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Ben Giaretta leads the team at Ashurst LLP, which is particularly well known for its expertise in disputes arising from energy and resources, and construction matters. In 2014, Rob Palmer and recently promoted senior associate Akshay Kishore worked with the Perth office to act for global engineering services firm Murray & Roberts in claims arising from the construction of the Gorgon LNG project in Western Australia.
Ben Giaretta - Ashurst LLP
Singapore: Banking and finance
Ashurst LLP’s group houses the ‘thorough and very hands-on’ Kate Allchurch, who joined from White & Case Pte. Ltd. in 2014. Chin Chuan Chen and Bertie Mehigan are other notable arrivals, formerly of Clifford Chance and O’Melveny & Myers LLP respectively. Chen splits his time between Singapore and Beijing, and Mehigan’s practice is divided between Singapore and Hong Kong. The group has also expanded significantly at associate level. Carl Dunton leads the team, which has strengths in complex structured trade and project finance matters, and extensive experience of China and Indonesia-related transactions, among other key markets. Matthew Bubb and Dominic Gregory have relocated to the Tokyo office.
Bertie Mehigan - Ashurst LLP
Singapore: Corporate and M&A
With a practice that spans the Asia Pacific region, Ashurst LLP has a strong track record in M&A, private equity transactions, joint ventures and financial investments, among other areas. Its workload covers a broad cross-section of sectors including energy, mining, retail and infrastructure. In a recent high-profile oil and gas deal, Daniel Reinbott and Keith McGuire advised PT Pertamina (Persero) on its $2bn acquisition of interests in six offshore oil and gas blocks in Malaysia from Murphy Oil. Joel Hogarth and Lee Hill joined the team from O’Melveny & Myers LLP in October 2014.
Singapore: Projects and energy
‘A much-valued source of industry intelligence’, Ashurst LLP has a number of standout individuals including the ‘sharp-witted’ Rob Palmer, ‘leading LNG lawyer’ Daniel Reinbott and counsel Giles Ashman, who ‘easily passes as a partner-level lawyer’. The group handles project financing, M&A and development mandates involving oil and gas, utilities, infrastructure and PPP matters. Work highlights included advising FGEN LNG on the circa-$1bn development and financing of the Batangas regasification facility in the Philippines. Chin Chuan Chen, who joined from Clifford Chance, splits his time between Singapore and Beijing. Matthew Bubb has relocated to Tokyo.
Singapore: Restructuring and insolvency
The practice at Ashurst LLP has benefited from the arrival of a team from O’Melveny & Myers LLP, which includes Joel Hogarth, as well as Bertie Mehigan and senior associate Daniel Margulies, who split their time between Singapore and Hong Kong. In addition, Chin Chuan Chen joined from Clifford Chance. Noted for its expertise in cross-border matters, the group is advising Niko Resources on the $200m restructuring and sale of its Indonesia operations, and handling a $1.9bn restructuring for PT Bumi Resources. Singapore managing partner Carl Dunton is another key name to note.
Bertie Mehigan - Ashurst LLP
Carl Dunton - Ashurst LLP
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