Contractual close of the Tunnels and Stations PPP package of the AUD 11 billion Melbourne Metro Tunnel Project

White & Case LLP, in conjunction with Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF), has advised on the successful contractual close of the Tunnels and Stations PPP package of the AUD 11 billion Melbourne Metro Tunnel Project. The AUD 6 billion Tunnels and Stations PPP is the largest contract on the biggest public transport project ever delivered in Victoria.

The contract was signed with Cross Yarra Partnership, a consortium including Lendlease, John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella. It comprises the design and construction of twin nine-kilometre tunnels and five underground stations, as well as the provision of maintenance and other services during the operating term. Construction will commence in early 2018.

White & Case, also in conjunction with HSF, advised on the AUD 1.1 billon contractual close of the Rail Systems Alliance package, which was awarded to CPB Contractors and Bombardier Transportation to start work on the rollout of high-capacity signaling on the Metro Tunnel. Undertaking the rollout of this technology on an existing network in Australia will be an Australian first and will allow trains to move in the same direction every two to three minutes.

The White & Case Melbourne team that advised Melbourne Metro Rail Authority on the transactions was led by partners Andrew Clark (Picture), Josh Sgro, Tim Power, Michelle Keen and Jared Muller, supported 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.

The Herbert Smith Freehills team was led by Projects Delivery partners Erin Wyeth and Jim Theodore and supported by the firm’s Project Finance, Real Estate, Land & Planning, Industrial Relations and Workplace Health and Safety teams including partners David Sinn, Miles Wadley, Heidi Asten and Steve Bell.

Allens advised the financiers, MinterEllison advised the Cross Yarra Partnership, and Norton Rose Fulbright advised the design and construction joint venture and the maintenance subcontractor.


Involved fees earner: Erin Wyeth – Herbert Smith Freehills; Heidi Asten – Herbert Smith Freehills; Jim Theodore – Herbert Smith Freehills; David Sinn – Herbert Smith Freehills; Miles Wadley – Herbert Smith Freehills; Steve Bell – Herbert Smith Freehills; Andrew Clark – White & Case; Tim Power – White & Case; Michelle Keen – White & Case; Jared Muller – White & Case; Irene Argeres – White & Case; Kirsty Campbell – White & Case; Andrea Castle – White & Case; Fiona Curl – White & Case; Joshua Dellios – White & Case; Mark Montag – White & Case; Amanda Osuchowski – White & Case; Zachary Tyler – White & Case; Josh Sgro – White & Case; Toby Breheny – White & Case; Jennifer Galatas – White & Case; Emma Jakeman – White & Case; Christina Koravos – White & Case; Barnaby Matthews – White & Case; Anna O’Reilly – White & Case; Bryce Paterson – White & Case; Matt Sercombe – White & Case; Samantha Sutton – White & Case;

Law Firms: Herbert Smith Freehills; White & Case;

Clients: Melbourne Metro Rail Authority;



Author: Michael Patrini