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3 BigLaw firms advise on ‘landmark’ Western Sydney Airport transport project

Ashurst, MinterEllison and Pinsent Masons have all advised clients on the successful Parklife Metro consortium bid for the Stations, Systems, Trains, Operations and Maintenance (SSTOM) package of the Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport project.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 16 January 2023 Big Law
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Firms: Ashurst (Parklife Metro); MinterEllison (NSW government); Pinsent Masons (Webuild and Siemens Mobility)

Deal: Parklife Metro has been successful in its bid for the Stations, Systems, Trains, Operations and Maintenance (SSTOM) package of the Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport project, which, Ashurst said in a statement, will be the “transport spine” for Greater Western Sydney, connecting commuters to the new Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport and the greater Western Sydney region.

Area: Government.


Value: N/A.

Key players: The Ashurst team was led by partners Gareth Sage and David Jardine, who were assisted by counsel Laura van den Berg, senior associates Craig Sherritt and Cameron Griffiths, associates Emma Jamieson, Rediete Aborete G Messkel, Victoria Mellor, Mario Masino, and Dani French, and graduates Nick Spiller and Georgia Pasialis, partner Chris Skordas, counsel Doug Fung, senior associate Kate Latta and associate Lucinda Merrett, and partner Murray Wheater, senior associate Pooja Anantha and associates Jack Jones and Georgia Sparta.

The MinterEllison team was led by partners Jonathon Williams and Stewart Nankervis, who were supported by senior associates Sam Rafter and Alexandria Hammerton.

The Pinsent Masons team was led by partner Mark Waddell, who was supported by partners Louise Santos, Simone Alphonse, Catherine Bendeich and Joni Henry, as well as Grace Curran, Rose Ayres, Sean Henderson, Ash Murtha and Melissa Molloy.

Deal significance: Mr Jardine said: “We’re incredibly proud to have worked with Parklife on the bid.

“The Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport PPP builds on Sydney Metro’s successful contract model for other developments but adds many innovative features. At Ashurst, we’ve played a strong role in the development of Western Sydney’s infrastructure, and we’re proud and excited to watch the project develop and transform the Western Sydney region,” he said.

Mr Sage added: “We’re delighted to have advised Parklife Metro on its successful bid for the Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport project. The new metro line will transform communities in the Western Sydney region by connecting the aerotropolis to the greater region. Congratulations to the Parklife and Sydney Metro teams for achieving financial close on this project.”

Mr Williams commented: “MinterEllison is pleased to have advised Sydney Metro and NSW Treasury on this significant contract and the largest PPP awarded in NSW. It is another step to the government delivering vital infrastructure and world-class metro services for Western Sydney.

“We are proud to be part of a cutting-edge PPP rail infrastructure project bringing together best-of-class Australian and international partners to deliver a carbon-neutral project from the start of construction through to operation.”

And Mr Waddell said: “We are very pleased to have been able to support the Webuild and Siemens Mobility D&C JV on this significant milestone in the delivery of this key transport link. This is a transformational project for Western Sydney and a great win for the JV who are already delivering infrastructure projects in NSW.”

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