King & Spalding has recruited Richard Nelson, one of Asia's energy lawyers, as a partner in its Singapore office. Nelson will join King & Spalding from Herbert Smith Freehills in Singapore, where he is a partner and head of that firm’s energy practice in Southeast Asia. His start date at King & Spalding is still to be confirmed.
Nelson's deal list extends to mergers and acquisitions and development projects in the oil and gas, LNG, and power sectors in countries such as Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Thailand. His client base includes oil majors and independents, national oil companies, host governments, and project sponsors and developers. He has worked in Asia for over 10 years, including stints in Hong Kong and Tokyo, and was seconded to BP in London.
Nelson will be the fifth energy transactions partner in King & Spalding's Singapore office. The office also counts four partners in its international arbitration practice, which focuses on energy and infrastructure disputes. King & Spalding's Singapore office serves as a hub for the firm's work in energy, project finance, and international arbitration throughout the Asia-Pacific region.