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Hilary Lau

Partner Head of Practice
Hong Kong Latin America Group Korea Group

Hilary is a corporate and commercial lawyer specialising in the energy and natural resources sector.

He advises international energy companies on a wide range of matters, including acquisitions, developments, and disposals of energy projects worldwide.

Hilary possesses extensive knowledge in key areas such as liquefied natural gas, mining, oil and gas, and power and has played a vital role in facilitating successful multimillion-dollar transactions for major projects across diverse locations such as Australia, Canada, China, Indonesia, Korea, Africa, and South America.

He has been advising Korean clients in relation to their overseas investments for over 15 years and is the Global Co-Chair of our Korea Group's energy practice.

He recognises the importance of energy transition and the evolving energy requirements faced by companies today. As part of our Band 1 ranked global ESG team, he helps businesses to adapt to new energy standards and assists his clients in navigating this changing landscape.

Hilary is trilingual in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Experience & expertise

Selected matters

  • leading a ten-office team advising Brookfield Asset Management on its US$4.6 billion acquisition of Westinghouse Electric Company from Japan's Toshiba Corporation
  • I Squared Capital Advisers on the US$1.86 billion acquisition of Hutchison Telecommunications' fixed line business, Hutchison Global Communications (HGC)
  • Brightoil Petroleum (Holdings) on its US$1.1 billion cash acquisition of Kerr-McGee China Petroleum, the China unit of Texas-based Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
  • PetroChina on its acquisition of a 25% stake in phase one of the West Qurna field, Iraq from Exxon Mobil
  • CNOOC on its acquisition of interests in the Surat and Bowen Basin coal seam gas tenements and related infrastructure and a further equity stake in the QCLNG project Train 1 liquefaction facility for US$1.93 billion
  • PTT Exploration and Production Public Company on its acquisition of a 40 per cent stake in the Kai Kos Dehseh oil sands project in Canada for a total consideration of US$2.28 billion
  • United PV, whose largest shareholder is China Merchants New Energy Group, on their acquisition of 6 solar power plants in the United Kingdom from Equinox