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Life in the Melbourne Project Finance Team—Kevin Chen shares his story

“The team in Australia is incredibly diverse, easy-going and down-to-earth.”

Kevin Chen is an associate in Melbourne, Australia, working with the Project Finance team.

“With practice groups involved in transactional, advisory, litigious and arbitration matters, there are excellent opportunities to explore your interests and to develop your skills as a commercial lawyer.”

Why did you decide on White & Case?

I decided on White & Case as it is an exciting and supportive workplace environment that provides me with incredible exposure to the matters I am involved with. Coupled with the exceptional mentoring from the team in Australia, I find myself constantly learning and developing my skills and awareness as a commercial lawyer. 

What was your first impression of the Firm?

Upon undertaking the Vacation Clerkship, my first impression of the Firm in Australia was that it was a unique workplace with an incredible team that had a deliberate and strategic focus on the booming energy, infrastructure and project finance space in Australia and the Asia Pacific. 

Why is White & Case the best place to start your legal career? 

White & Case is the best place to start your legal career given the incredible training and learning opportunities offered by the team in Australia. 

What do you think is most exciting about the White & Case experience in Australia? 

The most exciting aspect about the White & Case experience in Australia is the team. The team in Australia is incredibly diverse, supportive and down-to-earth. Coupled with the variety of matters and the formal and informal mentoring, I find myself constantly learning and developing in a supportive environment. 

What is the one thing that surprised you most when you joined the Firm?

The one thing that I was pleasantly surprised with was how easy-going everyone at the Firm was, and the strong cohesion of the Firm as a whole. With the flat team structure in Australia, I found it encouraging how willing the senior lawyers and, in particular, the partners were to spend time explaining concepts to me and guiding me in tasks, whether or not they were directly supervising me. 

What type of work have you been involved in so far?

I have been involved in the financing of several projects, including a Victoria wind farm and battery storage facility, which will supply affordable electricity to an agribusiness and the national grid. As part of this, I conducted due diligence work; drafted clauses to financing and corporate documents; managed the conditions precedent process; liaised directly with clients and counsel; and assisted with the signing process in the transaction. I have also conducted research on several legislative reforms and developed briefing notes and client alerts for these.

How is White & Case different from other law firms?

The Firm offers a unique proposition given the combination of market-leading lawyers and a flat team structure. For a junior lawyer, this is particularly exciting, as it provides you with an incredible exposure to the work and the opportunities to learn with the guidance and support of your supervisor, mentor and buddy. 

What is your most memorable moment with the Firm?

My most memorable moment with the Firm was the Graduate Program Launch Evening, which was held to celebrate the current intake of graduates. It was a special evening with family and friends to celebrate with the rest of the Firm and to mark the beginning of our legal careers.

What are you most looking forward to achieving at White & Case?

I am most looking forward to developing myself as a commercial lawyer with a wide understanding of the different aspects of a deal. As such, I am looking forward to rotating in several teams during the Graduate Program, including an overseas rotation, to learn more about each particular practice and how they work together on any given deal.

Sum up working at White & Case in three words.

Exciting. Supportive. Diverse.

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Find out about career opportunities in Australia here.