Firms: Herbert Smith Freehills (Canberra Metro); Corrs Chamber Westgarth (John Holland and Pacific Partnerships)
Deal: Canberra Metro consortium (Canberra Metro) made a successful bid for the ACT Capital Metro light rail project.
Key players: HSF partners Peter Paradise and Erin Wakelin, along with senior associates Andrew Griffiths and Amelia Fleming, led a cross practice team, with support from senior associate Anna Britten-Jones and solicitors Lauren Whitehead, Melissa Rubbo, Sam Cooper and Laura Ferraro.
The design and construct joint venture was advised by partner Josh Sgro, special counsel Nicole Lacy and solicitor Lauren Davis.
Deal significance: Canberra Metro will finance, design and construct the project and then operate and maintain the 12-kilometre light rail route from Gungahlin in Canberra’s northern suburbs to the CBD. Canberra Metro aims to have the light rail system operational in early 2019.
The Canberra Metro consortium includes Pacific Partnerships, John Holland, Mitsubishi Corporation, Aberdeen Infrastructure Investments, CPB Contractors, Deutsche Bahn International, Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ.
HSF advised the consortium and the design and construct joint venture (CPB Contractors and John Holland) throughout the competitive bidding process.
Corrs Chamber Westgarth advised the operation and maintenance joint venture (John Holland and Pacific Partnerships) in relation to the project.
“The strong expertise and major projects experience of the Canberra Metro consortium has been recognised by the ACT government,” Mr Paradise said.
“We were delighted to have helped the consortium with its successful bid and are looking forward to seeing this significant project get off the ground and take shape.”