White & Case LLP

Construction, Infrastructure & Project Finance Department

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What the team is known for Highly respected project finance and infrastructure team focused on servicing the legal needs of major stakeholders on large infrastructure projects. Clients include project financiers, sponsors and government bodies.

Strengths The team gains praise for the depth of its experience in this space, a client commenting: "They not only have some of the best experience and knowledge in their respective areas of expertise, they have an outstanding attitude and demeanour when it comes to negotiation. There is no air of point-scoring, no need to argue irrelevant or unimportant issues to simply win a point against opposing counsel. They focus on getting a transaction to the finish line, acting with sound judgement and commerciality at all times."

Work highlights Represented the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority on all aspects of the AUD11 billion Melbourne Metro Rail Project, which involves the construction of and operation of twin 9 km rail tunnels under Melbourne's central business district and five new underground stations.

Acted for the syndicate of financiers with regards to the AUD862 million refinancing of the Worsley Multi-fuel Congregation Plan in Western Australia. The syndicate consisted of 15 financiers from Australia, Asia and Europe.

Notable practitioners

Alan Rosengarten has a solid reputation for his work on transport projects, particularly in the roads space. He acted for Transurban on all aspects of its market-led proposal to the Victorian government to build the AUD6.7 billion West Gate Tunnel project.

Andrew Clark is a highly regarded infrastructure lawyer who has an established track record advising both public and private sector clients with regards to various infrastructure projects, including those in the transport and energy sectors. A client notes: "He has incredible knowledge, a wealth of experience and a firm but highly commercial demeanour."

Brendan Quinn is widely regarded as a standout project finance practitioner, a source noting: "He has long been the go-to lawyer for financing any power project. His experience is second to none." He regularly acts for lenders with regards to major energy projects and is also active representing borrowers. He is particularly praised for his ability to deal with banks, one client saying: "He's very good at focusing financers on what they need to focus on and banks take a lot of comfort from that."

Joanne Draper is widely praised by market participants as a strong practitioner for infrastructure matters. She acts on infrastructure mandates in the transport, health, defence and justice sectors and one source notes: "She speaks and presents very well and her documents are very good."

Joel Rennie is well recognised as a prominent project finance lawyer and has an active practice advising financiers and borrowers in relation to energy projects. He garners praise for his commercial approach, a client commenting: "He's always calm in the heat of negotiationand has the ability to represent his clients' interests while pushing towards sound commercial outcomes."

Josh Sgro is described by sources as "an excellent lawyer who is just a fantastic person to deal with on large transactions." He often advises both government entities and private sector clients with regards to major infrastructure projects and is particularly active on large matters in the transport sector.