Kanyi Lui has close to 15 years of experience advising major financial institutions and borrowers on the development and financing of energy, natural resource, and infrastructure projects in emerging markets. He works closely with lenders and sponsors to bring projects to successful completion in some of the most challenging jurisdictions.
Kanyi has been based in Australia, Hong Kong, and Beijing and works closely with Chinese financial institutions and energy companies on Chinese outbound projects and financings. He has helped clients finance and build gas pipelines across Central Asia; mine copper in Kazakhstan; and provide power in Asia, Australia, and Africa. He was highlighted by the Financial Times Asia-Pacific in 2016 for his lead role in advising ICBC on the first offshore revolving RMB facility in history, which is considered to be one of the most innovative financing transactions in Asia-Pacific in 2016.
Kanyi’s financial institution clients include the Bank of China, Bank of Communications (BOCOM), China Construction Bank, China Development Bank, the Export-Import Bank of China, ICBC, and SINOSURE. He also regularly represents project sponsors and sovereign borrowers seeking to access Chinese financing, including China Shenhua, Trans-Asia Gas Pipeline Company, and a number of sovereign borrowers in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.
Represented China Development Bank on: the US$2.3 billion financing of copper projects in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, the US$1.6 billion financing of the Astana Light Rail project in Kazakhstan, and the US$1.4 billion financing of a potash project in the Republic of Belarus.
Represented ICBC, Bank of China, and China Construction Bank on the historic RMB4.8 billion onshore RMB revolving credit facility. This is the first deal in history where an offshore borrower was able to access RMB at PBOC benchmark rates by way of a standby revolving credit facility. This deal was selected by the Financial Times as one of the most innovative financing transactions in the Asia-Pacific region in 2016.
Represented ICBC on a RMB2 billion Sinosure covered financing facility to a leading Indonesian telecommunications company. This transaction was the first offshore Renminbi denominated ECA financing in history.
Represented Export-Import Bank of China on the US$175.750 million financing of two copper and cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo and on a US$218 million financing to the government of the Republic of Zimbabwe.
Represented SINOSURE (China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation) and the onshore and offshore syndicate members on the financing of the Lanao Kauswagan coal-fired power project in Mindanao, Philippines.
Represented SINOSURE in the financing of the Amaila Falls hydro project in Guyana.
Represented China Shenhua Energy Company in the US$231.7 million financing of a coal and power integration project (comprising of an open-cut thermal coal mine and 2x150MW coal-fired power plants) in South Sumatra, Indonesia.
Represented Trans-Asia Gas Pipeline Company as 50 percent shareholder in each of three borrowers on three limited recourse financings involving total debt of US$7.9 billion with respect to the Central Asia-China natural gas pipelines project.
Represented the government of a West African nation on a US$1 billion oil-for-money financing facility provided by a Chinese policy bank.
- University College London (LL.M. 2003); Queensland University of Technology (LL.B. and Bachelor's in International Business 2002)
- Queensland, Australia
- Highlighted by the Financial Times for lead role in advising ICBC on the first offshore revolving RMB facility in history, which is considered to be one of the most innovative financing transactions in the Asia-Pacific region in 2016
- English and Chinese