Tuesday, 24 March 2020, Hyatt Regency Cartagena, Provincia de Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

This year the Latin Lawyer Live Oil and Gas conference will address a number of issues related to the increase of global competition for funds for E&P and energy infrastructure given the US Shale revolution.  We will address how countries in Latin America are amending regulations to attract foreign investment for energy projects and what trends are being successful. We will focus on major infrastructure requirements in Mexico, Brazil and Colombia as well as the relevance of unconventionals and how the E&P industry has been disrupted by this new oil and gas production model. We will also address the impact of US LNG exports on the development of LNG to power projects in Brazil and Colombia and LNG export projects in Argentina and Mexico. Finally, we will focus on the trends in the region addressing the pathway toward transformation of the global energy sector from fossil-based to zero-carbon and what specific measures are being implemented throughout the region. 

Please click hereto view the steering committee, who we are delighted to be working with on this.

Please email Jacob.Clarke@lbresearch.com to find out more about the discounted room rate at the Hyatt Regency.

E-mail Tel: +44 2037804270


Vera De Brito 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.

Keynote Speaker

Raul Gallegos

Director, Global Risk Analysis, Control Risks, Bogotá

Raul Gallegos is a Director for Control Risks’ Global Risk Analysis in the Andean region, and an expert on Venezuela. He provides clients with a view of future economic, political and security risks and how they may impact businesses in the Andean region. 


Alejandro Mesa-Neira

Baker McKenzie, Bogotá

Alfredo Chamat

General Manager, Calamari, Cartagena

Ali El Hage Filho

Veirano, Rio de Janeiro

Alvaro José Rodríguez

Posse Herrera Ruiz, Bogotá

Celso Silva

Executive Vice President, Golar Power, Rio de Janeiro

Diana Pineda

Gonzalez Calvillo, Mexico City

Giovani Loss

Mattos Filho, Rio de Janeiro

Gonzalo Alfredo Fratini Lagos

Pan American Energy (PAE), Salta

José Martínez de Hoz

Martinez de Hoz & Rueda, Buenos Aires

Javier Robalino Orellana

Ferrere, Quito

Javier Rodríguez Galli

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi, Buenos Aires

Jorge Pérez-Taiman

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano, Lima

Nicolas Mejia

Vice President Of Promotion And Area Assignments, National Hydrocarbons Agency ANH, Bogotá

Patricia Arrázola Bustillo

Gómez-Pinzón, Bogotá

Nour Salmen

NBD & Commercial Manager, Integrated Gas, Shell


9.00: Welcome coffee and registration

9.30: Chair’s welcome

Vera de Gyarfas, Mayer Brown, Houston

9.45: Keynote speech

Raul Gallegos, Control Risks, Houston

10.15: How are Latin American countries attracting exploration and production investors? 

A panel of experts will focus on the regulatory changes implemented in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador made to attract E&P companies to invest in offshore and onshore activities. They will also discuss other trends in the region, including major oil auctions and new discoveries in Guyana and Mexico. 

Javier Rodríguez Galli, Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi, Buenos Aires

Nicolas Mejia, Vice President Of Promotion And Area Assignments, National Hydrocarbons Agency ANH, Bogotá
Giovani Loss, Mattos Filho, Rio de Janeiro
Javier Robalino Orellana, Ferrere, Quito

11.15: Coffee break

11.45: Development of midstream facilities and other energy infrastructure 

Leaders in the field will focus on the impact of (i) the Mexican energy reform on the development and financing of new infrastructure projects, including pipelines, terminals and petrochemical plants; (ii) the commercial and regulatory consequences of the Petrobras divestment programme and transfer of midstream facilities to private investors; and (iii) the implementation of the Colombian natural gas expansion plan and its impact on the development of energy infrastructure.

Patricia Arrázola Bustillo, Gómez-Pinzón, Bogotá

Ali El Hage Filho, Veirano, Rio de Janeiro

12.45: Coffee break

13.10: Unconventionals and the shale revolution - learning from the US

The key aspects that will allow the unconventional development of fields in Latin America will be discussed and compared to the development of the US shale, with a focus on lessons learned and main differences. The discussion will be focused on Argentina's Vaca Muerta and Colombia.

Alvaro José Rodríguez, Posse Herrera Ruiz, Bogotá

José Martínez de Hoz, Martinez de Hoz & Rueda, Buenos Aires
Gonzalo Alfredo Fratini Lagos, Pan American Energy (PAE), Salta

14.10: Networking lunch

15.10: LNG and gas financing opportunities

This panel discussion will centre on the development and financing of LNG and its role powering projects in Brazil, the Caribbean and Colombia. Speakers will also explore LNG export projects in Argentina and Mexico.

Diana Pineda, Gonzalez Calvillo, Mexico City

Celso Silva, Executive Vice President, Golar Power, Rio de Janeiro
Jorge Pérez-Taiman, Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano, Lima
Alfredo Chamat, General Manager, Calamari, Cartagena

16.10: Coffee break

16.35: Transitioning from fossil fuel to zero-carbon energy - what it means for the region

The panel will discuss Latin America's place in the road to transforming the global energy sector from fossil-based to zero-carbon.  Speakers will discuss the specific measures being implemented in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Uruguay. They will ask how compatible these trends are with each country's E&P development and assess potential financing models. 

Alejandro Mesa-Neira, Baker McKenzie, Bogotá

Nour Salmen, NBD & Commercial Manager, Integrated Gas, Shell
María Juliana Tascón, General Counsel, Solarpack

17.35: Chair’s closing remarks

Vera de Gyarfas, Mayer Brown, Houston

17.40 onwards: All delegates are invited to the drinks reception kindly hosted by Mayer Brown


Hyatt Regency Cartagena, Provincia de Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia


  • "All the topics were timely and the speakers were very knowledgeable and engaging" Charles Meacham, Foley & Lardner

  • "High quality and very relevant…excellent networking." William Wood, McKool Smith


Ticket Prices

Private Practitioner
Type Price Expires
Super Early $400 07 Feb 2020
Early $500 28 Feb 2020
Standard $600 24 Mar 2020


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Discounted tickets for Latin Lawyer Live Oil & Gas still available

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06 February 2020

A super early ticket rate for Latin Lawyer Live 11th Annual Oil & Gas – which takes place in Cartagena on 24 March – is available until Friday 7 February.