Projects and energy: foreign firms in China

Allen & Overy LLP

Working across the firm's Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo offices, Allen & Overy LLP's China projects and energy team fields over 20 dedicated lawyers, who advise on the full range of sectors, including power, oil and gas, mining, roads, ports and other infrastructure. The practice covers both significant outbound and inbound transactions, including lender and sponsor mandates, as well as support for Chinese corporations and banks on project and acquisition financing, corporate law, M&A and joint ventures. A premier projects adviser, Beijing-based Yvonne Ho has extensive experience in project development and project finance, with a speciality in advising Chinese lenders and sponsors on outbound transactions; and Ling Li is a highly rated corporate energy lawyer. In Shanghai, Matthew Bisley's practice covers project and infrastructure finance work on behalf of Chinese and international lenders, corporations and export credit agencies. Promoted to partner in 2020,  mainland China-based Benjamin Crawford is an energy and renewables specialist.

Practice head(s):

Yvonne Ho; Ling Li

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Bisley; Benjamin Crawford

Key clients

Asian Development Bank

Bank of China

China Development Bank

China Harbour Engineering Company

China Machinery Engineering Corporation

China National Petroleum Corporation

China Three Gorges International Corporation

Engie

Export-Import of Bank of China

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

State Grid Corporation of China

Work highlights

  • Advised State Grid International Development Co on its acquisition of a 49% stake in Oman Electricity Transmission Company from Nama Holding.
  • Advised CHEC and Tolaram Group, as sponsors, on a $629m loan from China Development Bank for the construction and sub-concession arrangements for a deep sea port in Lagos State, Nigeria.
  • Advised Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and The Export-Import Bank of China on funding the construction of a highway to Dhaka airport in Bangladesh.

Clifford Chance LLP

Consistently active in large-scale energy and natural resources transactions, Clifford Chance LLP's group comprises a multi-disciplinary team of highly-experienced lawyers, who are experts in capital markets, corporate law, construction, environmental law and litigation, along with private finance initiatives (PFI), public–private partnerships (PPP), project finance, restructuring, real estate and tax. The practice, which 'tailors solutions to clients' needs and is very professional', was recently particularly active in relation to power, renewable energy, mining and metals, and oil and gas. Based on the mainland, Jiahua Ni specialises in PRC-related cross-border financings; Kelly Gregory's broad practice includes high-profile energy work; and Timothy Democratis is experienced in cross-border financing transactions that involve Europe and Asia. Working across the Hong Kong and Beijing offices, Maggie Lo advises Chinese and international financial institutions and borrowers on cross-border financing; and Vicky Ma is a global energy and infrastructure project finance expert.

Practice head(s):

Jiahua Ni

Testimonials

The practice tailors solutions to clients’ needs and is very professional.

Key clients

China National Petroleum Corporation

China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd.

China Merchants Great-Wall GP Limited

JCHX Mining Management Co., Ltd.

Highsun Holding Group

EDF

Sasol

SABIC

China CITIC Bank

China Development Bank

Bank of China

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Kai Tak Sports Park Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised CNPC, as sponsor, on the development and financing of an export crude oil pipeline from Niger to an export port in Benin.
  • Advised JCHX Mining Management Co on its strategic investment in Cordoba Minerals Corp.
  • Advised Highsun Holding Group on the acquisition by its subsidiary, Fujian Shenyuan New Materials Co, of Air Liquide Fuzhou Co, which owns and operates an integrated gas complex in Fujian.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's Greater China projects and energy team 'understands the whole deal, not just the legal components, which results in a cost-efficient and expedient process'. It has a strong market reputation for advising companies, sponsors, banks and public bodies on all aspects of major projects; and the practice's diverse scope of sector expertise ranges from oil and gas, mining, power, nuclear and renewables to water and waste, rail, airports, and ports and roads. Clients also benefit from assistance throughout a project's lifecycle, in relation to bids, project structuring, joint venture arrangements, project financing, construction, operational issues and disputes. Particularly sought out for Belt and Road-related matters, Monica Sun acts for Chinese state-owned enterprises on their outbound energy and infrastructure projects from the Beijing office, where Ellen Zhang is a notable infrastructure and power expert, and Calvin Ho's 2019 promotion to partner continues to drive the practice's growth. Adding senior associate-level support on the mainland are Sunday Wang and James Zhang. 'Pragmatic lawyerDanila Logofet and Hilary Lau are core Hong Kong-based members.

Other key lawyers:

Jie Li; Sunday Wang; James Zhang

Testimonials

The team worked tirelessly within a constantly changing regulatory universe,  as well as dealing with COVID-19 travel restrictions to make signing and closing happen.’

Calvin Ho and Hilary Lau know the local laws and are able to drive home documents that satisfy both buyers and sellers.

The main appeal of the HSF construction and downstream team is its unique experience in construction and technology licensing. Another standout feature that really sets HSF apart is its holistic approach.

The team is very able and has substantial experience in both energy and M&A matters, providing high-quality work and a timely service.

Monica Sun has extensive experience and solid business capabilities; she is professional, pragmatic, solves practical difficulties and has strong communication skills.

Danila Logofet is a pragmatic lawyer who is easy to deal with and a very client-oriented manager.

Key clients

CNPC International Ltd.

CRCC International Group

The Export-Import Bank of China

China Road and Bridge Corporation

SPIC-API

China Harbour Engineering Company

Sinochem Petroleum Exploration and Production Co., Ltd.

CNOOC Gas and Power Group Co Ltd

Norinco International Corporation Ltd

China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd

China Development Bank

CRRC Corporation Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised CNODC on its acquisition of a 10% stake in Arctic LNG 2 from Novatek, the largest independent natural gas producer in Russia.
  • Advising CRCC on its role in a consortium that is investing in and constructing a high-speed rail link in Thailand.
  • Advised The Export-Import Bank of China on its loan arrangement with the Hungarian Government, in relation to the upgrade of the Belgrade-Budapest railway link.

Linklaters

Regularly acting in the market's largest deals, Linklaters' dedicated projects and infrastructure team fields sector experts, who are also leaders in project finance. Its experience covers energy-related cross-border transactions, including renewable energy projects such as offshore wind project financing. The practice also stands out for in-depth involvement in Belt and Road deals, including advising Chinese corporations that invest in Eastern Europe and Western Asia, as well as the structuring and closing of large project financings  along the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Beijing-based team leader Xiaohui Ji, who specialises in strategically important and complex project finance, acquisition financing and general corporate loans, has particularly strong relationships with key Chinese financiers. Key support is provided by managing associate Jianbin Wang, whose practice includes project finance in the power, mining and infrastructure sectors, export credits and corporate lending.

Practice head(s):

Xiaohui Ji

Other key lawyers:

Jianbin Wang

Key clients

Chinese banks

China Development Bank

The Export-Import Bank of China

Bank of China

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

China Construction Bank

Sinosure

Agricultural Bank of China

Bank of Communications

Power

China Light and Power

China Southern Grid

State Grid Corporation of China

China Machinery Engineering Corporation

Goldwinds

Hong Kong Electric

Huadian

KEPCO (and its subsidiaries)

KOMIPO

wpd

Oil and Gas

Sinochem

Sinopec

BP

CNOOC

Dow Chemical

ENI

KNOC

KOGAS

Kufpec

PETRONAS

PTT E&P

POSCO

Rosneft

Sakhalin Energy

Samsung Group

Total

IBs

BAML

BNP Paribas

Citigroup

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

HSBC

ING Bank

JP Morgan

Morgan Stanley

Royal Bank Scotland

Societe Generale

Standard Chartered

UBS

Mining and Metals

Jingye Group

China MinMetals / MMG

Shandong Iron & Steel

GDF Suez

Glencore

Noble Group

Rio Tinto

WISCO

Infrastructure

DP World

Hutchison

International Container Terminal Services

Work highlights

  • Advised CDB, and other Asia and European export credit agencies and commercial banks, on Russia’s Arctic 2 LNG project.
  • Advised CDB on the Lekki deep sea port in Nigeria.
  • Advised CDB, and senior lenders, on the project financing of the Pattan hydropower station in Pakistan.

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Widely known for its advice to project and energy investors in China and across Asia, Baker Botts L.L.P. stands out for its regional upstream, midstream and downstream projects expertise. The group is highly rated for its advice on exploration and production developments, financing and M&A, in relation to oil, gas and LNG supply and transport arrangements and infrastructure. Its expertise extends to pipelines, LNG terminals and power generation and transmission projects, as well as the recently developed area of floating LNG projects. Michael Arruda is a projects and energy specialist in the Hong Kong office, where Russell Wilkinson and Joanne Du are also highly experienced projects partners. Jason Bennett heads the global projects group from Houston.

Practice head(s):

Jason Bennett

Baker McKenzie FenXun

Baker McKenzie FenXun's team comprises highly regarded transactional lawyers, who are experienced in development work, joint ventures, M&A and finance, as well as PFI and PPP investments, international and local tax structuring, capital markets, climate change, energy trading and dispute resolution. The practice's experience includes landmark foreign investment projects in mainland China, in sectors such as, roads, ports, airports, rail, telecoms infrastructure, waste treatment, and theme parks and resorts. On the energy side, the team is noted for its power, oil and gas, petrochemicals, mining and metals, and renewable energy expertise. The team is also active in infrastructure and energy project-related outbound investments. Chief representative of the Beijing office, Stanley Jia, has extensive experience in FDI projects in China, and Bee Chun Boo heads the firm's Asia Pacific energy, mining and infrastructure practice. Simon Leung is the partner to note in Hong Kong.

Practice head(s):

Stanley Jia; Simon Leung

Other key lawyers:

Bee Chun Boo 

Key clients

SAIC

SGMW Wuling

Indonesian sponsors

PSBI

Bank of China Limited

CITIC Metal

Yanzhou Coal Mining Company Limited

Yancoal Australia Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised CITIC Metal Co on an additional acquisition of 10.4% of Canadian mining company, Ivanhoe Mines.
  • Advised a sovereign investment fund on its investment in a coal-fired power project in Vietnam.
  • Advised the Indonesian sponsors and PSBI on the establishment of KCIC as a joint venture company, in relation to the development of a high-speed train project.

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown's China projects and infrastructure group acts for lenders and equity investors in relation to projects involving gas- and coal-fired, alternative and renewable energy, infrastructure and manufacturing facilities. The practice also assists Chinese and international lenders and borrowers with major outbound and inbound bank and acquisition finance transactions in multiple sectors, including technology, energy, oil and gas, healthcare, real estate and logistic assets. Additionally, it advises lessees, lessors and lenders on asset finance transactions involving aircraft, rail, hydroelectric and nuclear facilities. Regularly acting on first-of-their-kind, cross-border projects and infrastructure matters, Hallam Chow leads the China projects practice from the Beijing office, where senior associate Boya Shen advises lenders, sponsors and investment funds on power, energy, and manufacturing facilities projects.

Practice head(s):

Hallam Chow

Other key lawyers:

Boya Shen

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is a go-to firm for multinational and Chinese corporations, as well as banking clients, on new and recurring cross-border projects that involve both transactional and project finance components. Based in Beijing for approximately 20 years, projects head Tom Luckock focuses on both inbound and outbound power, infrastructure and water projects. His representative experience includes acting for a Chinese generation company on the acquisition of two hydro projects in Nepal. Associate Yaxun Wang advises major Chinese banks, international development finance institutions and corporate sponsors on project financing, export credit finance and leveraged acquisition financing. Former partner Paul Wee Ei Don left the firm in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Tom Luckock

Other key lawyers:

Yaxun Wang

Key clients

BP

China Development Bank

China International Water & Electric Corporation

Engie

SDIC Power

Schlumberger

Work highlights

  • Advised a Japanese shipbuilder and a Japanese trading house on the establishment and restructuring of a shipbuilding joint venture.
  • Advised a Chinese state-owned power company on the acquisition of a hydropower plant in Indonesia.
  • Advised a China national policy bank on its Sinosure-backed financing projects in Vietnam and Senegal.

White & Case LLP, Beijing Office

Covering both domestic transactions in China and Chinese outbound investments, White & Case LLP's China projects and energy practice covers the acquisition, development and financing of energy, oil and gas, mining and metals, and infrastructure projects. It was recently sought out by international and PRC-based sponsors, developers and lenders on strategic projects and financing transactions, as well as contentious and regulatory matters. Regularly advising multilateral lenders and development banks, as well as international and Chinese commercial banks, David Li leads the China project finance practice from the Beijing office; Li specialises in equity and debt financings in Asia, Africa and Latin America across a diverse spectrum of sectors, including energy, utilities, natural resources and telecoms. Grace Fan-Delatour, who focuses on the oil and gas, mining and metals, shipping and infrastructure sectors (among others), was hired in 2019 as partner from K&L Gates.

Practice head(s):

David Li

Other key lawyers:

Grace Fan-Delatour

Key clients

Saudi Arabian Oil Company

China Molybdenum Co., Ltd.

Sempra Energy

International Finance Corporation

Asian Development Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Sempra Energy on both the sale of its interests in its Chilean businesses to State Grid International Development, and its interests in its Peruvian businesses to China Yangtze Power International (Hong Kong).
  • Advised China Molybdenum Co, which operates as a mineral mining and exploration company, on a $600m term loan and revolving facility.
  • Advised China Molybdenum Co on its issuance of unrated $300m guaranteed bonds.

Ashurst

Particularly experienced in transportation, power, natural resources and leisure industry projects, Ashurst has an impressive track record in handling landmark project financing transactions that range from cross-border, headline energy and infrastructure projects to international project acquisitions and high-speed rail projects around the world. In Beijing, counsel Emma Zhang is experienced in banking and project finance matters in the power, resources and infrastructure sectors, while senior associate Zhibin Fan acts on energy and resources-related banking and project finance work. Chin Chuan Chen heads the Greater China project finance practice from Singapore.

Practice head(s):

Chin Chuan Chen

Other key lawyers:

Emma Zhang; Zhibin Fan

Key clients

China Development Bank

Bank of China

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

China Construction Bank

Export-Import Bank of China

Deutsche Bank

China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation

Agricultural Bank of China

China Minsheng Bank

Work highlights

  • Acted for Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited and (CEXIM) on a term loan facility for Kafue Gorge Lower Power Development Corporation, in relation to the construction of a hydropower project in Zambia.
  • Advised a syndicate of lenders on a $4bn-plus term loan facility for the Republic of Angola, to finance the construction of the Caculo Cabaca hydroelectric power project.
  • Advised China Development Bank Corporation and Bank of China (London Branch) on the closing of a series of central Asia-China natural gas pipeline projects.

Dechert LLP

Known for handling complex multi-jurisdictional matters, Dechert LLP's team is particularly strong in the oil and gas and LNG industries. The 'very efficient practice' also works on groundbreaking projects in the green energy, mining and natural resources sectors; and its work comprises investment transactions, divestments, joint venture formations, fund raising, government regulations and dispute resolution. The China energy practice is led by energy and natural resources, mining and metals and oil and gas specialist, Xiao Yong, who splits his time between the Hong Kong and Beijing offices, and 'finds ways to solve problems'. 'Impressive' Beijing counsel Zhaohui Li has extensive experience in advising Chinese state-owned companies on their outbound transactions.

Practice head(s):

Xiao Yong

Other key lawyers:

Zhaohui Li

Testimonials

The service is very efficient.

Dechert has a deep understanding of the energy industry and provides high-quality legal services.

The team is capable, efficient and dedicated.

Xiao Yong finds ways to solve problems.

Counsel Zhaohui Li is very impressive.’

Key clients

Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Corporation

Norinco International

CNODC

Lone Star Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised Sinopec on a joint venture project, in relation to the development of one of the largest integrated petrochemical projects in Russia.
  • Advised on transactions concerning the development of a coal mining project.
  • Advised SIPC on its proposed divestment of significant oil assets in Argentina.

DLA Piper

Frequently acting on high-profile project and energy matters, DLA Piper 's team 'develops the best solutions for clients'. It is experienced in acting for major Chinese clients on their outbound investments, including outbound investments in line with China's major One Belt, One Road initiative. The practice's key jurisdictions range from Africa, South East Asia and Indonesia to Europe, Australia, Middle East and Latin America. In Hong Kong, China energy head Carolyn Dong has particular strength in handling mandates involving China and other jurisdictions, and Matthias Schemuth is finance, projects and restructuring head. Providing key support in Shanghai, senior associate Simin Yu is particularly focused on greenfield project development, construction, financing and M&A.

Practice head(s):

Carolyn Dong; Matthias Schemuth

Other key lawyers:

Simin Yu; Tom Van Hoof; Vincent Seah

Testimonials

Knows its clients very well and develops the best solutions.

The team members have high levels of professionalism and provide quick responses – they achieve very good results.

Key clients

ENN Energy Group

China Energy Investment

Barito Pacific

Indonesia Power

Arctic Green Energy Corporation

Rabobank

Credit Agricole

Deutsche Bank

ICBC

ANZ

ADB

BBVA

DBS

DZ Bank

China Huadian

Zhefu Holdings

Supreme Trading

TTCL Public Company

Sojitz Corporation

ACO Investments

Ditrolic Solar

Veolia

Work highlights

  • Advised the sponsors on the development and financing of a coal-fired power station in Indonesia.
  • Advising China Energy Investment Corp (a state-owned coal mining enterprise) on the tendering, development, financing, construction, management and operation of a high-value power plant.
  • Advised ENN (Shanghai-listed private natural gas company), on an ongoing basis, in relation to its 2016 investment in Santos, the Australia-based energy company.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP's infrastructure, energy, resources, and projects practice is regularly sought out for China outbound investments into Africa, Latin America and Asia. The broad practice of the firm's Beijing-based Greater China chair, Jun Wei, includes corporate and commercial law, M&A, private equity, and project financing. Her representative experience includes acting for a major Chinese state-owned enterprise on the high-value project financing of a hydropower project. At counsel level, Michael Zou's experience includes assisting a foreign state-owned company on a large oil-for-loan financing that was provided by a development bank.

Other key lawyers:

Jun Wei; Michael Zou

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP's energy and natural resources team is able to draw on expertise and resources from the firm's practices in M&A, acquisition and leveraged finance, project development and finance, litigation, and environment, land and resources. It was recently particularly active in relation to clean and renewable energy, energy storage and LNG projects, as well as transactions that are driven by China’s One Belt, One Road initiative. Hong Kong-based global co-chair of the firm’s oil and gas industry group, David Blumental spearheads the firm’s energy, natural resources, utilities and chemicals business in the Asia Pacific region.

Practice head(s):

David Blumental

Testimonials

Quickly understands the needs of its clients.

Key clients

Bharat PetroResources

CNOOC Limited (and its subsidiaries and affiliates)

Energy Transfer LP

Guohua Energy Investment Co., Ltd.

Harbin Electric International Co., Ltd.

Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.

Jindi Union Holding Group Co., Ltd.

Korea Southern Power Co., Ltd. and Daelim Energy, Co., Ltd.

NICE Solar Energy GmbH

NICE America Research, Inc.

Oil India Limited

Riverstone Holding LLC

Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.

Total S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Total, as a major shareholder of SunPower, on SunPower’s planned spin-off into two independent, complementary companies.
  • Acting for Guohua Energy Investment Co on its acquisition of operating wind power projects in Greece.
  • Advising Harbin Electric International Co (as sponsor) on the development of a clean coal power project in Dubai.

Milbank

'Providing solid legal backing for the smooth implementation of projects', Milbank fields US and UK law experts who act for both lenders and sponsors on major projects; recently the practice experienced an increase in both work emanating from outside China and renewable energy-related matters. Regularly acting for lenders, export credit agencies and sponsors, Shepard Liu advises on large-scale energy, natural resources, power and infrastructure projects from the Beijing office, where associate Guannan Wang assists with the development and financing of large infrastructure projects in the power, oil and gas, and energy and natural resources sectors. Dividing her time between the firm's Beijing and Singapore offices, associate Jenny Zhang is another key China projects team member.

Practice head(s):

Shepard Liu

Other key lawyers:

Guannan Wang; Jenny Zhang; Desiree Woo

Testimonials

Communicates and co-ordinates effectively with clients, providing a solid legal backing for the smooth implementation of projects.

Key clients

Udenna Corporation

Citic Construction

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Export-Import Bank of China

China Development Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Citic Construction on a supplier credit loan facility that was made available by ICBC, CEXIM and China Minsheng Banking Corporation; this related to the construction and development of the Maisan combined cycle power plant in Iraq.
  • Advised ICBC and CEXIM, as lenders, on two loan facilities, which were extended to the Republic of Guinea to fund two major transportation infrastructure projects.
  • Advised ICBC on a credit facility to PetroRio, a Brazilian oil company, through an export pre-payment agreement.

Pinsent Masons

Pinsent Masons expanded its mainland China projects team in 2020 when it hired partner Kanyi Lui, who is experienced in Belt and Road financing transactions, from Jones Day. The practice acts throughout a project's life cycle, in relation to investments, project development and financing, dispute resolution, and compliance and regulatory issues. In relation to sizeable outbound projects, Mark Hu enjoys strong relationships with large Chinese contractor SOEs, and Amanda Yao has longstanding experience in advising Chinese companies on their overseas capital operations and cross-border energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Yao; Mark Hu

Other key lawyers:

Kanyi Lui; Nick Wang; Richard Feller

Key clients

Zhejiang Supcon Solar Technology Co., Ltd

China Railway Construction Corporation Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised CRCC on its PPP agreement with Nigeria to build a new railway track from Abuja to Itakpe, as well as the construction of Warri sea port.
  • Advised a consortium, comprising China Gezhouba Group International Engineering and Zhejiang Supcon Solar Technology, on a concentrated solar power project in Greece.

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP has longstanding relationships with Chinese SOEs and financial institutions, for whom it acts on significant cross-border projects. The team's track record is particularly strong in Asia, Africa and Latin America (on behalf of Chinese investors and lenders). Working across the Beijing and Hong Kong offices, Xiaogang (Sean) Wang heads the firm's project development and finance practice in China. Wang also acts on energy M&A, and his clients include large SOEs, such as State Grid, Sinopec and PetroChina, as well as major financial institutions such as China Development Bank, Bank of China and China Construction Bank.

Practice head(s):

Sean Xiaogang Wang

Key clients

Bank of China

Blue Amber Investment Limited

China Development Bank

China National Petroleum Company International

PetroChina

China Telecom Corporation

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Poly-GCL Petroleum Company Ltd.

Shanghai Electric Power Generation Group

Silk Road Fund

Three Gorges Group

Work highlights

  • Advised China National Petroleum Company International and PetroChina on an integrated upstream oil and downstream refinery in Brazil.
  • Advised Poly-GCL Petroleum Company (a joint venture between state-owned Poly Group and the Golden Accord Group in Hong Kong), on the development of a $4bn integrated LNG extraction project.
  • Acted for the lenders on loan facilities for joint stock company, Uzbekneftegaz, in relation to a series of oil and gas project works in Uzbekistan, among others.

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP's team comprises both transactional and contentious professionals, who advise on the oil and gas, power and renewables, mining, and infrastructure sectors. Hong Kong-based Greater China banking and finance head Fei Kwok, who acts in complex financing, project development and oil and gas trading transactions, was recruited from Norton Rose Fulbright's mainland China offices in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Fei Kwok

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Regularly acting for domestic and foreign clients on projects in China, Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I., which 'fully understands clients' needs', has also recently assisted with projects in France, Turkey, Cameroon, Guinea, Congo and Mauritania. The names to note in Beijing are office head Min Guo and 'clear thinking and energetic' counsel Xi Chen, who advises on energy and infrastructure projects. David Boitout and Jiannian Fan are the key Shanghai contacts.

Practice head(s):

David Boitout; Jiannian Fan; Min Guo

Other key lawyers:

Xi Chen

Testimonials

The team has a comprehensive and thorough understanding of the politics, economy and laws of West African countries, and is able to understand clients’ needs fully and make helpful suggestions.

Counsel Xi Chen is clear thinking and energetic.’

Key clients

Air Liquide

Aluminum Corporation of China Ltd

Chinalco

Engie

Framatome

International Finance Corporation

Total

Vallourec

Work highlights

  • Advised Air Liquide China Holding on its divestiture of a dedicated gases complex to Fujian Shenyuan.
  • Advised Chalco on an integrated bauxite-alumina mining project in the Republic of Guinea.
  • Advised Total Raffinage Chimie on the sale of its polystyrene business in China to Ineos Styrolution.

Reed Smith

In 2019, Reed Smith recruited Eric Lin as partner from Simmons & Simmons, where he headed the Beijing office. Lin's arrival has deepened the firm’s energy M&A and projects capabilities; his experience covers inbound investment projects, including high-value joint ventures in China, and outbound transactions across Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa.

Practice head(s):

Prajakt Samant; Eric Lin