Brad Vann is an industry leading adviser on the delivery of infrastructure, having worked with governments, sponsors, industry and banks on Australia's largest and most complex projects for 35 years.

He is valued for his strategic insights, based on his industry experience, knowledge of its participants, and thought leadership on emerging and future trends (which is why he is also our Director of Innovation). 

Brad has also been involved in a range of projects in the Asia-Pacific, often working with local lawyers, in China, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, the Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

As a regular writer, lecturer and commentator on infrastructure, both nationally and internationally, Brad is regularly sought by the media and opinion-makers on issues relating to the financing and funding of infrastructure. Brad was one of the strategic architects for the Committee for Melbourne in publishing its discussion paper, "Moving Melbourne" and co-wrote a chapter entitled Providing public infrastructure in Australia for the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) as part of its major research publication for 2014, A Federation for the 21st Century.

Brad is also the Independent Chair – IFM Australian Infrastructure Fund, Investor Advisory Committee.

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Construction and Major Projects

East West Link - Eastern Section: Strategic adviser to Linking Melbourne Authority in respect of the first stage of this proposed northern cross city route linking the Western Ring Road, CityLink and the Eastern Freeway. The total project cost is estimated to exceed $12 billion. Brad worked closely with the client and its other advisers to develop a range of innovative project procurement and funding options. He was an integral part of the business case team, incorporating international best practice and lessons learned from other Australian road projects. He has led the legal team from project inception through to financial close.

 

New Royal Adelaide Hospital Project: Brad is a member of the team which advised the SA Department of Health on the new Royal Adelaide Hospital Project. This PPP project includes the construction of a new hospital based on an innovative model of care and the provision of various services at the facility. 

Victorian Desalination Plant Project: Brad was an adviser to the AquaSure consortium (comprising Macquarie, Thiess, Degremont and Suez Environnement) which was appointed by the Victorian Government to design, build and operate the $5.7 billion desalination plant in Victoria. Brad was responsible for overseeing the legal team who advised the consortium on all legal aspects of its bid, including negotiating all State documentation and downstream documentation (such as construction, financing, power supply, transmission connection and renewable energy credits) through to financial close.

Peninsula Link: Brad was the strategic adviser to Linking Melbourne Authority (LMA) throughout the entire project, from selection of the delivery method through to financial close and project completion. The project is the first road in Australia to be delivered using an availability style PPP. Brad advised on the selection of the availability PPP delivery model after an exhaustive analysis of the project delivery options available, and on the development of innovative solutions to reduce the time for the procurement process to one of the shortest for a major road project to reduce bid costs. He added significant value to this project through its construction phase by assisting LMA with the contractual issues arising out of the exceptional wet weather experienced during this phase. Peninsula Link opened to traffic in January 2013.

 

Biosciences Research Centre: Brad was a key team member advising the Victorian Government and La Trobe University on this PPP project, which was the first Partnerships Victoria project to reach financial close in Australia after the global economic crisis began.

 

East-West Link Needs Assessment: As team leader to the East-West Link Needs Assessment Study Team, Brad assisted Sir Rod Eddington in preparing a report for the Government on transport options for Melbourne over the next 30 years. The role involved advice on business case development, project structuring and strategic advice regarding project concept design, planning and delivery methodology for transport options.


EastLink: Brad was team leader advising Southern and Eastern Integrated Transport Authority (now known as Linking Melbourne Authority), the Victorian Government authority responsible for this new major tollway delivered through Partnerships Victoria. His role included advising on risk allocation, tendering processes, drafting of project documents including the concession deed and independent reviewer documentation, and advising on issues during the contract administration phase. EastLink opened to traffic in June 2008. EastLink was delivered almost 6 months early as a result of the effective working relationships established with Brad's assistance.

CityLink: Principal legal adviser to the Victorian Government on the Melbourne CityLink project (a tollway which, being fully electronic, was a world leader in technology at the time). Brad has been advising in respect of CityLink for over 20 years including on more recent improvement projects such as the City Link Tullamarine widening, the Tullamarine Calder freeway to freeway interchange and the M1 upgrades.

 

Clem 7 Tunnel and Airport Link/Northern Busway Projects: Brad was part of the team advising on these projects, the first to be delivered by the PPP model in Queensland. He conducted a peer review of the key project documents and assisted the evaluation team in reaching its decision, reviewing and providing strategic advice on the final evaluation report.

 

Transport Ticketing Authority: Brad was joint team leader advising this Victorian Government authority responsible for the procurement and implementation of Victoria's smartcard-based ticketing system, myki. While this project initially was intended to be developed as a PPP under Partnerships Victoria, a detailed business case analysis and contractual modelling exercise eventually led to the decision to deliver it as a publicly financed project (although in many other respects it has the hallmarks of a PPP). 

New Royal Children's Hospital Project:
 Joint team leader advising DHS on the proposed redevelopment of the Royal Children's Hospital under Partnerships Victoria, then Australia's largest hospital project to be delivered by this methodology.

 

RailCorp – New Rollingstock Procurement: Member of the team advising RailCorp on its procurement of over 600 new electric rolling stock to replace its existing fleet. The project was delivered via a PPP at an estimated capital cost of A$3.6 billion. Brad conducted a peer review of all tender material and legal documents released with the Request for Detailed Proposals.

 

Prisons Infrastructure Program: Team leader advising Corrections Victoria on the delivery of two new metropolitan prisons through Partnerships Victoria, one of the first projects delivered under this policy.

 

Swinburne Hawthorn Campus Development Project: Team leader advising the arranger, packager and financier on the Project, which involved the design, construction, commissioning, financing, operation and maintenance of two new buildings on the Hawthorn Campus of Swinburne University of Technology.

 

Dame Phyllis Frost Centre: Team leader advising the sponsor of the Melbourne Metropolitan Women's Correctional Centre (the first prison developed as a Public Private Partnership in Australia).

Docklands Stadium: Adviser to the bank group on the project financing of the Melbourne Docklands Stadium (now called Etihad Stadium).

 

Loy Yang B: Team leader responsible to the bank group for the initial project financing documentation on the sale and partial privatisation of the Loy Yang B power station, one of the earliest $A project financing/privatisation projects ever undertaken.

West Seti Power Project:
Team leader who advised the Australian sponsor of an independent power project in Nepal for the supply of electricity by export to India (the first of its kind).

 

Hydropower scheme: Provided detailed advice in connection with the reconfiguration of an existing major hydropower scheme in Sichuan Province, China as part of a multilaterally sponsored consultancy.


Renewable energy projects: Adviser on multilaterally sponsored consultancies for small power purchase arrangements for renewable energy projects and an infrastructure development training program for Vietnamese Government officials.


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Government Services

East West Link - Eastern Section: Strategic adviser to Linking Melbourne Authority in respect of the first stage of this proposed northern cross city route linking the Western Ring Road, CityLink and the Eastern Freeway. The total project cost is estimated to exceed $12 billion. Brad worked closely with the client and its other advisers to develop a range of innovative project procurement and funding options. He was an integral part of the business case team, incorporating international best practice and lessons learned from other Australian road projects. He has led the legal team from project inception through to financial close.

New Royal Adelaide Hospital Project: Brad is a member of the team which advised the SA Department of Health on the new Royal Adelaide Hospital Project. This PPP project includes the construction of a new hospital based on an innovative model of care and the provision of various services at the facility. 

Peninsula Link: Brad was the strategic adviser to Linking Melbourne Authority (LMA) throughout the entire project, from selection of the delivery method through to financial close and project completion. The project is the first road in Australia to be delivered using an availability style PPP. Brad advised on the selection of the availability PPP delivery model after an exhaustive analysis of the project delivery options available, and on the development of innovative solutions to reduce the time for the procurement process to one of the shortest for a major road project to reduce bid costs. He added significant value to this project through its construction phase by assisting LMA with the contractual issues arising out of the exceptional wet weather experienced during this phase. Peninsula Link opened to traffic in January 2013.

 

Biosciences Research Centre: Brad was a key team member advising the Victorian Government and La Trobe University on this PPP project, which was the first Partnerships Victoria project to reach financial close in Australia after the global economic crisis began.

 

East-West Link Needs Assessment: As team leader to the East-West Link Needs Assessment Study Team, Brad assisted Sir Rod Eddington in preparing a report for the Government on transport options for Melbourne over the next 30 years. The role involved advice on business case development, project structuring and strategic advice regarding project concept design, planning and delivery methodology for transport options.

 

EastLink: Brad was team leader advising Southern and Eastern Integrated Transport Authority (now known as Linking Melbourne Authority), the Victorian Government authority responsible for this new major tollway delivered through Partnerships Victoria. His role included advising on risk allocation, tendering processes, drafting of project documents including the concession deed and independent reviewer documentation, and advising on issues during the contract administration phase. EastLink opened to traffic in June 2008. EastLink was delivered almost 6 months early as a result of the effective working relationships established with Brad's assistance.

CityLink: Principal legal adviser to the Victorian Government on the Melbourne CityLink project (a tollway which, being fully electronic, was a world leader in technology at the time). Brad has been advising in respect of CityLink for over 20 years including on more recent improvement projects such as the City Link Tullamarine widening, the Tullamarine Calder freeway to freeway interchange and the M1 upgrades.

 

Clem 7 Tunnel and Airport Link/Northern Busway Projects: Brad was part of the team advising on these projects, the first to be delivered by the PPP model in Queensland. He conducted a peer review of the key project documents and assisted the evaluation team in reaching its decision, reviewing and providing strategic advice on the final evaluation report.

 

Transport Ticketing Authority: Brad was joint team leader advising this Victorian Government authority responsible for the procurement and implementation of Victoria's smartcard-based ticketing system, myki. While this project initially was intended to be developed as a PPP under Partnerships Victoria, a detailed business case analysis and contractual modelling exercise eventually led to the decision to deliver it as a publicly financed project (although in many other respects it has the hallmarks of a PPP). 

New Royal Children's Hospital Project:
 Joint team leader advising DHS on the proposed redevelopment of the Royal Children's Hospital under Partnerships Victoria, then Australia's largest hospital project to be delivered by this methodology.

 

RailCorp – New Rollingstock Procurement: Member of the team advising RailCorp on its procurement of over 600 new electric rolling stock to replace its existing fleet. The project was delivered via a PPP at an estimated capital cost of A$3.6 billion. Brad conducted a peer review of all tender material and legal documents released with the Request for Detailed Proposals.

 

Prisons Infrastructure Program: Team leader advising Corrections Victoria on the delivery of two new metropolitan prisons through Partnerships Victoria, one of the first projects delivered under this policy.


Dame Phyllis Frost Centre: Team leader advising the sponsor of the Melbourne Metropolitan Women's Correctional Centre (the first prison developed as a Public Private Partnership in Australia).

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Transport and Logistics

East West Link - Eastern Section: Strategic adviser to Linking Melbourne Authority in respect of the first stage of this proposed northern cross city route linking the Western Ring Road, CityLink and the Eastern Freeway. The total project cost is estimated to exceed $12 billion. Brad worked closely with the client and its other advisers to develop a range of innovative project procurement and funding options. He was an integral part of the business case team, incorporating international best practice and lessons learned from other Australian road projects. He has led the legal team from project inception through to financial close.

 

Peninsula Link: Brad was the strategic adviser to Linking Melbourne Authority (LMA) throughout the entire project, from selection of the delivery method through to financial close and project completion. The project is the first road in Australia to be delivered using an availability style PPP. Brad advised on the selection of the availability PPP delivery model after an exhaustive analysis of the project delivery options available, and on the development of innovative solutions to reduce the time for the procurement process to one of the shortest for a major road project to reduce bid costs. He added significant value to this project through its construction phase by assisting LMA with the contractual issues arising out of the exceptional wet weather experienced during this phase. Peninsula Link opened to traffic in January 2013.

 

East-West Link Needs Assessment: As team leader to the East-West Link Needs Assessment Study Team, Brad assisted Sir Rod Eddington in preparing a report for the Government on transport options for Melbourne over the next 30 years. The role involved advice on business case development, project structuring and strategic advice regarding project concept design, planning and delivery methodology for transport options.

 

EastLink: Brad was team leader advising Southern and Eastern Integrated Transport Authority (now known as Linking Melbourne Authority), the Victorian Government authority responsible for this new major tollway delivered through Partnerships Victoria. His role included advising on risk allocation, tendering processes, drafting of project documents including the concession deed and independent reviewer documentation, and advising on issues during the contract administration phase. EastLink opened to traffic in June 2008. EastLink was delivered almost 6 months early as a result of the effective working relationships established with Brad's assistance.

CityLink: Principal legal adviser to the Victorian Government on the Melbourne CityLink project (a tollway which, being fully electronic, was a world leader in technology at the time). Brad has been advising in respect of CityLink for over 20 years including on more recent improvement projects such as the City Link Tullamarine widening, the Tullamarine Calder freeway to freeway interchange and the M1 upgrades.

 

Clem 7 Tunnel and Airport Link/Northern Busway Projects: Brad was part of the team advising on these projects, the first to be delivered by the PPP model in Queensland. He conducted a peer review of the key project documents and assisted the evaluation team in reaching its decision, reviewing and providing strategic advice on the final evaluation report.

 

RailCorp – New Rollingstock Procurement: Member of the team advising RailCorp on its procurement of over 600 new electric rolling stock to replace its existing fleet. The project was delivered via a PPP at an estimated capital cost of A$3.6 billion. Brad conducted a peer review of all tender material and legal documents released with the Request for Detailed Proposals. 

See Transport and Logistics

Project Finance

East West Link - Eastern Section: Strategic adviser to Linking Melbourne Authority in respect of the first stage of this proposed northern cross city route linking the Western Ring Road, CityLink and the Eastern Freeway. The total project cost is estimated to exceed $12 billion. Brad worked closely with the client and its other advisers to develop a range of innovative project procurement and funding options. He was an integral part of the business case team, incorporating international best practice and lessons learned from other Australian road projects. He has led the legal team from project inception through to financial close.

New Royal Adelaide Hospital Project: Brad is a member of the team which advised the SA Department of Health on the new Royal Adelaide Hospital Project. This PPP project includes the construction of a new hospital based on an innovative model of care and the provision of various services at the facility. 

Victorian Desalination Plant Project: Brad was an adviser to the AquaSure consortium (comprising Macquarie, Thiess, Degremont and Suez Environnement) which was appointed by the Victorian Government to design, build and operate the $5.7 billion desalination plant in Victoria. Brad was responsible for overseeing the legal team who advised the consortium on all legal aspects of its bid, including negotiating all State documentation and downstream documentation (such as construction, financing, power supply, transmission connection and renewable energy credits) through to financial close.

Peninsula Link: Brad was the strategic adviser to Linking Melbourne Authority (LMA) throughout the entire project, from selection of the delivery method through to financial close and project completion. The project is the first road in Australia to be delivered using an availability style PPP. Brad advised on the selection of the availability PPP delivery model after an exhaustive analysis of the project delivery options available, and on the development of innovative solutions to reduce the time for the procurement process to one of the shortest for a major road project to reduce bid costs. He added significant value to this project through its construction phase by assisting LMA with the contractual issues arising out of the exceptional wet weather experienced during this phase. Peninsula Link opened to traffic in January 2013.

 

Biosciences Research Centre: Brad was a key team member advising the Victorian Government and La Trobe University on this PPP project, which was the first Partnerships Victoria project to reach financial close in Australia after the global economic crisis began.

 

East-West Link Needs Assessment: As team leader to the East-West Link Needs Assessment Study Team, Brad assisted Sir Rod Eddington in preparing a report for the Government on transport options for Melbourne over the next 30 years. The role involved advice on business case development, project structuring and strategic advice regarding project concept design, planning and delivery methodology for transport options.

 

EastLink: Brad was team leader advising Southern and Eastern Integrated Transport Authority (now known as Linking Melbourne Authority), the Victorian Government authority responsible for this new major tollway delivered through Partnerships Victoria. His role included advising on risk allocation, tendering processes, drafting of project documents including the concession deed and independent reviewer documentation, and advising on issues during the contract administration phase. EastLink opened to traffic in June 2008. EastLink was delivered almost 6 months early as a result of the effective working relationships established with Brad's assistance.

CityLink: Principal legal adviser to the Victorian Government on the Melbourne CityLink project (a tollway which, being fully electronic, was a world leader in technology at the time). Brad has been advising in respect of CityLink for over 20 years including on more recent improvement projects such as the City Link Tullamarine widening, the Tullamarine Calder freeway to freeway interchange and the M1 upgrades.

 

Clem 7 Tunnel and Airport Link/Northern Busway Projects: Brad was part of the team advising on these projects, the first to be delivered by the PPP model in Queensland. He conducted a peer review of the key project documents and assisted the evaluation team in reaching its decision, reviewing and providing strategic advice on the final evaluation report.

 

Transport Ticketing Authority: Brad was joint team leader advising this Victorian Government authority responsible for the procurement and implementation of Victoria's smartcard-based ticketing system, myki. While this project initially was intended to be developed as a PPP under Partnerships Victoria, a detailed business case analysis and contractual modelling exercise eventually led to the decision to deliver it as a publicly financed project (although in many other respects it has the hallmarks of a PPP). 

New Royal Children's Hospital Project:
 Joint team leader advising DHS on the proposed redevelopment of the Royal Children's Hospital under Partnerships Victoria, then Australia's largest hospital project to be delivered by this methodology.

 

RailCorp – New Rollingstock Procurement: Member of the team advising RailCorp on its procurement of over 600 new electric rolling stock to replace its existing fleet. The project was delivered via a PPP at an estimated capital cost of A$3.6 billion. Brad conducted a peer review of all tender material and legal documents released with the Request for Detailed Proposals.

 

Prisons Infrastructure Program: Team leader advising Corrections Victoria on the delivery of two new metropolitan prisons through Partnerships Victoria, one of the first projects delivered under this policy.

 

Swinburne Hawthorn Campus Development Project: Team leader advising the arranger, packager and financier on the Project, which involved the design, construction, commissioning, financing, operation and maintenance of two new buildings on the Hawthorn Campus of Swinburne University of Technology.

 

Dame Phyllis Frost Centre: Team leader advising the sponsor of the Melbourne Metropolitan Women's Correctional Centre (the first prison developed as a Public Private Partnership in Australia).

Docklands Stadium: Adviser to the bank group on the project financing of the Melbourne Docklands Stadium (now called Etihad Stadium).


Loy Yang B: Team leader responsible to the bank group for the initial project financing documentation on the sale and partial privatisation of the Loy Yang B power station, one of the earliest $A project financing/privatisation projects ever undertaken.

See Project Finance

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