John Walter

Partner. Melbourne.

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Unparalleled experience. Enviable industry recognition. Just a glance at John’s career reveals a sharp legal mind that is always ready to tackle that “next big challenge”.

John’s expertise has been effectively utilised as lead adviser in major government and private sector projects. He has acted on projects involving the State of Victoria, the privatisation of the Victorian Electricity industry, and the inception of private sector investment in public economic and social infrastructure both in the mid 1990s.

His track record also includes the Tasmanian Natural Gas Pipeline, Melbourne Citylink, Airport Link, Melbourne Convention Centre, Victorian Schools, South Australia Desalination Project, South Australia Schools and the Victorian Desalination Project.

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Unparalleled experience. Enviable industry recognition. Just a glance at John’s career reveals a sharp legal mind that is always ready to tackle that “next big challenge”.

John’s expertise has been effectively utilised as lead adviser in major government and private sector projects. He has acted on projects involving the State of Victoria, the privatisation of the Victorian Electricity industry, and the inception of private sector investment in public economic and social infrastructure both in the mid 1990s.

His track record also includes the Tasmanian Natural Gas Pipeline, Melbourne Citylink, Airport Link, Melbourne Convention Centre, Victorian Schools, South Australia Desalination Project, South Australia Schools and the Victorian Desalination Project.

Not wanting to rest on his extensive legal experience, John has also proven himself to be an exceptional leader. He has previously held positions as the Inaugural Chairman of the Regulatory Policy Taskforce for the Infrastructure Partnerships Australia; Head of Investment Banking at the Bankers Trust in Melbourne; and Board Member of ABB Grain Ltd.

John has also served for five-and-a-half years as Chairman of a Commonwealth Statutory Authority in which he had Financial Management Act responsibility and represented the Authority before the Senate Estimates Committee hearings.

“His knowledge of the project is encyclopaedic and he knows the documents by heart” Chambers Global Guide
John Walter

John's Expertise

  • $3.5 Billion Victoria Desalination Project (2009) Lead adviser to the State on all aspects of this project which was the largest PPP project to close globally in the year 2009.
  • $2.5 Billion CityLink Project (1995) Lead adviser to the State on all aspects of this Project which was the first freeway fully electronic toll road project globally.
  • $3.5 Billion Eastlink Project (2004) Lead adviser to the State on this major matter which had significant issues with the electronic toll system for Eastlink.
  • $4.8 Billion Airport Link Project (2008) Lead adviser to the successful construction of this project which is the largest PPP infrastructure project in Australia.
  • $400 Million Tasmanian Natural Gas Project (2001) Lead adviser to Duke Energy International on this project which involved the longest sub-sea pipeline in Australian which brought natural gas to Tasmania for the first time line.
  • $25 Billion Corporatisation and Privatisation of the Victorian Electricity Industry (1992-1996) One of the lead advisers to the State in the corporatisation and privatisation of the Victorian Electricity Industry.

John's Thinking

  • Solving the infrastructure dilemma - It’s all about sharing 27 September 2011
    Australia’s pressing need for infrastructure is well known. Government has less money and private enterprise has less appetite for risk. With these two factors a certainty, infrastructure experts at Corrs Chambers Westgarth agree change must come.
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What others say

  • “His analytical abilities and interpretation of situations are strong, his knowledge of the project is encyclopaedic and he knows the documents by heart” Chambers Global Guide, 2013
  • “Leading Lawyer - Projects” Chambers Global Guide, 2010-2014
  • “Best Lawyer - Construction/Infrastructure and Project Finance & Development” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2009-2014
  • “Recognised for his strong government practice” Chambers Global Guide, 2010
  • “Leading Lawyer - Projects & Infrastructure” Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2009-2012
  • “Leading Lawyer - Banking & Finance ” Australasian Legal Business Guide to Banking & Finance Law
  • “John Walter is an exceptional lawyer” Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2010/2011
  • “John Walter’s expertise is extremely valuable. He is known as providing commercially sound advice” Chambers Global Guide, 2011
  • “Melbourne Project Finance & Development Lawyer of the Year” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2011
  • “Best Lawyer - Government” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2013 & 2014
  • “Leading Lawyer - Construction and Banking & Finance (VIC)” Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession, 2012 & 2013
  • “Best Lawyer - Water” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2010-2014

John's Leadership

  • Corrs Chambers Westgarth Indonesia Focus Group Member
  • Transport Accident Commission Chairman
  • University of Melbourne Presenter - “Contract Management” Issues and Former Independent Lecturer - Taxation & Securities & Creditors Rights
  • Regulatory Policy Taskforce for the Infrastructure Partnerships Australia (2008-to-date) Inaugural Chairman and Member
  • Infrastructure Partnerships Australia Transport Committee (2008-to-date) Member
  • Public-Private Regional Collaboration Member of Panel of Senior Experts to Promote Infrastructure PPPs in the Asia-Pacific Economic Community (APEC/APEC Business Advisory Council sponsored)
  • Australia-Japan Business Cooperative Committee Mission to Japan and Indonesia (2011) Member
  • Commonwealth Statutory Authority Chairman
  • Bankers Trust in Melbourne (1996-1999) Head of Investment Banking
  • Banking Law Review (1991-2010) Editorial Board Member