Norton Rose Fulbright Takes DLA Piper Energy and Infrastructure Partner in Australia
Norton Rose Fulbright has hired an energy and infrastructure partner from DLA Piper amid expectations that work related to renewable energy projects will increase following the election of a new government in Australia.
Kate Muller, who joins the firm’s Brisbane office, advises international and domestic clients across the energy and resources, infrastructure, government and transport sectors, with a primary focus on Australia and Asia.
She has broad experience acting for both financiers and sponsors on energy and infrastructure projects, which includes advising borrowers on their corporate financing requirements, sponsors with respect to greenfield projects in South East Asia and Australia, and developers of major infrastructure projects, Norton Rose Fulbright said in a statement.
“Supporting domestic and global clients on the important issues of the global energy transition and infrastructure development is a key area of focus for our firm. Kate’s strong experience in Asia and Australia in energy and resources, infrastructure, real estate and corporate finance matters will bolster this offering and our national and regional projects and energy teams,” Norton Rose Fulbright chief executive partner in Australia Alison Deitz said in a statement.
Muller said there is a renewed focus on solar, pumped hydro, waste-to-energy, wind, hybrid power and battery storage following the national election in May, which saw the Australian Labor Party return to power after nearly a decade.
Last week the government under Prime Minister Anthony Albanese introduced legislation to Parliament to enshrine in law Australia’s 43% emissions reduction by 2030.
“Given the activity and new projects we expect to see in our region, this is an exciting time to be joining a global firm that is a major adviser to global and domestic clients on the global energy transition,” Muller said.
A DLA Piper spokesperson wished Muller the best.
Her hire is the latest in a series of lateral energy and project partner hires as firms try to position themselves for the decarbonization of Australia’s economy.