71st Annual Oil and Gas Law Conference

- in Houston, Texas, USA

JW Marriott Houston - Galleria
5150 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77056

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Credits:MCLE Credit will be available

Overview

The 71st edition of the Institute for Energy Law’s Annual Oil & Gas Law Conference will take place in Houston on February 20-21, 2020. This outstanding program brings together legal leaders in the oil and gas industry for excellent educational programming and multiple social and networking opportunities with a diverse audience.

Conference Co-Chairs

Kristi McCarthy
General Counsel and Vice President Land
Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company
Houston, Texas

Tracie J. Renfroe
King & Spalding LLP
Houston, Texas

John Rogers Award Recipient

Lynn Laverty Elsenhans
Former Chairman and CEO
Sunoco and Sunoco Logistics
Houston, TX

Lynn Elsenhans is the former Chairman and CEO of Sunoco and Sunoco Logistics. Before joining Sunoco she had a 28-year career with Royal Dutch Shell.  Her executive positions with Shell included Executive Vice President of Global Manufacturing, President of Shell Oil Company, and President and CEO of Shell Oil Products of both the Asia Pacific Middle East and US regions.

Ms. Elsenhans is currently on the boards of Saudi Aramco, GlaxoSmithKline plc, Baker Hughes, a GE Company, and the Texas Medical Center. She chairs the corporate responsibility committee at GlaxoSmithKline and the audit committee of Baker Hughes.  Lynn also serves on the advisory board for the Baker Institute at Rice University and is a Trustee Emeritus of Rice.

Schedule and Faculty

Thursday, February 20

8:25 am


Welcome and Overview

8:45 am


National Security Issues Affecting the Energy Sector

The energy industry plays a major role in U.S. national security. In this presentation, former Federal Bureau of Investigation Chief of Staff Zack Harmon will discuss important national security issues affecting the energy sector.

  • Zachary J. Harmon, King & Spalding LLP, Washington, D.C.

9:30 am


Recent Developments in Oil and Gas Law

This session will feature a review of important cases and other developments in oil and gas law over the last year.

  • Monika U. Ehrman, Professor of Law, Faculty Director – Oil & Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Center, The University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, Oklahoma

10:30 am


Break

11:00 am


Ethics in the Oil Patch: Hot Button Issues in Oil & Gas Transactions and Litigation

This session surveys a variety of issues that impact the practice of both in-house and outside counsel in the oil and gas industry. Topics will include an overview of ethical rules governing lawyers, as well as discussion of specific cases and the lessons they teach. Particular emphasis will be placed on ethics in negotiations, attorney-client privilege issues, and recent appellate opinions that impact energy litigation.

  • Geoff Gannaway, Beck Redden LLP, Houston, Texas

Noon


Networking Luncheon

Thursday Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

US Litigation & Dispute Resolution Module

  • Anna G. Rotman, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Houston, Texas

1:30 pm


Rethinking the Battle of the Experts: Strategies to Avoid Expert Fatigue in Oil & Gas Litigation

This presentation will focus on the pros and cons of multiple experts in oil and gas litigation and strategies to determine whether you really need an expert witness.

Moderator: J. Scott Janoe, Baker Botts L.L.P., Houston, Texas

Panelists:

  • David Baggett, Founder & Managing Partner, Opportune LLP, Houston, Texas
  • Tan Pham, Senior Counsel - Litigation, Total American Services, Houston, Texas
  • Dan Jacks, Ph.D., EDGE Litigation Consulting LLC, Kingwood, Texas

2:15 pm


Climate Liability Lawsuits: The Current Landscape in the US and Europe

This presentation will go through the current state of play with climate change litigation pending around the United States and in Europe.

  • Speakers Invited

3:00 pm


Break

3:15 pm


New Issues in Royalty Litigation

This presentation will discuss the latest issues in royalty litigation around the country. The discussion will include treatment of unleased owners in forced pooling units, allocation of costs of infrastructure and capacity reservation among working interest owners and to royalty owners. The session will also review underpayment cases where the lessee allegedly improperly deducted a proportionate share of transportation and fractionation fees from royalties despite an express “no deducts” wording in the lease.

  • Guy Stanford Lipe, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Houston, Texas
  • Daniel T. Donovan, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Washington, D.C.

4:00 pm


What to Do When the Other Side Goes Bust? Contingency Planning When Your Opponent Threatens Insolvency

In the face of the threat of insolvency from player with whom you have a nascent dispute or an actual litigation, what can you do? In this session, experienced bankruptcy practitioners will talk through the impact of bankruptcy on existing or threatened litigation, the process if bankruptcy is filed, the valuation of claims in bankruptcy court, and determining the financial strength of the debtor.

  • Elizabeth Carol Freeman, Jackson Walker LLP, Houston, Texas
  • Brian Schartz, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Houston, Texas

4:45 pm


Adjourn 1st Day

US Transactional Module

  • Phyllis Y. Young, McGuireWoods, Houston, Texas

1:30 pm


Getting the Deal Done: A Discussion of Key Negotiation Points in Oil and Gas M&A

This presentation will focus on current trends and key negotiation points in upstream and midstream oil and gas deals.

Moderators:

  • Jeffrey S. Muñoz, Latham & Watkins LLP, Houston, Texas
  • Patrick M. Knapp, McGuireWoods, Dallas, Texas

Panelists:

  • Bethel M. Quander, Managing Counsel, Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestment, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Spring, Texas
  • Melinda Yee, Partner, M&A, Houston Risk & Advisory Leader, Deloitte, Houston, Texas

2:15 pm


Bull or Bear? The State of Upstream Capital Markets and Finance and Trends in Restructuring Transactions

Oil and gas companies seem to be doing more with less, and CFOs are having to be increasingly creative in response. At the same time, commercial banks are limiting their exposure to oil and gas investments. This session will discuss how oil and gas companies are responding to the current trends in the capital markets and finance, and whether restructuring is an option.

  • Nick S. Dhesi, Latham & Watkins LLP, Houston, Texas
  • Kraig Grahmann, Haynes and Boone, LLP, Houston, Texas
  • Demetra L. Liggins, Thompson & Knight LLP, Houston, Texas

3:00 pm


Break

3:15 pm


Caveat Emptor? The Success or Failure of Representation and Warranty Insurance in Oil and Gas Deals

Now that representation and warranty insurance has become prevalent in oil and gas deals, what is everyone’s take on rep/warranty insurance? This panel will focus on key negotiation points for rep/warranty insurance and how companies are able to collect on the insurance when a breach occurs.

Moderator: Andrew B. Lehman, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Houston, Texas

Panelists:

  • Karina Amelang, General Counsel, Solugen, Inc., Houston, Texas
  • Matthew Wiener, Senior Vice President, Aon, Houston, Texas

4:00 pm


Fueling the Future: What Transactional Attorneys Need to Know About Legal Trends and Issues Facing Oil and Gas Companies in the Current Climate

As the climate change discussion continues, and companies look for ways to reduce carbon emissions, is renewable natural gas the answer? This panel will discuss current legal trends facing upstream and midstream companies, the changing dynamics facing the oil and gas industry around environmental sustainability, and the reduction of carbon emissions. This session will also include a discussion of issues that transactional attorneys should focus on in anticipation of climate change issues.

Moderator: Daniella D. Landers, Reed Smith LLP, Houston, Texas

Panelists:

  • Jason M. Ryan, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, CenterPoint Energy, Houston, Texas
  • Gregory V. Brown, General Counsel and Secretary, Evolution Well Services, The Woodlands, Texas

4:45 pm


Adjourn 1st Day

John Rogers Award Reception and Dinner

Dinner Honoring Lynn Laverty Elsenhans, Former Chairman and CEO, Sunoco and Sunoco Logistics, Houston, Texas 

  • Petroleum Club of Houston
    1201 Louisiana St.
    Houston, Texas

Friday Morning Schedule and Faculty

Friday, February 21

8:00 am


A Bipartisan Conversation About Attorney General Activity Focused on the Energy Industry

Numerous state Attorneys General seek to either fill the void left by the Trump administration or to increase their role in putting pressure on the industry through legal actions. We will explore these legal issues in a bipartisan conversation lead by an industry general counsel with two former attorney generals.

Moderator: R. Hewitt Pate, Vice President and General Counsel, Chevron Corporation, San Ramon, California

Panelists:

  • Robert M. McKenna, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Former Washington State Attorney General and President of the National Association of Attorneys General, Seattle, Washington
  • Ken Salazar, WilmerHale, Former US Secretary of the Interior, Former United States Senator from Colorado, and Former Colorado Attorney General, Denver, Colorado

9:00 am


Break

Friday Morning Concurrent Sessions

License to Operate Module

  • Daniel D. Droog, Chevron U.S.A. Inc., Houston, Texas

9:20 am


Engaging Outside the Courtroom on Legal Issues Facing the Industry

Some of the significant legal issues today are being debated, discussed, and addressed outside the courtroom. This session will discuss the interaction between what is happening in the courtroom, in the media, in the investor space, and around the dinner table.

Moderator: Caitlin Sickles, Director, Government Affairs, Bracewell LLP, Washington, D.C.

Panelists:

  • Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr., Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Los Angeles, California
  • Michael J. Rubio, General Manager of ESG Engagement, Chevron U.S.A. Inc., Sacramento, California
  • Additional Speaker Invited

10:50 am


Break

11:05 am


Working Together on Legal Challenges to Collectively Preserve the Rule of Law and Support the Industry

From collaborating on amicus briefs to supporting legal reform efforts, important legal opportunities exist for the energy industry to work with other industries to preserve the rule of law while supporting the industry. This session will review the most significant recent cases and legal reform efforts related to the energy industry.

Moderator: Elbert Lin, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, Richmond, Virginia

Panelists
:

  • Page C. Faulk, Vice President, Legal Reform Initiatives, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, D.C.
  • Peter Tolsdorf, Vice President of Litigation and Deputy General Counsel, National Association of Manufacturers, Washington, D.C.
  • David E. Slovensky, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Southern Company Gas, Atlanta, Georgia

Regulatory/Compliance

  • Jana L. Grauberger, Liskow & Lewis, Houston, Texas

9:20 am


Trump Administration Trade Policy and Impact on the Energy Industry

Expanding economic sanctions, re-negotiated trade deals, stepped-up enforcement of U.S. trade laws, tariffs, and beyond, this panel will discuss the Trump Administration’s trade and economic sanctions and their impact on the U.S. energy industry.

  • David J. Bertoch, Executive Counsel, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Spring, Texas
  • Terra M. Cothran, Legal-Senior Counsel, Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals, Houston, Texas
  • Greta Lichtenbaum, O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Washington, D.C.

10:05 am


Increased Scrutiny on Foreign Investments in U.S. Energy; the New CFIUS Rules

This presentation will address the proposed new CFIUS regulations, recently released and set to become effective no later than February 2020, with expansive definitions of “critical” technology, real estate, and infrastructure that will subject a broad array of energy deals to CFIUS scrutiny. The proposed new regulations and the practical aspects of conducting ongoing operations and negotiating transactions impacted by CFIUS will be discussed.

  • Christine E. Savage, King & Spalding LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Jennifer Brand Stockel, Lead Legal Counsel, Equinor US, Houston, Texas

10:50 am


Break

International/LNG Module

  • Vera De Brito de Gyarfas, King & Spalding LLP, Houston, Texas

11:05 am


Recent E&P Developments in Brazil, and Mexico - Can They Compete with U.S. Shale?

This session will focus on recent developments and legal issues affecting E&P projects in Brazil and Mexico, and whether the countries can promote development of new international E&P projects given the strong competition and short-term profitability of U.S. shale projects.

Moderator: Vera De Brito de Gyarfas, King & Spalding LLP, Houston, Texas

Panelists:

  • Giovani Loss, Mattos Filho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Diana Pineda Esteban, Gonzalez Calvillo, S.C., Mexico City, Mexico

11:50 am


U.S. LNG Projects and the Creation of Demand in New Markets

This session will consider how U.S. LNG export projects are investing/developing new markets to create demand for U.S. LNG

Moderator: Vera De Brito de Gyarfas, King & Spalding LLP, Houston, Texas

Panelists:

  • Yuliya D. Marcer, Senior Counsel, BP p.l.c., Houston, Texas
  • Nate Thomas, Counsel, Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc., Houston, Texas

Friday Afternoon Schedule and Faculty

12:35 pm


Deans of Oil and Gas Practice Lecture and Luncheon

  • Mark D. Christiansen, Edinger Leonard & Blakley, PLLC, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

2:05 pm


A Look Inside the Energy Company Legal Department
This panel of senior industry lawyers will address the concerns of general counsel in operating legal departments in the energy industry and provide advice and guidance regarding new and reliable legal strategies, and the professional challenges they face.

Moderator: Nora T. Brooks, Associate General Counsel – Upstream Unconventionals, Shell Oil Company, Houston, Texas

Panelists:

  • Paul R. Owen, Vice President Legal, Equinor, Houston, Texas
  • Kelly B. Rose, Senior Vice President-Legal, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, ConocoPhillips Company, Houston, Texas
  • Robb L. Voyles, Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel, Halliburton Co., Houston, Texas

3:05 pm


Ethical Minefields for In House Counsel: Privilege, Conflicts and Internal Investigations

This session explores the rules in house counsel must follow to avoid conflicts of interest and protect the attorney-client privilege when they are called upon to conduct or oversee an internal investigation. The combination of competing legal rules and a fast moving and high profile investigation can increase the pressure on in house lawyers to navigate the traps safely both for themselves and their companies. We will study the case of Penn State University and the actions of its General Counsel during the investigation of a highly publicized scandal in its athletic department to draw out the lessons in house lawyers must learn – or risk becoming the next ethics CLE case study!

  • Alison R. Bost, Deputy General Counsel, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Liz LeVan Riley, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP, Raleigh, North Carolina

4:05 pm


Adjourn

Hotel Information

The cost of housing is not included in tuition. However, rooms (in limited number) have been reserved at the JW Marriott Houston by the Galleria, 5150 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77056. Registrants should call 1.713.961.1500 and advise them they are attending the "IEL – Annual Oil & Gas Law Conference" to receive a reduced room rate of $209 ++ per night. The last day to obtain this special rate is January 29, 2020. Room block available from February 18–21, 2020.

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John Rogers Award Reception and Dinner - $7,000 each (Limited to 12)
February 20, 2020

  • Recognition in the Conference brochure, which will be mailed to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders and will reach many thousands more through email and Internet announcements.
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure and final program.
  • Company/firm logo on the Conference website, with link to company/firm website.
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  • Up to 6 guests at the reception and dinner.
  • One reserved table at the dinner, if desired.
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the Conference.

Canvas Bag Sponsor - $8,000 each (Only 1 Allowed) - SOLD

  • Name/Logo, along with IEL’s logo, on backpack distributed to all attendees containing conference binder and information
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  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure and final program.
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  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the Conference.

Advisory Board Dinner Sponsor - $5,000 (Only 1 Allowed) - SOLD
February 19, 2020

  • Recognition in the Conference brochure, which will be mailed and/or emailed to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders and will reach many thousands more through web announcements.
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure and final program.
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  • Up to 3 guests at the Advisory Board Dinner
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the conference.

Lanyard Sponsor - $5,000 (Only 1 Allowed)

  • Sponsor name contained on conference lanyard.
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Charging Station Sponsor - $5,000 (Only 1 Allowed)

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  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the conference.

Conference Materials Sponsor - $4,500 (Only 1 Allowed)

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  • Recognition in the Conference brochure, which will be mailed and/or emailed to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders and will reach many thousands more through web announcements.
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  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the conference.

1st Day Morning Break Sponsor - $4,000 (Only 1 Allowed)

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  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the Conference

1st Day Afternoon Break Sponsor - $4,000 (Only 1 Allowed)

  • Recognition in the Conference brochure, which will be mailed to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders and will reach many thousands more through email and Internet announcements.
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure and final program.
  • Company/firm logo on the Conference website, with link to company/firm website.
  • Recognition at the break, including from podium
  • 2 complimentary registrants at the Conference.
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the Conference

2nd Day Morning Break Sponsor - $4,000 (Only 1 Allowed)

  • Recognition in the Conference brochure, which will be mailed to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders and will reach many thousands more through email and Internet announcements.
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure and final program.
  • Company/firm logo on the Conference website, with link to company/firm website.
  • Recognition at the break, including from podium
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  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the Conference

Deans of Oil and Gas Practice Lecture Luncheon - $3,500 each
February 21, 2020

  • Recognition in the Conference brochure, which will be mailed to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders and will reach many thousands more through email and Internet announcements.
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure and final program.
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Networking Luncheon - $3,000 each
February 20, 2020

  • Recognition in the Conference brochure, which will be mailed to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders and will reach many thousands more through email and Internet announcements.
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure and final program.
  • Company/firm logo on the Conference website, with link to company/firm website.
  • Recognition at the luncheon.
  • 1 complimentary registrant at the Conference.
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the Conference.

Exhibitor - $2,000 each
February 20-21, 2020

  • Space to display company/firm materials at the conference.
  • Name/logo on Conference website with link to company page.

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