Short Course on

International Oil & Gas Law, Contracts, and Negotiations, PARTS 1 and 2

  • Houston, Texas
  • Sept. 25 – Oct 6, 2017
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Monday Morning

  1. Harry W. Sullivan, Jr.

    Attorney International Energy Attorney, Dallas, Texas
  2. Elisabeth Eljuri

    Chief Legal Counsel Sierra Oil & Gas Company, Mexico City, Mexico

Introduction and Opening Remarks

  1. Chris Moyes

    President Moyes & Co., Dallas, TX

International Oil & Gas Issues and Risks of International Investment

  • Overview of the international oil and gas industry
  • Historical and anticipated risks and rewards inherent in the industry

Hosted Refreshment Break

  1. Felipe Alice

    Partner Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, Houston, TX
  2. Harry W. Sullivan, Jr.

    Attorney International Energy Attorney, Dallas, Texas

Confidentiality Agreements

  • Purpose and key provisions of a confidentiality agreement
  • Review of the AIPN Model Form Confidentiality Agreement, which provides protection for valuable information and data that is shared with another company

Lunch – On Your Own

Monday Afternoon

  1. John P. Bowman

    Partner King & Spalding LLP, Houston, TX

International Dispute Resolution

  • Successful resolution of disputes between parties is essential for business to succeed
  • International arbitration — an impartial private method of resolving disputes
  • AIPN Model Form Dispute Resolution Provisions

Hosted Refreshment Break

  1. Ed Turner

    Senior Counsel Exxon Mobil Corporation, Houston, TX
  2. YULIYA MARCER

    Senior Counsel BP America, Inc., Houston, TX

Bidding Agreements and AMI Agreements

  • Review of the AIPN Model Form Study and Bid Group Agreement, which provides a basis for companies to establish a consortium to cooperate in bidding for or acquiring oil and gas granting instruments
  • Review of area of mutual interest (AMI) agreements, and their purposes and functions

Hosted Course Reception and AIPN Boulos Lecture Series

Each year AIPN hosts an annual lecture series in honor of Alfred J. Boulos, former AIPN president and highly-regarded international petroleum negotiator. The AIPN Boulos Lecture Series features industry experts speaking on topics important to international petroleum negotiators.  This year, the lecture will be held in conjunction with the Monday evening reception for Part 1 of the Course. Tickets are included for paid Part 1 registrants.

The lecture will feature Sarah Ladislaw, Director and Senior Fellow, Energy and National Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies. More information to come.  If you need a ticket for a guest, please email info@rmmlf.org.

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Tuesday Morning

  1. Jennifer Josefson

    Partner King & Spalding LLC, Moscow
  2. Elisabeth Eljuri

    Chief Legal Counsel Sierra Oil & Gas Company, Mexico City, Mexico

Granting Instruments

  • Concessions
  • Production sharing contracts
  • Risk service contracts
  • Other provisions

Hosted Refreshment Break

Granting Instruments (Continued)

Hosted Networking Luncheon

Tuesday Afternoon

Granting Instruments (Continued)

Hosted Refreshment Break

  1. John P. Bowman

    Partner King & Spalding LLP, Houston, TX

Stabilization Issues in Granting Instruments

  • Change of law as one of the main risks in the international oil and gas industry
  • Stabilization as one method to address the change of law risk
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Wednesday Morning

  1. Miles Prillaman

    Exxon Mobil Corporation, Houston, TX (invited)
  2. Eric Fry

    Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, The Woodlands, TX

Joint Operating Agreements

  • Rights, duties, and obligations of co-venturers in the same oil and gas contract area
  • AIPN 2012 Model Form International Operating Agreement

Hosted Refreshment Break

Joint Operating Agreements (Continued)

Lunch – On Your Own

Wednesday Afternoon

Joint Operating Agreements (Continued)

Hosted Refreshment Break

  1. Ben H. Welmaker, Jr.

    Attorney Houston, TX

JOA Accounting Procedures

  • Accounting for costs among co-owners of rights under international oil and gas granting instruments
  • 2012 AIPN Model Form International Accounting Procedure
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Thursday Morning

  1. Jennifer Josefson

    Partner King & Spalding LLC, Moscow
  2. Frank L. Cascio, Jr.

    Advisory Counsel Houston, TX
  3. Michael P. Darden

    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Houston, TX (invited)

Participation (Farmout) Agreements

  • A vehicle to acquire an interest in an oil and gas granting instrument by performing or paying for specified work under the granting instrument
  • AIPN Model Form International Farmout Agreement

Hosted Refreshment Break

Participation Agreements (Continued)

Lunch – On Your Own

Thursday Afternoon

  1. David F. Asmus

    Co-Head of the Energy Practice Sidley LLP, Houston, TX
  2. STEVEN P. OTILLAR

    Partner White and Case LLP, Houston, TX

Unitization Issues

  • Development of a common oil and/or gas reservoir that underlies more than one contract area (a single unit is good international oil and gas field practice)
  • Mechanics of unitization
  • AIPN Model Form Unitization and Unit Operating Agreement

Hosted Refreshment Break

Unitization Issues (Continued)

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Friday Morning

  1. Jay G. Martin

    Senior Counsel Wilkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, Houston, TX
  2. John J. Sardar

    Chief Compliance Officer Noble Energy Inc., Houston, TX

Ethics and Anti-Bribery Compliance

  • Bribery and corruption combated through a variety of treaties, conventions, and laws
  • Business ethics and principles critical to working in the international oil and gas industry
  • Tips for the unwary

Hosted Refreshment Break

  1. Frank L. Cascio, Jr.

    Advisory Counsel Houston, TX
  2. D. Marie Wagner

    Houston, TX (invited)

Crude Oil Lifting Agreements

  • How each co-venture takes its share of oil and gas production
  • AIPN Model Form Lifting Procedure

Course Adjournment

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Monday Morning

  1. Harry W. Sullivan, Jr.

    Attorney International Energy Attorney, Dallas, Texas
  2. Elisabeth Eljuri

    Chief Legal Counsel Sierra Oil & Gas Company, Mexico City, Mexico

Introduction and Opening Remarks

  1. Michael Silver

    Vice President & General Counsel VAALCO Energy, Inc., Houston, TX
  2. Jasper Mason

    Associate Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Houston, TX

Overview of International Oil & Gas Issues and International Project Development Risks

  • Overview of the international oil and gas industry
  • Historical and anticipated risks and rewards inherent in the industry

Hosted Refreshment Break

  1. Frank L. Cascio, Jr.

    Advisory Counsel Houston, TX
  2. D. Marie Wagner

    Houston, TX (invited)

Crude Oil Marketing

  • Selling and monetization of oil once it is produced
  • Crude oil sales transactions – often done over the phone and documented through relatively simple contracts
  • Importance of customs and practices

Lunch – On Your Own

Monday Afternoon

  1. Terry Todd

    Formerly Director, Global Relations, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, OK (invited)

Seismic Contracts, Data Use, and Exchange Agreements

  • Overview of the data and operations being covered by these contracts
  • General discussion of the key provisions of the contracts
  • Detailed discussion of some of the complexities and key negotiation issues for the contracts

  1. Frank L. Cascio, Jr.

    Advisory Counsel Houston, TX
  2. MONIKA U. EHRMAN

    Professor of Law; Faculty Director of the Oil & Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Center (ONE C) University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, OK

International Unconventional Resources Development

  • Developments that have brought unconventional oil and gas resources into focus in many parts of the world
  • Unique issues involved in the exploration and exploitation of unconventional resources
  • How these projects differ from exploration and exploitation of conventional oil and gas resources

Hosted Refreshment Break

  1. Andrew Melsheimer

    Partner Thompson & Knight, Dallas, TX

Sanctions

  • Review of governmental sanctions that may impact international oil and gas developments

Hosted Reception for Registrants, Speakers & Guests

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Tuesday Morning

  1. William W. Pugh

    Partner Liskow and Lewis, Houston, TX
  2. Owen L. Anderson

    Peofessor of Law University of Texas School of Law, Austin, TX

International Drilling and Service Contracts

  • Services provided by service companies in support of petroleum operations under granting instruments
  • Primary issues in service contracts, including warranty and cross-indemnity provisions

Hosted Refreshment Break

International Drilling and Service Contracts (Continued)

Hosted Networking Luncheon

Tuesday Afternoon

International Drilling and Service Contracts (Continued)

Hosted Refreshment Break

  1. Gwendolyn Jaramillo

    Partner Foley Hoag LLP, San Antonio, TX
  2. Toufic P. Nassif

    Director of Commercial Development VAALCO Energy Inc., Houston, TX

Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics

  • What is involved in corporate social responsibility
  • How CSR has evolved into a necessary area in international oil and gas projects
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Wednesday Morning

  1. Eduardo G. Pereira

    Professor of Energy Law; Partner Lisbon, Portugal
  2. Felipe Alice

    Partner Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, Houston, TX

Decommissioning Issues

  • Decommissioning as an adjunct obligation to the right to develop oil and gas
  • Review of contractual provisions related to decommissioning

Hosted Refreshment Break

  1. Andrew B. Derman

    Partner Thompson & Knight LLP, Dallas, TX
  2. Vincent Moreland

    Assistant General Counsel Hess Corporation, Houston, TX

Stock Purchase Agreements

  • Selling oil and gas contracts as a common method of monetization
  • Key terms and provisions of a sale

Lunch – On Your Own

Wednesday Afternoon

Stock Purchase Agreements (Continued)

Hosted Refreshment Break

  1. William M. Katz, Jr.

    Partner Thompson & Knight LLP, Dallas, TX
  2. James Lloyd Loftis

    Partner Vinson & Elkins, Houston, TX

International Dispute Resolution

  • Successful resolution of disputes between parties essential for business to succeed
  • International arbitration — an impartial private method of resolving disputes
  • Benefits and pitfalls of arbitration
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Thursday Morning

  1. Harry W. Sullivan, Jr.

    Attorney International Energy Attorney, Dallas, Texas
  2. Vera DE Brito de Gyarfas

    Partner King & Spalding LLP, Houston, TX

Natural Gas Sales Agreements

  • Complexities of pipeline sales of natural gas outside of established markets such as North America and Europe
  • Primary terms and provisions of gas sales agreements

Hosted Refreshment Break

Natural Gas Sales Agreements (Continued)

Lunch – On Your Own

Thursday Afternoon

  1. Kevin Shaw

    Mayer Brown LLP, Houston, TX and Los Angeles, CA
  2. Harry W. Sullivan, Jr.

    Attorney International Energy Attorney, Dallas, Texas

Natural Gas Pipeline Transportation (Construction & Operation GTA) and Natural Gas Balancing Issues

  • Supply imbalances when co-venturers sell natural gas to different buyers
  • AIPN Model Form Gas Balancing Agreement
  • AIPN Model Form Gas Transportation Agreement

Hosted Refreshment Break

  1. Harry W. Sullivan, Jr.

    Attorney International Energy Attorney, Dallas, Texas
  2. M. Kathryn Marietta

    Retired Partner Houston, TX

LNG Project Development

  • Conversion of natural gas to a liquid form (LNG) when being transported long distances to market
  • Complexity and uniqueness of international LNG projects
  • Structure and primary contracts of an international LNG project
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Friday Morning

LNG Project Development (Continued)

Hosted Refreshment Break

LNG Project Development (Continued)

Course Adjournment