Offshore Energy Law Conference

in Houston, Texas, USA

Doubletree Houston – Greenway Plaza
6 E. Greenway Plaza
Houston, Texas 77046

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Credits:MCLE Credit will be available

Overview

Conference Co-Chairs

Philip Eisenberg
Locke Lord LLP
Houston, TX

Patrick Morris
Managing Counsel – Exploration
Shell Offshore Services Company
New Orleans, Louisiana

Tuition

Early registration pricing is available through April 30, 2019.

  • $435 / $495 - Regular Registration Fee
  • $345 / $395 - IEL Advisory Board Member
  • $345 / $395 - IEL YEP Member
  • $345 / $395 - IEL Supporting or Sustaining Member Employee
  • $345 / $395 - CAIL Member or Member Employee
  • $345 / $395 - Government Employee
  • $100 - Law Professor
  • $100 - Full-time Student

Schedule and Faculty

8:20 am


Introductions

8:30 am


M&A Drivers in the Gulf of Mexico – A Buyer’s Market

The last four years of downturn have brought much needed capital discipline that made Gulf of Mexico projects competitive again. This session will look at the economic trends, including private equity mature investments needing to exit and forcing some assets to be marketed; smaller players looking for plug-in growth opportunity; mid-sized players harvesting cash flow for sizeable onshore and international investments; and majors looking to seize the opportunity to move mid to late-life assets out of their portfolios and invest in new development at a lower cost cycle.

  • William Turner, Senior Research Analyst – Gulf of Mexico, Wood Mackenzie, Houston, Texas

9:15 am


Production Handling Agreements / Comparing the Shelf to Deepwater

This presentation will explore a comparison of the model form Shelf PHA with the Deepwater PHA and will include a discussion of current topics and how they are or are not covered under the forms.

  • Andrew M. Adams, Gieger, Laborde & Laperouse, LLC, Houston, Texas

10:00 am


Break

10:30 am


Regulatory Enforcement and Investigations

  • David Gerger, Gerger Khalil & Hennessy LLP, Houston, Texas
  • Kristie Tice, Senior Counsel, Environmental & Safety Law Group, Chevron U.S.A. Inc., Houston, Texas

11:15 am


Watch Your Assets: Litigation Risks Above and Below the Offshore Surface

Operators and non-operating interest owners should know about recent judicial decisions, litigation risks, and trends that relate to oil and gas exploration, production, transportation, and other offshore operations. This presentation addresses some such decisions and risks involving decommissioning, operating agreements, production handling agreements, the False Claims Act, and other matters.

  • Geoffrey L. Harrison, Susman Godfrey L.L.P., Houston, Texas

Noon


Lunch

12:45 pm


Luncheon Presentation – New Offshore Technologies

The O&G industry has recently become very active in broad application of Digitalization as a lever for significant performance improvements in the areas of exploration, drilling, production, safety, and cost. This session will provide an overview and give examples of what “Digitalization” means in the industry context and discuss desired outcomes, challenges, and future direction.

  • Mark Chevis, Process, Data and Systems Manager, Shell Exploration and Production Company, New Orleans, Louisiana

1:15 pm


Break

1:30 pm


Words from the Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

Director Angelle will provide an industry update and insight into current regulatory matters and initiatives.

  • Scott A. Angelle, Director, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (Invited)

2:15 pm


Offshore Regulatory Update

The combination of the post-DWH world with the starkly different approaches to regulation of offshore E&P operations by the Obama and Trump administrations has produced intense debate and important regulatory changes in recent years. Well control, decommissioning, production safety systems, financial assurance, lease ownership, and the legal consequences of lease assignments are among the many areas that have been the focus of proposed and/or finalized regulatory reform. This presentation will highlight these changes and will also consider the impact of select recent decisions by the United States Supreme Court on Interior’s authority to enforce its regulations.

  • Dana E. Dupre, Legal Counsel, Shell Oil Company, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jonathan A. Hunter, Jones Walker LLP, New Orleans, Louisiana

3:00 pm


Break

3:15 pm


Stuck in the Middle (with Me). Negotiating Points for Agreements, Regulatory Update, and Emerging Issues in the Midstream Space.

This presentation will focus on key provisions in offshore midstream agreements, BOEM and BSEE regulatory issues impacting pipelines and related infrastructure, and emerging issues such as U.S./Mexico cross-boundary midstream considerations and offshore Gulf of Mexico deepwater ports.

  • Jana L. Grauberger, Liskow & Lewis, Houston, Texas

4:00 pm


Are Today’s Key Operational and Financial Risks covered by your Offshore OA form?

A panel discussion with key legal representatives of three major offshore operators on whether a number of “hot” operational and financial considerations including rig utilization, transportation, marketing and financial assurance are adequately addressed in today’s Offshore Operating Agreements.

Moderator: Alicia F. Castro, Locke Lord LLP, Houston, Texas

Panelists:

  • Martin Detloff – Managing Counsel – Gulf of Mexico, BP Exploration & Production Inc., Houston, Texas
  • J.T. Nesser, Managing Counsel, Deep Water – U.S. Gulf of Mexico, Shell Oil Company, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Bill Moore, Senior Advisor Commercial Negotiations US Gulf of Mexico, Equinor, Houston, Texas

Hotel Information

The cost of housing is not included in tuition. However, rooms (in limited number) have been reserved at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston – Greenway Plaza, 6 E. Greenway Plaza, Houston, TX 77046. Registrants should call 713-629-1200 and ask for the “Institute for Energy Law” block. If asked, the code for the block is CAI. So long as rooms remain available in the block, the reduced room rate of $135, plus taxes and fees, will be available.  The last day to obtain this special rate is May 6, 2019. 

BOOK HOTEL ONLINE

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsor of Joint Networking Reception - $3,500 each
(Reception following conclusion of M&A Conference on the evening of May 21st - Welcome Reception for Offshore Energy Law Conference)

  • Recognition in the conference brochures, which will be mailed and/or emailed to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders and will reach many thousands more through email and web announcements.
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the conference brochures and final programs
  • Recognition on the conference websites
  • Recognition at the reception
  • 2 complimentary registrants at each conference (a total of four may attend the Networking Reception as registrants)
  • 2 complimentary guests at the reception
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the conference

Hosted Luncheon for 6th Mergers & Acquisitions in Energy Conference - $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 email and web announcements.
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the conference brochure and final program.
  • Recognition on the conference websites
  • Recognition at the luncheon
  • 2 complimentary registrants at the M&A conference
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the conference

Hosted Luncheon for Offshore Energy Law Conference - $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 email and 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 conference

Breakfast Sponsor for 6th Mergers & Acquisitions in Energy Conference (Only 1 Allowed) - $3,000

  • 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 email and 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.

Breakfast Sponsor for Offshore Energy Law Conference (Only 1 Allowed) - $3,000

  • 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 email and 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.

Afternoon Break Sponsor for 6th Mergers & Acquisitions in Energy Conference (Only 1 Allowed) - $2,750

  • 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 email and web announcements
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the conference brochure and final program
  • Recognition on the conference website
  • Recognition at break
  • 2 complimentary registrants at the conference
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the conference.

Afternoon Break Sponsor for Offshore Energy Law Conference (Only 1 Allowed) - $2,750 - 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 email and web announcements
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the conference brochure and final program
  • Recognition on the conference website
  • Recognition at break
  • 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 / $2,250 for both conferences

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

Other Information

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WiFi Sponsor

Joint Networking Reception Sponsor

Hosted Luncheon Sponsor

Afternoon Break Sponsor