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Local NT firm shares spoils with global giant

Local NT firm shares spoils with global giant

DLA Piper and a recently-established Northern Territorian firm have been appointed to advise on a major maritime development.

Firms: DLA Piper and Jacobs Krajsek Wauchope (Northern Territory Government)

Deal: Development of a marine industrial park in Darwin

Value: The NT Government estimates that the development cost of the marine industry park will be “in the order of several hundred million dollars”

Area: Infrastructure

Key Players: The DLA Piper team features a host of partners. The global firm’s team will be led by Sydney-based finance and projects partner Scott Alden (pictured), with support from fellow partners Jim Holding (corporate), Mathew Cridland (tax) and Rod Besley (real estate).  Jacobs Krajsek Wauchope’s (JKW’s) team is headed by partner Danny Wauchope.

Formerly with the commercial division of the Solicitor for the Northern Territory, Wauchope is one of the three founding partners of JKW, which opened its doors in December 2013. The other two founding partners are Tim Jacobs, a former managing partner of Ward Keller, and Alan Krajsek, a former associate at Ward Keller

Deal Significance: The planned marine industry park will stretch over 130 hectares and is 16km from the Darwin CBD. There are already more than 100 businesses in the precinct, but the NT Government’s plan is to grow the area’s commercial capabilities quite substantially. The planned site already includes the terminus of AustralAsia Railway opposite ConocoPhillips' Darwin LNG plant. “The Northern Territory, and Darwin in particular, is rapidly expanding its capability to service major oil and gas development [and] resources exports and this in turn is driving significant infrastructure investment,” said Alden.

Only a handful of national law firms have a dedicated Darwin office. Those firms include Minter Ellison, Clayton Utz, Hunt & Hunt and Maurice Blackburn.

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