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Lian Yok Tan

Partner
+65.6507.8105
Fax +65.6507.8111
Ms. Tan has more than 2 decades of experience advising on a broad spectrum of energy, mining, LNG and oil and gas matters including, among other projects: power plant, smelter and refinery construction, financing and operation; oil and gas exploration and commercialization; LNG offtake, infrastructure development; electric power sale and distribution; and hydrocarbon and mining assets sale and disposal.

Ms. Tan has advised government linked corporations, financial institutions and private enterprises on a number of notable energy, mining and oil and gas projects around the world. She has been involved in many projects from their inception to their commercial realization.

As well as advising on project development and construction, Ms. Tan has significant experience in advising on the financing aspects of transactions. Her experience includes advising on project, structured, trade and asset financing incorporating swaps and other financial derivatives.

She has led negotiations on construction contracts, loan agreements, and commodity, asset and corporate sale and purchase agreements; advised on joint ventures and project structures (including various public private partnership (PPP) projects); conducted risk allocation and reviewed the ‘bankability’ of project agreements; structured financing arrangements and other relevant security packages and considerations; and managed complex mergers and acquisitions.

Her in-depth experience, broad technical knowledge and seasoned commercial approach are well regarded by her clients and peers.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Tan was a partner at several large international law firms based in Singapore focusing on cross-border energy, infrastructure, power, mining and metals, and oil and gas and LNG project development, structuring and financing, construction, and mergers and acquisitions.

Achievements

Ms. Tan has been ranked in 2017 Chambers Asia Pacific, Projects & Energy (International Firms) (Expertise Based Abroad) Indonesia and Projects & Infrastructure: International, Singapore, sections. She has also been featured in previous editions of Chambers Asia Pacific and Asia Pacific Legal 500. She has led or been a contributing team member for over US$50 billion worth of deals throughout her career, with more than deals receiving accolades in trade publications for their value, scale and scope.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Member, Chartered Institute of Shipbrokers
  • Member, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)
  • Singapore Branch Membership Subcommittee, AMPLA (The Resources & Energy Law Association)
  • Member, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators

Speaking Engagements

Ms. Tan has been an in-house trainer and presented at several international conferences including:
  • “Incorporating Financing Packages in Your Procurement Strategies for Major Rail Projects”, 5th International Rail Summit, Kuala Lumpur, November 15-17, 2017
  • “Challenges and Opportunities for Small Scale LNG in Asia”, moderator, IE Singapore’s Gas Forum 2017, Singapore, October 20, 2017
  • “Managing Risks in International Mining Projects - Trends in International Mining Projects & Steps to Mitigate Risks”, China Mining Congress & Expo 2017, Tianjin, September 23-25, 2017
  • “Managing Risks in International Oil & Gas Projects - Trends in International Oil & Gas Projects & Steps to Mitigate Risks”, Deepwater & Modular Fabrication Technology 2017 presented by China Offshore Oil Engineering Co. Ltd (COOEC) & Fluor, Shenzhen, September 21 & 22, 2017
  • “New Emissions Indicate Rise of LNG as Marine Fuel in Asia”, Gas Indonesia Summit & Exhibition 2017, Jakarta, July 12-14, 2017
  • “Singapore at the Centre: How the Little Red Dot could become Asia’s first LNG trading hub”, GASEX2016 Conference and Exhibition, Beijing, September 21-23, 2016
  • “Managing Risks - Swiber Case Study”, Deepwater & Modular Fabrication Technology 2016 presented by China Offshore Oil Engineering Co. Ltd (COOEC) & Fluor, Qingdao, August 20 & 21, 2016
  • “Closing the Investment Gap: Financing Energy and Environmental Targets”, 2016 Pacific Energy Summit, Singapore, June 22-24, 2016, one of the panelists
  • “All Signs Point to Singapore: The Potential New Hub For Asia’s Emerging LNG Trade?”, LNG 18 conference, Perth, April 11-15, 2016
  • “Recent Developments in North American Oil, Gas, and LNG Markets & Impacts on Asian Energy Markets”, Gas Association of Singapore (GAS) and Institution of Chemical Engineer's Oil and Natural Gas Special Interest Group (IChemE SONG)’s joint event, Singapore, October 9, 2015
  • “FPSO Contracting Exercise & Simulation: Solution Finding to Common Contractual Disputes Through Practical Examples” and panelist, “Panel Discussion: How Will Low Oil Price Affect FPSO Contracting And Execution?” FPSO World Congress 2015, Singapore, September 29 & 30, 2015
  • “Risks and Opportunities in Unconventional Oil & Gas”, Singapore Stock Exchange’s Mining & Oil & Gas Investor Series, Singapore, July 29, 2015, one of the panelists
  • “Recent Developments in North American Crude Oil, Natural Gas and LNG Markets and Impacts on Asian Energy Markets”, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) Manila Chapter event, Manila, July 3, 2015
  • “A Legal Perspective”, LNG Marine Fuel Forum 2015, Singapore, May 25-26, 2015
  • “Global Shale Development – The Shale Gale: Winds Of Change”, Technical Lecture Series of The Joint Branch of the RINA and the IMarEST (Singapore), Institution of Mechanical Engineers (Singapore branch), Centre for Offshore Research & Engineering (CORE), National University of Singapore (NUS), Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers Singapore and Gas Association of Singapore, Singapore, September 26, 2014
  • "Indonesian Mining – Political & Economic Background", International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (INTERCARGO) meeting, Singapore, March 11, 2014
  • "International Investment Treaties: How they work and how to structure deals to ensure investment protection" and "Commercial Factors in the Arbitration Clause: The most common sources of problems", International Arbitration in Asia Pacific – Pitfalls and Solutions seminar, organized by Singapore Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) and K&L Gates, Singapore, January 23, 2014
  • “Challenges in Investing and Acquiring Gold Mining Assets in Indonesia”, and “Structuring, Drafting and Managing Risks in Mining Contracts” (workshop), Asia Gold Summit, Jakarta, June 25-28, 2012
  • “Overview of Project Finance, Project Finance Participants and Structures and Project Risks” (workshop), In-House Congress Jakarta 2012, June 27, 2012
  • “Dealing with Legal Issues between Parties to Mining Contracts”, and “Structuring, Drafting and Managing Risks in Mining Contracts” (workshop), Contract Mining Asia 2010, Singapore, July 12-14, 2010
  • Indonesia Mining World conference (workshop), Bali, December 7-9, 2009
  • “Legal, ISDA swap agreement and the counterparty risk”, Iron Ore Trading & Risk Management, Singapore, June 15-17, 2009
  • “Understanding Legal Issues in relation to Operating Agreements for Offshore Energy Vessels”, Singapore, April 27-29, 2009
  • “Dealing with Legal Aspects of Contract Mining” and "Initial and Financing Documents" (workshop), Contract Mining Strategies Asia, Jakarta, August 21-22, 2008
  • “Dealing with Legal Issues between Parties to Mining contracts”, 2nd Annual Summit of Contract Mining Asia, Singapore, June 23-25, 2008
  • “Drafting and Negotiating Mining Contracts”, Negotiating, Drafting and Managing Mining Contracts, Singapore, February 25-26, 2008
  • “Understanding ISDA Negotiations and the Documentation Process”, Project Finance Thailand 2007, Bangkok, November 1-2, 2007
  • Advised a national oil company on its proposed purchase of Shell’s interest in Mukhaiznah production sharing contract in Oman.
  • Advised PT Recapital Advisors and its subsidiary, PT Bukit Mutiara, in connection with the US$1.48 billion acquisition of interests constituting 90% of PT Berau Coal.
  • Advised the joint venture company established by PT Saratoga Investama Tbk and its joint venture partner on their investment into Indonesian oil and gas assets.
  • Advised PT Perusahaan Gas Negara on sale of its US$187 million equity interests in gas pipelines from Grissik to Duri and from Grissik to Singapore.
  • Advised PT Pertamina (Persero) on its proposed US$725 million acquisition of a 32% interest in hydrocarbon fields in Venezuela from Harvest Natural Resources Inc.
  • Advising on potential equity investment in Seven Energy International Limited, which has interests in a number of oil and gas assets in Nigeria.
  • Advised PT Pertamina (Persero) on its proposed acquisition of Talisman’s participating interest in Offshore Southeast Sumatra Production Sharing Contract in Indonesia.
  • Advised client on its proposed acquisition of pipe laying vessel, Lewek Constellation, from a subsidiary of EMAS Chiyoda Subsea, during its U.S. Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Advised Shanghai Keolis Public Transport Operation Management (Shenkai) Co., Ltd, a subsidiary of Keolis, in relation to the preparation of an operation & maintenance contract for Shanghai Pudong international airport light rail / rapid transit system.
  • Advised China Offshore Oil Engineering Co. Ltd (COOEC) in connection with its EPC contract for the fabrication of FPSOs P-67 & P-70 for Brazilian deepwater.
  • Advised Keppel Offshore & Marine on its joint venture with Rosneft and MHWirth and also U.S. and EU sanctions considerations against Russia.
  • Advised various Asian shipyards in connection with their EPC contracts for rigs and FPSOs with Brazilian buyers.
  • Advised a Chinese national oil company in relation to an arbitration against its upstream oil and gas joint venture partner.
  • Advised an Indonesian company on its USD 500million dispute with its joint venture partner and other parties in connection with the construction and operation of a process plant in Indonesia.
  • Advised MRT Corporation Berhad on the construction contract for the construction of the ~USD 7 billion Line 3 of Kuala Lumpur’s MRT system.
  • Advised a PRC shipyard on sanctions rules imposed by US and EU against Russia in connection with the shipyard’s supply of a docking station to affiliates of Russian entities that are blocked by these sanctions and preparing a sanctions compliance manual for employees of the shipyard.
  • Advised the Ministry of Mines & Energy of an Asian country on its first-ever LNG import licenses - our work involves drafting license to import LNG (covering LNG import, LNG terminal, LNG storage and LNG regasification); license to distribute gas (covering natural gas transportation and distribution) and license to purchase gas (covering purchase of natural gas and supply of natural gas to city gas network, power plants and other buyers of natural gas).
  • Advised CPC Corporation (Taiwan) on its proposed 20-year long term 0.8 million tons per annum LNG purchase from seller, GDF Suez, of LNG tolled by Sempra in connection with the Cameron Project in the USA.
  • Advised on proforma long term LNG Master Sale and Purchase Agreement for an Asian state-owned utility company.
  • Advised a national oil company on its proposed long term LNG purchase in connection with the Cameron Project in the USA.
  • Advised Pavilion Energy on two LNG projects.
  • Advised Shizuoka Gas on its master agreement for cooldown and other ancillary services at its LNG regasification facilities in Shizuoka, Japan.
  • Advised a Chinese state-owned company on the setting up of LNG trading hubs in Singapore, London and other cities.
  • Advised the same Chinese state-owned company on the setting up of a LNG shipping company with a Japanese joint venture partner.
  • Advised sponsors and borrower on the development and US$663 million project financing of Gulf Power's 2x734MW gas fired power plant in Kaeng Khoi, Thailand.
  • Advised oil companies on EPC contracts for gas and oil processing facilities in Indonesia.
  • Advised a Japanese conglomerate on the development and financing of a waste incineration plant in Thailand and the development of a 110MW gas fired captive power plant in Indonesia.
  • Advised Tripura Power Development on its proposed 2x370MW gas fired power plant in the State of Tripura, India.
  • Advised the lenders on the Guangdong LNG project.
  • Advised the project company and Edison Mission Energy as sponsor on the financing of a gas fired peaker plant in Australia.
  • Advised Premier Oil on its commercialization of the West Natuna Sea gas project in Indonesia.
  • Advised PT ANTAM (Persero) Tbk on its proposed US$250 million EPC contract for the construction by an unincorporated consortium of PT Wijaya Karya (Persero) Tbk and Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., of a 13,500 metric tons per annum of nickel in high carbon ferronickel shots ferronickel smelter in East Halmahera, North Maluku, Indonesia.
  • Advised a consortium led by Russia's RT Global Resources, the subsidiary of Russian state corporation, Rostec, in relation to a request for proposal (RFP) for the financing, development and operation of a US$ 2.5 billion oil refinery in Lake Abertine Rift basin, Uganda.
  • Acting for M3nergy Berhad on the production sharing contracts and its proposed joint operating agreement with Petronas Carigali and SapuraKencana in connection with Blocks SB331 and SB332 onshore Sabah.
  • Advised an international supplier of marine and energy products and services on a proforma contract for relocation and fuel conversion of power plants.
  • Advising PT ANTAM (Persero) Tbk on the proposed US$1.8 billion development, construction and operation of a 1.2 Mtpa alumina smelter in Mempawah, West Kalimantan, Indonesia.
  • Advised PT Feni Haltim, as borrower, and PT ANTAM (Persero) Tbk, as sponsor, on the proposed US$1.6 billion development, construction and operation, and limited recourse financing of a ferronickel smelter in East Halmahera, North Maluku, Indonesia.
  • Advised PT Feni Haltim, as borrower, and PT Antam (Persero) Tbk, as sponsor, on the proposed US$1.6 billion development, construction and operation, and limited recourse financing of a ferronickel smelter in East Halmahera, North Maluku, Indonesia.
  • Advised Cosmos Chemicals Bhd on the proposed US$1.6 billion development, construction and operation, and limited recourse financing of a polysilicon manufacturing plant in Samalaju Industrial Park, Sarawak, Malaysia.
  • Advised PT ANTAM (Persero) Tbk on its US$145 million engineering, procurement and construction contract with Sumitomo Corporation for the construction of a 2x30MW coal-fired power plant in connection with the modernization and optimization of a ferronickel smelter in Pomalaa district, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia.
  • Advised PT Antam (Persero) Tbk on its US$102 million engineering, procurement and construction contract with an unincorporated consortium of Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. and PT Wijaya Karya (Persero) of a ferronickel plant line-4 in connection with the modernization and optimization of a ferronickel smelter in Pomalaa district, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia.
  • Advised a national oil company on its proposed acquisition of oil fields in Kazakhstan, Iraq and Malaysia and downstream oil pipelines and assets in Malaysia.
  • Advised SK Corporation on its joint development with PT Pertamina (Persero) of a Group 3 lube base oil plant in Dumai, Sumatra, Indonesia.
  • Advised PT Pertamina (Persero) in connection with the financing of the Tuban petrochemical refinery in Java, Indonesia.
  • Advising on proposed joint venture to set up oil trading business in Nigeria.
  • Advised CBK Power Company Limited as borrower and Edison Mission Energy as sponsor in connection with the development and US$383 million project financing of CBK Power's pumped storage hydroelectric project in the Philippines.
  • Advised PT ANTAM (Persero) Tbk on development and financing of its bauxite and nickel resources in Indonesia, and chemical grade alumina production facilities in Tayan, Kalimantan, Indonesia.
  • Advised PT ANTAM (Persero) Tbk on its development of a ferronickel smelter plant and a 102MW diesel fired captive power plant in Pomalaa, Indonesia.
  • Advised PT Merak Energi on its development of a 2x60MW coal fired captive power and steam plant in Merak, Indonesia.
  • Advised PT HM Sampoerna on its acquisition and SACE financing of production equipment.
  • Advised an agriculture company listed on the Singapore stock exchange on acquisition by its affiliate of an interest in a group of companies active in the Texas electricity market.
  • Advised owners and developers in connection with hotel management agreements and project consultancy services agreements.
  • Advised owners on ship building contracts and ship financing agreements.
  • Advised on various ship sale and purchase agreements based on Norwegian SaleForms and attend to closing of the ship sales and purchases.