White & Case confirms new Aussie offices

An expanding international law firm has confirmed its new offices in Australia will open in Melbourne and Sydney, the first opening its doors next month.

Global law firm White & Case LLP has confirmed its new offices in Australia will open in Melbourne and Sydney on December 1, 2016 and early 2017 respectively. 

White & Case partner Art Scavone, who leads the Firm’s Global Energy, Infrastructure & Project Finance Practice, said: “Our ambition is to build a top-tier energy, infrastructure and project finance practice in Australia, with a pivot north towards Asia more generally, and the addition of Adeline, Ged and Michelle is a great start for us.”

White & Case also confirmed Adeline Pang, Ged Cochrane and Michelle Keen will join as partners from Herbert Smith Freehills and are expected to arrive on or before December 8, 2016.

“The arrival of our new partners represents the launch of our practice in Australia, which aligns with our Asia-Pacific strategy to build on the Firm’s global strengths and supports the growth of our leading Global Energy, Infrastructure & Project Finance Practice,” said White & Case partner Eric Berg, Head of Asia-Pacific. “It’s another important strategic milestone as we continue to grow our role advising clients across the Asia-Pacific region on their most complex, cross-border matters.”
Pang focuses her practice on energy and infrastructure project development; Cochrane advises clients on the acquisition and project financing of major energy and infrastructure projects; and Keen’s practice is focused on environmental planning and permitting.

The firm will have soon have 40 offices in 28 countries once the new offices open in Australia. As well as Melbourne and Sydney, the Firm’s Asia-Pacific presence includes offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo, as well as an association in Jakarta.

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