Mr Joo Thye Tan > Dentons Rodyk > Singapore, Singapore > Lawyer Profile

Dentons Rodyk
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Work Department

Finance Practice Group, Corporate Banking, Project Finance, Trade & Commodity Finance, Regional Practice Group - China Practice, Indonesia Practice.


Joo Thye is a senior partner in the Projects department. He is experienced in the areas of banking and finance, energy, mining, infrastructure, project finance, restructuringM&A and direct investment transactions.

He has undertaken complex cross-border projects in emerging markets where project development, execution and borrowing are difficult through the use of structuring, risks transfers and risks mitigation from familiarity with these markets. He has advised on, among others, the development of both traditional and renewable energy power plants and other infrastructure assets, routinely seeing the transaction through from inception to commercial operation. Energy projects undertaken include hydroelectric power, solar power, wind power, gas and coal fired power plants in Asia such as Bangladesh, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Mongolia and China. Through multiple documentations in consortium arrangements—such as sale and purchase agreements (SPAs), shareholders’ agreements (SHAs), engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts, fuel supply, operations and maintenance (O&M) arrangements, power purchase agreement, build-operate-transfer (BOT) contracts, implementation agreements and their related financing documents—he has successfully led these projects to financial close.

He has also advised borrowers, banks and financial institutions on a wide range of transactions which include advising on bilateral, club and syndicated loans, refinancing, infrastructure financing (including utilities and both greenfield and brownfield assets), export credit agency (ECA) supported financing and acquisition financing, both within and outside of Singapore, and financing in the energy, trade and commodity sectors.

He is familiar with working with export credit agencies or multilateral agencies through the use of their insurances and guarantees to enhance the bankability of power projects. In particular, he has extensive dealings and a strong relationship with the Chinese Export Credit Agency (Sinosure), a necessary and key player in financing power plants or other infrastructure projects in Asia where a Chinese contractor is involved.

His in-depth understanding of bank credit and risks management issues makes identifying and assessing structural credit risks from both the operation and legal perspective more effective especially relating to borrowers or counterparties from the emerging markets in Asia, and helps to ensure that legal documentation will be executed in a timely manner.


Senior Partner – Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP (formerly Rodyk & Davidson LLP) (2002 – present)
Singapore Telecoms (2001 – 2002)
Asia Pulp & Paper Co Ltd (1997 – 2001)
Rodyk & Davidson (1992 – 1997)
Loo & Partners (1989 – 1992)


English, Mandarin


LLB (Hons) National University of Singapore, 1989

Lawyer Rankings

Singapore > Projects and energy: local firms

(Leading individuals)

Joo Thye TanDentons Rodyk

The team at Dentons Rodyk is noted particularly for its ability to assist global clients with their international needs, by leveraging its energy experience across many jurisdictions. Chinese state-owned enterprises form a core part of the firm’s client base; advising such clients on their investments into offshore renewable projects in Belt and Road Initiative countries continues to be an area of focus for the practice. UK and Singapore-qualified lawyer Joo Thye Tan leads the group, and is equally well versed in handling the contractual, corporate and financing aspects of the work. The practice also fields fluent Mandarin speakers Jonathan Guwe and Loke Wanqing.

Singapore > Energy: foreign firms

Dentons Rodyk is an established player in the Asia Pacific LNG sector. It is also developing its profile in energy transition and renewables matters, along with oil and gas trading. Kunal Kapoor has extensive experience in LNG projects, including bunkering, liquefaction and regasification matters, along with broader expertise in oil and gas asset transactions in Southeast Asia. Joo Thye Tan and Jonathan Guwe provide additional Singapore law expertise on Southeast Asia power and renewables projects.

Singapore > Projects: foreign firms

With a particular focus on the energy sector, including LNG and renewables, Dentons Rodyk‘s team has extensive experience assisting lenders, sponsors, developers, institutional investors, contractors and operators with major domestic and cross-border project development and financing. Clients from across Southern and Eastern Asia, especially China, regularly instruct the firm. Joo Thye Tan leads the group, with support from Kunal Kapoor, who is noted as a go-to advisor for complicated liquefaction and regasification projects. Fluent Mandarin and English speakers Jonathan Guwe and Loke Wanqing are other key contacts.