Ashurst has poached two finance and projects partners from DLA Piper, including Alex Guy, head of finance and projects in Brisbane.
Guy, who has been with DLA Piper for 17 years, advises on project finance and public-private partnership matters in the transportation and infrastructure sectors and has acted on more than 50 public-private partnership projects across Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia. He is currently advising Australian government entities on a rail public-private partnership and other transport and social infrastructure developments, Ashurst said in a statement.
Last year, he led the DLA Piper team on transport operator Keolis Downer’s Stage 2 of the Gold Coast light rail project in Queensland and New Zealand’s Greater Wellington local government on a new contract for Wellington’s rail services and train maintenance.
Dan Brown, who has been with DLA Piper for 10 years, was the other hire and is an expert in large-scale infrastructure, natural resources and energy projects in Australia, Asia, and the Middle East. Earlier this year, he represented renewable energy firm Equis Energy on a 127-megawatt solar farm in South Australia.
Ashurst said the two are expected to join the firm later this year.
Ashurst said its projects team is currently advising several infrastructure projects in Sydney, including an automated rapid transit system, an $11 billion underground tunnel project and the development of Sydney’s second airport; the firm said it’s also advising on public-private partnership matters for a high-speed rail link between Singapore and Malaysia.