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Ashurst LLP

Energy: foreign firms Tier 1

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.


‘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




Mitsubishi Corporation and its subsidiaries Diamond Gas International and Tabeer Energy


Tokyo Gas


BHP Billiton

PT Pertamina (Persero)

Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand

Banking and finance: foreign firms Tier 2

Ashurst LLP is primarily recognised for energy, mining, and infrastructure financings in Indonesia for Chinese lenders. This is in large part thanks to the presence of Chin Chuan Chen. Syndicated lending, trade, and commodity finance, and acquisition and leveraged finance are also core to the practice. Jean Woo heads the practice, covering syndicated lending, acquisition finance, and trade and commodities finance, and sustainable finance; she led the team that advised ING Bank on the world’s first sustainability performance-linked fund financing. Alfred Ng is a key player in project finance in the power, infrastructure, and oil and gas sectors. Evan Lam joined the team in May 2020 from Allen & Gledhill LLP to reinforce the group's financial regulatory capabilities.

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‘Very pragmatic in their service delivery, good quality legal advice but at the same time being very commercial, coupled with the ability to be flexible in billing/fee arrangements and more open-minded about cost overruns.’

‘The transaction they assisted us on had a very tight timeframe and a difficult counterparty and they handled everything in their stride, including working through public holidays and weekends to get the deal done.’

‘Nothing is too much trouble.’

Key clients

Australian and New Zealand Banking Group

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank


DBS Bank


Societe Generale

Bank Mandiri

VP Bank

Bank of China

China Development Bank

China Construction Bank

HPS Investment Partners

White Oak ABL

Indies Capital Partners

PTT International Trading

Freepoint Commodities

Labour and employment: foreign firms Tier 2

Ashurst LLP assists a variety of local and international clients on all aspects of employment law, with particular strength in the post-M&A integration, contract drafting, and employment terminations. The practice works closely alongside its network of global offices with contentious work undertaken through its alliance with local outfit, ADT Law. Senior associate Karen Mitra is the main point of contact. She is also noted for her expertise in the employment aspects of anti-bribery and corruption matters.

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Key clients

Apollo Global Management



Visa, Inc


Rio Tinto

IHS Markit

Mitsui & Co.

The Silanna Group

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

National Australia Bank




Mizuho Asia Partners

Doka Group

GAIN Capital

Pico Global Trading

Unisys Corporation

Sage Software



Westpac Banking Corporation

Toll Group

R.E.A. Holdings

Dover Corporation

Macquarie Capital

Exane BNP Paribas

First Derivatives plc



Projects: foreign firms Tier 2

Ashurst LLP stands out for the breadth of its projects practice, which encompasses work in energy, transport and industry; within the energy sphere, the team handles oil and gas, renewables, LNG, and waste-to-energy projects. The Singapore team is active across the region, working in conjunction with Ashurst's other offices in Asia. The practice is led by Andrew Digges and Daniel Reinbott. Reinbott is particularly noted for his work in the LNG space, while Alfred Ng focuses on project financing. The team was bolstered by the arrival of Michael Harrison from Ashurst's Sydney office; Harrison is deeply experienced in a range of projects work. Andrew Roche joined the firm in January 2021.

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‘What makes this practice unique is Michael Harrison. He would, without doubt, be the best legal practitioner I have ever dealt with in my 35 years of industry experience.’

‘Michael Harrison is a standout for a number of reasons, firstly because of his legal acumen and expertise, but backed up with his can-do, get it done, keep it simple approach. I find this unique, particularly at the level within and the industry sectors that Mr Harrison operates in.’


Key clients



ING Bank

Bank of China

China Construction Bank

Karkey Karadeniz Elektrik Uretim (and Kar Powership Indonesia)

Freepoint Commodities Singapore

Bank of Baroda

CDC Group

Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector


Brunei Economic Development Board

Restructuring and insolvency: foreign firms Tier 2

Ashurst LLP advises on the full spectrum of issues arising from corporate distress, distressed investing, and formal insolvencies, often acting for lenders, alongside good Indonesian and Chinese law capabilities. Jean Woo has a strong following among financial institutions and increasing, among corporate clients on finance and restructuring transactions.

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‘Good all-round strength within the firm. The firm has a strong tradition of excellence.’

‘Jean Woo is committed to her clients. Commercially savvy and a good sense of humour which is often required.’

‘Very responsive and particular experience in Oil & Gas and commodity trading’

‘Jean Woo understands the banking and trade finance sectors which helps materially in a restructuring scenario.’

Key clients

Australian and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ)

Bank of China

China Development Bank

Credit Suisse


Deutsche Bank

Bank Mandiri


Société Générale



BNP Paribas

PTT Trading

Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 3

Ashurst LLP remains best known for energy and resources M&A, though it has significantly expanded its offering with a series of key hires in the last few years. It now represents a range of Southeast Asia businesses, wider Asia Pacific organisations (particularly from Japan), and further multinational companies from around the world. Private equity is another growing area for the team. Simon Brown leads the team and has an extensive record in energy and resources M&A; he led the team that advised Eni, through its subsidiary Eni East Sepinggan, on the transfer of a 20% participating interest in the East Sepinggan area in Indonesia to Neptune Energy Group, through its subsidiary Neptune Energy East Sepinggan.  Waltter Kulvik is noted for private equity and infrastructure M&A. Michelle Phang has a fine background in cross-border M&A in Asia Pacific, and is Singapore and UK qualified.

Key clients

Inalum (Indonesian state owned enterprise)

IHS Markit

BGC Partners


edotco Group

A-Cap Energy Resources

OMV Aktiengesellshaft

Mitsui & Co

CA Technologies

GPC Asia Pacific

Mayur Resources

The Silanna Group

JFE Shoji Trade Corporation


Spirax-Sarco Engineering

Mizuho Bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Mitsubishi Group

Japan Bank for International Cooperation

Whitehelm Capital

Coda Payments

Boardroom Group

International arbitration Tier 3

Ashurst LLP is noted for its'significant strength and depth in their construction disputes' and counts energy and financial services among its other areas of impressive sector expertise. It draws on expertise from across its global network to provide multijurisdictional teams to handle international arbitration for its impressive roster of multinational corporate clients. In Singapore, practice head Rob Palmer is a popular choice for LNG pricing disputes, he is ably assisted by senior associate Michael Weatherley .

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Plenty of experience with construction projects and international arbitration proceedings in the Asia region. Significant strength and depth in their construction disputes and international arbitration team.’

The team are very hands-on and hand an excellent knowledge of every aspect of the arbitration.

Rob Palmer was very much into the detail of the case and was able to provide the right level of direction and assistance to me as the expert. He also understood very well when I had concerns and worked with me to enable me to deliver a high-quality result for the client.

Michael Weatherley was assisting Rob Palmer and was extremely well versed in the case and the documents, being able to lead us to the right information immediately. His assistance was instrumental in us being able to deliver a high quality product to the client in a timely and economic manner.

Easy to work with and responsive. They always carefully listen to us, and understand the situation very well. They are very efficient, systematic and prompt in response, which is useful as we always need to come up with a solution in a short period of time.

Rob Palmer: He knows the Asian infrastructure area very well. Also, he conducts advocacy in hearings. This is helpful, because we know someone who knows are case best would conduct the hearing.’

Ashurst really understands our business, they raise all the right issues and we felt we had the best possible protection. Also, they are very helpful as they have good insight in the issues in Indonesia and Japan in the energy sector.

Michael Weatherley is very insightful and friendly. Very hard worker, his quality is exceptional!