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Herbert Smith Freehills’ ‘excellent’ practice covers all front-end services, including EPC contracts and consortium agreements, as well as contentious issues such as disruption and defect claims. Practice head Emma Kratochvilova has ‘rich’ knowledge of large-scale international construction projects, accompanying contracts and disputes relating to power and process plants, LNG, and road and rail projects. Kratochvilova defended a Japanese trading company against claims relating to an EPC contract for a chemical production plant in Thailand. Chiyoda Corporation and Marubeni are clients.

Rupert Burrows, managing partner of Ashurst’s Tokyo office, is a power sector expert who handles EPC contracts for LNG, power and petrochemicals projects. Counsel Anthony Hague joined from Simmons & Simmons and is the main contact for disputes and arbitration. Burrows and newly elected partner Matthew Rickards advised Sumitomo Corporation as EPC contractor on an expansion project for an Indonesian ultra-supercritical coal-fired thermal power plant. Itochu and Modec feature on the client roster.

Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise) stands out for the construction of solar energy projects and is regularly instructed by EPC contractors, sponsors, lenders and foreign companies. Ean Mac Pherson is particularly active in this space and jointly leads the practice with of counsel Toshio Sasaki. Pherson advised Conergy Japan as EPC contractor on its purchase, development and sale of a solar project to a Thai energy company. Conergy also received advice on EPC contracts and acquiring other Japanese solar projects. Clients include Toyota Tsusho and Electric Power Development.

King & Spalding Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi Jimusho’s practice was established by former Ashurst lawyers, including Rupert Lewi and managing partner John McClenahan. Since opening, the practice has led LNG and FPSO-related construction matters, assisted with coal-fired power plant construction, and handled EPC contracts and disputes. Christopher Bailey leads contentious work for trading houses and Japanese contractors.

Morrison & Foerster Ito & Mitomi’s Michael Graffagna advises contractors on infrastructure projects. Dale Caldwell and real estate finance specialist Masahiro Shiga assisted a project owner and investors with developing and financing a solar power project, including negotiating EPC contracts and O&M agreements. Joshua Isenberg arrived from Paul Hastings LLP and is recommended for construction loans.

At Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, practice head Simon Barrett excels in construction disputes and advising on EPC contracts for project owners and contractors. The team’s ‘services are excellent’ in refurbishments, EPC agreement disputes and shipbuilding contracts, among other matters. Counsel Paul Marston is another key figure.

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