Max Damphousse has extensive project development and financing experience involving power, oil and gas, infrastructure, mining, and industrial projects in Asia-Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, the United States, and Canada. He has worked extensively in many areas, including thermal and renewable energy; petrochemical plants, terminals, storage facilities, pipelines, FPSOs, and LNG liquefaction and regasification facilities; and toll roads, hospitals, and water treatment plants. Max also practices in the area of mergers and acquisitions in the natural resources and infrastructure sectors.
Max regularly acts for a wide variety of clients including project developers and sponsors, host governments, EPC and O&M contractors, private equity investors, borrowers, and financial institutions, including investment banks, multilateral development banks, and export credit agencies. He has helped clients achieve their objectives in connection with high-profile and complex greenfield and brownfield projects in numerous jurisdictions in the Asia-Pacific region and Africa, including Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Mongolia, Timor-Leste, India, Pakistan, Ghana, Madagascar, and the Congo. Max is fluent in French and regularly accompanies clients doing business in Francophone Africa.
Max also has experience advising stakeholders involved in public-private partnerships (PPPs) in developed and developing markets, including drafting PPP-enabling legislation for host governments.
The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.
Advised the Asian Development Bank (in its capacity as mandated PPP adviser to the government of Mongolia) in connection with all aspects of the development and financing of the $1.5 billion CHP5 IPP, a 450 MW combined heat and power project in Mongolia.
Advised an international lending syndicate on the project financing of a $1.2 billion FPSO, owned by Yinson Holdings, charted to Eni, and deployed in the Offshore Cape Three Points block, offshore Ghana.
Advised an international lending syndicate on its proposed financing to a bidding consortium for the development of the Jawa 1 LNG-to-power project in Indonesia, which consists of a LNG FSRU terminal and a 1,600 MW gas-fired power generation facility.
Advised Repsol in connection with its acquisition of multiple onshore and offshore oil and gas assets in Indonesia as part of its $8.3 billion takeover of Talisman Energy.
Advised Standard Chartered Bank in connection with a $200 million reserve-based refinancing of oil and gas assets located in Sulawesi, Indonesia for Energy Equity Epic Sengkang.
Advised the sponsors (ENGIE, Sumitomo Corporation, and Supreme Energy) and project company (Supreme Energy Muara Laboh) on the development of the Muara Laboh 220 MW geothermal power project in Sumatra, Indonesia.
Advised the Export-Import Bank of China in connection with the limited recourse financing ($1.55 billion loan agreement) of a 1,320 MW coal-fired power plant at Port Qasim, Pakistan.
Advised the main sponsor (Newcom) and project company (Clean Energy LLC) on the development and limited recourse financing of a 50 MW wind farm in Mongolia, including securing $85 million in loans from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO).
Advised an international sponsor and its Indonesian project company with ongoing contractual issues encountered during the construction of a hydroelectric power project in Indonesia.
Advised a global supplier of solar power solutions with its proposed development and financing of a solar power facility in Burkina Faso.
Advised a private equity fund in connection with its proposed investment in a mining company developing a phosphate mining project in the Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville).
Advised the government of Timor-Leste in connection with the development and financing of road projects, including negotiating loan and grant agreements with multilateral development banks and international development aid agencies.
Advised multinational and Myanmar oil and gas companies in connection with farm-ins and farm-outs of interests in onshore and offshore PSCs in Myanmar, including helping with structuring competitive bid processes for farm-outs.
Advised Malakoff Corporation in connection with its bid for the development of the Az-Zour North IWPP desalination plant in Kuwait.
Advised ECCI-Metag, a Turkish-American joint venture, in connection with the 233 kilometres rehabilitation and development of the ring road segment between Qaisar and Laman in Afghanistan ($477 million public sector funding from the Asian Development Bank).
Advised Pomerleau, a leading Canadian EPC contractor, in connection with the completion (phase 2) of the University of Montreal Medical Center (CHUM) superhospital PPP project in Montreal, Canada. The CHUM project is one of the largest and most complex hospital PPPs ever developed in Canada ($2 billion project).
Advised Junex on the negotiation of a partnership agreement with Ressources Québec (acting as mandatary for the government of Québec) and investors for the development of the Galt oil and gas project in the Province of Quebec, Canada.
- London School of Economics and Political Science (Master of Science with distinction 2010); McGill University (Bachelor of Laws with distinction 2006; Bachelor of Civil Law with distinction 2006); University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Exchange program 2004)
- New York, Québec (Canada), and Registered Foreign Lawyer (Singapore)