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Melbourne firm significantly expands projects and infrastructure capability with appointment of two new partners

Melbourne firm significantly expands projects and infrastructure capability with appointment of two new partners


Hall & Wilcox has significantly strengthened its projects and infrastructure capability with the appointment of two new partners: Mark Montag and Shaun Whittaker

Mark specialises in project development in renewable energy, energy and infrastructure, with a focus on energy transition, procurement, financings and due diligences. Mark acts for a mix of developers, financiers, government and private sector clients domestically and offshore. Mark joins from White & Case, where he was a partner. Before that Mark was at Herbert Smith Freehills. Mark also has previously served as general counsel for a major Australian renewable energy developer, while on secondment. 

Shaun specialises in impact infrastructure, including major projects, service and procurement and investment and structuring. Shaun’s client base is in social and affordable housing, specialist disability accommodation, student accommodation and healthcare/hospitals, and has a mix of developer, CHP, operator and investor clients. Shaun joins from Holding Redlich where he was a partner, having previously been at Mills Oakley and Herbert Smith Freehills.

Shaun has joined with his team: senior associate Lauri Reid and lawyer Kayla Howe.

Both Mark and Shaun and Shaun’s team are based in Melbourne, working nationally.

Managing Partner Tony Macvean said the appointments added to the firm’s high-quality projects and infrastructure practice.

‘Over the past few years, we have invested significantly in building a strong, reputable projects and infrastructure practice. There will be continued investment in energy transition and social infrastructure. We can play a significant role in important nation-building projects, and in Australia’s energy transition,’ he said. ‘We are excited about the opportunities a thriving projects and infrastructure practice creates across the firm.’

Mark said, ‘I am excited about joining a firm that values client service alongside its care for people and culture. Their collaborative approach attracted me to Hall & Wilcox and I’m very much looking forward to joining the team and helping with the continued growth of the firm in the projects and energy transition space.’

Shaun said, ‘Our team is excited to be joining the projects and infrastructure practice at Hall & Wilcox and, in particular, driving the firm’s core focus on ESG and social infrastructure. As the nation grapples with a housing and health services crisis, I look forward to utilising the truly national platform Hall & Wilcox provides to get on with the job of delivering impact projects around the country.’