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Kok Jin Ong

Kok Jin Ong

Senior Associate

Jin specialises in energy (including power, LNG and renewables) and infrastructure M&A / projects in the Asia-Pacific region.



Jin focuses his practice on the energy and infrastructure sectors and has worked on a number of corporate and project development transactions in the Asia-Pacific region. He has experience working on matters in upstream and downstream oil and gas, power, infrastructure and project joint ventures and development, LNG and renewables. He also has contentious experience of shareholder and energy disputes, including in relation to LNG and power SPAs.

Jin's wide-ranging experience across a variety of sectors and involvement in the full lifespan of a deal, from due diligence to dispute, enables him to provide relevant and comprehensive advice that takes into consideration the wider aspects of a transaction. He also understands the needs of in-house teams from his experience on secondment to a FTSE 250 company in London and a virtual secondment to the downstream team of an international energy company in Singapore.

Jin's experience includes advising:

  • a number of international and regional clients, including Woodside, Chevron and Santos, on proposed acquisitions / disposals of upstream oil and gas interests in a number of jurisdictions including Malaysia, Myanmar, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Vietnam
  • a confidential Asian client on its proposed acquisition of a portfolio of power assets in Indonesia
  • the Japanese consortium on its bid for the multi-billion dollar Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) to Singapore High Speed Rail project
  • a confidential client in relation to a greenfield LNG receiving terminal project in Bangladesh and sales of gas from that project
  • Beibu on its joint venture investment in the Muara Port in Brunei
  • Armstrong Southeast Asia Clean Energy Fund on the sale of its Vietnamese wind power subsidiary to Aboitiz Power Corporation




Jin trained at the London headquarters of a leading international firm and has been based in Singapore since 2014. Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills in 2018, he worked at the Singapore office of a US law firm. 

Jin has an LLB from the University of Warwick and an LLM from the London School of Economics. He is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales. Jin is fluent in English and has working proficiency in written and spoken Mandarin Chinese, Bahasa Malaysia and Bahasa Indonesia.

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