January 5, 2015
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Christopher James (Jamie) Thomas has joined the Singapore office as a partner. Formerly with White & Case, he will continue his banking, finance and restructuring practice, with a focus on senior credit and subordinate debt, infrastructure and energy lending, and related restructurings.
“We welcome Jamie to the firm,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn. “Jamie is an energetic and talented lawyer. Jamie’s practice is primarily focused on leveraged finance, restructurings, debt buy-backs, asset-backed lending, structured lending and cross-border finance in Singapore, Indonesia and emerging markets across Southeast Asia. He also has experience with project finance for power projects and the telecoms industry, and the secondary debt markets.”
“We are pleased to have Jamie on board,” said Jai Pathak, Partner in Charge of the Singapore office. “Jamie has deep knowledge of all aspects of the finance markets in the South and Southeast Asia region and has a strong reputation in the local markets for his work for banks and financial institutions as well as energy and infrastructure companies. We have been growing in Asia, and his practice will complement our current strengths.”
About Jamie Thomas
Thomas, an English-qualified lawyer, focuses his practice on complex banking, finance and restructuring transactions. His experience includes transactions in London, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, the Philippines and Sri Lanka.
Representative transactions include representation of the lead creditors in the restructuring of US$1.5 billion aromatics facility in Indonesia owned by PT Trans-Pacific Petrochemical Indotama; representation of PT Bakrie Sumatera Plantations in the acquisition and debt restructuring of the Domba Mas Group’s oleochemical business; JBIC and Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd. on a JPY-denominated project finance loan equivalent to approximately US$326.3 million to PT Indonesia Chemical Alumina (an Indonesian SPV) for the construction of the US$450 million Tayan Chemical Grade Alumina project.
Thomas “is noted for his ‘very strong’ knowledge of the Indian market, and has also been active on Indonesian-related matters” and is lauded for having “a better understanding of local and regional banking regulatory issues than the vast majority of finance lawyers in South-East Asia” in Chambers Asia-Pacific, based on feedback from clients and peers.
Thomas practiced with White & Case since 2007 in Singapore and briefly in London. Prior, he worked with Clifford Chance in London from 1999 to 2005. He graduated from College of Law, Guilford in 1996.