Tuesday, 14 May 2019, Park Hyatt, Av. Alvear 1661, C1014 AAD, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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 Tuesday, 14 May 2019 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

E-mail Tel: +44 20 3780 4137


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


Andrés Donoso

Ferrere, Quito

Dalma Parisi

Lead Compliance Officer, South America with Brazil, Siemens, Munro

Enrique González Calvillo

Gonzalez Calvillo, Mexico City

Fernando Brunelli

Alliani & Bruzzon, Buenos Aires

Giovani Ribeiro Loss

Mattos Filho, Rio de Janeiro

John Mauel

Norton Rose Fulbright, Texas

Jose Martínez de Hoz

Martínez de Hoz & Rueda, Buenos Aires

Mariana Ardizzone

Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno, Buenos Aires

Patricia Arrázola Bustillo

Gómez Pinzón, Bogotá

Rafael Mendes Gomes

Executive Director, Governance and Compliance, Petrobas, Brasília

Alejandro Figueroa

Head of Legal and Compliance, Equinor, London


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.

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.

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?

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.

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?

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


Further information

For further information or sponsorship opportunities, please call +44 203 780 4137 or email llevents@latinlawyer.com


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


  • "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


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


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