Energy Law

6th IEL-SEERIL International Oil & Gas Law Conference


London, United Kingdom

Past Event

CPD/CLE hours available

The Waldorf Hilton
Aldwych, London WC2B 4DDEngland

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Presented by the Institute for Energy Law of The Center for American and International Law and the IBA Oil and Gas Law Committee and the United Kingdom Energy Lawyers' Group (UKELG) of the IBA Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law (SEERIL), with the support of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration and the IBA European Regional Forum.

Since 2008, this conference has become a biennial event attracting attorneys from around the globe for high quality legal education regarding oil and gas law, for discussions of legal topics of interest to oil and gas attorneys, and for networking opportunities with  in-house and private practice oil and gas attorneys from around the world.

The conference features two days of substantive programming, a welcome reception and optional dinner event for networking, and two luncheons.

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Conference Co-Chairs

  • Pablo J. Alliani, Alliani & Bruzzon, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Jennifer M. Smith, Hogan Lovells US LLP, Houston, Texas, USA

Schedule and Faculty

Wednesday, June 21


Opening Reception

  • Middle Temple, Princes Room, Ashley Building, Middle Temple Lane, London

Thursday, June 22




Welcome, Overview and Introductions

Hot Topics in the Oil and Gas Industry Module

  • Chair – Richard Tyler, Hogan Lovells International LLP, London, United Kingdom


Global LNG

The new supply wave and the evolving dynamics of the Global LNG trade

  • Andrew Walker, VP Strategy, Cheniere Marketing. London, United Kingdom


Is Floating LNG Changing the Landscape Forever?

  • Edward Gomersall, Poten & Partners, London, United Kingdom
  • Nick Prowse, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, London, United Kingdom


Coffee/Tea Break


What is the Role for Gas in the Global Energy Mix Up to 2035?

  • Guy Broggi, Senior LNG Advisor, Total SA, Paris La Défense, France
  • Mark Gyetvay, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board and CFO, OAO NOVATEK
  • Jeremy Nicholson, Director, Energy Intensive Users Group, London, United Kingdom


What Does BREXIT Mean for UK Energy Policy and the Single European Energy Market?

  • David Ashbourne, Senior Legal Director, Office of Gas and Electricity Markets, London, United Kingdom
  • Matthew Duhan, Global Counsel, London, United Kingdom
  • Alex Harrison, Hogan Lovells International LLP, London, United Kingdom
  • Jeremy Nicholson, Director, Energy Intensive Users Group, London, United Kingdom


Luncheon and Presentation: The State of the Oil and Gas Industry

  • Lord Browne of Madingley, Executive Chairman of L1 Energy, London, United Kingdom


What Trump’s First Five Months Means for Energy

  • Sylvia Kerrigan, Former Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Marathon Oil Corporation, Houston, Texas, USA

Dispute Resolution Module

  • Chair – Audley Sheppard QC, Clifford Chance LLP, London, United Kingdom

Corporate Counsel Commentators for All Dispute Resolution Modules

  • Mimi Lee, Managing Counsel, Litigation, Chevron, San Ramon, California, USA
  • Valentina Ferri, Vice President, Africa and Middle East Upstream Legal Assistance, Eni SpA, Milan, Italy


Climate Change and Dispute Resolution

This session will address the types of disputes that might arise as a result of climate change and other environmental phenomena.

  • Wendy Miles QC, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, London, United Kingdom
  • Roger Martella, Washington, DC, USA


Tax Disputes and Investor Protection

This session will address in what circumstances tax claims by a host state might amount to breach of investment treaty standards of protection.

  • Lucy Martinez, Three Crowns LLP, London, United Kingdom
  • Tomas Vail, White & Case LLP, London, United Kingdom


Coffee/Tea Break


Liability of Corporations for Breaches of Human Rights

  • Rae Lindsay, Clifford Chance LLP, London, United Kingdom
  • William H. Jeffress, Jr., Baker Botts L.L.P., Washington, DC, USA


Dispute Resolution in Africa – An Update

This session will provide a brief update on some notable recent developments in dispute resolution in Africa.

  • Edward Torgbor, Arbitrator, Former Judge of High Court of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Dr. Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab, Zulficar & Partners, Cairo, Egypt




Reception and Dinner (ticketed event)
The Crypt, 14 Ely Place, Clerkenwell, London

Friday, June 23

Corporate Module

  • Chair – Paul Griffin, White & Case LLP, London, United Kingdom


The Developing Role of Funds and Private Equity in Upstream Oil and Gas

This session will consider the ways in which the established order of the upstream oil and gas community is changing to accommodate the arrival of those with different outlooks and models for their businesses. Of particular significance are funds and private equity businesses which bring a different approach to investment and risk, as well as to their relations with governments, partners and lenders. A part of the upstream oil and gas sector in the US for some time now, these entities have more recently moved towards Europe, initially in relation to upstream facilities interests and now in relation to producing and even exploration interests.

  • Charles Chipchase, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Riverstone Holdings LLC, London, United Kingdom
  • Martin Copeland, Managing Director, Royal Bank of Canada, London, United Kingdom
  • Richard Jones, White & Case LLP, London, United Kingdom
  • Julian Mylchreest, Managing Director, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, London, United Kingdom
  • Simon J. Tysoe, Latham & Watkins LLP, London, United Kingdom


Coffee/Tea break


The Opportunity and Promise of Decommissioning Liabilities

The UK’s oil and gas decommissioning regime has long been seen to be in the front-line of petroleum operations around the world. But the established commercial and liability arrangements are now being tested by recent steps towards the government’s overall aim of maximising economic recoveries, the more innovative moves by the incumbents to passing on these late-life assets (with or without the liabilities) and the arrival of funds and private equity investors into the ownership of oil and gas facilities. For some, these changes in the operation and decommissioning of the UK’s oil and gas sector represent a bright new business opportunity alongside the necessary management of established liabilities. Although much of the current discussion relates to the UK and the North Sea, it is timely to consider how far these experiences might provide precedents for activities around the world.

  • Lorna Dawson, CMS Cameron McKenna LLP, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
  • Susan Gavin, Senior Counsel, BP, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
  • Michael Tholen, Oil & Gas UK, London, United Kingdom
  • Preben Willoch, Michelet & Co, Oslo, Norway


Networking luncheon

Regional Update Module

  • Chair - Giovani Loss, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Trends, Challenges and Legal Issues Impacting Selected Oil and Gas Producing Countries. Speakers from various regions in the world will provide a country-specific overview of the industry and analyze the impact in their home country.


Latin America Update

  • Argentina: Fernando L. Brunelli, Alliani & Bruzzon, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Brazil: Giovani Loss, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Colombia: Germán Villamil Pardo, Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Mexico: Rodrigo Dominguez, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Houston, Texas, USA


Coffee/Tea break


Europe, Japan and Canada Update

  • Canada: Stephanie Stimpson, Torys LLP, Calgary, Canada
  • Norway: Jon Christian Thaulow, Advokatfirmaet BA-HR DA, Oslo, Norway
  • Ukraine: Maryna Ilchuk, Arzinger, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Japan: Peter Roberts, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, London, United Kingdom



Overnight Accommodations

The cost of housing is not included in the tuition.  Below are several hotel options in varying price ranges that are near the conference location.

  • The Waldorf Hilton, London
    Aldwych, London WC2B 4DD, United Kingdom
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For delegates who are not money conscious:

  • The Savoy, Strand, London WC2R 0EU
    5 min. walk from The Waldorf Hilton
  • Corinthia Hotel London, Whitehall Pl, London SW1A 2BD
    15 min. walk from The Waldorf Hilton

Sponsorship Opportunities

Available to Non-Law Firms

  • Headline Conference Sponsor - £6,000
  • Associate Conference Sponsor - £4,000
  • Exhibitor - £1,500

Available to All

  • Headline Social Event Sponsor - £5,000
  • Conference Dinner Sponsor - £3,500
  • Conference Reception Sponsor - £3,000
  • Conference Luncheon Sponsor - £3,000
  • Conference Refreshment Break Sponsor - £3,000

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