Australian companies exploit infrastructure boom with poaching from international partners

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Two Australian companies have poached property and construction partners from global firms as they seek lawyers to help them capitalize on Australia’s infrastructure boom.

Hall & Wilcox has hired real estate partner Jennifer Degotardi and a team of three other lawyers from K&L Gates, while corporate law firm MinterEllison has picked Simon Harvey of Reed Smith in Dubai to join its infrastructure, construction and property practice. real estate.

Harvey has over 20 years of experience as a lawyer specializing in infrastructure development and construction. He advised on global energy (including renewables), water and other infrastructure projects, MinterEllison said.

He previously led Reed Smith’s transactional infrastructure practice in Dubai.

“He brings with him a truly international vision of infrastructure and construction projects, as well as a network of international contacts. His expertise in emerging and renewable energy, including hydropower, gas-to-power conversion and wind farms, has already resonated with many current and potential customers,” said Peter Wood, Chief Operating Officer. MinterEllison’s Projects, Infrastructure and Construction Litigation team. in a report.

Infrastructure lawyers are in high demand in Australia as state governments on Australia’s east coast are spending record sums on infrastructure, i.e. building new roads and railways.

At the same time, Australian lawyers with projects, mergers and acquisitions and financial practices have been busy helping investors establish or buy green energy projects, battery networks and vehicle charging infrastructure electricity, while the renewable energy sector continues to grow.

Degotardi, who will join the Sydney office of Hall & Wilcox along with three other lawyers and a paralegal, is a property lawyer who works primarily with government and public sector clients, the firm said. She particularly focuses on government support in major projects and transportation.

Degotardi will help strengthen Hall & Wilcox’s relationship with the New South Wales government and play a role in the continued growth of the company’s real estate and public sector practices, said Tony Macvean, the firm’s managing partner.

“Jennifer is a fantastic person and we think she will be a perfect fit. We are delighted with the continued growth of our business in Sydney and NSW, and the enhancement of our capabilities in the public sector,” he added .

A K&L Gates spokesperson wished Degotardi well.

Reed Smith has been contacted for comment.

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