King & Spalding LLP

Projects & Energy Department

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What the team is known for Market-leading practice with formidable oil and gas expertise and impressive credentials for power and hydropower mandates. Sought out for advice on large-scale international energy and power M&A. Frequently handles a range of complex high-value transactions including LNG marketing and power offtake arrangements, as well as cross-border investment. Particular country expertise working on deals in Indonesia and the Philippines. Experienced working with both public and private entities.

Foreign desks The team maintains specialised expertise in M&A and projects in the oil and gas, LNG and power sectors. It has impressive experience acting for Indian and multinational developers, including on projects-related disputes. The firm has considerable expertise advising clients on pipeline projects and offshore oil and gas infrastructure. Richard Nelson is a key contact for India-related work.

The Singapore office is known for its impressive Indonesia-facing team which remains active on oil and gas transactions and development. The firm also handles power projects, including in the renewable space.

Notable practitioners

Anthony Patten maintains an impressive focus on headline energy deals in the region. A client enthuses: "As head of their oil and gas practice, Anthony has built up a team that fits us very well. He demonstrates his experience when we are facing difficult issues and it seems there are no alternatives, and he magically produces one. We are very lucky to have him as our relationship partner." He joined King & Spalding in September 2020.

Kelly Malone is a highly sought-after adviser with considerable experience working on projects around the region. He is highlighted for his activity in the hydropower space.

Merrick White is lauded for his considerable experience in the oil and gas industry, advising clients on investments and acquisitions, as well as sale and purchase agreements. He maintains a strong reputation for his work in the Indonesian energy space. A client says: "We'd like to single out Merrick White in particular for really supporting us on a transaction. He's a specialist and allowed us to really shape the transaction, which was tricky. His advice was invaluable."

Richard Nelson maintains a highly active energy practice, assisting clients with complex LNG agreements and oil and gas M&A. He has considerable expertise regarding energy mandates in Indonesia. A client enthuses: "He heads their LNG practice but he does jump in on specific issues to handle them as necessary. At times he stayed up many hours with us to find a solution, utilising very good communication skills."

Simon Cowled is particularly well recognised in the market for his advice on power transactions and development. He also earns respect for his Indonesia-facing practice. He recently assisted AES Corporation with completing the sale of its majority holding in Masinloc power plant to SMC Global Power Holdings.