Richard Nelson

Global Energy, Emerging Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions


Richard Nelson advises clients on energy transactions, concentrating on upstream oil and gas and LNG transactions for companies, host governments, project developers and sponsors. 

He boasts a particular geographic focus on southeast Asia and the wider Asia-Pacific region and has also worked previously in Singapore and Tokyo.


Includes experience gained prior to joining Mayer Brown


  • Several potential investors in the Delfin LNG project in the US including commercial and regulatory due diligence, joint venture and shareholding issues.
  • Anadarko Corporation on the long-term offtake and marketing of LNG volumes from the Mozambique LNG project, including long-term SPA with CNOOC Gas & Marketing.
  • BP on capacity sharing arrangements at the Isle of Grain LNG import and regasification terminal in the UK, including LNG delivery and gas sales arrangements into the UK market and the design and implementation of secondary capacity access to third party shippers.
  • BP on its long term, multi-destination LNG offtake arrangements from Trains 1 and 2 of the Brass LNG Project in Nigeria.
  • BP on its upstream gas sales and production sharing arrangements and related long-term LNG sale and purchase arrangements from Train 1 of the Damietta (SEGAS) liquefaction facility in Egypt.
  • Energy Market Authority of Singapore and Singapore LNG Corporation in connection with the development of a multi-user LNG import terminal project in Singapore including the second aggregator terminal use (TUA) arrangements, truck loading services agreement and spot (short-term) TUA.
  • Engro Elengy Terminal on the LNG FSRU import terminal at Port Qasim, Pakistan, including third party access arrangements.


  • Leading Individual – Ranked Band 1 for Energy & Natural Resources: International and Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas, and Band 2 for Projects & Energy: Indonesian Expertise in Chambers Asia Pacific.
  • “Richard Nelson is a leading oil and gas lawyer in Singapore, active on upstream and downstream projects. He is especially recommended for LNG matters.” “Richard Nelson is the best energy lawyer in Singapore and likely in the top three commercial and project finance lawyers in the entire Asia-Pacific region.” “He is responsive and solution-driven.” – Chambers Asia Pacific (Singapore, Energy & Natural Resources).
  • “Richard Nelson is respected for his experience in Indonesia, regularly advising major international entities on key transactions in the oil and gas sector in Indonesia. He is especially well versed in relation to legal matters involving LNG.” “Richard is an outstanding lawyer with in-depth knowledge and experience in the oil and gas sector.” – Chambers Asia Pacific (Indonesia, Projects & Energy).
  • "Richard Nelson is the best energy and projects/finance lawyer in Singapore and among the top three in the entire Asia-Pacific region. The scope of his practices continues to amaze clients. Richard’s advice on project finance and complex, large-scale projects is always spot-on during challenging negotiations. Richard is also well known as a speaker / moderator and leader at global energy events each year. Business executives who share the stage with Richard often comment upon his always current knowledge of the industry and the direction where trends are moving." Legal 500 Asia Pacific - Energy - Foreign Firms (Singapore).


  • University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, Master 1 en droit (Law)
  • King's College London, LLB (Law)


  • 英国法(イングランド及びウェールズ)事務弁護士(ソリシター)