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At Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, the highly regarded Lewis McDonald coordinates the firm’s Asia-wide energy group and has an enviable Korean and wider regional practice, as well as a track record handling projects in emerging markets. The group regularly acts for Korea Gas Corporation on its global projects, recently advising on the Rovuma Basin LNG project in Mozambique. Other clients include Daewoo Engineering & Construction and BP.

Linklaters is valued for its ‘global platform’ and its ‘very professional’ team is frequently called upon to advise lenders and sponsors on overseas power, upstream and mid-stream projects. Stephen Le Vesconte was able to draw on his previous experience working in the firm’s Moscow office to advise the lenders and export credit agencies, as part of a cross-border team, on the $20bn financing of the Yamal LNG project in northern Russia. Other highlights included assisting the export credit agencies KEXIM and K-Sure, as well as the commercial lenders, on the $1.7bn financing of the Lake Charles petrochemical plant.

Project finance is a core focus for Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP’s team, which is led by Young Joon Kim. The group is acting alongside its US, UK and Singapore offices to advise the lenders on restructuring the limited recourse financing of the Jurong Aromatics project in Singapore.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s ‘excellent’ team has exceptional project finance capabilities, with clients singling out London-based Charles Whitney for his ability to ‘manage the most complex and challenging transactions across jurisdictions’. Highlights included advising Posco Engineering & Construction on the construction of a port terminal in Queensland. Sydney-based Cameron Thomson and the ‘attentive’ George Gibson in Tokyo are other names to note.

Allen & Overy LLP Foreign Legal Consultant Office launched its Seoul office in September 2015, with key names on the ground including Matthias Voss and Jean Lee. The group advised Kepco on a bid to acquire a 50% stake in an Australian wind farm. The firm is also active in project finance mandates for clients including KEXIM and K-Sure.

Baker McKenzie LLP, Foreign Legal Consultant Office has a strong track record handling outbound investments for Korean clients. Winton Kim and Won Lee are key names in a team that acts for clients including Boryeong LNG Terminal and Kepco.

DLA Piper’s clients include Korean conglomerates and state-owned entities, which the firm advises on investments into and divestments of overseas assets. Daniel Lee and director DK Donghyun Kim are the key names.

Latham & Watkins LLP’s practice has a global outlook, with the firm involved in project financing mandates involving South Korean clients across Southeast Asia, the Middle East and North America. Tokyo-based Joseph Bevash and Sungjin Kang in Hong Kong were part of a cross-office team advising the sponsors and project company, including Korea Midland Power and Posco Engineering, on the development and financing of the Semangka hydroelectric power project in Indonesia.

White & Case LLP (Foreign Legal Consultant Office) opened its Seoul office in 2015, although it maintains a number of key individuals outside of South Korea, including New York-based Art Scavone, the firm’s global head of energy, infrastructure and project finance; and London partners Mark Castillo-Bernaus and Saul Daniel. Recent work includes advising the Ciner Group on acquiring OCI Chemical Corporation and assisting the lenders, including export credit agencies KEXIM and K-Sure, with a $5.6bn financing of an energy plant in Uzbekistan.

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