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Southeast Asia

Vinson & Elkins has an impressive record advising clients in Southeast Asia on their overseas investments, and mergers and acquisitions, particularly in the oil and gas industry. We have extensive experience, both in advising multinational companies investing in the region and in working alongside Southeast Asian clients on their outbound transactions globally.

Our team includes U.S., English, Hong Kong, and Australian qualified lawyers who have negotiated virtually every type of contract and agreement encountered by the oil and gas industry. V&E lawyers have worked with Asian governments, state-owned enterprises, and private counterparties on Southeast Asian energy and resources transactions.

Our International Dispute Resolution team also has particular strength in arbitration coming out of projects in Southeast Asia. We regularly speak at energy conferences in the region and, most recently, V&E co-sponsored a series of workshops with the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC).

Our broad capabilities in Southeast Asia provide clients with in-depth knowledge of the entire range of legal and business issues affecting the energy and natural resources sector.

Experience Highlights

  • Sinopec Kantons on its $841 million investment in the PT West Point Terminal project to build Southeast Asia’s largest oil storage terminal in Batam Indonesia

  • Major Asian energy company on its $3 billion bid to acquire an oil company with large oil and gas deposits under development in Indonesia

  • The Blackstone Group in the $800 million line of equity commitment to Tamarind Energy, a new exploration and production company focused on South East Asia oil and gas exploration and development

  • Acting for two Investors, one from the UK, one from Saudi Arabia, on their claims against a South-East Asian State in respect of claims regarding the expropriation and unfair treatment of them and their investments in the banking sector

  • BG Group PLC on the negotiation of LNG sales, terminal use, gas sales, and related agreements for a multi-user LNG regasification facility in Singapore, including sales of regasified LNG to all utilities in Singapore

  • Chinese state-owned oil company on its $680 million acquisition from Chevron of interest in three Indonesian deepwater blocks as part of an integrated gas development

  • CNPC International on its $150 million purchase of a controlling interest in SPE International Ltd., a Bahamas company owning petroleum rights under a PSC covering the Madura block in East Java, Indonesia

  • Murphy Oil Corporation on development of its Block H gas field offshore Malaysia

  • Consortium of major energy companies on the negotiation of LNG sales arrangements for the importation of LNG into Malaysia and Korea