Politics in Latin America: The Above Ground Risk for the Oil & Gas Industry

  • A Virtual Setting
  • December 1, 2020


AMALIA SÁENZ is a partner at Zang, Bergel, Viñes and leads the Energy and Natural Resources practice, representing local and international energy, mining and oil & gas companies. Her background practice includes tenders process, acquisition of assets and their financing, joint ventures construction and operation agreements, in addition to most standard contracts and International Purchase Offers (IPO) related to mining and oil and gas assets located in Argentina. She has advised on the applicable environmental laws related to the mentioned areas and participated in projects for the construction and expansion of gas pipelines, transportation concessions, pumping plants and energy facilities further to the recent renewable energy tenders.



DANIEL LINSKER is a Partner at Control Risks and currently manages Control Risks’ operations in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean as the head of its Mexico City office. Daniel specializes in the design and delivery of complex risk management projects for large projects in the extractives, energy and infrastructure, complex reputational and compliance issues, and those that require in-depth regional expertise of Latin America; Daniel also heads the Americas extractive industry consulting practice. Daniel has a Master of Science degree in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics, where he is also a PhD candidate in government. He is also a certified Governance, Risk and Compliance Professional (GRCP). 



ARMANDO ZAMORA REYES is the current President of the National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH). Mr. Zamora was the first Director of the National Hydrocarbons Agency from 2003 to 2011, emphasizing in the creation and strengthening of the new regulatory authority of the hydrocarbon sector in Colombia, as well as the adoption of a new model for concession contracts. He organized and executed six area bid rounds for exploration and production of the hydrocarbon sector, derived as modern, competitive and fair. He has a Master of Science and Doctorate in Engineering from MIT, and an MBA from IMD (Lausanne). He is an Honorary Professor at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mining Studies of the University of Dundee (Scotland), where he was Deputy Director.



TIMOTHÉE DE REYNAL is the General Manager of the newly opened Perenco subsidiary in Brazil since January 2019. As a responsible operator, Perenco Brazil aims at being a partner of choice by maintaining the highest safety and environmental standards. With a Petroleum engineering background, Timothee has more than 15 years’ experience in the Oil & Gas mature fields development with various positions in Production, Petroleum and Reservoir engineering. Geosciences Manager during 7 years driving integrated Geosciences studies for mature and marginal fields developments.