Firm Profile > King & Spalding LLP > Singapore, Singapore

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.

Practice head(s):

Simon Cowled; Kelly Malone; Richard Nelson; Merrick White


‘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.

Practice head(s):

Kelly Malone; Simon Cowled, Merrick White; Richard Nelson

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.

Practice head(s):

Lee Taylor

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.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Brereton


‘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




Philippines > Foreign firms Tier 2

Highly regarded for international arbitration, King & Spalding LLP has handled some of the largest Philippines-related disputes, including investor state and commercial disputes. On the non-contentious side, the team is equipped to advise on large-scale transactions and projects. This side of the practice was bolstered with the arrival of corporate and M&A and private equity expert Lee Taylor from Clifford Chance in 2018. This was followed by the arrival of Andrew Brereton from the same firm in 2019; Brereton specialises in acquisition, trade and structured financing and restructuring. Leading companies in the energy, mining and natural resources sectors turn to the team. In a cross-office effort, Wade Coriell and others are acting for Shell in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of the Philippines concerning the allocation of petroleum revenues under a petroleum services contract.

Practice head(s):

Wade Coriell; Simon Cowled

Other key lawyers:

Kelly Malone; Richard Nelson; Lee Taylor; Jun Bautista; Andrew Brereton


King & Spalding’s obvious strength is arbitration. We find their response to be focused, on-time and sensitive to the client’s needs and plans. The teams formed for cases we referred to them had a balanced core, were energetic and had competence on the technical issues‘.

We work closely with Wade Coriel; the approaches he prescribed for the pleadings and presentation materials were logical and exhaustive, and he was methodical at the hearings‘.

Key clients

The AES Corporation

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

SN Aboitiz Power – Magat, Inc.

Aboitiz Power Corporation

SN Aboitiz Power-Benguet, Inc.

Equis Funds Group

Masinloc Power Partners Co. Ltd.

Gunvor Group

San Miguel Holdings Corporation

Philex Mining Corporation


Malaysia > Foreign firms Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP is highlighted for its experience in contentious and non-contentious cross-border projects and energy instructions. Kelly Malone, who splits his time between New York and Singapore, is a name to note for construction, development and project financing with particular experience assisting with the acquisition of large-scale power and infrastructure projects, while Singapore-based Donny Low handles international arbitration.

Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration > Leading firms Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP, which has a particularly strong following in the energy industry, has expertise in international disputes in both its Asian offices: Wade Coriell, engineering specialist Emerson Holmes, Simon Dunbar, and Elodie Dulac in Singapore, and Christopher Bailey heads a global disputes team based in Tokyo and specializes in arbitration, litigation, and all forms of alternative dispute resolution.

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 1,100 lawyers in 21 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.


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