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Philip Weems

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Philip R. Weems is co-head of King & Spalding’s Global Energy Practice and Managing Partner of the firm's Singapore office. He specializes in global energy and infrastructure transactions with a concentration on LNG / gas matters, upstream transactions and energy maritime issues.


Prior to joining King & Spalding as a Partner, Mr. Weems was Senior Counsel for ARCO in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he served as lead attorney for the Tangguh LNG Project from 1997-1999. During 1996-1997, he was responsible for the legal aspects of ARCO's operations in the Middle East and Southern Africa. From 1990-1996, Mr. Weems was Associate General Counsel of Virginia Indonesia Company (a major supplier of natural gas to the Bontang LNG Plant), based in Jakarta. In this capacity he was lead legal adviser to senior management of PERTAMINA on LNG and LPG matters. He also serves as arbitrator of international oil and gas and other energy disputes. Mr. Weems is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, listed as an arbitrator for Dubai International Arbitration Centre disputes, and has served as arbitrator of energy disputes before the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (International Division of the American Arbitration Association) and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).


State Bar of California State Bar of Texas.


L.L.M., University of Sydney, Australia J.D., cum laude, Texas Tech University B.A., Texas Tech University.

United States: Finance

Project finance

Within: Project finance

Philip Weems and Ken Culotta are the Houston-based heads of King & Spalding LLP’s department, which has a strong oil and gas focus and is particularly adept at handling LNG projects. Daniel Rogers acted for SeaOne Caribbean on the $3bn development and associated financing of a facility in Mississippi for the production and delivery of compressed gas liquids to the Caribbean. Culotta advised Quebec LNG on the development and financing of a multibillion-dollar LNG export project in Canada, and acted for Floridian Gas Storage on financing an LNG storage facility to serve southern Florida. Other clients include Magnum Energy, Mountaineer NGLs, NextDecade Pipeline and Haddington Energy Partners IV. In an illustration of the practice’s workload outside of the oil and gas space, the Charlotte-based Todd Holleman assisted Atlanta Falcons Stadium Company with financing the construction and operation of an $850m football stadium to replace the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia; and the Atlanta-based Hector Llorens acted for the lead arranger on the financing of a sugar refinery. The New York office was bolstered in November 2016 by the arrival of Brian Betancourt from Alston & Bird LLP and counsel Brandon Dalling from Latham & Watkins LLP. In February 2017, project finance expert David Runnels joined the Houston office from Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP.

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