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A series of discussions uniting our experts and industry leaders to explore the future of clean energy in the Asia-Pacific region.

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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Session 3: Sustainable Investing in Asia

The third Decarbonising Asia and Beyond webinar finds our senior energy lawyers joined by representatives of ERM and SUSI Partners to address the following topics:

  • What are some recent trends and developments in sustainable investing, from the perspectives of lawyers, lenders and investors?
  • How do we conduct due diligence on ESG factors and assess key ESG risks?
  • How do investors deploy resources to have the greatest positive ESG impact, and what support do they need to do so?
  • What are some of the ESG “blind spots” companies and regulators should be aware of when assessing sustainability of projects in renewable power sector?


  • Irina Akentjeva, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills (moderator)
  • Glynn Cooper, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Antony Crockett, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Trista Chen, Partner, ERM
  • Pamela Chan, Vice President, ESG, SUSI Partners

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Session 4: Strategies for dealing with carbon-intensive assets

Our panel of senior energy lawyers finishes out the Decarbonising Asia and Beyond series joined by representatives of Cantor Fitzgerald and ERM to discuss the following topics:

  • Given the pressures on companies to decarbonise, what approaches are companies taking to address carbon-intensive assets in their portfolios and what are the biggest challenges companies face on their path to decarbonising portfolios?
  • What steps are governments around Asia taking to encourage companies to decarbonise their portfolios and move away from fossil fuels?
  • How has the financing climate for carbon-intensive assets evolved over time and what is the outlook for financing of new carbon-intensive assets?
  • Given the cost of decommissioning and repurposing carbon-intensive assets, what can regulators and other stakeholders do to support energy transition?


  • Irina Akentjeva, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills (moderator)
  • Dhani Maulana Pattinggi, Partner, Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung in association with Herbert Smith Freehills 
  • Jon Meier, Managing Partner, Asset Retirement Services - Asia Pacific, ERM
  • Michiel Prompers, Managing Director, Head of APAC - Investment Banking, Cantor Fitzgerald

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Lewis McDonald

Global Co-Head of Energy, London

Lewis McDonald
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Calvin Ho

Partner, Mainland China

Calvin Ho
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Irina Akentjeva

Partner, London

Irina Akentjeva
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Matthew Goerke

Partner, Jakarta

Matthew Goerke
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Alison Dodd

Partner, Melbourne

Alison Dodd
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Glynn Cooper

Partner, Singapore

Glynn Cooper
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Antony Crockett

Partner, Hong Kong

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