Speaker – Bong-Sang Cho

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Bong-Sang Cho

Counsel, Clifford Chance

Bong leads the finance practice in Clifford Chance’s Seoul office. He is qualified in England and Wales and has worked in our London, Singapore and Seoul offices. He currently focuses on Korean outbound project finance transactions but is an experienced finance lawyer with extensive experience in project finance, ECA covered finance, acquisition finance, corporate finance and aircraft finance transactions. He spent 6 years in our Singapore office working on various finance transactions in South-East Asia. He has also spent a year on secondment at the Export-Import Bank of Korea and has worked at a leading Korean firm for 2 years working on Korean domestic transactions.

Relevant experience includes advising:

  • A Japanese bidder in respect its bid to acquire an equity stake in the Intercity Express Project in the UK
  • The Korean ECAs (KEXIM and K-sure) on their financing to the Korean consortium on the proposed KL-Singapore High Speed Rail Project
  • AirTanker on the proposed restructuring of its subordinated shareholder debt in relation to the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft PPP project in the UK
  • Standard Chartered Bank and KEXIM in respect of their financing to Ministry of Finance of Angola for the purpose of importing agricultural equipment from Korea by Mecanagro E.P.
  • Long Son Petrochemicals Company Limited on its 6 bilateral loan facilities from 6 banks (consisting of Thai and Japanese banks) for the purposes of development, construction, operation and maintenance of an integrated petrochemicals complex and ancillary facilities in Long Son Island, Vietnam
  • KHNP on the feasibility study for investing in nuclear power projects in the UK
  • KEXIM, K-sure and banks in connection with the project financing of the Canakkale suspension bridge PPP, Turkey, the world’s largest suspension bridge (Turkish Deal of the Year (PFI Award 2019))
  • The lenders in respect of a SERV-covered financing for the Tambak Lorok Combined Cycle Power Plant Block 3 in Indonesia the lenders (including SACE and CESCE) on the financing of 250MW Sumbagut-2 Peaker Power Plant in Indonesia
  • The lenders (including KEXIM, SACE and EGAP) on the financing of the 501MW Grati Combined Cycle Power Plant (Peaker) Extension Project in Indonesia
  • KEXIM and K-sure in relation to the development and financing of a 1200MW coal-fired Nam Dinh 1 IPP in Vietnam, sponsored by ACWA Power and Taekwang Power Holdings Ltd
  • JBIC and KEXIM in relation to the development and financing of a 1200MW coal-fired Nghi Son 2 IPP in Vietnam, sponsored by Marubeni Corporation and KEPCO
  • The lenders (including KEXIM) in connection with the refinancing of the acquisition of a hydroelectric power project in the Philippines
  • EKF, ANZ, DZ Bank, ING, NordLB and other lenders in connection with the financing for the development of a 150 MW windfarm in Burgos, Philippines, Asia Pacific Renewables Deal of the Year (PFI Awards 2014), Best ECA backed Green Deal (Trade and Export Finance 2014), Best Deal of 2014 (Global Trade Review)
  • The lenders (including KEXIM, Ksure and SACE) in relation to the project financing of the Sohar Refinery Improvement Project in Oman a consortium consisting of Star Energy, AC Energy and EGCO in respect of their financing for the acquisition of Chevron’s geothermal assets in Indonesia (Asia Pacific Renewables Deal of the Year (PFI Awards 2017))
  • The Carlyle Group on the financing aspect of its acquisition of ADT Caps Korea from US-listed Tyco