Projects and energy: local firms in Singapore

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP advises on projects and energy matters including the financing and development of projects, as well as transactions involving these assets. The team advises on projects throughout SE Asia, working in conjunction with the firm's other offices, and is particularly active in Myanmar. The team is led by Kelvin Wong, who also co-heads the Corporate and Commercial practice, and Chee Wai Kok, who co-heads the Financial Services department. Wong specialises in the development and operating of energy projects, while Chee Wai handles financing. Wee Meng Tan focuses on telecommunications projects, and also handles energy-related work.

Practice head(s):

Kelvin Wong; Chee Wai Kok,

Other key lawyers:

Wee Meng Tan

Testimonials

‘Good quality legal work in a cost-effective manner.’

‘Tan Wee Meng is able to give practical solutions to address business needs – he is responsive when asked for assistance.’

Work highlights

  • Advising NYDC, a company established by the Yangon Regional Government, as transaction counsel, on the US$1.5 billion phase 1 development of the New Yangon City in the western Yangon region of Myanmar.
  • Advised Senoko on the S$2.11 billion syndicated loan facilities to refinance its indebtedness under its existing loan facilities.
  • Advising CECA Gold on the development of a liquefied petroleum gas receiving, tanking, storage and bottling facility in Kyauk Tan Township Thilawa, Myanmar.

Dentons Rodyk

Dentons Rodyk handles a range of cross-border projects and energy matters, including the financing and development of projects. The firm is particularly active in advising Chinese state-owned enterprises on energy projects in Belt and Road Initiative countries such as Indonesia and Singapore. The practice is led by Joo Thye Tan, who has extensive experience in advising on energy projects. Jonathan Guwe and Wanqing Loke are also key partners in this area; both are Mandarin speakers and often work with Chinese SEOs.

Practice head(s):

Joo Thye Tan

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Guwe; Wanqing Loke

Key clients

PT Dharma Hydro Nusantara

China Huadian Engineering Co., Ltd

Rafako S.A.

Chew’s Agriculture Pte Ltd

Sinenergy Holdings Pte Ltd

InfraCo Asia Development

Fujian Yongfu Power Engineering Co, Ltd.

Work highlights

  • As lead counsel, 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.
  • Advising as lead counsel (English and Singapore law) for China Huadian Engineering Co., Ltd (a Chinese State-Owned Entity) in its US$2.3bn acquisition of a majority interest in a Vietnam Project Company to develop a 2 X 660MW Coal Fired power facility in Vietnam.
  • Advised a renowned Singapore farm operator in relation to the build, own, and operate (BOO) of a waste-to-energy facility by a service provider listed on SGX in the farm premises to convert organic chicken manure into energy.

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP is known for the broad reach of its projects and energy practice, as it advises on projects in Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, and Myanmar. In addition to handling energy projects, the team also advises on real estate, waste management, data centres, and transportation projects. As well as advising on financing and development, the team also advises master developers on procurement. Practice head Soh Lip San has experience in both contentious and non-contentious projects and energy work, while Shemane Chan is noted for her work on procurement. Larry Lim is known for his experience in energy markets.

Practice head(s):

Andre Yeap; Soh Lip San

Other key lawyers:

Shemane Chan; Larry Lim

Key clients

Facebook, Inc.

Neste Singapore Pte Ltd

One Bangkok Co Ltd

Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad

Linde Gas Singapore Pte Ltd

Singapore Institute of Technology

Work highlights

  • Advising the master developer of “One Bangkok” in respect of the development of waste water treatment plant, district cooling plant, electricity distribution facility and ICT infrastructure and services on a design, build, own, operate, finance and transfer basis to supply the utilities to the One Bangkok development.
  • Advised Linde Gas Singapore (“Linde”) on its US$1.4 billion (S$1.9 billion) investment to expand its existing gasification complex at Jurong Island, which will quadruple Linde’s present production capacity in Singapore.
  • Advised Neste Singapore (“Neste”) on its €1.4 billion (S$2.2 billion) investment to increase its biofuel production capacity in Singapore by up to 1.3 million tonnes per annum. The expansion will enable Neste to meet a growing global market demand for low-carbon solutions in transport and cities, aviation, polymers and chemicals sectors.

WongPartnership LLP

WongPartnership LLP advises clients on projects in sectors including renewables, hospitality, commercial property, and data centres. The team handles aspects of projects including financing, development, and procurement, as well as representing clients in arbitration claims. The practice is led by Peng Cheng Tay, who has broad experience in this space, and construction specialist Ian de Vaz. Lesley Tan is also active in both contentious and non-contentious work.

Practice head(s):

Peng Cheng Tay; Ian de Vaz

Other key lawyers:

Lesley Tan

Key clients

Keppel Corporation Ltd.

SembCorp Utilities Pte. Ltd.

Singapore Power Limited

Hyflux Ltd.

Changi Airport Group (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.

UOL Group Limited

OKP Holdings Limited

ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.

Santarli Construction Pte. Ltd.

Land Transport Authority

Work highlights

  • Acting for Resorts World at Sentosa Pte Ltd in this project, which is the first major redevelopment of the Resorts World at Sentosa Integrated Resort since its inception in 2007, involving an investment sum of S$4.5bn by Resorts World at Sentosa Pte Ltd to refresh and reinvigorate the Integrated Resort. 
  • Acted for GrabTaxi Holdings Pte. Ltd. in connection with the development and lease of a purpose-built building (the “Building”) to be built at one-north business park, Singapore, specifically for use by Grab and its various related entities. This project is significant as the Building will be Grab’s first purpose-built facility serving as Grab’s headquarters and house all of Grab’s employees based in Singapore. The project required synchronization of the technical and legal aspects. The specifications of the Building needed to cater to Grab’s business and needs whilst at the same time comply with the requirements of the various statutory authorities.   
  • Advising ST Telemedia Global Data Centres on the construction of its largest data centre facility in Singapore, a state-of-the-art hyperscale data center with a gross floor area of over 290,000 square feet and IT load capacity of over 30MW. 

Drew & Napier LLC

Led by Jimmy Yim, SC, Drew & Napier LLC has a broad practice covering projects in areas including manufacturing, shipping, residential property, and energy. In addition to advising on non-contentious matters, the team also acts alongside the firm's dispute resolution team to represent clients in litigation and arbitration. Yim handles both contentious and non-contentious matters; elsewhere, Ong Sim Ho is known for his work in the oil and gas sectors, particularly working with national oil companies. Dispute resolution specialist Mahesh Rai is another key contact, and handles disputes related to projects for clients throughout South East Asia.

Practice head(s):

Jimmy Yim

Other key lawyers:

Ong Sim Ho; Mahesh Rai

Key clients

Creative Technology Limited

Apollo Towers Pte Ltd

DBS Bank Ltd

The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Essar Group including Essar Projects (India) Limitedand Essar Projects Singapore Pte Ltd

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited

United Overseas Bank Limited

Ashurst LLP

Hyflux Limited

K&L Gates LLP

SK Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd. including SK E&C (Singapore branch)

Stepan Company including Stepan Asia Pte Ltd

Sato Kogyo Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for UOB in the grant of a S$40m loan to Singapore Poultry Hub Pte Ltd to set up the first smart and green factory for the poultry industry in Singapore. The hub is a joint venture between five poultry producers and processors.
  • Acting as co-counsel to a real estate investor and developer in a dispute with the Government of Maldives (“Maldives”). The matter involved a social housing scheme launched by the Maldives, under which it invited private sector partners to build social housing units in exchange for the opportunity to acquire leases of land on islands for free.

Bird & Bird ATMD LLP

Bird & Bird ATMD LLP frequently advises Singaporean regulators and government bodies on energy projects, particularly related to renewable energy and decarbonisation. In addition to assisting with the drafting of regulations and contracts for projects, the team has also advised on the use of green loans to finance projects. The practice is led by Sandra Seah; Ken Cheung is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Seah

Other key lawyers:

Ken Cheung

Testimonials

‘Approachable team who provide the latest and most practical insights/legal solutions on the renewable energy industry.’

‘Sandra Seah – Very approachable partner who has great compassion and emphathy for her clients.’

Key clients

The Building and Construction Authority (BCA)

Macquarie Bank Limited

DNV GL Pte Ltd / Public Utilities Board Singapore (PUB)

Hydrogen & Fuel Cells Association of Singapore

LYS Energy Group

Mainstream Renewable Power Asia Holdings Pte Ltd

Juwi Renewable Energies Singapore Pte Ltd

Tigris Water Company Pte Ltd

Solar Horizon Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Appointed as legal counsel to the Hydrogen & Fuel Cells Association of Singapore (HFCAS) to help Singapore in its decarbonisation efforts and move towards a greener environment.
  • Advised LYS Energy Group (LYS) on its S$14 million green loan obtained from United Overseas Bank (UOB) under its Green Infrastructure Framework as part of the Bank’s U-Solar programme.
  • Advising a Singapore statutory board and a global service provider to the maritime, oil & gas, power & renewables industries in relation to Singapore’s first floating solar project.

Duane Morris & Selvam LLP

Duane Morris & Selvam LLP has a varied projects practice encompassing work in sectors including energy, hospitality, and industry. The team is particularly active in Myanmar, where it provides regulatory advice as well as advice on financing and development for a varied range of projects. The practice is led by managing director Leon Yee and Krishna Ramachandra. Ramachandra splits his time between Singapore and Yangon, and stands out for his experience of the Myanmar projects market. Priyank Srivastava is another key contact in the team, focusing on oil and gas, LNG, and power matters.

Practice head(s):

Leon Yee; Krishna Ramachandra

Other key lawyers:

Priyank Srivastava

Key clients

Sembcorp Utilities Pte Ltd

ONGC Videsh Limited

Iceberg Holdings Pte Ltd

Ponna International Pte Ltd

AG Resources Myanmar Co. Ltd.

OIL India Limited

Ayeyar Hinthar Holdings

AG Resources Myanmar Co. Ltd.

Htoo Group

Shwe Min Gan Finance Company Limited

Ashro Singapore Pte. Ltd.

NES Global

State Bank of India

Work highlights

  • Advising Sembcorp Utilities Pte. Ltd. on its US$250 million financing of its gas fired power plant project.
  • Advising on a US$20m joint venture between Htoo Group and Banyan Tree Holdings.

Harry Elias Partnership

Harry Elias Partnership is active in a range of projects in Singapore, Malaysia, and Brunei, including marine infrastructure, healthcare facilities, and residential property. The team has a particular specialism in land reclamation work. In addition to providing non-contentious advice, the firm also represents clients in breach of contract disputes related to projects. The practice is led by Tan Chau Yee and Justin Chia, both of whom are experienced in contentious and non-contentious projects work.

Practice head(s):

Tan Chau Yee; Justin Chia

Key clients

DBS Trustee Ltd as Trustee of Soilbuild Business Space REIT

GlaxoSmithKline Pte Ltd

Standard Chartered Bank / Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore) Ltd

Surbana Jurong Consultants Private Limited

Wee Hur Group of Companies

SMRT Corporation Limited

Straco Leisure Pte Ltd (Singapore Flyer)

Meinhardt Singapore Pte Ltd

Rich-Link Construction Pte Ltd

CapitaLand Limited

Singapore Land Transport Authority

Maritime Port Authority of Singapore

Public Utilities Board

Singapore Land Authority

National Environment Agency

Ministry of Health

National Parks Board

People’s Association

Singapore Turf Club

AGC Holdings Ltd

BRC Asia Limited (including subsidiary Lee Wielded Mesh Singapore P/L)

Gathergates Group Pte Ltd

Systems on Silicon Manufacturing Co. Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Appointed as the Claims Specialist to the Project Manager (Surbana Jurong Consultants), Superintending Officer and Employer (Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore) for the Tuas Terminal Port Project 1 (part of the upcoming Tuas Mega Port project).As the Claims Specialist, we advise the Project Manager, Superintending Officer and Employer on the administration of the contract (PSSCOC) as well as claims submitted by the Contractor.
  • Advising MOH on an ongoing basis and have been advising MOH in reviewing and amending the standard term contracts (the PSSCOC) to be used when engaging the contractors, architects and consultants in relation to upcoming Senior Care Centres to be built in Singapore.
  • Represented Rich-Link Construction Pte Ltd in the Singapore High Court Suit HC/S 1274/2015 by CKR Contract Services Pte Ltd (“CKR”) against Asplenium Land Pte Ltd (“Asplenium”) and 8 Others (including Rich-Link Construction Pte Ltd as 6th Defendant). CKR (main contractor) was terminated by Asplenium (developer) for alleged non-performance and various breaches of contract. CKR then sued the developer, replacement main contractor (our client), architects and various others, for alleged non-performance and breaches of contract, and wrongful conspiracy to injure CKR.