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King & Spalding LLP

Energy: foreign firms Tier 1

King & Spalding LLP is hugely committed to the energy sector, covering a range of segments from upstream oil and gas to renewables. The firm has further cemented its standing in upstream oil and gas and LNG, which has included a series of first in country LNG projects in Vietnam, Malaysia, Bangladesh, India and elsewhere. The firm is also well-plugged into the power and renewables segment through co-heads of the global power practice Simon Cowled and Kelly Malone, the latter  a recognised leader in hydropower. Richard Nelson heads the international LNG practice and Merrick White is head of the international midstream and downstream practice.


‘The team has special insight into the Singapore gas market.’

‘Richard Nelson has in-depth knowledge of the regulatory and commercial aspects of the Singapore gas market.’

Key clients

The AES Corporation

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

PTT Exploration & Production

Ophir Energy

Brunei Fertilizer

Keppel Capital Holdings

Sarawak Energy

International arbitration Tier 1

King & Spalding LLP has centred a substantial proportion of its prestigious international arbitration in Singapore, where it dominates the commercial, construction and investment treaty disputes market. Oil and gas remains its forte sector, though it is rapidly moving into other industries such as healthcare. The Singapore team has an illustrious client base and is active in multiple arbitral centres around the region and further afield. Wade Coriell leads the Asia disputes practice and has an excellent record in oil and gas cases, particularly in Indonesia and the Philippines; he is at the forefront of LNG price review disputes. Emerson Holmes  is a leader in construction and engineering arbitrations, Simon Dunbar is another experienced and versatile practitioner, while Elodie Dulac impresses in oil and gas and investment treaty cases. Associate Jia Lin Hoe is also 'very impressive'.


‘The firm has pulled away from the rest with huge construction disputes, gas pricing cases and a mix of commercial and investment arbitrations. With four partners in the Singapore office, it is supported by a strong energy and infrastructure practices’.

‘King & Spalding has a top-notch arbitration team in Singapore that provides great service. They hone in on the real issues in a dispute and provide guidance based on sound legal strategy that also makes business sense.’

‘Its partners have a well-balanced exposure and experience in both commercial and treaty arbitration.’

‘Wade Coriell’s abilities as a terrific advocate and a pragmatic advisor makes him stand out among his competitors.’

‘Wade Coriel is sensitive to the client’s wishes and refines strategies and legal points to accommodate. He is very thorough in preparing for a case and quick on his feet in addressing questions, whether from the client in a meeting/call or from the tribunal during a hearing.’

‘Elodie Dulac is very comprehensive in her written submissions, and writes in a precise and concise manner that gets the substance across very clearly.’

Key clients



General Electric


Phillips 66

Samsung C&T Corporation

San Miguel Holdings

TonenGeneral Sekiyu

Projects: foreign firms Tier 2

King & Spalding LLP is best known for power, renewables and oil and gas projects. The firm has consistently impressed in the project development field and has gained additional credibility with leading project finance expert Andrew Brereton having joined from Clifford ChanceSimon Cowled is experienced in power projects, Richard Nelson is rated for oil and gas, especially LNG, and Merrick White heads the international midstream,  downstream and refineries practice. Kelly Malone splits his time between Singapore and New York, co-heads the global power practice and is a recognised leader in hydropower.

Key clients

Anadarko Petroleum

PTT Exploration and Production

Sarawak Energy

Mitsui & Cod

Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP has further established its position in the market following the hire of Lee Taylor in 2018. With a newly acquired finance practice led by Andrew Brereton (a former Clifford Chance partner), the corporate team is even more credible in the private equity space and is increasingly active in energy and upstream oil and gas work. Taylor is recognised as a market leader in regional private equity and corporate transactions, while Richard Nelson and Simon Cowled provide additional oil and gas M&A and power M&A expertise.

Key clients

Platinum Equity Partners

International SOS

Bumi Armada

Keppel Capital Holdings

Conrad Petroleum

Coro Energy

Batavia Oil

Banking and finance: foreign firms Tier 4

King & Spalding LLP made waves in 2019 with the hire of senior banking and highly reputable partner Andrew Brereton from Clifford Chance; Brereton is an experienced Singapore hand who covers a range of products from acquisition finance and fund financing to project finance and major restructurings. The new team has a strong focus on private equity sponsors and energy sector corporates. On the lender side, the firm has successfully targeted a range of credit funds and banks that don't have rigid panel relationships, particularly Asian and regional banks. The practice ranges from structured lending and acquisition finance right through to project finance.


‘Andrew Brereton is one of the two or three best finance lawyers in the region. His associates are bright and hardworking, but Andrew always knows what’s happening on a deal.’

‘Andrew Brereton is one of the strongest finance lawyers I have worked with in my career. He is a superb practitioner who is very involved in all technical legal aspects of a deal whilst also being very understanding of the wider commercial context.’

Key clients

Bumi Armada




The firm: Celebrating more than 130 years of service, King & Spalding is an international law firm that represents a broad array of clients, including half of the Fortune Global 100, with 1,000 lawyers in 20 offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm also represents hundreds of clients with new ventures and mid-sized companies in emerging industries.

The firm has handled matters in over 160 countries on six continents and is consistently recognised for the results it obtains, its uncompromising commitment to quality and its dedication to understanding the business and culture of its clients.

The firm’s Singapore office is an Asia-Pacific hub for the firm’s energy, M&A and international arbitration work, helping leading businesses meet the opportunities and challenges of the Asian market in LNG, oil and gas and power.

The firm assists companies in structuring project financing — often breaking the mould — in executing their most complex acquisitions and dispositions throughout the region and beyond; and in resolving oil and gas, power and construction disputes via commercial and investment treaty arbitration.

The Singapore team works closely with lawyers in Tokyo and co-ordinates cross-firm to deliver locally informed, globally resourced counsel.

Areas of practice: Energy and resources: LNG (liquefaction and regasification terminals and shipping), FLNG, FSRU, FPSO and gas pipelines, petrochemicals, upstream oil and gas, power generation facilities, and mining.

Infrastructure development: rail, road, air, and seaport terminals.

Dispute resolution: investor-state and complex commercial arbitration, strategic management of foreign national court litigation, governmental investigations, the design of corporate compliance programmes, sanctions advice, and other contentious regulatory matters.

Finance: project finance, asset finance, ECA finance, and ship finance.

Corporate: M&A, private investment funds, and joint ventures.

Department Name Email Telephone
International arbitration
Energy transactions practice
Global disputes
Oil and gas
Global power practice
Project finance
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