John MacKay
Latham & Watkins
Project Development & Finance
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#42-02 Republic Plaza
Singapore 048619
Main Practice Area

Project Development & Finance

  • LLB, University of British Columbia, 1994
  • BA (Hons), Queen's University, 1990

John MacKay has worked in Singapore since early 1997 during which time he has gained extensive experience advising on some of the largest and most complex project development and finance transactions, as well as a broad range of mergers and acquisitions and cross border transactions. 

Mr. MacKay has advised major Asian and international financial institutions and sponsors in the financing and development of power, resources, oil and gas, and other infrastructure projects throughout Asia, the Middle East, Australia and Africa. He has also advised on acquisitions and joint ventures, particularly with respect to energy and infrastructure projects. He spent over a year based in India on secondment with British Gas International where he lead regulatory matters in connection with the proposed development of a LNG receiving terminal and gas transmission pipeline at Pipavav Port in the State of Gujarat.

Prior to rejoining Latham & Watkins in 2010, Mr. MacKay was a partner in the Singapore office of DLA Piper from 2007-2010, where he served as Sector Head for Energy and Infrastructure. He had previously practiced with Latham from 2000 to 2007, after spending four years with Allen & Overy in Singapore. Mr. MacKay first qualified and practiced as a Barrister & Solicitor with McKimm & Lott in British Columbia, Canada.

Mr. MacKay is recognized as a leading lawyer for projects & energy in Singapore by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2013.


Mr. MacKay’s experience incldues advising: 

  • The lenders in connection with the financing and development of the 1,200MW Mong Duong II coal-fired power project, the first coal-fired Build-Operate-Transfer project in Vietnam, and the largest independent power project ever undertaken in the country
  • NBT AS as sponsor on the development and financing of a 49.5MW greenfield wind farm project in Baicheng, PRC. This transaction closed in May 2010 as the first and largest wind farm project in China to be project financed by international lenders
  • Hillgrove Resources on the acquisition of two major gold mining concessions in West Papua and Sumba, Indonesia including joint venture arrangements
  • The Asian Development Bank and the Thai and international commercial bank lenders in the US$1.34 billion financing of the 1,434 MW, coal-fired BLCP power project in Thailand
  • Morgan Stanley as global coordinator, in a US$1.55 billion oil-linked financing by state-owned Egyptian General Petroleum Corp marketed in July 2005. The deal was Egypt’s first public securitization
  • Singapore Management University (SMU) in connection with a Design, Build, Finance, and Operate (DBFO) scheme for the proposed development of student accommodation
  • The lenders in connection with the successful bid by Hyflux to develop the Singapore desalination project
Practice Areas
  • Africa Practice
  • Banking
  • India Practice
  • Indonesia Practice
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Project Development & Finance

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