Energy Law

3rd Oilfield Services Law Conference

Houston, Texas, USA

Past Event

8 hours MCLE Credit available

JW Marriott Houston Hotel
5150 Westheimer Road
Houston, Texas 77056

Walk-in registrations will be accepted at the door. Please bring completed registration form to the conference. 

Registrar: +1.972.244.3405
IEL: +1.972.244.3424
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  • Michael Chertoff, former Homeland Security Secretary, on cyber crime
  • Trade compliance
  • Advanced data analytics and corruption detection
  • IP considerations for oilfield services companies
  • Working with competitors and anti-trust issues
  • Investment bankers’ views of oilfield services companies
  • International focus on Africa's newest oil basin

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Conference Co-Chairs

Michael Bennett
Baker Botts L.L.P.
Houston, TX 

Alex Cestero
Vice President and Co-General Counsel
Weatherford International Ltd.
Houston, TX


Registration includes the Conference, course materials on USB and online and all meals.

  • $435 / $495 - Regular registration fee
  • $345 / $395 - IEL Advisory Board Member
  • $345 / $395 - IEL Supporting or Sustaining Member Employee
  • $345 / $395 - CAIL Member or Member Employee
  • $345 / $395 - Government Employee
  • $145 - Materials Only

Schedule and Faculty

7:30 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction to the Conference

Alex Cestero, Conference Co-Chair
Vice President and Co-General Counsel, Weatherford International, Ltd., Houston, Texas

Michael B. Bennett, Conference Co-Chair
Baker Botts L.L.P., Houston, Texas

8:05 a.m.

Oilfield Service Companies Through an Investment Banker’s Eyes

This session will discuss investment banking issues and trends as they affect the oilfield services sector, with a focus on creation of shareholder value, M&A, valuations and due diligence.

  • Andrew C. Schroeder, Managing Director, Simmons & Company, Houston, Texas
  • Pearce W. Hammond, Managing Director, Simmons & Company, Houston, Texas

9:00 a.m.

Media Issues for Oilfield Services Companies
What’s Next: Anticipating Future Crises and Controversies

Effective crisis and litigation communications now demand risk management strategies to anticipate the issues that will impact corporate reputations tomorrow. As the social media, volatile public affairs debates on energy policy, and a tireless plaintiffs' bar up the stakes exponentially, the challenge for companies in the oil and gas sector and their counselors is to put rapid response systems in place well ahead of need in order to minimize foreseeable exposures and bullet-proof their global brands. 

Richard S. Levick, Chairman & CEO, Levick Strategic Communications, Washington, D.C.

9:45 a.m.

Trade Compliance in the Oilfield Services Sector – Assessing the Risks and Calibrating Your Compliance Program Accordingly

In-house and external counsel discuss current risks in import / export control, sanctions, and anti-boycott compliance specific to the oilfield services sector and how to craft fit-for-purpose compliance strategies to mitigate these risks and perhaps identify competitive advantages for your business. 

  • Natalia Shehadeh, Director of the Trade Compliance Group, Weatherford International, Houston, Texas
  • Daniel M. Fisher-Owens, Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe, Washington, D.C.

10:30 a.m.


10:45 a.m.

Advanced Data Analytics in Risk Management and Fraud and Bribery Detection

Service companies increasingly struggle with managing and monitoring risk across large and complex data sources and geographically widespread operations. This panel will lead with a demonstration of some of the latest analytics techniques and technology, followed by a discussion of capabilities, limitations and the associated legal issues to consider when leveraging these techniques to manage fraud, compliance and other areas of risk.


Michael B. Bennett, Baker Botts L.L.P., Houston, Texas

  • Scott Clary, Principal, Forensic Technology & Discovery Services, Ernst & Young, Houston, Texas
  • Jay Martin, Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer, Senior Deputy General Counsel, Baker Hughes, Houston, Texas
  • Todd Jones, Internal Audit Manager, Shell Oil Company, Houston, Texas

12:00 p.m.


Cyber Crime and What You Should Know

Michael Chertoff
Co-Founder and Managing Principal, The Chertoff Group

and former Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Washington, D.C.

1:30 p.m.

Concurrent Session

Legislative Outreach - Should You Have a Lobbying Program?

With the increased complexity of industry issues and relationships, foreign, domestic, and social, could (and should) oilfield services companies be more proactive in influencing legislators? What is the cost/benefit analysis of relying on the exploration and production companies to devise strategy and exert influence at state and federal levels versus direct action by oilfield services companies?


Andrew P. Biar, President, Strategic Public Affairs, Houston, Texas

  • Samuel A. Giberga, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Hornbeck Offshore, Covington, Louisiana
  • Stuart Kemp, Assistant General Counsel, Environmental Law Practice Group, Halliburton Company, Houston, Texas

1:30 p.m.

Concurrent Session

Intellectual Property Considerations in the Oilpatch

With the increased sophistication in technology innovation and know-how developed by oilfield services companies, IP rights have come to the forefront as have IP issues: Have the types of IP rights oilfield services companies need to identify and protect changed? Has there been in paradigm shift in ownership right expectations? Does the design of your new widget or approach belong to your company, to a vendor of a key part, to the operator employing your company or some combination of the foregoing? Does it matter if the widget or process was designed in the United States or at the work site in another country? What is the legal precedent in the U.S. and abroad? These and other issues will be highlighted and discussed.

  • Peter E. Mims, Vinson & Elkins, Houston, Texas
  • Bob McAughan, Sutton McAughan Deaver PLLC, Houston, TX

2:30 p.m.


2:45 p.m.

Working and Communicating With Your Competitors In The Oilfield Services Industry -- Important Antitrust Issues

Counsel who regularly advise oilfield services companies know that these clients often work with, or communicate with, their competitors in a varieties of settings, including various forms of alliances, JVs, prime contractor/sub-contractor relationships, trade groups, etc. Moreover, there is a certain amount of information sharing among competitors that is commonplace in any industry. Our speaker has represented most of the major oilfield services companies from time-to-time over a 35 year career and has important and timely advice to share with the audience on these topics.

Sean Boland, Baker Botts L.L.P., Washington, D.C.

3:30 p.m.

International Focus: East Africa

An overview of Africa’s newest oil and gas basin, covering Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania and discussion of legal and political issues for oilfield services companies doing business there.


D. Marie Wagner, Senior Counsel and Solicitor, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, The Woodlands, Texas

  • Vera de Gyarfas, King & Spalding, Houston, Texas
  • Ann Robertson, Senior Counsel, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, The Woodlands, Texas
  • Andrew Sekandi, Senior Consultant, Sub-Saharan Africa, Control Risks, London, England

4:30 p.m.

(Ethics) Corporate Social Responsibility

Oilfield services companies are adopting, or being obliged by their customers to adopt, many key aspects of corporate social responsibility. What organizations do oilfield services counsel need to know about, and what conventions, compliance requirements, and reporting obligations are involved?


Gary Edson, Managing Director, Baker and McKenzie Compliance Consulting LLC, Washington, D.C.

  • Peter Nestor, BSR, San Francisco, California
  • David N. Hollas, Director of Global Sustainability and Environmental Performance, Halliburton Company, Houston, Texas

5:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

5:35 p.m.


5:35 p.m.

Networking Reception

CLE Credits

MCLE Credit

This program is approved by the State Bar of Texas for 8 hours, including 1 hour of ethics. Course ID Number: 901272987. Sign-in sheets and/or certificates of attendance will be available for ALL states.

Specialization Credit

This program is approved by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for 8 hours in the following area: Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

Hotel Information

The cost of housing is not included in tuition. However, rooms (in limited number) have been reserved at the JW Marriott Hotel, 5150 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77056. Registrants should call 1-800-228-9290 and advise them of group code AIWAIWA to receive a reduced room rate of $189 + 17% occupancy tax. The last day to obtain this special rate is September 15 2013.


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