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Herbert Smith Freehills advises China's CRCC on US$7.4 billion Thai high-speed rail project 史密夫斐尔律师事务所助力中国铁建参与74亿美元泰国高铁项目

28 October 2019 | China
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Leading global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has advised China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) on its role in a consortium investing in and constructing a high-speed rail link in Thailand.

国际领先的史密夫斐尔律师事务所(Herbert Smith Freehills)为中国铁建股份有限公司(简称“中国铁建”)作为联合体成员和EPC承包商投资建设泰国高铁项目提供法律服务。

It is the first high-speed rail investment by a Chinese company. CRCC is working with the State Railway of Thailand and the Charoen Pokphand Group on the project.

The 220km High-Speed Rail Linked 3 Airport Project will connect three major airports and five provinces when it opens in 2023.

The project agreement was signed last week in Bangkok in the presence of Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and the Chinese, Japanese and Italian ambassadors to Thailand.

"We’re delighted to have advised CRCC on one of its most significant projects outside China to date." said partner Hew Kian Heong

"A project of this scale and complexity required a broad range of legal, strategic and business support," said infrastructure partner Ellen Zhang. "It followed the typical structure of "investment and construction" that now represents the market trend amongst Chinese outbound contractors taking part in the Belt and Road initiative."

Herbert Smith Freehills is advising CRCC on project and supply chain agreements, including the EPC contract, as well as the joint venture arrangement for its role in the consortium.

Ellen and Hew led a Beijing/Shanghai team advising CRCC, including senior associates Grace Fang and Angela Zhao, and associate Andrew Lin, supported by partner Glynn Cooper and associate June Tan in Kuala Lumpur, counsel Mark Veitch in Singapore, and senior associate Michael Debney in Melbourne.

 

国际领先的史密夫斐尔律师事务所(Herbert Smith Freehills)为中国铁建股份有限公司(简称“中国铁建”)作为联合体成员和EPC承包商投资建设泰国高铁项目提供法律服务。

该项目是中国企业首个海外高铁投资类项目。除了中国铁建,项目主要牵头参与方还包括泰国国家铁路局、正大集团等。

该项目总里程220公里,横跨五个省份,连接廊曼机场、素万那普机场和乌塔堡机场三大主要机场,预计2023年开通运营,是泰国“东部经济走廊”的重点基础设施项目。

泰国当地时间2019年10月24日,在泰国总理巴育以及中国、日本、意大利驻泰国大使的见证下,联合体于曼谷成功签署项目协议。

史密夫斐尔合伙人丘健雄表示,“我们非常高兴能够在这个意义非凡的项目中为中国铁建提供服务。”

史密夫斐尔基础设施业务合伙人张晓慧表示:“在这个如此大规模和复杂的项目中客户需要非常广泛的法律、战略和商业支持。中国铁建在这个项目中‘投资+工程承包’的结构也代表了中国对外工程和基础设施企业参与‘一带一路’项目的市场趋势。”

史密夫斐尔律师事务所为中国铁建在项目协议、供应链协议、EPC合同以及联合体签署的合资安排等事务方面提供法律意见。 

丘健雄律师和张晓慧律师牵头领导本所上海和北京办公室的律师团队为本项目提供法律服务,高级律师方丽娟、赵秋丹、律师林君瑞提供支持。史密夫斐尔吉隆坡办公室合伙人Glynn Cooper、律师June Tan、新加坡资深顾问Mark Veitch以及墨尔本办公室高级律师Michael Debney为本项目提供协助。

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