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Allen & Overy (Thailand) Co, Ltd continues to handle strong energy and infrastructure projects work across Thailand and other ASEAN jurisdictions. Practice head Stephen Jaggs advised Asian Development Bank and Development Bank of Philippines on the $3.8bn development of the North-South Railway line in the Philippines, the largest PPP project ever tendered by the Philippines government. Another notable instruction (also led by Jaggs) was advising the Ratch-Panbu-ITM consortium on its $3bn tender bid for the Jawa 7 coal-fired power project in Indonesia.

Baker McKenzie has been involved in a number of projects in Thailand, including acting for Electricity Generating Company as sponsor in the development and financing of two gas-fired power plants totalling nearly $450m, matters led by Vit Vatanayothin. Department head Sawanee Sethsathira, Waranon Vanichprapa, who joined from Hunton & Williams, and Kullapa Stavorn are all recommended for their ‘prompt and careful advice, and negotiation skills’.

Chandler MHM Limited has handled a number of renewable energy project matters, including advising Siam Commercial Bank on financing a 60MW wind farm in north-east Thailand; Jessada Sawatdipong, Albert Chandler and Maria Makanas were part of the team involved. Ratana Poonsombudlert is also recommended.

Clients of Clifford Chance (Thailand) Limited include Bangchak, Mitsui and Super Energy. A recent highlight was advising Bangkok Bank on financing 60MW solar power projects. Joseph Tisuthiwongse, Fergus Evans and Natchapon Padungkittimal are all recommended.

The team at Hunton & Williams has ‘excellent knowledge of the energy sector and provides good value for money’. The firm advised Power Partners and AC Energy Holdings on the development and financing of a $1.2bn coal-fired power plant in the Philippines. Edward Koehler, who was lead partner on the aforementioned matter, and James Bradley are both recommended.

The lawyers at DFDL are recommended for their ‘commercial business acumen and high-level knowledge of the energy industry’. The team recently advised Hydro Power Lower Sesan 2 on a financial lease structure for a major hydro-power project in Cambodia. Practice head David Doran is recommended, as is Phattharaporn Phetphong, who joined from Wind Energy Holding. Akemi Kishimoto left for Mayer Brown JSM.

Linklaters recently advised Khao Kor Wind Power Company on the financing of a 60MW wind farm in Phetchabun province, a matter led by practice head Wanwisar Nakarat. The firm also has expertise in chemical, telecoms and infrastructure projects. Pichitpon Eammongkolchai and Wilailuk Okanurak are also recommended.

Somboon Kitiyansub heads the practice at Norton Rose Fulbright, where Tassanai Kiratisountorn was recently promoted to partner and Chormas Premsirinirund is ‘very knowledgeable on project finance, particularly in power-related matters’. Clients include Kasikornbank, Bank of Ayudha and Siam Commercial Bank; the firm advised the latter on the financing of a portfolio of 11 solar power projects to be developed by Rang Ngern Solution Company.

Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited has a strong renewables practice with recent work involving solar, wind and hydro-electric projects. A particular highlight was advising Watabak Wind Company on a $150m 60MW wind farm development. Christopher Osborne is recommended.

Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners Ltd’s recent work includes representing PTT Public Company in an EPC dispute relating to the Fourth Transmission Pipeline project. The firm also acts for clients such as Green Earth Power, Global Power Synergy and Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT). Peangpanor Boonklum and Weerawong Chittmittrapap head the department.

LS Horizon Limited handles infrastructure and power projects domestically and across the region. Chaipat Kamchadduskorn is the key contact.

Tilleke & Gibbins recently advised China Development Bank on the financing and development of port facilities at Laem Chabang. Cynthia Pornavalai and Santhapat Periera are the names to note.

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