Thursday, 3 December 2020

COVID 19, the decrease in demand, and low oil prices have all impacted US shale activities.  Investments in Latin America E&P operations, which are long term and less cost intensive projects, may provide higher profits for oil and gas companies and result more attractive. This group of experts leads us in an analysis of the incentives and risks involved with such investments and the manner in which to secure financing for the development of oil and gas projects in Latin America.



Vera de Gyarfas

Mayer Brown, Houston

Vera de Gyarfas is a partner in Mayer Brown's Houston office and a member of the Oil & Gas industry group. She focuses her practice on transactions involving energy projects in Latin America and Africa. Vera represents companies engaged in all kinds of energy projects, handling negotiations of host government agreements as well as commercial agreements among companies in English, Spanish and Portuguese.


Hernando Becerra de Cima

Gonzalez Calvillo, Mexico City

Fernando Brunelli

Bomchil, Buenos Aires

Lida Fitts

Director, Energy and Infrastructure, US Department of Commerce, Washington, DC

Giovani Loss

Mattos Filho, Rio de Janeiro

Javier Robalino Orellana

Ferrere, Quito

Rolf Schmitz

Head, Latin American Energy Finance, Scotiabank, Houston

Miriam Signor

Stocche Forbes, São Paulo

Carlos Urrutia Valenzuela

Brigard Urrutia, Bogotá


All times are in Houston time (UTC - 6).

9.25: Log-in and registration 

9.30: Is the oil crisis in the midst of COVID 19 another opportunity for Latin America?  

Leading experts will examine how the decrease in oil prices, coupled with COVID-19, has greatly reduced US shale oil advantages and could potentially free up capex for international oil and gas projects.  Given the reduction in capex for oil and gas projects as a result of the low oil prices, energy transition, climate change and other restrictions, countries will have to compete for investments. 

How are different countries in the region positioning themselves to attract foreign investments in oil and gas? Practitioners from Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Mexico will consider investment operations in the current climate. 

Vera de Gyarfas, Mayer Brown, Houston

Giovani Loss, Mattos Filho, Rio de Janeiro
Carlos Urrutia Valenzuela, Brigard Urrutia, Bogotá
Javier Robalino, Ferrere, Quito
Hernando Becerra de Cima, Gonzalez Calvillo, Mexico City

10.30: Is it feasible to finance oil and gas investments in Latin America in the era of energy transition?

As a result of limitations on traditional financing to oil and gas companies, lenders will have to structure creative financing arrangements to fund these international projects.  What types of lenders are willing to fund oil and gas projects which are necessary for the development of Latin American countries?  

Representatives of private investment funds and government agencies will analyze what is required to finance oil and gas projects in Latin America.

Vera de Gyarfas, Mayer Brown, Houston

Lida Fitts, Director of Energy and Infrastructure, US Department of Commerce, Washington DC
Miriam Signor, Stocche Forbes, São Paulo
Rolf Schmitz, Managing Director & Head Latin America, Corporate Banking – Energy, Scotiabank, Houston
Fernando Brunelli, Bomchil, Buenos Aires

11.30: Closing remarks

11.35: Close 

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