Minter Ellison is one of five international law firms named as winners of a China Business Law 2013 award for energy, projects and infrastructure. The other four international firms honoured were Baker & McKenzie, Pinsent Masons, Vinson & Elkins and White & Case.
The China Business Law awards recognise the achievements of China-focused law firms, in-house counsel and legal professionals.
Underpinning the nomination were numerous China-related transactions the law firm had worked on in 2013, including its work for the Asia-Pacific Carbon Fund of the Asian Development Bank in relation to the landfill gas-to-energy CDM project being developed at the Laogang landfill in Shanghai.
This is the main disposal facility for municipal solid waste in Shanghai — covering an area of 320 hectares and receiving about 8,000 tons of solid waste a day, it is the biggest landfill in the People’s Republic of China. Sam Farrands, who leads Minter Ellison’s Asian major projects practice, led the work.
Also included was the law firm’s work with the government of Western Australia on the Ord Development Agreement with Kimberley Agricultural Investment (KAI), an Australian company wholly owned by China’s Shanghai ZhongFu Group. Adam Handley, co-chair of Minter Ellison’s China group, led the work.
In 2013, Minter Ellison welcomed partners Jem Li in Beijing and Rebecca Silli and Geraldine Johns-Putra (corporate) in Hong Kong. It also launched a new Asia tax practice with former EY senior tax professionals Christian Pellone and Edward Lean.