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Allen & Overy LLP

Energy & Natural Resources

Band 1Asia-Pacific RegionAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Impressive regional network and expertise in the financing of high-profile energy transactions. Experienced in the oil and gas and power sectors, with clients including blue-chip energy companies, Chinese state-owned enterprises and commercial banks. Also well placed to advise on cross-border mining and renewables matters. Extends a broad presence across the region, with on-the-ground teams in China, Singapore, Australia and Japan. Active on transactions in South-East Asia and the Middle East. The firm also leverages its significant projects practice on major mandates.

Strengths

Sources say: "They are capable of mobilising large resources at the right place. They also have a special capacity to work together as a team from different offices with a strong client focus approach."

One interviewee appreciates that the firm is "willing to use its global spread to optimally match talent with the client’s needs."

Another interviewee remarks that the team's "client service and commercial awareness were excellent," while another reports that "they helped us a lot, no shortcomings. They have very skilled lawyers."

Work highlights

Acted for China National Offshore Oil Corporation on the sale of a stake in an Algerian oil field to its joint venture partner.

Acted for Innogy on its acquisition of Limondale Sun Farm, a special purpose vehicle with the rights to develop a 348 MW solar photovoltaic park at Balranald, New South Wales.

Acted as lenders' counsel in connection with the Rovuma LNG project in Mozambique.

Advised State Grid Corporation of China on its acquisition of a share in Oman Electricity Transmission Company through a privatisation process.

Notable practitioners

Li Ling in Beijing, Geoff Simpson in Perth, Scott Neilson in Tokyo and Barry Irwin in Singapore are the key points of contact.

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