DEPARTMENT PROFILE

Latham & Watkins LLP

Projects & Infrastructure

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

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What the team is known for

Sophisticated region-wide project finance practice, covering jurisdictions such as Singapore, Japan and Korea. Boasts extensive experience advising on multibillion-dollar oil and gas, power and mining projects. In particular, the practice has noteworthy expertise in LNG and new energy projects. Especially renowned for projects located in South-East Asia, and those involving Australia and the USA. Key clients include ECAs, development banks and blue-chip energy companies. The firm also assists clients on natural resources and transport-related infrastructure mandates. Maintains a strong reputation for advising on complex and novel transactions.

Strengths

One client observes: "They are a very large shop, with the best depth and breadth of experience, and they have several very high-quality lawyers." Another adds: "They always think about what clients are seeking and are seeking to maximise the clients’ benefit."

Another interviewee reports: "I highly respect them and their cross-border advisory skills, which is exactly what they have demonstrated on our projects."

"The firm has a strong reputation for their services as a legal counsel on international project finance transactions," another interviewee confirms.

Work highlights

Acted for Pengerang Energy Complex in relation to the development and financing of an aromatics complex in Malaysia.

Acted for the existing and incoming lenders on the USD1.1 billion refinancing of the Mong Duong 2 thermal power project in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam.

Notable practitioners

Joseph Bevash in Seoul, Michael Yoshii in Tokyo and Stephen McWilliams and Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi in Singapore are main points of contact.

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