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A&O projects partner relocates to Sydney

Global law firm Allen & Overy partner David Christensen, who operates in the firm’s projects, energy, natural resources, and infrastructure (PENRI) practice, has relocated to its Australian offices.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 16 January 2024 Big Law
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Mr Christensen, who has been at the global firm for nearly 18 years (and having made partner in 2014), has spent the last four years in A&O’s New York office, where he advised and represented clients on the acquisition, financing and development of projects in the infrastructure, energy and natural resources industries in the United States and on cross-border transactions, the firm noted.

He has, A&O said in a statement, “a wealth of experience” in complex financing transactions that use multiple sources of funds, involve different jurisdictions and legal frameworks, and include bank/bond/private placement and ECA-backed financings.

Prior to such work, he practised in the firm’s Perth and London offices.


Mr Christensen’s relocation was effective as of yesterday (15 January, Monday).

The news follows the firm’s merger with Shearman & Sterling, unveiled in May and approved in October.

It also follows its naming of a new managing partner in Perth this time last year, the launching of a chatbot lawyer called “Harvey” in February, and the appointment of three Australia-based lawyers as partners in April.

Speaking about the relocation, A&O banking and finance partner David Walter said: “David has a rare skill in managing complex infrastructure and energy transactions that span different countries, funding sources and legal frameworks.”

“He brings sector-focused knowledge of project development and financing structures in Australia, the US and other regions that will enhance the ability of clients in the infrastructure, energy and natural resources industries to acquire, finance, and develop projects that make a difference.”

Mr Christensen added: “It’s a terrific time to come back to Australia where I can leverage my transnational and multi-source financing skills to support Australia’s growing renewable and infrastructure space in complex and challenging situations.”

“I am eager to apply my experience in Australian and offshore markets to create value and solutions for clients.”