Latham & Watkins LLP

Projects & Infrastructure: International Department

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What the team is known for Maintains a market-leading reputation for handling high-profile power and oil and gas mandates across the Asia-Pacific region. Highly experienced with both traditional and renewable energy projects. A trusted adviser to commercial banks, sponsors and export credit agencies on complex project financings, especially those involving Indonesia and the Philippines. Also highly valued for advice on headline infrastructure project development matters.

Strengths An interviewee says: "It's a high-quality firm. I think they have got a very good and deep knowledge of the region. They've got pretty good reach and depth in the energy sector in general and lots of subject matter experts who have been in the region for a while."

Another client asserts: "They are a top-tier firm." The same source adds that the firm's excellent relationship with lenders is a key strength.

Work highlights Advised Pertamina on the USD4.6 billion project development and financing for Jambaran-Tiung Biru Project in East Java, in Indonesia.

Notable practitioners

Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi
advises sponsors and developers on major energy projects. She is best known for her Indonesia expertise, with one market source commenting: "She is well networked in Indonesia."

Stephen McWilliams
"has a great name in the market," say market sources. He is a well-established projects lawyer in the region, acting from the firm's Singapore and Tokyo offices. A client describes him as "a lawyer who is able to tell us what we need to hear even when it's not what we want to hear."