involved in the financing of large-scale local and cross-border infrastructure and construction projects. The group has key sector expertise in the transport infrastructure, chemical,, healthcare and renewable energy industries. Headed up by project finance authority Brendan Quinn in Melbourne, the group’s client portfolio includes the Suburban Rail Loop Authority and Macquarie. The team is supported by international sponsor expert Joel Rennie in Sydney, and, in Melbourne, energy project specialist Ged Cochrane and project development adviser Josh Sgro.

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Key clients

Suburban Rail Loop Authority

Rail Projects Victoria

Transurban Limited

UniSuper

Plenary

Hana Financial Investment

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV)

Suburban Rail Loop Authority

Tetris Capital

Star of the South Wind Farm Pty Ltd

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP)

Perdaman Chemicals and Fertilisers Pty Ltd

John Holland Pty Ltd

QIC

Société Générale

Macquarie Group

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ)

Work highlights

  • Advising Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), as a sponsor, on the development and $3bn financing of the 589MW Changfang and Xidao offshore wind project off the coast of Changhua County in Taiwan.
  • Acting for the ViaNova Consortium in relation to all aspects of its bid to the Victorian Government to deliver the North East Link PPP project.
  • Advising the lenders to the preferred Plenary Health Consortium on all aspects of the project financing of the A$1.5bn New Footscray Hospital.

Australia > Construction Tier 2

White & Case has expertise in construction projects across Australia and more broadly throughout APAC. Its expertise in litigation arising during the course of developments is equally strong, illustrated by the firm’s ongoing representation of ALTRAC Light Rail in disputes regarding the construction of Sydney Light Rail. Andrew Clark, who is based in Melbourne, has particular strength in the transport and railway sectors, focusing primarily on project financing. He co-heads the practice with fellow Melbourne partner Brendan Quinn who is also well-regarded for his credentials in project financing spanning various sectors, including infrastructure, energy and renewables. Brad Strahorn focuses more on the disputes side of major infrastructure projects while Jared Muller (Melbourne) stands out for regularly assisting clients with complex engineering, procurement and construction contracts. In Sydney, Kate Perumal handles a wide docket of construction disputes, including claims related to property defects and project delays.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Clark; Brendan Quinn

Testimonials

‘Top tier practice with deep industry experience, able to handle a wide variety of complex matters. Advice is very practical and solutions focussed.’

‘Top level construction knowledge and experience.’

‘Deep insight in issues and strong commercial understanding. Good at solving problems.’

‘Kate Perumal is an outstanding lawyer who is able to provide strategic insight in addition to first rate legal advice. She is well connected and has deep industry experience. She is able to handle complexity and high profile matters with ease and provide solutions focussed advice.’

‘Jared Muller is excellent in this area.’

Key clients

Suburban Rail Loop Authority

Rail Projects Victoria

Transurban Limited

Plenary

Hana Financial Investment

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV)

Suburban Rail Loop Authority

Tetris Capital

Stary of the South Wind Farm Pty Ltd.

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP)

Perdaman Chemicals and Fertilisers Pty Ltd.

John Holland Pty Ltd.

QIC

Société Générale

Work highlights

  • Advising the Suburban Rail Loop Authority in relation to the investment case and procurement of the AU$50bn Suburban Rail Loop.
  • Acting for the ViaNova Consortium in relation to all aspects of its bid to the Victorian Government to deliver the North East Link PPP project.
  • Advising Rail Projects Victoria on all aspects of the delivery of the AU$11bn Melbourne Metro Tunnel project.

Australia > Environment and planning Tier 2

The Melbourne team at White & Case leverages the significant experience of its team to assist government bodies and major corporations with the environmental and planning law elements of major projects across a broad span of industries. Such sectors include renewable energy, transport, mining and resources and government. Headed by environmental law authority Tim Power, the team also includes renewable energy expert Michelle Keen, and rail and road specialist Fiona Curl; clients include French renewable energy company Neoen and Hana Financial Investment.

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‘The team has a very strong reputation and practice history for assisting the planning and compliance of wind energy facilities and battery energy storage systems in Victoria.’

‘Michelle Keen is highly engaged in renewables planning policy and issues and can help drive successful planning permit applications and assessments.’

Key clients

Copenhagen Infrastructure Projects (CIP)

Star of the South

Suburban Rail Loop Authority

Kalbar Operations Pty Ltd

Victorian Government, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

WestWind Energy Pty Ltd

Hana Financial Investment

Neoen

Work highlights

  • Advised Copenhagen Infrastructure Projects (CIP) on its acquisition of an interest in the Murchison Hydrogen Project in Western Australia, including a particular emphasis on environmental impact assessment and native title issues.
  • Advised Star of the South. a proposed offshore wind farm, located in Gippsland, Victoria. The project involves the construction of wind turbines and offshore substations in Commonwealth waters, submarine cables from the wind farm to the shore, and transmission cables and substations connecting to the National Electricity Market.
  • Advising the Suburban Rail Loop Authority in relation to the investment case, land assembly, and environment and planning assessment and approvals for the AUD$50bn Suburban Rail Loop Project.

Australia > Tax Tier 2

White & Case has established a strong tax practice, handling significant transactional tax and tax controversy cases for public and private sector clients, with a particular strength in multi-party privatisation and public infrastructure transactions. The Melbourne-based team is led by Aldrin De Zilva, who joined from Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills in late 2020, and is an experienced tax counsel in both litigation and transactional tax work, alongside contributing regularly to thought leadership and changes to Australian tax regulations. Also of note is counsel Tim Neilson, who advises on high-value acquisitions for corporates and investment funds.

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‘Small team but with excellent breadth of knowledge and clear expertise in assisting with complex transactions and reorganisations.’

‘Aldrin De Zilva is outstanding when addressing complex transactions.’

‘Advice that goes beyond the tax technical, extending to accounting impacts, commercial considerations, reviews of long term modelling and tax impact on investors. The team is extraordinarily client focused, always available and strong on obtaining the best outcome for clients whilst maintaining tax risk front of mind.’

‘Specifically, Aldrin De Zilva is an extraordinarily client focused tax partner. He consistently identifies value adding ideas and risks. Available at all times and always on top of issues, with great attention to detail. He develops strong relationships with clients at various levels and is pleasant to work with. He leads a strong team of professionals who follow his lead regarding client focused relationships.’

‘The White & Case tax team (lead by Aldrin De Zilva) that we have dealt with in respect to a recent acquisition has been very personable and accessible. A good level of client communication was maintained throughout the engagement. The necessary reliance on technology during Covid adopted by W&C has worked very well.’

‘Aldrin De Zilva is well informed in respect to tax matters. Aldrin provides tax advice that is practical and very measured. Aldrin maintains good client relations. He is engaging, and also very accessible.’

Key clients

Transurban

WestConnex

Sydney Transport Partners

NorthConnex

AusNet Services Ltd

AusNet Services (Transmission) Ltd

IOOF Holdings Ltd

UniSuper

Sole Luna Pty Ltd

Realwise Investments Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising STP Consortium on the NSW Government’s announced sell-down of the remaining 49% equity stake in WCX.
  • Advised AusNet on the restructure of its dual-listed (Australian/Singaporean) stapled securities structure.
  • Advised IOOF on its successful acquisition of the MLC wealth management business from National Australia Bank.

Australia > Energy (transactions and regulatory) Tier 3

White & Case’s Melbourne team focuses predominantly on renewable energy transactions and oil & gas projects, in which it tends to handle financing arrangements. It is also well-known for advising international clients on the development of offshore windfarms. Brendan Quinn has impressive credentials in project financing, acting for financiers, borrowers and sponsors in connection with large-scale conventional and renewable energy mandates. Andrew Clark stands out for his leading role in significant renewable energy projects across Australia and Asia, whereas John Tivey is well-regarded for his work in cross-border mining projects. Jared Muller and Adeline Pang are also core members of the group. The team has been boosted since Christopher Flynn has joined from Gilbert + Tobin.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Clark; Brendan Quinn; John Tivey

Key clients

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP)

Star of the South Wind Farm Pty Ltd

Neoen Australia Pty Ltd (Neoen)

Hana Financial Investment

Merricks Capital

Nexif Energy

Amp Power Australia

Perdaman Chemicals and Fertilisers Pty Ltd

Future Global Resources Limited

Electrum Strategic Opportunities Fund II LP (Electrum)

Société Générale

Macquarie Group

AusNet Services Group

ElectraNet Pty Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), as sponsor, on the development and NT$90bn ($3bn) financing of the 589 MW Changfang and Xidao offshore wind project off the coast of Changhua County in Taiwan.
  • Advised on Star of the South, Australia’s first proposed offshore wind farm, located in Gippsland, Victoria.
  • Assisted Neoen with the development and project financing of the Victorian Big Battery Project. This will be the biggest battery developed in Australia to date, and one of the biggest battery storage projects in the world.

Australia > Natural resources (transactions and regulatory) Tier 4

White & Case‘s practice is led by seasoned lawyers Andrew Clark, Brendan Quinn and John Tivey and provides ‘great industry knowledge and experience‘. Its expertise covers mining, metals (including gold and copper) and oil and gas. Its global coverage is notable; in addition to Australia, its mandates include Asia and beyond (current work is ongoing in Indonesia and the DRC.) Tivney has over 30 years of experience advising on large-scale mining and metals projects while Jared Muller has considerable experience of the preparation and negotiation of project documents including off-take and supply agreements. The natural resources work is combined with the firm’s outstanding reputation for project development, construction and project finance. The team now also includes Christopher Flynn who joined from Gilbert + Tobin.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Clark; Brendan Quinn; John Tivey

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Testimonials

‘White and Case think of how best they can help the client. So in many ways it is the client that leads on this aspect. This has been helpful as they have remained flexible. We required a mix of secondees and staff here beside us which they helped with.’

‘Real experience in the area. We required genuine understanding of the industry which they had in spades.’

‘Great industry knowledge and experience. Relevant partners have worked for companies in the industry.’

‘John Tivey – experienced resources practitioner Rebecca Campbell – experienced resources practitioner.’

Key clients

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP)

MMG Limited

Zijin Mining

Hana Financial Investment

Merricks Capital

Nexif Energy

Amp Power Australia

Perdaman Chemicals and Fertilisers Pty Ltd

Future Global Resources Limited

China Molybdenum (CMOC)

Electrum Strategic Opportunities Fund II LP (Electrum)

Société Générale

Macquarie Group

AusNet Services Group

ElectraNet Pty Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Perdaman Chemicals and Fertilisers Pty Ltd in relation to all aspects of the USD$4 billion Burrup Urea Plant.
  • Representation of Future Global Resources Limited in its acquisition of Bogoso Holdings Limited and its subsidiary, Golden Star (Bogoso/Prestea) Limited, a gold mining company in Ghana.
  • Assisting CMOC in its acquisition of the Kisanfu copper-cobalt deposit in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from Freeport-McMoran Inc.

Australia > Corporate and M&A Tier 5

White & Case‘s Melbourne-based team is a strong choice for cross-border M&A, and energy and infrastructure work, advising a combination of domestic companies and international investors, including private equity houses, on acquisitions, investments, disposals and joint ventures. The team is led by energy and resources specialist John Tivey alongside Nirangjan Nagarajah, who has a strong record in cross-border public M&A and private equity deals.

Testimonials

‘Good global coverage and industry knowledge.’

‘John Tivey – experienced resources professional.’

Key clients

Future Global Resources Limited

China Molybdenum (CMOC)

First Sentier Investors

Electrum Strategic Opportunities Fund II LP (Electrum)

Starlight Investment Company

MMG

Brookfield

Orion Resource Partners

INPEX

QIC

Unisuper

Work highlights

  • Advised Australian fund manager First Sentier Investors as successful bidder on a competitive sale process to acquire infrastructure investor John Laing’s Australian wind farm portfolio.
  • Advising CMOC on its acquisition of the Kisanfu copper-cobalt deposit in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from Freeport-McMoran Inc.
  • Advised UniSuper on the acquisition of a minority investment (10%) in Transurban’s toll roads in the US.

Singapore > Projects: foreign firms

With particular strength in project financing work, the team at White & Case Pte. Ltd. is regularly instructed to advise on some of the largest and most cutting-edge projects in Asia. The Singapore office has been the focus of much recent consolidation at the senior level; following the relocation of Saul Daniel – who co-heads the Asia Pacific energy industry group – from Houston in May 2020, the team welcomed Tim Fourteau and Jamie Franklin, both formerly of Latham & Watkins LLP, in December 2020. They join such established names as Matthew OsborneFergus Smith and associate Cristian Blumm. Areas of particular expertise and growth for the group include renewables, particularly offshore wind, oil and gas, and LNG. Brendan Quinn, who acts as the department lead for project finance in the Asia Pacific region, oversees matters from the Melbourne office, which is also home to key contact Andrew Clark.

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‘Highly commercial approach whilst never losing legal correctness out of sight. Very easy to collaborate with, always securing good working relationship. Very knowledgeable.’

‘Always gets the job done on time and as agreed. Very pleasant people to work with. Fergus Smith is an exceptional lawyer. He is extremely knowledgeable, very calm and pleasant to work with and very good at handling counterparties and explaining highly complex matters in a way everyone gets.’

‘White & Case have an excellent reputation for projects and energy work and are leaders in this sector. Staffing is lean and dedicated and the firm is thoroughly responsive. Moreover, the lawyers I have worked with have been able to access subject matter experts across the firm’s global network on a variety of cutting edge issues. For many years now, White & Case have been my “go to” firm for projects and energy work.’

‘Saul Daniel and Cristian Blumm are excellent resources and understand the energy and petrochemical sector well. Excellent value for money working with them and they never fail to deliver practical, actionable advice for clients. In particular, Saul brings a wealth of experience from working on cutting edge energy and petrochemical deals in key markets, including Houston, London and Dubai. He is the first lawyer I call when staffing an important transaction.’

‘Strong oil and gas practice globally means they can resource projects with people with experience in the given jurisdiction and expertise in relevant technical areas.’

Fergus Smith is able to summarise complex legal topics succinctly, making them meaningful to business leaders and easily translatable into concrete actions. He combines strong technical legal capability with a broad perspective on the interfaces between legal matters and other domains. He is a very strong communicator‘.

Andrew Clark holds deep experience of infrastructure law and is able to assess challenges creatively often bringing a fresh perspective to unlock problems. He’s easily able to differentiate between the critical risks and the more standard or trivial ones. He is a trusted counsel, quick to highlight real problems to the customer with a solution-focused approach‘.

The team has performed with impressive consistency, always delivering high-quality work on time. The team’s pragmatic focus on solving issues in a practical manner, clearly grasping the client’s commercial and operational challenges has been stand-out. All members of the team have a strong work ethic making this practice well suited to the demands of project finance transactions‘.

Key clients

Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco)

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Asian Development Bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

International Finance Corporation

Canadian Solar

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

I Squared Capital

Ghazanfar Group

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Puma Energy

Work highlights

  • Advising the Asian Development Bank – as transaction advisor to the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade, and the Public-Private Partnership Agency – on a 100MW solar PV generating facility in Sherabad, Uzbekistan.
  • Advised Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, as sponsor, on the development and $3bn financing of the 589MW Changfang and Xidao offshore wind project, off the coast of Changhua County in Taiwan.
  • Advising the Ghazanfar Group, as sponsor, on the development and multilateral bank financing of a 58.6MW gas-fired power plant in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan.

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