7th Oilfield Services Law Conference

in Houston, Texas, USA

Hilton Houston Post Oak
2001 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston, TX 77056

Online registration is closed. Walk-in registrations will be accepted at this conference.

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Credits:MCLE Credit will be available

Overview

Highlights

  • Oilfield Services – A Market Update
  • Cybersecurity: Latest Developments and the Impact on the Oilfield Services Sector
  • How to Effectively Manage Disputes in a Brave New World
  • Perspectives from the Boardroom
  • Hot Contracting Issues
  • Regulatory Cross Fire: Domestic Developments that all Oilfield Services Lawyers Need to Know
  • What Business Lawyers Need to Know About Business Corruption and Ethics Risk
  • Managed Pressure Drilling: Discussion of the Operational and Legal Risks with this Innovative Technology

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Conference Co-Chairs

Efren Acosta
Baker Botts L.L.P.
Houston, Texas

Natalia G. Shehadeh
Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer
Weatherford International plc
Houston, Texas

Tuition

  • $435 - Regular Registration Fee
  • $345 - IEL Advisory Board Member
  • $345 - IEL Supporting or Sustaining Member Employee
  • $345 - IEL Young Energy Professional Member
  • $345 - CAIL Member or Member Employee
  • $345 - Government Employee
  • $125 - Law Student / Full-time Professor

Schedule and Faculty

7:00 am


Registration Opens

7:30 am


Pre-Conference Workshop on New Technology - B.S.E.E. Approval & Implementation of BAST: Technology & Law Implications for Managed Pressure Drilling Operations

  • Crystal Cunniff, BHP Billiton, Houston, Texas
  • John Kozicz, Technology Manager, Transocean, Houston, Texas
  • Robert M. Pilko, Strategic Relationship Director, Blade Energy Partners, Houston, Texas
  • Skyler Obregon, Regional Compliance Counsel – U.S. and Canada, Weatherford International plc, Houston, Texas

8:30 am


Break & Registration

8:40 am


Welcome, Overview and Introductions

8:45 am


Oilfield Services – A Market Update

While oilfield service activity in the U.S. increased meaningfully throughout 2017, the industry recovery has been affected by continued uncertainty regarding the outlook for commodity price normalization. The speakers will share their views on the macro oil and gas situation and outlook, discuss recent U.S. oilfield service sector trends, highlighting a few of the more favorable subsectors, and review how the above has affected recent M&A and capital market transactions and the prospects for further deal activity.

  • Derek J. Anchondo, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Houston, Texas
  • Mike Scott, Managing Partner, Founder, Pelican Energy Partners L.P., Houston, Texas
  • Paul R. Steier, Managing Director, Simmons & Company International®, Energy Specialists of Piper Jaffray®, Houston, Texas

9:30 am


CYBERSECURITY: Latest Developments and Impact on the Oilfield Sector – Insider and External Threat Actor Risks and Best Practice Tips for Counsel

  • Louis Bladel, Executive Director, Assurance Services, Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services, EY, Washington, D.C.
  • Jennifer B. Seale, Baker McKenzie, Washington, D.C.

10:15 am


Break

10:30 am


ANTITRUST: What Oilfield Services Attorneys Need to know about the latest Oilfield Services Transactions before the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division and views about the Trump Administration

The panel will provide an overview of the HSR Premerger Notification system, including pitfalls and how to avoid pratfalls. The panel will walk the audience through the merger review process, using recent oilfield services transactions as mini-case studies. The panel will also discuss antitrust enforcement under the Trump Administration and compare and contrast it with enforcement under the Obama Administration, and provide an update on trends and new developments in antitrust enforcement abroad.

  • Thomas Fina, Baker Botts L.L.P., Washington, D.C.
  • Michael G. Egge, Latham & Watkins LLP, Washington, D.C.

11:30 am


LITIGATION: How to Effectively Manage Disputes in a Brave New World

The litigation paradigm has changed. Leading lawyers will address best practices regarding dispute avoidance, early case assessment and disposition, and cost-control alternatives to help control the bottom line.

  • Eric Chenoweth, Investment Manager, Legal Counsel, Bentham IMF, Houston, Texas
  • Brendan D. Cook, Baker McKenzie, Houston, Texas
  • Cortlan H. Maddux, Senior Corporate Counsel - Litigation, Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc., Houston, Texas
  • Nicola Young, Vice President - Legal, Shawcor, Houston, Texas

12:15 pm


Keynote Presentation - Thoughts from the CEO

Weatherford’s Mark McCollum sharing his thoughts on the oil field services sector today, assuming the helm at Weatherford and what he values in and expects of legal counsel

  • Mark McCollum, Chief Executive Officer, Weatherford International plc, Houston, Texas

12:45 pm


Lunch

1:45 pm


Perspectives from the Boardroom

Moderator:

  • Robert F. Gray, Jr., Mayer Brown, Houston, Texas

Panelists:

  • Marcela E. Donadio, Member of the Board of Directors, Marathon Oil Company, National Oilwell Varco, Inc. and Norfolk Southern Corporation
  • Barbara Duganier, Member of the Board of Directors, Buckeye Partners, L.P. and MRC Global, Houston, Texas

2:45 pm


Hot Contracting Issues – What You Need to Know About Master Service Agreements and New Contracting Approaches in this Continued Low-Price Environment

The low-cost environment is putting pressures on not only price but negotiated terms in Master Service Agreements. This panel will explore how Master Service Agreement negotiations have changed in the past few years as a result of the economic environment as well as strategies to overcome objections. The discussion will also include hot topics such as indemnity, insurance, alternative dispute resolution and more.

  • Sandy Cofer, Senior Counsel - Negotiations & Legal, Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company, Houston, Texas
  • James A. Collura, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, Houston, Texas
  • Michaelyn Gerdes, Legal Counsel, Forum Energy Technologies, Houston, Texas
  • Emlyn Kerr, VP & Associate General Counsel, Edgen Group, Houston, Texas

3:45 pm


Break

4:00 pm


Speed Dating with Emerging Risks for Oilfield Service Companies

A fast-paced overview discussion of emerging risks facing oilfield services companies, from the latest on earthquake litigation to maritime issues.

  • John A. Connor, P.E., P.G., BCEE, President, GSI Environmental, Inc., Houston, Texas
  • Elana H. Evans,  Senior Counsel – Downstream, WellChem Technologies, and Energy Services Compliance, NALCO Champion, an Ecolabl Company, Sugarland, Texas
  • Elizabeth Robertson Taber, King & Spalding, Houston, Texas
  • Andrew M. Stakelum, King & Spalding, Houston, Texas

4:30 pm


Ethics: A Journey from the Dark-Side of International Business and What Business Lawyers Need to Know to Protect Their Organization Regarding Corruption and Ethics Risks

  • Richard Bistrong, FCPA, Anti-Bribery & Compliance Consultant, Writer and Speaker, Front-Line Anti-Bribery LLC, New York, New York

5:30 pm


Networking Reception

Hotel Information

Hilton Houston Post Oak
2001 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston, TX 77056

The cost of housing is not included in tuition. However, rooms (in limited number) have been reserved at the Hilton Houston Post Oak (2001 Post Oak Boulevard, Houston, TX 77056). Registrants should call 1.800.245.7299 and advise that they are attending the “IEL - Oilfield Services Law Conference” to receive a reduced rate of $199 + tax/night for a standard king room. The last day to obtain this special rate is September 27, 2017.

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CLE Credit

MCLE Credit

This program is approved by the State Bar of Texas for a total of 6.5 hours, including 1.0 hour of ethics. Course ID Number: 928011635. Credit hours for other states will vary and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.

For this conference, IEL will directly apply (if requested) for course accreditation in the following states: California, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. Some of these states may not approve a program for credit hours before the program occurs. Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through reciprocity or attorney self-submission in other states. IEL conferences are typically accredited by all mandatory CLE states.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Hosted Luncheon - $2,500 each

  • Recognition in the Conference brochure, which will be mailed and/or emailed to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders and will reach many thousands more through web announcements.
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure and final program.
  • Recognition on the Conference website • Recognition at the Luncheon
  • 2 complimentary registrants at the Conference
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the conference.

Networking Reception - $2,000 each

  • Recognition in the Conference brochure, which will be mailed and/or emailed to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders and will reach many thousands more through web announcements.
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure and final program.
  • Recognition on the Conference website • Recognition at the Reception
  • 1 complimentary registrant at the Conference • 2 complimentary guests at the reception
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the conference.

Breakfast Sponsorship (Exclusive) - $2,500 - SOLD OUT

  • Recognition in the Conference brochure, which will be mailed and/or emailed to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders and will reach many thousands more through web announcements.
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure and final program.
  • Recognition on the Conference website • Recognition at the Breakfast
  • 2 complimentary registrants at the Conference
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the conference.

Wi-Fi Sponsor (Exclusive) - $2,500 - SOLD OUT

  • Name/Logo reflected in wifi access code
  • Prominent recognition on the Conference Background Slide
  • Recognition in the Conference brochure, which will be mailed and/or emailed to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders and will reach many thousands more through web announcements.
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure and final program.
  • 2 complimentary registrants at the Conference. ♣ An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the conference.

Exhibitor (Non-law Firms only) - $1,500 each

  • Space to display company/firm materials at the conference.
  • Name/logo on Conference website with link to company page

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Licia Maria Hogarth, Project Manager, Institute for Energy Law, at 972.244.3424 or lhogarth@cailaw.org.

Other Information

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All IEL conferences are held under the Chatham House Rule. Participants, including journalists, are free to use any information received, but comments may not be attributed to any speaker identifi ed by name or affiliation.

Nondiscriminatory Policy

The Center for American and International Law does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected status in educational activities, scholarship programs or admissions.

Registrar: +1.972.244.3404
IEL: +1.972.244.3424
Fax: +1.972.244.3401
E-Mail: iel@cailaw.org

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Networking Reception Sponsor

Breakfast Sponsor

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