Herbert Smith Freehills

Projects & Energy Department

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What the team is known for Versatile group with an illustrious track record handling oil and gas, mining and power transactions. Experienced advising clients on both upstream and downstream energy matters. Provides advice to an enviable list of high-profile multinationals and state-owned energy companies. Clients benefit from access to the firm's extensive network across the Asia-Pacific region as well as experience servicing international clients on inbound deals. Offers substantial expertise in matters related to Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar.

Foreign desks Formidable practice acting for international investors and construction companies on acquisitions and disposals relating to Malaysia. Significant expertise in transactions in the energy, oil and gas and petrochemical sectors. The Singapore team often works in conjunction with the firm's Kuala Lumpur office on Malaysian projects. The firm assisted SEA Hibiscus with funding a deal with Trafigura relating to its acquisition of oil and gas fields in northern Sabah. David Clinch is a key client contact for Malaysia-related work.

The Singapore office has notable capabilities in advising downstream and upstream oil and gas companies on their operations in Myanmar, recently advising Woodside on its upstream interests in Myanmar. The team is also well placed to advise on deals in the infrastructure space, particularly those concerning telecommunications. David Clinch is a key contact for clients.

The office also offers notable expertise in Indonesia-related matters. The team handles sizeable cross-border transactions and projects spanning oil and gas, mining and power.

Notable practitioners

Experienced energy specialist David Clinch handles prominent oil and gas mandates across a broad spectrum of jurisdictions. He maintains a busy practice in relation to Brunei-based energy and infrastructure development projects. A client notes: "He's got a lot of experience and a very cool, calm and steady manner about him. He is available to us when we need him and his attention to detail is very impressive."