Rob Thompson is an associate in the Singapore office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Finance Department.

Mr. Thompson primarily handles cross-border project development and finance across the energy, infrastructure, and mining sectors, acting for lenders, ECAs, DFIs, sponsors, and borrowers. Mr. Thompson also has significant experience in direct lending and acquisition financing within the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Mr. Thompson joined the firm in 2022 from another leading international law firm. Qualified to practice English law, Mr. Thompson has practiced in London, Hong Kong, and New York before practicing in Singapore.

Mr. Thompson’s representative experience includes advising:

Project Development and Finance

  • Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex on the development and financing of an aromatics complex, including a fully integrated condensate splitter and aromatics plant, in Pengerang, Johor, Malaysia
  • The sponsors in connection with the development and financing of a ~1 MTPA copper smelter and precious metal refinery in Indonesia*
  • Yinson Holdings Berhad and Sumitomo Corporation in connection with the financing for the FPSO Anna Nery to be chartered to Petrobras for its Marlim field in the Campos Basis offshore Rio de Janeiro*
  • The lenders (including the Islamic finance institutions) in relation to the US$1.9 billion Jambaran-Tiung Biru gas processing plant financing by Pertamina EP Cepu in Indonesia*
  • K-EXIM and the commercial banks in respect of the US$24.4 billion financing of the Barakah nuclear energy project in Abu Dhabi*
  • The lenders on the financing of the Woodfibre LNG Project in Canada*
  • The project company on the development of the Marlim Azul CCGT IPP in Brazil*
  • The ECAs and commercial banks on the Shuweihat S2 IWPP in Abu Dhabi*
  • The ECAs, the commercial banks, and the Islamic financial institutions on the PetroRabigh Refining and Petrochemicals Expansion Project in Saudi Arabia*
  • The ECAs and commercial banks on the Barka 3 and Sohar 2 IPPs in Oman*
  • The lenders in the project financing of the Octopus FSRU / El Campesino LNG to Power Project in Chile*
  • The sponsors and borrower in connection with the greenfield project financing of a large-scale gas-fired power plant and LNG FSRU charter in Brazil*
  • The IFC, UKEF and the commercial lenders in the US$1.5 billion financing by Vitol for the development of Ghana’s OCTP oil and gas field*
  • The project company in relation to financing aspects for the Al Dur IWPP in Bahrain*
  • Nabors Industries Ltd. on its onshore rig joint venture with Saudi Aramco in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia*
  • KFW IPEX-Bank in connection with the financing of the redevelopment of the Sangdong Tungsten Mine in the Republic of South Korea*
  • The lead sponsor and the project company in relation to a potential ECA-backed financing of a platinum-palladium-gold-nicked-copper mining project in South Africa*
  • A major Chinese state-owned enterprise in relation to its US$1.5 billion investment in an iron ore mine in Africa*
  • A syndicate of multilateral and commercial banks in the project financing of Aela Energía’s Auroroa project (129MW) and Sarco project (170MW) in Chile*
  • A major European development bank in relation to as US$75 million borrowing base facility for an independent oil and gas exploration and production company*
  • The concessionaire under a major European toll-road concession including in relation to dealings with the relevant government and the construction JV*
  • A European oil & gas major in relation to the unitisation of its interests in the Rovuma basin in Mozambique*
  • A major UK utility in connection with the £4 billion procurement of a major infrastructure project*

Acquisition and Corporate Finance, Private Debt, M&A

  • The lenders in connection with the US$2.5 billion debt refinancing of Sapura TMC Sdn Bhd (a wholly owned subsidiary of Sapura Energy Berhad) and a separate MYR 700 million Islamic working capital and invoice financing facility*
  • A US private credit fund in connection with its highly structured holdco financing for a large regional conglomerate’s acquisition of offshore interests from multiple US super-majors in Southeast Asia*
  • The lenders in relation to a £585 million financing for the acquisition of an international supermajor’s North Sea pipeline and related on-shore facilities*
  • The purchasers on the £160 million acquisition and financing of certain offshore transmission assets in the UK North Sea*
  • A major Scandinavian distributor of electricity as borrower in the circa €2 billion bond and bank debt refinancing of acquisition debt*
  • The purchaser in relation to its €5.1 billion acquisition of a major European oil and gas company*

*Matter handled prior to joining the firm

Bar Qualification

  • England and Wales (Solicitor)

Education

  • LPC (Distinction), University of Law, London Moorgate, 2013
  • LLB, University of Bristol, 2012
    First Class Honors

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese