Special Institute on

International Mining and Oil & Gas Law, Development, and Investment

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Wednesday Morning: General Session

Registration

  1. ALEX RITCHIE

    Executive Director Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Westminster, CO
  2. William B. Prince

    President, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Salt Lake City, UT
  3. HORACIO BERNARDES NETO

    President International Bar Association
  4. Michael J. Bourassa

    Partner Fasken Martineau, Toronto, ON
  5. Ignacio J. Randle

    Partner Estudio Randle, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Introductions

  1. HON. RAQUEL ELIAS FERREIRA DODGE

    Prosecutor General Federative Republic of Brazil, Brasilia

Keynote Address

  1. Michael Dixon

    Partner Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Calgary, AB
  2. LUCIANA ASPER

    Federal District and Territories Prosecutors Office - Brasilia
  3. OLGA PONTES

    Odebrecht S.A., São Paulo

Anti-Corruption Investigations and Compliance—Practical Issues and New Developments

  • Internal investigations
  • Privilege considerations in cross border matters
  • Collaboration between regulatory agencies and prosecutors in multi-jurisdiction investigations
  • New anti-corruption laws in Latin America and other legal developments
  • Personal responsibility of directors and officers in anti-corruption cases
  • Remediation and best compliance practices

  1. DANIEL ALTIKES

    Antofagasta Minerals, Santiago
  2. NOBLE CHUMMAR

    Partner Cassels Brock, Toronto
  3. Pablo Mir

    Partner Bofill Mir and Alvarez Jana, Santiago, Chile
  4. ANDY SPIELMAN

    Former Chair, Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Wilmer Hale, Denver, Colorado

Lobbying and Natural Resources Companies - The Thin Red Line

  • Governments as key players in allowing companies to develop their projects
  • Federal, state, and local governments
  • Securing investment, minimizing legal and political risk, and obtaining crucial permits
  • Building and maintaining a healthy and legal relationship with the government

Ticketed Luncheon (speaker to be announced)

Wednesday Afternoon

  1. Scot W. Anderson

    Partner Hogan Lovells US LLP, Denver, CO
  2. KEITH B. HALL

    Director, Mineral Law Institute; Campanile Charities Professor of Energy Law Louisiana State University Law Center, Baton Rouge, LA
  3. PETER LEON

    Partner Herbert Smith Freehills, Johannesburg
  4. STEPHANOS ORESTIS

    Attorney Equinor Brasil, Rio de Janeiro

Dutch Disease and the Resource Curse

  • What is “Dutch Disease”?
  • Dutch Disease and natural resource development
  • Recommended practices for avoiding or minimizing the effects
  • Once contracted, is there a cure?

  1. ANTONIO BARBA DE ALBA

    Cuatrecasas, Madrid
  2. BARTON BASSETT

    Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Palo Alto
  3. ANA LUIZA MARTINS

    Mayer Brown, Rio de Janeiro

Shifting International Tax Laws

  • Recent profound changes in the international tax landscape
  • Change is accelerating in terms of timing and impact on industry
  • Long-lasting impacts on the mineral industry and cross-border investments and structuring
  • Effect of changes adopted by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Jurisdictions adopting significant and impactful changes to internal tax law
  • Effects of U.S. tax reform on the U.S. business landscape and beyond 
  • Reducing tax risk and increasing predictability in cross-border investment and exit strategies

Hosted Refreshment Break

  1. CHRISTIAN LEATHLEY

    Herbert Smith, Paris
  2. RAFAEL MENDES GOMES

    Chief Governance and Compliance Officer Petrobras, Rio de Janeiro
  3. KARLA PASCARELLA

    Partner State Bar of Texas International Law Section; Peckar & Abramson, P.C., Austin
  4. INA POPOVA

    Partner Debevoise & Plimpton, New York and Paris

Impact of the New Ethics of Human Rights on International Energy and Mineral Projects

  • How an uncertain human rights record or the mere failure to address human rights may expose a client to litigation and financial, reputational, and criminal risk
  • Ways to mitigate exposure to potential issues including developing ethics and related internal guidelines that address human rights
  • Human rights reporting requirements (e.g., the UK Modern Slavery Act)
  • Human rights due diligence requirements (e.g., the French Law of Vigilance and the Swiss Responsible Business Initiative)
  • Investigatory oversight mechanisms (e.g., the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise)
  • Supply chain and stock exchange-related guidelines
  • International treaties and transnational lawsuits involving resource companies (e.g., Shell, Hudbay, Vedanta)

  1. Andrew Melsheimer

    Thompson & Knight, Dallas, TX
  2. MEREDITH RATHBONE

    Steptoe & Johnson, London & D.C.
  3. MICHELLE SCHULZ

    Akerman LLP, Dallas

What a Transactional Lawyer Needs to Know about U.S. Economic and Trade Sanctions

  • Status of sanctions and their effect on natural resource sectors
  • Options available to companies affected by the sanctions
  • “Secondary sanctions” requiring companies to engage with sanctioned parties or with the U.S.

Hosted Reception for Registrants, Speakers, and Guests

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Split Section: Mining - Thursday Morning

  1. Florencia Heredia

    Partner Allende & Brea, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  2. Mark Fawcett

    Global Business Services, IBM Canada, Calgary
  3. MARCIO JUNGES

    Vale, São Paulo
  4. NNEOMA V. NWOGU

    The World Bank, Washington, DC
  5. GUILHERME SIMÕES

    Attorney Nexa Resources, Brasilia

Mining Innovation—What Lawyers Must Know to Effectively Advise Clients

  • Major recent advances and the legal ramifications
  • Automation through robots and the effects on labor demand and specialization
  • New techniques to use sea water in the mining processing
  • Use of big data in commodity forecasts
  • Innovation and automation to keep costs down and improve safety
  • Smart contracts and artificial intelligence

  1. Carlos Vilhena

    Partner Pinheiro Neto Advogados, Brasilia, Brazil
  2. RUBEN FERNANDES

    Anglo American Brasil
  3. MARC KUSHNER

    Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, New York
  4. KALIDAS MADHAVPEDDI

    Capstone Mining Corp., Vancouver; former CEO, CMOC International
  5. Maria Paz Pulgar

    Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria, Santiago

Reputational Risk in Mining and the Legal Consequences

  • Mining sector in the spotlight—recent events leading to environmental damages or social unrest
  • How consequences of reputation go beyond social license issues
  • How court decisions and legislation are influenced by these events
  • Legislation to ban certain mining operations—El Salvador, Costa Rica, Argentina, Indonesia
  • How countries that ban or restrict significant mining operations propose to adjust

Hosted Refreshment Break

  1. DAVID ALLMAN

    Partner Edwards Kenny & Bray LLP, Vancouver
  2. Cassie Boggs

    Vice President and General Counsel Resource Capital Funds, Denver, CO
  3. Randy Shefman

    Royal Gold, Inc., Denver
  4. Patricia Nunez

    Partner Nunez, Munoz & Cia Ltda., Abogados, Santiago, Chile

The Selling of Mineral Royalties and Insolvency

  • Understanding the modern royalty company business model in order to understand the modern royalty structure
  • Key elements of the modern royalty structure
  • Setting the table for a future royalty transfer
  • Royalties under various real property and insolvency regimes
  • Effects on negotiation and enforcement (costs and benefits)

Ticketed Luncheon (speaker to be announced)

Split Section: Oil & Gas - Thursday Morning

  1. W. Martin Añez Rea

    Director REPSOL, Madrid, Spain
  2. DANIEL LINSKER

    Senior Partner Control Risks, Mexico City
  3. Leonardo Sempertegui

    OPEC, Vienna
  4. LUIS FERNANDO PACHECO

    Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira, Agel Advogados, Rio de Janeiro

Impacts of Geopolitics on Oil & Gas Development—What Lawyers Need to Know

  • Geopolitical factors affecting investment and development
  • Focus on Latin America
  • Recent elections in Mexico and Brazil
  • Predictions for the future

  1. DAVID BERTOCH

    Exxon Mobil Corporation, Spring, TX
  2. John P. Bowman

    Partner King & Spalding LLP, Houston, TX
  3. TAISA MACIEL

    Petrobras, Rio de Janeiro
  4. HÉCTOR MOREIRA RODRÍGUEZ

    Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos, Mexico City (invited)
  5. DANIELLE VALOIS

    Trench Rossi Watanabe, Rio de Janeiro

Panel of Host Government and IOC Representatives

  • Political/surface risk and mitigations
  • Perspectives on broader regulatory reform/investment protections issues

Hosted Refreshment Break

  1. Alexandre B. Calmon

    Tauil & Chequer Advogados Mayer Brown LLP, Rio de Janeiro
  2. PATRICIA P. ARRUDA

    Total Brasil, Rio de Janeiro
  3. MIGUEL RIVERO

    Lega Abogados, Caracas

The AIPN Model JOA (2012)— Drafting from a Civil Law Perspective

  • Principles of law to be taken into consideration
  • Potential discussions around validity/applicability of certain provisions
    •   Impacts on liability regime
    •   Remedies for default
  • Proposed reviews to the model provisions

Ticketed Luncheon (speaker to be announced)

Split Section: Mining - Thursday Afternoon

  1. ELIZABETH BASTIDA

    Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, University of Dundee, Dundee
  2. Adriano D. Trindade

    Pinheiro Neto Advogados, Brasilia, Brazil
  3. BARBARA DUNIN

    United Nations Development Program, São Paulo (invited)

Mining and Sustainable Development Goals

  • UN Resolution 1/70 approved new agenda for sustainable development to be achieved by 2030
  • The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • How SDGs will be reflected in international and domestic legislation applied to the mining sector
  • Aspects of SDGs that mining companies should incorporate to their businesses
  • How the mining sector can contribute to the achievement of the SDGs

Hosted Refreshment Break

  1. Rafael Vergara

    Partner Carey y Cia Ltda., Santiago, Chile
  2. Andrew A. Irvine

    Attorney Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Ecuador; Andrew A. Irvine, P.C., Jackson, Wyoming
  3. Karen G. Narwold

    Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, and General Counsel Albemarle Corporation, Charlotte, NC

The Electric Vehicle Movement—How Regulations Are Fueling Momentum and Impacts on the Global Energy and Mining Industries

  • Regulations and subsidies for manufacturers and consumers of electric vehicles
  • Growing market for electric vehicles, including in mining
  • Impacts of growth on the energy and mining industries
  • Lithium development, carbon taxes, and new energy technologies 

  1. SARAH A. STRUNK

    Chair of the Board of Directors Fennemore Craig, P.C., Phoenix, AZ
  2. IGNACIO SANTAMARIA

    Attorney Lloreda Camacho & Co. Abogados, Bogotá
  3. MARIALE DELGADO

    Rio Tinto Perú, Lima
  4. JUAN PIZARRO-SUAREZ

    Pizarro-Suarez & Rodriguez Matus, Mexico City

Due Diligence Roadblocks in Mineral Transactions in the Americas

  • Land titles and real vs. personal property with regard to mineral interests
  • Registration issues and securing mineral interests
  • Environmental matters—granting of licenses and permits, definition of protected areas, etc.
  • Indigenous communities; prior consultation processes and preference rights
  • Citizenship participation in decisions related to the development of mining activities

Reception by the Brazilian Host Committee for Registrants, Speakers, and Guests

Split Section: Oil & Gas - Thursday Afternoon

  1. CARLOS FREDERICO LUCCHETTI BINGEMER

    BMA, Rio de Janeiro
  2. RICARDO COLMENTER

    Director Entra Consulting, Houston, TX
  3. MATTHIAS LANG

    Bird & Bird, Düsseldorf

Blockchain and Smart Contracts in the Energy Industry for Transactional Lawyers

  • Fundamentals of Ethereum blockchain and smart contracts
  • How they can be applied in the energy industry
  • The novel legal issues blockchain-enabled solutions present for practitioners

Hosted Refreshment Break

  1. Vera De Brito de Gyarfas

    Partner King & Spalding LLP, Houston, TX
  2. LAVINIA HOLLAND

    Escopo Energia, Rio de Janeiro
  3. GIOVANNI LOSS

    Partner Mattos Filho, Rio de Janeiro
  4. HARRY SULLIVAN

    Assistant General Counsel; Professor Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law & Texas A&M School of Law, Dallas; Kosmos Energy

Changes, Challenges, and Opportunities in the Evolving LNG Market—What Lawyers Should Know

  • Natural gas transported as liquefied natural gas (LNG) is the fastest-growing energy source worldwide
  • LNG as a companion fuel to supplement and bolster reliability of renewable energy sources
  • Brazil importing LNG to power projects—Porto do Açu in Rio will be largest LNG-to-power project worldwide
  • Challenges for today’s LNG industry—advising your clients
  • Opportunities in tomorrow’s international LNG industry

  1. ALI EL HAGE FILHO

    Partner Veirano Advogados, Rio de Janeiro
  2. MONICA KAUFFMAN

    Shell Brasil Petróleo Ltda., Rio de Janeiro
  3. HUMBERTO QUINTAS

    BP Brazil Ltda., Rio de Janeiro

Low Carbon Transition—How Oil-Producing Countries Are Preparing for a Low-Carbon Future

  • Effects of looming peak demand for oil and social and regulatory pressure for cleaner energy
  • Companies are investing in renewable energy and natural gas over long-cycle oil projects
  • Challenges companies and governments and their legal counsel face in implementing the transition
  • Impact on future oil development
  • Examples—the Brazilian energy scene and recent actions by major international and national oil companies

Reception by the Brazilian Host Committee for Registrants, Speakers, and Guests

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Environment and Sustainability - Friday Morning

  1. SOLANGE COSTA

    Vale, São Paulo
  2. Pedro Freitas

    Partner Fundação Renova; Veirano Advogados, Rio de Janeiro
  3. CASPER HERLER

    Managing Partner Borenius Attorneys, Helsinki
  4. ALAN HUTCHISON

    Partner Osler, Vancouver
  5. PALOMA INFANTE

    Morales & Besa, Santiago, Chile

Comparative Environmental/Tailings Dam Regulation and Lessons Learned from Recent Tailings Dam Failures

•             Comparative review of tailings dam regulation in Canada, Chile, and Finland

•             Review of recent tailings dam failures in Brazil, Canada, and Finland and lessons learned

                                o             Government responses, investigations, and reviews

                                o             Legislative and regulatory changes

                                o             Political and public policy implications

                                o             Impact on reclamation security and future project development

  1. CAROLINE O’DRISCOLL

    O’Driscoll & Company, Calgary
  2. Maria Paz Cerda

    AES Gener, Santiago
  3. Nicolas Castellano Gard

    Castellano Carlevaro Asociados, Montevideo, Uruguay
  4. Alejandro M. Massot

    Partner Estudio Randle, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  5. JULIA TORREBLANCA

    Freeport, Arequipa, Peru

Ride the Green Wave—Exploration of the Implications of Renewable Energies on Resource Projects for Resource Companies and Indigenous Communities

  • Summary of the evolution of renewable energy projects in Latin America
  • Analysis of the synergies between extractive and renewable industries—challenges, opportunities, and benefits
  • Overview of a multi-dimensional approach to energy planning and development
  • Consideration of energy development initiatives as an opportunity to effectively build sustainable community capacity in indigenous communities
  • Case studies/practical examples from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Uruguay, and other countries

Hosted Refreshment Break

  1. MAX FAILLE

    Gowling WLG, Vancouver
  2. Matthew J. McKeown

    Regional Solicitor U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Denver, CO
  3. JOHN SOUTHALAN

    University of Western Australia, Perth
  4. Ursula Zavala Carlin

    Counsel Rodrigo, Elias & Medrano Abogados, Lima, Peru

Indigenous Engagement and Collaboration During Mineral Development—International Approaches

  • Pragmatic approaches regarding indigenous collaboration in mining projects
  • International standards and mechanisms
  • Examples from Australia, Canada, Peru, and the USA
  • Issues when development occurs on lands to which indigenous peoples have rights and/or cultural or physical connection, including

  o   Consultation, engagement, and participation; capacity funding;

       dissent within the group; government approval processes;

       previous agreements or surveys; group representation

  o   Overlapping claims by different indigenous groups

  1. Angeles Murgier

    Brons & Salas, Buenos Aires
  2. DUFFERIN HARPER

    Blakes, Calgary
  3. MARIANA HERRERO

    Partner Galicia Abogados, S.C., Mexico City
  4. FELIPE MENESES

    Carey, Santiago

A Multi-Jurisdictional Perspective on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions in Resource Project Development

  • Approaches to GHG emissions regulation throughout the Americas
  • Increased scrutiny and disclosure of GHG emissions by public companies
  • Regulating resource projects in emissions-intensive, trade-exposed sectors
  • New GHG emission markets in Mexico and other countries in Latin America
  • Methane emissions regulations for the oil and gas sector

Adjournment