Projects: foreign firms in Singapore

Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy's commitment to South East Asia, with its Singapore office at the heart of its operations, has enabled the firm to land major roles in both project development and project finance throughout the region. From offshore wind to gas-to-power deals, the Singapore team's focus is geographically diversified but with notable strength in Indonesia and Vietnam especially. Jason Humphreys leads the Singapore energy, infrastructure and projects team. Bimal Desai has transferred to Singapore from Dubai and is recognised for his expertise in oil and gas, LNG and refinery projects. Scott Lovell has impressed in the gas-to-power sector, including the Jawa-1 gas-fired power plant in Indonesia.

Practice head(s):

Jason Humphreys

Key clients

Mizuho Bank

Marubeni

Korea Electric Company

PT Pembangkitan Jawa Bali

PT Pertamina

Axia Power

Intraco

Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

Work highlights

  • Advised the lenders on the development, construction and operation of the 1760MW Jawa-1 gas-fired power plant in Indonesia, Asia’s first LNG-to-power project and one of the largest LNG-powered plants in South East Asia.
  • Advised Marubeni Corporation and Korea Electric Power Company (KEPCO) as sponsors and developers on the development and financing of the 1,200MW Nghi Son 2 BOT coal-fired power plant project in Vietnam.
  • Advised PT Pembangkitan Jawa Bali on the proposed development of the 800MW Jawa 3 gas combined-cycle power plant in Indonesia.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance has devoted considerable resources and expertise to its thriving projects practice in Singapore, which is achieving prominence in renewables, including offshore wind in Taiwan and Japan, midstream and downstream oil and gas, and conventional power. The firm is also active in transport and social infrastructure, including airports, 5G telecoms programmes and data centres. Nicholas Wong is co-head of the global projects group and has a huge body of experience in renewables and conventional power projects, oil and gas, and infrastructure projects. Matthew Buchanan leads the Asia Pacific construction practice and is another notable name, while Ross Howard brings additional senior-level experience in energy and infrastructure projects, having transferred from Tokyo.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Wong

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge of project financing for the renewable energy field.’

‘The team is very organised and efficient and they conduct themselves in an utmost professional manner.’

The period of time between a request and the associated response is quite short given the complexity of the issue. The team is very solution oriented and it has a very advanced commercial view.

Nicholas Wong is very experienced, wise and reliable. He is one of most trusted advisers I’ve ever worked with. He is an extremely quick thinker and diligently takes care of his clients. I believe his most distinctive characteristic might be his innovative approach for deadlock situations.

‘Matthew Buchanan is very ingrained with us and essentially part of our team. Matt and his team are driven to produce the best outcome on our behalf. And he has proven to be a business partner worthy of our trust.’

Key clients

Macquarie Capital

Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

The Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM)

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Changi Airport International

Work highlights

  • Advised Macquarie Capital, Ørsted and Swancor Renewable Energy on the $627m project financing of the development, construction, commissioning, testing and operation of Formosa 1, Taiwan’s first commercial scale offshore wind farm.
  • Advised Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and Eksport Kredit Fonden as the lenders on the  development and financing of a 158MW wind farm that will be constructed in Taïba N’Diaye, Senegal.
  • Advised Bangkok Bank PCL on its financing of a photovoltaic solar project in Vietnam.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP has consistently impressed in big-ticket power project financings. It is a major player in Indonesia and has gained further traction in other key jurisdictions including the Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar and Laos. Stephen McWilliams splits his time between Singapore and Japan, where he is now managing partner of the Tokyo office. Andrew Roche is another big name with a close association with Asian Development Bank. Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi is prominent in Indonesia project financings, particularly in the power sector.

Practice head(s):

Stephen McWilliams; Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi

Key clients

Asian Development Bank

PT Pertamina (Persero)

JBIC

Marubeni Corporation

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised the lenders on the project financing for the Rantau Dedap Geothermal Power Project in Indonesia.
  • Advised PT Pertamina EP Cepu on the development and financing of the Jambaran-Tiung Biru Gas Field Development in East Java, Indonesia.
  • Advised Pengerang Energy Complex on the development of an aromatics complex located in Pengerang, Johor, Malaysia.

Milbank

Milbank has an outstanding reputation in project finance in Indonesia and throughout South East Asia. It has especially close connections to lenders, including multilateral agencies and ECAs, and has an extensive record in power and resources projects. James Murray is highly rated in this segment, as is the up-and-coming James Orme and of counsel Melissa Lewis.

Practice head(s):

James Murray

Key clients

JBIC

Sumitomo Mitsui

KEXIM

Société Générale

Work highlights

  • Represented JBIC, NEXI, KEXIM and four other commercial lenders on the development, construction and financing of the 1,000MW coal-fired Cirebon Expansion IPP in Indonesia.
  • Continued to advise the lenders on the $4.3bn financing of a 2,000MW coal-fired power plant in Indonesia; the Central Java facility is the first to be delivered under Indonesia’s public-private partnership (PPP) regime.
  • Advised PT Supreme Energy Muara Laboh, the Indonesia-based developer of renewable energy projects, on the development of a 220MW geothermal project at Muara Laboh in Indonesia.

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP is highly rated for big-ticket power and oil and gas projects. It is also making an impression in renewables. The firm routinely advises some of the biggest name sponsors in the region, along with a range of banks, MLAs and ECAs. It has a virtually unrivalled senior team in big name Bill McCormackBen Shorten and global head of oil and gas Anthony PattenLachlan Clancy  also impresses at counsel level.



 

Practice head(s):

Ben Shorten; Bill McCormack

Testimonials

‘The team is well organised according to each member’s professional intelligence so that they can provide professional advice for the project at hand.’

‘Bill McCormack is a guru in the market, is commercial and a good operator.’

‘Bill McCormack has deep knowledge and wide-ranging experience in the industry.’

‘Lachlan Clancy is an outstanding counsel. He is always calm even in tough negotiations.’

Key clients

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

JBIC

Asian Development Bank

ACWA Power

Work highlights

  • Advised PETRONAS on the development and financing of its $28bn RAPID (Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development) project joint venture with Saudi Aramco, involving a refinery, cracker, and multiple downstream joint-venture petrochemical projects in Malaysia.
  • Advised a consortium comprising Pertamina, Marubeni and Sojitz on the development and financing of the $1.7bn integrated LNG-to-power project located in West Java Province, Indonesia.
  • Advising the lenders on the development and financing of the $2bn Vinh Tan 3 project in Vietnam, to be developed by China Light and Power and Mitsubishi Corporation.

Ashurst LLP

Ashurst LLP has an outstanding record in LNG infrastructure and power projects. It is especially active in LNG to power, conventional power and renewables, along with transport infrastructure. It is at the forefront of China's belt and road initiative (BRI) in South East Asia. The Singapore office is building its standing in offshore wind and solar power, leveraging its experience and expertise from Europe and Australia. Indonesia has been its primary market for many years, though it is gaining market share in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Myanmar and Vietnam. It is also getting a share of engagements connected to Taiwan's offshore wind programme. Andrew Digges heads the projects and infrastructure team in Singapore, while Daniel Reinbott leads the energy and natural resources group. Chin Chuan Chen is the leading name for Chinese lenders or sponsors, particularly in relation to BRI projects. Alfred Ng is an experienced name in project finance.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Reinbott; Andrew Digges

Testimonials

‘The group is knowledgeable, flexible and client oriented.’

‘The team was capable of giving a full-service solution and guiding the client through the transaction.’

‘Andrew Digges is very responsive, client oriented and always available.’

Key clients

JBIC

Asian Development Bank

Bank of China

China Development Bank

DBS

First Gen

Macquarie Capital

Enel Green Power

China Construction Bank

Land Transport Authority of Singapore

Work highlights

  • Continued to advise China Development Bank on the financing of the Jakarta-Bandung High Speed Railway project; this is the largest ever infrastructure project in Indonesian history and the first high speed railway project in the jurisdiction.
  • Advised Tokyo Gas on the structuring, development and financing of the Thi Vai LNG receiving terminal and the Nhon Trach 3&4 power project in Vietnam.
  • Advised PT Bank CCB Indonesia on the financing of the Kalbar 1 coal-fired 2 x 100MW power project  in Singkawang, West Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow is recognised for its strength in Indonesia and other frontier markets including Bangladesh where it has advised on a series of large power projects. Thailand and Vietnam are also key markets. Much credit should go to Martin David who has played a key role in elevating the firm's position in the region, in both conventional power and renewables. The team has landed a number of key engagements from Chinese SOEs, among other clients. Ang Kim Hock  brings additional LNG expertise and Andrew Zaw is noted for project finance.

Practice head(s):

Martin David

Testimonials

‘The team is professional and devoted. It has good commercial sense and is client oriented.’

‘Martin David has a good understanding of the industry, and his brilliant negotiaton skills are also impressive.’

‘Ang Kim Hock is a reliable and professional partner, his bilingual skills and insight of this industry help him provide a high quality service.’

Key clients

Asian Development Bank

Suez Environment

Sembcorp

Equis

Gulf

Energy Absolute

Power China

Work highlights

  • Advised CIC Capital on its investment in the Nam Dinh 1 coal-fired power project in North Vietnam.
  • Advised Power China Australia on the construction, development, operation and maintenance arrangements for the 150MW Cattle Hill Wind Farm project in the Central Highlands of Tasmania.
  • Advised Cleantech Solar Asia on its strategic partnership with Climate Fund Managers.

Jones Day

Jones Day remains a strong player in South East Asia projects, despite the departure of projects partner James Harris to Pinsent Masons MPillay in 2019 and the retirement of project finance partner Bruce Schulberg. Julien Reidy is now fronting the team's energy and transport projects work, along with renewables specialist Karthik Kumar. The group is active in PPP projects in Indonesia, along with road and port projects in India. It has a  broad portfolio of offshore wind engagements around the region, including offshore Taiwan and Vietnam. Alex Cull provides further oil and gas expertise.

Practice head(s):

Julien Reidy; Karthik Kumar

Key clients

Indonesia Infrastructure Guarantee Fund

Indonesia Government (Ministry of Communications and Informatics)

Vibrant Energy

8minutenergy Renewables

Babcock Power

Madagascar Ministry of Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised the International Finance Corporation on a toll road concession issued by the Indonesian toll road authorities for potential investment by international sponsors and lenders.
  • Advised Aurecon Group, alongside SMRT (Singapore), Singapore Cooperation Enterprise and the Mauritian Government on the successful tender for the $600m Metro Express light rail project in Mauritius.
  • Advised the lenders on the proposed debt financing of a SPV set up by Keppel Infrastructure Holdings for the design, build, own and operate project for Singapore’s fourth desalination plant located in Marina East.

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP is best known for power, renewables and oil and gas projects. The firm has consistently impressed in the project development field and has gained additional credibility with leading project finance expert Andrew Brereton having joined from Clifford ChanceSimon Cowled is experienced in power projects, Richard Nelson is rated for oil and gas, especially LNG, and Merrick White heads the international midstream,  downstream and refineries practice. Kelly Malone splits his time between Singapore and New York, co-heads the global power practice and is a recognised leader in hydropower.

Practice head(s):

Kelly Malone; Simon Cowled, Merrick White; Richard Nelson

Key clients

Anadarko Petroleum

PTT Exploration and Production

Sarawak Energy

Mitsui & Cod

Work highlights

  • Advised a consortium of Korea Electric Power and Korea East-West Power on the development and financing of a 198MW capacity natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant and 25 MW capacity energy storage facility in Dededo, Guam.
  • Advised the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority on a number of power purchase agreements and fuel supply contracts, one of which is valued at $1.5bn and involves the conversion of two facilities to use natural gas as their primary fuel.
  • Advised Singapore LNG Corporation and the Energy Market Authority of Singapore on its terminal use arrangements at the Singapore LNG import terminal, including drafting the second-generation import licences and terminal use agreement.

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown is known for its work in frontier markets, especially Myanmar, along with Bangladesh, Pakistan and Indonesia. It is widely recognised for its focus on the LNG sector, including floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) projects and LNG sale and purchase work. Solar and hydropower projects in Myanmar and the Mekong region are also a notable feature of the practice. The strong senior team, which features a number of EPC experts, includes Nathan Dodd who leads the South East Asia projects practice and has an established record in Myanmar, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Benjamin Thompson is another key name for Myanmar and the Mekong region. Nick Kouvaritakis leads the Asia LNG practice.

Practice head(s):

Nathan Dodd

Testimonials

‘The team is straightforward and gets the deal done.’

Key clients

ADB

IFC

Sembcorp

Kansai Electric

Marubeni

Mitsui OSK Lines

Mitsubishi

China Light and Power

Work highlights

  • Advised Mitsui OSK Lines on the construction and operation of a 1.76GW gas-fired combined cycle power plant in West Java, involving an offshore FSRU to supply fuel to the power plant.
  • Advised China Power International and Hub Power Company on the development and financing of a $2.2bn 1,320MW coal-fired power project and coal importation facility in Pakistan.
  • Advised the lenders on the Myingyan 225MW gas-fired Independent Power Project (IPP) in Myanmar.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has a substantial Singapore team that has a wide geographic scope and diverse sector experience. The team covers greenfield project development and EPC matters through to big-ticket project finance. It has landed big renewables and gas to power project engagements through to major mining projects in Asia and elsewhere. Nick Merritt is global head of infrastructure, mining and commodities, 'good operatorStephen Begley has unique regulatory experience in the gas sector, and Nicky Davies has extensive concession agreement and EPC expertise. Counsel Laurie Pearson provides further PPA and concession agreement experience.

Practice head(s):

Nick Merritt

Key clients

Edra Global Energy

Asian Development Bank

ING Bank

Standard Chartered

MUFG

Sembcorp Industries

DBS Bank

POSCO Daewoo

Work highlights

  • Advising Korea Water Resources Corporation and Hyundai Engineering Corporation, as the sponsors, on the 15MW Tina River Hydro Development Project in the Solomon Islands, the first large-scale infrastructure project to be developed as a PPP in the state.
  • Advising DBS Bank on the financing for the development, design, engineering, management and operation of the Khalifa Port Container Terminal Phase 2 in Abu Dhabi.
  • Advising Société Générale on the bridge financing to a subsidiary of Bumi Armada, for the acquisition, conversion and operation of an LNG vessel into an LNG floating storage unit  for the Malta LNG-to-power project.

White & Case Pte. Ltd.

White & Case Pte. Ltd. is at the forefront of offshore wind energy projects in Asia Pacific and remains prominent in oil and gas, in part thanks to its involvement in theheadline RAPID project in Malaysia. LNG regasification is another forte for the team. Steve Payne is a leader in oil and gas, while Fergus Smith and Matthew Osborne  are increasing the firm's standing in renewables, especially offshore wind energy.

Practice head(s):

Steve Payne

Key clients

Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco)

IFCCanadian Solar

Equis Energy

Work highlights

  • Continued to advise Saudi Aramco on its acquisition of a 50% equity interest in Petronas’s Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) in Malaysia.
  • Advised the local and international financiers on the financing of the 640MW Yunlin offshore wind project in Taiwan.
  • Advised Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, as sponsor, on the development and project financing of the 600MW Changfang and Xidao offshore wind projects in Taiwan.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is primarily recognised for its work in the oil and gas sector though it has made particular inroads into transport infrastructure projects linked to China's Belt and Road Initiative. David Clinch is an outstanding energy lawyer and Adrian Cheng is noted for energy-sector financings. Glynn Cooper is the key name in infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

David Clinch; Adrian Cheng: Glynn Cooper

Testimonials

‘Strong knowledge and experience in project financing and efficiency in delivering tasks that have tight deadlines.’

‘The professional team members lead by David Clinch provide legal advice that allows us to make breakthroughs in negotiations. They protect the client’s interest and simultaneously understand the importance of progressing the project.’

‘David Clinch is different from the other professionals as he understands the Japanese/Asian culture, but at the same time provides the international standards from a legal aspect.’

Key clients

Brunei Economic Development Board

National Environment Agency of Singapore

Chevron

PETRONAS

Work highlights

  • Advised a Japanese consortium on the proposed Kuala Lumpur to Singapore High Speed Rail project delivered through a public-private partnership; the project is currently suspended.
  • Advised Brunei Economic Development Board on the construction and development of an integrated refinery and aromatics complex at Pulau Muara Besar, Brunei.
  • Advised Beibu Gulf Holding on its investment in the Muara Port in Brunei. wd

Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee

Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee impresses in conventional power and renewables, having a broad geographic scope across Asia Pacific. The firm is close to sponsors especially and has experienced Asia specialists within the team, including Alex Wong and Samantha Campbell, who splits her time between Singapore and Vietnam.

Practice head(s):

Alex Wong; Samantha Campbell

Testimonials

‘The firm has a first class project finance team recognised by clients and peers for their extensive experience in power, construction and infrastructure projects across Southeast Asia. It is blessed with a global network across Asia, Europe and the Americas that provides seamless cross-border advice to clients.’

‘Alex Wong  is excellent for international infrastructure and major construction related work across South East Asia. He is highly regarded for his formidable intellect and market knowledge, and his ability to get deals done efficiently. Alex provides clients with consistent high-quality, user-friendly advice and is a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara

Tokyo Electric Power

Super Energy (East)

Work highlights

  • Advised PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara on the development, construction and financing of the $2.5bn 2,000MW Jawa 9 and 10 power projects in Indonesia.
  • Advised Tokyo Electric Power on its acquisition of a 36.38% stake in Viet Hydro as part of its investment and participation in the Coc San Hydropower Plant in Vietnam.
  • Advised Super Energy on its 100% acquisition of Sinenergy’s Ninh Thuan I solar power plant in Vietnam.

Linklaters

Linklaters' Singapore projects, energy and infrastructure construction practice is now led by counsel Kevin Crombie, a specialist in construction and EPC contracts. The team frequently works alongside and supports colleagues in other offices, such as the Hong Kong office on Taiwan offshore wind projects. Managing associate Xylia Sim provides further project finance expertise. LNG expert Tessa Davis has joined Morrison & Foerster (Singapore) LLP.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Bradley

Key clients

BP

China Light and Power

Glencore

Macquarie Infrastructure

Mitsui & Co

Thai Oil Public Company

Pinsent Masons MPillay

Pinsent Masons MPillay is outstanding in power and infrastructure, including projects linked to China's Belt and Road Initiative and headline PPP engagements. It further enhanced its projects credentials with the hire of the experienced James Harris from Jones Day. David Platt and Ian Laing are also experienced hands in the projects' sphere.

Practice head(s):

David Platt; Ian Laing; James Harris

Testimonials

‘The team has very experienced senior lawyers who have advised on many infrastructure and project finance transactions in the Philippines. The partners are hands-on in maintaining the quality of the work.’

‘David Platt has seen the Philippines market grow and has probably more Philippines experience than most lawyers in Asia. David is hands-on and practical in his approach. He understands the commercial and financing aspects very well.’

Key clients

IFC

The Ministry of Industry and Trade (Vietnam)

China Road and Bridge Corporation

Thar Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised IFC on the Clark International Airport expansion project, being the first airport hybrid PPP project initiated under Philippines president Duterte’s Build Build Build programme.
  • Advised China Harbour Engineering on the PPP structuring of its potential investment in a tunnelling project in Sri Lanka to support the Colombo Port City Project.
  • Advised Thar Energy on the financing of a 330MW coal-fired thermal power project in the Province of Sindh, Pakistan.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a recognised player in LNG-to-power projects, having built on the team's experience and expertise in upstream and midstream oil and gas. The Singapore group is close to a number of Japanese sponsors, several national oil companies, and a growing number of Chinese entities. Michael Joyce has an excellent record in oil and gas and power is a potent force in upstream and midstream oil and gas, and power, while  Paul Greening is noted for LNG project development.

Practice head(s):

Michael Joyce; Paul Greening

Key clients

Hopu Investments

Anadarko Petroleum

JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy

Tokyo Gas

Work highlights

  • Advised Japan’s Electric Power Development on its participation in a world-first project to produce hydrogen from brown coal reserves in the Latrobe Valley in Victoria, Australia.
  • Advised Anadarko Petroleum as the operator and lead developer of the Mozambique LNG project on the development of a master LNG sales agreement for short-medium term and spot trading of LNG cargoes from the project.

CMS

CMS is a global leader in oil and gas and is further developing its infrastructure and power credentials in Singapore. The firm is active in upstream oil and gas and LNG, while being a growing force in renewables. Marc Rathbone and Adrian Wong are established names and particularly well known amongst sponsors and contractors. Kelvin Aw and Lynette Chew have joined the firm's Singapore FLA CMS Holborn Asia from Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC, and are further developing the combined team's standing amongst contractors.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Wong; Marc Rathbone

Key clients

Macquarie Capital

Tuas Power

Total Solar

Cleantech Solar

Work highlights

  • Advised PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (Persero) on the expansion, refurbishment, operation and maintenance of the Hang Nadim International Airport in Batam, Indonesia.
  • Advised Veolia Environmental Services Asia on the development of a hazardous waste processing plant in Vietnam.
  • Advised Tuas Power on a tank storage and terminal expansion project for the storage and delivery of renewable diesel and renewable jet fuel in Singapore as part of Neste Oil’s $1.2bn renewable diesel refinery expansion.

Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP

Dentons Rodyk is recognised for oil and gas projects, including LNG import and regasification engagements, along with a number of headline power projects. It advises a range of international and regional oil companies, along with a number of big-name traders and others. Tan Joo Thye and oil and gas and LNG specialist Kunal Kapoor have an impressive record in the region.

Practice head(s):

Tan Joo Thye; Kunal Kapoor

Key clients

PT Pertamina (Persero)

Pavillion Energy

PNG Sustainable Development Programme

Trafigura

Lukoil

Work highlights

  • Advised PT Pertamina (Persero) on its first joint venture agreement with Rosneft, the Russian state-owned oil company, to jointly develop the new Tuban refining and petrochemical complex in East Java.
  • Advised China Huadian Engineering on its $2.3bn acquisition of a majority interest in a Vietnam project company to develop a 2X660MW coal-fired power facility in Vietnam.
  • Advised a consortium of Indonesian and Chinese entities on the development of the 510MW Batang Toru hydropower plant in Sipirok, North Sumatera, Indonesia.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper established a strong presence in the market with the hire of Vincent Seah as a partner from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Seah has a fine record in the oil and gas, LNG and power segments.

Key clients

China Energy Investment Corp

Barito Pacific

China Huadian

DBS

Work highlights

  • Supported the Hong Kong office in advising Barito Pacific and Indonesia Power, as sponsors, on the development and financing of the $3.3bn 2x1000MW Jawa 9 & 10 coal-fired power station in Indonesia.
  • Supported the Hong Kong office in advising China Energy Investment Corp on the tendering, development, financing, construction, management and operation of a $1.8bn 2x1000MW power plant in the Jawa 7 project, on a BOT basis.

HFW Singapore LLP

HFW Singapore LLP's projects team enters the rankings this year on account of its prominence in renewable energy projects in Asia Pacific, particularly in the offshore wind and solar sectors, where EPC and O&M contract expert Ivan Chia is earning accolades.

Practice head(s):

Ivan Chia

Testimonials

‘The specialised team covers the complete value chain in the renewable sector and has expert counsels who have a complete understanding of this sector.’

‘The individuals in this firm are clearly on top of the cross-border issues which involve Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam. They was also very aware of practical issues which are outside of law such as transactional tax efficiencies across the jurisdictions.’

‘Ivan Chia is clearly an expert in renewables and a very experienced and competent lawyer. His legal skills and industry knowledge together with his practical approach and friendly manners are assets to any client.’

Key clients

Sunseap Energy

Symbior Solar

Work highlights

  • Advised Sunseap Energy on its $160m solar project contracts connected to the development of a 168MW solar PV project in Ninh Thuan, Vietnam.
  • Advised Symbior Solar on its $30m solar project contracts linked to the 10MW solar PV project in Tetulia, Bangladesh.
  • Advised Symbior Solar as project counsel on its $20m solar PV projects in Malaysia.

K&L Gates Straits Law LLC

K&L Gates Straits Law LLC is noted for upstream oil and gas, LNG-related and infrastructure projects. Power is another forte for the team led by Lian Yok Tan, who works closely with colleagues in other Asian and international offices.

Practice head(s):

Lian Yok Tan

Key clients

PT Pertamina (Persero)

Taiwan Power

Beijing Gas Singapore

PT ANTAM

Work highlights

  • Advised MTR Corporation, which operates the mass rapid transit system in Kuala Lumpur, on the construction and financing of its Line 3.
  • Advised MTR Corporation, which runs the mass rapid transit system in Kuala Lumpur, on a change in the contracting structure of the construction of Line 2 from the project delivery partner model to a turnkey model.

Reed Smith LLP

Reed Smith LLP is a growing force in project development in South East Asia and in the broader Asia Pacific region. The team is recognised for conventional and renewable energy expertise and has further strong credentials in infrastructure projects. It is best known for working with project sponsors and investors. Kohe Hasan and Bree Miechel are key partners.

Practice head(s):

Bree Miechel

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs continues to be a force in PPP and water projects in Singapore and beyond. This includes headline desalination plant projects, where Ignatius Hwang is a recognised authority. The practice is also strong in infrastructure projects and oil and gas (including LNG) project engagements.

Practice head(s):

Ignatius Hwang; Alfred Chia

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP has a strong background in renewable energy transactions, along with oil and gas engagements. In the renewable energy field, it has advised on headline solar projects in Cambodia and Taiwan. The firm has a wealth of experience in project development and project investments. Shawn Er is highly rated for renewable energy projects and Nick Dingemans is recommended for oil and gas projects.

Practice head(s):

Shawn Er; Nick Dingemans

Testimonials

‘We have good accessibility to the team and we appreciate their willingness to go out of the way to meet our needs.’

‘Shawn Er is commercially minded and understands the needs of the client. He is proactive in anticipating our needs and goes the extra mile to ensure that those needs are met. He has deep and wide knowledge on energy and renewable projects in Southeast Asia (including Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia) and Taiwan.’

Key clients

Sunseap Group

Sapura Energy

Yinson Holdings

Petrofac (Malaysia)

PetroVietnam Technical Service Corporation

Renova

Golar LNG

Work highlights

  • Advised InfraCo Asia Development on its investment in a 168MW solar project being developed in Ninh Thuan province, Vietnam.
  • Advised Coro Energy on its acquisition of an interest in the Duyung Production Sharing Contract in the West Natuna basin, offshore Indonesia.