Denis Petkovic

Denis Petkovic: Attorney with Withers LLP
  • Partner at Withers LLP (422 Attorneys)
  • 20/F, Gloucester Tower, The Landmark, 15 Queen's Road, Hong Kong, China 00000
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Denis is a partner in the banking and finance team.

He has a broad range of experience in finance and corporate transactions including structured finance, project financings, securitizations and derivatives, acquisitions and disposals, acquisition financings and insolvencies and restructurings.

His projects and finance experience includes representing lenders, developers and investors in transactions in the energy, telecommunications, ports, oil and gas, transportation, steel, hotel and other sectors in Asia, Europe (with particular emphasis on Eastern Europe), the Commonwealth of Independent States, Africa and the Middle East.

Denis has been listed in Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Project Financing Lawyers, Project Finance Legal Advisers Review and Legal Business’ Legal Expert Report (for project finance and energy and resources).

Denis is commended for his diligence and thoroughness on banking issues. Apart from his banking and finance experience, Denis is able to advise businesses on a range of employment related matters.

He has been a visiting professor at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, LL.M. program.

Track record

Advising a family office on establishment of operations in Hong Kong including tax and regulatory issues and on investment agreements.

Acting for European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the International Finance Corporation and other multilaterals on numerous financings in the CIS, the Balkans and other emerging markets in the banking, energy, real estate and other sectors.

Acting for a European technology owner on potential joint venture projects with PRC parties.

Representing various developers on biogas and other renewables projects in the UK and Eastern Europe.

Acting for The Royal Bank of Scotland on a project financing in the Polish oil and gas sector.

Counsel to AES, El Paso, Aquila and Rockland Capital on various financings, disposals and acquisitions of interests in power projects in the UK and other countries.

Counsel for Master Chem Oil Limited generally on financings, derivatives and petrochem trading contracts.

Representing international lenders on a US$1.2 billion toll road.

Advising on shareholder disputes, shareholders’ agreements and enforcement of financing documents in the Hong Kong, English and BVI courts.

Advising BVI and foreign companies on BVI mergers.

Representing the borrowers under a refinancing of a portfolio of London commercial property investments.

Counsel to Industrial Promotion Service (Kenya) Limited, a subsidiary of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development on a US$70 million loan from EAIF and FMO to fund its investment in the Seacom project, a US$650 million development of a 15,000 km broadband sub-sea cable along the east coast of Africa.

Counsel to Astelit, a Ukrainian telecommunications company, controlled by Turkish GSM operator Turkcell, on a US$540 million financing-the then largest private financing in Ukraine-to expand its mobile network.




My career can be split in two parts

Initially I represented financial institutions on the full range of issues associated with their business. The work ranged from syndicated and bilateral loans, trade finance matters, structured notes and derivatives to insolvencies and regulatory matters. This was a fabulous foundation for what was to follow.

Since 2000 I have been increasingly also representing other stakeholders as well as lenders particularly in project and infrastructure matters. This work has included acquisitions of energy companies and development of energy projects, advising on toll road and large real estate development projects and looking after the interests of substantial and minority shareholders in an array of projects and commercial transactions. A great portion of my work has been in emerging markets including Eastern Europe and the CIS, the Middle East and of course Asia where I now am based.

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Areas of Practice (9)

  • Energy
  • Art and cultural assets
  • Private companies
  • Middle East
  • Europe
  • Africa
  • Technology
  • Financial services
  • Public companies

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
+852 3711 1698  Phone
+852 3711 1601  Fax
University Attended:
Macquarie University, B.Ec.
Law School Attended:
Macquarie University, LL.B., Hons; University of Cambridge, Sidney Sussex College, LL.M.
Year of First admission:
1983, New South Wales, Australia; 2014, British Virgin Islands; 1990, Hong Kong; 1990, England and Wales
English and Croatian

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