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Patricia Tan Openshaw is a partner in the Hong Kong office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. She is a member of the firm’s Projects and Infrastructure, Power and Renewables, Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity, Global Finance, and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Practice Groups. Patricia focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions, project development and finance as well as banking and finance transactions in the energy and infrastructure sector.
She has substantial experience advising private equity and corporate clients on cross-border joint ventures, acquisitions and divestitures of power, rail, toll road, water, telecom towers, data centers, casinos, energy transition and other infrastructure assets and companies. She regularly represents developers (both corporate and private equity platforms), sponsors, contractors, lenders, government agencies and offtakers in connection with the development, financing and restructuring of energy and infrastructure assets. She also advises on financings involving commercial banks, export credit agencies, development finance institutions, private equity funds and Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings and private placements in respect of such assets. Patricia has handled energy and infrastructure transactions in Australia, Africa, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, the Middle East, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam and the United States.
Patricia is consistently cited as a leading lawyer by Chambers Global, Chambers Asia Pacific and Chambers Greater China Region. Chambers Asia Pacific and Chambers Global recognize her as a leading lawyer for Projects and Infrastructure in China and as a top-ranking lawyer for Projects, Energy and Infrastructure in the Philippines. She is regularly recognized by Euromoney, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and Asialaw Leading Lawyers. She is also recognized by IFLR1000 in Banking, Capital Markets: Equity, Energy and Infrastructure, M&A, Project Development and Restructuring and Insolvency. Some notable quotes from clients praise that she “shows exemplary issue-identifying skills and provides reasonable solutions,” is “extremely helpful in navigating through the complexities of a difficult transaction,” and is “very detail-oriented…I like how she negotiates – she is very firm but doesn’t antagonise the counterparties.” She has repeatedly been named among the World’s Leading Experts in Energy and Environment Law, the World’s Leading Experts in Banking, Finance and Transactional Law and the World’s Leading Women in Business Law for Project Finance and Energy and Natural Resources by Expert Guides. Euromoney Legal Media Group named Patricia the “Best Lawyer” in the Energy and Natural Resources category of the 2016 Asia Women in Business Law Awards and shortlisted her for Project Finance in 2019 and 2023, and for Energy and Natural Resources in 2020.
Patricia received her Juris Doctor from the University of California Los Angeles School of Law in 1992 and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology (magna cum laude) from Cornell University in 1988. During law school, Patricia served as an extern to The Honorable Harry Pregerson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She is fluent in Fukien and Tagalog and has a working knowledge of Mandarin and Spanish. She is admitted to practice in the State of New York and is a qualified solicitor in Hong Kong.
University of California - Los Angeles - 1992 Juris Doctor
Cornell University - 1988 Bachelor of Science
New York Bar
Solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong