Singapore Office Managing Partner Named “All Star” in Energy Sector

March 14, 2014
The Asian Lawyer
Award recognizes Stephen McWilliams’ involvement in some of the region’s landmark energy transactions across Asia-Pacific.

The Asian Lawyer, an American Lawyer sibling publication, has named Latham & Watkins Singapore Office Managing Partner Stephen McWilliams an “All-Star” honoree in the Energy sector. The award recognizes McWilliams as a go-to lawyer in the energy industry, with a notably successful track record advising on "highly complex matters in which there is no easy blueprint to follow." The awards were aimed at identifying “those who have emerged as the most knowledgeable and trusted advisors in the sectors that are the major components of the Asian growth story.”

McWilliams has extensive experience representing both lenders and sponsors on many of the largest and most complex projects and energy deals across Asia-Pacific. Illustrative high profile deals include:

  • Ichthys LNG Project, Australia – advising export credit agencies and a syndicate of 24 commercial lenders in the US$20 billion project financing of the Ichthys LNG project, the largest project financing ever taken to market, globally 
  • Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy Hydropower Project, Laos– advising Export-Import Bank of Thailand and the commercial bank lenders, in the US$1.0425 billion financing of the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower project, the first major investment by Korean sponsors in the country
  • Uch II Power Project, Pakistan - advising International Power and the project company, as sponsor/borrower, in the US$390 million financing of the Uch II power project in Pakistan, the first power project to successfully close under Pakistan’s new power policy 
  • PNG LNG Project, Papua New Guinea – advising export credit agencies and commercial lenders in the US$14 billion financing of the Papua New Guinea liquefied natural gas project, the largest ever resource development and foreign investment in Papua New Guinea
  • Jurong Aromatics Petrochemicals Project, Singapore – advising Jurong Aromatics Corporation Pte. Ltd in the US$2.63 billion financing and development of the Jurong Aromatics petrochemicals project in Singapore, the most complex petrochemicals project financing ever undertaken in Asia