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  1. Projects and energy
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Sam Farrands - King & Wood Mallesons
    • Hilary Lau - Herbert Smith Freehills
    • Stuart Salt - Linklaters
    • Matthias Schemuth - DLA Piper
    • Xiao Yong - Dechert

Next generation lawyers

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    • Calvin Ho - Herbert Smith Freehills
    • Desiree Woo - Milbank

Michael Arruda heads up the team at Baker Botts L.L.P., which has significant upstream and midstream project expertise, particularly in floating LNG projects, and acts for a number of major global energy sector companies. Arruda's clients include oil and oilfield service companies, governments, sovereign wealth funds and private equity investors in the oil and gas industry; he regularly handles projects in Indonesia. Russell Wilkinson, who also has an engineering background, has a focus on technically complex projects; Joanne Du has a strong track record of rendering investment and transactions advice in relation to projects.

Hilary Lau and Beijing-based Monica Sun are key names to note at Herbert Smith Freehills. Lau has a large practice in the oil and gas sector, and Sun regularly advises Chinese state-owned enterprises on their outbound energy and infrastructure projects. The team continues to advise Poly-GCL on the development of its $4bn Ethiopia-Djibouti gas-to-LNG project. More recent work includes advising CNPCI on its participation in South Pars Block Phase 11, a gas field in the Persian Gulf, in Iran's first natural gas development project with international oil companies since sanctions were eased. Clients also include Sinopec, CNOOC, Gazprom and Silk Road Fund. Senior associate Calvin Ho is also singled out.

Linklaters' team is ‚Äėvery strong across all levels of seniority‚Äô as well as¬†‚Äėresponsive and up-to-date on developments‚Äô. It advised¬†a lender consortium on the project financing of Taiwan's 128MW Formosa 1 offshore wind project. Recent work also¬†includes¬†acting¬†for¬†a consortium of¬†lenders on the development¬†and¬†project¬†financing of the 1,320MW Hub coal-fired¬†power project in Pakistan,¬†one of the largest¬†coal-fired Independent Power Producer (IPP) projects along the China-Pakistan economic corridor.¬†Stuart Salt, James McLaren¬†and¬†Crystal Chen¬†jointly head the practice.

Sam Farrands¬†heads up the team at King & Wood Mallesons, having joined from Minter Ellison¬†in April 2017. Recent work includes advising Ningxia Tianyuan Logistics Group on its negotiations with the Ghana Ministry of Railways Development for a potential Build-Own-Transfer (BOT) arrangement for the development of the Western Railway Line in Ghana, in what would be the first Ghana rail network redevelopment PPP. Clients also include¬†Bouygues B√Ętiment International, Dragages Hong Kong and China-based State Power Investment Corporation.

Latham & Watkins LLP¬†has a focus on China-based and multinational energy and natural resources transactions, acting for clients including China-Africa Industrial Capacity Cooperation Fund and Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries. Practice head¬†David Blumental¬†possesses ‚Äėextensive experience and knowledge with regard to energy deals, broad connections and industry insights, and outstanding expertise in energy transactions‚Äô. Recent work includes advising a subsidiary of state-owned China Energy Investment Group on a joint venture between Manz and Shanghai Electric for the research, development and commercial production of solar energy panels and equipment.

Madeline Leong and Linh Doan head up the team at Watson Farley & Williams. Recent work includes advising Vietracimex on financing the development of Hong Phong 2, a 150MW solar power plant project in Vietnam; as well as advising Phonesack Group on the development and financing of the $1.7bn 900MW Xekong 1 coal-fired thermal power project in Laos. The team also counts the Export-Import Bank of Korea, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam, JAKS Pacific Power, and Citibank among its clients.

David Li is the key name to note at White & Case, with John Tivey relocating to the Melbourne office in early 2018. The practice covers the full spectrum of projects and energy work, and includes a mix of domestic transactions in China and Chinese outbound investments. Notable highlights include advising CWA, one of the largest publicly-listed water supply companies in China, in its Regulation S offering of $300m 5.25% senior notes due 2022. Clients also include Kazakhstan Petrochemical Industries and Saudi Aramco.

Both Beijing-based, Yvonne Ho and Ling Li lead the team at Allen & Overy. Clients include China National Offshore Oil Corporation, China Three Gorges International Corporation and the China Datang Group. As well as large energy projects, the team handles large-scale infrastructure mandates, including the high-profile, controversial HK$141bn development of a third runway at Hong Kong airport, where the team assisted China-based Bank of Communications with project financing matters.

Dechert's team, led by Xiao Yong, acts for clients such as Silk Road Fund, Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Corporation (SIPC), and MIE Holdings Corporation. It advised TerraPower on its joint venture with China National Nuclear Corporation for the development of traveling wave reactor nuclear technology in what is the first civil nuclear cooperation between the US and China.

Carolyn Dong and Matthias Schemuth head up the team at DLA Piper. Clients include ENN Ecological Holdings, China Energy Investment Corp (formerly China Shenhua Energy Company) and Pierfront Capital Fund Management. The team acted as international and Australian counsel for Shanghai-listed ENN, the largest private natural gas company in China, in its $750m acquisition of Hony Capital's 11.72% stake in Australian energy company, Santos.

Patricia Tan Openshaw is a key name to note at Gibson Dunn, focusing on project development, as well as finance and M&A involving energy and infrastructure assets. Of counsel Cristina Uy-Tioco has considerable project development and finance experience, particularly with power projects in the Philippines. The team advised Meralco, the Philippines’ largest electricity distributor, in its $1bn bid for a 51% interest in the Masinloc Power assets. It also advised Universal LRT on the $2bn development of the integrated metro, highway and intermodal transportation project in Manila.

Maria Pedersen leads the team at Jones Day, which acts for clients including Shenzhen Energy and solar panel manufacturer Jinko Solar. The team advised Indonesian national oil and gas company, Saka Energi, on its acquisition of all of BP’s interests in the Sanga Sanga production sharing contract from various BP entities. China Development Bank received advice on a facility to the government of Ghana for the Western Corridor gas infrastructure development project.

Beijing-based Shepard Liu heads up the team at Milbank, which counts Aboitiz Power, ICBC and China Development Bank among its clients. Recent work includes advising Supreme Energy on the development of a 220MW geothermal project in Indonesia, a matter led out of Singapore, and with support from of counsel Desiree Woo in Hong Kong.

Pinsent Masons' team, led by John Yeap, acts for clients including China Machinery and Engineering Corporation and Silk Road Fund. Recent work includes advising The Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam on the $2.5bn financing, construction, and operation of the 1200MW Vung Ang II coal-fired thermal power project. Yeap also assisted the Ministry of Planning and Investment of Vietnam with setting up a comprehensive PPP infrastructure investment programme.

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