Following months of speculation about when the firm will officially open in Australia, White & Case has broken its silence.
The Melbourne office will open on 1 December 2016 and the Sydney office is slated to open in early 2017, both focusing on energy, infrastructure and project finance.
“Our ambition is to build a top-tier energy, infrastructure and project finance practice in Australia, with a pivot north towards Asia more generally,” said Art Scavone, head of White & Case’s global energy, infrastructure and project finance practice.
“White & Case is the leading law firm in the acquisition, development and project financing of energy and infrastructure projects globally, and our new partners underline the firm’s commitment to continue strengthening our client offering.”
The firm announced a significant coup from Herbert Smith Freehills in September, with Brendan Quinn, Andrew Clark, Tim Power, Joanne Draper, Jared Muller, Alan Rosengarten and Josh Sgro ready to join the firm’s Melbourne office, and Joel Rennie, Fergus Smith and Matthew Osborne joining in Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore respectively.
White & Case has now announced another three hires for the Melbourne office, with former Herbert Smith Freehills senior associates Adeline Pang, Ged Cochrane and Michelle Keen joining the firm as partners on or before 8 December.
Ms Pang focuses her practice on energy and infrastructure project development, Mr Cochrane advises clients on the acquisition and project financing of major energy and infrastructure projects, and Ms Keen’s practice is focused on environmental planning and permitting.
“The arrival of our new partners represents the launch of our practice in Australia, which aligns with our Asia-Pacific strategy to build on the firm’s global strengths and supports the growth of our leading global energy, infrastructure and project finance practice,” said White & Case partner Eric Berg, head of Asia-Pacific.
“It’s another important strategic milestone as we continue to grow our role advising clients across the Asia-Pacific region on their most complex cross-border matters.”