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Projects & Infrastructure

Band 1Asia-Pacific RegionAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Sought-after financing expertise delivered by a highly experienced bench of lawyers across the region, with key individuals in Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul. Strong track record of advising both Asian and international lenders and sponsors on high-profile infrastructure, power, and oil and gas projects. Often mandated on headline renewable projects and rail projects in the region. Regularly advises on projects in South-East Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Strong client roster, including blue-chip clients in the extractive industries, Chinese state-owned enterprises and leading multinational financial institutions.

Strengths

The firm is lauded by clients in the market, one stating: "They are our choice because they have the best broad-ranging experience, certainly when it comes to understanding cultural and commercial nuances."

One interviewee states that the team's "strengths include responsiveness to client demands and willingness to be engaged across a broad range of project activities."

One client reports: "We think the firm has been highly responsive to client needs. The firm’s proposal is realistic and contemplated in terms of commercial matters and the timeline of the project. They understand the importance to avoid an inefficient method. We believe the firm is one of the best firms in the market."

Another client says: "We always put them on the list. They understand our requirements and they are hard-working. Their advice is always carefully catered to us, and their opinions are always very clear and very helpful."

A source comments on the breadth and depth of the team: "They have deep experience and can bring that to the fore. It is a well-balanced team so is able to secure large-value transactions."

"Its extensive knowledge and experience in the  sector facilitates negotiation with the government authorities and provides comfort to lenders that are not familiar with the market," one impressed interviewee says of the practice.

Another client values the team for its "superior understanding of Korean corporate culture and multilingual capabilities."

Another client praises the firm, noting: "The Linklaters team delivered first-class legal service on the project. They always provide constructive advice, helping us overcome difficult issues, break negotiation deadlocks and navigate through the challenging transaction life-cycle."

Work highlights

Advised on the Lekki Deep Sea Port project in Nigeria, assisting with the financing negotiations and documentation.

Acted as common lenders counsel to JBIC, ADB and commercial lenders on the USD1.36 billion project financing of the 2,500 MW Gulf gas-fired IPP in Thailand.

Acted for Medco and RATCH on the USD293 million project financing of a 275 MW gas-fired power plant project in Riau province, Indonesia.

Represented Korea Electric Power Corporation on the refinancing of the Norte II CCGT project in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Notable practitioners

Stuart Salt in Hong Kong, Joo Hee Lee in Seoul, John Maxwell in Tokyo and Christopher Bradley in Singapore are key client contacts.

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Overview

Projects and Infrastructure is a one of the major focuses for our practice in Asia. We have a dedicated team of 14 partners focused on the sector across our offices and Stuart Salt, the Global Head of our Energy & Infrastructure Projects group is based in Asia. Our team in Asia combines top class international experience in cross border transactions including experience in target destination markets for Asian investment in the energy and infrastructure sector, with well-established expertise within the region. We advise on the laws of England, U.S., Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Thailand; and in combination with our alliance firms, we also provide clients with integrated advice on the laws of Australia, India, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Vietnam.

Sectors: Oil and gas; LNG; Petrochemicals; Thermal power; Renewables; Nuclear; Water / waste; Mining; Ports; Airports; Roads and bridges; Rail; Stadia; Telecoms

Transaction types: Project development and financings (ECA/MLA, bank lending and bonds); Portfolio financings; Commodity-based lending; Project asset acquisitions/disposals; Joint ventures; R&I

Client types: Commercial banks; Export credit agencies; International financial institutions; Multilateral development banks; Host governments; Sponsors; Contractors; Suppliers; Offtakers

Projects & Infrastructure Department

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18 Chater Road

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

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