Sydney, Australia. Credit: africanpix/iStockphoto.com
Sydney, Australia. Credit: africanpix/iStockphoto.com (africanpix)

White & Case has become the latest Global 100 firm to set up shop in Australia, announcing Friday its opening of two new offices in Melbourne and Sydney.

The move comes after White & Case recruited a 10-partner team from rival global legal giant Herbert Smith Freehills. The group includes eight partners Down Under, with another two based in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Among those joining White & Case include Herbert Smith Freehills’ Asia-based finance head Brendan Quinn in Melbourne, which will also take on regulatory partner Tim Power and projects partners Andrew Clark, Joanne Draper, Jared Muller, Alan Rosengarten and Josh Sgro. In Sydney, Herbert Smith Freehills projects partner Joel Rennie is also joining White & Case.

Elsewhere in Asia, White & Case hired Herbert Smith Freehills finance partner Fergus Smith in Hong Kong and projects partner Matthew Osborne in Singapore. The entire Herbert Smith Freehills team resigned from the firm on Sept. 1, but it remains unclear whether or not any associates from the firm will also join White & Case.

“We can confirm the resignation of 10 partners from our Australian and Asian offices yesterday,” Herbert Smith Freehills said in a statement. “We are disappointed at this decision.”

The firm, which earlier this week announced plans for an alternative legal services center in Shanghai, said that it continues to “have a strong 100-partner infrastructure and projects practice globally” and that when it comes to “big-ticket complex projects, project finance and infrastructure work, we remain the firm to beat in this market and globally.”

Hugh Verrier, chairman of White & Case, praised his firm’s new hired as helping “cement our position as the leading law firm in project finance globally.” White & Case global banking head and Asia practice leader Eric Berg added that the Asia Pacific region is an important one for the firm. “Our strategy is to build on [White & Case’s] global strengths and continue developing our client offering,” Berg said in a statement.

The entry Down Under comes shortly after White & Case opened an office in Cairo by partnering with newly created local shop MHR & Partners. While carving out a space in the Australian legal market was all the rage a few years ago, interest has cooled slightly in recent years to coincide with the end of the global commodities boom.

Nonetheless, firms such as Hogan Lovells and Pinsent Masons are among new entrants to Oz. In May, Magic Circle firm Allen & Overy picked up a three-lawyer securities team from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, which shuttered its small outpost in Sydney.

In 2015, White & Case’s Verrier said the firm was putting London and New York at the center of its five-year strategic plan, laying out plans to significantly ramp up the proportion of its lawyers based in the two key financial centers by 2020. Earlier this year, White & Case announced marginal increases in gross revenue and profits per partner, which hit $1.52 billion and $2.02 million, respectively.

White & Case has become the latest Global 100 firm to set up shop in Australia, announcing Friday its opening of two new offices in Melbourne and Sydney.

The move comes after White & Case recruited a 10-partner team from rival global legal giant Herbert Smith Freehills . The group includes eight partners Down Under, with another two based in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Among those joining White & Case include Herbert Smith Freehills ’ Asia-based finance head Brendan Quinn in Melbourne, which will also take on regulatory partner Tim Power and projects partners Andrew Clark, Joanne Draper, Jared Muller, Alan Rosengarten and Josh Sgro. In Sydney, Herbert Smith Freehills projects partner Joel Rennie is also joining White & Case .

Elsewhere in Asia, White & Case hired Herbert Smith Freehills finance partner Fergus Smith in Hong Kong and projects partner Matthew Osborne in Singapore. The entire Herbert Smith Freehills team resigned from the firm on Sept. 1, but it remains unclear whether or not any associates from the firm will also join White & Case .

“We can confirm the resignation of 10 partners from our Australian and Asian offices yesterday,” Herbert Smith Freehills said in a statement. “We are disappointed at this decision.”

The firm, which earlier this week announced plans for an alternative legal services center in Shanghai, said that it continues to “have a strong 100-partner infrastructure and projects practice globally” and that when it comes to “big-ticket complex projects, project finance and infrastructure work, we remain the firm to beat in this market and globally.”

Hugh Verrier, chairman of White & Case , praised his firm’s new hired as helping “cement our position as the leading law firm in project finance globally.” White & Case global banking head and Asia practice leader Eric Berg added that the Asia Pacific region is an important one for the firm. “Our strategy is to build on [ White & Case ’s] global strengths and continue developing our client offering,” Berg said in a statement.

The entry Down Under comes shortly after White & Case opened an office in Cairo by partnering with newly created local shop MHR & Partners. While carving out a space in the Australian legal market was all the rage a few years ago, interest has cooled slightly in recent years to coincide with the end of the global commodities boom.

Nonetheless, firms such as Hogan Lovells and Pinsent Masons are among new entrants to Oz. In May, Magic Circle firm Allen & Overy picked up a three-lawyer securities team from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom , which shuttered its small outpost in Sydney.

In 2015, White & Case ’s Verrier said the firm was putting London and New York at the center of its five-year strategic plan, laying out plans to significantly ramp up the proportion of its lawyers based in the two key financial centers by 2020. Earlier this year, White & Case announced marginal increases in gross revenue and profits per partner, which hit $1.52 billion and $2.02 million, respectively.