Fergus Smith

Partner, Singapore

Biography

Overview

Fergus specializes in the development, financing and acquisition of energy and infrastructure projects, including a strong focus on renewable energy and LNG projects. He has advised lenders, export credit agencies, developers and acquirers on projects spanning Asia-Pacific, Africa, Europe, South America and the Middle East. Fergus also has extensive experience across a broad range of structured corporate financing transactions, as well as distressed debt and debt restructuring scenarios. He has spent periods based in Singapore, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, France and Australia.

Fergus is the Head of the Philippines Country Group of White & Case.

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

Fergus is noted as a "leading figure in renewable energy" with a "strong record in renewable energy, including offshore wind projects" by Legal 500, Projects & Energy, 2019. Fergus is also named as a Recognised Practitioner for China/Hong Kong: Projects & Infrastructure in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018.

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

The export credit agencies and a syndicate of international and local banks on the financing of the 700MW Yunlin offshore wind project in Taiwan.

The lender in connection with the project financing of an LNG receiving terminal in Bangladesh.

An international developer on the project financing of the Changfang and Xidao offshore wind projects in Taiwan.

Various international developers in respect of solar and wind power projects in Vietnam.

An international developer on various offshore wind development projects in Japan and Korea.

An international developer on the project financing of a solar project in the Philippines.

An international commodities trading company on a copper prepayment financing transaction in Laos.

Energy Development Corporation on the project financing of a 150 MW wind & solar project in Burgos, the Philippines, supported by Eksport Kredit Fonden (EKF). The matter won "Asia Pacific Deal of the Year" by Trade Finance, "Asia Pacific Renewables Deal of the Year" by PFI Awards, and "Asia-Pacific Wind Deal of the Year" by IJ Global Awards. Also on the refinancing of the Burgos project introducing Asian Development Bank.*

A consortium between an international developer and a Philippine conglomerate on its bid for the development and O&M of 5 regional airport PPPs in the Philippines.*

A structured debt fund on the structured financing of a Lithium mine development in Argentina.*

Prime Infrastructure on the financing aspects of its A$1.8 billion recapitalisation, including the structured sale of a 49.9% economic interest in the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal.*

*Lawyer experience prior to joining White & Case.

Awards and Recognition

Recognised Practitioner for China/Hong Kong: Projects & Infrastructure, Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018

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