Firm Profile > White & Case > Sydney, Australia

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

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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

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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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)

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

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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

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

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

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.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Clark; Brendan Quinn; John Tivey

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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

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.

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

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.

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‘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

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