find the latest legal job
Corporate/Commercial Lawyers (2-5 years PAE)
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Specialist commercial law firm · Long-term career progression
View details
Graduate Lawyer / Up to 1.5 yr PAE Lawyer
Category: Personal Injury Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Mentoring Opportunity in Regional QLD · Personal Injury Law
View details
Corporate and Commercial Partner
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Full time · Join a leading Adelaide commercial law firm
View details
In-house Legal Counsel & Commercial Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Sydney NSW
· Providing lawyers with flexibility and control over when they work, how they work and who they work for.
View details
In-house Legal Counsel & Commercial Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· Providing lawyers with flexibility and control over when they work, how they work and who they work for.
View details
Australia’s first White & Case Christmas

Australia’s first White & Case Christmas

As firms across the country wind down for the year, White & Case’s newly minted team of Australian lawyers are setting their sights on Asia.

December marks the first month of operations for the Melbourne office of US-headquartered White & Case.

Partner John Tivey (pictured), who steers the global giant’s mining and metals industry group from Hong Kong, has spent the last three weeks working with the newest crop of Australian hires.

“We’re still going through the process of strategic build-out. Our approach is to bed down the team as they come on board, and some will be starting after Christmas,” Mr Tivey said.

About 30 Australian lawyers have joined White & Case and a Sydney office will open its doors in the first half of 2017.

Mr Tivey said the calibre and talent of Australian lawyers attracted the firm to Australia. A majority of the firm’s new line-up of lawyers were headhunted from Herbert Smith Freehills.  

“We looked regionally for a team that would enable us to strengthen our regional projects practice,” he said.

“This team was the leading team in the market and so that was the logical path for us to take.”

White & Case announced in September that 10 HSF partners had been hired to establish the company’s two Australian offices. Several senior associates were also recruited from HSF.

Originally from Melbourne, Mr Tivey is himself a former Freehills partner who joined White & Case in 2012. 

“I considered both White & Case’s geographic coverage and settled footprint in making my decision about where to go next in my career,” he said.

“I think that having access to both the European market and the Americas was one of the key factors in my decision. That’s what attracted our new team as well – they were looking for a global footprint and wanted access to those markets.”

White & Case’s Sydney and Melbourne offering will focus on the energy, infrastructure and project finance practice groups.

Mr Tivey said the firm has no plans to establish a full-service outfit in Australia, and will focus on servicing the broader Asian market.

“White & Case has always had a strong presence in Asia and we’ve always seen it as one of the growth engines of the global economy,” he said.  

“We continue to see in the Asian region that there are a lot of opportunities being driven by China and by the Korean market. We also think Indonesia still has huge potential.”

White & Case had strategically positioned itself in the Indonesian market as early as the 1970s when structured project finance work began to take off in that country.

Mr Tivey is hopeful White & Case’s new Australian offices will help bolster the firm’s regional offering in the arbitration and private equity space. These objectives further draw in aspects of the White & Case worldwide strategy, he said.

“[Opening in Australia] is a regional strategy that links into our global strategy about being the best in key areas like project finance, infrastructure, private equity and international arbitration.

“We also see opportunities for this team to service clients that we might not otherwise have been able to service in the region.”

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Australia’s first White & Case Christmas
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Scales of Justice
Dec 15 2017
Timing ‘critical’ in unusual contempt of court ruling
A recent case could have interesting implications for contempt of court rulings, according to a Ferr...
Dec 14 2017
International arbitration and business culture
Promoted by Maxwell Chambers. This article discusses the impact of international arbitration on t...
Papua New Guinea flag
Dec 14 2017
World-first mining case launched in PNG
Citizens of Papua New Guinea have launched landmark legal proceedings against the country’s govern...
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...