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Leadership, Human Capital and Culture

People are essential to the success of any enterprise, but the use of joint ventures for the delivery of mega infrastructure projects brings added challenges and opportunities.

This Leadership, Human Capital and Culture module provides a framework to analyse what needs to be done to overcome those challenges, with suggestions on how best to take advantage of the opportunities.

Leadership is the critical success factor in delivering global mega projects and the importance of selecting, supporting and empowering leaders is often overlooked.

Emma Seymour

Vice President of Worker Welfare, Expo 2020, Dubai

When leadership teams within a JV clash on culture, values and objectives, it will be almost impossible to create an enduring and successful business. Therefore, it is essential that the management of both parties understand the other partner’s approach to culture, values and objectives at a very early stage in discussions

Key Considerations

  • Understand the aim of the JV
  • Know your partner
  • Consider who needs to be involved
  • Understand the process for transfer of staff
  • The benefits of diversity in a joint venture
  • Think about the national and organisational cultural differences
  • Align the JV team's objectives to enable a common purpose and direction
  • Project Leaders need to set and explain the strategic vision to stakeholders
McMillan Frazer

Fraser McMillan


Even where a JV structure looks good on paper, like any partnership, the strength of the underlying human relationships is also critical

Meet the team

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Jonathan Hart


Jon is in an infrastructure specialist, with extensive knowledge of drafting and negotiating project documentation derived over twenty-five years working with clients in closing their deals and helping support successful project deliveries.

Hart Jonathan
Matthew Croagh

Partner, Head of Australia

Matt specialises in construction and engineering disputes arising out of major projects. His practice encompasses all forms of dispute resolution and he is often involved in assisting clients develop and implement commercial strategies to control time and cost during the construction phase of major projects.

Croagh Matt
Luke Tapp


Luke is a Partner for Pinsent Masons and leads the firm’s Middle East employment practice. Luke and his team are employment law specialists and advise multinational groups with operations in the Middle East as well as Middle East headquartered businesses on all aspects of employment and labour law issues.

Tapp Luke
Dr. Dean Lewis


Dean is a leading international arbitration and mediation specialist representing parties in disputes arising out of major infrastructure and energy projects across Asia and the Middle East.

Lewis Dean
Helen Waddell


Helen's specialises in construction, infrastructure and energy projects and she has extensive international experience having worked in Pinsent Masons' London and Singapore offices.

Waddel Helen
Wei Liu


Wei Liu is a corporate, M&A and real estate partner in Pinsent Masons' Shanghai office. Wei has substantial experiences in both China inbound investment and M&A activities and China outbound M&A investment deals.

Wei Liu

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