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James McLaren

Partner, Hong Kong


Solicitor and Barrister of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia; Registered Foreign Lawyer in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom


James is an energy and infrastructure expert with extensive experience in advising lenders (including Export Credit Agencies and Multilaterals) and sponsors on project and structured financings, project developments, joint ventures and acquisitions/disposals across the entire energy and natural resources value chain.

He advised the lenders on the US$14 billion Jubail Refining & Petrochemical Project in Saudi Arabia which delivered a financing with the widest possible range of debt products involving 19 different facilities, four of which were ground-breaking Islamic Finance facilities. This deal was awarded Project Finance Deal of the Year 2010 at the IFLR Middle East Awards, Middle East Petrochemicals Deal of the Year 2010 by Project Finance International, Middle East Oil and Gas Deal of the Year 2010 at the Project Finance Magazine/Euromoney Awards and was awarded Trade Finance Magazine Deal of the Year 2010. Dealogic also recognised it as the largest deal for 2010 by US$ volume.

Other recent deals include advising:
  • The Noble Group in relation to a number of mining projects in Indonesia, Australia and Mongolia
  • An international sponsor on the development and financing of a US$10 billion refinery and petrochemical project in China
  • Korea National Oil Corporation on the negotiation of three very significant oil and gas concessions in Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • The lenders (including KEXIM, JBIC and NEXI) on the financing of the expansion of the Jorf Lasfar coal-fired power project in Morocco RWE on the development and financing of the Nabucco cross-border gas pipeline which runs from Turkey through to Austria;
  • Oman Oil on the Iran-Oman oil and gas pipelines
  • Dubai World on its energy joint ventures in West Africa and the CIS
Professional Experience
  • 2012 to date Partner, Global Energy and Infrastructure Group, Hong Kong
  • 2011 - 2012 Managing Associate, Global Energy and Infrastructure Group, Linklaters Hong Kong
  • 2009 - 2011 Managing Associate, Global Energy and Infrastructure Group, Linklaters London
  • 2006 - 2009 Associate/Managing Associate, Global Energy and Infrastructure Group, Linklaters Dubai
  • 2003 - 2006 Solicitor, Mergers & Acquisitions Department, Mallesons Stephen Jaques (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 2002 - 2003 Articled Clerk, Mallesons Stephen Jaques (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 2005 - 2006 University of Melbourne, Graduate Diploma in Energy and Resources Law
  • 1997 - 2001 University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) Languages English