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  1. Projects: foreign firms
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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Next generation lawyers

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    • Giles Ashman - Ashurst LLP
    • Andrew Bennett - Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
    • Bong-Sang Cho - Clifford Chance
    • Kevin Crombie - Linklaters Singapore Pte. Ltd
    • Charlotte Evans - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    • Kunal Kapoor - Ashurst LLP
    • Melissa Lewis - Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
    • Xylia Sim - Linklaters Singapore Pte. Ltd

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Jason Humphreys leads Allen & Overy’s team, which undertakes pan-ASEAN projects involving sectors such as telecoms, energy, and infrastructure. Highlights included acting for JBIC, Nexi and the commercial lenders in the $1.1bn project financing for the Bojonegara LNG terminal in Indonesia. Kayal Sachi and Barry Irwin are other key names. At senior associate level, Sadi Tanmanatragul relocated from Bangkok to Singapore, and Tristan Iredell joined from Allens.

Ashurst LLP recently hired Andrew Digges, Kunal Kapoor and Jon Ornolfsson from Allen & Overy, Ince & Co and Herbert Smith Freehills LLP respectively. The department’s strengths include petrochemical, power, rail, oil and gas, and port matters. Digges and Daniel Reinbott jointly led the team that acted for Karkey Karadeniz Elektrik Uretim as the developer in a $1bn powership project in Indonesia. Matthias Schemuth splits his time between Singapore and Hong Kong.

Clifford Chance’s Singapore practice leverages the resources in its wider network in regional and global projects. In 2015, a cross-office team advised a consortium (including the sponsor and borrower) on the $1.75bn development of the Vinh Tan 1 thermal power plant in Vietnam. Nicholas Wong’s department includes recent hires Gervais Green and Kate Sherrard, who joined from Norton Rose Fulbright, and recently promoted counsel Bong-Sang Cho. Andrew Hutchins relocated to Singapore from Hong Kong, while Geraint Hughes made the opposite move.

King & Spalding LLP has a forte in large-scale energy-related projects, including oil and gas, LNG and power, where it handles project structuring, development, construction, financing and refinancing. Kelly Malone is the lead adviser to Sarawak Energy Berhad regarding the $20bn development, implementation and financing of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy Programme. Richard Nelson and Merrick White are the other key contacts.

Latham & Watkins LLP’s Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi acted for Pertamina (Persero) as the sponsor in the S$2.8bn development and financing of the Donggi-Senoro LNG project in Indonesia. Other clients include San Miguel Corporation, Asian Development Bank and Marubeni Corporation. Stephen McWilliams has a circa 20-year track record handling project development and financing transactions in Asia Pacific. Joseph Bevash splits his practice between Singapore, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP’s project finance capabilities make the firm a strong choice among export credit agencies, multilateral institutions, commercial lenders and development banks. James Murray, special counsel Melissa Lewis and others are acting for the lenders in the financing of a 2000MW coal-fired power station in Java, Indonesia.

Shearman & Sterling LLP’s strong reputation is underpinned by its work in sectors such as infrastructure, power, water, petrochemicals and renewable energy. The firm’s workload involves projects in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Bill McCormack and counsel Scott Baggett are acting for the sponsors in the development of the $1.5bn CHP5 IPP project in Mongolia. Ben Shorten and recently promoted counsel Alfred Ng are also recommended.

Baker McKenzie.Wong & Leow’s team includes Martin David, who joined from Ince & Co, recently promoted principal Kim Hock Ang and Erik Begin. Work highlights included acting for Supreme Energy Muara Laboh (a special purpose vehicle) in the development, finance, construction and operation of a geothermal power project in West Sumatra, Indonesia.

Matthew Osborne heads the South-East Asia practice at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, which excels in cross-border energy and infrastructure projects. Osborne and Ostiane Goh-Livorness are acting for Brunei Economic Development Board and Berakas Power Management Company in the multibillion-dollar development of the Pulau Muara Besar. In another matter, Osborne and Nicola Yeomans are leading the advice to Lend Lease (in its joint venture with 1MDB Real Estate) on all aspects of the Tun Razak Exchange Project in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Mark Robinson, Adrian Cheng and David Clinch are other names to note.

Jones Day’s team expanded following the hires of James Harris, Julien Reidy, Bruce Schulberg and Alex Cull from Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee. The multi-disciplinary team acts for clients such as developers, governments and lenders in projects involving oil and gas, petrochemicals and power. Karthik Kumar, Sushma Jobanputra, Darren Murphy and Matthew Skinner are also recommended.

Linklaters Singapore Pte. Ltd has expertise in financing, development and acquisitions of interests in projects, as well as handling contentious issues. Christopher Bradley and Tessa Davis are acting for the sponsors (led by BP) in the Tangguh LNG Train 3 Expansion Project. In another matter, Bradley, Tessa Davis, Sophie Mathur and Jelita Pandjaitan are key advisers on the restructuring of Jurong Aromatics Refinery. Kevin Crombie recently made counsel.

At Norton Rose Fulbright, Nick Merritt’s team is instructed in project finance, development and construction, as well as acquisitions of assets, among other matters. Its extensive sector capabilities include, power, renewable energy, infrastructure, and oil and gas. In 2015, the group acted for Edra Global Energy in the development, tendering and construction of the CCGT Power Plant in Malaysia. Jeff Smith, Nicola Davies and Stephen Begley are also recommended. Ashley Wright departed for Pinsent Masons MPillay.

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s workload spans oil and gas, infrastructure, mining and power. The firm focuses on a number of key markets in South-East Asia, including Mongolia, the Philippines and Myanmar, while Marius Toime manages the Indonesia practice. Nomita Nair and senior associate Jeanette Lui are other names to note. Alistair Duffield left private practice.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Gavin MacLaren, Don Stokes (who practises in Singapore and Ho Chi Minh City) and Mark Plenderleith (who practises in Tokyo and Singapore) acted for New Kansai International Airport Company in the $18bn privatisation of Kansai and Osaka (Itami) International Airports. Elsewhere, the firm also has strong project finance capabilities. Senior associate David Phua joined from King & Spalding LLP.

Mayer Brown JSM advises on power and infrastructure projects across the region, with particular expertise in markets such as Myanmar, Pakistan and Indonesia. Benjamin Thompson is the lead adviser to a lending syndicate regarding its financing to Sembcorp for a $300m gas-fired power plant in Myanmar. Rod Brown, senior associate Matthew Chow and associate Norah Mugambi moved from Latham & Watkins LLP, Allen & Overy and Winston & Strawn London LLP, respectively.

Pinsent Masons MPillay’s Iain Lang, who relocated from the Hong Kong office in 2015, specialises in equity investments in transport and water PPP projects. David Platt has expertise in project finance and the construction of energy and infrastructure projects. Platt and senior associate Ajoy Halder are advising International Finance Group on all aspects of the $600m Manila Light Rail Transit Line Rail 2 PPP project. Ashley Wright and Steve Potter joined from Norton Rose Fulbright and Jones Day respectively.

Sidley Austin LLP’s David Gartside, who moved from White & Case Pte. Ltd., is experienced in project finance and asset finance, as well as acquisitions of energy-related assets and debt restructurings. In 2015, Nicholas Grambas (who splits his practice between Singapore and New York) acted for Macquarie Group as a bidder in the privatisation of the Kansai and Osaka International Airports. Gregory Salathé is also recommended.

Steve Payne is the main contact at White & Case Pte. Ltd., which is acting for Saudi Aramco in a potential joint venture with Pertamina (Persero) to assist the latter with upgrading its refinery at Cilacap, Indonesia. Other clients include International Finance Corporation, Asian Development Bank and Ghazanfar Group. David Gartside joined Sidley Austin LLP.

Simmons & SimmonsDan Marjanovic and of counsel Bree Miechel are experienced in all aspects of energy and infrastructure projects, including development and financing. Damian Adams is also recommended.

Squire Patton BoggsIgnatius Hwang handles a variety of matters for governments and sponsors, including PPP-related issues, project development, finance and construction.

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