Nelson, Mark A.

Mark A. Nelson

Retired Partner

Mark Nelson practiced law with Latham & Watkins as a partner in the firm’s Singapore office until his retirement from the partnership in December 2011.

In his 25 year career as a commercial lawyer, Mr. Nelson advised multinational corporations, private equity investors and financial advisors on acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings, joint ventures, private equity investments, privatizations and other projects. He also advised issuers, underwriters and other corporate and banking clients in connection with corporate finance transactions, project development, project finance and other commercial bank finance. His practice was pan-Asian in its coverage, but he specialized in transactional work in Indonesia.

Mr. Nelson served as the managing partner of the firm’s Singapore office from 2002 through 2010.

Mr. Nelson was recognized as a leading individual in Indonesia and Singapore by Chambers Asia and IFLR 1000. In the Chambers Asia 2011 directory, he was ranked in the top tier of individuals for both commercial transactions in Indonesia and M&A transactions in Singapore, with the directory describing him as an “authority on the Indonesian market” and a “standout lawyer in Singapore”.

Before attending law school, Mr. Nelson worked and lived in Indonesia as an English teacher and administrator with Volunteers in Asia (VIA), a Stanford University-based volunteer program, and as a project officer with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Mr. Nelson reads and speaks Bahasa (Indonesia).


  • JD, Columbia University School of Law, 1986
  • AB, Stanford University, 1980