Thursday, 9 May 2018, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Overview

Latin Lawyer is delighted to present this one-day conference on the issues facing lawyers in Latin America's oil and gas industry. The event will be held on Thursday, 9 May 2019 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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2018 Programme

9.00: Welcome coffee and registration

9.30: Chairs’ welcome

William Wood, Norton Rose Fulbright, Houston
Enrique González Calvillo, González Calvillo, Mexico City

9.45: Keynote speaker

Guillermo Turrent Schnaas, Director General, CFEnergia, Federal Commission of Electricity, Mexico City

10.15: NAFTA renegotiated

“Do no harm,” a jointly issued paper set forth by North American oil and gas trade associations urged negotiators rethinking the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The renegotiation of NAFTA has been set a deadline of 31 March 2018. But as talks roll on – as of yet – little looks set in stone. Mexico, the US and Canada are major global energy suppliers, but what will a renegotiated NAFTA look like for all three and their respective oil and gas industries? If Mexico, the US and Canada no longer trade energy freely, efficiencies lowering the cost of oil and gas production could be lost. What will be the impact on Latin America?

Moderator:
Ligia González Lozano, Legal M&A Director, Grupo Bal, Mexico City

Panel:
Fernando Zendejas Reyes, Undersecretary of Electricity, SENER, Mexico City
Michael Edney, Norton Rose Fulbright, Washington, DC 
Felipe Rodrigues Caldas Feres, Mattos Filho, São Paulo 

11.15: Coffee break

11.40: Midstream and downstream: the view from Mexico and the US

Mexico is heavily dependent on natural gas and increasingly reliant on cheaper imports from the US, which now account for more than half of Mexico’s total gas usage. As the power industry continues to convert from oil fuel to cleaner sources, more and more power plants are expected to switch to natural gas, further deepening the commercial inter-dependency of energy commodities between the US and Mexico. Added to that, US exports of refined products are hitting new highs, thanks largely to exports of gasoline and diesel to Mexico. With trade relations between both countries as yet undetermined, what’s next for the intertwined US and Mexican midstream and downstream markets?

Moderator:
Brian Bradshaw, Sidley Austin, Houston

Panel:
Benjamín Torres-Barrón, Baker McKenzie, Mexico City
Valeria Vázquez, Deloitte, Mexico City
Doug Taylor, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Twin Eagle, Houston
Vera De Brito de Gyarfas, King & Spalding, Houston

12.40: Coffee break

13.00: Project finance: where are we now?

Four years after Mexico passed historic energy reforms, what trends are emerging in the financing of energy projects in the new era? As Mexicans prepare to head to the polls in July, how is campaign rhetoric influencing the investors backing ambitious projects in the energy sector? This panel will consider what guarantees are available to the financiers of energy projects both in Mexico and throughout Latin America, particularly in light of fresh challenges posed by corruption investigations. The consequences of the reduction of tax rates in the US for energy investment in the region will also come up for debate.

Moderator:
Enrique González Calvillo, González Calvillo, Mexico City

Panel:
Ernesto González Garfias, Energy and Infrastructure Executive, Macquarie Group, Mexico City
Héctor Arangua Lecea, Nader, Hayaux & Goebel, Mexico City
Roderick Branch, Latham & Watkins, Chicago and New York
Antonio Souza, Senior Managing Director, Evercore, Mexico City

14.00: Networking lunch

15.00: Environmental challenges

This panel charts the evolution of social and environmental regulations in oil and gas-rich Latin America. What regulations are in place to protect the environment and communities, and how do they shape oil and gas policy? Panellists will consider the threat posed to the environment by trade deals, under which investors have successfully challenged environmental regulations. Elsewhere, other developments – such as US President Donald Trump doing away with regulations protecting public land – could have a knock-on effect on the region.

Moderator:
Aileen Hooks, Baker Botts, Austin

Panel:
Francisco Macias, Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal, Buenos Aires
Jorge Pérez-Taiman, Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano, Lima
Héctor Velasco Perroni, Holland & Knight, Mexico City
Alfredo Orellana Moyao, Head of Legal Affairs, ASEA, Mexico City

16.00: Coffee break

16.30: Upstream update: where are we now?

Recent years have seen an avalanche of private sector entrants to Mexico’s upstream sector. And the future continues to look bright: bidding rounds are set to continue, including the auction of the first unconventional oil fields, while there is likely to be greater clarify on the direction of investment in farm-out agreements. Pemex could also participate in tender processes beyond Mexico’s borders. Positively, 2018 kicked off with 1.5 times more investment in the National Hydrocarbons Commission’s bidding rounds than in any previous year. This panel considers what future trends to expect in Mexico’s upstream sector.

Moderator:
Hernán González Estrada, Norton Rose Fulbright, Mexico City

Panel:
Teresa Angelina Gallegos Ramírez, Director General of Oil Contracts, SENER, Mexico City
Diana María Pineda Esteban, González Calvillo, Mexico City
Ernesto Marcos Giacomán, Marcos y Asociados Infraestructura y Energía, Mexico City
Pablo Garza Sada, General Counsel, Grupo Topaz, Monterrey

17.30: Chairs’ closing remarks

William Wood, Norton Rose Fulbright, Houston
Enrique González Calvillo, Gonzalez Calvillo, Mexico City

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

Venue

Buenos Aires, Argentina