Joseph A. Bevash is the Office Managing Partner of the Tokyo office of Latham & Watkins and a partner in the Hong Kong and Singapore offices. He is a member of the Finance Department.
Mr. Bevash has extensive experience representing lenders, underwriters, and owner/developers in connection with a wide variety of international projects, including many of the Asian region’s landmark power, gas and petrochemical projects in Australia, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Korea, Laos, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
His experience includes structuring, negotiating and documenting credit arrangements involving commercial banks and governmental agency lenders, as well as representations involving the issuance of debt securities pursuant to Rule 144A under the United States Securities Act of 1933.
Mr. Bevash is recognized by legal publications such as Chambers Global, Chambers Asia-Pacific, IFLR 1000 and The Legal 500 as one of the leading finance lawyers in the Asia region for project development and finance transactions.
In the most recent editions of Chambers Global and Chambers Asia-Pacific, he was ranked in the top tier of leading individuals for Projects in Asia-Pacific, Indonesia, Japan and Thailand, with the directory praising him for his "sophistication and level of detail [which is] unmatched by anyone – he’s on a par with the best and the brightest." He has also been described by clients as “a superb lawyer with immense multinational knowledge and great commercial sense”, “the most well-respected project finance lawyer in Asia” and “meticulous to perfection.”
In April 2011, Mr. Bevash received the “Outstanding Contribution Award” from Chambers & Partners which recognized his contribution to the development of the legal industry in Asia.
Mr. Bevash's recent experience includes representation of:
- Lenders in connection with the US$20 billion financing and development of the off-shore Ichthys LNG Project in Western Australia
- The lenders in connection with a US$1.5 billion 18-year debt facility to finance the 1,240 megawatt Mong Duong 2 power plant project, the largest electric power project in Vietnam to date
- The lenders in connection with the US$2.97 billion financing of the Hongsa Mine-Mouth power project located in Laos
- Jurong Aromatics Corporation Pte. Ltd in connection with the US$2.63 billion financing of the Jurong Aromatics petrochemicals project in Singapore
- Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and the commercial bank lenders in connection with the US$1.215 billion financing of the Paiton 3 power project in Java, Indonesia
- Lion Power Holdings consortium in the acquisition of Senoko Power Limited, Singapore's largest power generation company, from Temasek Holdings