Global Head of Infrastructure, Mining and Commodities
Norton Rose Fulbright (Asia) LLP
Related services and key industries
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 focuses on major infrastructure projects. He has advised clients across a diverse range of sectors including biofuels, defence, mining, petrochemicals, ports, power generation, rail, renewables, roads, satellites, 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 8,000MW of capacity.
In addition to infrastructure, Nick has advised on a number of mine acquisitions and financings, including mine related infrastructure such as bauxite refineries. 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 financing experience and has advised on financings with cover from agencies, including ADB, Atradius, COFACE, EKF, EKN, Euler Hermes, Finnvera, IFC, JBIC, KEXIM, K-sure, MIGA, OeKB, SACE, Sinosure and US Exim.
Recommended in a number of legal publications, Chambers Asia-Pacific notes that "He is persuasive, gets the deal done and punches hard for his client." Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 states that Nick Merritt is highly regarded for his experience in power, mining and PPP projects. He garners a great deal of praise among clients and lawyers alike. One client explains: "I want to emphasise how innovative and creative he has been in pulling all this together," going on to note that "Nick's leadership has been integral to the success of the whole operation." Chambers Asia Pacific 2020 a client says that Nick Merritt's "guidance and advice make up a legal service that goes beyond my expectations."
Nick has been based in Asia since 2000.
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