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Pinsent Masons expands Australian practice

Pinsent Masons expands Australian practice

UK-based law firm Pinsent Masons, which launched offices in Sydney and Melbourne last year, has announced new additions to its Australian practice.

Infrastructure specialist Margaret Cole joins the firm from White & Case LLP, while partner Anthony Arrow comes over from Allens.

The appointments signal a move by the firm to take a bigger stake of legal business in Australia, with the firm now claiming to have the “largest and most experienced infrastructure teams active in the Australian market”.

The firm entered the Australian market in 2015, poaching former Maddocks chief executive David Rennick to head its domestic offices.

“Our strategy for the development of our business in Australia is through our infrastructure sector across energy, housing, schools, universities and real estate as well as economic infrastructure and technology infrastructure,” Mr Rennick said.  

“The addition of Anthony and Margaret […] is an important step in the continued development of our Australian business. With such significant experience across energy and infrastructure, we have great confidence that they will be excellent additions to the team.”

Ms Cole has more than 30 years’ legal experience and previously led the Middle East business of White & Case. She has worked as principal counsel at the International Finance Corporation and as general counsel for Australian investment company Babcock & Brown.

Advising lenders and investors on complex international finance matters including project finance, securitisations and private placements, Ms Cole recently acted on a major US$1.2 billion financing of Indorama's nitrogenous fertiliser complex in Rivers State, Nigeria.

Mr Arrow has advised a number of high-profile companies including Mitsui, First Solar and Hess Corporation. Prior to joining Allens, he was the general counsel at Australian engineering company John Holland Group.

He has experience advising on major renewable energy, road and rail projects acting for sponsors, contractors and operations and maintenance providers.

Specialising in the energy, infrastructure, financial services and advanced manufacturing and technology sectors, Pinsent Masons employs more than 2,500 people worldwide, with over 1,500 lawyers and more than 400 partners.

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