David Phua

David Phua is a special counsel based in the Singapore office of King & Wood Mallesons.

David’s practice focuses on the energy and infrastructure sector and he has extensive experience advising clients on oil and gas, power, mining and other natural resources projects. He has particular experience advising on all aspects of the international LNG value chain and the broader gas industry. David regularly represents companies in connection with export and import project development issues, the negotiation of long term LNG sale and purchase agreements as well as contract re-negotiation and price review related matters. 

David has practised in the Asia for over ten years and is fluent in Mandarin. Prior to joining KWM, he worked with a leading US law firm and a Magic Circle firm in their energy and project teams.

David graduated from the University of Cambridge, and he is qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales.

His representative experience includes:

  • Advising on joint ventures, shareholding arrangements, strategic investments and disposals in the oil and gas, power and mining sectors
  • Advising on the development of conventional and renewable projects across Southeast Asia, including coal, gas, geothermal, hydropower, solar and waste-to-energy projects
  • Advising on the development of multibillion dollar greenfield LNG export projects in East Africa, Canada, the United States, Australia and Papua New Guinea, as well as associated marketing and offtake agreements
  • Advising on LNG terminal access arrangements and related contracts such as break-bulk, storage/reload, cool-down, downstream gas sales and truck loading agreements
  • Advising on pipeline gas sales, transportation and storage arrangements, including cross-border pipeline projects and related host government agreements 


Legal insights

Asia Pacific countries are faced with a critical tension between a pressing need for energy to fuel economic development and global pressure to reduce carbon emissions.

02 June 2021

Following the declaration of the state of emergency, the situation in Myanmar remains fluid.

01 March 2021

On February 1, Myanmar’s military-owned Myawaddy TV announced that a state of emergency would be imposed in accordance with Articles 417 and 418 of the 2008 Constitution of Myanmar (the “Constitution...

05 February 2021

This article was written by George Zhao, Michael Lawson, David Phua and Haoqing Zhang. Introduction As the world’s largest consumer of energy, with the recently-achieved status of the...

18 February 2020

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