Nick Dingemans
Partner, Energy & Infrastructure, Corporate

SINGAPORE

T: +65 6532 5335
D: +65 6551 9194
M: +65 8180 4076

EmailE: ndingemans@wfw.com

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Nick is a Partner in the Energy & Infrastructure group, based in the Corporate group of the Singapore office of Watson Farley & Williams.

He has over 20 years’ experience advising clients on corporate M&A and commercial matters. Nick has particular experience advising on cross-border and emerging market transactions in the energy and infrastructure sectors with a main focus on oil and gas transactions. These include acquisitions, disposals, corporate restructurings and joint ventures in Asia, Europe, Russia and the CIS, Africa, the Americas, the Middle East, Australasia, and throughout the value chain. Nick has also advised clients on a wide range of M&A transactions in other sectors including mining, technology, financial institutions and commodities. He has lived and worked in Auckland, Dubai, London, Moscow and is now based in Singapore.

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    Nick’s experience includes advising:
    • State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) on the stage 2 expansion of the Shah Deniz field.
    • Asian Development Bank and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on loans to LukOil to fund their contributions to the stage 2 expansion of the Shah Deniz field (led the due diligence team).
    • Gazprom on the proposed restructuring of the Shtokman field project and development of an LNG facility, including extensive negotiations with two international oil companies.
    • Gazprombank (as financial advisor to the Seller) on the sale of a majority stake in a strategic gas condensate field in the Russian Arctic Circle. This transaction anticipates the future construction of an LNG liquefaction terminal.
    • Ashmore on the establishment of a joint venture to construct and operate a LNG liquefaction plant in Russia.
    • West Siberian Resources Ltd on a number of acquisitions of oil companies in Russia.
    • HyOil (a Singapore-based start-up E&P company) on its proposed acquisitions of offshore oil and gas assets in the Asia-Pacific region.
    • Adani Welspun Exploration Ltd, an Indian oil and gas exploration and production joint venture company of Adani Group and Welspun Group, on its proposed investment into Yamal LNG as minority shareholder.
    • Bord Gáis Éireann (the Irish state gas transportation company) on the revision of its gas transportation Code of Operations to comply with the EU Second Gas Directive (third party access requirements and market opening). The revision of the Code also implemented a change from a point-to-point system to an entry/exit system.
    • Dynegy Inc. and its English subsidiaries on the restructuring, separation and sale of its Rough offshore and Hornsea onshore gas storage assets in the UK to Scottish & Southern Plc (Hornsea for £131m) and to Centrica plc (Rough for £304m).
    • On commercial contracts relating to the hive out of the assets and business of the Hornsea gas storage facility in Yorkshire from Dynegy Storage Ltd to create Dynegy Hornsea Ltd as a stand-alone business in contemplation of sale. The transaction included drafting transitional commercial arrangements between DSL and DHL, as well as new gas storage contracts with each of the gas storage users and the new company.
    • Macquarie Capital on its proposed acquisition of oil storage terminals in the Netherlands and Belgium and on the acquisition of a majority stake in a renewable energy development company.
    • Petroleum Brunei in connection with a number of back to back trading contracts.
    • Vitol with respect to an acquisition of certain downstream companies in Asia.
    • Alliance Group with respect to the sale of part of its stake in its Ukrainian petrol stations to Royal Dutch Shell and the establishment of a joint venture with Royal Dutch Shell for the operation of those petrol stations.
    • Macquarie Capital on its acquisition of a majority stake in a renewable energy development company with operations in South East Asia.
    • Orka Energy on its proposed joint venture in the Philippines to develop and operate a geothermal power plant in joint venture with a major Philippines power group.
    • Rosoboronexport (Russian State Arms Export Agency) on the acquisition of a majority stake in VSMPO-Avisma (the world’s largest titanium producer) for $1bn.
    • Anglo Gold Ashanti on its acquisition of mining assets in Russia for $40m and its contribution of those assets to a strategic alliance with Polymetal (Russia’s largest silver company).
    • Norilsk Nickel (the world’s largest nickel producer) on the structuring and documentation of separate exploration joint ventures with Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton.

Education Open

  • University of Canterbury, New Zealand, LLB
  • University of Canterbury, New Zealand, B.A., (History and Classical History)

Membership of Professional Societies Open

  • Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand (non-practising)
  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators

Employment Record Open

  • 2018 – present: Partner, Watson Farley & Williams, Singapore
  • 2014 – 2018:  Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright, Singapore
  • 2010 – 2014:  Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright, Moscow
  • 2005 – 2010: Counsel, Clifford Chance, Moscow
  • 2001 – 2005: Senior Associate, Clifford Chance, London
  • 1999 – 2001: Associate, Clifford Chance, Dubai
  • 1997 – 2001: Staff Solicitor, Bell Gully, Auckland

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