McDermott Adds Impressive Energy & Infrastructure Firepower for Clients in Asia and Globally


International law firm McDermott Will & Emery today announced the appointment of Ignatius Hwang as a partner in London, bringing over 30 years’ experience of advising governments and sponsors on public-private partnership projects (PPP) and all stages of energy, infrastructure and resources projects from development to operation.

“Ignatius’ proven track record of providing strategic and trusted advice to international clients makes him a fantastic addition to the Firm’s Energy and Infrastructure team to meet a growing demand. He will play a leading role in developing our offerings in London, Singapore and Southeast Asia more broadly and complement our capabilities in other growth regions, such as India and the Middle East,” said Hamid Yunis, Managing Partner of the Firm’s London office.

“Our goal is to provide outstanding service wherever our clients need it, and Singapore is strategically important to us as a thriving existing market and gateway to the Asia Pacific region for both inbound and outbound investment. We have a world-class and expanding global Energy and Infrastructure team and Ignatius’ leading experience in major projects throughout Asia will enable us to deepen relationships with global and regional clients,” said Mike Poulos, Partner and Head of Strategy.

Ignatius Hwang commented: “McDermott has a stellar reputation for professional excellence, collegial and collaborative culture, and for its deep and broad Energy and Infrastructure capabilities. I am excited by the fantastic opportunity to help establish and shape the Firm’s increased focus on Singapore and growing its business in the region.”

Ignatius’s transactional experience, particularly on acquisitions and project financing, includes: deal structuring; due diligence; drafting and negotiation of development, acquisition, fuel supply and power purchase agreements; engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts; operation and maintenance (O&M) contracts; and financing and security documentation. Ignatius has also been heavily involved in, and has helped shaped, the development of the PPP projects market in Singapore.

Ignatius has previously been recognized in leading directories, including Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Best Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal and Chambers & Partners.

McDermott’s Energy & Infrastructure Team Expansion

With the energy market poised for growth, McDermott has bolstered our renewable and conventional energy practices globally. Notable partner appointments over the last year include Jack Langlois and Jibin Luke in Houston,  Carl Fleming, Christopher Gladbach, Neil Levy, Bruce Richardson and David Tewksbury in Washington, DC; Lloyd MacNeil and Edward Zaelke in Los Angeles; and Shashank Krishna in London.

 This group further supports the Firm’s growing private equity (PE) deal volume, building momentum on more than 360 deals closed in 2020. McDermott was recently ranked by Pitchbook in its 2020 league tables as #3 in PE in the US and #5 in PE globally.

 London Growth

“To match increasing client demand across our London practices, we continue to invest in Corporate, Private Equity, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Energy & Infrastructure, Private Client and Litigation. This has resulted in recent high-calibre partner hires, including Andrea Best, Tom Whelan, Ranajoy Basu, Mark Fine, Aymen Mahmoud, Mark Fennessy and Sunay Radia and we will invest further in building on our strengths, and adapt our offering, as our clients’ needs evolve. In Energy & Infrastructure, deep, international experience is provided by Shashank Krishna and Elisabeth Moseley,” added Hamid.

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