Milbank LLP

Projects & Energy: International Department

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What the team is known for Impressive track record advising local and international clients, including trading houses, utilities and ECAs, regularly assisting on cross-border energy mandates across diverse jurisdictions. Especially experienced in the financing and development of projects in South-East Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Excels in handling LNG and other traditional power projects, as well as advising on infrastructure mandates. Also sought after to advise on major infrastructure and energy projects in South America and the USA.

Strengths One client reports: "The law firm provided a very thorough service throughout the time we were advised by them. We have a very good impression of the firm's performance, and we view their client service and commercial awareness positively."

"They have been very helpful in successfully moving the project forward quickly in a timely manner," says one interviewee of the practice, while another notes that the lawyers provide "excellent client service and responsiveness."

Work highlights Acted for the lenders, wakala investors and their respective agents in connection with the USD1.8 billion financing of the Jambaran Tiung Biru gas field unitisation project for Pertamina EP Cepu.

Notable practitioners

Aled Davies
is a distinguished practitioner with substantial experience in project finance matters, advising on work across the Asia-Pacific region. One client labels him the "best project finance lawyer in Asia," adding: "He has the knowledge of projects as well as an ability to bring people together by finding the solution, bringing them along and getting them to buy into those solutions; he is at the top of the industry." Another client simply states: "Aled Davies is one of the sharpest lawyers I have ever worked with; I'm very impressed with him."

Andrew Pendleton
has well-established experience in the area of project finance, with interviewees noting that "he knows the market absolutely backwards and forwards, offering huge in-depth knowledge and a great commercial approach to negotiations." One client reports: "He responded very actively to our demands and helped us to finish the project successfully," while another adds: "He can also easily help us to understand complicated clauses or words in financing documents."

Justen Fleming
is widely viewed as a prominent figure in the market, offering extensive experience on project finance and development mandates. Clients note his "strong expertise in LNG matters," adding that he is "very responsive and provides strong legal advice informed by commercial acumen."