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The energy industry, like any other has to be fully equipped to successfully overcome the legal impediments arising out of a volatile market.

SMi’s Legal Issues in Oil and Gas 2010 will bring together a collection of regulators, in-house counsel and private practice lawyers to provide comprehensive views and solutions needed to mitigate the legal risks surrounding the industry. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear discussions and network with our renowned international speakers.

 

Key topics to be addressed:

  • Current legal issues in view of security of gas supply
  • Mergers and acquisitions in a distressed market
  • Resource nationalism: Latest developments, remedies and prevention
  • Effectively identifying and mitigating risks when drafting energy contracts
  • Legal issues in cross border oil and gas pipelines
  • Legal issues in underground gas storage
  • International obligations for decommissioning in oil and gas

 

  • Gain knowledge of the key legal issues affecting the oil and gas industry
  • Mitigate commercial risks to your business objectives while drafting energy contracts
  • Analyse the key legal issues surrounding M&A activities in the current marketplace
  • Update your knowledge on the latest developments, remedies and prevention mechanisms for resource nationalism
  • Understand to comply with the international obligations for decommissioning in oil and gas 

 

This is an ideal chance to become part of a stimulating conference, designed to create the perfect setting for the exchange of ideas and networking opportunities.  SMi presents focused, business led conferences, tailored to meet the demands of industry.  Make sure the conference provides you with the information and networking you need to succeed.

  • In-house Legal Counsel
  • General Counsel
  • Chief Legal Officer
  • Head of Contracts
  • Head of Regulatory Law and Legal Affairs
  • Vice President-Corporate Responsibility
  • Private Practice Lawyer

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Dayo Okusami

Dayo Okusami, Partner - Energy & Projects, Templars

9:10 BULGARIAN CONTRIBUTION TO THE SECURITY OF OIL AND GAS SUPPLY: CASE STUDIES

Angel Semerdjiev

Angel Semerdjiev, Chairman, State Energy and Water Regulatory Commission, Bulgaria

  • Development of international oil and gas pipelines through Bulgaria
  • Gas storage and gas transit in Bulgaria and in the region : case study
  • Oil pipelines : case study
  • Regulatory matters and investment opportunities
  • The role of the State Energy and Regulatory Commission
  • 9:50 CURRENT LEGAL ISSUES IN VIEW OF SECURITY OF GAS SUPPLY: EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE

    Peter Hohaus

    Peter Hohaus, Head of German and International Energy Law, European Law, Gas Associations EU, E.ON Ruhrgas

  • Status of the Proposal for an EC Gas Security of Supply Regulation
  • The balance of liquid tradable gas markets and long term contracts and it's contribution for security of supply
  • Perspectives for a legal regime creating an EU external energy policy
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 RESOURCE NATIONALISM: LATEST DEVELOPMENTS, REMEDIES AND PREVENTION

    Marco Bollini

    Marco Bollini, General Counsel Extra Europe, Eni

  • Last developments in Host Governments – Investors relationships
  • Host Government investment protection
  • Remedies available and their effectiveness
  • 11:40 RESOURCE NATIONALISM IN NORTH AND WEST AFRICA: HISTORY AND TRENDS

    Nicolas Bonnefoy

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

  • History of oil & gas contracts
  • Main reasons for resource nationalism
  • Mitigation of resource nationalism
     
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:30 NEW REGULATORY REGIMES AND REQUIREMENTS FOR E&P COMPANIES

    Christian Michelet

    Christian Michelet, Partner, Arntzen De Besche

  • New legislation concerning abandonment liabilities for sellers of licence interests in Norway
  • Revision of the regulatory regime for gas transportation and third party access in Norway
  • Regulatory implementation of EITI in Norway and some other oil producing countries
  • Regulatory developments to PSA public information in some oil producing countries
  • 14:10 EFFECTIVELY IDENTIFYING AND MITIGATING RISKS WHEN DRAFTING ENERGY CONTRACTS

    Quinten Peer

    Quinten Peer, General Counsel, Gazprom Sakhalin Holdings

  • Types of (energy) contracts
  • Contractual risk management: a practical analysis
  • Securities and other means of mitigation
  • Choice of jurisdiction and disputes
     
  • 14:50 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 COMMERCIAL AND LEGAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE FINANCIAL CRISIS AND OF STRICTER ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS

    Jarle Sandvik

    Jarle Sandvik, Partner, Wikborg Rein

  • When the long term becomes noticeably shorter- effects of the financial crisis
  • The sharing of risks from stricter environmental requirements
  • A regulatory framework for long term investments in the next decade
     
  • 15:50 LEGAL ISSUES IN CROSS BORDER OIL AND GAS PIPELINES

  • State arrangements and applicable treaties
  • Joint ventures and local and international participation
  • Respective roles and concerns of pipeline owners and shippers
  • Securing petroleum volumes and money flows
  • Examples and case studies
  • Paul Griffin

    Paul Griffin, Partner / Head Of Energy Practice, Herbert Smith

    Steven Dalton

    Steven Dalton, Senior Associate, Herbert Smith

    16:30 LEGAL ISSUES IN UNDERGROUND GAS STORAGE

    Juan Ignacio Gonzalez Ruiz

    Juan Ignacio Gonzalez Ruiz, Partner, Uria Menendez

  • The development of Underground Gas Storage (UGS)
  • Contracting for access to UGS facilities
  • The remuneration of UGS assets
  • 8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Dayo Okusami

    Dayo Okusami, Partner - Energy & Projects, Templars

    9:10 MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS IN A DISTRESSED MARKET

    Gunnar Heiberg

    Gunnar Heiberg, VP Legal, International Exploration and Production, Statoil

  • Overview of recent E&P transactions
  • Legal and commercial drivers and constraints
  • Mergers and Acquisitions vs. organic access to E&P positions
     
  • 9:50 OVERHAULING NIGERIA’S ENERGY INDUSTRY: A REVIEW OF THE PETROLEUM INDUSTRY BILL

    Dayo Okusami

    Dayo Okusami, Partner - Energy & Projects, Templars

  • How has the advent of PIB impacted on Nigeria’s energy sector?
  • Analysis of the expected changes in the existing petroleum laws
  • Understanding the key legal fundamentals to do business in Nigeria’s energy sector
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 THIRD PACKAGE AND THE CEE COUNTRIES

    Kostadin Sirleshtov

    Kostadin Sirleshtov, Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna LLP

  • The process of implementation of the Third Package directive in the CEE countries
  • The particularities in Bulgaria and recent developments - third party access and gas storage projects
  • The unbundling process and the relationships between the operator and the trader in reality
  • Further steps for the security of the gas supply in CEE
  • 11:40 LEGAL ISSUES AND CHALLENGES FOR THE O&G INDUSTRY IN LATIN AMERICA: ARGENTINA, BOLIVIA AND BRAZIL

    Dario Arias

    Dario Arias, Director at Resources Energy Consulting & Former E&P Lead Counsel, BG Group

  • An overview of the Bolivian post nationalisation environment
  • Effects of the change in Brazilian laws to attract investors
  • Managing the scarcity of hydrocarbons in Argentina
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATIONS FOR DECOMMISSIONING IN OIL AND GAS

    Sean Rush

    Sean Rush, Partner, Memery Crystal

  • Decommissioning under Applicable Legal Frameworks
  • International Legal Framework
  • National Regulatory Framework
  • Decommissioning in Joint Venture Arrangements
  • Typical JOA arrangements
  • Oil & Gas UK’s pro forma JOA
  • The Decommissioning Cost Provision Deed
  • Overall structure
  • Key provisions
  • Interaction with legislative and contractual arrangements
  • 14:00 OVERCOMING THE CHALLENGES OF INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION

    David Garland

    David Garland, General Counsel, Dominion Petroleum

  • Practical and legal considerations relating to the agreement to arbitrate
  • Challenges for arbitration with governmental bodies
  • Achieving finality and enforcement  of arbitral awards
  • 14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:00 EMERGING TRENDS IN ENERGY DISPUTE RESOLUTION

    Anthony Connerty

    Anthony Connerty, Barrister, IDR Group

  • Assessing the most appropriate way to resolve energy disputes
  • Various methods of dealing with energy disputes: litigation; expert determination; arbitration; mediation; a combination of mediation and arbitration

     

  • 15:40 SPECIAL ADDRESS BY THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION ON ENERGY SECURITY IN AN INTERNATIONAL CONTEXT

    Lennart Deridder

    Lennart Deridder, Directorate-General for Energy and Transport, European Commission

  • Energy security and infrastructure
  • Renewable energy sources and energy efficiency
  • EU policy developments
  • 16:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Dayo Okusami

    Dayo Okusami, Partner - Energy & Projects, Templars

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    Workshops

    Comparative overview of oil & gas legislation and contracts in Africa
    Workshop

    Comparative overview of oil & gas legislation and contracts in Africa

    Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James
    16th April 2010
    London, United Kingdom

    Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James

    Buckingham Gate 45/51
    London SW1E 6AF
    United Kingdom

    Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James

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