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YPF legal head confirmed for LL Live 10th Annual Oil & Gas Summit

YPF legal head confirmed for LL Live 10th Annual Oil & Gas Summit

08 April 2019

German Vito Fernández, the vice president of YPF’s legal department, will speak at Latin Lawyer Live 10th Annual Oil & Gas next month.

Compliance teams are enablers, not roadblocks for the O&G business

Compliance teams are enablers, not roadblocks for the O&G business

15 May 2019

Energy companies should view the legal professionals who keep their compliance programmes updated as business-friendly, heard delegates at the Latin Lawyer Live 10th Annual Oil & Gas event, which was held yesterday at the Park Hyatt in Buenos Aires.

Argentine energy minister predicts support for hydrocarbons law update

Argentine energy minister predicts support for hydrocarbons law update

14 June 2019

Argentina must change its legal framework if the country is to become a prime exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG), heard delegates at Latin Lawyer Live 10th Annual Oil & Gas, which took place in May at the Park Hyatt in Buenos Aires.

State oil companies will invite more private investment, say panellists

State oil companies will invite more private investment, say panellists

20 June 2019

Many Latin American national oil companies are increasingly willing to relinquish control of exploration and production efforts to private corporations, heard delegates at Latin Lawyer Live 10th Annual Oil & Gas, which took place in May at the Park Hyatt in Buenos Aires.

Argentina’s offshore future looks bright, say panellists

Argentina’s offshore future looks bright, say panellists

24 June 2019

Speakers at Latin Lawyer Live 10th Annual Oil & Gas last month praised Argentina’s hydrocarbons framework and tried to soothe energy investor concerns amid government pushback in Mexico.

New technologies are reassuring O&G project lenders, say panellists

New technologies are reassuring O&G project lenders, say panellists

26 June 2019

The first oil and gas companies adopting more technologically advanced methods in Latin America stand to benefit from better financing options, heard delegates at Latin Lawyer Live 10th Annual Oil & Gas conference last month.

Chair

William Wood

McKool Smith, Houston

Willie Wood is a Principal in McKool Smith's Houston office. He concentrates his practice on the defense and prosecution of US and international commercial, business litigation and arbitration cases, with an emphasis on energy industry matters. In connection with his international practice, Mr. Wood has worked on matters involving the following countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, El Salvador, England, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Iraq (Kurdistan Region), Israel, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Spain, Syria and Venezuela.

Keynote Speaker

Gustavo Lopetegui

Government Secretary of Energy, Ministry of Treasury, Buenos Aires

Mr. Gustavo Lopetegui is a public accountant and also holds a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Uade University in Buenos Aires. He later pursued an MBA degree from Navarra University, in Spain.

He started his career in the private sector in 1986 as a consultant of Mckinsey & Co. for Spain, Portugal, USA, Brazil and Argentina.

After his experience in Mckinsey & Co., he covered several high level positions. He was Founder and General Manager of Eki Supermarkets in Argentina, Founder of Pampa Cheese and, more recently, CEO of Lan Airlines for Argentina.

With regard to the public sector, he served as Minister of Production for Buenos Aires Province between 2004 and 2005. Between 2015 and 2019, under the Presidency of Mauricio Macri, he occupied several strategic positions: Secretary of Public Policies, Advisor to the President and, since January 2019, Secretary of Energy.

Speakers

Alejandro Figueroa

Head of Legal and Compliance, Equinor, London

Andrés Donoso

Ferrere, Quito

Blener Mayhew

Chief Financial Officer & Investor Relations, Chief Business Development Officer, PetroRio, Rio de Janeiro

Cecilia Ibarra-van Oostenrijk

McKool Smith, Houston

César Fernandez Gomez

Norton Rose Fulbright, Mexico City

Charles Meacham

Foley & Lardner, Houston

Dalma Parisi

Lead Compliance Officer South America w/ Brazil, Siemens, Buenos Aires

Enrique González Calvillo

Gonzalez Calvillo, Mexico City

Fernando Brunelli

Alliani & Bruzzon, Buenos Aires

Germán Fernández Lahore

Corporate Vice President of Legal Services, YPF, Buenos Aires

Giovani Loss

Mattos Filho, Rio de Janeiro

Jose Martínez de Hoz

Martínez de Hoz & Rueda, Buenos Aires

Jose Valera

Mayer Brown, Houston and Mexico City

Julie Mayo

Norton Rose Fulbright, Houston

Mariana Ardizzone

Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno, Buenos Aires

Nick Fulford

Global Head of Gas and LNG, Gaffney, Cline & Associates, Houston

Patricia Arrázola Bustillo

Gómez Pinzón, Bogotá

Paulo Valois Pires

Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel, Rio de Janeiro

Pedro Rufino Carvalho

Herbert Smith Freehills, London

Rafael Mendes Gomes

Executive Director, Governance and Compliance, Petrobas, Brasília

Shelly Diaz

Managing Director, Latin America Structured Lending, Credit Suisse, New York

Programme

9.00: Welcome coffee and registration

9.30: Chair’s welcome

William Wood, McKool Smith, Houston

9.45: Keynote speech

Gustavo Lopetegui, Government Secretary of Energy, Ministry of Treasury, Buenos Aires

10.15: LNG in the Americas (and beyond) 

The panel will update attendees on the status of liquefaction and regasification throughout the Americas, including the status of new projects, anticipated demand for LNG within the Americas and in traditional markets. We will discuss financings of these projects, anticipated supply and demand, and gas to power projects.

Moderator:
Julie Mayo, Norton Rose Fulbright, Houston

Panel:
Patricia Arrázola Bustillo, Gómez Pinzón, Bogotá
Nick Fulford, Global Head of Gas and LNG, Gaffney, Cline & Associates, Houston
Jose Valera, Mayer Brown, Houston
Amalia Saenz, Zang, Bergel & Viñes Abogados, Buenos Aires

11.15: Coffee break

11.40: Lessons and ideas in compliance across the region

This panel will focus on the latest trends regarding the development of best practices in compliance across the region and updates on relevant cases, legislation or initiatives related to compliance in connection with oil and gas, in Latin America. This will include lessons learned from Operation Car Wash in Brazil as well as Petrobras’ new contracting process, effects of compliance issues on the oil and gas industry, including valuation of assets and structures of transactions, as well as business opportunities created by sales of assets involved in compliance matters.

Moderator:
Charles Meacham, Foley & Lardner, Houston

Panel:
Rafael Mendes Gomes, Executive Director, Governance and Compliance, Petrobras, Brasília
Mariana Ardizzone, Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno, Buenos Aires
Dalma Parisi, Lead Compliance Officer South America w/ Brazil, Siemens, Buenos Aires
Cecilia Ibarra-van Oostenrijk, McKool Smith, Houston

12.40: Coffee break

13.00: Financing energy projects in Latin America

The panel will examine the latest trends in the financing of oil and gas and energy projects across the region. Are there now more resources going to finance LNG facilities and energy generation projects with renewable sources? What kind of guarantees are currently being requested by financiers?

Moderator:
Giovani Loss, Mattos Filho, Rio de Janeiro

Panel:
Blener Mayhew, Chief Financial Officer & Investor Relations, Chief Business Development Officer, PetroRio, Rio de Janeiro
Shelly Diaz,  Managing Director, Latin America Structured Lending, Credit Suisse, New York
Pedro Rufino Carvalho, Herbert Smith Freehills, London
Alexia Rosenthal, Tanoira Cassagne, Buenos Aires

14.00: Networking lunch kindly hosted by Martinez de Hoz & Rueda

15.00: Regime changes and national oil companies (NOCs)

Continued political and economic shifts in Latin America have changed the paradigm under which oil and gas activities are developed, with a clear impact on NOCs, in some countries strengthened by the new administrations. Upon closing an active year, under a setting of political change, the region will continue to foster legal reforms aimed at regulating the participation of private parties, while at the same time promoting growth and encouraging investment in infrastructure.

Moderator:
Enrique González Calvillo, Gonzalez Calvillo, Mexico City

Panel:
Jose Martínez de Hoz, Martínez de Hoz & Rueda, Buenos Aires
Andrés Donoso, Ferrere, Quito
Paulo Valois Pires, Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel, Rio de Janeiro

16.00: Coffee break

16.30: The last frontier in oil exploration

This panel will explore E&P developments across the region, including the offshore bid in Argentina and insights into other new bidding rounds elsewhere. Also: what’s the latest with Vaca Muerta? What lessons have been learned so far? And what opportunities and challenges are presented by AMLO’s government in Mexico?

Moderator:
Fernando Brunelli, Alliani & Bruzzon, Buenos Aires

Panel:
Germán Fernández Lahore, Corporate Vice President of Legal Services, YPF, Buenos Aires
Alejandro Figueroa, Head of Legal and Compliance, Equinor, London
César Fernandez Gomez, Norton Rose Fulbright, Mexico City

17.30: Chair’s closing remarks

William Wood, McKool Smith, Houston

17:40 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception kindly hosted by Norton Rose Fulbright and McKool Smith

 

Further information

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Venue

Park Hyatt, Av. Alvear 1661, C1014 AAD, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Testimonials

  • "Very deep and broad analysis of expert people you can rest assured are the best in the field" Juan Mackenna, Carey y Cía

  • "Content was clarifying and interesting, material is complete and up to date" Adriana Tejeda, Red Bull

  • "Overall content was good. Panels provided open and direct discussions concerning the topics." J David Morgan, Baker & O'Brien

Prices

Private Practitioner
Type Price Until
Super Early $400  29 Mar 2019
Early $500 26 Apr 2019
Standard $600 14 May 2019

 

In-house/governmental
Type Price
Standard Complimentary