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May 22 2012

3rd Annual Oil & Gas Conference

Organised by: Latin Lawyer

Tuesday, 22nd May 2012 - Wednesday, 23rd May 2012

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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With global demand for oil and gas continuing to rise, Latin America's importance within the geopolitical energy matrix has never been higher. Moreover, as global trends lead a push towards different sources of energy, such a biofuels, and the complex technologies needed for unconventional resource retrieval, focus - and investment - is ever more intense on this resource-rich area of the world.

However, legal, political and technological challenges abound, and in many ways are deepening. Recent indications from the Brazilian government, for example, throw into doubt the extent to which foreign investors are welcome in the country - what effect will that have on pre-salt E&P? One of the most exciting finds recently has been in Argentina, where the shale reserves could hold great promise - but how will investors overcome the challenges posed in that jurisdiction? In Mexico, a long-promised but slow-paced opening of the industry continues, but is it enough? And in Colombia, the upcoming 2012 round could limit the scope of small-scale NOCs, while labour and environmental developments continue a sense of threat on the upstream industry.

This two-day conference will feature in-depth discussions on all these topics and more. Join us in Rio de Janeiro, the heart of Brazil's oil and gas industry, for these essential updates and debates.

Latin Lawyer will also be holding a cocktail reception at the end of the first day. This takes place from 7.00pm at the Clube dos Marimbás.

Conference co-chairs: David Asmus, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, and Paulo Valois, LO Baptista Schmidt Valois Miranda Ferreira Agel

Daniel Abdo, Angra Infraestrutura Investimentos, Brazil

Pablo Alliani, Alliani & Bruzzon Abogados, Argentina

Leticia Andrade, Statoil Brasil

Brian Bradshaw, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, US

Juan Jose Cardenas, Rebaza, Alcazar & De Las Casas, Peru

Alexandre Chequer, Tauil & Chequer Advogados, Brazil

Ricardo Coelho, Pinheiro Neto Advogados, Brazil

John Connally, Vinson & Elkins LLP, US

Christopher Cross, Latham & Watkins LLP, US

David Enriquez, Goodrich Riquelme Abogados, Mexico

Luis Erize, Abeledo Gottheil Abogados, Argentina

Javier Estrada, National Hydrocarbons Commission, Mexico

Glenn Faass, Norton Rose Colombia SAS

Antônio Luís de Miranda Ferreira, LO Baptista Schmidt Valois Miranda Ferreira Agel, Brazil

Luis Eduardo Freitas, Renova Energia, Brazil

Leonardo Lerner, Comgas, Brazil

Jose Virgilio Lopes Enei, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, Brazil

Giovani Loss, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, Brazil

Fabricio Longhin, Clifford Chance LLP, US

Rogelio Lopez-Velarde, Lopez-Velarde Heftye y Soria SC, Mexico

Andrew Jupiter, president, National Energy Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago

Sandra Manrique, prietocarrizosa, Colombia

José Martinez de Hoz, Perez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martinez de Hoz (h), Argentina

Luis Pacheco, Veirano Advogados, Brazil

Luis Gabriel Perez, Brigard & Urrutia Abogados, Colombia

Álvaro José Rodríguez, Posse, Herrera & Ruiz Abogados, Colombia

Marilda Rosado, Doria Jacobina Rosado e Gondinho, Brazil

Mariana Sanchez, Lewin & Wills, Colombia

Patricia Sawyer, Pacific Rubiales, Colombia

Scott Schwind, Thompson & Knight LLP, US

Danielle Valois, Trench Rossi e Watanabe Advogados, Brazil

German Villamil, Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta Abogados, Colombia

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DAY ONE: Tuesday 22nd May

09.00: Arrival and registration

09.30: Legal and regulatory update

Short session updating delegates on legal and regulatory changes since last year’s conference, including any news on Brazil’s 11th bid round, and an update on the 2012 bid round in Colombia.

Luis Pacheco, Veirano Advogados, Brazil
Álvaro José Rodríguez, Posse, Herrera & Ruiz Abogados, Colombia

10.00: Brazil: still welcoming foreign investment in oil?

The recent oil spill in Brazil, and more importantly the reaction of the government in dealing with certain foreign investors, has raised questions of whether foreign companies will be less attracted to Brazil, and how welcome they are in the country. This session will discuss:

  • Shape and scope of the political issues
  • From environmental concerns to an unpredictable investment framework
  • The kinds of risks foreign companies are facing
  • Steps for foreign investors to take?

Moderator: Paulo Valois, LO Baptista Schmidt Valois Miranda Ferreira Agel, Brazil
Leticia Andrade, Statoil Brasil
Giovani Loss, Mattos Filho, Viega Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, Brazil
Scott Schwind, Thompson & Knight LLP, US

11.30: Coffee

12.00: Renewable energy – the new frontier

As Latin America contends with both a growing energy demand and an increasing requirement to be conscious of carbon output, hundreds of renewable energy projects are being planned and encouraged by governments. This session will look at the trends across the region in the biofuels, wind and hydropower industries.

Moderator: Fabricio Longhin, Clifford Chance LLP, US
Jose Virgilio Lopes Enei, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, Brazil
Juan Jose Cardenas, Rebaza, Alcazar & De Las Casas, Peru
Sandra Manrique, prietocarrizosa, Colombia
Luis Eduardo Freitas, Renova Energia, Brazil

13.00: Lunch

14.00: Colombia: an upstream industry in flux

Upstream oil and gas companies in Colombia are facing an ever-tighter array of legal and regulatory requirements, which could change the face of the industry. This session will examine

  • The 2012 bid round: does it lessen opportunities for juniors and start-ups?
  • Minority community rights and the impact on projects
  • Can unconventional resources like shale be developed under current Colombian law?

Moderator: Glenn Faass, Norton Rose Colombia SAS
Luis Gabriel Perez, Brigard & Urrutia Abogados, Colombia
Patricia Sawyer, Pacific Rubiales, Colombia
Mariana Sanchez, Lewin & Wills, Colombia

15.00: Coffee

15.15: Financing oil and gas deals around the region

  • Working with public contracts and gaining government financing
  • Debt and equity capital markets
  • Private equity
  • The rise of project bonds – how useful are they?
  • Reserve based lending

Moderator: Christopher Cross, Latham & Watkins LLP, US
Daniel Abdo, Angra Infraestrutura Investimentos, Brazil
Ricardo Coelho, Pinheiro Neto Advogados, Brazil
David Enriquez, Goodrich Riquelme Abogados, Mexico
German Villamil, Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta Abogados

16.15: Coffee

16.30: New mechanisms for gas transportation

Brazil’s new gas law has unbundled gas sales and transportation, opening up a number of legal questions about how to implement the law in the country. This session will examine:

  • How the regulations on gas distribution have changed
  • The effect on producers, distributors and large-scale users
  • The effect on development of projects more broadly

Moderator: Brian Bradshaw, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, US
Antônio Luís de Miranda Ferreira, LO Baptista Schmidt Valois Miranda Ferreira Agel, Brazil
Leonardo Lerner, Comgas, Brazil

17.30: Close

19.00: Cocktail party - at the Clube dos Marimbás

DAY TWO: Wednesday 23rd May

09.30: Shale oil and gas opportunities in Argentina

The vast potential of Argentina’s shale oil and gas fields is inciting the interest of foreign investors, even though the Argentine legal framework is not the most welcoming in the region. This session will examine:

  • The scope of possible finds
  • Role and abilities of Repsol YPF
  • How deals can get done?
  • Environmental issues
  • What protections are available for foreign investors

Moderator: John Connally, Vinson & Elkins LLP, US
Pablo Alliani, Alliani & Bruzzon Abogados, Argentina
José Martinez de Hoz, Perez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martinez de Hoz (h), Argentina
Luis Erize, Abeledo Gottheil Abogados, Argentina

11.00: Coffee

11.30: Mexico: a successful first step?

Mexico’s slow steps to open its oil and gas industry are moving ahead, with the second bid round for service contracts scheduled for early 2011. Have service contracts been a success in attracting the kind of investment the country and the industry needs?

• How the current system is working
• A second energy reform planned?
• Gas E&P – plans for Lakach
• Developing the necessary infrastructure

Moderator: Rogelio Lopez-Velarde, Lopez-Velarde Heftye y Soria SC, Mexico
Javier Estrada, National Hydrocarbons Commission, Mexico

12.30: Lunch

13.30: Procurement and local content rules in Brazil

As projects (pre-salt and otherwise) move to the development phase, local content and other procurement rules are becoming a much bigger issue for service companies. This detailed focus will look at:

  • How the local content rules are being implemented
  • Is Brazilian industry able to cope?
  • Compliance issues and challenges
  • Successful case studies around the globe
  • JV activity – specific compliance problems with foreign and local JVs and M&As

Moderator: Marilda Rosado, Doria Jacobina Rosado e Gondinho, Brazil
Andrew Jupiter, president, National Energy Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago
Alexandre Chequer, Tauil & Chequer Advogados, Brazil
Danielle Valois, Trench Rossi e Watanabe Advogados, Brazil

16.00: Close


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Merrill Corp

Venue Details
J W Marriott
Avenida Atlântica, 2600 , Copacabana
Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22041-001, Brazil
Tel: 00 55 21 2545 6500

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