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  • 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

  • Learnings from O&G Regulators: Brazil, Colombia and Mexico

    Recorded On: 04/29/2021

    This unique webinar is one in which one current and two former leaders of the hydrocarbons regulatory agencies of the biggest producers in Latin America share their experiences and lessons learnt. All three are ground-breakers and reformers, and are considered the most successful leaders their agencies ever had.

    Organized by the Europe Chapter

    Armando Zamora, President, National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH)
    Décio Oddone, CEO, Enauta; former General Director (2016-2020), National Petroleum Agency (ANP)

    Juan Carlos Zepeda, Energy Director, Mexico Infrastructure Partners (MIP); former President Commissioner (2009-2018), National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH)

    Moderator: Carlos Bellorin, Associate Director, IHS Markit

    This unique webinar is one in which one current and two former leaders of the hydrocarbons regulatory agencies of the biggest producers in Latin America share their experiences and lessons learnt. All three are ground-breakers and reformers, and are considered the most successful leaders their agencies ever had.

    Armando Zamora and Juan Carlos Zepeda were the inaugural general directors of the hydrocarbons agencies in Colombia and Mexico, respectively. Armando led the liberalisation of the sector, and under his first tenure (2003-2011) production in Colombia jumped from just ~500,000 b/d in 2003 to 927,00 b/d in 2011. In 2020, he was reappointed to the ANH and he's now facing very different challenges, as well as plenty of opportunities.

    Juan Carlos led the opening of the Mexican hydrocarbons sector after it was closed for 76 years to private investors. He overhauled Mexico's CNH structure and regulations for the new wave of investments that later materialised in +111 E&P contracts signed during his tenure, a product of three multi-staged bidding rounds. During Juan Carlos’ tenure, the CNH won praise for its transparency and efficiency.

    Décio Oddone was appointed as general director of Brazil's ANP in a critical time for the country and the hydrocarbons sector. He led a very successful re-opening of the sector, expanded the number of opportunities to all kind of players, and implemented many reforms within the ANP to make it more transparent and efficient. Under Décio's leadership, the ANP conducted five of the six Pre-Salt Bidding Rounds, three Concession Bidding Rounds and the first Onerous Assignment ('Cessão Onerosa') Bidding Round, established the Permanent Round System, approved key regulations, including the rules for Reserve-based lending and Mature Fields, and played a critical role in ending Petrobras' dominance in the natural gas and refining sectors.

    Armando Zamora

    President, National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH), Colombia

    Armando Zamora Reyes is the current President of the National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH). He is a Mechanical Engineer and Specialist in High Government from Los Andes University. 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.

    Décio Oddone

    CEO, Enauta; former General Director (2016-2020), National Petroleum Agency (ANP)

    Décio Oddone is the current CEO of Enauta, a Brazil-focused E&P company. Prior to Enauta Decio was the Director-General of the Brazilian National Agency of Petroleum (ANP) (2016-2020). He previously held roles at Petrobras and its subsidiaries in Brazil, Angola, Libya, Bolivia (of which he was the CEO), and Argentina (of which he was CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors). He was also a Vice President of Braskem. Mr. Oddone was also Director of Oil and Gas Projects at Prumo Logística S.A., a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of the Americas, in the USA, and chaired the Bolivian-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce and the Argentine Chamber of the Petroleum Industry. He holds a degree in electrical engineering from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and has studied petroleum engineering at Petrobras. He has attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD. He has also been awarded an honorary PhD in education from Universidad de Aquino.

    Juan Carlos Zepeda

    Energy Director, Mexico Infrastructure Partners (MIP); former President Commissioner (2009-2018), National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH)

    Juan Carlos Zepeda is a Director at Mexico Infrastructure Partners (MIP). Previously, he was the President Commissioner at the Mexico’s Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH) from 2009-2019. Prior to the CNH he was Director General of Hydrocarbons at the Energy Ministry (Sener) from 2007-2009 where he was responsible of technical evaluations of E&P projects. He also held positions at the Ministry of Finance where he was responsible of evaluating PEMEX investment projects and budgets and designing its tax system. Juan Carlos Zepeda holds a B.A. in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), a Master’s degree in Economics and Finance from the University of the Warwick, and a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Georgetown where he studied for a Ph.D in Economics.

    Carlos Bellorin (Moderator)

    Associate Director, IHS Markit

    Carlos Bellorin is responsible for E&P legal, fiscal and regulatory research and analysis. He's also focused on regulatory framework design and good practices for the decarbonization of oil and gas operations at IHS Markit.

    Mr. Bellorin based in London and specialises in upstream legal and contractual regimes and regulatory design for the decarbonization of oil and gas operations. He is focused on research and regularly advises companies and hydrocarbons regulatory agencies on upstream legal and regulatory matters. Since 2013, he has been a Teaching Fellow at Queen Mary University, London and SciencePo in Paris where he teaches the module "International and Comparative Petroleum Law and Contracts in the Energy Transition". Prior to IHS Markit, he was an external counsel for oil and gas companies and in-house legal counsel at two major Orinoco's Oil Belt projects in Venezuela.

    Mr. Bellorin holds a law degree from the Universidad Catolica "Andres Bello" and an LLM in Petroleum Law and Policy from the University of Dundee (CEPMLP).

  • Unitization Essentials

    Recorded On: 04/28/2021

    In this educational session, instructors review unitization essentials including the role and importance of unitization in the international oil & gas industry; the key issues in unitization; and items to be wary of in unitization.

    Andrew B. Derman, Thompson & Knight
    Peter Sloan, Thompson & Knight

    In this educational session, instructors review unitization essentials, including:

    • The role and importance of unitization in the international oil & gas industry
    • Key issues in unitization
    • Items to be wary of in unitization

    Andrew B. Derman

    Thompson & Knight

    Andy Derman is the Firm’s International Energy Practice Group Leader and serves as Chairman and Board Member of Thompson & Knight Global Energy Services, LLC, a wholly owned affiliate of the Firm that provides technical, economic, and commercial advisory services to the energy sector. With a concentration on oil and gas investment projects and cross-border transactions, he focuses on providing legal and commercial support in connection with acquisitions, divestments, trades, and mergers; strategic commercial and business advice; large infrastructure projects, including LNG, GTL, and refineries; nationalization/expropriation; anti-corruption (FCPA) and sanction advice; unitizations; boundary (onshore and offshore) disputes; exploration, development, and production operations; production sharing contracts; negotiations; and dispute resolution (litigation, arbitration, and expert testimony).

    Peter Sloan

    Thompson & Knight

    Peter Sloan is a highly experienced senior international upstream attorney and recognized figure within the London oil and gas legal world. He has extensive experience conducting negotiations at the most senior level with co-venturers, financial institutions, governments, and NOCs. Peter has had significant experience serving as in-house counsel at various multinational oil and gas companies, and in these roles he managed numerous acquisitions; financings; and major governmental and joint venture agreements, including governmental concessions/PSAs, operating agreements, A+D and farmout agreements, bank facilities, and oil and gas services contracts. He has been involved with oil and gas projects in the African region for more than 15 years, making him uniquely qualified to handle the complex issues that arise with global energy projects.

    CLE credit available until April 29, 2022

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

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

  • Decommissioning in Offshore Australia

    Recorded On: 04/15/2021

    This webinar is a timely opportunity to hear from leading regulatory experts on the latest developments in the Australian offshore petroleum industry on decommissioning.

    Organized by the Australia-Pacific Chapter

    Stuart Barrymore, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
    Jason Medd, Director Environment, Health, Safety & Exploration, APPEA

    This webinar is a timely opportunity to hear from leading regulatory experts on the latest developments in the Australian offshore petroleum industry on decommissioning.

    The Australian Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources released an enhanced offshore oil and gas decommissioning framework for review in December 2020 and is now considering input received from public consultation. The Department is expected to provide the final framework and an implementation plan to the relevant Minister for consideration in 2021.

    The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) is the peak national body representing Australia’s oil and gas exploration and production industry.  APPEA has about 55 full member companies.  These include oil and gas explorers and producers active in Australia. Its members account for about 95 percent of Australia’s petroleum production.  It also represents about 70 associate member companies that provide a wide range of goods and services to the upstream oil and gas industry in Australia.  APPEA aims to secure regulatory and commercial conditions that enable member companies to operate safely, sustainably, and profitably.  It also seeks to increase community and government understanding of the upstream petroleum industry by publishing information about the sector’s activities and economic importance to the nation.

    Stuart Barrymore

    Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

    A partner since 1988, Stuart Barrymore advises clients in the energy and resources industry, and acts for many major oil and gas producers operating in Australia. He specialises in major project acquisition and divestment, join venture structuring, development and financing (particularly for LNG projects) and project gas chain issues (equity lifting).

    He is consistently recognised by international industry and professional guides as a leading energy and natural resources practitioner. Stuart was closely involved in advising on the transition of the treaty (between Australia and Timor-Leste) and associated legislation and arrangements in relation to the Timor Gap.

    Stuart has advised operator/participants in: the North West Shelf Project; the Bayu-Undan Darwin LNG Project; QCLNG Project; Macedon Gas Project; Greater Sunrise; Papua LNG and numerous Carnarvon Basin ventures; his acquisition and divestment experience includes upstream transactions in Australia, Asia, Papua New Guinea, Africa and New Zealand and pipeline privitisation and trade sales.

    Jason Medd

    Director Environment, Health, Safety & Exploration, APPEA

    Jason Medd is responsible for APPEA’s Environment, Health and Safety policy and advocacy. His 20-year career includes senior positions within government petroleum policy and reform, the petroleum industry and advocacy.

  • The Coming Decommissioning Wave in Asia Pacific

    Recorded On: 04/08/2021

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

    Organized by the Asia Chapter

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

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

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

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

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

    Paul Greening

    Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

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

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

    Euan Strachan

    Associate, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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

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

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

    Andrew Duncan

    Principal Advisor - Facilities, GaffneyCline

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

    Phillip Solomon

    Principal Advisor, GaffneyCline

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

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

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

    Mike Cline (Moderator)

    Strategy Advisor/Legal Counsel, GaffneyCline

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

  • Implications of the Biden Administration on the Energy Industry

    Recorded On: 03/26/2021

    This webinar provides a look at the Biden administration's changes in US Energy Policy and its potential impact on energy companies.

    Organized by the US Chapter

    Kelly Ripley, Commercial Manager Exploration, Shell Exploration and Production Company
    Pablo Prudencio, Lead Analyst US Oil Supply, Wood Mackenzie
    Andrew Olmem, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP
    Moderator: Vera de Gyarfas, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP; AIPN US Chapter Regional Director

    This webinar provides a look at the Biden administration's changes in US Energy Policy and its potential impact on energy companies. It provides:

    • An overview of the Biden administration’s goals with respect to environmental justice and climate change and potential impact of such goals on energy companies;
    • A review of impacts from the initial temporary suspension in delegated authority and potential further regulatory change immediately following this suspension; and
    • A look forward to potential issues arising from the Executive Order to review the US Fossil Fuels Program, especially in regards to future lease sales.

    Kelly Ripley

    Commercial Manager Exploration, Shell Exploration and Production Company

    Kelly Ripley is the Exploration Commercial Manager - Gulf of Mexico (GOM) with Shell Exploration and Production Company. In this role, she is responsible for opportunity identification, negotiation and implementation of value accretive deals and significant commercial decisions to support Shell's exploration strategy in the Deep Water. She has oversight for integrated stakeholder management and fosters strong business relationships to create business opportunities in the GOM. 

    Kelly began her career with ExxonMobil where she worked in the upstream international federal tax and severance tax departments and the tax law appeals and litigation group after completing law school.  In 2008, Ms. Ripley joined Shell Oil Company and has held various positions in diverse locations across the value chain in upstream, midstream and Chemicals, including upstream commercial advisor for Alaska, onshore and offshore South America, Chemicals Commercial Manager for the Americas, and Business Opportunity Manager for the Americas.  Prior to rejoining Deep Water in 2020 as the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and Trading Commercial Manager, Kelly was the Asset Commercial Manager for Shell Iraq and Senior Shareholder Representative of Basrah Gas Company (BGC) where she supported maximizing license value through a range of opportunities (upstream gas supply, liquids processing and extraction, LNG domestic supply and exports to regional and global markets and potential petrochemical opportunities).

    Her career highlights include working with multi-discipline and ad hoc teams from Shell internal businesses to grow, and subsequently dilute, the unconventional and offshore portfolios in South America, leading fiscal and regulatory negotiations for deep water operations in Colombia, maximizing the Aromatics commercial margin for the Deer Park petrochemicals plant, performing stakeholder value proposition analysis in Alaska, negotiating with the Iraqi government to resolve long term joint venture disputes, and managing flow assurance and supply chain events during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Kelly is involved in the oil and gas community as a member of AIPN since 2009, currently serving on the US Regional Committee, Model Contracts Review Committee, and the Joint Operating Agreement Drafting Committee. Formerly, she was a board member and Regional Director of the Middle East/North Africa region.  She also represents Shell on the Outer Continental Shelf Advisory Board (OCSAB) and International Association of Geophysical Contractors (IAGC).

    Ms. Ripley completed a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish in 2001, Master of Science in Accountancy in 2002 from the University of Houston and a Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law in 2007.  She is a former certified public accountant and licensed attorney in the State of Texas.  Kelly is currently pursuing a Master of Law in Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law.  Kelly is married to Klaus Gerber, a managing director in the restructuring practice of Alvarez and Marsal, and they welcomed their daughter, Adelaide, in August 2020.

    Pablo Prudencio

    Lead Analyst US Oil Supply, Wood Mackenzie

    Pablo Prudencio is a senior research analyst with our US Lower 48 supply team, focused on oil and gas production forecasting. He was previously part of our Key Plays team, responsible for authoring upstream-focused reports about the main tight oil plays within the Permian and Williston basins.

    Pablo initially joined Wood Mackenzie in 2017, and brings years of experience working as a reservoir engineer for US-based oil and gas operators.

    Andrew Olmem

    Partner, Mayer Brown LLP

    Andrew Olmem is a partner in Mayer Brown's Washington DC office and a member of the Public Policy, Regulatory & Political Law practice. Prior to joining Mayer Brown, he served as the Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Deputy Director of the US National Economic Council (NEC) where he oversaw the development and coordination of all domestic economic policies, including for financial services, technology, telecom, energy and infrastructure.

    During his tenure in the White House, Andrew played a key role in the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, landmark legislation to address the economic downturn due to the coronavirus, and leading the administration’s regulatory reform initiatives. His work coordinating economic policy has been publicly praised by the leadership of US financial regulators.

    Andrew joined the NEC in 2017, where he worked for then-NEC Director Gary Cohn and current Director Larry Kudlow. He previously served as the Special Assistant to the President for Financial Policy at the NEC, where he devised and coordinated the administration’s policies on financial services, housing finance and fintech. He led the administration’s successful efforts to pass the Economic Growth, Regulatory Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the most significant financial services legislation in a decade. He also developed the administration’s housing finance reform initiative to end the conservatorships of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

    Before joining the White House, Andrew was a financial services partner in private practice. He previously served as the Republican Chief Counsel and Deputy Staff Director for the US Senate Banking Committee under former Senate Banking Committee Chair and current Senate Appropriations Ranking Member Richard C. Shelby (R-AL). During his more than seven-years at the Banking Committee, he helped craft a wide-range of financial services legislation, conducted prominent congressional investigations and participated in the consideration of legislation in response to the 2008-2009 financial crisis, including the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act (TARP) and the Housing and Economic Recovery Act. As a leading staff negotiator, he played a significant role in the deliberations on the Dodd-Frank Act, the most important financial services regulatory legislation since the New Deal. Andrew began his legal career practicing corporate and securities law at Mayer Brown in its New York office. Before attending law school, he served as an assistant economist for monetary policy at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

    Vera de Gyarfas (Moderator)

    Partner, Mayer Brown

    Vera de Gyarfas is a partner in Mayer Brown's Houston office and a member of the Oil & Gas industry group. She focuses her practice on transactions involving energy projects in Latin America and Africa. Vera represents companies engaged in all kinds of energy projects, handling negotiations of host government agreements as well as commercial agreements among companies in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

    Vera represents companies in upstream exploration and production, liquefied natural gas and other natural gas projects under all types of host government agreements, including production sharing agreements, concessions/licenses, and operating services agreements. She also advises companies with respect to power projects, generation, transmission, and distribution facilities, and advises petrochemical companies in developing specialized plants.

    Vera has particular experience in LNG and negotiates and drafts investment agreements for host governments and other parties, analyzes existing regulations and government negotiations, and completes agreements for LNG sales and purchases, gas supply, and terminal usage, among others.

    Vera advised Anadarko on the Mozambique LNG project which, given the huge gas reserves found, could transform Mozambique into a major natural gas–producing country in the world. Vera headed the negotiation and drafting of the enabling legislation, investment agreement and ancillary agreements. The initial two-train phase of the project has an estimated value of US$15 billion.

    Vera was recognized as a 2016 Women in Energy Honoree by Texas Lawyer, she is ranked in the Legal 500 2018 Powerlist as an expert in Mexico's energy sector and is ranked in Chambers Global 2018 for Energy and Natural Resources as an expert in the US for Venezuela. She was also recommended in Legal 500 Latin America 2018, and listed as a leading practitioner in the International Who’s Who of Oil and Gas Lawyers 2018.

    Vera is fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese and is a frequent author and speaker on energy topics.