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Herbert Smith Freehills

Energy & Natural Resources

Band 1Asia-Pacific RegionGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Robust Asia-Pacific practice 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.


Clients are full of praise for the firm. One reports: "They provide professional and efficient legal services, and have a business-oriented ethos and good client relationships."

Another source observes: "When there are issues that require them to be creative, they do well. They are also very hard-working when it is intense."

One client particularly appreciates that the "advice is top-notch, but what really sets them apart is how their advice is balanced between legal positions and commercial realities," also saying: "When there is a matter that requires expertise outside the core team on our file, the firm never fails to deliver this in a seamless manner."

Another client praises the firm for the breadth of its practice, stating: "They have excellent partners covering a range of areas relevant to an energy company."

Clients praise the team's "background in and understanding of the energy sector."

Another client adds: "Herbert Smith Freehills present good knowledge of governmental approval processes in Asia."

Work highlights

Advised Keppel Electric on the installation and development of solar power panels in Singapore, as part of the company's wider initiative to source renewable energy for its operations.

Advised Chevron on the sale of its stake in the Malampaya Gas Project in the Philippines.

Advised AGL Energy on its deal with Vena Energy for the development of a battery energy storage system near Wandoan in Queensland capable of powering 57,000 homes.

Notable practitioners

Robert Merrick in Perth, Jay Leary in Brisbane, David Clinch in Singapore and Hilary Lau in Hong Kong are the main points of contact.

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