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Baker McKenzie

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Band 2Asia-Pacific RegionAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Established reputation for advising project sponsors and lenders on power, LNG, mining and infrastructure mandates across South-East Asia. In addition to its conventional power project offering, the practice also advises on gas-to-power and renewables projects. Regularly instructed by blue-chip energy companies, ECAs and commercial banks. Deep bench strength across Asia and Australia. Has a growing reputation for its work in Thailand and Malaysia, and also active in the Vietnam and Indonesia markets.

Strengths

One client says of the team: "Through many years of experience and frequent communication with them, they tend to understand our company’s thoughts, visions or expected goals. Their performance is outstanding and they offer good quality of service which is highly sensitive to clients' needs. The flexibility of their approach to individual projects in terms of manpower, quality and volume of advice, depending on clients’ needs, is one of their strengths."

Another interviewee appreciates the timely advice provided: "My gratitude to them is for how the partners and other lawyers act to our requests promptly."

Clients appreciate the team's ability to successfully handle "multi-jurisdictional work."

A client reports: "They are good at listening to what the client wants and not over-servicing. They have the depth and expertise and are commercial about things, providing value for money. The cost management was excellent - they stuck to the budget."

One client appreciates the team's client-focused approach, explaining: "They see our business as their business and give us the total package from the initial problem right through to the solution."

"They have expertise on the global LNG market and always keep up with market trends," notes another client, adding: "We have been able to save significant costs due to their advice."

"The depth of the practice is very important when it comes to urgent turnaround times. The firm has excellent lawyers but also an excellent team altogether," another client adds.

Work highlights

Advised Gulf Energy on the USD1.37 billion development and financing of a 2,500 MW gas turbine power plant in Rayong Province, Thailand.

Acted for SK E&S on its acquisition of ownership interests in the Darwin LNG Project in Australia.

Advised Pacifico Energy KK on the structuring, establishment and financing of its second private solar fund, a JPY29 billion fund that will hold five Japanese solar plants totalling over 216 MW.

Acted for Built Environs, in its capacity as D&C contractor, in large-scale Western Australia Supreme Court litigation against Perth Airport arising from the redevelopment of an airport terminal.

Notable practitioners

Martin David in Singapore, Alex Hartmann in Sydney, Ean Mac Pherson in Tokyo, Won Lee in Seoul and Sawanee Sethsathira in Bangkok are the main contacts.

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