Nick Williams

Nick Williams


Email [email protected]​

Phone +65 6302 2453

Fax +65 6538 7077


Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Nick Williams is a leading figure in Singapore's cross-border investigations and restructuring & insolvency markets.

In the investigations space, Nick works with clients in relation to compliance, bribery and corruption issues across a broad range of industries. His work spans Asia-Pacific and he is ranked in legal directories for his investigations work. One client testimonial reads "Nick Williams is young and tenacious, unafraid of delicate or even perilous situations. He is a strong interviewer who elicits solid information from client employees and others. He writes well, is quick on his feet, and has very sound judgment for a young partner".

Nick has worked with clients in dealings with regulators relating to bribery and corruption issues, and guides clients through difficult sitiuations arising from their business in Asia-Pacific. He is described in Legal 500’s 2021 Asia Pacific guide to White Collar Crime as “a growing force in investigations".

In the restructuring space, Nick represents banks, financial institutions, hedge funds, private equity investors, insolvency accounting firms and corporate creditors and debtors. His experience covers the Asia Pacific region, having worked on matters in Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam.

Nick works extensively on cross-border matters, and has significant experience in both out of court financial restructurings and formal insolvency processes (schemes of arrangement, judicial management, receiverships, liquidations).

Nick also has significant experience in commercial disputes & international arbitration.

Awards and recognitions


Next Generation Partner
Legal 500


Global Leader - Investigations
Who's Who Legal


National Leader - Southeast Asia - Investigations
Who's Who Legal


Thought Leader - Investigations
WWL Thought Leaders: Global Investigations Review


Names to Know in Singapore
Global Restructuring Review

Education and admissions


Bachelor of Arts, Deakin University, 2006

Bachelor of Law, Deakin University, 2006


INSOL International

Turnaround Management Association


Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association

Court admissions

Supreme Court of Victoria

High Court of Australia

Representative experience

Conducting an internal investigation for a listed Singapore company into allegations of corrupt payments to government officials and others in Brazil, in connection with "Operation Car Wash".

Conducting an investigation for a global company into allegations of money-laundering by multiple regulators covering nine jurisdictions.

Conducting an internal investigation in response to whistleblower complaints in Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam for a global pharmaceuticals company.

Acting for a leading global oil and gas company in relation to bribery and kickback allegations arising from a US$2.5b oil exploration project in Southeast Asia.

Advising an SGX-listed corporation in connection with a risk assessment of its operations, implementation of a
global ABC policy and conducting ongoing training for company staff globally.

Advising a listed Japanese company in relation to the FCPA, regulatory and commercial risks associated with its proposed $450 million acquisition of a Vietnamese company.

Advising the senior unsecured bank lenders (the Unsecured Working Group) who represent approx. SG$900m of the debt in the high profile SG$3.5bn restructuring of the Hyflux group. 

Acting for two funds in connection with the US$650m restructuring of Antanium Resources Pte. Ltd. (formerly known as Rhodium Resources Pte. Ltd.) 

Advising a listed Japanese company in relation to a cross-border bribery investigation involving a multi-billion dollar project in Southeast Asia.*

Acting for the Liquidators of multiple shipping companies with operations in India, Singapore, the UAE and the UK in connection with a variety of cross-border matters arising from the liquidation.*

Advising a global investment bank in connection with its rights arising from a planned Chapter 11 of a Singapore-listed offshore vessel group.*

Acting for a listed Australian bank in relation to the restructuring of its $100m exposure to a Singaporean commodity trader.*

Advising two Hong Kong based hedge funds in connection with the restructuring of a maritime company with debt of approx. US$450m via a potential Chapter 11 in the United States.*

Advising the interim judicial managers of one of the largest tanker firms in Southeast Asia, with exposure of over US$2bn.*

Advising a US-based hedge fund in relation to its investment in various mining assets in Indonesia.*

Advising a private jet company in connection with the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Zetta Jet, in connection with its claims and acquisition of assets from the bankruptcy trustee.*

Advising an ASX-listed entity on the liquidation of its operations in Taiwan.*

Acting for a Vietnamese construction company in its capacity as a creditor of Swiber Offshore Construction Pte Ltd (Judicial Managers Appointed).*

Acting for the Voluntary Administrators of a large Australian dairy manufacture and distribution business.*

Acting for a large Australian bank in the successful recovery of a significant portion of a loan book totalling approx. A$280m as part of various managed investment schemes.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

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