Nicholas Song


Nicholas Song


Beijing | 24/F, North Tower, Beijing Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China 100020
+8610 5829 1315 | +8610 5829 1313

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Nicholas Song focuses his practice on corporate matters, with particular emphasis on the energy industry, including the mining and metals, oil and gas, and power sectors. Mr. Song represents a number of China’s largest state-owned companies on cross-border mergers, acquisitions and investments.

Mr. Song also advises clients on international arbitration matters in the energy industry. He has significant experience in arbitrations conducted under the rules of the HKIAC, ICC, LCIA, LMAA, SIAC and UNCITRAL.

Mr. Song has been recognized as a leading lawyer in arbitration and energy in publications such as Global Arbitration Review, The International Who’s Who of Energy Lawyers and Who’s Who Legal.

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Song served as a partner in the energy transactions and projects and international dispute resolution and arbitration groups at Vinson & Elkins. He started his legal career in the Singapore office of Rajah & Tann where he worked as an associate.


Energy and Natural Resources

  • Sinopec in connection with its joint venture with Saudi Aramco for a 37.5% stake in the Yanbu Refinery on the west coast of Saudi Arabia.
  • Sinopec in connection with its acquisition from Galp Energia SGPS, S.A., through new share subscriptions, of 30% of all its upstream interests in Brazil.
  • A Southeast Asian energy company in connection with its development of an upstream petroleum block in Indonesia.
  • A Chinese wind turbine manufacturer in connection with various wind power projects in South Africa including negotiations of turbine supply and operations and maintenance agreements.
  • Chinese state-owned companies in the preparation of suites of model forms for use in the petroleum industry.
  • An Australian energy company in its development and operation of a greenfield LNG facility in Australia.
  • An Asian power company in its bid to build, own and operate an LNG-based combined cycle power generation facility in Bangladesh.
  • A large international energy company in connection with gas sales agreements in the Philippines.

International Arbitration

  • A Chinese state-owned company in arbitration in London under the ICC rules with respect to contractual disputes.
  • A Chinese oil and gas company in connection with a dispute with an African government concerning the termination of a production sharing contract for an onshore block.
  • A Chinese solar panel manufacturer on its contractual disputes with its international customers.
  • A Chinese subsidiary of a Canadian drilling company in a HKIAC arbitration with an international mining company.
  • A Chinese oil and gas company on tax claims against the seller of shares in a Central Asian upstream petroleum company.
  • An International energy company in arbitration in London under the LMAA rules with respect to claims of wrongful termination of a charterparty for an anchor-handling and supply vessel hired in connection with drilling activities offshore Africa.
  • An Asian multinational energy and infrastructure company in arbitration in London under the ICC rules relating to contractual claims over the supply and refurbishment of a blow-out preventer stack to be used in offshore drilling activities.

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • A major Chinese state-owned energy company in its bid to acquire oil and gas assets in Brazil.
  • A major Chinese state-owned energy company in its proposed acquisitions of various upstream petroleum assets in Indonesia.
  • A consortium of Chinese oil companies in connection with the acquisition of the oil and pipeline interests of EnCana Corporation in Ecuador.
  • Sinochem Corporation on its acquisition of New XCL-China, LLC, which owns an interest in a producing oil field in the Zhao Dong block in Bohai Bay, China.
  • A major Chinese state-owned energy company in its negotiations to acquire an interest in a petroleum block located in Nigeria.
  • An international energy company in its bid to acquire a portfolio of power generation assets located in Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand, the Philippines, and Thailand.

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

  • National University of Singapore Faculty of Law, LL.B., 1996, upper second class
  • New York University School of Law, LL.M., 1999, Graduate Editor, Journal of International Law and Politics
  • Queen Mary University of London, LL.M., 2008, Distinction
  • Singapore
  • England and Wales
  • New York
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Mandarin
  • English
  • Singapore Academy of Law