Firm Profile > White & Case > Sydney, Australia

White & Case
Level 50, Governor Phillip Tower
1 Farrer Place
SYDNEY, NSW 2000
Australia

Project development Tier 1

Forming a key part of an integrated Asia-Pacific projects team, White & Case plays a key role in the life-cycle of major projects across Australia and the wider region. Heavily involved in light rail and other transportation projects, the team also advises sponsors and government clients on energy, utilities, and social infrastructure projects. Andrew Clark heads up the practice alongside Brendan Quinn, and leads on high-value and significant project financing and development matters, with a strong focus on the transport and rail sectors. Alan Rosengarten specialises in construction and transactional work across the infrastructure space. Joanne Draper is recognised for her work on major infrastructure and projects across defence, transport, and healthcare, while Adeline Pang is highly active in the renewable energy space. 

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Partner representing our upstream negotiations, with a separate partner representing our downstream negotiations worked really well.

Joanne Draper was always professional no matter the request, and had first-class knowledge to provide a 360-degree analysis of commercial positions.

Across the detail, know the documents, great industry knowledge, practical, commercial advice, and a pleasure to deal with.

Key clients

Suburban Rail Loop Authority

Rail Projects Victoria

Tetris Capital

John Holland

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures

Malakoff Corporation Berhad

Star of the South Wind Farm

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Perdaman Chemicals and Fertilisers

Neoen Australia

Transurban Limited

QIC

Société Générale

Macquarie Group

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

National Australia Bank

Construction Tier 2

With prowess in all facets of construction, White & Case's varied workload ranges from construction contract work through to dispute resolution and claims management. The team operates with a broad geographical footprint, handling matters in every Australian state over the past 12 months in addition to projects in Korea, Japan and Taiwan. In Melbourne, Brendan Quinn heads the team together with Andrew Clark, a go-to name for transport and rail sector projects. The team is adept in greenfield and brownfield matters, as well as renewable and non-renewable energy schemes, boasting particular expertise in project finance, secondary market sales, land access and environmental affairs. Elsewhere in Sydney, Brad Strahorn excels in relation to oil and gas, building, renewables and mining schemes.

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Suburban Rail Loop Authority

Rail Projects Victoria

Tetris Capital

John Holland Pty Ltd

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP)

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV)

Malakoff Corporation Berhad

Star of the South Wind Farm Pty Ltd

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Perdaman Chemicals and Fertilisers Pty Ltd

Neoen Australia Pty Ltd

Transurban Limited

QIC

Société Générale

Macquarie Group

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ)

National Australia Bank (NAB)

Environment and planning Tier 2

White & Case comes highly recommended for its ‘extensive knowledge and experience in dealing with the planning, environmental, and land tenure frameworks for renewable energy projects’. The team is also an active player when it comes to transport schemes, working on several multi-billion-dollar mandates of late, and also directs heavy emphasis to advisory work for south-east Australia’s mining industry. Melbourne-based Tim Power heads the department, leveraging a track record of handling the environmental, planning, and land assembly requirements of major projects while also delivering specialist knowledge of pollution and contamination law. Recently, the team has recently advised a number of high-profile names on environmental and social governance and compliance. Also based in Melbourne is counsel Fiona Curl who directs her attention to passenger rail, road, and renewable energy projects.

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Suburban Rail Loop Authority / Minister for Transport Infrastructure

Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Star of the South Wind Farm Pty Ltd

Neoen Australia Pty Ltd

West Wind Energy Pty Ltd

Iluka Ltd

RES Australia Pty Ltd

AusNet Services Group

H2U Investments Pty Ltd

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Project finance Tier 2

White & Case is involved in project financing across Australia and the Asia-Pacific, as part of an integrated regional team. The practice acts for a combination of borrowers and government clients alongside banking syndicates and investment funds, and is active in transport, road and rail, social infrastructure, and energy projects, with strong cross-border capabilities. Practice head Brendan Quinn is involved in complex large-scale financings across the region, with particular expertise in renewables projects alongside work on transport and social infrastructure matters. Josh Sgro is highly active in the transport sector, advising on major Australian rail and tunnels projects, as well as regularly advising on social infrastructure and utilities matters. Sydney's Joel Rennie specialises in cross-border work involving export credit and international sponsors, primarily acting for inbound investors. Lawyers are in Melbourne unless otherwise stated.

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Testimonials

Unique capabilities and understanding of the APAC project financing market in general, and in particular within financing large scale energy assets/projects involving multiple ECAs.

Brendan Quinn is the best financing lawyer I have worked with.

Extremely powerful team, best experience in the market.

Key clients

Suburban Rail Loop Authority

Rail Projects Victoria

Tetris Capital

John Holland

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP)

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV)

Malakoff Corporation Berhad

Star of the South Wind Farm

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Perdaman Chemicals and Fertilisers

Neoen Australia

Transurban

QIC

Société Générale

Macquarie Group

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ)

National Australia Bank (NAB)

Energy (transactions and regulatory) Tier 3

White & Case is highly active across the sector, advising clients on transactions, project financings, and contentious matters in oil & gas, power generation, and particularly renewable energy, which is a key focus area for the team. The firm is involved in a combination of domestic and international projects, including in the Asia-Pacific and in Latin America. Practice head Brendan Quinn works across the Asia-Pacific on a number of renewables projects, including offshore wind, solar farms, and biomass developments. Andrew Clark advises on project financings in Australia and the Asia-Pacific, also focusing strongly on renewables. John Tivey works on life-cycle project advice, with extensive experience of cross-border arrangements. Adeline Pang is highly noted for her work on battery storage facilities for renewables, encompassing transactions and disputes matters. 

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Very strong knowledge in the section and solution-oriented team.

Partners are very actively involved to make sure that high quality is being delivered.’

Andrew Clark very experience within the energy/renewable field.

Ability to understand their clients’ needs and weaknesses and compensate them. extremely commercial approach and always working towards maximising client’s benefits.

Key clients

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP)

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV)

Malakoff Corporation Berhad

Star of the South Wind Farm

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Perdaman Chemicals and Fertilisers

Neoen Australia

QIC

Société Générale

Macquarie Group

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ)

National Australia Bank (NAB)

AusNet Services Group

Hengxing Gold

Pala Investments

ElectraNet Pty

Corporate and M&A Tier 5

White & Case has expanded its corporate offering in Australia, and now advises a number of major international clients, including private equity funds QIC Brookfield, on high-profile acquisitions, joint ventures, and exits with significant cross-border elements. The team is co-led by John Tivey, who primarily works in the energy and resources sector, offering international expertise to transactional clients having previously practiced in Hong Kong until 2018, alongside Nirangjan Nagarajah, a regular advisor on high-value cross-border mandates, encompassing public M&A and private equity deals. Joanne Draper is highly regarded by clients for her transactional work in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

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Testimonials

Good mining industry knowledge and expertise.

John Tivey is a longstanding mining professional. Inhouse expertise. Rebecca Campbell has industry experience and expertise.

Key clients

MMG

QIC

Royal Schiphol Group

Brookfield

INPEX

NMMC

Orion Resource Partners

Galaxy EOS VC Fund

OCP

Lumibird

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 5

Following his 2018 arrival to the White & Case’s office in Sydney, department leader Brad Strahorn has been expanding the team’s presence in the contentious construction realm. The group routinely taps into the firm’s global resources; of particular note, it acts in conjunction with its Australian and foreign colleagues in the context of infrastructure and energy projects.

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The disputes practice at White and Case is only two years old and as such is not weighed down with conflicts. Brad Strahorn provides pragmatic, strategic guidance in the dispute resolution space and is a breath of fresh air. Having top-tier experience, Brad and his team are able to respond and pivot quickly to deal with issues as they arise.

Key clients

Melbourne Metro Rail Authority

Neoen Australia Pty

Transurban

ALTRAC Light Rail

Genessee & Wyoming

Brookfield Infrastructure

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