8th ITA-IEL-ICC Joint Conference on International Energy Arbitration

- in Houston, Texas, USA

Hilton Houston Post Oak
2001 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston, TX 77056

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Credits:MCLE Credit available

Overview

Presented by The Institute for Transnational Arbitration and The Institute for Energy Law of The Center for American and International Law and The ICC International Court of Arbitration.

The ITA, IEL and ICC combine again to present their 7th annual review of the year past and the year ahead in the arbitration of international disputes in the energy industry.

Conference Co-Chairs

Sophie J. Lamb, QC
Latham & Watkins LLP
London, United Kingdom

Alberto F. Ravell
Lead Counsel – Arbitrations
ConocoPhillips Company
Houston, Texas, USA

Luke A. Sobota
Three Crowns LLP
Washington, D.C., USA

Schedule and Faculty

A world in transition: this year’s conference reflects on the many externalities influencing the industry, the drivers of change in recent years, including in the decade that has passed since Macondo, and explores what role commercial and investment treaty arbitration will play in the years to come. With the insights of in-house counsel, market analysts, experts and private practice lawyers across a wide range of disciplines, the program will address the geopolitical landscape, sanctions, the environment and the management of climate risk, the interplay between long term contracts and an evolving regulatory landscape, amendments to investment treaties and shifts towards a permanent court for investment treaty disputes, and, more generally, the key trends impacting on energy disputes in this important era.

Thursday, January 23

Conference Co-Chairs
  • Sophie J. Lamb, QC, Latham & Watkins LLP, London
  • Alberto F. Ravell, Lead Counsel – Arbitrations, ConocoPhillips Company, Houston
  • Luke A. Sobota, Three Crowns LLP, Washington, DC

2:30 pm


Registration

3:00 pm


Welcome

  • Joseph E. Neuhaus, ITA Chair, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, New York
  • Ana Sera e Moura, Deputy Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
  • David M. Castro, IEL Chair, The Woodlands, Texas

YOUNG LAWYERS ROUNDTABLE

Presented by
ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF)
IEL Young Energy Professionals (YEP)
Young ITA

Roundtable Co-Chairs
  • Rafael Boza, ICC YAF Representative, Regional Legal Counsel - Americas, Sarens USA Inc., Houston
  • Robert Reyes Landicho, Young ITA Chair, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Houston
  • Christopher M. Hogan, IEL YEP Representative, Reynolds Frizzell LLP, Houston

3:10 pm


Welcome to the Roundtable

  • Robert Reyes Landicho, Young ITA Chair, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Houston

3:15 pm


A Tour Around Our "Troubled" World? Recent Geopolitical Developments and Their Impact on Energy Disputes

A group of experienced young practitioners will present on recent geo-political developments in their respective jurisdictions, and their potential impact on energy disputes. In an interactive discussion, our panelists will identify global hotspots, including developments in Hong Kong, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and Venezuela.

Moderator: Christopher Hogan, Reynolds Frizzell, Houston

Panelists:

  • ASIA: Chiann Bao, Independent Arbitrator, Arbitration Chambers Hong Kong and London; Former Secretary General of HKIAC, Hong Kong
  • MIDDLE EAST: Dilpreet Dhanoa, Squire Patton Boggs, Dubai and Abu Dhabi
  • THE AMERICAS: Speaker invited

4:10 pm


National Security, International Trade, and Sanctions Update - A Brave New World and How Disputes Lawyers can Cope

This combination of subject-matter experts, academics, and in-house counsel will lead an engaging discussion on national security, international trade, and sanctions -- and their potential impact on international energy disputes. A subject matter expert will set the table on the discussion, starting with a “deep-dive” into the U.S. perspective of international economic sanctions. Then, the panel will discuss the potential ramifications of these developments on advising business clients and the possible future impact of these developments on energy disputes.

Moderator: Rafael Boza, Regional Legal Counsel - Americas, Sarens USA Inc., Houston

Deep Dive: Damara Chambers, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Washington, D.C.

Panelists:

  • John E. Lash, Control Risks, Washington, D.C.
  • Dr Crina Baltag, Stockholm University, Sweden

5:00-6:15 pm


Welcome Reception

6:30-8:30 pm


Joint Conference Dinner at Maggiano's Little Italy

Optional for all Joint Conference registrants, faculty and sponsors

Please indicate on the registration form if you wish to attend – ticket price: $90 per person

Friday, January 24

8:00 am


Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 am


Welcome Back

Conference Co-Chairs
  • Sophie J. Lamb, QC, Latham & Watkins LLP, London
  • Alberto F. Ravell, Lead Counsel – Arbitrations, ConocoPhillips Company, Houston
  • Luke A. Sobota, Three Crowns LLP, Washington, DC

9:05


Keynote Address: Shifting Politics and Liberalization in the Latin American Oil Industry

An overview of how politics in Latin America have affected the global oil and gas industry and driven the industry to realign its legal position towards the region.

  • Dr. Francisco J. Monaldi, Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University, Houston

9:40 am


The Energy Transition: How Measures to Address Human Rights & Environmental Impacts, Climate Risk and Decarbonization Might Influence Our Approach to Arbitration in the Years to Come

The industry is in an era of unprecedented change as we focus on how to meet the world's future energy needs while managing climate change. This session will address:

  • The overall framework driving change: policy drivers, soft and hard law developments, treaties and regulations, activism and civil society.
  • The legal issues likely to present in the contract and treaty arbitrations of the future including a discussion of new end of life/decommissioning dynamics; changed circumstances; illegality / public policy; the intersection of soft law, hard law and international law; and the role if any for stabilisation clauses in this period of transition.
  • The science: how can we ensure that arbitral tribunals engage effectively with new science, disputed science and new technologies. Are there lessons to be learned from climate change litigation?
  • The realities of transition for disputes lawyers and in house counsel: do new dynamics and externalities suggest a diminished role for artbriation, and greater role for non legal outcomes and negotiation/mediation?

Moderator: Sophie J. Lamb, QC, Latham & Watkins LLP, London

Panelists:

  • Catherine Amirfar, Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP, New York
  • Yousuf Aftab, Atelier Aftab, New York
  • Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., Gibson Dunn, Los Angeles

10:40 am


Coffee Break

11:10 am


Assessing the Ongoing Changes in Investment Arbitration

After years of disussing the future of investment arbitration, change is now here: investment arbitration was largely eliminated in the new USMCA, States are renegotiating BITs to limit their scope, and the EU Commission is pressing for a permanent court in Work Group III. This panel will discuss the practical consequences of these changes and the responses to them by both investors and States.

Moderator
: Luke A. Sobota, Three Crowns LLP, Washington, D.C.

Panelists:

  • Abby Cohen Smutny, White & Case, Global Head of International Arbitration Practice, Washington, D.C.
  • Eugene Silva, ExxonMobil, Senior Counsel, International Disputes Group, Houston, Texas
  • Noiana Marigo, Head of U.S. International Arbitration Group and co-head of the Latin America Practice, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, New York, NY

12:10 pm


Luncheon

A Conversation with
Arthur W. Rovine
International Arbitrator, Adjunct Professor of Law
Fordham Law School, New York

Interviewed by
The Honorable Charles N. Brower
Judge, Iran-United States Claims Tribunal
Judge ad hoc, International Court of Justice
Arbitrator Member, 20 Essex Street Chambers
Washington, D.C.

This interview is the latest in a series organized by the ITA Academic Council to record the evolution of modern international arbitration in the words of those who have led it.

2:00 pm


2019 Year in Review: The Top 10 (or close to 10) Developments in International Energy Arbitration

This presentation will consider both investor-state and contractual disputes in the energy sector. It will cast an eye over the wide range of matters that have come before arbitral tribunals in 2019, and will attempt to identify the ten special rulings and industry trends that will have the most significant influence on energy arbitration in 2020 and beyond.

  • Laurence Shore, BonelliErede, Milan

2:40 pm


Macondo's 10th Anniversary: What are the Lessons Learned?

The Deepwater Water Horizon event transformed the energy industry in countless ways, including contracting, regulation, industry standards and domestic and international dispute resolution. This panel will discuss both the immediate reverberations of Macondo and its continued effect on the oil and gas business.

Moderator: Jonathan A. Hunter, Jones Walker, New Orleans

Panelists:

  • Richard D. Deutsch, McGuireWoods LLP, Houston

3:20 pm


Coffee Break

3:50 pm


The Industry Perspective

Senior in-house counsel address external factors affecting the energy sector today, including geopolitics, challenges to investment treaties, industry changes post-Macondo, and climate change.

ModeratorAlberto Ravell, Lead Counsel – Arbitrations, ConocoPhillips Company, Houston

Panelists:

  • Elizabeth Matthews, Deputy Managing Director, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, TOTAL American Services, Inc., Houston
  • David Moyer, Chief Corporate Counsel, Chevron Corporation, San Ramon
  • Laura Robertson, Deputy General Counsel, Litigation, Arbitration & IP, ConocoPhillips Company, Houston

4:50 pm


Closing Remarks

5:00-6:00 pm


Young Lawyers Networking Reception

For members of the Young ITA, the IEL Young Energy Professionals (YEP), the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF) and other young lawyers interested in international energy arbitration.

Hotel Information

The cost of housing is not included in tuition. However, rooms (in limited number) have been reserved at the Hilton Houston Post Oak, 2001 Post Oak Boulevard, Houston, TX 77056. Registrants should call 1.800.445.8667 and advise them of room block "(CAIL) ITA-IEL-ICC Joint Conference" to receive a reduced room rate of $169 + applicable taxes/night. Rooms are reserved for the nights of Jan 23 -24, 2019; as long as the block has not sold out. The last day to obtain this special rate is January 1, 2020.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Conference Dinner - $15,000 as exclusive sponsor or $4,000 as general sponsor (up to six sponsors max)

  • Exposure to ITA, IEL and ICC constituents
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  • 3 free Joint Conference registrations (all events) and 2 discounted registrations (20% off)
  • 2 complimentary guests at the Reception and Dinner
  • 1 exhibition table for promotional materials
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  • Opportunity to provide promotional gifts in conference bags

Conference Luncheon - $10,000 as exclusive sponsor or $3,500 as general sponsor (up to four sponsors max) - SOLD

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  • 2 free Joint Conference registrations (all events) and 1 discounted registration (20% off)
  • 2 complimentary guests at the Luncheon
  • 1 exhibition table for promotional materials
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Canvas Bag - $9,000 as exclusive sponsor or $3,000 as general sponsor (up to three sponsors max)

  • Exposure to ITA, IEL and ICC constituents
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  • 2 free Joint Conference registrations (all events) and 1 discounted registration (20% off)
  • 1 exhibition table for promotional materials
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WiFi Sponsorship - $5,000 as exclusive sponsor - SOLD

  • Company/Firm Name as wifi code for conference
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  • 1 exhibition table for promotional materials
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Lanyard Sponsorship - $5,000 as exclusive sponsor

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  • 2 complimentary Workshop registrations (all events) and 1 discounted registration (20% off)
  • 1 exhibition table for promotional materials
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Welcome Reception - $7,000 as exclusive sponsor or $2,500 as general sponsor (up to four sponsors max)

  • Exposure to ITA, IEL and ICC constituents
  • Recognition as a sponsor of the Welcome Reception on the conference website, in the conference brochure, in e-marketing and at the conference
  • 1 free Joint Conference registration (all events) and 1 discounted registration (20% off)
  • 2 complimentary guests at the Welcome Reception
  • Space for promotional materials
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Conference Coffee Breaks - $6,000 as exclusive sponsor or $2,500 as general sponsor (up to four sponsors max)

  • Exposure to ITA, IEL and ICC constituents
  • Recognition as a sponsor on the conference website, in the conference brochure, in e-marketing and at the conference
  • 2 discounted conference registrations (20% off)
  • Space for promotional materials at the conference
  • Name/logo on the conference website with link to company page

Conference Breakfast - $4,000 as exclusive sponsor

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  • Recognition as a sponsor on the conference website, in the conference brochure, in e-marketing and at the conference
  • 2 discounted conference registrations (20% off)
  • Space for promotional materials at the conference
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Charging Station - $4,000 as exclusive sponsor

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Full Page Conference Materials Binder Advertisement - $4,000 as exclusive sponsor

  • Full page Company/Law Firm Advertisement on the back of the Conference Materials Binder
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  • 2 discounted conference registrations (20% off)
  • Space for promotional materials at the conference
  • Name/logo on the conference website with link to company page

Young Lawyers Roundtable - $2,500 (up to three sponsors max)
Presented by the Young ITA, the IEL Young Energy Professionals and the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum

  • Exposure to ITA, IEL and ICC constituents
  • Recognition as a sponsor of the Roundtable on the conference website, in the conference brochure, in e-marketing and at the conference
  • 1 free Joint Conference registration (all events)
  • 1 complimentary guest at the Welcome Reception
  • Space for promotional materials at the Roundtable
  • Name/logo on the conference website with link to company page

Young Lawyers Networking Reception - $5000 Exclusive or $2,000 as General Sponsor (up to three sponsors max)
Presented by the Young ITA, the IEL Young Energy Professionals and the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum

  • Exposure to ITA, IEL and ICC constituents
  • Recognition as a sponsor of the Young Lawyers Networking Reception on the conference website, in the conference brochure, in e-marketing and at the conference
  • 1 free Joint Conference registration (all events)
  • 1 complimentary guest at the Young Lawyers Networking Reception
  • Space for promotional materials
  • Name/logo on the conference website with link to company page

Exhibitor - $2,000

  • Exposure to ITA, IEL and ICC constituents
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  • Name/logo on the conference website with link to company page

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