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

23-24 Jan 2020

Houston, Texas English Eligible for MCLE credits
Early bird until 6 January 2020

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

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.                                                                                                                     

Co-Sponsored by the Houston International Arbitration Club; the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business at the University of Texas at Austin; and the University of Dundee Centre for Energy, Petroleum & Mineral Law & Policy.

Day 1
Day 2

 

 

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

14:30-15:00

Registration

15:00-15:10

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, Sarens USA Inc., Houston

Christopher Hogan, IEL YEP Representative, Reynolds Frizzell LLP, Houston

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

15:10-15:15

WELCOME TO THE ROUNDTABLE

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

15:15-16:10

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

16:10-17:00

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, Sarens USA Inc., Houston

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

Panelists:

  • Dr. Crina Baltag, University of Bedfordshire, London
  • John E. Lash, Control Risks, Washington, D.C.

17:00-18:15

WELCOME RECEPTION 

Sponsored by 

Compass Lexecon

Mintz Group

Three Crowns LLP

18:30-20:30

JOINT CONFERENCE DINNER 

Optional for all Joint Conference registrants, faculty and sponsors 

Maggiano's Little Italy

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

8:00-9:00

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:05

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

9:05-9:40

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.

  • Prof. Francisco J. Monaldi, Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University, Houston

9:40-10:40

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 arbitration, 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, Enodo Rights, New York
  • Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., Gibson Dunn, Los Angeles

10:40-11:10

Coffee Break

11:10-12:10

ASSESSING THE ONGOING CHANGES IN INVESTMENT ARBITRATION

After years of discussing 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
  • Matt Swinehart, Counsel for International Trade and Financial Regulatory Policy, and Lead Financial Services Negotiator, U.S. Treasury, Washington, D.C.
  • Noina Marigo, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Head of U.S. International Arbitration Group, New York

12:10-14:00

LUNCHEON 

A Conversation with 

Arthur W. Rovine

International Arbitrator

Adjunct Professor of Law

Fordham Law School

New York

 

Interviewed by

The Honourable Charles N. Brower

Judge, Iran-United States Claims Tribunal

Judge ad hoc, International Court of Justice

Arbitrator, 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.

 

Sponsored by

 

Latham & Watkins (London) LLP

Mayer Brown

NERA

White & Case

14:00-14:40

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

14:40-15:20

MACANDO’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

15:20-15:50

Coffee Break

15:50-16:50

THE INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVE

A panel of senior in-house counsel discusses external factors affecting the energy sector today including geopolitics, challenges to investment treaties, industry changes post-Macondo, and climate change. 

Moderator: Alberto F. Ravell, Lead Counsel – Arbitrations, ConocoPhillips Company, Houston

Panelist:

  • 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
  • Kelly Rose, Senior Vice President, Legal, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, ConocoPhillips Company, Houston

16:50-17:00

Closing Remarks

17:00-18:00

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.

Yousef Aftab

Enodo Rights, New York

Catherine Amirfar

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York

Dr. Crina Baltag

University of Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

Chiann Bao

Independent Arbitrator, Arbitration Chambers Hong Kong and London; Former Secretary General of HKIAC, Hong Kong

Rafael Boza

ICC YAF Representative; Regional Legal Counsel, Sarens USA Inc., Houston

Theodore J. Boutrous Jr.

Gibson Dunn LLP, Los Angeles

The Honorable Charles N. Brower

Judge, Iran-United States Claims Tribunal; Judge ad hoc, International Court of Justice; Arbitrator, 20 Essex Street Chambers, Washington, DC

David M. Castro

IEL Chair, The Woodlands, Texas

Damara Chambers

Vinson & Elkins LLP, Washington, DC

Abby Cohen Smutny

Global Head of International Arbitration Practice, White & Case LLP, Washington, DC

Dilpreet Dhanoa

Squire Patton Boggs, United Arab Emirates

Richard D. Deutsch

McGuireWoods LLP, Houston

Christopher Hogan

IEL YEP Representative; Reynolds Frizzell LLP, Houston

Jonathan A. Hunter

Jones Walker LLP, New Orleans

Joseph E. Neuhaus

ITA Chair; Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, New York

John E. Lash

Control Risks, Washington, DC

Sophie J. Lamb, QC

Latham & Watkins LLP, United Kingdom

Noiana Marigo

Head of US International Arbitration Group, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, New York

Elizabeth Matthews

Deputy Managing Director, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, TOTAL American Services, Inc., Houston

Prof. Francisco J. Monaldi

Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University, Houston

David Moyer

Chief Corporate Counsel, Chevron Corporation, San Ramon

Kelly Rose

Senior Vice President, Legal, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, ConocoPhillips Company, Houston

Arthur W. Rovine

International Arbitrator; Adjunct Professor of Law, Fordham Law School, New York

Ana Sera e Moura

Deputy Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration®, Paris

Laurence Shore

BonelliErede, Milan

Eugene Silva

Senior Counsel, International Disputes Group, ExxonMobil, Houston

Luke A. Sobota

Three Crowns LLP, Washington, DC

Matt Swinehart

Counsel for International Trade and Financial Regulatory Policy, Lead Financial Services Negotiator, US Treasury, Washington, DC

Alberto F. Ravell

Lead Counsel – Arbitrations, ConocoPhillips Company, Houston

Robert Reyes Landicho

Young ITA Chair; Vinson & Elkins LLP, Houston

Venue:  Hilton Houston Post Oak, 2001 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX 77056
Other:

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 23 – 24 January 2019; as long as the block has not sold out. The last day to obtain this special rate is 1 January 2020.

Cancellation Policy: Tuition, less a $50 cancellation fee will be refunded upon receipt of written cancellation received by 6 January 2020. E-mail cancellation notice to kjohnson@cailaw.org. After this date, no refunds, but substitution of attendees for this program will be permitted. Registrants not entitled to a refund will receive the course materials.

To register for the event, please click here.

Registration fees

All prices are in USD.

Label

Price

Regular registration fee

$595 (early bird rate), $645 (regular rate)

ITA Advisory Board Member

$495 (early bird rate), $545 (regular rate)

Young ITA Member

$495 (early bird rate), $545 (regular rate)

ITA Supporting or Sustaining Mbr Employee

$495 (early bird rate), $545 (regular rate)

IEL Advisory Board Member

$495 (early bird rate), $545 (regular rate)

IEL Young Energy Professional (YEP) Member

$495 (early bird rate), $545 (regular rate)

IEL Supporting or Sustaining Mbr Employee

$495 (early bird rate), $545 (regular rate)

CAIL Member or Mbr Employee

$495 (early bird rate), $545 (regular rate)

ICC Member

$495 (early bird rate), $545 (regular rate)

HIAC Member

$495 (early bird rate), $545 (regular rate)

UT Center Member

$495 (early bird rate), $545 (regular rate)

CEPMLP Member

$495 (early bird rate), $545 (regular rate)

Corporate Counsel

$495 (early bird rate), $545 (regular rate)

Government Employee

$225 (early bird rate), $250 (regular rate)

Full-Time Professor

$150 (early bird rate), $175 (regular rate)

Full-Time Student

$125 (early bird rate), $150 (regular rate)

Full-Time Student – Audit Only

Free of charge

Regular registration fee (23 January only)

$75 (early bird rate), $100 (regular rate)

Young ITA Member (23 January only)

$50 (early bird rate), $75 (regular rate)

IEL YEP Member (23 January only)

$50 (early bird rate), $75 (regular rate)

ICC YAF Member (23 January only)

$50 (early bird rate), $75 (regular rate)

Full-Time Student (23 January only)

$25 (early bird rate), $25 (regular rate)

Joint Conference Dinner (23 January only)

$90

Additional guest for Joint Conference Dinner (23 January only)

$90

All prices are in USD.

 

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

• Recognition as a sponsor of the Joint Conference Dinner on the conference website, in the brochure, in e-marketing and at the conference

• 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

• Name/logo on the conference website with link to company page

• Opportunity to provide promotional gifts in conference bags

                   

CONFERENCE LUNCHEON (SOLD OUT)

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

• Exposure to ITA, IEL and ICC constituents

• Recognition as a sponsor of the Luncheon on the conference website, in the conference brochure, in e-marketing and at the conference

• 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

• Name/logo on the conference website with link to company page

 

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

• Recognition as a sponsor of the Canvas Bag on the conference website, in the conference brochure, in e-marketing and at the conference

• 2 free Joint Conference registrations (all events) and 1 discounted registration (20% off)

• 1 exhibition table for promotional materials

• Name/logo on the conference website with link to company page

 

WIFI SPONSORSHIP (SOLD OUT)

$5,000 as exclusive sponsor

• Company/Firm Name as wifi code for conference

• Exposure to ITA, IEL and ICC constituents

• Recognition as Wifi Sponsor on the conference website, in the conference brochure, in e-marketing and at the conference

• 2 free Joint Conference registrations (all events) and 1 discounted registration (20% off)

• 1 exhibition table for promotional materials

• Name/logo on the conference website with link to company page

 

LANYARD SPONSORSHIP

$5,000 as exclusive sponsor

• Company/Firm Name on one side of the conference name badge lanyard (conference title on the other)

• Exposure to ITA, IEL and ICC constituents

• Recognition as Lanyard Sponsor on the conference website, in the conference brochure, in e-marketing and at the conference

• 2 complimentary Workshop registrations (all events) and 1 discounted registration (20% off)

• 1 exhibition table for promotional materials

• Name/logo on the conference website with link to company page

 

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

• Name/logo on the conference website with link to company page

 

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

• 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

 

CHARGING STATION (SOLD OUT)

$4,000 as exclusive sponsor

• 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

 

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

• 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

 

YOUNG LAWYERS ROUNDTABLE

$2,500 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 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

$5,000 as exclusive sponsor 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

• Space for promotional materials at the conference

• Name/logo on the conference website with link to company page

For more information, please contact:

Kristina Chang

Promotion Officer

Tel.: +1 646-699-5702

Email

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