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Norton Rose Fulbright

Projects & Energy: International

2 ranked lawyersBand 3JapanAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Widely acknowledged for its work regularly advising on FPSO and LNG vessel finance and development. Acts for blue-chip Japanese corporations and major banks engaged in LNG and other projects in the USA and the Middle East, with advice on bidding, tolling agreement and gas procurement. Also adept at handling onshore power generation and infrastructure projects. Experienced in negotiating and structuring cross-border joint venture agreements.

Strengths

One client offers praise for the team's client service, adding that the lawyers are "very experienced in the sector and their commercial awareness is high."

Another client says: "They are very helpful and have an experienced team with in-depth expertise. This really saves us time and pushes our position, and it's very good to have an adviser who lifts that weight off you."

Work highlights

Advised JBIC on its provision of a buyer’s USD482 million credit loan facility to Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority for the purposes of purchasing a set of power generation equipment.

Notable practitioners

George Gibson is "reasonable, responsive and always pays attention to the borrower’s voice," according to clients. In addition to acting for borrowers on project finance matters, he has experience advising a range of clients on transactions and development projects in the energy sector.

Julien Bocobza is appreciated by clients for his "depth of experience and state-of-the-art advice." He is particularly highly rated for his knowledge of projects in the Middle East, advising both sponsors and lenders on a range of transactions. A client who emphasises his combination of: "extensive skills in M&A energy projects" and "experience in Asia," adds: "Despite the time difference, he always shows his availability and capacity to deliver on time and with efficient mark-ups and proposals."

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Japan

Projects & Energy: International


George Gibson
Band 3
Julien Bocobza
Band 4