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.


Hydrogen and Carbon Capture

  • Advising SunGreenH2 on the IP protection for and supply of proprietary Hydrogen manufacturing technology to 18 different hydrogen manufacturers located in Asia, Europe, Australia and the US
  • Advising TransEra, a start-up development company, on the development of a CO2 capture project in Indonesia
  • Advising a US asset manager on the provision of Ammonia terminalling services for a wind powered Hydrogen/Ammonia plant located in Canada

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  • Chambers Global, Band 1 Leading Lawyer in Singapore, Energy & Natural Resources, 2023
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific, Band 1 Leading Lawyer in Singapore, Energy & Natural Resources, 2023
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific, Spotlight Table in Singapore, Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas, 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, 2023
  • Best Lawyers, Best Lawyer in Singapore, Oil & Gas Law, Energy Law, Project Finance and Development, 2023
  • Who’s Who Legal, Global Leader in Oil and Gas, 2023
  • International Financial Law Review, Highly Regarded in Singapore, Energy and Infrastructure and M&A in the Oil & Gas and Energy sectors, 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