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  • Colombia Round 2021: The New Process for O&G Areas Allocation

    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).

  • Ecuador's New Contracts for Oil and Gas Projects

    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. 


  • Student Forum: Nigerian Issues and Energy Transition in Developing Nations

    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.

     


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

    Recorded On: 07/15/2021

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

    Organized by the Latin America and Caribbean Chapter

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

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

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

    In this webinar our speakers discuss the impact, challenges and opportunities that this decision has in O&G projects worldwide. 

    Ivan Sandrea

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

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

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

    Juan Felipe Neira

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

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

    Alexandra Hernández Saravia

    VP of Economic Affairs and Research Chief, Colombian Petroleum Association

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

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

    Marianna Boza

    Director, Brigard Urrutia

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

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

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

  • Energy Transition: Companies' Perspective

    Recorded On: 07/13/2021

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

    Organized by the CIS-FSU Chapter

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

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

    Mark Gyetvay

    CFO & Deputy Chairman, Novatek

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

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

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

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

    Sergey Vakulenko

    Head of Department for Strategy and Innovation, Gazprom Neft

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

    Jennifer Josefson

    AIPN President; Partner, Morgan Lewis

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

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

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

  • Offshore Drilling Contract

    Recorded On: 06/22/2021

    In this educational session, instructors review the recently released AIPN Model Contract and conduct a mock negotiation.

    William W. "Bill" Pugh, Shareholder, Liskow & Lewis
    John Almy, Shareholder, Liskow & Lewis

    This session features an AIPN Model Contract that was recently released in 2020 - the Offshore Drilling Contract. Speakers, including one of the drafting co-chairs, give a practical review of the contract and examine key aspects of the agreement, such as:

    • Term
    • Basic responsibilities 
    • Indemnity 
    • Insurance 
    • Termination
    • Remedies for breach

    In addition, the session features a mock negotiation of the model contract with a focus on the indemnity and insurance provisions. This will be a practical way for attendees to learn how to use the model contract and its various options.

    William W. Pugh

    Shareholder, Liskow & Lewis

    Bill Pugh handles complex maritime and energy-related matters for oil and gas producers and other Texas, Louisiana and Gulf region businesses, including contract disputes, insurance disputes and energy transactions.  He has earned a reputation for responsiveness, an ability to translate complicated concepts and for having extensive, pioneering experience analyzing, drafting and reviewing sophisticated energy-related contracts and insurance, indemnity and other contract issues.

    His practice includes master service agreements, onshore and offshore drilling contracts, charters, flight service agreements, onshore and offshore construction contracts and other maritime and energy-related agreements.  He has also helped international and domestic corporations, which often become Bill's long-term clients, integrate their contracts internally and following mergers or assignment of contracts (such as drilling contracts).

    "Anti-indemnity statutes vary from state to state," Bill notes, "often with nuanced pitfalls.  One of my jobs is to offer our client ways to maximize its allocation of risk through indemnity and insurance."  

    Bill was managing partner of the firm’s Houston office and served several terms on Liskow's Board of Directors.

    John Almy

    Shareholder, Liskow & Lewis

    John Almy is a business lawyer who focuses on the creation, drafting and negotiation of oilfield operational contracts with experience in both domestic and international work.  John has extensive experience helping clients design and implement risk allocation programs using indemnity and insurance concepts for work in Texas, Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, and has assisted clients with their endeavors in locations stretching from Colorado to Israel and North Dakota to Venezuela. 

    Clients routinely turn to John for help with drilling contracts, master service agreements and master time charters among other agreements.  

    Here's an example of how John takes a comprehensive view:

    • An operator needed assistance reviewing a master service agreement to hire a service contractor.  After discussing the client’s business needs and risk tolerance, John was able to update the form to better address the client’s needs while revising several provisions that were either out of date given the current state of the law, allocated an unnecessarily significant amount of risk to the client, or were simply out of line with current market conditions.  Following a discussion of the changes, the client asked John to handle the subsequent negotiation. 
    • An operator had been presented with an IADC drilling contract form – a common document in the oilfield, but one that allocates far more risk to the operator than most realize – and was under significant time pressure to get the contract executed.  John highlighted the critical issues, advised the client on areas where they could mitigate their risk through their own efforts, and together they cut down the list of desired changes to a very specific few.  The needed changes were secured quickly and the client was able to drill their well without delay.

    John also advises clients with respect to indemnity arrangements in areas outside of oilfield service contracts, from downstream oil and gas contexts to construction contracts, and even real estate deals, including the impact of relevant state law on those agreements.

     

    CLE credit available until May 31, 2022

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

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

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

    Recorded On: 06/16/2021

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

    Organized by the Mexico Sub-Chapter

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

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

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

    Specifically, speakers discuss:

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

    Enrique Jaramillo

    Associate Director, IHS Markit

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

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

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

    Federico Martens

    Founding Partner, Martens Abogados

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


    David Harrell Jr.

    Partner, Locke Lord

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

    Isaac De León

    Lead Counsel – Mexico, Talos Energy

    Isaac De León is an LLM Candidate from the North Sea Energy Law Program. Among other international institutions that have hosted Isaac, he has done research in International Investment Protection and Unitization of Oil and Gas fields in the Aberdeen University Centre for Energy Law (Scotland) and the Scandinavian institute of Maritime Law (Norway), respectively. Isaac specializes in Natural resource management and is currently involved in Unitization discussions as Lead Counsel for Talos Energy Mexico. Isaac has acted as an attorney in Mexico providing legal guidance in the implementation of the comprehensive reforms that liberalized the Oil & Gas industry in Mexico. Isaac negotiated the first Area of Mutual Interest Agreements in the country and its related Joint Operating Agreements for Bidding Round Opportunities in Deep and Shallow water off the Gulf of Mexico. He was part of the team that drafted the first farm-out in Deep Water Gulf of Mexico and helped structure the framework for participation in public bids for Farm-outs. Isaac has negotiated over a dozen Join Operating Agreements. Additionally, he also negotiated other Oil & Gas joint ventures including Area of Mutual Interest Agreements; Joint Bidding Agreements farm-outs agreements (onshore and offshore) service contracts and the latest draft of the Model Transboundary Unit Agreement between the U.S. and Mexico. Isaac participates in the LNG Contracts and Unitization subcommittees and On December 2019, was appointed Regional Director of the AIPN Mexico Sub-Chapter. He recently published an article regarding geopolitics in North America in the Journal of World Energy Law & Business https://academic.oup.com/jwelb/article/12/5/379/5644310.

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

    Recorded On: 06/08/2021

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

    Organized by the Europe Chapter

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

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

    Topics include:

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

    Chiagozie Hilary-Nwokonko

    Partner, Streamsowers & Köhn

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

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

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

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

    Michael Humphries

    Director, Redcliff Energy

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

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

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

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

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

    Marc Hammerson

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

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

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

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

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

    Timi Balogun

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

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

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

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

  • The Energy Transition - Comparative North Sea Approaches

    Recorded On: 06/03/2021

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

    Organized by the Europe Chapter

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

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

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

    The main topics discussed are:

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

    Joanne Edgeler

    Senior Investment Manager, Investor Finance, Oil and Gas Authority

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

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

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

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

    Liv Monica Stubholt

    Partner, Selmer AS

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Jacob Sandholt

    Legal Consultant, Gorrissen Federspiel

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

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

    Jim Christie (Moderator)

    Principal, Decide Wisely

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

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

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

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

  • High CO2 Resource Management

    Recorded On: 06/02/2021

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

    Organized by the Asia Chapter

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

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

    Eddy Tan

    Executive Director, DBS Bank

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

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

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

    Jazlan Zulhaimi

    Resource Development Manager, Sarawak Gas, PETRONAS

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

    Siti Aishah Hatta

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

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

    Alistair Tucker

    GM CCUS, Shell

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

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

    David Haverkamp (Moderator)

    Business Development Manager, PTTEP

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