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Decarbonising Asia and Beyond

24 August 2021 | Asia


Our series of panel discussions brings our experts together with industry leaders to explore what the future of energy may look like in Asia and beyond. In each session, panellists will discuss one of four key issues. These include energy transition technologies, hydrogen economy, sustainable investing and dealing with carbon-intensive legacy assets in the conventional energy sector. 

The panels will feature industry representatives and senior lawyers from our Global Energy Practice. They will offer legal and commercial perspectives and consider practical implications as businesses embark on their decarbonisation journey towards a net zero future.

Session 1: Energy transition and technology options to achieve net zero targets

In the first session of the Decarbonising Asia and Beyond series, we discuss what decarbonisation means for Asia, including:

  • What factors are driving the energy transition?
  • How do we finance the net zero transformation?
  • Approaches to decarbonisation – what lessons can we learn from strategies adopted in the EU, and what are the differences in Asia?
  • What will be the impact of decarbonisation on investment decisions and M&A activity in Asia?


  • Irina Akentjeva, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills (Moderator)
  • Lewis McDonald, Partner, Global Head of Energy, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Calvin Ho, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Daniel Jaouiche, Global M&A and Transaction Advisory Lead, KBR
  • Hartley Clay, Head of Asia Pacific Energy Investment Banking, Jefferies

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Session 2: The Hydrogen economy in Asia Pacific

Our panel of senior energy lawyers is joined in the second Decarbonising Asia and Beyond webinar by representatives of CIBC, ENGIE and KBR in the second session of the Decarbonising Asia and Beyond series, to give an overview of Asia Pacific's transition to hydrogen and address the following issues:

  • What does a hydrogen economy look like in Asia Pacific?
  • What are some challenges and benefits of hydrogen production, storage and transportation?
  • What emerging trends are we seeing with respect to offtake and project structuring?
  • What regulatory barriers does the hydrogen economy face?


  • Alison Dodd, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills (moderator)
  • Matthew Goerke, Senior International Counsel, Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung in association with Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Adam Janikowski, Asian Investment Banking, ESG Lead, CIBC
  • Jerome Hamilton, Senior Legal Counsel, ENGIE
  • Scott Badger, Energy Transition Director APAC, KBR

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