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  • Recorded On: 12/14/2021

    This webinar explores the legal and tax framework currently in force in Algeria and the advantages to foreign investors

    Organized by the MENA Chapter

    Anne-Sylvie Vassenaix-Paxton, Partner, Head of Oil & Gas, DWF (France) AARPI
    Samir Bekhti, Board member, Alnaft
    Farid Ayadi, Director of Hydrocarbon Mining Promotion, Alnaft
    Khaled Rekouche, Director Counsel, Sonatrach
    Mario Bello, Algeria Managing Director, Eni
    Moderator: Ali Boroumand, Partner, DWF (France) AARPI

    Algeria is amongst the leading oil producers and exporters worldwide. It is Africa's leading natural gas producer and has the third largest oil reserves on the continent. Algeria's oil and gas sector creates significant export value and impressively contributes to the economy of the country. To increase the value of its vast hydrocarbon resources and attract international oil companies, Algeria amended its legislation and published the law n.19-13 governing hydrocarbon activities on 11 December 2019, significantly reforming its legislation in this area.

    Organized by the MENA Chapter, the webinar speakers discuss the legal and tax framework currently in force in Algeria and the advantages to foreign investors. An overview of the mining opportunities in the oil & gas and mining sectors are presented as well as the types of medium term investments which could be contemplated. Finally, the Italian oil and gas company, ENI, explains how they have developed marginal fields in Algeria and how the new hydrocarbon law can favor the expansion of this type of activity.

    This webinar is in French.

    Anne-Sylvie Vassenaix-Paxton

    Head of Oil & Gas, DWF (France) AARPI

    Anne-Sylvie Vassenaix-Paxton is Head of Oil & Gas at DWF and is a partner in DWF's Paris office. She is particularly active in the energy sector, especially in oil & gas where she advises oil traders, oil & gas storage companies and private and national oil companies in all aspects of their business activities, upstream and downstream. Anne-Sylvie also assists them in securing financing for the development of their various projects, reviewing proposed term sheets, drafting contractual loan documentation and structuring and setting up security packages.

    She also represents various national and international companies in their mergers and acquisitions, domestic and international joint ventures, as well as in their investment activities.

    Samir Bekhti

    Board member, Alnaft

    After having graduated from Algiers University with a Master degree in Management, Samir Bekhti is currently Director of Contract Management & Legal at the Algerian National Agency of Hydrocarbon (ALNAFT) and a permanent Board member. He has actively participated in the elaboration of the Hydrocarbon law and regulations and the Hydrocarbon contract template. Whilst holding several positions within ANAFT, he has acquired wide knowledge in negotiating E & P contracts with major IOCs and NOCs, monitoring their execution and handling the day-to-day relationships.

    Farid Ayadi

    Director of Hydrocarbon Mining Promotion, Alnaft

    Farid Ayadi is a mechanical engineer specialised in thermodynamics and energy from Houari Boumediene University of Science and Technology (USTHB) where he graduated in 1997 and has an Executive MBA from the Algiers Business School (ESAA) obtained in 2011.

    Farid worked at the headquarters of the national company, Sonatrach within the Strategy, Economy and Prospective department as a study engineer from 2000 to 2007. He then joined the ALNAFT agency in 2007 as head of the domestic market department in the natural gas division. He is currently the director in charge of the promotion of hydrocarbons mining domain and has held this position since 2016.

    Khaled Rekouche

    Director Counsel, Sonatrach

    Khaled Rekouche currently holds the position of Director Counsel at Sonatrach. From May 2016 to October 2019, he was the Corporate Legal Manager of the company. After graduating from the University (Algeria) with a degree in law, he worked as General Secretary for an administration. He started working in oil & gas sector in 1998 for Sonatrach as a lawyer and later as a contracts manager. He has 23 years' experience in the oil & gas industry, especially in upstream oil & gas transactions (production sharing agreements, joint operating agreements, Service Contracts, Farmout/Farmin Agreements, Joint Ventures, Shareholder agreements…). He participates in the development of major energy and construction & procurement (EPC) projects. He has also managed International arbitration cases and developed opportunities in Africa and South America.

    Khaled is a Board member of Exploration & Production Company and Insurance companies. He is a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) since 2012 and was a member of the Board of Directors of the AIPN from 2018 to 2021.

    Mario Bello

    Algeria Managing Director, Eni

    Born in Cervinara on 23 November 1965, Mario Bello graduated with honors in Earth Sciences from the Federico II University of Napoli. Since 3 June 2018, he has been Managing Director of Eni Algeria.

    He joined Eni in 1991 taking on positions of increasing responsibility in the exploration area, gaining experience in Italy and abroad. From 2007 to 2013, he was Exploration Manager of two of Eni's main subsidiaries abroad, first in Indonesia, and later, in Angola. In this period, he contributed to the discovery and fast track development of Jangrick in Indonesia and the East and west Hub in Angola. In May 2014, he was appointed Senior Vice President worldwide Exploration. In 2016, he became Managing Director of Agiba, Eni EGPC JV operating in the Western desert of Egypt.

    Ali Boroumand

    Partner, DWF (France) AARPI

    Ali Boroumand is a partner in the DWF (France) corporate finance team. Ali specialises in domestic and cross border mergers & acquisitions, privatisations and joint ventures with a special emphasis on industrial and mining projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and North Africa. Ali’s specialised expertise in African projects and has extensive “on-the-ground” knowledge and experience, which enables him to advise not only multinational companies in the energy, natural resources, telecommunications and agro-food sectors but also international financial institutions and governments. Ali’s practice is more specifically focused on mining projects as well as infrastructure and energy-oriented. Ali's work has led him to assist major international groups as well as junior mining companies in their transactions in Africa.

  • Recorded On: 11/04/2021

    This webinar explores the impact of the CEMAC Currency Exchange Regulation and the implementation of African Continental Free Trade Area on the energy sector’s foreign exchange transactions.

    Organized by the Africa Chapter

    Nuno Frota, Consultant, Clyde & Co.
    Yewande Senbore, Partner, Olaniwun Ajayi LP
    Moderator: Nelia Daniel Dias, Senior Counsel, Baker Hughes
    Moderator: Shakwa Nyambe, Founder and Managing Partner, SNC Incorporate

    One of the main aspects that energy companies have to consider when investing in a given jurisdiction is the local foreign exchange regulations. Foreign exchange rules can have a significant impact on project economics, repatriation of profits, ability to reimburse financiers, and to make payments to suppliers.

    It is expected that the new Currency Exchange Regulation of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) may bring about changes that could impact the operations of companies active in the energy sector, including financial institutions providing them with financing. Companies have already started looking into ways to address the challenges of this new framework. This webinar considers the implications of the CEMAC Currency Exchange Regulation on the many transactions in the energy sector and ideas on how this may be treated.

    Trading under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) commenced on 1 January, 2021, and new developments are expected over the next couple of years, with a view to implementing an increasingly more open market on the Continent. Focusing on hydrocarbon producing Lusophone countries and those with production potential, the webinar will also provide innovative thoughts on how foreign exchange regulations may be reshaped in line with the implementation of the AfCFTA.

    This webinar explores the impact of the CEMAC Currency Exchange Regulation and the implementation of African Continental Free Trade Area on the energy sector’s foreign exchange transactions.

    Nuno Frota

    Consultant, Clyde & Co.

    Nuno Frota is a Consultant lawyer with Clyde & Co. LLP. He focuses on international trade and (hard) commodities. He is a member of the firm’s Africa Strategy Team. Nuno is treble qualified as a solicitor of the senior courts of England and Wales, the Angolan Bar Association and the Portuguese Bar Association.

    Nuno has worked for the past 16 years as an inhouse lawyer with senior roles as well as in private practice in Luanda, London and Lisbon. He was a lead partner for Africa at a major marine law firm in London before joining the team at Clyde & Co. LLP.

    Seconded to a major Sino-Angolan international oil company (IOC) in 2011, Nuno assisted the Angolan and Chinese management of the IOC JV with a broad range of PSCs related legal and business matters. He joined global commodities trader Trafigura afterwards as Senior legal counsel being involved in a diversified number of mid and downstream transactions and projects in 7 African countries. He was also non-resident senior legal counsel in Maputo for Puma Energy and main counsel for Johannesburg-based metal traders active in the Democratic Republic of Congo. At Clydes he assists African and non-African international clients active in the oil chain with complex transactions and projects.

    Nuno holds an LL.M from the University of Manchester School of Law (United Kingdom) and a PGDip in international commercial law from the University of Lisbon School of Law (Portugal). He studied in China and France holding a BA with honours from the University of Macao and a Baccalaureat Generale Litteraire from the Academie of Toulouse in France. He regularly publishes articles in the press and speaks at webinars and Universities on matters related to Sub-Saharan Africa specific areas of Business and Law.  Nuno currently Lives in London, England

    Yewande Senbore

    Partner, Olaniwun Ajayi LP

    Yewande Senbore is a seasoned commercial lawyer and a Partner in Olaniwun Ajayi LP, where she leads the Firm’s Finance & Capital Markets Practice.

    During her career, which spans nearly 2 decades, Yewande gained a deep understanding of the world of finance, having advised on some of the largest and most complex transactions in various sectors of the Nigerian economy, including Banking, Oil & Gas and Infrastructure.

    She has garnered considerable expertise in providing legal support to clients including, federal and state governments, private corporations, supranational organisations, multilateral financial institutions and routinely  advises on mid to large sized transactions in the areas of project and corporate finance, structured and acquisition finance, equity and debt capital markets, insolvency, etc.

    Ranked as a Leading Lawyer in Banking and Finance by IFLR 1000 a global legal directory, Yewande holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Lagos and an MSc. In Finance and Financial Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

    Nelia Daniel Dias

    Senior Counsel, Baker Hughes

    Nelia Daniel Dias has a Law Degree in Civil Law from Lusíada University of Lisbon since July 1995. She is a Lawyer registered with the Portuguese Bar Association, since July 1995, Angola since 2009 and Sao Tome since 2018. Worked as a full time Lawyer in Lisbon from October 1995 until April 2007. Nelia has a post-Graduation in Communications Law, taken at Law School at Coimbra Law Faculty (1998),  an LLM Course in Oil and Gas at Universidade Agostinho Neto in Luanda (2009), and a Master Decree in Civil Law (Contracts) since 2000. She has also completed the Supply Chain certificate issued by the Arizona State University (2013). Nelia also graduated from Oxford University (Said Business School)  in Global Business (October 2018). Nelia speaks fluently Portuguese, English and French. She also speaks Spanish and German on an elementary level. Nelia is, at night, a teacher at the Catholic University since April 2017 teaching Civil Procedure Law. Used to be a trainee at the Angolan Bar Association since October 2007 until 2015. Is the author of 22 Legal books and compilations of Angolan Laws and has legal articles published in Legal reviews from Portugal, Angola, UK & US.

    Started in Oil & Gas in Chevron in January 2009 in Luanda where worked as Senior Counsel and Contracts Advisor for six years until May 2015. Joined GE- GLS, the GE minority Joint Venture, as JV Senior Counsel in July 2015 based in Luanda. Continued as Senior Counsel- Commercial responsible for the Legal Department in Oil and Gas after GE buy out of the local partner share in March 2016. In BHGE had initially a dual role working as both Senior Counsel Angola (OFE & TPS) responsible for the Legal Operations and Senior Contracts & Commercial Counsel – Southern (Angola, Mozambique, South Africa, Namibia, Ethiopia and Equatorial Guinea) since the announcement dated October 2017. Currently is the Geomarket Counsel responsible for Angola, Moz, South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Botswana operations.

    Shakwa Nyambe

    Founder and Managing Partner, SNC Incorporated

    Shakwa Nyambe is the Founder and Managing Partner of the law firm SNC Incorporated, with offices in Windhoek, Namibia. He is a specialised Energy, Natural Resources and Commercial Lawyer. He is also specialised in drafting, reviewing and negotiations of contracts. He has advised International Corporations, State Owned Enterprises, Governments and individuals in Energy, Natural Resources, Commercial and Dispute Resolution matters.  He has provided legal and business advisory services to foreign investors in various matters ranging from mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, corporate governance and project financing. His clients include some of the oil and gas companies, renewable energy companies, mining companies, construction and infrastructure companies, State Owned Enterprises, Governments, and corporate entities.

    Nyambe previously worked as a Legal Counsel at the National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia, as a Chief Legal Officer at the Ministry of Justice, Namibia and as a State Advocate at the High Court of Namibia. He is the current Director for the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)’s African Chapter. He serves on the drafting committees for the AIPN JOA Committee, LNG, SPA Committee, Asset Sale and Purchase Agreement Committee and the Drilling Contract Committee. He also serves as a Board of Director at Debmarine Namibia and NAMDEB Holdings (50-50 joint venture diamond mining between the Government of Namibia and De Beers).

    Nyambe holds a Baccalaureus Juris degree and a Bachelor of Laws degree, both from the University of Namibia. In addition, he also holds a postgraduate degree of Master of Laws in Oil & Gas Law with Professional Skills (LLM) from the University of Aberdeen in the United Kingdom and a Postgraduate Diploma in Drafting and Interpretation of Contracts from the University of Johannesburg. He is an admitted legal practitioner of the High Court and Supreme Court of Namibia.

  • Recorded On: 10/14/2021

    This webinar was the first in a series of events that AIPN is planning on sustainability issues, including the implications of ESG, climate change policy, energy transition, and all related trends on the O&G industry

    Organized by the US Chapter

    Greg Matlock, Global Co-Head of Tax - Energy, Mayer Brown LLP
    Patrick Bean, Global Charging and Energy Policy Lead, Tesla
    RoseAnne Franco, Partner, Corporate Sustainability and Climate Change, ERM
    Moderator: Hind Farag, Founder, Transform Business Coaching & Consulting

    This webinar was the first in a series of events that AIPN is planning on sustainability issues, including the implications of ESG, climate change policy, energy transition, and all related trends on the O&G industry. The panelists discuss what could change the pace or direction of the sustainability game in general and for the O&G industry, focusing on technology breakthroughs, climate disclosure and tax incentives. 

    Greg Matlock

    Global Co-Head of Tax - Energy, Mayer Brown LLP

    Greg Matlock is a partner in Mayer Brown's Houston office and a member of the Tax Transactions & Consulting practice. He serves as a global co-leader of the Tax-Energy group, and he also leads Mayer Brown’s tax efforts regarding the energy transition for traditional energy businesses, including carbon capture use and sequestration (and Section 45Q), waste-to-energy, hydrogen, biomass and biofuels, solar, wind and certain other energy efficient sources.

    Patrick Bean

    Global Charging and Energy Policy Lead, Tesla

    Patrick Bean is a Global Charging and Energy Policy Lead at Tesla. Patrick manages Tesla’s charging and energy policy, energy procurement, and utility engagement. He serves as an expert witness in electric vehicle, energy market, charging infrastructure and utility rate design regulatory proceedings. Prior to Tesla, he led a “Utilities of the Future” research program at a Saudi Arabia-based think tank, KAPSARC. Patrick began his career a strategic generation planner at Southern Company where conducted economic analysis of which power plants to build, retire, retrofit with environmental controls, and fuel switch. He has a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and policy from Marist College, and a master’s in energy & environment from The Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.

    RoseAnne Franco

    Partner, Corporate Sustainability and Climate Change, ERM

    RoseAnne Franco is a Partner in ERM’s Corporate Sustainability & Climate Change group and an expert in risk and sustainability in the energy industry.    

    She has a keen understanding of the changing business context for sustainability and is a respected strategic advisor helping companies navigate dynamic commercial and risk environments. She has extensive experience in developing strategy, valuing assets and evaluating value creation while at Wood Mackenzie and PFC Energy. She has a deep expertise in oil & gas, energy policy and developing innovative frameworks to generate data-driven analysis.  She advises companies on their decarbonization strategy - not just effectively disclosing via reporting (e.g., TCFD), but also operationalizing their decarbonization commitment throughout their business.    

    She regularly counsels energy companies on trends, such as competitiveness, sustainability and climate and is often invited to speak at international fora (e.g., IPIECA) and C-suite events. Prior to joining ERM, RoseAnne was head of the Oil & Gas portfolio at leading global data analytics firm, Verisk Maplecroft. 

    She has a Master’s Degree from Georgetown University, Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Texas and recently completed a certificate in Energy Innovation and Emerging Technologies from Stanford University.  

    Hind Farag

    Founder, Transform Business Coaching & Consulting

    Hind Farag is an energy analytics leader, transformational executive coach, and strategy consultant. She is also the founder of Transform Business Coaching and Consulting. She supports the development of senior leaders, facilitates leadership team alignment, and provides strategy recommendations to help navigate socioeconomic, ESG, D&I, data analytics and other major disruptions. Hind also partners with seasoned professionals and executives on pivoting their careers and businesses for optimizing potential during a historic transformational juncture.

    Hind has about years of international experience in providing and leading energy research and advisory services. Most recently, Ms. Farag was the Head of Global Commodity Analytics at Wood Mackenzie, part of Verisk Analytics, a Fortune 500 company. She was responsible for leading a major reorganization effort involving about 200 employees in 20 teams across more than 10 global locations to prepare WoodMac for capitalizing on the opportunities presented by sustainability/energy transitions dynamics.

    Prior to that, Hind worked with the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center as the Energy Transitions Program Director. She also worked with CERA (IHS Markit), Ventyx (an ABB company), and Pace Global Energy Services (a Siemens Business).

    Hind has a track record in launching, developing and leading successful analytics, research, and consulting practice areas. She also has the reputation of developing and empowering industry executives and thought leaders.  And her subject matter expertise in power & renewables and energy transitions equips her to provide highly relevant consulting and coaching services to energy executives during a pivotal phase for the industry.

    Hind holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration and an MBA, both from the American University in Cairo.

  • Recorded On: 10/07/2021

    This webinar explores energy transition as it relates to the African continent, its impact on the economies and the people, and will examine the use of gas, solar and other renewables in the energy transition drive.

    Organized by the Africa Chapter

    Dr. Victoria R. Nalule, CEO, Nalule Energy & Mineral Consultants 
    Ademidun Edosomwan, Managing Director, Emerging Markets at TotalEnergies Ventures
    Taciana Peão Lopes, Managing Partner, Taciana Peão Lopes e Associados
    Moderator: Latifat Folashade Yusuff, Deputy Chief Legal Officer, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporatio

    Popular opinion holds that the world’s shift towards cleaner energy sources will impact Africa in a way that might be fundamentally different from the rest of the world, given the high dependence of some of its economies on the export of hydrocarbons, coupled with prevalent energy poverty on the continent. This webinar explores energy transition as it relates to the African continent, its impact on the economies and the people, and will examine the use of gas, solar and other renewables in the energy transition drive.

    Viewers will leave with a better understanding of:

    • The peculiarities relating to Africa and energy transition
    • The energy strategies and policies of different African countries
    • Activities and projects that have supported the energy transition drive in Africa

    Dr. Victoria R. Nalule

    CEO, Nalule Energy & Mineral Consultants

    Dr. Victoria Nalule is a lawyer and an Energy and Mining expert, with extensive experience working on various projects in the different parts of the Globe. She is a holder of a PhD in International Energy Law and Policy (Dundee). Victoria is the Founder and Executive Director of the African Energy and Minerals Management Initiative. She is the CEO and lead consultant at Nalule Energy & Minerals Consultants (NEM-

    She is an Energy Arbitrator at the Energy Disputes Arbitration Center (EDAC), Turkey. She is also a Senior Research Fellow in Mining Law & Governance at the Institute for Oil, Gas, Energy, Environment and Sustainability Development (OGEES). She is a committee member at the International Law Association (ILA): and at Access for Women in Energy-an international NGO.

    Victoria is an author and has widely published on topics relating to oil, gas, renewable energy, climate change, mining and International Arbitration. Her latest five books covering energy, mining, land access and Extractives, energy arbitration, and negotiation in Extractives.

    Victoria offers extensive experience in the Energy and Mining sectors having worked with various institutions; regional and international organizations including assignments for The Queen Mary University of London (EU Energy Project); The International Energy Charter Secretariat in Belgium; The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment in New York; the East African Community Secretariat in Tanzania; the University of Dundee; the Southern African Development Community Secretariat in Botswana; International Arbitration Case Law in New York; Institute of Petroleum Studies; Uganda Christian University; Journal of Mines, Metals and Fuels (Editorial Board Member); She has also worked with both the private and public legal sectors of Uganda including Kakuru & Co. Advocates and the Anti-Corruption Court. 

    She has presented as a speaker and panellist in several forums and conferences. She has also advised African governments on oil, gas and mining projects including appearing as an expert witness before the Commission of Inquiry into Land matters in Uganda; presenting comments on the South African Petroleum Bill before the country's Policy Makers; leading a team of energy experts in reviewing Energy/Mining laws and policies for countries such as Namibia, Ethiopia, Uganda etc.

    Victoria has an active YouTube Channel and Podcast both focused on energy and mining discussions. She is one of the few people who got her PhD in less than 3 years below the age of 30 years. For more, visit

    Taciana Peão Lopes

    Managing Partner, Taciana Peão Lopes e Associados

    Taciana Peão Lopes is a Mozambican energy/oil and gas lawyer with a Masters in Energy Law through the LLM - North Sea Energy Law Program, by the Universities of Oslo, Aberdeen, Groningen and Copenhagen.

    Taciana is the founding and managing partner of TPLA – Taciana Peão Lopes & Associados, a boutique law firm focused in assisting the development of energy and infrastructure projects that can bring a transformational impact to Mozambique. She has been advising developers, sponsors, investors, multinational lenders and commercial banks to develop, construct and finance power plants ranging in size from 30 MW to 600 MW utilizing diverse technologies as natural gas, coal and hydroelectric, as well as alternative technologies such as solar and wind, by guiding the clients through a challenging regulatory regime. She and the team of lawyers of TPLA are proud to have successfully advised the sponsors of the Mocuba Solar Power Project, the first Mozambican PV plant developed in Mozambique, which was commissioned in 2019.

    Passionate about enabling universal access to energy, Taciana was one of the lawyers of the team advising the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy with the review and drafting of the new Electricity Law and with the Regulation for Of-Grid Access to Energy.

    Taciana has been involved in the first LNG export project in Mozambique, which is one of the largest LNG projects worldwide. Her expertise in LNG includes the drafting and negotiation with the Government of the Republic of Mozambique of the legal instruments required for the creation of a new legal framework for the implementation and financing for LNG in Mozambique.

    Due to her expertize in local content, she has been appointed CEO of Mozambique Enterprise Solutions, a Mozambican company responsible for establishing an Enterprise Development Center- MozUP for the Area 4 Rovuma LNG Project, in collaboration with the government of Mozambique and the private sector. The EDC – MozUP is a platform to develop qualified, competitive Mozambican businesses with transferable skills that can support a variety of Mozambican growth sectors, including the extractives industry. Services include business assessments, consulting and advisory services, quality and safety certification requirements and information on accessing capital.

    Taciana is a co-founder and the Director of MWE - Mozambique Women of Energy a platform of women in all fields of the energy sector with the vision to improve quality of life in Mozambique by facilitating equal access to energy for all and targeting SDGs 5 and 7. MWE is based in four pillars of action – Think, Build, Connect, Lead - and one of MWE main objectives is to support women in rural, peri-urban and urban settings in attaining access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services.

    Taciana is the mother of four children and married to the Mozambican musician/composer/producer Joni Schwalbach.

    Ademidun Edosomwan

    Managing Director, Emerging Markets at TotalEnergies Ventures

    Ademidun Edosomwan (Demi) is Managing Director, Emerging Markets at TotalEnergies Ventures (TEV). TEV is the venture capital arm of TotalEnergies, the global energy company. As part of TotalEnergies' commitment to better energy, TEV is focused on finding, funding and fostering high-potential start-ups which will contribute to creating a low carbon future. Demi leads TEV’s investment activities in emerging markets with a focus on clean energy solutions and sustainable mobility.  

    Demi represents TotalEnergies as an observer on the board of several portfolio companies including Ampersand, SparkMeter, Shyft Power Solutions and Angaza. Demi joined TotalEnergies in 2006 and has held various positions in London, Paris, Kampala & Lagos. Prior to TotalEnergies, she worked with KPMG in Lagos. Demi holds an Executive MBA from INSEAD and an LLM from the University of London.  

    Latifat Folashade Yusuff

    Deputy Chief Legal Officer, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

    Latifat Folashade Yusuff is a lawyer with over 18 years post-call experience, specialising in upstream oil and gas legal advisory. She is regularly involved in the negotiation and management of contracts devolving from production sharing arrangements, joint venture arrangements, gas sales, unitisations, marginal fields and other related agreements in Nigeria.

    She is a Deputy Chief Legal Officer with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the current Alternative Africa Regional Director for the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN). She is a contributor to two of Globe Law and Business topical books, “Upstream Law and Regulation: A Global Guide, Second Edition” and “African Upstream Oil and Gas, A Practical Guide to the Law and Regulation”.

  • Recorded On: 09/22/2021

    This webinar explores the use of Blockchain technology and smart contracts in the oil and gas industry.

    Organized by the Latin America and Caribbean Chapter

    Andrew Bruce, CEO, Data Gumbo
    Raquel Clement, Digital Product Line Deputy Manager, Chevron; Chairperson, Blockchain for Energy Initiative
    Moderator: Isaac De León, Lead Counsel – Mexico, Talos Energy

    Covid-19 accelerated the use and need of technology forcing us to work remotely yet obtaining the same optimal results, if not better. Smart contracts, backed by Blockchain technology, promises a new way of doing business that will revolutionize traditional business models and the way terms and conditions are executed in a digital world.

    In this webinar our expert panelists explore the use of Blockchain technology and smart contracts in the oil and gas industry and address the question of how using this technology can reduce costs, improve timelines and manage data with optimum efficiency.

    Andrew Bruce

    CEO, Data Gumbo

    Andrew Bruce is the Founder and CEO of Data Gumbo, a Houston-based technology company that has developed GumboNet™, the massively interconnected industrial smart contract network powered and secured by blockchain. Bruce created the company in 2016 after spotting an opportunity to eliminate a sizable cost inefficiency between an oil supermajor and one of its suppliers. Under Bruce’s leadership, Data Gumbo is now an award-winning disruptive innovator, as recognized in the Forbes 2020 Energy Awards, with industrial customers around the world. Bruce was also named a 2020 finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Gulf Coast Area. Prior to Data Gumbo, Andrew was the COO for MHWirth, an oil & gas drilling equipment OEM where he supervised global operations. Previous to this position, Andrew was VP of Controls at NOV. During his tenure at NOV, he founded the NOVOS product, a first-of-its-kind semi-autonomous drilling system, which Andrew holds a joint patent for on rig automation. With years of experience as an IT consultant and serial entrepreneur, Andrew earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is currently a member of IADC and SPE.

    Raquel Clement

    Digital Product Line Deputy Manager, Chevron; Chairperson, Blockchain for Energy Initiative

    Raquel Clement joined the Surface Digital Platform in October 2020 and in her role, she stewards digital innovation and software applications enabling facilities and production operations across the company’s value chain. Also, she serves as chairperson of the Blockchain For Energy Consortium Board of Directors representing Chevron.

    She has a 24-year career with Chevron in a variety of increasing responsibility assignments in Upstream, Midstream, Downstream and Corporate functions. With a broad mixture of roles including blending plants operations, LNG market analysis, heavy oil production operations and engineering, process safety management, Lean Sigma management, and procurement category management.

    Raquel holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Universidad del Zulia (Venezuela), and an MBA from Rice University (Texas).

    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

  • Recorded On: 09/16/2021

    This webinar discusses the Ichthys LNG project which involved the largest project financing ever arranged in the international financial market.

    Organized by the Asia Chapter

    Yohei Tanaka, Chief Economist / Head of Strategic Planning, Inpex Americas
    Kentaro Sakaguchi, Managing Director, Head of Project Finance, Structured Finance Development, Mizuho Bank
    Moderator: Tim Lester, Principal, Jameson Boyce Partners

    In 2012, Inpex and Total made the final investment decision (FID) to proceed with the Ichthys LNG Project. It involved the largest project financing ever arranged in the international financial market. This session walks through the structuring aspects of the project to understand the thought process towards the FID, specifically from a legal, accounting and tax perspective.

    The main topics to be covered include:

      Ichthys LNG project overview
      LNG project finance market and its requirements
      Restructuring of a project, legal, accounting
      Lessons learned
  • Recorded On: 08/26/2021

    This webinar features a discussion of the experience of the migration of service contracts held by Mexico's NOC and it's implications for similar migration of service contracts in Ecuador.

    Organized by the Latin America and Caribbean Chapter

    This Spanish-language event was recorded live in Quito, Ecuador.

    César Fernández, International Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright
    Rafael Valdivieso, Partner, Robalino
    Moderator: Marisela Salinas, Local Counsel Repsol Ecuador SA

    This recording features speakers discussing the experience of the migration of service contracts held by Mexico's NOC for the potential migration of service contracts in Ecuador. The challenges and issues of implementing this process in Ecuador are also discussed. 

    César Fernández

    International Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

    César Fernándezan accomplished energy and projects lawyer, joined Norton Rose Fulbright's Mexico City office in 2019. He previously worked for Pemex and served as legal vice president for projects and businesses for the state-owned oil company.

    At Pemex, Fernández oversaw a team that provided legal guidance for implementing the comprehensive energy reforms – passed in Mexico in 2014 – that radically transformed the country's hydrocarbon and electricity industries and opened up private investment opportunities.

    Fernández drafted and negotiated the first area of mutual interest (AMI), joint study and bidding (JSBA), and joint operating (JOA) agreements related to the first Pemex alliances in deepwater, shallow water and onshore in history, with international, independent and national oil companies in order to participate in CNH bidding Rounds.

    He structured the legal bidding framework for Pemex farmouts and led the drafting of their corresponding joint operating agreements. Fernandez also drafted and negotiated the first preliminary unit agreement (PUA) in Mexico and new integrated services contracts (CSIEE). Additionally, he led the migration of four blocks in connection with contratos de obra publica financiada (COPF) and contratos integrales para exploración y extracción (CIEP) into E&P contracts.

    Within midstream and downstream, Fernández structured from a legal and regulatory perspective the open seasons for Pemex Logística pipelines and terminals; participated in the first projects for refinery auxiliary services for the hydrogen supply for Pemex Transformación Industrial and led the negotiations for alliances with Pemex for the National Refinery System.

    Fernández was part of the Pemex negotiating teams for NAFTA renegotiation, the Free Trade Agreement with the European Union and negotiations of the model of transboundary unit agreement with the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. Fernández, is a former member of the Legal Task Force for the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI).

    Before joining Pemex, Fernández, who possesses a deep understanding of the legal intricacies of conducting business throughout the Latin America region, served as head of legal and compliance officer at Petrofac in Mexico. Prior to that, he worked for another major law firm in Mexico where he advised clients on energy matters, corporate transactions, mining, telecommunications and aviation concerns. 

    Rafael Valdivieso

    Partner, Robalino

    Rafael Valdivieso is a partner and member of the Energy and Administrative Law practices of Robalino. He actively participates in structuring oil and mining projects, including contractual processes, corporate affairs, M&A, and Project financing. He advises local and international companies in Ecuador and in the region. Rafael advises local and international companies on drafting and negotiating contracts, corporate structuring, project financing, operational agreements, and local and cross-border M&A in the Oil & Gas and Mining industries.

    He works with Robalino’s main Oil & Gas and Mining clients operating in Ecuador. Rafael has advised companies in structuring and implementing projects in Ecuador, Cuba, Venezuela, Guatemala, Argentina and Mexico.

    He has been recognized by renowned legal magazines in Energy and Natural Resources for several consecutive years. He is an expert in Administrative Law and has considerable experience in regulatory matters regarding telecommunications.

  • Recorded On: 08/19/2021

    This webinar discusses the new model contract and terms of references governing this new O&G allocation process.

    Organized by the Latin America and Caribbean Chapter

    Armando Zamora, President, ANH
    Juan Felipe Neira, Manager, Legal and Contractual Affairs, ANH
    Moderator: Marianna Boza, Director, Brigard & Urrutia

    In 2019, Colombia implemented a new methodology for the allocation of O&G areas. At the end of 2020, 30 areas had been allocated in three cycles of a so-called permanent bidding process. Before the end of 2021, the National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH) will allocate 32 new areas.

    Organized by the Latin America and Caribbean Chapter, our speakers on this webinar discuss the new model contract and terms of references governing this new O&G allocation process.

    The agenda is as follows:

    • Presentation Colombia Round 2021
    • Land Map and Areas being offered
    • Structure and Qualification Requirements / New Agreements
    • Advantages of the process
    • Q&A Session

    Armando Zamora

    President, National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH), Colombia

    Armando Zamoro Reyes is the current President of the National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH). He has a Master of Science and Doctorate in Engineering from MIT, and an MBA from IMD (Lausanne). He is an Honorary Professor at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mining Studies of the University of Dundee (Scotland), where he was Deputy Director.

    Mr. Zamora was the first Director of the National Hydrocarbons Agency from 2003 to 2011, emphasizing in the creation and strengthening of the new regulatory authority of the hydrocarbon sector in Colombia, as well as the adoption of a new model for concession contracts. He organized and executed six area bid rounds for exploration and production of the hydrocarbon sector, derived as modern, competitive and fair. Among other achievements, he has also served as Senior Advisor to Accenture Strategy Energy and Schlumberger Business Consulting, Senior Consultant to the Boston Consulting Group, and Consultant to the IDB, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the International Finance Corporation. He previously worked at Mobil de Colombia, the Institute of Nuclear Affairs, Carbocol and Corporación Invertir en Colombia, currently Procolombia.

    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).

    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).

  • Recorded On: 08/03/2021

    This webinar features a moderated roundtable discussion of Ecuador's new oil & gas policies.

    Organized by the Latin America and Caribbean Chapter

    Juan Carlos Bermeo, Minister of Energy of Ecuador
    Steven Otillar, Partner, White & Case
    Carlos Sarmiento, Managing Director, Ecuador, Perú and Colombia, Schlumberger
    Javier Robalino, Managing Partner, Robalino Abogados
    Moderator: Fernando Emanuele, Country Manager, Orion Energy

    In light of Ecuador's new oil & gas policy, issued in mid-July 2021, the existing Production Sharing Contract model will be modified to be more competitive. This model will be used for new exploration areas as well as areas already in production that will be open for new investment opportunities. Considering these contract updates, making it more competitive, having more geological upside and using the US Dollar as currency, the expectation is Ecuador will attract investors in the region. 

  • Recorded On: 07/22/2021

    This webinar includes four student presentations focused on Nigerian issues and the energy transition in developing countries

    Organized by the European Chapter.

    Jamilu Ibn Mohammed, Doctoral Student, Robert Gordon University
    Ilias Kazeem, Postgraduate Research Student, University of Aberdeen
    Victor Azubike Ph.D, Oil and Gas Law Student, Robert Gordon University
    Solomon Nwaulikpe Obulor, Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, University of Aberdeen
    Moderator: Vanessa Castillo, Senior Solicitor, Brodies LLP

    In a jurisdiction with so many energy law students, young practitioners, and AIPN Student Clubs, the Regional Executive Committee in Scotland is committed to involving and engaging young people in the association. In doing so, they have organized this interesting webinar featuring student speakers from Scottish universities.

    This webinar includes four student presentations focused on Nigerian issues and the energy transition in developing countries. Jamilu Ibn Mohammed speaks on the flaring situation in Nigeria, comparing it with the evolving UKCS regime. Ilias Kazeem reviews the facts and holding of an international commercial arbitration decision rendered in London on the responsibility of the Nigerian state for the unilateral repudiation of a certain gas supply and processing agreement involving P&ID. Victor Azubike considers the political and economic demands of the worldwide climate emergency and analyse how such imperatives may impact the economy of developing nations, especially those who are fossil fuel rich such as Nigeria. Solomon Nwaulikpe Obulor considers the legal difficulties which developing countries may have in effectuating an energy transition away from fossil fuels.