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Myanmar

Foreign desks

Within: Foreign desks

Latham & Watkins LLP's team is noted for Singapore managing partner Sharon Lau, who acts for a number of investment banks across the region, and Stephen McWilliams, who represents developers, sponsors, project companies, lenders and government entities, among others. The team advised Cathay United Bank on the $480m project development and financing of the 300MW Mandalay solar project.

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Singapore: Banking and finance

Banking and finance – Foreign firms

Within: Banking and finance – Foreign firms

Latham & Watkins LLP is recognised for its expertise in acquisition finance, especially for private equity sponsors such as Warburg Pincus and Partners Group. Lead partner Timothy Hia is noted for his experience across banking and finance products and capital markets transactions, including advising clients on various financing options. He was a key partner in the firm's advice to the lenders on the debt restructuring of PT Bumi Resources.  Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi is recommended for Indonesia transactions, while Stephen McWilliams is a leader in project finance.

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Singapore: Energy

Energy – Foreign firms

Within: Energy – Foreign firms

Latham & Watkins LLP is at the forefront of project finance in the energy sector, with an established record in power, integrated LNG and gas-fired projects, LNG liquefaction and petrochemicals projects. It continues to earn accolades for its work in Indonesia, along with other frontier markets such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar. It advised the lenders on the $3.35bn financing for the development of the Tanjung Jati B 5 & 6 coal-fired power project expansion in Central Java, Indonesia. Stephen McWilliams is a big name operator, while Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi is a key figure in Indonesia oil and gas and LNG engagements.

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Singapore: Projects and energy

Projects and energy – Foreign firms

Within: Leading individuals

Stephen McWilliams - Latham & Watkins LLP

Within: Projects and energy – Foreign firms

Latham & Watkins LLP's 'strong project finance practice' is 'the one to go for', according to one client. The practice has an outstanding track record in power, including large-scale geothermal projects, and integrated LNG and gas-fired projects. It has also impressed in LNG liquefaction and petrochemicals projects. The team is at the forefront of Indonesia power deals, is dominant in Pakistan and Bangladesh gas-to-power projects, and has experienced an uptick in engagements from Vietnam and Myanmar. It continues to have a key role in advising the sponsors on the Cirebon 2 expansion project, a 1,000MW coal-fired power plant in West Java, Indonesia. It also advised Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), Nippon Export and Investment Insurance and the commercial lenders on the $3.35bn financing for the development of the Tanjung Jati B 5 and 6 coal-fired power project expansion in Java, Indonesia. Stephen McWilliams is a big name in the sector; Andrew Roche is 'very commercial', 'technically very strong' and is 'great in negotiations and managing relationships'. Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi is also a key name on Indonesia projects.

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Vietnam

Foreign desks

Within: Foreign desks

Latham & Watkins LLP offers strategic, focused and efficient legal representation on financing transactions and corporate deals. Key lawyers in the firm's Singapore office include office managing partner Sharon Lau, who advises both issuers and underwriters in international securities transactions and M&A, and Stephen McWilliams, who has advised on many of the region’s most complex and landmark power, oil and gas and mining projects. Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, Amy Beckingham has extensive local market knowledge and commercial acumen – she and Lau advised Vincom Retail on listing around 400 million shares on the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange, raising $740m. Other clients include project borrowers and lenders, state-owned companies and banks such as Techcombank.

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