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Desiree Woo is of counsel in Milbank’s Hong Kong office and a member of the firm’s Project, Energy and Infrastructure Finance Group. With more than 20 years of experience based in Milbank’s U.S. and Asia offices, Desiree has a leadership role in Milbank’s practice in the Greater China market and is fluent in Putonghua, Cantonese and Shanghainese. Desiree has extensive project development and financing experience in Asia and is especially active in China, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and Bangladesh among other jurisdictions, and also has in-depth experience advising on project financings involving commercial banks and export credit agencies such as Sinosure, China Development Bank, JBIC, NEXI, Korea Development Bank and KSURE. Desiree regularly advises project sponsors and lenders across a wide range of sectors, including conventional and renewable power, oil and gas, petrochemical, mining and metals processing, transportation, water, telecom and space and satellite. Desiree is highly sought after for her expertise representing project owners through the bid solicitation, contract documentation, bid award, construction and acceptance phases of EPC arrangements.


J.D. University of California, Los Angeles School of Law; M.B.A. University of California at Los Angeles; B.Sc. Cornell University

Lawyer Rankings

China > Projects and energy: foreign firms

Led from Beijing by Shepard Liu and closely integrated with lawyers based in Hong Kong, as well as throughout the firm’s broader network of international offices, Milbank provides a ‘professional and responsive’ service to a range of local and international stakeholders on China-facing cross-border mandates. Liu has ‘commercial knowledge of the industry’, ensuring that he is a popular choice for lenders, including ECAs, on cross-border project financing mandates relating to a broad swathe of conventional energy, renewables and infrastructure projects. Hong Kong-based counsel Desiree Woo has a particularly strong reputation advising Chinese entities on the development and financing of energy projects in Southeast Asia, including recent work on numerous coal-fired power plants in the Philippines.

Hong Kong > Projects and energy

(Leading individuals)

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With a presence across Greater China and in key other regional locations, including Singapore, and also able to draw upon financing expertise from lawyers across its US and London offices, Milbank’ s ‘hardworking’ team is a popular choice among a balanced roster of lenders and sponsors/developers across an array of conventional and renewable energy projects. Hong Kong and US-qualified of counsel Desiree Woo is the main contact from Hong Kong and is particularly noted for her work acting for Chinese clients engaged in projects throughout Southeast Asia.