SMi are proud to present their 3rd Annual... 

Legal Issues in Oil and Gas Conference 2011


The African Challenge


"Africa remains one of the most resource-rich regions in the world. However, due to economic uncertainty and political instability it is an area that is proving difficult to enter on a firm commercial footing. Complex legal issues are providing a barrier for E&P and hindering the growth and development of the oil and gas industry in the region."


The oil and gas reserves in Africa are both vital to meeting future global energy demand and are in many places across the continent untapped. But the challenges facing successful exploration and production, including tensions with host governments, contractual risk management and issues in cross border pipelines, make Africa a difficult place in which to do business.

SMi's Legal Issues in the Oil and Gas Industry - The African Challenge is your opportunity to increase your understanding of the legal difficulties and obstacles facing oil and gas operators and contractors when conducting business in Africa. 






Legal Issues in the Oil and Gas Industry - The African Challenge will:


  • Unravel the legal challenges of doing business in Africa
  • Examine the legal issues affecting the security of supply
  • Present case studies into successful dispute resolution
  • Explore the issues and applicable treaties in cross border pipelines
  • Address the legal framework in decommissioning
  • Investigate the Energy Charter Treaty and whether it can protect energy investors



This event is unique in providing a platform to discuss, analyse and debate the fundamental issues and provide practical solutions to overcoming the legal difficulties of conducting business in Africa.



Overcome the legal hurdles facing the oil and gas industry in conducting business in Africa



Ø  In-house Legal Counsel

Ø  General Counsel

Ø  Chief Legal Officer

Ø  Head of Contracts

Ø  Head of Regulatory Law and Legal Affairs

Ø  Vice President-Corporate Responsibility

Ø  Private Practice Lawyer



Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Dayo Okusami

Dayo Okusami, Partner, Templars

9:10 Opening Address:

Peter Frank  Koep

Peter Frank Koep, Senior Partner, Koep & Partners

·         Areas of concern associated with a developing country entering into the area of Oil & Gas

·         Lack of regulatory controls and how to address this in the short to medium term

·         The Licensing Regime in order to give comfort and security

·         The potential of off-shore oil & gas

9:50 Developments in Regulation & Policy in Africa

Steven De Backer

Steven De Backer, Director Africa Group, Webber Wentzel

·         Regulatory changes & challenges

·         Indigenisation / Local Participation

·         Transparency / Corruption

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Implementing and Developing a Strong and Effective Compliance Program

·         International focus of anti-corruption drive

·         Anti-corruption within the African context

·         Recent settled cases

·         Overview of an effective compliance program

Poju Adedeji

Poju Adedeji, Legal & Compliance Director, Baker Hughes

11:40 Regulatory Reform in Nigeria’s Oil & Gas Industry

Adeoye  Adefulu

Adeoye Adefulu, Partner, Odujinrin & Adefulu

·         Local Content obligations

·         First consideration

·         Exclusive consideration

·         Full and fair opportunity

·         Petroleum Industry Bill/Act

·         New upstream licensing regime

·         Changes in the Nigerian fiscal framework

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:50 African Oil & Gas - Buying-In and Selling-Out: Energy M&A on the African Continent

·         Structuring the project with sale in mind

·         PSC and JOA issues

·         Sale and purchase - contractual issues and traps for the unwary

·         Government consents and potential disruption

·         Financing issues for asset buyers

Alex  Msimang

Alex Msimang, Partner, Vinson & Elkins

Keith Hughes

Keith Hughes, Partner, Vinson & Elkins L L P

14:30 Recent Developments in the Protection of Investments in the Oil, Gas and Mining Sectors

Thierry  Lauriol

Thierry Lauriol, Avocat à la Cour, JeantetAssociés

·         Contractual protection

·         Litigation aspects

·         Financing

15:10 Local Content: Influencing Investment Decisions and Contracts in the Nigerian oil and Gas Industry

Donna  Obaseki-Ogunnaike

Donna Obaseki-Ogunnaike, Senior Council, Adepetun, Caxton-Martins, Agbor & Segun (ACAS)

·         Influencing Ownership Requirements

·         Recommending Partnerships

·         Affecting Contract Awards

·         Determining Bidding Requirements

·         Regulating Contract Evaluation

·         Legislating manpower obligations

·         Mandating use of Local Service Providers - Insurance, Financial and Legal

15:40 Afternoon Tea

16:10 Spotlight on the Nigerian Content Act

Olubummi Fayokun

Olubummi Fayokun, Partner, Aluko & Oyebode

·                     Rationale for the development of a local content policy

·                     An overview of the Nigerian Content Act

·                     Who will be responsible for implementing the Act

·                     What impact will the Act have on stakeholders in the Nigerian oil and gas sector

·                     Key legal issues and challenges

16:50 Protecting African Investments Against Political Risk: Investment Treaties, Contractual Arbitration And Other Options

Stephen Fietta

Stephen Fietta, Partner, International Dispute Resolution, Latham And Watkins

                     The Different Legal Protections Available to Counter-act Political Risk in Africa

                     Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) and the role of Public International Law in the Protection of Investments against Political Risk

                     International Investment Arbitration; Oil & Gas Case Studies; African Case Studies

                     Effective Investment Structuring and other Pre-Dispute Considerations

                     The Relationship between International Investment Arbitration, International Commercial Arbitration and Domestic Litigation in the African Context

                     The Formulation of a Global Litigation Strategy and Tactics in order to Maximise Prospects of Success and Attainment of Litigation Objectives

17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Dayo Okusami

Dayo Okusami, Partner, Templars

9:10 Opening Address:

John  Ffooks

John Ffooks, Senior Partner, , John W Ffooks & Co

·         Differences between the common law and the Napoleonic system

·         Differences within the Napoleonic system (country to country)

·         What you can expect within your PSC

·         Land rights and other competing claims onshore

9:50 Production Sharing Contracts: An Analysis of Comparative Practice in Certain African Jurisdictions

Marc  Hammerson

Marc Hammerson, Partner, Stephenson Harwood

·         Introduction

·         PSCs: an introduction

·         Common features of PSCs

·         African PSCs: the wider fiscal picture

·         Production sharing ratios

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Keynote Address:

Norman  J. Nadorff

Norman J. Nadorff, Senior Counsel, BP Angola


·         It takes a village: The importance of team work in conducting effective due diligence

·         Local content: Leveraging local resources to achieve best results and buy-in

·         Beyond the FCPA: The importance of local law in the area of compliance monitoring

·         True Diligence – focussing on what’s crucial

11:40 Legal Aspects of Acquiring Nigerian Oil & Gas Assets

Dayo Okusami

Dayo Okusami, Partner, Templars

·         Regulatory Framework

·         Consent issues

·         Direct and Indirect Assignment of Legal and Economic Interests      

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:50 Comparative Overview of Hydrocarbons Legislation in Africa

Nicolas Bonnefoy

Nicolas Bonnefoy, Avocat au Barreau de Paris, Oil, Gas and Mining Practices, Gide Loyrette Nouel MNP

·         History of the development of hydrocarbons industry and contracts in Africa

·         Latest trends in Africa

·         Comparative anlaysis of main systems and terms

14:30 The Developing Legal Regime for Oil and Gas Development in Ghana

Kojo  Bentsi-Enchill

Kojo Bentsi-Enchill, Partner, Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah

·         Petroleum Exploration and Development Law

·         Petroleum Revenue Management Law

·         Environmental law

·         Developments in Oil and Gas Taxation

·         Institutional Developments

15:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

15:20 Afternoon Tea



Managing Disputes in the African Oil & Gas Sector

Managing Disputes in the African Oil & Gas Sector

Crowne Plaza - The City
30th March 2011
London, United Kingdom

Crowne Plaza - The City

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London EC4V 6DB
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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

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The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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