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Clifford Chance bolsters Asia project finance team

Law firm Clifford Chance has boosted its Singapore-based Asia project finance team with the relocation of Nicholas Wong.

Clifford Chance, the London-based global law firm, announced today that it will relocate its current worldwide projects group co-head Nicholas Wong from Paris to Singapore to boost the firm’s eight-partner-led tier one project development and finance Asia Pacific practice, with the move effective from 2 January.

Wong has 18 years of experience in project financing, energy regulation, developing project structures, joint ventures, public-private partnerships and procurement plus global expertise from stints in London, Washington, Frankfurt and Paris. Demand for project finance in Asia is expected by the firm to continue increasing.

Peter Charlton, Clifford Chance’s regional managing partner, said Wong would be a great addition to the firm’s growing team, given the importance of the energy resource sector in the region.

“[Nick] is very well regarded by clients and widely recognized by the industry as a leading practitioner globally. His international experience will be invaluable to clients seeking the successful financing of projects in Asia Pacific and beyond,” added Singapore managing partner Geraint Hughes.

Wong advised lenders on the phase I financing of the Gebze-Orchangazi-Izmir motorway project in Turkey, which included a 3.3 kilometers long suspension bridge crossing the Izmit Gulf.

Clifford Chance recently bolstered its project finance practice in Asia by hiring partner Ross Howard in Tokyo and advancing three associates to partners in Perth, Bangkok and Singapore, namely Philip Sealey, Joseph Tisuthiwongse, and Matt Buchanan.