Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi - McDermott Will & Emery


Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi focuses her practice on international project development and finance transactions and is Asia Head of Transactions. She has more than two decades of experience representing developers, sponsors, commercial lenders, multilateral agencies, export credit agencies, and governments on a wide variety of international projects including in the Americas, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam, advising on many of the Asian region’s landmark power, oil and gas, petrochemicals, infrastructure, and mining projects.

Clarinda has exceptional experience in the Indonesian oil and gas sector, having advised oil majors, foreign investors, the Indonesian government, Pertamina, the Indonesian Ministry of Mines and Energy, and the Indonesian upstream oil and gas regulatory agency, SKKMIGAS, on the development and financing of Indonesia’s most important oil and gas and petrochemical projects.

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Power (Renewable & Conventional)

  • Sarulla Geothermal Power Project, Indonesia – JBIC, ADB, and the commercial bank lenders in the US$1.17 billion project financing for the development of the 330-MW Sarulla Geothermal Power Project in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia. At the time of completion, the project was the largest single geothermal power project in Indonesia and one of the pioneer new generation geothermal power projects being developed under Indonesia’s new geothermal regulations and the Fast Track 2 program. This project was awarded “Asia Pacific Power Deal of the Year” by Infrastructure Journal Global (IJ Global); “Asia Pacific Power Deal of the Year” by Project Finance International; and honored by Trade & Export Finance as the “Most innovative ECA/Project Finance Deal of the Year”*
  • Muara Laboh Geothermal Power Project, Indonesia – ADB, JBIC, NEXI, and the commercial bank lenders in the US$440 million project financing for the development of the 80-MW Muara Laboh Geothermal Power Project in West Sumatra, Indonesia. This is one of the pioneer new generation geothermal projects undertaken under the Fast Track 2 program and one of the first projects to successfully negotiate the new agreed bankable form of government support under the Fast Track 2 program. This project was awarded “Geothermal Power Project of the Year” by Gold Award’s Asian Power Awards 2021*

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  • Best Lawyers in Singapore, Project Finance and Development, 2023 – 2024
  • International Financial Law Review, Highly Regarded in Singapore: Project Finance, Project Development, Islamic Finance, and Banking, 2022
  • Who’s Who Legal, Global Leader in Power/Electricity, Oil and Gas and Project Finance; and National Leader, Southeast Asia in Energy and in Project Finance, 2021 – 2023
  • Chambers Global, Leading Individual in Singapore and Indonesia, Projects & Infrastructure: International, 2022
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific, Indonesia: Projects & Energy  – Foreign Expertise based abroad in Singapore – Band 1 and Singapore: Projects & Infrastructure – Band 3, 2023
  • Legal 500 Asia-Pacific, Leading Individual in Singapore, Projects: Foreign Firms and Energy: Foreign Firms, 2021
  • Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law Awards, Winner of Best in Energy and Natural Resources, 2012 and 2017
  • The American Lawyer Emerging Markets Awards, Winner of “Project Finance Lawyer of the Year”, 2015


  • United Women Singapore, Board Member
  • Board Agender, 100 Champions of Change
  • Equal-Ark, Board Member
  • Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Ladies League
  • National Gallery Singapore, Benefit Gala Fund Raising Committee


Queen Mary College, University of London, LLB (Hons), 1992

England & Wales (Solicitor)

Bahasa (Indonesian)