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  • The Coming Decommissioning Wave in Asia Pacific

    Recorded On: 04/08/2021

    Often seen as the elephant in the room in an upstream oil & gas project, a wave of decommissioning has started to arrive in Asia Pacific. What are the key issues arising from decommissioning and how do we anticipate that it will play out across the different jurisdictions in the region?

    Organized by the Asia Chapter

    Paul Greening, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
    Euan Strachan, Associate, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
    Andrew Duncan, Principal Advisor - Facilities, GaffneyCline
    Phillip Solomon, Principal Advisor, GaffneyCline

    Moderator: Mike Cline, Strategy Advisor/Legal Counsel, GaffneyCline

    Often seen as the elephant in the room in an upstream oil & gas project, a wave of decommissioning has started to arrive in Asia Pacific. What are the key issues arising from decommissioning and how do we anticipate that it will play out across the different jurisdictions in the region?

    A panel of speakers address the below topics during this dynamic and practical discussion on decommissioning:

    • Overview of decommissioning and key issues/challenges
    • Comparison of regulatory frameworks applicable to decommissioning in Australia and other key jurisdictions in Southeast Asia
    • What lessons can the APAC region learn from other jurisdictions?
    • Mitigating risks on decommissioning projects (legal and technical)
    • What and where are the opportunities for investors and service providers?

    Paul Greening

    Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

    Paul Greening advises a range of clients—including private equity and fund investors, project sponsors and developers—on international energy, utilities and infrastructure projects. The bulk of his practice includes energy-related, cross-border transactions; oil and gas contracts; project development; and associated maritime law advice.

    More specifically, Paul handles energy matters related to LNG, including natural gas and LNG sale and purchase agreements and LNG project development. His clients value his hands-on approach and deep understanding of complex commercial issues specific to the industry. Paul helps clients maximize their returns while keeping close watch on the keen interest that regulators in key markets have taken in LNG sale terms.

    Euan Strachan

    Associate, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

    Euan Strachan advises clients on a wide range of corporate transactions including domestic and international mergers and acquisitions (M&A), private equity, joint ventures, restructurings, incorporations, contracting and procurement, as well as general commercial matters.

    Additionally, Euan frequently advises clients operating in the energy sector. He has experience in both upstream and downstream work, as well as power generation.

    Prior to joining the firm, Euan worked for a private practice law firm in the Middle East. Prior to commencing his legal career, he worked at a gas processing terminal in Scotland.

    Andrew Duncan

    Principal Advisor - Facilities, GaffneyCline

    Andrew Duncan has a background in Facilities Engineering, with over 30 years’ of worldwide experience including at several international operating companies.  He is an experienced project manager who has held a wide range of senior leadership roles within Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia.  Andrew has experience of acquisitions and divestments in his NBD roles for various operators and with GaffneyCline.

    Phillip Solomon

    Principal Advisor, GaffneyCline

    Phillip Solomon is a Principal Advisor, Commercial and Project Finance with GaffneyCline based in our Singapore office. He has over 27 years of worldwide experience in the energy sector, including international operating companies, major equipment manufacturers and oilfield service companies. Where he has held multiple executive leadership positions. Phillip specialises in structuring and facilitating commercial agreements, Joint Venture commercial negotiations, agreements, Production Planning and Capital Management, Asset sales and purchases, Lifting, storage, transportation, sales and marketing agreements and commercial advisory and asset monetization.

    Phillip actively participates and represents GaffneyCline at industry fora such as AJBCC, AmCham and APEC trade discussions.

    Phillip is a Chartered Engineer in Australia, holds a B.Eng(Civil)(Hons) from RMIT University, an MBA from University of South Australia and a Diploma in Resource Economics from UCL.

    Mike Cline (Moderator)

    Strategy Advisor/Legal Counsel, GaffneyCline

    Mike Cline leads GaffneyCline’s Corporate Strategy Group and has over 30 years experience, including senior advisory engagements for national oil companies and sovereign institutions.  He develops the commercial and legal frameworks for foreign private investment and integrated project development in their oil and gas sectors.

  • The Importance of the Confidentiality Agreement

    Recorded On: 03/17/2021

    In this educational session, attendees will learn about the purpose and role of the Confidentiality Agreement, the key terms in Confidentiality Agreements, AIPN's model form distinguishing terms, and other items that can be included in a Confidentiality Agreement.

    Felipe Alice, Morgan Lewis

    For more than 25 years, AIPN, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF), and the Institute for Energy Law (IEL) have hosted the annual courses on International Oil & Gas Law, Contracts and Negotiations, also known as the "Short Courses". The Short Courses cover a wide variety of contractual and transactional subjects from Discovery to Development to Decommissioning encountered in the international oil and gas industry covered by numerous experienced industry experts. This educational session touches on the importance of the Confidentiality Agreement, one of the topics also covered in the Short Courses.  In this session, attendees will learn about:

    • The purpose and role of the Confidentiality Agreement 
    • Key terms in Confidentiality Agreements 
    • AIPN's model form distinguishing terms 
    • Other items that can be included in a Confidentiality Agreement

    Felipe Alice

    Morgan Lewis

    Felipe Alice is a partner at Morgan Lewis in Houston, Texas. His practice focuses on energy transactions and infrastructure projects relating to energy and corporate issues. Representing diverse clients, his work involves complex contracts, corporate restructurings, project finance, international data privacy issues, and real estate transactions. Additionally, Felipe is part of the cross-practice global workforce team that provides clients with integrated cross-border counseling and strategic planning on issues related to labor, employment, benefits, and immigration. Felipe’s first language is Portuguese, and he is fluent in English and Spanish.

    CLE credit available until February 28, 2022

    AIPN is an accredited sponsor approved by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE. A maximum of 1.25 CLE credit hours, of which 0.00 credit hours will apply to ethics/professional responsibility credit, will be awarded based on individual attendance for this event.

    After completing the webinar, please email aipnevents@aipn.org your State Bar of Texas bar number. If you require credit in another state, a certificate of attendance can be provided. Your attendance will be verified.

  • Colombian Natural Gas Market - A Regulatory Approach

    Recorded On: 03/16/2021

    This webinar gives an overview of the gas distribution and transportation legal and economic regime in Colombia.

    Organized by the Latin America & Caribbean Chapter

    Juan Carlos Padilla, Senior Counsel, Transportadora de Gas Internacional S.A. ESP (TGI S.A.)
    Carlos Machado, CAO, Lewis Energy Colombia
    Moderator: Marianna Boza, Director, Brigard & Urrutia

    This webinar gives an overview of the gas distribution and transportation legal and economic regime in Colombia. Join us as the speakers discuss the new legal terms and measures taken by the Colombian government in relation to the commercialization of natural gas transport capacity, aimed to achieve efficacy, transparency and efficient allocation mechanisms that meet market needs.

    Juan Carlos Padilla

    Senior Counsel, Transportadora de Gas Internacional S.A. ESP (TGI S.A.)

    Juan Carlos Padilla is an attorney licensed to practice law in Colombia, South America. He holds a master’s degree in International Business Law (LL.M) from ESADE University Barcelona (Spain) and a postgraduate degree in Mining and Petroleum Law from the Universidad Externado de Colombia.

    Mr. Padilla works for the largest natural gas transportation company in Colombia (Transportadora de Gas Internacional S.A. ESP), where he is the lead legal counsel for an LNG project. In the past, Mr. Padilla has worked at Ecopetrol, the Colombian state-owned oil & gas company and at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero & Uría as an associate attorney for energy and natural resources. As a result, his specialization is in advising on issues of natural gas supply and transportation contracts as well as on legal issues that may arise throughout the natural gas production, transportation, and commercialization chain in Colombia. In addition, Mr. Padilla also consults on regulatory issues for natural gas as a public Colombian utility as well as international oil & gas transactions, including exports/imports of natural gas, crude oil, and petroleum products. 

    Furthermore, Juan Carlos is a professor at the Universidad Externado de Colombia (a private university in Bogotá), teaching short courses related to Colombian natural gas regulation.

    Carlos Machado

    CAO, Lewis Energy Colombia

    Carlos Machado has over 25 years of experience across the natural gas spectrum including positions in upstream, midstream and marketing, mostly focused on business development, strategy, deal structuring, contract negotiations, and financing.

    Mr. Machado started his energy career in banking (project finance US and international), then moved into mid-stream project development and then upstream with a focus on natural gas in Colombia. He has been the Chief Administrative Officer (Country Manager) of Lewis Energy Colombia since 2015.

    Mr. Machado has a Bachelors in architecture and construction management from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and a Msc in public administration and finance from Columbia University (Fulbright Scholar).

    Marianna Boza (Moderator)

    Director, Brigard Urrutia

    Marianna Boza is a transnational attorney authorized to practice in Venezuela and Colombia. She is a Director at Brigard Urrutia and is Head of Mining and O&G. In her capacity, Marianna advises clients around the world on the operations and corporate transactions of upstream, midstream, or downstream energy companies.  She has substantial experience advising companies in the oil & gas and petrochemical sectors. She has been involved in major upstream, midstream, and downstream projects in Latin America, advising in the negotiation and drafting of the relevant contracts. Marianna has advised clients in the negotiation, creation, and financing of joint ventures for the development of hydrocarbons and petrochemical activities and the processing of gas in Venezuela and Colombia.

    Marianna was the senior legal counsel at Shell Venezuela, actively participating in the downstream business to produce oil by-products. Additionally, she was an in-house attorney in secondment for the legal department of Repsol and ChevronTexaco in Venezuela, where she provided business-focused advice and gained on-site experience.

    Marianna actively participates in several binational chambers of commerce and associations of industry and trade; she is currently the vice president of the Board of Directors of the Colombian-Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the director of the Extractive Committee of the Colombian-Canadian Chamber of Commerce.  Marianna is also a member of the Latin America Regional Executive Committee Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN).

  • The World Pandemic - Positive Learnings for the Petroleum Industry

    Recorded On: 03/04/2021

    While the Covid-19 pandemic has had dramatic and often very detrimental impacts on business in general, and the oil and gas industry in particular, the positive way the petroleum industry has reacted to the challenges positions it well for the future to recover and thrive. This webinar has an impressive panel of speakers who share their experiences and observations on what has been learned over the past year, including what will be different in the industry moving forward, and how, when and in what environment operators, regulators and supply chain see the recovery taking place.

    Organized by the Europe Chapter

    Andy Brooks, Central North Sea Area Manager, Oil and Gas Authority (UK)
    Mark Wilson, HSEA Director & COVID 19 Response Lead, EnQuest PLC
    Zac Phillips, CEO, Oil and Gas Advisors Limited
    Moderator: Uisdean Vass, Managing Director, VassPetro Limited

    While the Covid-19 pandemic has had dramatic and often very detrimental impacts on business in general, and the oil and gas industry in particular, the positive way the petroleum industry has reacted to the challenges positions it well for the future to recover and thrive. This webinar has an impressive panel of speakers who share their experiences and observations on what has been learned over the past year, including what will be different in the industry moving forward, and how, when and in what environment operators, regulators and supply chain see the recovery taking place.

    The main topics to be discussed will be:

    • How the industry has, in terms of technical organisation and practice, dealt with the effect of Covid-19 on upstream operations, including on offshore rigs and supply boats.
    • How the industry dealt with the price collapse of Q1/Q2 2020 and continued to supply the bulk of the world’s energy with few problems.
    • How the industry dealt with economic collapse/alleged force majeure type contractual situations.
    • How the UK regulator reached out to the industry to assist in practical and regulatory terms


    Andy Brooks

    Central North Sea Area Manager, Oil and Gas Authority (UK)

    Andy Brooks graduated from Leeds University in 2002 with a Masters in Chemical Engineering and joined BP’s Challenge Graduate Scheme as a Production/Process Engineer later that year. He spent 5 years at BP supporting various assets such as ETAP, Wytch Farm and Southern North Sea Gas before moving to CNR International as a Production engineer to support their assets in the Ivory Coast.

    Since 2012, he has worked at Chevron Upstream Europe working firstly as a Project Engineer/Team leader focused on early phase/concept engineering for brownfield modifications and potential greenfield developments. In September 2014, he assumed the role of Asset Manager their two Operated HPHT assets In the North Sea, Erskine and Alder. Most recently in January 2020, following the purchase of CNSL by Ithaca Energy Ltd in November 2019, he has been in the role as Transformation Project Manager focusing on the in housing of the FPF-1 Duty Holder Model into the expanded Ithaca Energy organisation which completed in September 2020.

    Andy joined the OGA in September 2020 as the CNS Area Manager within the Operations Directorate.

    He is a Chartered Process Engineer and Fellow of the IChemE with over 18 years’ Industry experience.

    Andy is married with 2 children enjoys spending time with the family and undertaking events such as cycling to raise money for charity.

    Mark Wilson

    HSEA Director & COVID 19 Response Lead, EnQuest PLC

    Mark Wilson is the health, safety, environment, assurance (HSEA) Director for EnQuest PLC and in this role he oversees HSEA arrangements for offshore and onshore assets. 

    The first part of Mark’s working career was spent in the defence industry, working in the British Army as a Mechanical Engineer for 24 years.  Upon leaving the military, as a commissioned officer, Mark joined ConocoPhillips and for 7 years he held HSE and operational roles both on and offshore.  In these roles he built on the military experience by being actively involved as an Operations HSE Manager and offshore installation manager (OIM). 

    Mark’s current role also includes that of COVID-19 lead for EnQuest and he is also part of the industry pandemic steering group, EnQuest Group Enterprise Risk co-ordinator and the chair for a number of industry working groups to contribute to the prevention of hydrocarbon releases.

    Mark holds a MBA and is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Manager.

    Zac Phillips

    CEO, Oil and Gas Advisors Limited

    Zac Phillips has in excess of 25 years’ experience in oil and gas and finance, working for companies such as BP, Chevron, Merrill Lynch and ING Barings, where he undertook finance or finance-related roles. Given his Chemical Engineering degree and PhD, Zac’s career has focused on the economics of investment, and its assessment, on a range of projects from process change implementation, to operating plants and companies.

    Zac’s extensive oil and gas financial and technical experience has ably lent itself to the valuation of exploration and producing Oil and gas assets, especially where complex financial structures define companies’ access to the economic benefits of ownership. Latterly, Zac was the CFO to Dubai World’s Oil and gas business (DB Petroleum), with responsibility for risk management, valuation and the authoring of investment proposals. During this time, Zac valued in excess of 152 transactions with a combined transaction value of in excess of USD63billion.

    Zac has an Honours Degree in Chemical Engineering from Wales and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Bath University. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.

    Uisdean Vass (Moderator)

    Managing Director, VassPetro Limited

    Uisdean Vass is the Scottish co-ordinator for the AIPN and Managing Director at VassPetro Limited, Aberdeen. Uisdean is a prolific author and commentator on MER and has extensive experience in comparative petroleum regimes including the USA, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Offshore Canada and many others. He is qualified to practice in Scotland and Louisiana.

  • Natural Gas in the Energy Transition

    Recorded On: 02/26/2021

    In this educational session, attendees will learn about the case for natural gas, key contracts and concepts in the natural gas industry, and the bright future of LNG (liquefied natural gas).

    Robert M. Lesnick, The World Bank (Retired)
    Ezekiel Adesina, Nigeria LNG
    Harry W. Sullivan, Texas A&M School of Law; Kosmos Energy Ltd.

    For more than 25 years, AIPN, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF), and the Institute for Energy Law (IEL) have hosted the annual courses on International Oil & Gas Law, Contracts and Negotiations, also known as the "Short Courses". The Short Courses cover a wide variety of contractual and transactional subjects from Discovery to Development to Decommissioning encountered in the international oil and gas industry covered by numerous experienced industry experts. This educational session touches on natural gas in the energy transition, one of the topics also covered in the Short Courses.  In this session, attendees will learn about:

    • The case for natural gas
    • Key contracts and concepts in the natural gas industry
    • The bright future of LNG (liquefied natural gas)

    Robert M. Lesnick

    The World Bank (Retired)

    Robert M. Lesnick is an Executive Advisor to the highest levels of governments and businesses seeking to develop policy and projects in the energy sector. Mr. Lesnick fashioned a successful 30-year career in the private sector before leading the World Bank’s Petroleum Advisory Services Practice until 2013. He has extensive experience in energy-related businesses, including petroleum commodity trading, natural gas pipeline and Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) project development, and gas processing operations management. Robert has over 25 years of international experience as a country manager and lead negotiator for the development of energy infrastructure projects and has conducted business in more than 100 international locations in 87 countries on 6 continents.

    Ezekiel Adesina

    Nigeria LNG

    Ezekiel A. Adesina is a chemical engineer by profession. He is the current Secretary of Africa Energy Study Group. The AESG was inaugurated in Hamburg, Germany as a think tank in advancement of energy solution for Africa. He has a career of over 20 years, in various capacities in Project Management, Plant Operation Management, Commissioning & Start-Up, Process Technology, Project Integration Management, Strategy and Planning. He is currently the Head of Strategy & Planning for Nigeria LNG Limited.

    Harry W. Sullivan

    Texas A&M School of Law; Kosmos Energy Ltd.

    Harry W. Sullivan is an International Energy Attorney based in Dallas, Texas, where he is an Adjunct Professor at SMU’s Dedman School of Law and at Texas A&M School of Law. He also works for Kosmos Energy in their West Africa exploration activities. His previous experience includes fourteen years as Senior Counsel-International in the International E&P Legal Group of ConocoPhillips, Of Counsel with Thompson & Knight LLP, fifteen years as Chief Counsel-International and Senior Counsel for Atlantic Richfield Company and five years as Senior Counsel for Sun Oil Company. His practice and experience focuses on the upstream and midstream oil and gas industry, both in the U.S.A. and internationally, in more than 25 different countries.

    CLE credit available until February 28, 2022

    AIPN is an accredited sponsor approved by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE. A maximum of 1.50 CLE credit hours, of which 0.00 credit hours will apply to ethics/professional responsibility credit, will be awarded based on individual attendance for this event.

    After completing the webinar, please email aipnevents@aipn.org your State Bar of Texas bar number. If you require credit in another state, a certificate of attendance can be provided. Your attendance will be verified.

  • Forged in Energy: Developing Skilled Leaders Beyond Oil & Gas

    Recorded On: 02/25/2021

    This virtual roundtable discussion focuses on leveraging the diverse skills acquired practicing in oil & gas law to skillfully advise internal and external clients in other roles and industries—both in the context of practical diversification and change in career trajectory.

    Organized by the US Chapter’s Young Negotiators Group

    Shelley Eichenlaub, Managing Counsel, Broad Reach Power
    David Stott, Assistant General Counsel - M&A, Sensata Technologies
    Moderator: Taylor Pullins, Partner, White & Case

    This virtual roundtable discussion focuses on leveraging the diverse skills acquired practicing in oil & gas law to skillfully advise internal and external clients in other roles and industries—both in the context of practical diversification and change in career trajectory. Law students and mid-career practitioners will especially benefit from this webinar.

    Shelley Eichenlaub

    Managing Counsel, Broad Reach Power

    Shelley Eichenlaub is Managing Counsel with Broad Reach Power, focused on supporting and advising engineering, procurement, construction, and origination activities. In her role, she brings with her 16 years of legal experience having worked within both public and private companies providing practical guidance on development efforts. Prior to joining Broad Reach Power, Shelley served as a key member in multiple megaproject teams tasked with delivering multi-billion-dollar developments in both the downstream and upstream energy sectors at Motiva, Anadarko, Sasol, and KBR. Across her project work, Shelley has maintained a particular focus on EPC contract delivery models, technology licensing, the purchase and storage of critical equipment, the development and implementation of local content programs, and the handover of project work from execution teams to operations teams.

    Shelley’s entrepreneurial experience is rooted in a personal business venture—Eureka Heights Brewing Company located in Houston, TX. Her role in this business venture has included assistance with financing, construction/installation, operational, governance, and distribution efforts.

    Shelley received her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center and her B.A. from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX.

    David Stott

    Assistant General Counsel - M&A, Sensata Technologies

    David Stott is Assistant General Counsel – M&A at Sensata Technologies, an industrial technology company in the Greater Boston area. In addition to leadership roles in the law department at Sensata, David works closely with a very active Corporate Development function, including leading Sensata’s M&A efforts in their recently announced acquisition of Xirgo Technologies, a California-based telematics company for $400 million.

    Prior to accepting his current role, David spent almost a decade in the oil and gas industry, including as Assistant General Counsel at Nabors Industries, a global drilling rig contractors based in Houston. Prior to going in-house, David was an associate with Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City and London, and an associate with Latham & Watkins in Houston. In addition to over $30 billion in M&A deal activity, he has completed debt finance and equity offerings totaling more than $15 billion.  David began his career by clerking for Judge Barbara Jones of the U.S. Federal District Court, Southern District of New York.

    Taylor Pullins (Moderator)

    Partner, White & Case

    Taylor Pullins is a partner in the Global Environmental & Climate Change Practice and the Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice in the Houston office of White & Case. Taylor represents clients, particularly in the energy industry, in a broad range of environmental, health and safety (EHS) and environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) matters.

    His transactional practice involves the drafting and negotiating of environmental terms and indemnity provisions in complex business transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, project financings and security offerings. He has significant experience counseling clients on environmental permitting, enforcement defense matters, environmental litigation, internal investigations, and a broad range of environmental/regulatory matters affecting his clients’ operations. In addition, Taylor assists clients on complex policy and business decisions relating to evolving regulatory and societal expectations around climate change and other ESG matters.

    Prior to White & Case, Taylor served as Managing Counsel, Director of Sustainability, and Assistant Corporate Secretary at Noble Energy where he led EHS and regulatory legal matters across the company’s portfolio of domestic and international energy assets. In that role, his practice focused on counseling clients through complex regulatory challenges, remedial and environmental enforcement matters, environmental litigation, and the resolution of environmental liabilities encountered in transactions. Taylor also led Noble Energy’s sustainability efforts, including their climate and sustainability reporting.

  • Extractive Industries in an Electoral Context: Oil & Gas in Peru

    Recorded On: 02/19/2021

    This webinar provides an analysis of the most relevant issues facing the oil & gas sector in Peru as the country looks toward a presidential election process in 2021.

    Organized by the Latin America & Caribbean Chapter

    Eduardo Guevara, Chairman of the Board, Petroperú
    Janinne Delgado, Hydrocarbons Manager, National Society of Mining, Petroleum and Energy (SNMPE)

    Ursula Letona, Lawyer & Former Congresswoman
    Manuel Indacochea, Senior Advisor, Social Capital Group
    Ernesto Ordoñez, HSE Manager, Schlumberger

    Moderator: Carlos Hamann, Partner, CMS Grau

    Moderator: Augusto Astorga, Partner, CMS Grau

    Please note this webinar is in Spanish.

    This webinar provides an analysis of the most relevant issues facing the oil & gas sector in Peru as the country looks toward a presidential election process in 2021.

    Speakers from different backgrounds, with experience in the private and public sectors, share their perspective on the industry's near future, as well as the expectations on the impact the electoral process and its outcome could have based on the positions the candidates will be taking.

    The main topics that will be addressed are:

    • Current challenges on the industry imposed by the political scenario and coming elections;
    • Most relevant candidates’ position towards oil & gas activities;
    • What private investors would like to hear from candidates and what they are expecting to hear, such as the differences between those that are already invested and those that are analyzing new opportunities;
    • Where the opposition comes from, and its strengths and weaknesses;
    • What the incumbent government and congress will do to favor the oil & gas industry in the remaining months; and
    • Pending issues and challenges for the incoming government.

    Please note this webinar is in Spanish.

    Eduardo Guevara

    Chairman of the Board, Petroperú

    Eduardo Guevara is a lawyer from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and Master of Laws from the Southern Methodist University of Dallas, Texas. He has more than 20 years of professional experience as legal advisor to companies in various industries, including the hydrocarbons, telecommunications, aeronautics and mining sectors. He recently served as Vice Minister of Hydrocarbons in the Peruvian Ministry of Energy and Mines, being responsible for monitoring the policies and regulatory issues of the entire hydrocarbon industry in Peru. He has served as Chairman of the Board of PETROPERÚ since April 2020.

    Janinne Delgado

    Hydrocarbons Manager, National Society of Mining, Petroleum and Energy (SNMPE)

    Janinne Delgado is a lawyer with a Master's in Political Science and a Master's in Regulation in Public Services. She has been in charge of legal headquarters at OSINERGMIN and has been legal manager at PERUPETRO S.A. She currently works as Hydrocarbons Manager of the National Society of Mining, Petroleum and Energy-SNMPE. Janinne is a teacher and speaker in various forums and courses, and a columnist for specialized magazines.

    Ursula Letona

    Lawyer & Former Congresswoman

    Ursula Letona is a lawyer specialized in management and public policies, with an impact on the modernization of State management, the sustainable use of natural resources and community relations. She has worked in the Public Sector providing legal services for more than 10 years at the senior management of seven ministries that make up the Executive Branch, especially in the productive sectors. Additionally, she has been a Congresswoman. In her private experience, she has been Principal Associate of the Luis Echecopar García Law Firm, Associate of Baker McKenzie International and an independent consultant for a period of 5 years.

    Manuel Indacochea

    Senior Advisor, Social Capital Group

    Manuel Indacochea is a sociologist with specialization studies on applied statistics and analysis, management and resolution of social and environmental conflicts. Wide experience in the implementation of social studies (baseline, stakeholder mapping, social risks analysis, etc.) and development of social performance management systems. Provided advisory and field support to hydrocarbon, mining, energy and tourism sector projects in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Honduras, Guatemala, Jamaica, México and Peru. Experience in planning and implementation of prior consultation processes with indigenous peoples, according to ILO Convention 169, international standards (IFC, BID, ICMM and Equator Principles) and judgements of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR). He is Senior Advisor at Social Capital Group.

    Ernesto Ordoñez

    HSE Manager, Schlumberger

    Ernesto Ordoñez is a mechanical engineer with more than 20 years of experience in the hydrocarbon sector. From 2016 to June 2020, he managed Schlumberger del Peru SA, the largest oil services multinational in the world, which has been active for more than 85 years uninterrupted in Peru. Currently is HSE - Health, Safety and Environment Manager for Peru, Colombia and Ecuador.

    Carlos Hamann (Moderator)

    Partner, CMS Grau

    Carlos Hamann is a lawyer with a Master in International Relations and Master in Law, LL.M. He specializes in the areas of energy and natural resources, resolution of disputes and foreign investment with more than 20 years of experience. Carlos coheads the Energy practice at CMS Grau. Formerly, he was General Counsel & Government Affairs Director at SAVIA Peru (KNOC and ECOPETROL); International Affairs Manager at the Institute for Liberty and Democracy (ILD) and has been a Law professor for many years.

    Augusto Astorga (Moderator)

    Partner, CMS Grau

    Augusto Astorga is a lawyer with more than 20 years of experience advising major IOC and major Oil and Gas Services companies in all the stages of the oil and gas industry. Augusto coheads the Energy practice at CMS Grau. Formerly, Augusto advised upstream companies in other law firms, including the development of the Camisea natural gas project. Augusto has also been a Deputy Legal Manager at Hunt Oil Exploration and Production Company of Peru LLC.

  • Oil & Gas Projects in Ecuador: Presidential Election Results, Legal Challenges and Solutions for Investors

    Recorded On: 02/09/2021

    The panelists in this webinar discuss Ecuador’s new legal outlook in the face of the results of the first round of the 2021 elections. These experts, composed of some of the foremost experts in their fields, not only identify the most relevant challenges that international and national investors face but, more importantly, also the different ways in which they can overcome such challenges and turn them into opportunities.

    Organized by the Latin America & Caribbean Chapter

    Enrique Jaramillo, Associate Director, IHS Markit
    Francisco Larrea, Director, Oil & Gas and Energy, Noboa, Peña & Torres

    Patricio Albuja, Legal Manager, SERTECPET
    Moderator: Diogenes Bermudez, Senior Legal Counsel, McDermott International, Ltd.

    The panelists in this webinar discuss Ecuador’s new legal outlook in the face of the results of the first round of the 2021 elections. These experts, composed of some of the foremost experts in their fields, not only identify the most relevant challenges that international and national investors face but, more importantly, also the different ways in which they can overcome such challenges and turn them into opportunities.

    This discussion is timely as Ecuador has started to promote a number of oil and gas projects with the objective to revamp the industry. The South American nation is aiming to attract over 9 billion dollars in the following year in international and national investment for projects ranging from petroleum licensing rounds, workover of old wells, construction and operation of two refineries, and management of one offshore terminal.

    In the last 10 years, Ecuador has taken a number of measures that have impacted the oil and gas industry vastly. From the termination of all the country’s BITs and its withdrawal from the ICSID Convention, to the return of the production sharing agreement and the recent adoption of the new Environmental Regulation of Hydrocarbons Operations. These measures have changed the landscape for investors in Ecuador deeply, and they have to be known and discussed by the community now, at the outset of the country’s crusade for new investment.

    Specifically, the panelists discuss:

    • The results of the first round of the 2021 elections.
    • Investment opportunities in Ecuador
    • Legal and contractual mechanisms and instruments to enter the Ecuadorean market, from licenses, to farm-ins, to sale of assets and mergers and acquisitions.
    • The impact of the new Environmental Regulation of Hydrocarbons Operations
    • Status of investment protections for foreign investors

    Enrique Jaramillo

    Associate Director, IHS Markit

    Enrique Jaramillo is a dual-qualified attorney, licensed to practice law in the State of New York, and in the Republic of Ecuador. Mr. Jaramillo holds a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the University of Houston Law Center,  two master’s degrees in Law and Economics (LL.M.) from the Universität Hamburg (Germany) and the Università di Bologna (Italy), a postgraduate degree in Tax Law from the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha (Spain), as well as a JD equivalent from the Universidad Católica Santiago de Guayaquil (Ecuador). 

    Mr. Jaramillo is an Associate Director with IHS Markit in Houston, Texas. He specializes in advising governments and international oil companies on issues of international energy and environmental law including on petroleum laws and concession or production sharing agreements; domestic and international petroleum fiscal systems; safety and environmental legislation related to the oil & gas industry; and oil and gas regulatory compliance. Mr. Jaramillo also specializes in developing recommendations and drafting policy, regulation, compliance guidelines and inspection manuals relating to petroleum and environmental law. Mr. Jaramillo’s international practice has allowed him to work in different parts of the world including North America (United States and Canada), Europe and Latin America. He is familiar with the petroleum and environmental laws from a plethora of jurisdictions including almost every oil producing  country in the Americas, as well as numerous European and African nations.

    Enrique is also an avid writer. He has near a dozen published works on different matters ranging from international energy law, environmental law, and international dispute resolution. Enrique is also Assistant Editor with the Kluwer Arbitration Blog, and Content Editor with the ITA in Review, the journal of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration.

    Francisco Larrea

    Director, Oil & Gas and Energy, Noboa, Peña & Torres

    Francisco Larrea is the Director of the Oil & Gas and Energy practice at Noboa Peña & Torres Abogados in Quito. Francisco is an expert in this area, with extensive experience in complex corporate structuring, project financing, local and cross-border M&A and other corporate transactions in the context of major Oil & Gas and Energy projects. He has provided specialized counseling at all levels of the upstream and downstream industries. He has advised clients in Ecuador’s largest recent Oil & Gas and Renewable Energy Projects, acquisitions, tenders and new operations. His practice includes national and international litigation and arbitration in these fields and possesses deep transactional and regulatory expertise.

    Currently, Francisco is professor of arbitration in the Litigation and International Arbitration master’s degree program of the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. 

    Francisco is a Lawyer from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Ecuador in Quito with a master’s degree in Corporate Law from Universidad San Francisco de Quito, and an LLM from Penn State University.

    Patricio Albuja

    Legal Manager, SERTECPET

    Patricio Albuja is an attorney licensed in Texas and in Ecuador with vast experience in energy matters. He holds an LL.M. degree from the University of Texas in Austin with a concentration in Global Energy, International Arbitration & Environmental Law and was grantee of a partial scholarship from the Rocky Mountain Mineral and Law Foundation. He obtained his law degree from the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. He also holds several diplomas, among them, a Diploma from the London School of Economics in Introduction to English Law and a certificate from the Rocky Mountain Mineral and Law Foundation for participating in the Oil & Gas short course. Due to his specialized practice, Mr. Albuja has been able to represent clients in Ecuadorian and international transactions. Among them, it is worth noting his in-house work at Andes Petroleum Ecuador Ltd. – a Chinese capital oil operator in Ecuador; his Texas and international practice at Bracewell LLP in the Houston office; as Associate in Pérez Bustamante & Ponce as part of the energy team of the law firm; and, currently as Legal Manager of Sertecpet S.A., an Ecuadorian multinational oil service company. Mr. Albuja’s national and international accumulated experience has allowed him to represent companies especially in oil & gas transactions in upstream, midstream and downstream, as well as in renewable energy and mining projects.

    Diogenes Bermudez (Moderator)

    Senior Legal Counsel, McDermott International, Ltd.

    Diogenes Bermudez is an experienced energy and infrastructure attorney admitted in Texas and Venezuela. He holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University and a Ph.D. in Law from Universidad Central de Venezuela, where he also obtained his Bachelor of Laws and a graduate degree in Administrative Law. Mr. Bermudez is Senior Legal Counsel with McDermott International, Ltd., a global provider of technology, engineering and construction solutions to the energy industry, based in Houston, Texas, where he supports the NCSA (North, Central & South America) region, as well as CB&I Storage Solutions. Previously, in his positions as Counsel for Hogan Lovells and as Head of Legal for Petrobras Venezuela, he accumulated a vast experience in the international natural resources industry. His practice has included upstream/midstream oil and gas project development and operations, granting instruments, joint ventures, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts for the construction of refineries, petrochemical plants, LNG facilities and other megaprojects, mergers and acquisitions, international business transactions, bidding processes and host government relations, among others. He has acted as arbitrator in commercial disputes and as co-counsel in international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. Diogenes has served as member of the Board of Directors for major oil & gas companies in South America and is former president of the Legal Directors Committee at VenAmCham (Venezuelan American Chamber of Commerce). He has spoken and published extensively about oil and gas, foreign investment and arbitration and has been a professor of Contracts Law at Universidad Central de Venezuela and IESA (Instituto de Estudios Superiores en Administracion).

  • The Impact of Covid-19 on Operations Activities

    Recorded On: 01/14/2021

    This webinar features representatives from international oil companies and global service companies who will discuss the impacts of Covid-19 on oil & gas operations activities.

    Organized by the US Chapter

    Mark Trigg, Wells Manager, Ventures, ExxonMobil
    Miranda Jones, VP Health Safety Environment & Carbon, Mobility & Convenience, Gas & Low Carbon, & Region Cities and Solutions, BP
    Sarah Cridland, Vice President Commercial & Subsea Projects UK, Med, and Caspian – UK Country Manager, TechnipFMC
    Moderator: Ken Rice, Commercial Advisor, ExxonMobil

    This webinar features representatives from international oil companies and global service companies who will discuss the impacts of Covid-19 on oil & gas operations activities.  It is well-known that Covid-19 has had an unprecedented impact on global demand at the macro level.  This presentation dives into more detail with regard to how Covid has changed things at the operational level and provide a granular view of the HSSE measures companies are taking as they adjust to the challenges of the virus on operations.  Also, attendees will learn if these new HSSE measures are here to stay and how we need to prepare operationally but also contractually. Please join us as we explore the ways that Covid has changed the way the oil and gas industry operates!

    Mark Trigg

    Wells Manager, Ventures, ExxonMobil

    Mark Trigg currently serves as the Wells Manager for Ventures, responsible for worldwide deep water exploration drilling activities.  Mark is also assisting Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Ltd with COVID-19 pandemic emergency response efforts.   

    Mark graduated from Mississippi State University with a BS in Chemical Engineering and joined ExxonMobil in 2001 as a drilling engineer.  Through his career he has held various operations, engineering and managerial roles in the US, Africa, and Asia.   

    Mark has been married to his wife Joylyn, an elementary school teacher, for 21 years and has three children:  Emma (15), Ryan (14), and Andrew (13).

    Miranda Jones

    VP Health Safety Environment & Carbon, Mobility & Convenience, Gas & Low Carbon, and Region Cities & Solutions, BP

    Miranda Jones started her career with Western Refining in 1996.  In 2000, she joined BP in the Lower 48 (L48) North America Gas business unit where she held roles in Operations and Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE).  In 2008, Miranda left bp to join Crestwood Equity Partners, where she led as the VP HSE, Regulatory, and Land.  She served on the Crestwood Executive Leadership team while growing that business from a single state $1B asset to a $12B diverse midstream company that operated across all of North America.  Miranda was responsible for developing and implementing a benchmarking HSE Management Team and Systems as well as setting the tone of the company culture by uniting diverse people around a common vision, and giving them the space to grow and advance change.  Miranda returned to BP in March 2019 as a member of the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) Operations Leadership team serving as the HSE Manager of Gulf of Mexico and Canada.  Miranda was appointed to bp’s global HSE&C leadership team in 2020 when bp announced their transformation from a global oil company to an integrated energy company focused on reinventing bp to deliver energy solutions for customers and create value for our shareholders.

    Miranda holds a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety & Health. She is married to her college sweetheart, and they have three children ages 29, 24, and 17. Miranda enjoys reading and spending time with her family - most often spent traveling and attending sporting events.

    Sarah Cridland

    Vice President Commercial & Subsea Projects UK, Med, and Caspian – UK Country Manager, TechnipFMC

    Originally from the Highlands of Scotland, Sarah Cridland graduated with a MEng in Manufacturing Sciences & Engineering from Strathclyde University before commencing her career with Stena Offshore in the 1990s, learning the ropes on subsea projects in the UK, Brazil and West Africa.

    Sarah’s subsequent roles enabled her to gain experience across all aspects of TechnipFMC’s Subsea business, in local and global roles. These included leading the Umbilical manufacturing division, a multi-geographical business with plants in the UK, US and Angola; VP Subsea Tendering with global responsibility for all commercial tendering activities; and most recently, as Vice President of the company’s fleet division responsible for the (QHSES, financial and operational) performance of TechnipFMC’s global fleet of vessels.

    Sarah took up her current role in November 2020 and is based at the company’s Westhill Campus near Aberdeen, UK. She lives in Aberdeen with her husband and two children (and dog), and they all enjoy a range of outdoor pursuits.

    Ken Rice (Moderator)

    Commercial Advisor, ExxonMobil

    Ken Rice is a Commercial Advisor with ExxonMobil. He also teaches International Petroleum Transactions as an Adjunct Professor at South Texas College of Law Houston. Ken started his career with Anadarko as a Landman, eventually working in Commercial roles on various projects in the U.S., Africa, and Latin America, then moving to ExxonMobil in their business development group. Ken holds a BS in Political Science/Economics from University of Houston and JD from South Texas College of Law Houston.

  • Asset Sale & Purchase Agreement

    Recorded On: 12/08/2020

    ​This educational session is taught from a practical perspective by the Asset Sale & Purchase Agreement (2020) drafting co-chairs, who examine key aspects of the agreement.

    Chris Strong, Partner, Vinson & Elkins
    Uisdean Vass, Managing Director, VassPetro Limited
    Elias Nucette, Commercial Manager Contracts & Agreements, Shell International Limited

    This educational session is taught from a practical perspective by the Asset Sale & Purchase Agreement (2020) drafting co-chairs, who examine key aspects of the agreement, such as:

    • Basic Fact Pattern
    • Consideration and Adjustments
    • Representations and Warranties
    • Covenants
    • Conditions Precedent
    • Remedies for Breach; and
    • Limitations of Liability

    Chris Strong

    Partner, Vinson & Elkins

    Chris Strong is a partner in Vinson & Elkins’ London Energy Transactions & Projects practice who represents corporate clients around the world on transactions in the energy and natural resources space. Recognized by Chambers in 2020, Chris brings more than 20 years of experience, as well as a deep understanding of his clients’ businesses, to his practice. He advises oil companies, banks, private equity funds, and government entities on the acquisition and disposition of assets, and on project development transactions related to upstream oil and gas, power plants, petrochemical facilities, refineries, pipelines, liquefied natural gas, and mining and metals.

    Uisdean Vass

    Managing Director, VassPetro Limited

    Uisdean Vass is the Scottish co-ordinator for the AIPN and Managing Director at VassPetro Limited, Aberdeen. Uisdean is a prolific author and commentator on MER and has extensive experience in comparative petroleum regimes including the USA, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Offshore Canada and many others. He is qualified to practice in Scotland and Louisiana.

    Elias Nucette

    Commercial Manager Contracts & Agreements, Shell International Limited

    Elias Nucette is currently the Commercial Manager Contracts & Agreements within Shell’s global Commercial & New Business Development division based in London. He has over 20 years of experience in the energy sector. Elias started his career in Venezuela as a lawyer for Shell, working on a wide range of legal and commercial matters across the oil and gas value chain. After holding the role of Legal Manager for Shell Venezuela, he moved to Shell’s headquarters in The Hague joining the global Commercial & New Business Development division. For almost 15 years, he has participated and led negotiations with National Oil Companies and partners for projects in multiple jurisdictions such as the Middle East, Russia, China and Africa. Prior to his current role as Commercial Manager for Contracts & Agreements was a lead negotiator for Shell’s global exploration new ventures division.

    CLE credit available until November 30, 2021

    AIPN is an accredited sponsor approved by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE. A maximum of 2.00 CLE credit hours, of which 0.00 credit hours will apply to ethics/professional responsibility credit, will be awarded based on individual attendance for this event.

    After completing the webinar, please email aipnevents@aipn.org your State Bar of Texas bar number. If you require credit in another state, a certificate of attendance can be provided. Your attendance will be verified.