Global firms work on Victoria’s largest-ever public transport project

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A group of five top firms has pushed the largest-ever public transport project in Victoria’s history closer to becoming reality.

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF), White & Case, MinterEllison, Allens, and Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) have advised on the $11bn Metro Tunnel public-private partnership (PPP) project, which reached contractual close in December.

HSF and White & Case advised Melbourne Metro Rail Authority. Both firms advised on the Tunnels and Stations PPP, which at $6bn is the largest contract of the whole project. The two firms also advised on the $1.1bn Rail Systems Alliance package, awarded to CPB contractors and Bombardier Transportation.

MinterEllison acted for Cross Yarra Partnership, which clinched the contract to finance, design, construct, and maintain the Tunnel and Stations package for 25 years.

Allens acted for the financiers of the Cross Yarra Partnership, which was formed as a consortium by Lendlease, John Holland Bouygues Construction, and Capella Capital.

NRF aided the design and construction joint venture and the maintenance subcontractor.

HSF’s team was led by projects delivery partners Erin Wyeth and Jim Theodore. They were supported by the lawyers from HSF’s project finance, real estate, land and planning, industrial relations and workplace health and safety practices, including partners David Sinn, Miles Wadley, Heidi Asten, and Steve Bell.

The White & Case team was led by partners Andrew Clark, Josh Sgro, Tim Power, Michelle Keen, and Jared Muller. They were assisted by Irene Argeres, Toby Breheny, Kirsty Campbell, Andrea Castle, Hilary Cure, Fiona Curl, Joshua Dellios, Jennifer Galatas, Emma Jakeman, Christina Koravos, Barnaby Matthews, Mark Montag, Sarah Oh, Anna O’Reilly, Amanda Osuchowski, Yasmin Parat, Bryce Paterson, Matthew Sercombe, Chris Settle, Samantha Sutton, and Zachary Tyler.

HSF was appointed by Melbourne Metro Rail Authority in June 2015, when Clark, Sgro, Power, and Muller were still at the firm. The group moved last year to White & Case.

MinterEllison’s team of more than 50 lawyers was led by partners Stewart Nankervis and Paul Paxton.

Allens’ legal team was led by partners David Donnelly and Michael Ryan. They were supported by managing associates Paul Telford and Chris Patten, senior associate Sarah Bitcon, associates Houston Ash and Hamish McCormack, and graduate Joanne Pak.

The Metro Tunnel PPP will deliver two nine-kilometre tunnels under the Melbourne CBD. It will also involve the construction of five new stations namely the North Melbourne, Parkville, State Library, Town Hall, and Anzac stations.


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