THE FIRM Following the 2012 merger, this newly expanded firm combines cutting-edge energy experience with wide geographic coverage. The firm's main hubs for energy work are the China, Singapore, Japan and Australia offices, as well as its associated Indonesian office, from where it handles work across Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Its client portfolio features some of the world's largest energy and oil and gas companies, such as Sinopec, CNOOC, BP and Chevron, for which it has worked on a diverse selection of matters. In one highlight it advised CNOOC on sale and purchase agreements to acquire Tullow's one-third interest in several exploration areas in Uganda. Also of special note is its activity in the LNG sector, where it has advised energy companies on significant new projects.
Sources say: "We enjoy working with them; they have a good knowledge of the energy sector."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Well-known energy partner Anna Howell currently divides her time between the London and Hong Kong offices, and is noted for her experience in the LNG, oil and gas, mining and power sectors. She recently advised Sinopec on its USD1.1 billion acquisition of additional shares in the Australia Pacific LNG project in Queensland.
Partner David Dawborn is seconded to the firm's Indonesian associated firm, Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung, where he leads the energy practice. He continues to earn excellent feedback from clients and contemporaries, who praise his long-standing expertise in the field. He has recently advised on a number of significant M&A transactions in the oil and gas sector.
Tokyo-based partner Rebecca Major advises on oil, gas, renewables and power. Her recent highlights include advising a Japanese trading company on its divestment of an interest in the Senoro-Toili gas field in Indonesia.