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Project Development & Finance




Bill McCormack is a partner in the Project Development & Finance practice.

Based in Asia for over 20 years, Bill has advised on the development and financing of many significant energy and infrastructure projects in South and Southeast Asia, as well as acquisitions and disposals in the power and oil and gas sectors.

He advises a mix of sponsors and lenders including IFC, ADB, K-Sure, Marubeni, ENGIE and PETRONAS.

Bill has advised on some of the most complex “first-of-kind” projects in Asia and has a particular focus on renewables projects, including hydro, wind and solar.




England and Wales


Trinity College, Dublin, LL.B. First Class Honours, Foundation Scholar

Lawyer Rankings

South Korea > Projects and energy: foreign firms

Seoul-based Anna Chung and counsel Scott Baggett work alongside Singapore’s Bill McCormack (who also heads the project finance department), to lead and coordinate the South Korean coverage at Shearman & Sterling LLP. Chung has deep expertise in financing and refinancing international power, petrochemical and infrastructure projects across Asia and the Middle East.

Indonesia > Foreign firms

(Leading individuals)

Bill McCormack Shearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP stands out for its expertise in high-profile energy and infrastructure projects in Indonesia, as demonstrated by its advice to Masdar and PT PJB Investasi on the development and financing of a 145MW floating solar PV project over the Cirata reservoir. With experience across the energy, mining and metals, infrastructure and TMT sectors, the practice is also noted for its capability in M&As and capital markets transactions. Bill McCormack, who advises on the development and financing of energy and infrastructure projects, jointly leads the project development and finance practice alongside David Clinch, who focuses on projects and transactional work. Phil Cheveley spearheads the M&A team and head of Singapore’s capital markets group Andrew Schleider has considerable experience in offerings of high yield and investment grade debt securities, convertible bonds and equity. Kyungwon (Won) Lee, who leads the firm’s Asia capital markets team, is another key contact.

Singapore > Projects: foreign firms

(Hall of Fame)

Bill McCormackShearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP has lawyers who are skilled in the energy and infrastructure sectors including oil and gas, mining and metals, transportation, nuclear energy and renewables. The team regularly advises active sponsors and financial institutions in the market such as Masdar, The Dow Chemical Company, China Telecom Corporation and China Development Bank. Bill McCormack has particular expertise in hydro, wind and solar projects and co-heads the practice with Ben Shorten. David Clinch covers project development and project finance, while Jean-Louis Neves Mandelli has experience in supporting sponsors and lenders on development and financing.

Singapore > Banking and finance: foreign firms

Under the guidance of Bill McCormack , Shearman & Sterling LLP‘s finance practice in Singapore continues to handle an array of financing structures for a mix of commercial and investment banks, alternative credit provides, corporate borrowers and private equity sponsors. Although much of this work relates to project finance transactions, the firm’s ability to advise on leveraged and structured financings, ESG-linked loans and refinancings in emerging markets is also noteworthy. McCormack, who has more than two decades’ experience in Asia, has strong relationships with both borrowers and lenders in the region. Jean-Louis Neves Mandelli is also part of the core team, advising on a variety of multi-jurisdictional financing deals.

Singapore > Energy: foreign firms

(Leading individuals)

Bill McCormackShearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP has a full-service offering which covers the entire energy value chain from upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas transactions. The team is also involved in energy transition work from renewables and hydrogen to carbon capture and battery storage; recent highlights include leading on the development of the Cirata floating PV project in Indonesia. Joint heads Bill McCormack and David Clinch handle the development and financing of energy projects as well as disposals in the oil and gas sectors. Andrew Schleider represents underwriters and issuers in corporate finance transactions while Jean-Louis Neves Mandelli works with energy companies, funds and their financiers.

Vietnam > Foreign desks

Shearman & Sterling LLP has a strong Asian offering, with core offices based in Singapore and Seoul. The practice advises on project developments and finance matters, capital markets, as well as M&A and private equity transactions, and counts financial institutions, foreign and Vietnamese corporations, government and state-owned enterprises among its key roster of clients. Anna Chung is head of the office in Seoul and has expertise in project finance and development, as does Bill McCormack in Singapore. Kyungwon (Won) Lee leads the firm’s Asia capital markets team from the firm’s office in Hong Kong, and Singapore-based David Clinch has demonstrable capability advising on energy, natural resources and infrastructure projects and transactions.

Myanmar > Foreign desks

Spread across the firm’s Singapore, Seoul and Tokyo offices, Shearman & Sterling LLP‘s practice has demonstrable experience advising international clients on energy mandates and project developments in Myanmar. In Singapore, Bill McCormack, who focuses on renewable energy projects, jointly leads the team alongside David Clinch, who advises on transactions and projects across the energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors. Anna Chung, who operates from the Seoul office, and Tokyo-based Etienne Gelencsér, act for lenders and sponsors on projects across the Asia Pacific region, including Myanmar, while Singapore-based Jean-Louis Neves Mandelli focuses on power projects.

Philippines > Foreign firms

Shearman & Sterling LLP fields a ‘very organised team’ that ‘keeps a very good track of what is happening on the projects that it works on’. It has considerable cross-border capabilities and regularly works with major conglomerates in the Philippines on key infrastructure projects and continues to be active advising Philippine clients on outbound investments. Bill McCormack has a broad range of experience in advising lenders, sponsors and other project participants and has particular strength in renewable projects, while David Clinch is a highly regarded name for energy, natural resources and infrastructure projects and deals. Philip Cheveley also plays a pivotal role in the department and Li Chen is a key name to note in the firm’s M&A practice who oversees a varied caseload of M&A, corporate and private equity matters.