Energy: foreign firms in Singapore

Ashurst

From its office in Singapore, Ashurst handles energy matters throughout the Asia Pacific region. Frequently acting in conjunction with its other offices through the region, it advises clients on energy-related matters including procurement, transactions, project development, and financing, and is particularly active in LNG, oil, and mining projects. The team's clients include private corporations, state-owned companies, and states. The practice is led by Daniel Reinbott and Michael Harrison, with Harrison relocating to Singapore from the team's Sydney office in January 2020. Reinbott is respected for his knowledge of the LNG sector, while Harrison has broad experience across the energy sector. Elsewhere, Alfred Ng specialises in project financing, associate Avinash Panjabi focuses on Indonesian projects, and counsel Giles Ashman handles energy transactions.

Testimonials

‘Avinash Punjabi in Ashurst’s Energy team in Singapore makes this team the best in Asia. He provides commercially sound, practical, and yet prudent legal advice to clients. His quiet confidence makes him perfect for taking the lead at project meetings that may otherwise turn antagonistic. He fully deserves the respect that he receives from all.’

Key clients

Total

BP

Shell

Mitsubishi Corporation and its subsidiaries Diamond Gas International and Tabeer Energy

ENI

Tokyo Gas

Woodside

BHP Billiton

PT Pertamina (Persero)

Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand

Work highlights

  • Acting as project counsel to a joint venture comprising Total, Woodside and MPRL in relation to the development of the US$5 billion Block A6 integrated gas project in Myanmar.
  • Advising Tabeer Energy, an affiliate of Mitsubishi Corporation, in relation to the development of a Floating LNG Import Terminal in Port Qasim, Pakistan.
  • Acted as lead advisors to BP on its 15 year LNG sale and purchase agreement with KOGAS for the supply of 1.8 MTPA to be delivered from Freeport LNG terminal/ Calcasieu Pass in the U.S.A.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is known for its work advising on transactions and joint ventures related to energy projects, as well as assisting with financing and development. Many of the firm's clients are national oil and gas companies from across the Asia Pacific region, as well as Russia. Adrian Cheng specialises in project financing while of Counsel Mark Veitch handles transactions and disputes related to construction. The team lost former practice head David Clinch who joined Shearman & Sterling LLP in May 2021, and is now led by Glynn Cooper who also heads the Asia infrastructure practice.

Practice head(s):

Glynn Cooper

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Cheng; Mark Veitch

Testimonials

‘Attention to detail and understanding of our commercial positions have given us peace of mind to focus on key negotiation points knowing that the legal details will be covered by him.’

Key clients

Chevron

BP

Armstrong Asset Management

AC Energy (Ayala)

Pertamina

Aboitiz Group

Rosneft

Brunei Economic Development Board

Woodside Energy

Yinson Holdings

Diamond Gas (Mitsubishi)

Vitol

Gunvor

Vena Energy

Pavilion Energy

Work highlights

  • Advising US oil major Chevron on all aspects of the high profile sale of its interests in the Malampaya Gas Project, the largest gas fields in the Philippines, to Udenna Corporation including structuring and transaction documentation, and coordinated input from local counsel.
  • Advising AC Energy (the energy platform of Ayala, one of the Philippines largest conglomerates) on a complex joint venture with UPC Renewables to develop, build and operate over 1GW of solar generation projects across Asia Pacific with an initial focus on India, South Korea and Taiwan
  • Advising PT Pertamina Rosneft Pengolahan dan Petrokimia (a joint venture between Indonesia’s State Owned Oil and Gas company and a major Russian oil and gas business) on all aspects of the new “Grass Roots Refinery and Petrochemical Complex” project at Tuban, Indonesia, including all construction contracts and related technology licensing, procurement, and structuring, as well as project financing and corporate arrangements.

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP's Singapore office stands out from other teams for the international nature of its practice, advising on energy projects in Asia, Africa, and North America. The team frequently acts alongside King & Spalding's other offices, and its work includes upstream, midstream, and downstream energy projects, particularly in the LNG space. It also advises clients on regulatory developments in the energy space. The practice is led by Kelly Malone, Richard Nelson, Merrick White, and Simon Cowled. Nelson specialises in international LNG work, while Cowled focuses on transactions in the energy space; White and Malone have broad practices in this area. The team was greatly strengthened in September 2020 with the additions of Anthony Patten and Lachlan Clancy from Shearman & Sterling LLP.

Key clients

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority

TNB Fuels Services Sdn. Bhd.

Korea Electric Power Company

Jera Power International B.V.

Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company – Masdar

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Conrad Petroleum Ltd.

Keppel Capital Holdings Pte. Ltd

PTT Exploration & Production

Work highlights

  • Advising PREPA on the US$6 billion restructuring of their existing LNG-to-Power programme, including advising on the all aspects of the development and power purchase agreements, regulatory matters, and the sale and importation of LNG for the programme.
  • Advised Anadarko Petroleum on their all aspects of the Mozambique LNG project.
  • Advised JERA on multiple acquisitions in the energy space, including a 22% stake in Summit Power International in Bangladesh.

Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy is involved in a range of energy matters, across oil and gas and renewables. Key partners in the team include practice head Jason Humphreys and Barry Irwin.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance's broad energy practice covers the financing and construction of energy projects as well as M&A transactions. The geographical reach of the team's work encompasses all of Asia, as well as projects in Africa and Latin America. The team is led by M&A specialist Melissa Ng, as well as Nicholas Wong, who also serves as co-head of the global projects group. Gareth Deiner and Johannes Juette specialise in capital markets work, while Kate Sherrard advises on financing, particularly in the maritime and offshore oil and gas sectors. Wong and Matthew Buchanan also handle project financing work.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Wong; Melissa Ng

Testimonials

‘A very well-coordinated team with multiple partners being part of the deal team allowing for contingencies and consistency of advice despite a member not being available.’

‘The team which I worked with, Melissa Ng and Valerie Kong were the lead legal counsel in the team. The manner in which they deal with complicated and difficult situations with a calm demeanor and yet providing constructive solutions with a difficult client is admirable.’

‘They were supported by a very strong associate (Jordan Knowles) who was very capable in explaining the legal points in absence of his senior partners.’

Key clients

Vena Energy

Berkeley Energy

Medco Energi

Star Energy

KrisEnergy

International Petroleum Group Limited

EQT Partners

Macquarie

Work highlights

  • Advised ABN AMRO Bank N.V., Clifford Capital Pte. Ltd., ING Bank N.V. and Natixis as mandated lead arrangers on the US$700 million financing for the conversion of the LNG carrier Gimi into an FLNG vessel.
  • Advised KrisEnergy on its proposed divestment of a portfolio of assets in Thailand, Indonesia and Bangladesh, including the sale of its participating interest in the Andaman II block in Indonesia to BP, which is in connection with its debt moratorium status pursuant to section 211B of the Companies Act.
  • Assisted Macquarie Capital and Swancor Renewable as the lead sponsors on the NT$62.4 billion (US$2 billion) financing of the development and construction of the Formosa 2 offshore wind farm in Taiwan.

Gibson Dunn

Gibson Dunn stands out from other firms for its experience in the oil and gas sector, as its energy practice is heavily involved in transactions including the acquisition and disposal of assets and the financing of new projects. The team also provides advice on contracts related to the energy sector, as well as on restructurings of energy companies. In addition to oil and gas, it also handles renewable and LNG projects. Practice head Brad Roach has been active in this area for almost 25 years, and is known for his expertise in transactions; Saptak Santra and Jamie Thomas are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Brad Roach

Other key lawyers:

Saptak Santra; Jamie Thomas

Testimonials

‘Gibson Dunn provides excellent global coverage across all disciplines needed for a corporate transaction. Our transaction utilized Brad as the lead/Energy partner in Singapore, and also had assistance from Tax in London, and HR in the US. This was our second time using Gibson Dunn/Brad on a large transaction in Asia.’

‘Brad Roach is probably unequaled in Asia on his knowledge of upstream agreements and transactions. Despite a high-pressure situation, he and the Gibson Dunn team came through on drafting, negotiations, approvals, closing, and post-closing work. Alexandra Jones is a very promising associate who managed to keep up with Brad (not easy to do) throughout.’

Key clients

Chevron Corporation

ExxonMobil Corporation

Berkshire Hathaway Energy

MedcoEnergi

Saka Energi

Jadestone Energy

Mozambique LNG Project (Anadarko, Mitsui, PTTEP, Oil India, Bharat Petroleum)

Dragon Oil

PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP)

I Squared Capital

MAXpower Group Pte. Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised I Squared Capital in connection with the sale of Amplus Energy Solutions to PETRONAS, Malaysia’s national oil and gas company.
  • Advising Dragon Oil on its production operations in the Cheleken contract area, including on rig contracts for the drilling of further wells, as well as potential restructuring and insolvency matters related to the credit position of a main contractor.
  • Represented Jadestone Energy in connection with its due diligence and acquisition from Mandala Energy of an operated interest in the Lemang production sharing contract, onshore South Sumatra, Indonesia.

Jones Day

Jones Day's broad energy practice encompasses the financing and development of energy projects, transactions involving energy assets, and sale and purchase agreements. Areas of focus for the team include LNG, oil and gas, and hydropower, and it handles matters in Asia, Africa, and South America. The practice is led by Alex Cull, who focuses on the oil, gas, and power sectors; Karthik Kumar handles renewable energy and power work.

Practice head(s):

Alex M. Cull

Other key lawyers:

Karthik Kumar

Key clients

Babcock Power Inc.

GAIL Global Singapore

Glencore Singapore Pte Ltd

Madagascar Ministry of Energy, Water and Hydrocarbons

Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS)

PETRONAS Chemicals Group

PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited

PT Saka Energi

Vibrant Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised PTTEP on its US$2.127 billion acquisition of the Malaysian oil and gas business of Murphy Oil Corporation.
  • Advised PETRONAS Chemicals on its €163 million acquisition of specialty chemicals company Da Vinci Group B.V.
  • Represented the Ministry of Energy, Water and Hydrocarbons of Madagascar, and JIRAMA, Madagascar’s state-owned power company, on the concession, development and financing of the 205 MW Sahofika and 120 MW Volobe hydroelectric power projects in Madagascar, facilitated through the African Legal Support Facility.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP advises on the financing and development of energy projects across Asia, and also handles commercial matters related to energy such as sale and purchase agreements. Additionally, the practice advises on M&A transactions involving energy assets and companies. The team is led by Stephen McWilliams, who splits his time between Singapore and Tokyo, and Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi. McWilliams has experience in handling energy work throughout Asia, while Tji-Dharmadi is valued by clients for her knowledge of the oil, gas, and power sectors.

Key clients

PT Pertamina (Persero)

PT Pertamina EP Cepu

Summit Power International Limited

Pioneer Generation Company Pte. Ltd.

TOTAL S.A.

PT Energi Mega Persada Tbk

OCP Asia

EMP Bentu Limited

Air Products & Chemicals

Work highlights

  • Advised the sponsor, PT Pertamina EP Cepu, in the project development and financing for the Jambaran-Tiung Biru Project (JTB Project), involving the construction and development of a gas processing facility and pipelines, with an expected allocation of 192-MMSCFC to the gas offtaker located in Bojonegoro Regency, East Java, Indonesia.
  • Advised power provider Pioneer Generation Company on the sale of a 22% stake in Summit Power International, a Singapore-based power producer, to JERA.
  • Advised Air Products, a global leading provider of industrial gases, in its US$2 billion investment to develop a world-scale coal-to-methanol production facility in East Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown is known for its work on LNG projects across the supply chain. The team draws on Mayer Brown's international network of offices to advise on matters in Asia and Africa. The practice also advises on renewable projects including solar and hydropower. The team is led by Nick Kouvaritakis and Nathan Dodd; Kouvaritakis was promoted to partner in January 2020 and has experience in LNG matters, including floating liquid natural gas (FLNG) and floating storage regasification units (FSRU). Dodd has over 20 years' experience in global project finance and development. Counsel Sean Prior is also active in project financing work.

Practice head(s):

Nick Kouvaritakis; Nathan Dodd

Other key lawyers:

Ben Thompson; Sean Prior

Key clients

Karadeniz Holdings

JERA

MOL

H Energy

China Light and Power

Mitsubishi

Pavilion Gas

ENH

ENN

Marubeni

Work highlights

  • Advised MOL, as FSRU operator and sponsor, in relation to the Jawa 1 LNG-to-Power Project, Indonesia.
  • Advised CLP Power Hong Kong Limited in connection with the Hong Kong Offshore Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal project, which involved the use of floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) technology for the first time in Hong Kong.
  • Advising Karadeniz on an FSRU charter party and the LNG supply arrangements in respect of its LNG import project in Mozambique .

Milbank

Milbank’s energy work focuses on the financing of energy projects, advising both lenders and sponsors on some of the largest projects in the region. The team acts on projects including power generation, refineries, pipelines, LNG liquefaction plants, and hydropower generators. Acting in conjunction with Milbank’s offices in the region, they advise on matters across Asia. In addition to its financing work, the firm also assists on the development of energy projects. The practice is led by James Murray, and James Orme is another key partner who is known for his work on cross-border project financings. Andrew Gibb was promoted to Senior Counsel in 2020.

Practice head(s):

James Murray

Other key lawyers:

James Orme; Andrew Gibb

Testimonials

‘The team is very easy to work with. They are very responsive and understands the goals of the company and how to achieve it. They manage to identify all the details of the issues and elaborate the solution to us so that we could achieve our target.’

‘The team is one of the stronger legal teams in the energy sector. The team is very focused, systematic, and goal-oriented.’

Key clients

Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI)

The Export Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM)

Korea Trade Insurance Corporation (K-sure)

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Marubeni Corporation

Sumitomo Corporation

Mitsui Corporation

Engie

Adaro

PT Lestari Banten Energi

ANZ

Bank of China

BNP Paribas

CACIB

CCB

CIMB

Citibank

DBS

HSBC

ICBC

ING Bank

Intesa SanPaolo

JP Morgan Chase

Maybank

Mizuho

MUFG

OCBC

SMBC

Standard Charter

Societe Generale

Work highlights

  • Advised the ECAs and commercial banks on the financing for the development of a refinery and petrochemical integrated project (RAPID) in Southern Johor, Malaysia.
  • Advised the lenders in connection with the development and financing of the 275MW a CCGT in Indonesia.
  • Advised the lenders in the US$1.8 billion financing of the Jambaran Tiung Biru gas field unitization project for PT Pertamina EP Cepu

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright advises both Singaporean and multinational companies on oil and gas, renewables, and coal projects. The team particularly stands out for its work in the LNG sector, in which it advises on transactions involving LNG assets, the financing and development of LNG projects, and commercial LNG contracts. In addition to collaborating with its offices around the world, the firm also has a formal law alliance with Ascendent Legal, a boutique dispute resolution firm, allowing it to represent clients in energy-related arbitrations. The practice is led by Ben Smith and Stephen Begley.

Practice head(s):

Ben Smith; Stephen Begley

Key clients

Gas Malaysia Berhad

Energy Market Authority of Singapore (EMA)

Total Marine Fuels

Pavilion Energy

BP Singapore

Work highlights

  • Advised Pavilion Energy on the acquisition of a portfolio of LNG supply contracts from European energy utility company Iberdrola, Pavilion’s first foray into the EU market.
  • Advised Total Marine Fuels, a subsidiary of French energy conglomerate Total SA on signing a 10-year contract with Pavilion Energy Singapore Pte. Ltd. to develop liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker supply facilities in Singapore.
  • Advising Gas Malaysia Berhad in developing the necessary framework for third party access to pave the way for the liberalization of the downstream gas market in Malaysia.

Pinsent Masons MPillay

Pinsent Masons MPillay is known for its work in transactions, investments, and joint ventures related to energy projects. The team handles projects throughout Asia, and is especially active in Belt and Road Initiative work. The practice is led by James Harris and Brian Scott; Scott splits his time between the Singapore and Perth offices. Harris has more than 30 years' experience in the energy sector, while Scott has particular knowledge of the Indonesian energy market.

Practice head(s):

James Harris; Brian Scott

Key clients

International Finance Corporation

China Harbour Engineering Company

Thar Energy Limited

Sindh Engro Mining Company

Harum Energy Affiliate, PT Karunia Utama Perdana

Repsol S.A.

Blue Ocean Monitoring Limited

China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC)

Work highlights

  • Advising Indonesian company KUP on its acquisition of interests from Italy’s ENI in the Sanga Sanga block in Kalimantan, Indonesia, including a 50% interest in VICO, the Sanga Sanga block operator.
  • Advising Repsol S.A. on a joint venture with United Global Limited, a Singapore listed company. Repsol will purchase a 40% interest in one of Union Global’s subsidiaries, United Oil Company Pte Limited.
  • Advised CNOOC International on its acquisition of a stake in the Arctic LNG 2 project in Russia.

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP handles energy matters including transactions, financing, and developments on a global scale, acting in conjunction with the firm's offices around the world. Areas of focus for the team include upstream, midstream, and downstream oil and gas as well as transmission and distribution facilities. Anthony Patten and Lachlan Clancy departed the practice in September 2020; Ben Shorten is now practice head. Shorten has more than 20 years' experience advising on the financing of projects, and frequently acts for prominent Asian banks. In addition to Shorten, Bill McCormack is another key partner with a broad practice in project development and financing.

Practice head(s):

Ben Shorten

Other key lawyers:

Bill McCormack

Testimonials

‘Deep knowledge of the subject matter, superior negotiation skills, and a good understanding of the client.’

Key clients

PETRONAS

Golar LNG Limited / One LNG

Mubadala Petroleum

Mitsui & Co

ENGIE (formerly GDF Suez)

BW Maritime

Pertamina

PTT

IFC

PetroVietnam

Work highlights

  • Advised PTTEP with respect to its purchase of a 100% shareholding of a global diversified upstream and midstream oil and gas business.
  • Advised PETRONAS in respect of the approximately $15 billion (approximately $10 billion of senior debt) project financing relating to the development and financing of its joint venture with Saudi Aramco in Malaysia involving a refinery, cracker, and two downstream petrochemical projects, which is part of its approximately US$28 billion RAPID project.
  • Advised Golar LNG in connection with all aspects of the provision of a floating liquefaction facility for use by BP on behalf of the Co-venturers in the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim Project, offshore Mauritania and Senegal.

White & Case Pte. Ltd.

White & Case Pte. Ltd.'s Asia Pacific Energy practice is led by Brendan Quinn and Andrew Clark in Melbourne, while the key partners in the Singapore office are Matthew Osborne, Saul Daniel, and Fergus Smith. Daniel, a specialist in oil and gas work, moved across from the firm's Houston office in 2020, while Steve Payne has moved back to the United States. The team acts with White & Case offices across Asia to handle energy work; recently, it has been especially active in Central Asian countries such as Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. The team is also heavily involved in LNG and renewables, such as offshore wind. Senior associate Ee Lynn Tan is another name to note, with experience advising on oil & gas, LNG, and power projects.

Practice head(s):

Brendan Quinn; Andrew Clark

Testimonials

‘A strong financing team.’

‘Fergus Smith is an excellent financing lawyer.’

‘They have the ability to handle large groups of banks, coupled with strong negotiation skills.’

Key clients

Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco)

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP)

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Canadian Solar

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

I Squared Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) on the development and US$9.6 billion project financing of the Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) joint venture with Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) in Johor, Malaysia.
  • Advised Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) on the development and US$3 billion (NT$90 billion) project financing of the 589 MW Changfang and Xidao offshore wind project located off the coast of Changhua County, Taiwan.
  • Advised Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) on the project financing of the Summit LNG import terminal located in the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh. This project is the first commercial bank project financed LNG import facility in Bangladesh.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP handles projects including power generation, LNG, upstream, midstream, and downstream oil and gas, and renewables. The team's reach is global; recent work included projects in Japan, Australia, and Mozambique. Michael Joyce and Paul Greening are the practice heads; Joyce has over 30 years' experience in this sector, while Greening is noted for his work on LNG matters.

Practice head(s):

Michael Joyce; Paul Greening

Key clients

Energy Capital Vietnam

The J Power Group (incl. ultimate parent The Electric Power Development Co., Ltd., J-Power Latrobe Valley Pty. Ltd. and J-Power Australia Pty. Ltd.)

Anadarko Singapore (now Total E&P Singapore)

Hopu Investments

Tellurian Investments Inc.

Ad hoc group of senior unsecured creditors of Noble Group Limited

Informal Steering Committee of Noteholders of Hyflux Limited

Valero Energy Corporation

GAIL Group Companies

CKR Resources Pte Limited

Vitol Inc.

JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation

JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corporation

ITOCHU Group companies (including ITOCHU Corporation, ITOCHU Australia Ltd, ITOCHU Singapore Pte Ltd and ICRA MC Pty. Ltd.)

Barrick Gold

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Toyota Tsusho Corporation

Blackpeak Group

Jiangxi Copper

Work highlights

  • Advised JXTG through its affiliate ENEOS Power USA LLC, on its successful bid to acquire a 15% interest in South Field Energy, a 1,182 MW natural gas-fired thermal power generation project in Columbiana County, Ohio, from Advanced Power.
  • Advising Electric Power Development Corporation, the listed Japanese energy company and one of the largest power generators in Japan better known as “J-Power”, on its participation in a world-first project to produce hydrogen from Australia’s vast brown coal reserves in the Latrobe Valley in Victoria, Australia.
  • Advising ITOCHU in relation to its acquisition of a minority interests in two waste to power projects in the Philippines being built to service Dole Philippines Inc.’s, a major multinational food producer, industrial food processing operations.

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow's energy practice is particularly active in the fields of power generation and LNG, areas in which it frequently handles cross-jurisdictional matters. The team is also active in oil and gas and renewables, working with other Baker McKenzie offices in Taiwan, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, and Beijing amongst others. Martin David is a highly experienced specialist projects lawyer, while Ang Kim Hock and Andrew Zaw are also well-regarded.

Practice head(s):

James Huang; Martin David

Other key lawyers:

Ang Kim Hock; Andrew Zaw

Key clients

Asian Development Bank

Gulf Energy

JERA Asia Pacific

UPC

BP Singapore

Work highlights

  • Advised Gulf PD Company Limited (a subsidiary of Gulf) as borrower, in relation to the development and financing of the 2,500 MW combined cycle gas turbine power plant to be located in Rayong Province, Thailand.
  • Acted on the acquisition of a material stake in the Meghnaghat II 720 MW gas-fired power project in Bangladesh, including full due diligence and negotiation of the transaction documents.
  • Served as Singapore legal counsel for Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, through two of its funds, on the USD 3 billion project financing for a 589 MW offshore wind farm in Taiwan. It is the country’s largest offshore wind project financing to date.

Dentons Rodyk

Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP’s work in the energy field covers a varied range of matters, including energy-related M&A, the development and financing of energy projects, and commercial contracts related to energy. The team is active in sectors such as renewables, LNG, and oil and gas projects across the supply chain. Practice heads Joo Thye Tan and Kunal Kapoor advise on deals across Asia, while Jonathan Guwe is also heavily involved in cross-border energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Joo Thye Tan; Kunal Kapoor

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Guwe

Key clients

Pavilion Energy, Pavilion LNG, Pavilion Gas

China Huadian Engineering Co., Ltd

PT Dharma Hydro Nusantara

Rafako S.A.

Lukoil Asia Pacific

Sinenergy Holdings Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Engaged to review, draft, negotiate and finalise all the relevant documents relating to the project including LNG supply and handling agreement, operational and scheduling agreement, time charterparty, barge services agreement, terminal use agreement, and a master bunker sales agreement.
  • Advising as lead counsel (English and Singapore law) for China Huadian Engineering Co., Ltd (a Chinese State Owned Entity) in its US$2.3 Billion acquisition of a majority interest in a Vietnam Project Company to develop a 2 X 660MW Coal Fired power facility in Vietnam.
  • Advising a consortium of Indonesian and Chinese entities on the development of the 510MW Batang Toru hydropower plant to be located at Sipirok, South Tapanuli Regency, North Sumatera, Indonesia, comprising of four 127.5MW generating units.

HFW Singapore LLP

HFW Singapore LLP is active across the full range of mining and energy matters in Asia, including the production, storage, and transport of energy resources as well as the negotiation of supply contracts. The practice is led by Ivan Chia, a specialist in renewables, Chanaka Kumarasinghe, who focuses on upstream oil and gas, and Paul Aston, who handles contracts for petroleum and LNG.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard continues to broaden its energy practice, as following on from the hirings of practice head Ton van den Bosch and Marcus Collins the firm has now been joined by Chau Ee Lee from King & Wood Mallesons. In addition to van den Bosch's work in oil and gas and Collins' focus on renewables, Ee Lee's experience in construction bolsters the firm's ability to advise on the construction of energy projects. The practice also continues to handle FPSO and LNG matters.

Practice head(s):

Ton Van Den Bosch

Other key lawyers:

Marcus Collins; Chau Ee Lee

Testimonials

‘They have excellent industry knowledge, providing very good, clear, pragmatic and commercial advice. Focus on the key issues very quickly.’

‘Ton van den Bosch has excellent industry knowledge – clear, commercial advice.’

‘The team at Addleshaw Goddard has good technical knowledge on energy-related projects which enable them to better understand any discussions with the client’s projects team without much effort. This enables the Addleshaw Goddard team to draft pleadings and statements that better reflect the client’s position.’

‘Mr. Lee Chau Ee is a meticulous legal counsel who is thorough with his work. With his excellent interpersonal skills, he is able to manage the expectations of clients who are not familiar with the role of the expert witness which makes communications between an expert witness and the client so much easier.’

‘Very knowledgeable about the industry, well connected and innovative.’

‘Very proactive, well-sourced, and commercial.’

Key clients

Cairn Energy plc

Vitol’s tank terminal business (VTTI)

Curve Marine Pte Ltd

Huisman Equipment

Work highlights

  • Advising Cairn Energy plc on the USD 4.2 billion Sangomar field development (formerly SNE) offshore Senegal, including on the on project development, financing, structuring and the purchase and deployment of an FPSO.
  • Advising on a contract to supply cranes for an offshore installation vessel to be deployed for the installation of offshore wind farms in Taiwan.
  • Advising a global shipbuilder on a turnkey engineering, procurement, construction, transportation, installation, commissioning, start up and performance testing construction contract (EPCIC Contract) for an LPG Export Project in North America.

CMS

CMS handles corporate and commercial work in the energy sector, advising on transactions and contractual agreements, as well as assisting with the development of energy projects. The practice is led by Adrian Wong, Marc Rathbone, Toby Grainger, Kelvin Aw, and Lynette Chew. Grainger and Rathbone are known for their corporate work, while Chew handles litigation involving this area.

Testimonials

‘Client-focused team.’

Key clients

KOGAS

BP

Cleantech Solar

Public Utilities Board

Energy Market Authority of Singapore

Gashub

Blue Leaf Energy

Tuas Power

ECO Special Waste Management /Macquarie Capital

Siemens Gamesa

Veolia

Shearwater Geo Services

Macquarie Capital

EDMI

Vale

Singapore LNG Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advising PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency in relation to Singapore’s first large-scale floating solar project, also one of the world’s largest single floating solar photovoltaic (PV) system.
  • Advising one of the largest LNG importers in the world in relation to two key LNG projects in the region, including long term supply agreements and supply issues brought about by the COVID-19 global pandemic
  • Advising one of the world’s largest oil and gas “supermajors” on several matters, including the expansion of its LNG trading platform

Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee

From its Singapore office, Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee advises on energy projects throughout the Asia Pacific region, acting for sponsors and lenders in the financing of deals as well as handling M&A transactions involving energy assets. The team is particularly focused on renewables work, and has recently been active in advising on renewable projects in Taiwan and Vietnam. The team is led by Samantha Campbell and Alex Wong. Campbell is especially active in Vietnam, while Wong frequently acts for Japanese clients alongside the firm's Tokyo office.

Practice head(s):

Samantha Campbell; Alex Wong

Testimonials

‘Good understanding of market standards and practices in Indonesia and Vietnam.’

‘Able to give practical and commercially sensible advice.’

Key clients

OCBC Bank

MUFG Bank Ltd.

Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

Sojitz Corporation

CPC Corporation

Asian Development Bank

Super Energy (East) Pte. Ltd.

EDF Renewables

Work highlights

  • Advised OCBC Bank and MUFG Bank, Ltd. on the refinancing of shareholder loans in relation to Changi NEWater II infrastructure project in Singapore.
  • Acted as lenders’ international legal counsel in connection with the US$2.6 billion financing of the Van Phong 1 (2 x 660 MW) thermal power plant in Khanh Hoa province, Vietnam.
  • Advised Japan’s Sojitz Corporation on the purchase of 9.1% of the shares in the 640 MW Yunlin offshore wind farm project off the coast of Taiwan.

K&L Gates Straits Law LLC

Led by Lian Yok Tan, K&L Gates Straits Law LLC advises clients on the financing and development of energy projects, as well as corporate and commercial work in the energy sphere such as M&A transactions and sale and purchase agreements. The team's work covers the oil & gas, LNG, and hydropower sectors and it frequently acts alongside K&L's offices in Asia and North America.

Practice head(s):

Lian Yok Tan

Key clients

PT ANTAM Tbk

Taiwan Power Corporation

PT Indonesia Chemical Alumina

Work highlights

  • We are advising ANTAM, Indonesia’s leading metals and mining company, on its proposed sale of shares in, and refinancing and restructuring of the loans of, ICA. ICA built and is operating a chemical grade alumina plant in Indonesia.

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons' energy practice encompasses project finance and development as well as commercial energy work; the team stands out for its work on LNG procurement contracts. In addition to LNG, it handles renewable and oil and gas work throughout East Asia. The practice is led by Michael Lawson, and was recently joined by John Shum, a project financing specialist, from White & Case Pte. Ltd.

Practice head(s):

Michael Lawson

Other key lawyers:

John Shum; David Phua

Key clients

ENGIE

Puma Energy

GE Energy Financial Services

MISCBerhad

Keppel FELs Limited

Sembcorp Fuels (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Singapore Carbon Hydrogen Energy Pte Ltd

The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited

CNOOC Gas & Power Trading & Marketing

FSG Energy Sourcing & Trading HK Limited

Telstra

BHP

Facebook

Work highlights

  • Advising a leading international shipping company on a highly bespoke (and first of its kind) proposed acquisition of large gas carriers, and the subsequent charter back to the seller for use to transport certain feedstock supply from the US to a proposed Chinese petrochemical facility.
  • Acting as lead international counsel for the financial investment division of a multinational conglomerate in its proposed equity investment in the project vehicle for a largegas power plant in Bangladesh, and on the complex related project and financing arrangements.
  • Advising consortium of international and Chinese Banks on Sinosure-backed project financing for waste-to-energy plant in Hanoi, Vietnam by a Vietnamese affiliate of a major Chinese waste power producer.

Linklaters

Linklaters is active in growing areas of energy such as LNG, renewables, and green bonds. Led by Christopher Bradley, the team frequently collaborates with Linklaters' offices in Tokyo and Hong Kong to advise on matters across Asia. In addition to Bradley, who focuses on financing work, Xylia Sim and Kevin Crombie are also key partners in the team, with Crombie leading on construction matters.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Bradley

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Crombie; Xylia Sim

Key clients

BP

China Light and Power (CLP)

Diamond Generating Asia Limited

Glencore

Medco

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Olympus Capital Asia

Ørsted (formerly DONG Energy)

PTT GC

RATCH Group Public Company Limited

Thai Oil Public Company Limited

MUFG

Mizuho

SMBC

BNP Paribas

Natixis

ING Bank

Societe Generale

Standard Chartered Bank

Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI)

IFC

ADB

Work highlights

  • Advised Diamond Generating Asia on its disposal of a 25% stake in TEPDIA Generating B.V. for JPY27.5bn (approximately US$250m) to a subsidiary of Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc
  • Advising CLP on the development of a floating regasification unit (FSRU), jetty, subsea gas pipelines and gas receiving stations, which will include the negotiation of gas supply arrangements between Hong Kong and China.
  • We acted as legal advisors to the lead manager in connection with the issue of US$450m Series 10. 3.75%. Notes due 2024 and the arranger, dealer and trustee in the subsequent update under/of the US$6bn Medium Term Note Programme issued by NTPC Limited.