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  • How the Decision of the IEA will Impact the Future of O&G Projects

    Recorded On: 07/15/2021

    This webinar discusses the impact, challenges and opportunities that the International Energy Agency's call for an end to fossil fuel investment will have on O&G projects worldwide.

    Organized by the Latin America and Caribbean Chapter

    Ivan Sandrea, Member of the Board, Energy Policy Research Foundation; Associate, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
    Juan Felipe Neira, Manager of Legal and Contractual Affairs, National Hydrocarbons Agency of Colombia

    Alexandra Hernández Saravia, VP of Economic Affairs and Research Chief, Colombian Petroleum Association
    Moderator: Marianna Boza, Director, Brigard & Urrutia

    On April 2021, the International Energy Agency (IEA) called for an end to fossil fuel investment in an effort to tackle the climate crisis and reach the Net‐Zero Emissions by 2050 Scenario (NZE). Pursuant to this report, fossil fuel use falls drastically in NZE, for which no new oil and natural gas fields are required beyond those that have already been approved for development. Thus, “no exploration for new resources is required and, other than fields already approved for development, no new oil fields are necessary”. The IEA notwithstanding sustains that investment in existing sources of oil production are needed. In respect to gas, the IEA has also concluded that “no new natural gas fields are needed in the NZE beyond those already under development” and neither are the liquefied natural gas (LNG) liquefaction facilities currently under construction or at the planning stage.

    Ivan Sandrea

    Member of the Board, Energy Policy Research Foundation; Associate, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies

    Ivan Sandrea was founder and former CEO of Sierra Oil and Gas, one the most successful E&P stories worldwide in recent years, and the company that led and participated in the award-winning Zama discovery.  Prior to that, Ivan held a number or entrepreneurial, leadership and corporate roles including Co-head of the global oil and gas emerging markets practice for EY in London, President of Energy Intelligence (the oldest oil and gas information service in the world) in London, Vice President of Corporate and Upstream Strategy and Business Development at Statoil (now Equinor) in Norway, head of oil supply at the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna, investment banker at Merrill Lynch and exploration geologist at BP.   During his career Ivan also held various roles at different starts ups in Latin America (Petra Energia in Brazil, Pan Andean Resources in Colombia, Peru, Bolivia).

    Ivan is an active member of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES), the Oxford Energy Policy Club, trustee of the Energy Policy Research Foundation (EPRINC) at Washington D.C. and a regular guest at the Global Business Policy Council of ATKearney.  Ivan’s academic activities include co-founder and guest lecturer at the Executive Energy MBA program at Wirtschaftsuniversität (WU) in Vienna, lecturer at the Executive Energy Program at ITAM, Mexico’s leading university, authorship of over 20 research papers, and co-authorship of Mexico’s most recent book on the “History of Exploration, its Amazing Carbonates and Untapped Oil Potential”.  Ivan holds a BSc in Geology from Baylor University, an MSc and MBA from Edinburgh University and attended the Berkeley Executive Leadership Program at Stanford University.

    Juan Felipe Neira

    Manager of Legal and Contractual Affairs, National Hydrocarbons Agency of Colombia

    Juan Felipe Neira holds a law degree from Externado University. He has an LLM in Petroleum Law and Policy and an MsC in International Oil and Gas Management, both from the Center for Energy, Petroleum, and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee. He also holds a Ph.D from the same university, for which he focused his research on energy policy and the energy transition. His professional experience has centered on advising international organizations, national regulatory agencies, and private entities on the analysis and design and compliance of public policies in energy matters. He has several academic publications in Latin American and European journals on matters of law, regulation of conventional and unconventional hydrocarbons, and energy policy. He currently works as the Manager of Legal and Contractual Affairs for the National Hydrocarbons Agency of Colombia. He has also been a professor and researcher in the Department of Energy Mining Law at Externado University. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Stirling (Scotland), the Catholic Pontifical Universidad (Peru), and the University of the West Indies (Trinidad and Tobago).

    Alexandra Hernández Saravia

    VP of Economic Affairs and Research Chief, Colombian Petroleum Association

    Alexandra Hernández Saravia has extensive experience (more than 25 years) in structuring proposals and leading consensus on improvements in economic, regulatory, and socio-environmental conditions for investments in oil, gas, liquid fuels, and cement in Colombia. She is an Economist, and has a Master’s degree in Environmental Economics and Natural Resources. She studies in negotiation, strategic planning, and marketing.

    Alexandra is a member of the board of directors of the Regional Center for Energy Studies (Centro Regional de Estudios Energéticos), the group of oil experts of the Ministry of Finance for the Medium-term Fiscal Framework, a co-founder of the Women in Oil and Gas group and a mentor of entrepreneurs and board of directors program of Bogota and Cali Chambers of Commerce

    Marianna Boza

    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).

  • Energy Transition: Companies' Perspective

    Recorded On: 07/13/2021

    The webinar features a presentation by Mark Gyetvay of Novatek and lively debate with Sergey Vakulenko of Gazprom Neft.

    Organized by the CIS-FSU Chapter

    Mark Gyetvay, CFO & Deputy Chairman, Novatek
    Sergey Vakulenko, Head of Department for Strategy and Innovation, Gazprom Neft
    Moderator: Jennifer Josefson, AIPN President; Partner, Morgan Lewis

    This webinar features presentations by Mark Gyetvay of Novatek, the largest independent natural gas producer in Russia and global LNG exporter, and Sergey Vakulenko of Gazprom Neft, a major Russian oil and gas company. The discussion explores the challenges and opportunities of the energy transition from the Russian company perspective. Jennifer Josefson, the newly appointed AIPN President and Morgan Lewis Partner, moderates the discussion.

    Mark Gyetvay

    CFO & Deputy Chairman, Novatek

    Mark Anthony Gyetvay studied at Arizona State University (Bachelor of Science, Accounting, 1981) and later at Pace University, New York (Graduate Studies in Strategic Management, 1995). After graduation, Mr. Gyetvay worked in various capacities at a number of U.S. independent oil and gas companies where he specialized in financial and economic analysis for both upstream and downstream segments of the petroleum industry.

    In 1994, Mr. Gyetvay began his work at Coopers and Lybrand, as Director, Strategic Energy Advisory Services. He subsequently moved to Moscow in 1995 with Coopers & Lybrand to lead the oil and gas practice. He was admitted as a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers Global Energy where he assumed the role of client service engagement partner, Utilities and Mining practice, based in Russia (Moscow office). Mr. Gyetvay was an engagement partner on various energy and mining clients providing overall project management, financial and operational expertise, maintaining and supporting client service relationships as well as serving as concurring partner on transaction services to the petroleum sector.

    Mr. Gyetvay is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive status), a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and an associate member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He is a recognized expert in the oil and gas industry, a frequent speaker at various industry and investor conferences, has published numerous articles on various oil and gas industry topics and was a former member of PwC’s Petroleum Thought Leadership team. He has been recognized by Investor Relations Magazine as one of the best CFO’s in Russia and the CIS, and by Institutional Investor magazine as one of the Top Five CFO’s in Europe’s Oil and Gas sector. Institutional Investor voted him as the Best CFO in the EMEA Oil and Gas category for 2017 and 2018. Finance Monthly magazine named Mark Gyetvay the Best CFO in Russia for the consecutive years of 2015 to 2019, and he received the Game Changer 2017 and 2018 Award for Russia.

    From 2003 to 2014, Mr. Gyetvay was a member of NOVATEK’s Board of Directors and served on the Investment and Strategy Committee. From 2003 to 2014, he has been Chief Financial Officer and, in August 2007, Mr. Gyetvay was elected to NOVATEK’s Management Board. In July 2010, he became Deputy Chairman of NOVATEK’s Management Board.

    Sergey Vakulenko

    Head of Department for Strategy and Innovation, Gazprom Neft

    Sergey Vakulenko heads the Strategy and Innovation Department of Gazprom-Neft. Until 2011, Mr. Vakulenko headed the consulting practice of IHS CERA in Russia, working, in particular, on projects for the reform of the tax system of the oil industry and the development of the General Scheme for the oil industry of the Russian Federation until 2020. Prior to IHS CERA, Mr. Vakulenko worked at Shell as an Economist, Business Development Manager, JV Representative and Portfolio Manager for the Exploration and Production segment. Mr. Vakulenko graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (a joint program of Tufts and Harvard Universities).

    Jennifer Josefson

    AIPN President; Partner, Morgan Lewis

    Jennifer Josefson represents clients across the spectrum of energy industries, including oil, gas, liquefied natural gas, petrochemical, power, and renewables. Her practice focuses on international, cross-border transactions and projects in Russia, Central Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. She regularly advises on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, joint operating agreements, power purchase agreements, concessions, production sharing agreements, farm-ins, supply agreements, and service agreements. Jennifer also handles the commercial agreements regularly used by energy companies for revenue generation, raw materials and feedstock inputs, and facilities operations and maintenance.

    Jennifer contributes to the development of international contracting standards for the energy industry through her work with the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN). She currently presides as AIPN’s President, has served on AIPN’s Board of Directors, was founding regional director of AIPN’s CIS Chapter, and a co-chair of the AIPN 2019 Model Farmout Agreement Revision. As a standing faculty member for 10 years, Jennifer regularly conducts AIPN’s international oil and gas contracting training courses—the Short Course and the Core Course.

    Consistently recognized as a top energy and natural resource lawyer, Jennifer is ranked in Tier 1 by both Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, and consecutively named “Lawyer of the Year – Russia” for oil & gas, energy, mining, and natural resources by Best Lawyers. Chambers Europe noted sources describe her as "extremely knowledgeable; she understands both the international best practices and Russian specifics of the project." Jennifer is also recognized by IFLR1000 and Who’s Who of International Energy Lawyers.

  • Changing Mexico's Energy Sector: Amendments and Investors' Rights Under Domestic and International Law

    Recorded On: 06/16/2021

    This webinar discusses recent energy market control measures, as well as certain domestic and international legal recourses available to domestic and foreign investors.

    Organized by the Mexico Sub-Chapter

    Enrique Jaramillo, Associate Director, IHS Markit
    Federico Martens, Partner, Martens Abogados
    David E. Harrell, Jr., Partner, Locke Lord
    Moderator: Isaac De León, Lead Counsel – Mexico, Talos Energy

    Quoting sovereignty and national security concerns, the liberalization of Mexico’s energy industry is being dismantled. The liberalization, which took place following a constitutional reform approved in 2013 (the “Reform”), brought an influx of domestic and foreign investments that revitalized Mexico’s O&G and power sectors. Nevertheless, in the last few months, measures to resume government control of Mexico’s free energy markets have intensified with the adoption and proposal of regulation affecting investor’s rights and the value of projects.

    The webinar discusses the aforementioned measures, as well as certain domestic and international legal recourses available to domestic and foreign investors.

    Specifically, speakers discuss:

    • Government actions that weaken Mexico’s free energy markets, specifically, the New Rules for the Import and Export of Hydrocarbons, the bill to amend Mexico’s Hydrocarbons Law, recent amendments to the power sector, and the possibility of a constitutional reform
    • Domestic claims available to private investors in the face of such measures, specifically, the nature and effects to the Amparo in Mexico and how it has been used so far
    • Treaty- and contract-based rights and actions afforded to foreign investors in protection of their interests in Mexico

    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.

    Federico Martens

    Founding Partner, Martens Abogados

    Federico Martens is one of Mexico's leading litigators and founding partner of Martens Abogados. Federico is an expert in the design and execution of strategies to challenge unlawful government decisions and is actively involved in the ongoing disputes in the Mexican energy sector between foreign companies and the Mexican government. Federico is President of the constitutional & amparo commission of the business lawyers association and has lectured at different universities.

    David Harrell Jr.

    Partner, Locke Lord

    Named a “Super Lawyer” in Business Litigation by Thomson Reuters, an “ADR Trailblazer” by National Law Journal, and to Best Lawyers in America for Arbitration and Commercial Litigation, David Harrell co-chairs Locke Lord’s Litigation Department and serves as chair of the Firm’s International Arbitration Practice Group.  He has represented clients from four continents in litigation, arbitration, and internal investigations employing a variety of rules and governing law. Mr. Harrell’s dispute resolution experience covers a spectrum of civil practice areas, including disputes in the energy, construction and manufacturing industries, as well as a wide variety of business law, environmental, commercial, and corporate/partnership governance disputes.

    Isaac De León

    Lead Counsel – Mexico, Talos Energy

    Isaac De León is an LLM Candidate from the North Sea Energy Law Program. Among other international institutions that have hosted Isaac, he has done research in International Investment Protection and Unitization of Oil and Gas fields in the Aberdeen University Centre for Energy Law (Scotland) and the Scandinavian institute of Maritime Law (Norway), respectively. Isaac specializes in Natural resource management and is currently involved in Unitization discussions as Lead Counsel for Talos Energy Mexico. Isaac has acted as an attorney in Mexico providing legal guidance in the implementation of the comprehensive reforms that liberalized the Oil & Gas industry in Mexico. Isaac negotiated the first Area of Mutual Interest Agreements in the country and its related Joint Operating Agreements for Bidding Round Opportunities in Deep and Shallow water off the Gulf of Mexico. He was part of the team that drafted the first farm-out in Deep Water Gulf of Mexico and helped structure the framework for participation in public bids for Farm-outs. Isaac has negotiated over a dozen Join Operating Agreements. Additionally, he also negotiated other Oil & Gas joint ventures including Area of Mutual Interest Agreements; Joint Bidding Agreements farm-outs agreements (onshore and offshore) service contracts and the latest draft of the Model Transboundary Unit Agreement between the U.S. and Mexico. Isaac participates in the LNG Contracts and Unitization subcommittees and On December 2019, was appointed Regional Director of the AIPN Mexico Sub-Chapter. He recently published an article regarding geopolitics in North America in the Journal of World Energy Law & Business

  • Update on Nigeria: How Will the Petroleum Industry Bill Benefit the Oil & Gas Industry?

    Recorded On: 06/08/2021

    This webinar gives an update on the current state of the PIB’s legislative passage and will provide an overview of Nigeria’s oil & gas industry with particular reference to the long-anticipated Petroleum Industry Bill.

    Organized by the Europe Chapter

    Chiagozie Hilary-Nwokonko, Partner, Streamsowers & Köhn   
    Michael Humphries, Director, Redcliff Energy
    Marc Hammerson, Partner, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
    Moderator: Timi Balogun, Partner, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

    Laws governing Nigeria’s oil & gas industry have not been comprehensively updated since the 1960s. After a long wait, that situation is about to change. This webinar gives an update on the current state of the PIB’s legislative passage. It provides an overview of Nigeria’s oil & gas industry with particular reference to the long-anticipated Petroleum Industry Bill. Speakers provide an overview of current trends and issues in Nigeria and then consider the impact that the PIB will have for both international and domestic participants. Each speaker shares their first-hand experience of recent trends and transactions in Nigeria and will give their views on how the PIB, and other issues, will impact the future of the country’s petroleum sector (including the government’s stated aim of the “Decade of Gas”).

    Topics include:

    • Upstream fiscal terms
    • Changes to regulations
    • Restructuring NNPC
    • Creation of new regulatory bodies
    • Impact on development of natural gas projects

    Chiagozie Hilary-Nwokonko

    Partner, Streamsowers & Köhn

    Chiagozie Hilary-Nwokonko is a Partner at Streamsowers & Köhn. He also heads the Firm’s Energy and Natural Resources and Legislative Advocacy Groups. Chiagozie graduated from the University of Cambridge, England in 1986 and initially trained as a Marketing Management Trainee with Unilever Plc in the United Kingdom. He was called to the Nigerian Bar as a Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1991. Chiagozie was also a United Kingdom Government Chevening Scholar at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy of the University of Dundee, Scotland.

    Chiagozie is regarded as being in the top rank of Nigerian solicitors, combining intellectual depth with commercial nous. Chiagozie has dealt extensively with issues of Nigerian Foreign Investment and Corporate Law, General Commercial Law, Oil and Gas, Environmental Law, Mining Law, Construction Law and Taxation.

    Chiagozie has acted as team leader in several notable energy transactions, one of which was the listing of an oil and gas company on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange in 2012, which was the largest listing of an oil and gas company at the time.

    Chiagozie is a member of the Section on Energy and Natural Resources Law of the International Bar Association and the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.

    Michael Humphries

    Director, Redcliff Energy

    Michael Humphries has over 30 years of experience in the international oil and gas industry and investment banking. He began his career in the international department at Britoil PLC. Subsequently he worked as an energy banker at Samuel Montagu & Co. in the London and New York; as corporate development director at Great Western Resources Inc., a Houston based energy company; and as a director at PFC Energy Inc., a Washington DC based energy consultancy firm.

    In 1995, Michael joined the Washington DC office of N M Rothschild & Sons as a Director in the Natural Resources Group focused on cross border M&A and advisory mandates. In 2005, until 2008, he worked for Ferris, Baker Watts, Inc. where he started an Energy Investment Banking Group, originating and structuring cross-border oil and gas transactions.

    In 2009, until its merger with a Canadian public company in June 2010, Michael was CFO and a director of Amber Petroleum Ltd. a private oil and gas company with assets in Nigeria and the Joint Development Zone. From 2005 to 2014 Michael ran a private energy consulting practice, Redcliff Energy Advisors LLC that provided a range of strategic advisory services to oil and gas companies and resource focused investment funds, with a particular focus on Nigeria.

    In late 2014, Michael was appointed Head of Oil & Gas Advisory at Rand Merchant Bank where he successfully built the bank’s oil & gas advisory franchise advising both international and indigenous E&P companies in Sub-Saharan Africa. He left RMB in late 2018 and re-established Redcliff Energy Advisors Ltd providing strategic advice to international and indigenous upstream companies operating in Africa and with a specific focus on Nigeria.

    Mr. Humphries holds a B.A. (Hons) in Politics and Modern History from the University of Sheffield and a M.Sc. (Econ) in International Relations from The London School of Economics.

    Marc Hammerson

    Partner, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

    Marc Hammerson is a senior corporate lawyer with deep experience in  complex transactions in the energy and natural resources sectors in Africa.

    Marc represents clients on all aspects of the oil & gas and power industries, his experience includes giving transactional advice on corporate, M&A, commercial agreements (such as gas sales agreements and power purchase agreements), project finance and restructuring.He represents investors, corporates and state-owned entities in a range of transactions including M&A, joint ventures, project finance and project development.

    One of the world’s leading energy lawyers (Who’s Who Legal, 2020 and previous editions), Mr. Hammerson is listed as an Overseas Expert for Nigeria by Chambers 2020, which praises him as “an excellent lawyer” and for “the speed of his response”. He has been recognised by both Chambers and Legal 500 for many years for his experience in oil & gas, restructuring and for his work in Africa. Clients say, “When I have an oil and gas question, he's my first port of call”  (Chambers, 2017).

    Marc has a wealth of experience in advising national oil companies and partially state-owned oil companies internationally, notably but not exclusively in emerging markets.

    Timi Balogun

    Partner, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

    Timi Balogun, former development bank partner, brings a wealth of experience in infrastructure development in Africa, with particular focus in Nigeria.

    Timi focuses his practice on project finance and infrastructure development, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. He has a particular breadth of experience in both the development and financing of African infrastructure projects. Before joining Curtis, he spent six years as General Counsel for The Infrastructure Bank Plc (formerly the Urban Development Bank of Nigeria Plc) in Abuja, where he oversaw all aspects of the bank’s work supporting key infrastructure projects in Nigeria and beyond, with a focus on funding commercially viable projects with significant developmental impact.

    Timi's extensive experience encompasses the legal aspects of The Infrastructure Bank’s products including development loans, project finance advisory and arranging, proprietary equity, fund management, capacity building and technical assistance, in the areas of transportation infrastructure; mass housing and district development; power and renewable energy projects; solid waste management; municipal common services; and water provision.

  • The Energy Transition - Comparative North Sea Approaches

    Recorded On: 06/03/2021

    This webinar features an impressive panel of speakers who will share their experiences and observations on these momentous happenings in the UK, Norway and Denmark.

    Organized by the Europe Chapter

    Joanne Edgeler, Senior Investment Manager, Investor Finance, Oil and Gas Authority
    Liv Monica Stubholt, Partner, Selmer AS
    Jacob Sandholt, Legal Consultant, Gorrissen Federspiel
    Moderator: Jim Christie, Director, Decide Wisely Limited

    Major oil and gas producing states in Europe are now seriously turning their attention to societal transitions away from fossil fuels. In the last six months, for instance, the UK Government has issued an Energy White Paper entitled “Powering our Net Zero Future”, and a “North Sea Transition Deal” has been agreed through the tripartite partnership between the UK Government, the Oil and Gas Authority and the offshore oil and gas sector. These are the precursors of huge economic and social change. This kind of political, regulatory and legal initiative, which is occurring across the region, will see the creation of new regulatory regimes, the emergence of new energy sources and the development of new types of contracting. But there will still be a need for hydrocarbons for many decades, even if the long-term goal is “Net Zero”. How we transition our energy systems, recognising that oil and gas - with the capital, expertise, infrastructure and supply chain - is crucial to progressing game-changing alternative energies, is vital.

    This webinar features an impressive panel of speakers who will share their experiences and observations on these momentous happenings in the UK, Norway and Denmark. What are the main changes likely to be and how can the oil and gas industry adapt and contribute?

    The main topics discussed are:

    • What are the energy options which will allow us to achieve Net Zero?
    • What are the regulatory options which will allow us to pursue these new energy sources?
    • What will be the legal and regulatory impacts on on-going oil and gas operations?
    • High-level discussions of such issues as carbon capture, offshore electrification, expansion of the hydrogen economy, and the opportunities for the oil industry to affirmatively drive change.

    Joanne Edgeler

    Senior Investment Manager, Investor Finance, Oil and Gas Authority

    Joanne Edgeler joined the OGA in 2015 and is a Senior Investment Manager within the Investor Finance team. She has key responsibility for global investor engagement, in order to promote the UK oil & gas industry, the industry’s energy transition, and the role that oil & gas should play in supporting the UK’s commitment to net zero 2050.

    With a leading role in understanding investor perceptions, mitigating potential barriers to investment, and promoting the importance of good corporate governance and ESG practices and principles, Joanne recently chaired the OGA’s ESG Taskforce to provide guidance to industry around the importance of ESG to investors, to secure future access to capital, and to continued investor confidence in the UK North Sea.

    Prior to her time at the OGA, Joanne spent 17 years working in the UK asset management industry, at both Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life Investments (now combined under Aberdeen Standard Investments) where she was responsible for policy, investor relations and ESG.

    Joanne lives in Aberdeenshire with her husband, and 11 year old twin children. She enjoys photography, reading and running in her spare time. 

    Liv Monica Stubholt

    Partner, Selmer AS

    Liv Monica Stubholt is partner in law firm Selmer’s energy department and head of Selmer's ESG task force.

    Liv Monica Stubholt brings both industry executive and political experience to the provision of legal services.  She serves as non- executive board member for a few select clients particularly the energy sector.

    She has a long standing engagement in advising on the legal dimension of ESG and sustainability, including advice on framework conditions for the integration of the EU taxonomy and UN Sustainable Development Goals in business strategy and change management.

    She has also spent several years as investment director and top industry executive in one of Norway’s largest energy industry players; the Aker Group.

    Her accomplishments further include public office, serving as deputy minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and later as deputy minister in the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy in Norway.

    She serves on the board of the international business alliance World Ocean Council, working for corporate ocean responsibility.

    Jacob Sandholt

    Legal Consultant, Gorrissen Federspiel

    Jacob Sandholt provides specialized advice on sector legislation within the field of energy law across the value chain. He has a broad infrastructure and utilities experience, with particular expertise within renewables, energy and natural resources. Jacob has almost fifteen years energy regulatory, transactional and major projects experience.

    Having previously worked for Energinet and Ørsted, Jacob has obtained in-depth knowledge of the energy sector and gained vast specialist knowledge of this field. Further, Jacob has also completed the LL.M programme "North Sea Energy Law Programme" at the universities in Groningen, Oslo, Aberdeen and Copenhagen.

    Jim Christie (Moderator)

    Principal, Decide Wisely

    Jim Christie has over 40 years’ experience in oil and gas construction and decommissioning projects.  Jim has worked across the world, but has more recently been based in the UK and Gulf of Mexico, focused on onshore and offshore decommissioning. 

    Jim was the Global Decommissioning Projects Manager for Marathon Oil Company in Houston, with a world-wide remit, including the UKCS and Norway

    Following his retirement from Marathon, Jim took up the role of Head of Decommissioning for the Oil and Gas Authority.  While there, Jim was responsible for chairing the Decommissioning Task Force, developing and publishing the OGA Decommissioning Strategy, its supporting execution plan, and updating the overall UKCS cost estimate. 

    Jim currently works in an advisory capacity aiding both operators and service providers. Jim’s focus is on early planning, decision making, campaign developments, plus the development and implementation of execution and contracting strategies.

  • High CO2 Resource Management

    Recorded On: 06/02/2021

    This webinar focuses on some current perspectives and very new experiences in projects under development that are dedicated to CO2 management.

    Organized by the Asia Chapter

    Eddy Choon Swee Tan, Executive Director, DBS Bank
    Jazlan B Zulhaimi, Resource Development Manager, Sarawak Gas, PETRONAS
    Siti Aishah Bt M Hatta, Manager – PE, Sarawak Resource Development & Management (RDM-SK), Malaysia Petroleum Management (MPM), PETRONAS
    Alistair Tucker,
    GM CCUS, Shell
    Moderator: David Haverkamp, Business Development Manager, PTTEP

    A key part of the energy transition, in which the oil and gas industry is directly involved, is the management of production from resources that contain CO2 as a byproduct of production or consumption. Many of the undeveloped gas projects around the world today do have high CO2 content and the need to manage their development and associated CO2 production is becoming critical. This webinar focuses on some current perspectives and very new experiences in projects under development that are dedicated to CO2 management.

    Eddy Tan

    Executive Director, DBS Bank

    Eddy Tan has over 24 years of oil and gas international experience with Shell (Reservoir Engineer, M&A), Standard Chartered Bank (M&A, Project Finance), Gaffney, Cline & Associates (Economics, Petroleum Engineering) and privately-owned Indonesian upstream companies (Country Manager, COO).

    His expertise is in project finance, M&A, corporate finance, commercial, technical and general management across the value chain from upstream, midstream/LNG to integrated gas-power.

    Eddy holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and Master of Engineering (Petroleum Engineering) from Imperial College, London.

    Jazlan Zulhaimi

    Resource Development Manager, Sarawak Gas, PETRONAS

    Jazlan Zulhaimi is currently the Resource Development Manager of Sarawak Gas, PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd. He is a Petroleum Engineering graduate from the Colorado School of Mines with a minor in Energy Economics. He started his career with PETRONAS 11 years ago as a Reservoir Engineer and has been involved in multiple projects covering Reservoir Studies, Reservoir Development and Surveillance. Amongst others, his experiences include attachments to Exploration & Production Technology Center (EPTC), Baram Delta & North Sabah Enhanced Oil Recovery Center (EORC) and international assignments to support the Myanmar Operations. Since the early 2020, he has been involved in PETRONAS’ 1st Carbon Capture & Sequestration (CCS) project; the Kasawari CCS Field Development Plan (FDP) which is targeting its first injection by Q4 2025.

    Siti Aishah Hatta

    Manager – PE, Sarawak Resource Development & Management (RDM-SK), Malaysia Petroleum Management (MPM), PETRONAS

    Siti Aishah Hatta is the current Technical Team Lead and Project Manager for PETRONAS Upstream CCS team that has just recently formed in 2021. She helped setup the formation of CCS task force that focus on formulating PETRONAS Upstream CCS framework & operating model in preparation of the first CCS injection in 2025. She previously held role as Senior Petroleum Engineer leading Production Chemistry projects, involving scale (calcite, barite), contaminants (H2S, CO2, Mercury) and sand management, under Petroleum Asset Excellence, PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd. She started of as a production technologist in 2006 and has a Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot-Watt University & Universiti Teknologi Petronas. She holds a Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Queensland, Australia.

    Alistair Tucker

    GM CCUS, Shell

    Al Tucker has 25 years of Oil and gas experience. He holds a degrees in Geology and a Masters in Petroleum Geology. His career started as a Petroleum Engineer working in the North Sea. Al has held various technical and managerial roles across Shell globally and most recently in the UK as Manager for the Penguins Project / Brent field and the Brent Charlie Platform.

    Currently Al is GM CCUS in Shell, with responsibility to develop and mature Shell’s CCUS portfolio globally through leading engagements with external customers and partners.

    David Haverkamp (Moderator)

    Business Development Manager, PTTEP

    David Haverkamp has been an AIPN member for over 20 years, currently working for PTTEP in Kuala Lumpur after the acquisition of Murphy Malaysia assets.  David has been engaged in major project development and new business development in most aspects of the upstream, midstream, and LNG industry.   He started his career with Exxon in reservoir engineering and moved into commercial roles with BP, Repsol, Marathon Oil, Kosmos Energy, and Murphy Oil.   He has lived and worked in the United States, Europe, former Soviet Union, and Asia.   He will tell you that the most enjoyable experiences in his career have included work on gas LNG liquefaction projects in Colombia, Trinidad, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Brunei, and Malaysia.  (and hopefully many more in the future!)

  • LNG Price Review: Lessons from Asia

    Recorded On: 05/27/2021

    This webinar provides an overview of the key LNG market dynamics and contractual features driving price reviews in Asia. In a moderated discussion, the panel shares insights coming out of recent experiences in negotiating price review provisions and advising on LNG price review processes, and will comment on some of the unique features of price reviews processes for sales into the region.

    Organized by the Asia Chapter

    Rob Palmer, Partner, Ashurst LLP
    Kerry Anne Shanks, Senior Advisor, Poten & Partners
    Chris Rumley, Senior Advisor, Poten & Partners

    Moderator: Daniel Reinbott, Partner, Ashurst LLP

    Price review clauses have long been a feature of long-term LNG sale and purchase agreements into Asia. Compared with their European counterparts, however, price review clauses in Asian LNG SPAs have been left relatively untested. 

    That is now changing. With more and more Asian LNG SPAs entering their pre-agreed price review periods, and traditional attitudes to formal price review processes changing in line with underlying market dynamics, there has been a noticeable spike in price review activity.

    This webinar provides an overview of the key LNG market dynamics and contractual features driving price reviews in Asia. In a moderated discussion, the panel shares insights coming out of recent experiences in negotiating price review provisions and advising on LNG price review processes, and will comment on some of the unique features of price reviews processes for sales into the region

    Rob Palmer

    Partner, Ashurst LLP

    Rob Palmer is a Partner in Ashurst's dispute resolution team and Managing Partner of Ashurst's Singapore office. He has a particular focus on dispute resolution in international energy, construction and infrastructure projects.

    Rob has been based in Southeast Asia since 2003.  His longstanding presence in – and understanding of - the region, and the repeat mandates he receives from blue-chip clients set him apart from others in the market.  He is consistently praised by clients and in legal directories for his advocacy skills and the quality of his legal advice, including the strategic, commercial way in which it is delivered.

    Rob is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration. He is qualified in New Zealand, New South Wales and England; a member of the panel of arbitrators of (among others) the KCAB, the AIAC, the ACICA, the BANI and the TAC; and a member of The Training Faculty of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

    Rob is currently advising on various LNG and natural gas price review negotiations and disputes.

    Kerry Anne Shanks

    Senior Advisor, Poten & Partners

    Kerry Anne Shanks is an energy professional with over 15 years of experience gained at Poten, Wood Mackenzie and Shell. A recognized expert on the dynamics of gas and LNG markets.

    Chris Rumley

    Senior Advisor, Poten & Partners

    A trained economist, Chris Rumley has 15 years of experience in commodity forecasting, economic analysis and the LNG market. He is a Japanese speaker, and his primary focus is commercial, market and project development advisory to LNG and natural gas businesses in the Asia Pacific.

    Daniel Reinbott (Moderator)

    Partner, Ashurst LLP

    Daniel Reinbott is an LNG and upstream natural gas partner based in Singapore.  He has extensive experience advising stakeholders across the LNG value chain on the development of greenfield and brownfield LNG projects across the Asia Pacific region. 

    Daniel is regarded as one of the few true global experts on long term LNG sale and purchase agreements, having advised on more than 50 long term LNG SPAs over the past 15 years, covering project and portfolio based supply into markets across Asia. He regularly advises on long term piped natural gas sale and purchase agreements, including cross border sales and as feedstock for LNG projects, petrochemicals and power.  Daniel is also at the forefront of advising on the development of LNG regasification projects across the Asia Pacific region and globally. Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020 notes "[Daniel's] LNG project and marketing experience is second to none".

  • Construction Claims in MENA's Oil & Gas Sector

    Recorded On: 05/25/2021

    This webinar provides insight into the most common causes of construction disputes in the oil & gas sector in the MENA region. The speakers examine the causes and provide insights on how disputes could be avoided or handled before they escalate to arbitration or litigation. The webinar provides the views of end-users, technical experts and legal counsel on the relevant issues.

    Organized by the MENA Chapter

    Richard Phelan, Legal Director, OQ Gas Networks SAOC
    Benjamin Highfield, Partner, Head of Asia, HKA

    Slava Kiryushin, Partner, Global Head of Energy, DWF

    This webinar provides insight into the most common causes of construction disputes in the oil & gas sector in the MENA region. The speakers examine the causes and provide insights on how disputes could be avoided or handled before they escalate to arbitration or litigation. The webinar provides the views of end-users, technical experts and legal counsel on the relevant issues.

    Richard Phelan

    Legal Director, OQ Gas Networks SAOC

    Richard Phelan is a UK qualified solicitor admitted in 1987 who has worked in the UK car industry, chemical industry and for the last twenty plus years, in the oil and gas industry. During his career he has worked in the UK, United States of America, Kazakhstan, Australia and Oman. In the UK between 1994 and 1997 he was the Head of Legal and Company secretary for Gulf Oil (Great Britain) Limited and in Kazakhstan between 1998 and 2002 he was the Deputy Legal Manager for the Tengizchevroil  joint venture.

    In 2003 he was asked to be one of the founding members of Chevron’s Major Capital Projects legal practice group. Between 2003 and 2006 he worked on a number of significant major capital projects for Chevron in various locations. In 2006 he was assigned as the chief construction lawyer for the Chevron operated Gorgon LNG project in Western Australia. This was the largest ever single resource project in Australia’s history.

    From 2006 to 2015 he drafted and negotiated many of the major construction contracts for the Gorgon Project, both upstream and downstream, and managed a team of lawyers supporting the project. He has extensive experience as a commercial and construction lawyer in a number of practice areas.

    In January 2016 he joined Oman Gas Company SAOC (now known as OQ Gas Networks SAOC) as its Managing Counsel and since November 2018 has been its Legal Director with responsibility for all legal aspects of the company’s business.

    Richard has a degree in Law from Leeds University.

    Benjamin Highfield

    Partner, Head of Asia, HKA

    Benjamin Highfield is a Partner & Continent Head of HKA’s business in Asia and the Middle East with 20 years’ experience in engineering, claims and arbitration. Benjamin is regularly quoted in the industry press and advises clients on commercial and contractual matters as well as claims management and dispute resolution.

    Benjamin is a chartered civil engineer, a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

    Slava Kiryushin

    Partner, Global Head of Energy, DWF

    Slava Kiryushin is a solicitor advocate who advises on dispute avoidance and resolution of energy, construction and infrastructure matters.

    He was previously General Counsel of Lukoil in the Middle East focussing on all of Lukoil’s major oil & gas and EPC infrastructure projects in Iraq.

  • Look Before You Leap: Are Your Oil Patch Liability Clauses Enforceable? An Analysis Under Civil Law Jurisdictions with Emphasis on Brazil

    Recorded On: 05/18/2021

    This webinar, based on a recent article in the Journal of World Energy, Law and Business, analyzes the risks inherent in applying the laws of a civil law jurisdiction to a wellsite contract, with particular emphasis on Brazil.

    Organized by the Latin America & Caribbean Chapter

    Norman Nadorff, Counsel, Mayer Brown; Adjunct Professor, University of Houston Law Center
    Maria Beatriz Gomes, Associate, Mayer Brown

    Owen Anderson, Professor and Distinguished Oil and Gas Scholar, University of Texas School of Law

    Gabi Ruthven, Senior Counsel, BP

    Ana Castro Forman, Senior Counsel, Transocean

    The oil and gas industry requires huge investments involving extraordinary financial, environmental and safety risks. Various oil industry disasters offer chilling reminders of the monumental loss of life, property and environmental integrity that can quickly result from human error. With this backdrop, industry participants and their insurers learned early on that the normal fault-based approach to wellsite liability did not fit the nature and needs of the petroleum business. Rather, it ran the risk that operators and their various service companies would spend more time and effort suing each other over inevitable mishaps than finding and producing oil. Thus, a unique series of clauses developed over time to efficiently allocate liability among wellsite service providers and to minimize litigation.

    This webinar, based on a recent article in the Journal of World Energy, Law and Business, analyzes the risks inherent in applying the laws of a civil law jurisdiction to a wellsite contract, with particular emphasis on Brazil. It begins with a short presentation by the article's authors describing (i) the traditional common law approach to liability allocation in wellsite contracts, including knock-for-knock clauses and (ii) the traditional civil law approach to liability (responsbilité) through French and Brazilian prisms. This is followed by a panel of experts and practitioners who will touch upon the following areas, among others:

    • The AIPN Model Well Services contract
    • Key liability issues arising in negotiations
    • Treatment of “other contractors” and third parties
    • Day-to-day challenges and rewards for in-house practitioners of well services contracts
    • How well services contracts have changed during the last decade

    Norman Nadorff

    Counsel, Mayer Brown; Adjunct Professor, University of Houston Law Center

    Norman Nadorff is Counsel to the Mayer Brown law firm. His practice centers on international energy law and transactions and ethics law compliance.

    For 30 years, Norman served as in-house counsel for major oil companies with primary focus on Latin America, West Africa and Indonesia. He was Senior Counsel for BP in Angola from 2006 to 2015 as well as Legal Manager for BP Brazil and ARCO Indonesia, where he held two expatriate assignments in the 1990’s.

    Norman has drafted and negotiated a wide range legal instruments, including host government, farmout, joint operating, joint study and bidding, EPC, drilling and drilling services, gas sales, shareholder, joint venture, and project finance agreements. At ARCO, Norman wrote the Company’s policies on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, US Anti-boycott laws and US Export Regulations. He has participated in corruption, fraud, conflict of interest and hostage-taking investigations.

    Norman has been Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center since 2012 and has taught International Petroleum Agreements in several US and foreign law schools. In 2006, he played key roles in the creation of a pioneering international oil and gas master’s program at Angola’s national law school, which is now in its fourteenth year. 

    Norman is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, proficient in French, and has experience negotiating in all three languages. He is a Director of the Brazil-Texas Chamber of Commerce and former Director of the AIPN in which he is active in several capacities. Norman lectures frequently on anti-corruption laws, effective contract drafting and development of local talent.

    Maria Beatriz Gomes

    Associate, Mayer Brown

    Maria Beatriz Gomes is an associate in the Corporate and M&A practice of Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown in the Rio de Janeiro office. Maria Beatriz has experience in the analysis and elaboration of corporate and commercial acts and contracts, and has already participated in corporate reorganization operations, mergers and acquisitions and due diligence processes.

    Previously Maria Beatriz was an intern at Tauil & Chequer Advogados, from September 2018 to December 2019. In addition, she has also worked as an intern in the Corporate and M&A practice of Freitas Leite Advogados, from July 2017 to January 2018.

    Owen Anderson

    Professor and Distinguished Oil and Gas Scholar

    Professor Owen L. Anderson is a Distinguished Oil & Gas Scholar at the University of Texas School of Law, Co-Academic Director of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy Law & Business at the University of Texas, and is the Eugene Kuntz Chair in Oil, Gas, & Natural Resources Emeritus and George Lynn Cross Research Professor Emeritus at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. He is an Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne Faculty of Law; an Honorary Lecturer and Principal Researcher for the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee; and a Visiting Professor at the University of Sydney. Professor Anderson served as an international legal advisor for petroleum issues in the Commercial Law Development Program of the U. S. Department of Commerce and has lectured at numerous universities and venues on six continents and throughout the United States. He has authored or co-authored over 100 articles, several books, and treatises on water law and domestic and global petroleum law, including International Petroleum Law and Transactions (RMMLF 2020), A Students Guide to Estates in Land and Future Interests (Carolina Acad. 2020), Cases and Materials on Oil and Gas Law (West Acad. 7th ed. 2018 and six prior editions), Oil and Gas Law and Taxation (West Acad. Hornbook 2017), and the supplements to Kuntz on Oil and Gas Law (Lexis Nexis 1995 – Present). He is Editor in Chief of the Texas Title Standards, a lifetime Honorary Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, a trustee of the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Institute for Energy Law, a member of the Legal Committee of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, and a member and former Vice President of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), form and style editor of AIPN model contracts, and founding member of the Editorial Board of the AIPN-Oxford University Journal of World Energy Law and Business. He is a faculty advisor to the Texas Journal of Oil and Gas Law and the Oil and Gas, Natural Resources and Energy Journal (ONE J). He a life member of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, a member of the American Law Institute, a member of the Texas, Oklahoma, and North Dakota bars, and a consultant and arbitrator on oil and gas law and policy.

    Gabi Ruthven

    Senior Counsel, BP

    Gabi Ruthven is a Senior Counsel in the Productions, Operations and Procurement Team at bp in Houston, Texas. She is the lead lawyer for the global Wells team, advising on contract strategies and negotiations, dispute resolution, confidentiality, risk management and regulatory and compliance matters. During her 18 years at bp, she has worked in Norway, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Angola and Brazil in various upstream roles, including major projects, drilling and completions and other complex commercial ventures.  She speaks fluent Portuguese, English and French.

    Ana Castro Forman

    Senior Counsel, Transocean

    Ana Forman is a Brazilian attorney. She is licensed under the Rio de Janeiro Bar Association since 1994 and has worked with the Oil & Gas Industry in Brazil since 2001, with extensive experience in the Contracts and Regulatory aspects. Throughout these 20 years Ana has been Senior Counsel or Business & Contracts Manager to Total Brazil, Subsea7 Brazil and MODEC Brazil. Since 2012 Ana has been Senior Legal Counsel to Transocean Brazil.

  • Disputes Under PSCs - Lessons Learned

    Recorded On: 05/13/2021

    This webinar provides a disputes-based perspective on the negotiation of PSCs. The webinar considers certain key provisions that are commonly included in the PSCs and frequently invoked in disputes between IOCs and states or state-owned entities. By leveraging their extensive experience of PSC disputes, the speakers provide a series of practical considerations and recommendations to inform the negotiation of PSCs.

    Organized by the Canada Chapter

    Kathryn Barnes, Senior Counsel, Chevron
    Gwendoline Brooker, Senior Disputes Manager, Total
    Reza Mohtashami QC, Partner, Three Crowns LLP
    Kathryn Khamsi, Partner, Three Crowns LLP
    Leilah Bruton, Counsel, Three Crowns LLP
    Moderator: Michael Josephson, AIPN Past President

    This webinar provides a disputes-based perspective on the negotiation of PSCs. The webinar considers certain key provisions that are commonly included in the PSCs and frequently invoked in disputes between IOCs and states or state-owned entities. By leveraging their extensive experience of PSC disputes, the speakers provide a series of practical considerations and recommendations to inform the negotiation of PSCs.

    Kathryn Barnes

    Senior Counsel, Chevron

    Kathryn Barnes is Senior Counsel with Chevron Upstream and is based in San Ramon, CA.  Kathryn joined Chevron Upstream Litigation in 2008 and manages international disputes for Chevron, including arbitration and litigation originating in Angola, Australia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and Nigeria for Chevron’s non-U.S. Upstream operations. Kathryn interacts with external counsel located all over the world and is responsible for ensuring that all litigation matters are handled efficiently and in a cost effective manner consistent with Chevron’s Objectives-Based Litigation Technique ("COBALT®"), which is a structured and disciplined technique for achieving reliability, efficiency and world class performance in litigation management. Prior to joining Chevron, Kathryn was a partner with Thelen LLP where she specialized in complex commercial litigation and bankruptcy.

    Kathryn attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School, graduating with honors, and Lehigh University of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics with high honors.  She is admitted to practice law in the State of California and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Kathryn is currently the co-chair of the USCIB Corporate Counsel Subcommittee and co-chair of the Northern California International Arbitration Club.

    Gwendoline Brooker

    Senior Disputes Manager, Total

    Gwendoline Brooker joined the Total Group in Paris 2002. She is currently re-based in Paris after assignments as GC in Indonesia and VP Legal Asia Pacific in Singapore. Gwendoline was formerly with Mobil Oil Corporation holding positions in upstream, chemical and refining in the UK, Indonesia and Singapore.

    She is a qualified English barrister with a degree from SOAS, University of London. Gwendoline is fluent in French, Bahasa Indonesia and Cantonese Chinese.  Her work and experience is focused primarily on upstream oil and gas transactions which includes M&A, LNG sales and facility constrcution.  Since 2018, she has been managing significant upstream and mid-stream common law disputes worldwide.

    Reza Mohtashami QC

    Partner, Three Crowns LLP

    Reza Mohtashami QC is a partner in the London office. He has represented clients as counsel and advocate in more than 85 arbitrations conducted under a variety of arbitration rules in many different jurisdictions. Reza has particular expertise in disputes arising in emerging markets with a focus on the telecoms, energy, and infrastructure sectors.

    His recent experience includes securing a $1.98 billion award on behalf of Crescent Petroleum and Dana gas in an LCIA arbitration brought against the Kurdistan Regional Government and securing a successful settlement on behalf of Beijing Urban Construction in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Yemen following a landmark decision on jurisdiction.

    Prior to Three Crowns, he worked in the arbitration practice of a leading international arbitration firm where he established and led the firm’s global arbitration practice in the Middle East.

    Reza is a Vice-Chair of the IBA Arbitration Committee, a trustee of the DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre, a trustee of the Bahrain Chamber of Dispute Resolution, a member of the LCIA Court, and an editorial board member of the ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin and Global Arbitration Review. He has published extensively and is a regular speaker at international arbitration conferences. He is the author of A Guide to the LCIA Arbitration Rules, the leading commentary on the 1998 LCIA Rules (published by Oxford University Press).

    Reza is a qualified English solicitor-advocate and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in recognition of his advocacy skills in 2018. He is recognised as a Thought Leader in arbitration by Who Who’s Legal and Chambers describes him as giving “clear and authoritative advice on matters of strategy and case development,” with a source “praising him as ‘a fantastic lawyer’.” He speaks English, French, and Farsi.

    Kathryn Khamsi

    Partner, Three Crowns LLP

    Kathryn Khamsi is a partner in our Paris office. Kathryn acts for States and corporate clients in all types of disputes. She is particularly sought after in high value disputes that raise complex issues of fact and law.

    Recent highlights include acting for a Gulf State in a claim relating to a failed energy sector investment that raises issues of project finance and environmental legislation; acting for French State-owned company Areva in its multi-billion euro dispute relating to the OL3 nuclear power plant; and acting for a consortium of oil majors in a dispute with a State over a complex formula for the sharing of petroleum under a production sharing contract.

    Clients have commended Kathryn’s “grasp of the technical detail, and her ability to identify and articulate game changing arguments.”  She is recommended by Who’s Who Legal as a leader in the Energy field, as well as by The Legal 500 (EMEA). Kathryn regularly lectures on energy sector arbitration at Sciences Po law school in Paris and has published extensively on questions of international arbitration and public international law.

    Prior to her career in international arbitration, Kathryn was a Legal Advisor to the Prime Minister of East Timor (Timor-Leste), based in Dili East Timor, coordinating East Timor’s negotiations with Australia over maritime boundaries and the drafting of a new regime for petroleum investments. Kathryn has also worked with the International Development Law Organization in Kabul, Afghanistan, and with Columbia Law School.

    Kathryn is admitted in Paris, New York and Ontario. She holds an AB from Harvard, LLB and BCL degrees from McGill, and an LLM from Columbia. Kathryn speaks English and French.

    Leilah Bruton

    Counsel, Three Crowns LLP

    Leilah Bruton is counsel in our London office.  She has extensive experience representing corporations on the resolution of complex disputes involving investment treaties and contractual relationships, with a particular focus on oil & gas disputes arising out of long-term production sharing agreements.

    Her recent experience includes representing: an international consortium of energy majors in ICC arbitration proceedings in Paris relating to operational and environmental claims arising out of the expiry of a PSC entered into with a Middle-Eastern State; an energy major in ICC arbitration proceedings in Paris relating to cost recovery disputes and claims of environmental damage arising out of the early relinquishment of a PSC with a Middle-Eastern State; and an energy major in potential treaty and contract claims against an African government and state-owned oil company arising out of a purported unilateral and retroactive change in the profit sharing mechanism set out in the applicable PSCs.

    Prior to joining Three Crowns Leilah was counsel in the international arbitration group of a major international law firm.

    Leilah has been named a “Future Leader” by Who’s Who Legal for 2018-2021, a Rising Star in The Legal 500 UK 2021, and a Rising Star in the The Legal 500 UK 2019 International Arbitration Powerlist.  She was educated at the University of Cambridge, is qualified in England & Wales, and speaks English and French.

    Michael Josephson (Moderator)

    AIPN Past President, Calgary