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Nick Williams

Partner
+65.6507.8117
Fax +65.6507.8111
Mr. Williams works across the commercial disputes and international arbitration, investigations, enforcement and white collar and restructuring and insolvency practice groups.

He has experience advising and acting in, and where applicable instructing local for such purpose to appear and advise, in international commercial dispute resolution, international arbitration, corruption-related matters and internal corporate investigations, securities enforcement and receiverships, corporate restructuring and workouts, liquidations and voluntary administrations across multiple jurisdictions.

His clients in the commercial disputes and international arbitration practice include private and public companies in the infrastructure, construction, shipping, marine insurance and oil and gas industries.

In the investigations, enforcement and white collar space, Mr. Williams has experience in corruption-related matters and internal corporate investigations, including matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other international anti-corruption legislation. As part of this practice, Mr. Williams conducts investigations into alleged misconduct, as well as into prospective and existing foreign agents, commercial advisers and business partners. Mr. Williams has been recognized in the Future Leaders category published in Who’s Who Legal: Investigations 2018 and 2019.

His clients in the restructuring and insolvency practice include private and public companies, banks and financial institutions, insolvency accounting firms and corporate creditors and debtors. Mr. Williams has been recognized by Global Restructuring Review’s ‘Names to Know in Singapore’ – a profile of the leading figures in Singapore’s restructuring and insolvency market.

Professional Background

Prior to his move to Singapore, Mr. Williams worked in the Melbourne office of K&L Gates.

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Williams worked at a national Australian law firm, focusing on the areas of commercial disputes and corporate insolvency.

Achievements

  • Recognized by Asian Legal Business in its 2018 “40 under 40 Rankings”, which acknowledge and highlight the work of 40 outstanding legal professionals in the region who are under the age of 40.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association member
  • Law Institute of Victoria member
  • International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals member

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Williams presents seminars and training sessions to clients on issues associated with international arbitration, international anti-corruption legislation and corporate insolvency.
  • “Know Your Agent”, Corporate Counsel Briefing, 17 May 2018.
  • “Impact of Corruption on Underlying Commercial Contracts”, Innoxcell Annual Symposium, 28 June 2017.
Commercial Disputes & International Arbitration
  • Acting for a leading US oil & gas service company in relation to a dispute arising out of a subcontract for pre-commissioning works on an offshore Myanmar gas project. The matter was mediated under SIMC Rules and the arbitration was administered by the HKIAC.
  • Acting for a listed Thai entity in a Singapore-seated arbitration under SIAC Rules relating to various commercial disputes with its German counter-party; redrafting the commercial contractual arrangements between the parties following the successful resolution of the dispute.
  • Acting for the Singaporean subsidiary of a large Chinese oil company in relation to various disputes in multiple jurisdictions arising out of the transshipment of oil products.
  • Acting for a Singaporean construction company in multiple arbitrations across various jurisdictions, in which awards were obtained in the client’s favour in all arbitrations.
  • Advising over 100 Singapore investors in relation to recovery proceedings in Australia tied up to the collapse of a Ponzi-scheme tied to mining investments in Western Australia.
  • Advising a leading Australian renewable energy company on a group proceeding commenced by residents of a residential estate arising from the migration of landfill gas from a contaminated landfilll, seeking in excess of AUD$100 million. The dispute involved multiple parties, a broad range of cross-claims and numerous expert witnesses. The proceeding was successfully resolved at mediation prior to the trial of the proceedings.
Investigations, Enforcement & White Collar
  • Advises Boards, Audit Committees, Special Committees, and Management on investigation into and defense of bribery and corruption-related matters, anti-corruption best practices and provides counsel regarding all related matters, including with respect to voluntary disclosure.
  • Conducting an internal investigation for an SE Asia-based, publicly-traded, global manufacturer of marine and offshore integrated solutions into allegations of corrupt payments to government officials and others in Brazil, in connection with the so-called “Operation Car Wash”.
  • Conducting a cross-border internal investigation for a listed Japanese oil and gas company into alleged corruption in South-East Asia.
  • Acting for a Korean company on an internal investigation arising from an investigation by the department of Homeland Securty (US) relating to wire fraud.
  • Acting for a listed global company in connection with a multi-jurisdictional internal investigation relating to alleged fraud, overseas litigation and advising on the restructure of the corporate affairs of the group.
  • Advising a SGX-listed corporation in connection with a risk assessment of its operations, implementation of a global ABC policy and conducting ongoing training for company staff globally on anti-bribery and compliance matters.
  • Advising a listed Indian entity in relation to the regulatory issues associated with the restructure of its global business, including a corruption due diligence associated with the takeover of an Indonesian entity.
  • Advising various clients on anti-bribery compliance programs and procedures for hiring third party agents in high-risk jurisdictions.
  • Conducting FCPA due diligence investigations and reports for corporate clients on prospective and existing agents, potential mergers and acquisitions in the SEA region.
Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Acting for a Singapore-based liquidator of a global shipping group, involving disputes in Norway and China.
  • Acting for a Vietnamese construction company in its capacity as a creditor of Swiber Offshore Construction Pte Ltd (Judicial Managers Appointed).
  • Advising a US-based hedge fund in relation to the enforcement of its security over an Indonesian mine in connection with moneys lent to an ASX-listed mining company.
  • Acting for the Singapore-based Liquidators of multiple shipping companies with operations in India, Singapore, the UAE and the UK in connection with a variety of overseas matters, including the recognition of the liquidation in the UK and strategic advice regarding multiple arbitrations that were on foot at the commencement of the liquidation.
  • Advising an ASX-listed entity on the liquidation of its operations in Taiwan.
  • Acting for receivers and managers for the recovery of a loan book totalling c.AUD75 million lent to investors in the Gunns Plantations Ltd (Receivers and Managers Appointed) (In Liquidation) managed investment schemes.
  • Acting for a large Australian bank in the successful recovery of a significant portion of a loan book totalling c.AUD 280 million lent to investors in various managed investment schemes including Willmott Forests Ltd (Receivers and Managers Appointed)(In Liquidation).
  • Advising one of Australia's leading banks on the work-out of a global distribution business in order to achieve the full repayment of the bank's exposure under multiple commercial facilities.
  • Advising the directors of an Australian subsidiary of a United Kingdom listed mining company on a complex restructure of debt under a Deed of Company Arrangement.
  • Acting for Liquidators on a broad range of issues in the liquidation of an ASX-listed company, including Federal Court of Australia recovery proceedings against directors of the company, advising the Liquidators on the sale of the business and advising the Liquidators regarding the payment of dividends to the shareholders of the company.