Clifford Chance LLP

Projects & Energy Department

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What the team is known for High-calibre team recommended for its experience in large power, mining and infrastructure projects. Also noted for advice on the financing of LNG import and regasification terminals. Leverages the firm's comprehensive global network and impressive construction capabilities to provide support on project financing and development across the region. Clients include private and state-owned project sponsors, commercial lenders and ECAs.

Foreign desks The Singapore office is well known for advising foreign lenders on the development and financing of power projects in Vietnam, with particular experience in EPC contracts. The team assists both project companies and international lenders. Key Singapore personnel assisted with advising Bangkok Bank on its USD150 million financing of a photovoltaic solar power project in Vietnam. Nicholas Wong is a key client contact for Vietnam work.

The firm also has considerable expertise in Malaysia's energy and infrastructure sector, advising on project finance and capital markets deals. The team advised Aabar Investments PJS, which is a subsidiary of International Petroleum Investment Company, on its USD149 million sell-down of shares in RHB Bank. Raymond Tong leads the firm's Malaysia practice.

Notable practitioners

Matthew Buchanan "provides very dedicated and knowledgeable client advocacy," enthuses one client. He has a well-established reputation for assisting with the construction and development of coal-fired power plants.

Nicholas Wong is well respected for his experience advising clients on various petrochemicals projects as well as infrastructure development. A client says: "The time schedule was very tight so it was very imperative to persuade each parties within a short period of time. Nicholas Wong was very good at persuading each party and co-ordinating many conflicting issues. If we hadn't hired him, I don't think the project would have met the deadline."

Ross Howard acts on a broad range of projects spanning power, petrochemicals and infrastructure. He has wide ranging experience and is highly regarded for activity relating to both Vietnam and Japan. A client comments: "Ross is really fantastic on the commercial aspects of the project, which is good. He's always up to speed."