Baker & McKenzie is boosting its new projects and infrastructure team with the appointment of its fourth lateral partner in eight months, Martin Irwin.
Based in Melbourne, Martin is a specialist in major projects and infrastructure. He acts for institutional investors, borrowers, lenders and other capital providers on a range of infrastructure, project finance and transactional banking matters.
He advised Canada's second largest pension fund, Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec (CDPQ), to acquire interest in multiple PPPs: Australian Defence Force (LEAP 1 and LEAP 2), Casey Hospital, South Australian Police and Courts Melbourne Convention Centre, Biosciences Research Centre and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre project with a combined project value in excess of A$4 billion.
He also advised CDPQ in relation to the $1.28 billion Pipeline Partners Australia bid for the listed Hasting Diversified Utility Fund and on its proposed 25% investment in the $5 billion privatization of the Port of Botany and Port of Kembla.
Chris Freeland, Baker & McKenzie's national managing partner, said:
"Having advised some of the world's leading pension funds and banks, Martin brings a depth of experience which particularly compliments Baker & McKenzie's growing expertise in the pension funds space."
"Martin also brings to the firm significant Asia experience, having worked in the Singapore and Hong Kong offices of his previous firms, as well as spending considerable time working in Korea and Cambodia."