DLA Piper offers a strong projects and energy practice across Southeast Asia. The firm’s oil and gas team boast extensive expertise when advising on the development, acquisition, and financing of energy businesses and infrastructure across all streams. The firm maintains an accomplished LNG practice, while also adapting to market developments including capital infrastructure investment in Latin America by Chinese state-owned entities. Practice head, Matthias Schemuth, has deep experience in regional project financing, offering particular insight into multi-sourced financing models on projects and the policies of key export credit and multi-lateral lending agencies as a source of project finance across Asia. Crystal Chen recently joined the firm from Linklaters and is well regarded for her Chinese-facing transactional expertise in project finance.
Projects and energy in Hong Kong
Other key lawyers:
‘Highly knowledgeable within our industry and able to draw on diverse specialties.’
‘Excellent and dedicated team with reasonable fees.’
Asian Development Bank
Arctic Green Energy Corporation
China Energy Investment
DBS Bank Ltd
PAG Assets (Real Estate) Ltd.
Shenhua Guohua Lion Power Indonesia
TTCL Public Company
- Acted for Medco Energi Global Pte Ltd on its acquisition from a subsidiary of ConocoPhillips Company (“COP”) of ConocoPhillips’s entire Indonesian business.
- Advising lenders in relation to the limited recourse project financing of a portfolio of up to 30 MW rooftop solar PV projects in Hong Kong undertaken by Widex Solar.
- Advised Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. on a $150m CLP synthetic and $150m term loan facility to the Chilean subsidiary of State Grid Corporation of China in respect of its acquisition of a power distribution network in Chile.
Herbert Smith Freehills
The projects and energy team at Herbert Smith Freehills regularly advises large Chinese infrastructure and construction companies, focusing on project finance while supporting clients through the life cycle of their project. The team in Hong Kong offers specialist greenfield project investment advice and maintains a strong reputation across sectors, primarily in oil & gas, nuclear energy, as well as shipping and aviation projects. Practice head, Hilary Lau, is noted for his enduring connections with both international and Chinese clients across the energy sector, offering multi-jurisdictional advice and regularly speaking on topics related to China’s Belt & Road initiative. The team is frequently engaged to advise on market entry, acquisition and divestments and restructurings of energy and natural resource assets.
Hilary Lau; Calvin Ho
‘We worked with HSF on a number of transactions in the last 18 months, mostly in Taiwan. Hilary Lau has a good team of lawyers and is good value for money’
‘Hilary Lau strives to provide good customer service and is supported by a good team of associates. He is also generally quite responsive.’
China Road and Bridge Corporation
Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation Limited
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
UK Department of Industry and Trade
China Huadian Engineering Co. Ltd.
PowerChina Hydropower Development Group Co., Ltd.
- Advised Keppel Infrastructure in relation to its investment to Star Charge in respect of the deployment of electric vehicle (“EV”) charging infrastructure in designated carparks in Singapore.
- Advised Risen Energy on its divestment of interest in the 60MW Battambang solar power plant in Cambodia to Total-Eren.
- Advised Allegro Funds on its proposed acquisition of the Global Express business from Toll including on its acquisition of 2 Ro-Ro carriers and licensing and operating issues in the Australian coastal trade
Linklaters has developed a unique focus on renewable energy projects and green project financing to align with current market trends across the APAC region. The firm is a key contact for clients developing offshore wind deals in areas such as Taiwan, a current hotspot for offshore wind farms, as well as engaging with both lenders and investors on high-value project development. The team is supported by a strong corporate finance offering and has the capacity to advise on a wide range of issues arising in this area, including M&A, bidding trees, seed capital and restructurings. Practice head, James McLaren, and newly recruited partner, Ying Fu, ‘are key people when it comes to the financing of renewable energy in Asia’ and have continued to strengthen the firm’s energy and infrastructure offering.
Other key lawyers:
‘Strong understanding of the renewables sector including specific local issues.’
‘The Linklaters APAC team has been key in the development of the offshore wind sector in Taiwan and their pragmatic approach to negotiations combined with deep knowledge about the sector makes them stand out.’
‘James McLaren and Ying Fu are key people when it comes to the financing of renewable energy in Asia. They take the time to talk to all relevant parties and find solutions.’
China Light and Power
China Southern Grid
Hong Kong Electric
State Grid Corporation of China
China Machinery Engineering Corporation
Agricultural Bank of China
Bank of China
China Construction Bank
China Development Bank
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China
Royal Bank Scotland
New Development Bank
Mining and Metals
China |MinMetals| / MMG
Shandong Iron & Steel
International Container Terminal Services Inc.
- Advising the ECAs and common lenders including EKF, Atradius, EDC, K-SURE and UKEF on the approximately$3bn “holdco” financing of the Greater Chnaghua 1 offshore wind farm project in Taiwan being developed by Ørsted, CDPQ and Cathay PE.
- Advising Global Power Synergy Public Company Limited on its successful bid and agreement to acquire a 25% interest in the Changfang and Xidao OSW project in Taiwan from Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners.
- Advising the lenders on BlackRock Real Assets’ $328m refinancing of a portfolio of 186MW of solar assets in Thunderball 1 in Taiwan.
Working with both inbound and outbound Chinese investors, Fangda Partners has developed a distinct client-base in this practice area. The firm is well-equipped to handle sponsor-facing project work through its long-term risk evaluation and broad expertise covering a range of developmental and investment issues covering the region. Team head, Michael Tam, specialises in energy, infrastructure and real estate projects across China and elsewhere with a focus on power plant development. Key partner, Joe Biqing Zhou, has extensive experience across infrastructure and energy investments, with particular emphasis on large, multi-jurisdictional logistical projects, including representing the Hong Kong Airport Authority.
Other key lawyers:
Joe Biqing Zhou
Shenzhen Energy Group
China Merchants Group
The Airport Authority Hong Kong
China Merchants Port Holdings Company Limited
Hongkong Electric (Natural Gas) Limited
Shanghai Electric Group
China-Africa Development Fund
China State-Owned Enterprise Mixed Ownership Reform Fund Company
Shangqi Capital under SAIC Capital China
State Grid Corporation of China
ICBC International Holdings Limited.
China Railway Group
- Advised Shenzhen Energy Group on the development, financing, construction and operation of the 180MW Ramu II Hydropower Plant in Papua New Guinea.
- Advised a state-owned infrastructure developer and operator on the financing, construction, development and operation of a deep-water port terminal and related development in Myanmar.
- Advised Airport Authority Hong Kong on the financing, development, construction and operation of a Sea-air Transshipment International Logistics Park in Dongguan, Guangzhou.
King & Wood Mallesons
King & Wood Mallesons has a strong project development focus and carries significant weight when advising on public and private partnership deals (PPPs) within Hong Kong. The team, led by Sam Farrands and new arrival Xiao Yong from Dechert, has acted for several government authorities with specific emphasis on infrastructure and energy development, such as Hong Kong’s first off-shore wind project, as well as advising conventional energy companies across all streams of development. The firm’s project strength is consolidated by its financing expertise as well as the strong multi-lingual capacity of its practitioners.
Sam Farrands; Wenjing Tian; Xiao Yong
‘Xiao Yong is a veteran who is very familiar with the PRC Projects and Energy industry.’
West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
Ocean Park Corporation
State Grid China Electric Electricity Equipment and Technology Co., Ltd
CLP Power Hong Kong Limited
Castle Peak Power Company Limited
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
Industrial Bank Co., Ltd
China Construction Bank (Asia) Corporation Limited
Hong Kong–Shenzhen Innovation and Technology Park Limited
Sichuan Development Holding Co., Ltd
Zaozhuang Mining (Group) Co., Ltd
Shenzhen Expressway Company Limited
LOGOS Property Group; LOGOS SE Asia Pte. Ltd.
China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (“Sinopec”)
Lone Star Fund
Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Corporation (“SIPC”)
Hong Kong & China Investment Limited / Towngas
Brogent International LLC
- Advised the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, a public authority, in the procurement of a PPP project to develop a commercial, entertainment, and cultural complex over 40 hectares of land in West Kowloon, Hong Kong.
- Acted for the Ocean Park Corporation on the procurement of three new PPP projects as part of the Corporation’s strategy to redevelop as a multi-purpose retail, recreation, education and conservation complex.
- Advised Hong Kong & China Investment Limited in connection with its tolling of LNG through the Dapeng LNG terminal, including the LNG Co-Operation Agreement, the Terminal Use Agreement and the LNG Sale and Purchase Agreement.
Latham & Watkins LLP has a distinct focus on cross-border work, leveraging its international position to instruct across a variety of inbound and outbound transactions relating to the APAC region. In light of recent market trends, the firm has expanded its grasp of renewable energies and clean technology to accommodate client needs in this area and has maintained its strong LNG focus across the region. David Blumental, leading the team, has specific expertise in energy, natural resources and infrastructure, operating with a considerable mandate in regard to emerging technologies across these sectors such as hydrogen fuel cells and developing advanced batteries.
ENN Energy Holdings Limited
Guohua Energy Investment Co., Ltd.
Harbin Electric International Co., Ltd.
Ocean Minerals LLC
PTT Public Company Limited
San Miguel Energy
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
The multi-disciplinary energy and infrastructure team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner comprises practitioners across projects, infrastructure, corporate finance, construction and dispute resolution. The team has gained specific experience in renewables and is expanding its expertise in this area with increasing focus on renewable energy and power generation project developments including solar, wind, and biomass, as well as advising on distribution networks and supply management. The team, led by Ilan Freiman, is also instructed by traditional oil and gas clients on M&A, joint venture and capital markets transactions.
Gibson Dunn is regularly instructed on projects with a focus across Asia Pacific regional markets, including the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam. The firm advises on a variety of infrastructure and energy work in sectors such as transport, specifically rail systems, and power. Team head and key leading partner, Patricia Tan Openshaw, is respected for her experience in project development, combining her knowledge of energy and infrastructure assets with M&A and finance matters.
Patricia Tan Openshaw
Manila Electric Company
Bank of the Philippine Islands
Landbank of the Philippines
SMC Mass Rail Transit 7
San Miguel Holdings
First Gen Corporation
AC Energy Holdings
Republic of the Philippines
I Squared Capital
First Pacific Company Limited
Metropolitan Bank of the Philippines
Banco de Oro Universal Bank
Milbank centers its attention on lender and sponsor-side representation within project finance, emphasising its close connections to a selection of Chinese banks and investors. The firm has recently been active in several projects involving mining and renewable energy across South-East Asia, specifically in the Philippines and Indonesia, and utilising the firm’s strong international finance practice, the team regularly engages in cross-border project-based activity. Practice head, Desiree Woo, is considered the driving force for the firm’s Chinese client base and regional project development.
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China
China Development Bank
Shandong Electric Power 3
BOC (Central and Eastern Europe)
PT Supreme Energy Rantau Dedap
PT Amman Mineral Industri
HTG Development Group
- Representing sponsors and the project company of the 2x612MW supercritical coal-fired power project in Chittagong, Bangladesh.
- Representing the purchaser of the greenfield 584MW gas-fired power project in Meghnaghat, Bangladesh.
- Advising GNPower Kauswagan, the project company of a 4x135MW coal-fired power plant in Mindanao in connection with EPC negotiations linked to the construction and development of the $1.2 b GNPower Kauswagan project.
Watson Farley & Williams’ energy and infrastructure practice, led by Linh Doan, focuses its attention on the expanding Vietnamese power and infrastructure projects market. Doan is a key adviser in the Vietnam-based power market and has worked on many major renewable projects and power financings in this region. Marcus Gordon covers disputes with a focus on oil and gas and energy sectors, often acting for substantial oil operations and sits on several international arbitration panels.
Other key lawyers:
‘Linh leads a strong team of lawyers who are very capable at handling complex matters and our overall impression of them is extremely positive. Their coverage across the globe, particularly Asia, and thorough understanding of the market environment in Vietnam is always helpful for information exchange.’
‘Linh is always hard working and makes herself available to us at any time. With respect to diversity, Linh is an Asian woman but she is the leader of the Project and Corporate group for WFW in Asia. That speaks volumes for WFW’s Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.’
‘We have been able to successfully navigate through these deals smoothly due to Linh’s industry knowledge and experience advising government mandates, which enables her and her team to devise and implement suitable legal advice on unprecedented issues more quickly than other law firms.’
‘I would highly recommend Linh to any organisation seeking legal advice for projects of the similar significance and complexity as ours.’
Toyo Ink Group Berhad
Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam (MOIT)
Asian Development Bank (ADB)