Nick Merritt is the global head of infrastructure, mining and commodities. He is a project finance and banking lawyer with a particular focus on the development, financing and acquisition of infrastructure, energy and mining assets.
Nick specialises in major infrastructure projects. He has advised clients across a diverse range of sectors including biofuels, defence, mining, petrochemicals, ports, power generation, rail, renewables, roads, sport and leisure infrastructure, water and waste.
He has advised on many of the leading transactions in the region including the sponsor group developing the Singapore Sports and Infrastructure ‘SportsHub’ PPP project, and power projects totalling almost 5,000MW of capacity.
In addition to infrastructure, Nick has advised on a number of mine acquisitions and financings including mine related infrastructure. His practice also extends to soft commodity related financing products and infrastructure including sugar, cotton and palm oil. He also has extensive multilateral/export credit financings experience and has advised on financings with cover from agencies including ADB, Atradius, COFACE, EKF, EKN, Euler Hermes, Finnvera, IFC, JBIC, KEXIM, K-sure, OeKB, SACE, Sinosure and US Exim.
Advised BTMU, HSBC and SMBC as mandated lead arrangers on the US$330 million financing to Vietnam Electricity (EVN) for the 600MW Vinh Tan 4 thermal power plant extension project. The financing is supported by K-SURE and guaranteed by the Ministry of Finance of Vietnam.
Recommended in a number of legal publications, Chambers Asia-Pacific 2015 notes that “He is persuasive, gets the deal done and punches hard for his client.”
Nick has been based in Asia since 2000.