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White and Case opens Sydney office

The US law firm is beefing up its Asia-Pacific infra team with the arrival of 10 senior lawyers and the promotion of a Sydney-based partner.

White & Case has opened an outpost in Sydney, its second office Down Under after the launch of its Australia practice in December last year. 

The US law firm has also confirmed the arrival of 10 lawyers from rival Herbert Smith Freehills, a wave of recruitments it had announced last September. Brendan Quinn, Andrew Clark, Alan Rosengarten, Josh Sgro, Tim Power, Jared Muller and Joanne Draper join the firm in Melbourne, Joel Rennie in Sydney, Fergus Smith in Hong Kong and Matthew Osborne in Singapore. 

These lawyers, which have experience in multiple jurisdictions, will provide advice on project delivery, acquisitions and project financings.   

The firm also promoted Cameron Watson to partner in its global energy, infrastructure & project finance practice. Watson joined White & Case from HSF last November and he is now relocating from Melbourne to Sydney to provide advisory on the financing and acquisitions of major energy and infrastructure projects. 

“Asia-Pacific is an important region for White & Case where our strategy is to build on the firm’s global strengths and continue developing our client offering,” said Art Scavone, who leads the White & Case’s global energy, infrastructure & project finance team. 

The firm launched its Australia practice last December, opening the unit’s first outpost in Melbourne. Three HSF lawyers – Ged Cochrane, Michelle Keen and Adeline Pang – joined the firm as partners at that time. 

White & Case has more than 200 project finance lawyers in 40 offices spread across 28 countries, according to its website. In Asia, the firm has offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo, as well as an association in Jakarta, in addition to the Australian outposts.