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Energy & Natural Resources - Asia-Pacific Region
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What the team is known for

Herbert Smith Freehills has a robust legal practice across the Asia-Pacific Region, with in-depth industry expertise across oil and gas, mining and power. Broad regional spread of resources, with teams in Singapore, China, South Korea, Japan and Australia. Also experienced in mandates involving countries in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Frequently assists blue-chip energy conglomerates with large transactions, including high-profile cross-border M&A mandates, and off-take and sale and purchase agreements. Also well placed to advise financial service institutions and investment funds on their investments. Growing its reputation in the renewables sector, advising on large project developments and various investments and disposals.


A client says: "Herbert Smith Freehills provides commercially sound legal advice and is able to frame and communicate complex legal issues into easy-to-understand points for decision making."

Another interviewee "appreciates the seamless service received on cross-border issues."

"The expertise, client care and commerciality provided by Herbert Smith Freehills are exceptional," reports a client, who explains: "This is because they go out of their way to understand our business, and how we like advice delivered, and understand that we want a commercially sensible outcome. They always deliver pragmatic and commercial advice and I can rely on them to think outside the box and work together with our business to achieve the desired results."

A client who observes: "The partners we deal with are technically excellent and of the highest quality," adds: "Herbert Smith Freehills being a global firm, with offices in our jurisdictions, is important to us."

A source says: "Herbert Smith Freehills Tokyo has been very commercial in its approach, timely with the advice and has demonstrated a solid understanding of the Japanese resources landscape."

Work highlights

Herbert Smith Freehills' teams in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur advised Armstrong Southeast Asia Clean Energy Fund on the sale of a 39.4 MW wind farm in Vietnam, owned by Dam Nai Wind Power, to SN Power.

It represented CNPC in its investment into the Arctic LNG 2 project being developed by Novatek.

Herbert Smith Freehills advised IGO on its proposed AUD1.9 billion acquisition of a 49% stake in Tianqi Lithium Energy Australia, holder both of a 51% interest in the world’s largest hard-rock lithium mine and of a 100% interest in a lithium hydroxide plant, both assets being located in Western Australia.

Notable practitioners

Robert Merrick in Perth, Jay Leary in Brisbane, Irina Akentjeva in Singapore, Andrew Blacoe in Tokyo and Hilary Lau in Hong Kong are the main points of contact.