Merrick White - McDermott Will & Emery


Merrick White focuses his practice on global oil, gas, LNG, refining and petrochemical project development. Merrick advises clients on all aspects of energy-related development projects and transactions, from the granting of upstream concession agreements to the acquisition and disposal of energy assets; the development of refineries, petrochemical projects, LNG, gas and oil production and transportation infrastructure; and the sale of oil, gas, LNG and petrochemical products.

Merrick works with clients on the legal, commercial, business development and engineering aspects of the Resources and LNG industries, particularly in Asia and Africa.

In addition to his legal qualifications, Merrick is a Chartered Chemical Engineer. He has spent over 25 years in Asia (including seven years in Jakarta, Indonesia) successfully developing major infrastructure projects, and 13 years in engineering and commercial roles with British Gas Exploration & Production, Gulf Indonesia and ConocoPhillips.

Read Merrick’s biography in Japanese here.


Oil and Gas M&A

  • Advised Conrad on the conversion of the conventional Duyung PSC to the new Indonesian Gross Split PSC and the subsequent sale of a 15% Participating Interest in the PSC to Coro Energy*
  • Advised Coro Energy in relation to the acquisition of an interest in the Bulu PSC in Indonesia*
  • Advised Batavia Oil in relation to the acquisition of an interest in the Kakap Production Sharing Contract in Indonesia*
  • Advised Ophir Energy on the acquisition of several upstream exploration and production assets in Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Bangladesh from Santos*
  • Advised Ramba Energy on the sale of various participating interest in the Lemang PSC, Indonesia*

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  • Chambers Global, Band 1 Leading Lawyer in Singapore, Energy & Natural Resources, 2022
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific, Singapore: Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas – Spotlight Table, 2023
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific, Band 1 Leading Lawyer in Singapore, Energy & Natural Resources, 2023
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific, Band 2 Leading Lawyer in Indonesia, Projects & Energy (Expert based abroad), 2023
  • Legal 500 Asia-Pacific, Leading Individual (Top 10) in Singapore, Energy, 2022
  • Best Lawyers, Best Lawyer in Singapore, Oil & Gas Law, Energy Law, Project Finance and Development, 2023
  • International Financial Law Review, Highly Regarded in Singapore Oil & Gas, Energy, and M&A, 2022


  • Member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • Member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators


Manchester Metropolitan University, LLB, 2005
University of Manchester, BEng, 1990

England & Wales