KDR is a consortium between Keolis, which is partly owned by French public company SNCF, and listed Australian maintenance provider Downer EDI.
Blake Dawson successfully won the bid to work on the tender, following an intense ten month process that saw Blake Dawson undertake extensive due diligence, a detailed contract review and bid preparation for the contract.
Firm partner Justin Shmith led the Blake Dawson team, which also included Sam Golding and Grant Rowlands.
Shmith said the firm’s involvement in the Victorian franchised public transport system stretched back more than ten years.
“We now have major transport related matters across Australia and internationally in India and this is testament to the depth and strength of our specialist transport group.”
Melbourne has one of the largest tram networks in the world, with 178.4 million trips made annually.
Final discussions will now take place, leading to the signing of the new operating contract in August. KDR will take on full control of the network in December this year.