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Highly sought-after lenders' counsel for many ECAs and development and commercial banks seeking assistance with regional project financing mandates. Also well placed to serve regional project sponsors. Impressive track record on energy projects, including those in the power, petrochemical, and oil and gas sectors. Noted expertise regarding renewables and infrastructure projects, assisting clients on significant wind farm, mining, railway and urban infrastructure projects. Highly experienced teams across the region, including those in the Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo and Vietnam offices. Serves on many high-profile mandates in East Asia, South-East Asia, Africa, Australia and Europe.
Clients praise the team highly, one saying: "They are absolutely terrific. They have a solutions-based approach on documentation and negotiations. They explain things very clearly, they guide people through the commercial calls that need to be made, and their technical knowledge on underlying contracts is excellent."
Clients say: "Clifford Chance handles many cross-border deals. In this matter they understand how to work well with stakeholders from different countries and cultures. They also pointed out the concerns from the lenders' perspective, which helped us to understand and provided a way forward."
Another client comments: "Clifford Chance Tokyo team is quite sophisticated and very professional. Whenever we asked for their support, they could always respond quickly."
A client appreciates the team for its "market experience and understanding of project and finance documentation" and "provision of practical and mutually beneficial solutions."
Assisted sponsor China National Petroleum Corporation with structuring the financing of a crude oil pipeline project in West Africa.
Acted for Macquarie Capital and Swancor Renewable Energy on the USD2 billion financing of the Formosa 2 offshore wind farm in Taiwan.
Acted for the investors and KEXIM on the refinancing for the Norte II power project in Mexico via the private placement of USD400 million notes due 2037 by KST Electric Power.
Advised the lenders in relation to all aspects of the development and financing of the Nghi Son thermal power project in Vietnam, developed by Marubeni Corporation and Korea Electric Power Corporation.
Nicholas Wong and Ross Howard in Singapore, Maggie Lo in Hong Kong and Hans Menski in Tokyo are key points of contact.