Fergus Smith | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice

Fergus Smith

Partner, Singapore

T +65 6347 1323

E [email protected]

Overview

Fergus specializes in the financing of energy & infrastructure projects (both greenfield development and acquisition) and has extensive experience advising clients across a broad range of structured corporate financing transactions. He also advises clients in distressed debt and debt restructuring scenarios. Fergus has assisted lenders and borrowers on financing transactions spanning Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, South America and the Middle East. He has spent periods based in Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, France and Australia.

Fergus was previously Senior Adviser (Legal and Governance) to the Prime Minister of Australia.

Fergus was named Notable Practitioner for China/Hong Kong: Projects & Infrastructure in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016.

Bars and Courts

  • Hong Kong
  • Supreme Court of New South Wales

Education

  • LLM/BCL, Oxford University
  • LLB/BBus, Queensland University of Technology

Languages

  • English

Experience

Energy Development Corporation on the project financing of a 150 MW wind & solar project in Burgos, the Philippines, supported by the Danish Export Credit Agency EKF. The matter won "Asia Pacific Deal of the Year 2014" by Trade Finance, "Asia Pacific Renewables Deal of the Year 2014" by PFI Awards, and "Asia-Pacific Wind Deal of the Year 2014" by IJ Global Awards 2014.*

A bank syndicate of BTMU, OCBC, ANZ, NAB, Westpac, AB Svensk Exportkredit and Siemens Bank on the project financing of the gas-fired Diamantina and Leichhardt Power Stations in Australia backed by offtake arrangements with Xstrata and Ergon Energy.*

KOGAS on the proposed project financing of ENI's US$25 Billion Rovuma Basin 4 train LNG project in Mozambique (including 2 floating offshore vessels, and 2 onshore terminals).*

VINCI Airports / Aboitiz consortium on its bid of the development and O&M of 5 regional airport PPPs in the Philippines.*

TOR Investments on the structured financing of a Lithium mine development in Argentina.*

Yancoal on its $2.9 billion syndicated financing arrangements with Bank of China, China Construction Bank and China Development Bank.*

*Lawyer experience prior to joining White & Case.

Awards & Recognition

Notable Practitioner for China/Hong Kong: Projects & Infrastructure, Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016