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Latham & Watkins LLP

Projects & Infrastructure

Band 2Asia-Pacific RegionAsia-Pacific 2022 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Latham & Watkins has a sophisticated region-wide project finance legal 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 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."

A client says about Latham & Watkins: "We have a good rapport with the team, which is diligent. They are problem solvers."

A client comments that Latham & Watkins' team is "very professional and seasoned, as well as practical and creative in its advice, especially during project development phases."

Another source says: "They are very responsive and always available. They are open to looking at issues commercially and practically."

A source reports that "the lawyers at Latham & Watkins are very commercially oriented and proactive in providing solutions to highly complex issues. They have a very deep understanding of the Philippines projects and energy markets."

Work highlights

Latham & Watkins acted for Japan Bank for International Cooperation, Nippon Export and Investment Insurance and other export credit agencies and lenders on the USD8.3 billion refinancing of the Ichthys LNG project in Australia.

Latham & Watkins' teams in Tokyo, Singapore and London advised San Miguel and SMC Global Power Holdings on the development of an LNG import terminal, including FSU, in Batangas in the Philippines.

Notable practitioners

Michael Yoshii in Tokyo and Stephen McWilliams, Don Stokes and Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi in Singapore are main points of contact.

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Projects & Infrastructure

Latham & Watkins LLP

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18th Floor, One Exchange Square

8 Connaught Place

Central

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

China

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