White & Case promotes new partners in Melbourne

Fiona Curl and Chris Settle have both worked on billion-dollar projects

White & Case promotes new partners in Melbourne
Fiona Curl and Chris Settle

White & Case has announced the promotion of Fiona Curl and Chris Settle to the partnership of its global project development and finance practice effective 1 January 2024.

Curl has over 20 years of experience advising government and private sector clients in developing, constructing, operating, and financing major infrastructure projects, especially those in the transport and renewable energy sectors. She has helped clients with developing and implementing strategies for planning and environmental approvals as well as land assembly for projects across Australia.

She has guided sponsors and lenders in relation to compliance with Equator Principles and IFC Environmental and Social Performance Requirements for Australian and international projects, White & Case said.

Her experience includes advising Transurban on post-approval public law issues associated with the West Gate Tunnel Project. She has also acted for government authorities on land compensation claims before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Settle brings over 10 years of experience advising on developing major infrastructure and energy projects, particularly those in the renewables and rail sectors. He previously guided Downer EDI Rail on the $4.6bn Queensland Train Manufacturing Program, Perdaman on the development of the $6.2bn Burrup Urea Plant, and was, along with Curl, among the lawyers that advised the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority on the $11bn Metro Tunnel Project.

Both Curl and Settle are based in Melbourne. In this promotions cycle, White & Case promoted a total of 42 partners across its global offices in the Americas, EMEA, and APAC regions.

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