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Herbert Smith Freehills

Projects & Infrastructure

Band 2Asia-Pacific RegionAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Well-reputed team in Australia, with expertise advising on major domestic PPP infrastructure projects. Capable in transport infrastructure, especially rail. Teams in Japan and China have a growing reputation, frequently assisting with the financing and development of international LNG and renewables projects. Acts for contractors, sponsors, financiers and investors. Also noted for its growing presence in the South-East Asia market, with teams in Singapore and Malaysia.

Strengths

A client says: "They know the correct questions to ask and how to leverage the strength of other offices with their language capabilities, as well as the local counsel."

Another interviewee says: "I was impressed by their deep knowledge and wide experience in FPSO/FLNG projects. We appreciate the proactive advice provided to clients and I think they know the Japanese market and Japanese people very well."

"Their advice shows commercial insight and a comprehensive understanding of the practices related to the construction, financing, operation, maintenance and refinancing or sale of major projects and assets," states one client.

Another interviewee praises the team's versatility, asserting that it "has an outstanding record advising sponsors, contractors, funds, banks and governmental bodies on the complexities and nuances of regional and cross-border projects, transactions and disputes."

"It is a very strong outfit," concurs another client, describing the team as comprising "strong contributors who are extremely responsive and often go the extra mile."

Work highlights

Advised China Railway Construction Corporation on the construction of a high-speed rail line in Thailand.

Represented Hyundai Heavy Industries in an ICC arbitration against Barzan Gas Company related to the construction of a subsea gas pipeline serving Qatar's Barzan gas field.

Advised SoftBank Group in relation to its Indian renewable energy joint venture with Bharti for the development of a series of solar projects in India.

Advised the Momentum Trains consortium, selected by Transport for NSW to deliver its Regional Rail Project as a design, build, finance and maintain contract.

Advised the Australian Renewable Energy Agency in relation to its AUD23 million grant funding of the Kwinana waste-to-energy project.

Notable practitioners

Ellen Zhang in Beijing, Andrew Blacoe in Tokyo and Erin Wakelin in Sydney are key contacts.

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