Leading Adviser Awards 2020

134 Acquisition International - Leading Adviser 2020 94 Acquisit on International - Issue 1 2021 Oct20599 Contact: James P. Bradley Company: Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP Web Address: www.huntonak.com unton Andrews Kurth LLP is a global firm of lawyers that can trace its history back to 1901, when two young lawyers, Randolph Williams and Henry Anderson, based in Richmond, Virginia, partnered with two of the state’s most respected lawyers, Beverly Munford and Eppa Hunton Jr., to form Munford, Hunton, Williams & Anderson. A lot has changed in the firm over the past 119 years, including its name and its impressive global reach, which consists of almost a thousand lawyers across fourteen offices in the US and five in international cities. What has not changed, however, is the firm’s founding mission to provide high quality legal services and advice, particularly in the commercial interests of clients. Hunton Andrews Kurth values recognition of key issues, risks, and considerations, and the use of candor with an ongoing focus on and appreciation of commercial interests and needs of clients. James P Bradley, a Partner based in the Bangkok branch of Hunton Andrews Kurth, works with the Energy and Infrastructure team based there which has vast experience in projects using the key power generation resources of Asia, be they natural gas, wind, coal, solar, hydro, or geothermal, and in energy storage projects, including pumped hydro and battery. The team aims to provide high quality advice and engages in projects that draw on deep experience and market awareness within various jurisdictions, analyzing all phases of a project and understanding equity and debt financing considerations in structuring and analyzing project documents and risks. This also includes operating in coordination with local counsels across the Southeast Asian jurisdictions in which Hunton Andrews Kurth carries out a significant proportion of their projects. James himself specializes in advising on matters concerning cross- border development, financing, construction, and operation of electric power plants, and boasts experience in the Philippines, Thailand, and Cambodia, as well as in Lao PDR, Vietnam, and Indonesia. James tells us, “a significant part of my practice has involved assisting with construction issues and challenges including enforcement and leading into assistance with arbitration in coordination with other firm practices also focusing on construction arbitration. I also have experience with real estate, including hotel and resort and multi-use commercial and residential facilities in Thailand.” Fundamental to the success of many of James and his team’s projects have been the longstanding relationships curated with many of their H For more than a hundred years, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has been delivering exceptional client services in complex transactional, litigation and regulatory matters, specializing in energy and financial services as well as retail and consumer product industries. We spoke to Partner, James P. Bradley, who has significant involvement with electric power projects across Southeast Asia, to find out more about Hunton Andrews Kurth and the exciting work currently being done by the Energy and Infrastructure team based in Bangkok. Building Success key clients. James explains, “I have been advising the Quezon Power Project on Luzon Island in the Philippines since 2001 with the firm’s representation going back to 1998 or so. Through our longstanding representations of the equity participants, we were engaged to do the EPCC, O&M, and financing work for the 63 MW (AC) utility-scale solar project in Lopburi Province, Thailand, owned by Natural Energy Development Co., Ltd.”. In recent months, others within James team in Energy and Infrastructure have also been engaged in M&A and lender-side work, primarily within the renewable energy sector. Committed to providing excellence in customer service and passionate about their own learning as well as developing the firm’s offering for their clients, the Hunton Andrews Kurth team has been faced with their fair share of challenges within M&A, particularly relating to recently adopted timelines that have proven to be very tight. These are compounded by the additional issues relating to the governmental responses to the Covid-19 pandemic, as well evolving restrictions on the types of projects and offered tariffs and the structures of equity participation that are encouraged or discouraged within the various jurisdictions the team operates in. However, agile and motivated, James and his team are continuing to adapt to the conditions created by regulatory drivers in the electric power generation sectors of the various jurisdictions in which they have been engaged. As a result, the team will be able to continue offering sound legal services and advice that is relevant and compliant to the industries and localities. This ambition to continue offering the highest quality of service and advice in legal matters is testament to the fact that, even after more than a century of growth and global expansion, Hunton Andrews Kurth remains devoted to its founding mission; to serve the best interests of its clients through exceptional legal advice and services. Leading Energy and Infrastructure Lawyer of the Year, Thailand