What the team is known for
Latham & Watkins leverages its formidable project development and financing legal capabilities to advise on a range of energy transactions for some of the largest power companies and financial institutions in the region. Regularly handles matters across the power, oil and gas, and mining sectors, with notable experience in renewables and LNG mandates. Teams in Singapore, China and Japan lead energy sector M&A, capital markets, joint ventures and due diligence work. Active in commercial energy work across Asia, as well as Europe and Africa.
"Latham & Watkins has a global network of strong and knowledgeable partners in this field so that we can have the ease of mind whatever transactions we come across," says one impressed client, who goes on to assert: "Latham will be able to assemble a top-notch team to assist, they don't have a weak spot."
One client says that Latham & Watkins' "main strength is their wide range of experience in project finance transactions worldwide," adding: "They really know how to handle all financial issues and even commercial issues based on their previous experiences."
Sources say the lawyers "retain fairly close communication with clients and show very active involvement with all important issues arising from project development and the negotiation process."
Latham & Watkins advised Spanish solar power company X-Elio Energy on the sale of a portfolio of solar energy assets, totalling over 500 MW, to China Three Gorges (Europe) (CTGE).
Latham & Watkins' offices in Tokyo, Singapore and London combined to represent the lenders, including export credit agencies and a consortium of commercial banks, in the refinancing of approximately USD8.3 billion for the Ichthys LNG project in Australia.
David Blumental in Hong Kong is a main point of contact, alongside Michael Yoshii in Tokyo.