IPBA 2021

Strategies in Developing Projects in the Oil and Gas Industry

Organised by: Energy & Natural Resources Committee, International Construction Projects Committee, Tax Law Committee

Session abstract:

60 minutes of the panel to upstream aspects oil & gas or mining.


Kirindeep Singh
Senior Partner
Dentons Rodyk

Kirindeep Singh is a senior partner in our Litigation & Arbitration Practice. Kirin graduated with LLB (Hons) from the University of Leeds in 1995 and with a BCL from Oxford University in 1997.

Kirin’s primary practice areas are construction and engineering, energy, arbitration, general civil and commercial litigation and anti-bribery and anti-corruption. In construction and engineering, Kirin has been involved in numerous disputes in adjudication, disputes boards (DABs), arbitration and litigation, both as counsel as well as adjudicator and arbitrator. He represents owners, developers, consultants, and contractors in construction and engineering disputes under standard form and bespoke contracts.

Kirin is a contributor to the Singapore Precedents of Pleadings and speaks on a regular basis at various arbitration and construction and engineering conferences in Singapore and overseas. His teaching and training experience includes being an Associate Lecturer for Construction Law, Bachelor of Building and Project Management Programme, Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), teacher and trainer for the Law Society of Singapore’s SILE Advocacy Course and tutor for the National University of Singapore’s Trial Advocacy Course.

Kirin speaks on a regular basis at seminars, conferences and workshops both locally and overseas, on construction, energy, arbitration and general commercial topics. His experience includes being the chief moderator at the week-long Power Week Asia Conference in Singapore at the 2nd of 2018, where he also spoke on the Electricity Regulatory Policy in Asia and in particular establishing an open cross-border electricity market in Asia.

Kirin’s paper “Arbitration And Public Policy – Is The Unruly Horse Being Tamed?” was awarded Excellent Legal Paper Award at the IPBA 2013 Conference in Seoul, South Korea. In 2018, Kirin was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award by SUSS.

Kirin is named as a Recognised Practitioner for Construction, Chambers Asia Pacific 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, and in the Euromoney Guide to the World’s Leading Construction Lawyers (2nd Edition) for his construction practice. Kirin is also the Immediate Past Chair of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association’s International Construction Projects Committee, an Accredited Adjudicator under Singapore’s Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Thomas Meister
Co-Founder and Partner of Tax Department
Walder Wyss

Thomas Meister is the co-founder of and a partner in the tax department of Walder Wyss Ltd. He is working in the fields of domestic and international corporate tax, corporate and real estate finance, structured finance, corporate reorganizations and M&A.

Since 2004 heis an adjunct professor for tax law at the University of St. Gall. He is lecturing in postgraduate tax programs at the Universities of Zurich and Geneva. Thomas Meister speaks German, English and French.

He is registered with the Zurich Bar Registry and also admitted in New York. He was educated at the Universities of Lausanne and St. Gall (lic. iur.
1989, Dr. iur. 1995), New York University (LL.M. 1998), and graduated as certified tax expert (1996).


Robin Lonergan
Special Counsel
Mills Oakley

Robin Lonergan has more than 35 years’ experience acting for Australian and international clients in mergers and acquisitions and corporate advisory matters. He has acted for many international clients setting up operations in Australia, advising about the Australian operations and assisting with the expansion of the business in Australia and in using Australia as a base for expansion into Asia.

His clients include businesses in the manufacturing, tourism, aged care and resources industries, as well as acting for professional services operations including architects and medical practitioners.

André De Souza Carvalho

Veirano Advogados
Sao Paulo

Andre Carvalho focuses his practice on tax consulting, with particular expertise in the oil and gas and shipping industries. A significant part of his time is also devoted to clients in the mining industry as well as private clients and tax and estate planning associated thereto.

Mr. Carvalho has represented a broad range of top-tier companies on issues surrounding oil and gas exploration, production, and structuring of investments for acquisition and divestiture, both inbound and outbound. He regularly advises some of the world’s most prominent oilfield services and shipping companies and guides them through the complexities of Brazilian tax and customs regulations. He began counseling clients in the late 1990s in the early phases of the rebirth of the Brazilian shipbuilding industry and continues to be a recognized expert on the legislation that affects this important industry, including customs issues.

Andrey Zharsky

Andrey Zharskiy, Partner, head of Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure practice, as well as Real Estate practice, has 20 years experience in legal support of corporate and commercial projects within these sectors in Russia and aboard (including oil and gas downstream and upstream projects, LNG projects, mining and infrastructure projects); real estate and construction projects; advising on issues related to subsoil use and other regulatory matters in oil and mining industries.

Andrey Zharskiy is an advocate, has a PhD degree in Law, LL.M. from the University of Manchester, is the author of numerous publications on contract law and international sale of goods.

Chambers Global and Europe, as well as Legal 500 rank Andrey in Top Bands for Energy & Natural Resources practice in Russia.

Peter Harris
Counsel, International Arbitration Group
Clifford Chance

Peter Harris is Counsel in the International Arbitration Group at Clifford Chance (Tokyo).

Peter acts for clients in relation to international commercial disputes with a particular focus on disputes arising out of major energy, resources and infrastructure projects.

In addition to working on complex commercial arbitrations Peter also has experience of investor-State disputes and advising clients on investment treaty structuring. Most recently, Peter was part of the lead counsel team representing Kingsgate in a treaty arbitration against the Kingdom of Thailand concerning the shut down of the Chatree gold and silver mine. Peter is also acting as a lead counsel and advocate in relation to major construction joint venture arbitration (ICC Rules) concerning the design and construction of an LNG plant in Australia.

Peter has published papers on matters relevant to his practice including papers on Japan’s investment treaty programme, evidentiary issues in international arbitration and work with expert witnesses.

Peter holds degrees from the University of Oxford and the School of Oriental & African Studies in London. He is qualified in the laws of England and Wales and has worked in the UK, Singapore, Australia and Japan. He speaks English, French and Japanese. Peter is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and recognized as a Future Leader in Who’s Who Legal.


Picharn Sukparangsee
Bangkok Global Law

Picharn Sukparangsee is a founding partner of Bangkok Global Law.

He is one of leading lawyers in Thailand in respect of Corporate & Commercial Law, M & A transactions, Securities, Banking and Finance and taxation law (specialising particularly in finance, securities and taxation law). He is also an experienced litigation law and handles very important cases involving legal disputes.

Picharn Sukparangsee is an active member of the Legal Tax Committee and the Tax Committee of the American  Chamber of Commerce in Thailand and the Legal and Tax Committee of the British Chamber of Commerce in  Thailand.

He contributes to various international publications, including ‘Doing Business handbook’, published by The World Bank Group.


– Thai Bar Association from 1986 to present
– Lawyers Council of Thailand from 1989 to present
– International Bar Association from 2009 to present
– International Fiscal Association from 1995 to present
– Inter-Pacific Bar Association from 2010 to present
– The American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand (AMCHAM) from 2008 to present
– The British Chamber of Commerce in Thailand (BCCT) from 2008 to present
– International Chamber of Commerce (Thailand) from 2008 to present
– Thai Chamber of Commerce (TCC)

Heike Trischmann
Watson Farley & Williams

Heike has more than 20 years’ experience of advising on all aspects of oil & gas law, with a strong focus on LNG and the LNG to power sector in particular.

Heike has acted for governments, national oil companies as well as junior and major oil and gas companies, banks, energy trading companies, regulators and individual investors in more than 40 countries worldwide on a broad range of international and domestic corporate, commercial, regulatory and projects work in the upstream, midstream and downstream oil & gas sectors, including gas and LNG supply/trading, transportation, storage and facility access as well as decommissioning and the underlying regulatory regimes in the relevant jurisdictions as part of investments in the wider industry.

Heike is a co-editor of the 2020 leading publication ‘The Regulation of Decommissioning, Abandonment and Reuse Initiatives in the Oil & Gas Industry’. She is recommended for her expertise by leading legal directories Legal 500 UK and Who’s Who Legal (Energy).