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SMi’s Legal Issues in Oil and Gas is an unmissable event for In-house counsel, private practice lawyers and contract managers in the sector.

Taking a look at the legal binds that affect international investment contracts this event brings together a collection of the leading legal experts in the industry to examine and debate the challenges.

  • The Energy Charter Treaty is a key tool in promoting and implementing international investment and will be considered in detail by the primary experts involved in its execution.
  • Chief General Counsel from the leading oil and gas companies will discuss contract management and the emerging confrontations facing them in their role.
  • Expert private practice lawyers will examine their work in supporting the industry including looking at dispute resolution, resolving tensions between IOCs and NOCs and the impact of resource nationalism.

 

Key themes include:

  • The Energy Charter Treaty- its relevance 10 year on
  • The debate about security of supply
  • Applying World Trade Organisation rules
  • Legal challenges of investing in Africa and the Caspian Region
  • Preventing, managing and resolving disputes
  • Recent trend impacting International E&P companies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNDERSTAND the key legal issues affecting the industry

HEAR from leading experts from all aspects of the oil and gas sector

COMPARE AND CONTRAST different practitioner’s approaches to the legal systems in place. 


UPDATE your knowledge of policy and regulatory changes that will affect your business in 2009

IDENTIFY opportunities arising from current legal issues

Anyone who is affected by legal issues involved in upstream oil and gas.  

 

  • In-House Legal Counsel
  • Energy lawyers in private practice
  • CEOs
  • Managing Directors
  • Project Managers
  • Exploration Managers
  • Contract Managers
  • Project Advisors
  • Bankers working in project finance
  • Exploration and Production Managers 

 

For more details about the conference, including information on participating as a speaker or exhibitor, please contact Abigail Worsfold at aworsfold@smi-online.co.uk 

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Peter Hohaus

Peter Hohaus, Senior Manager of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Eurogas

9:10 CARBON CAPTURE AND SEQUESTRATION: REGULATORY AND COMMERCIAL CHALLENGES

Jim Thomas

Jim Thomas, Practice Director, Regulatory Compliance Services, IHS Energy Group

  •  Role of CCS in mitigating GHG emissions
  •  CO2 storage options
  • Planned & ongoing storage projects
  • Action to regulate CCGS
  • Commercial and regulatory implications and challenges
  •  The way forward?
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    9:50 THE DEBATE ABOUT SECURITY OF SUPPLY

    Peter Hohaus

    Peter Hohaus, Senior Manager of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Eurogas

    ·                 An overview of legal issues affecting security of supply

    ·                 The main elements of the COM’s “Strategic Energy Report II”

    ·                 The implementation of the security of gas supply directive 2004/67/EC in the EU Member States

    ·                 The geopolitics dimension: “some thoughts on the tools how to develop governance for an EU-external-energy-policy

    ·                 Solidarity agreements and their contribution for security of supply

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN OIL & GAS DEAL LAWYER

    Charez Golvala

    Charez Golvala, Partner, Chadbourne & Parke L L P

     

    ·                Oil & gas M&A around the world

    ·                Alternatives to buying or selling

    ·                Key issues on recent deals

    ·                Managing change risk in oil & gas deals

    ·                Doing oil & gas M&A in a $47 to $147 bbl environment 

     

    11:40 WORLD TRADE ORGANISATION: APPLYING WTO RULES TO ENERGY

    Arnoud Willems

    Arnoud Willems, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

    ·                Relevance of WTO rules for energy

    ·                Ensuring non-discriminatory treatment between different energy sources

    ·                Enforcing the freedom of transit and limits on duties and charges

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 THE ENERGY CHARTER TREATY

    Norah Gallagher

    Norah Gallagher, Director, The British Institute of International and Comparitive Law

    ·          The Energy Charter Treaty: relevance to the energy sector 10 years on

    ·          Can the Energy Charter Treaty provide additional useful protection for energy investors?

    ·          Transit and investor state dispute resolution; realistic options

    ·          Impact of the Charter to ensuring the security of future energy supply

    14:30 HOT ISSUES IN ENERGY CHARTER TREATY INVESTMENT ARBITRATION

    Graham Coop

    Graham Coop, General Counsel & Head of Legal Affairs, Energy Charter Secretariat

    ·          Denial of advantages to mailbox companies

    ·          Provisional application by non-ratifying signatories

    ·          Investment arbitration and European law

    15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 DISPUTE RESOLOUTION THROUGH BILATERAL INVESTMENT TREATIES

    Jonathan Wood

    Jonathan Wood, Co Head of International Arbitration, Clyde&Co LLP

    ·                 Types of Treaty and their application

     

     

     

    ·                 Use of treaty protection to supplement contractual provisions

     

     

     

    ·                Enforcement of treaty-based arbitration awards

     

     

     

     

     

     

    16:20 INTERNATIONAL MARITIME BOUNDARY DISPUTES - MANAGING THEIR IMPACT ON THE OIL AND GAS SECTOR

    William Thomas

    William Thomas, Associate, Eversheds

    ·                 Why and where do international maritime boundary disputes arise, and with what consequences for the oil and gas industry?

    ·                 What is the applicable legal regime?

    ·                 How can these disputes be resolved?

    ·                 What roles can the various interested parties play in order to assist dispute resolution?

    17:00 PREVENTING, MANAGING AND RESOLVING DISPUTES

    Simon Morgan

    Simon Morgan, Partner , Simmons & Simmons

    ·                 Techniques for avoiding disputes and achieving early resolution.

    ·                 Resolving disputes- choosing the most effective process and making it work.

    ·                 Key issues at the drafting stage.

    ·                 Strategies for success; the principal considerations.

    17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Peter Hohaus

    Peter Hohaus, Senior Manager of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Eurogas

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Dayo Okusami

    Dayo Okusami, Associate Partner, Templars

    9:10 RESOLVING TENSIONS BETWEEN IOCs AND HOST GOVERNMENTS/NOCs

    Nick Prowse

    Nick Prowse, Partner, Norton Rose

    ·          The cause of key tensions in the current market

    ·          Resolving tensions by using improved legal and commercial structures

    ·          The importance of 'trust' gained through long term relationships 

    ·           Key issues for IOCs including the need for clear and stable laws, regulation and policy, choice of law and forum for resolving disputes

    ·          Key issues for Host Governments and NOCs including local content, training and development objectives, choice of law and forum for resolving disputes

    9:50 RECENT TRENDS IMPACTING IOCs ABILITY TO ACCESS NEW E&P BUSINESS

    Gunnar Heiberg

    Gunnar Heiberg, VP Legal, International Exploration and Production, StatoilHydro Norway

  • Limited access to reserves
  • Anti-corruption and Ethics
  • Price volatility
  • Climate change
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 RESOURCE NATIONALISM IN AFRICA

    Nicholas Bonnefoy

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

    ·                2008 developments

    ·                Legal implications

    ·                Remedies & Prevention

    11:40 A DAY IN THE LIFE; THE ROLE OF AND CHALLENGES FACING GENERAL COUNSEL IN AN AIM LISTED OIL & GAS COMPANY OPERATING IN WEST AFRICA

    ·    A Cameroonian’s vision; Etinde to the UK Stock Market

    ·    Yes Dad, but what do you do all day?

    ·    Adding value

    Peter Wilson

    Peter Wilson, General Counsel, Bowleven PLC Oil & Gas Company

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 DOING BUSINESS IN AFRICA: LEGAL CHALLENGES

    Stacey Kivel

    Stacey Kivel, VP - Legal and Business Development, H Oil Group

    ·                Working with Local Counsel

    ·                Desirability of local representation/agents

    ·                Strength and pressure points of local legal system

    ·                Corruption – Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

    ·                Renegotiation risks in oil and gas exploration and production projects

    ·                Importance of building and maintaining relationships with national leaders

    14:30 OIL AND GAS IN NIGERIA; AN OVERVIEW OF THE LEGAL AND FISCAL REGIME

    Dayo Okusami

    Dayo Okusami, Associate Partner, Templars

    ·                 Historical perspective 

    ·                Contracting structures: unincorporated joint ventures, indigenous award concessions, production sharing contracts, gas development/utilization agreements.  

    ·                Natural Gas issues: Incentives for natural gas utilization, National Domestic Gas Supply and Pricing Regulations.

    ·                Existing and proposed fiscal regime for Nigeria oil and gas.

    ·                Review of the new Nigerian Petroleum Industry Bill, the differences from the current operational structure and the impact on future operations in the industry.

    ·                Challenges of participating in the Nigerian oil and gas industry.

    15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 RISK AND CONTRACT MANAGEMENT - A CASPIAN PERSPECTIVE

    Alex Ridout

    Alex Ridout, Legal Counsel and Company Secretary, Dragon Oil

    ·          Identifying and understanding risks and addressing them wherever possible through effective contract management;

    ·          Balancing competing interests and understanding the holistic approach to drilling, producing and exporting crude oil;

    ·          The approaches in capturing and allocating perceivable risk through the tendering and contracting process and avoiding pitfalls;

    ·          Defining risk during drafting and negotiations to improve contract performance and contractual relations;

    ·          Use of warranties and guarantees to mitigate losses in procurement contracts; and

    ·          Importance of choice of dispute resolution process and implementation of effective dispute resolution procedures.

    16:20 ESTABLISHING THE ARAB GAS PIPELINE

    Martin Amison

    Martin Amison, Head of International , Trowers & Hamlins

    ·     phase 1;gas sales from Egypt to Jordan

     

     

     

     

     

    ·     phase 2;establishment of a regional gas network

     

     

     

     

     

    ·     contract structure

     

     

     

     

     

    ·     financing aspects

     

     

     

     

     

    ·     future plans

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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    Legal Questions Arising from International Energy Transit
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    Legal Questions Arising from International Energy Transit

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