Special Institute on

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

Speakers & committee

Program Chair

IGNACIO J. RANDLE is a partner at the law firm Estudio Randle in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Mr. Randle received his law degree from the Catholic University of Argentina in Buenos Aires in 1986 and holds a Master in Laws from the University of Chicago Law School. He practiced as a foreign attorney with Baker Botts in Houston, Texas, with Baker Botts Washington, D.C., and with McDermott, Will & Emery in Chicago, Illinois. In 1989 he was awarded the Perez Companc Foundation Scholarship for Law and Economics. Mr. Randle's practice focuses on international business transactions and M&A, with emphasis in natural resources, energy, and infrastructure projects. He represents domestic and foreign companies doing business in Latin America, as well as local companies pursuing business opportunities abroad. Mr. Randle has published in different countries and lectured in the Law School and the School of Economics in Buenos Aires, as well as in other fora in Argentina and abroad. Mr. Randle is current Council member of the Legal Practice Division, current Council member of the Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law, former Chair of the Environment, Health & Safety Law Committee, former Chair of the Mining Law Committee, and former Officer of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee of the International Bar Association. Mr. Randle is former President of the University of Chicago Alumni Club of Argentina, Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Chair of the American Bar Association’s International Environmental Law Committee, Chair of the American Bar Association’s International Energy and Resources Committee, and Council Member of the Section of International Law & Practice of the American Bar Association.

Program Vice-Chair

MICHAEL J. BOURASSA is a Partner in the Toronto office of Fasken Martineau and was the global mining group’s coordinator from 2004 to 2012. He has expertise in commercial agreements (joint ventures, royalties, options) related to mineral exploration and mining, as well as extensive experience in Canadian and international mining due diligence issues concerning title, technical matters and environmental risk. He has also written articles on corporate social responsibility trends in the mining industry and is a member of the firm's CSR Practice group.  Michael is a director of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, co-chair of the mining executive committee for the International Bar Association, and a Member-at-Large of the Board of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.  Who’s Who Legal named Fasken Martineau as “Global Mining Law Firm of the Year” in 2005 to 2009, 2011 and 2015 to 2017 and Michael as “Mining Lawyer of the Year” in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014 and 2017.

Oil & Gas/Energy Co-Chairs

MARIANNA BOZA, Brigard & Urrutia, Bogota

YULIYA MARCER is Senior Counsel, Global Projects Organization, for BP in Houston, Texas.  She provides strategic legal and business advice on major projects (projects over $250 million), with particular focus on LNG projects and projects operated by others (OBO).  She is the lead project development lawyer for a number of major projects, including Tangguh LNG Train 3 in Indonesia, Browse LNG in Australia, Angola LNG, Alaska LNG.  Yuliya is the project development advisor on LNG to power projects. Lead attorney, BP Upstream LNG Working Group; subject matter expert, OBO project governance.

PEDRO SERRANO ESPELTA is a partner of Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal and has been a member of the firm since 1997. He regularly advises clients on Argentine anti-corruption regulations and their complex interaction with foreign extraterritorial laws applicable to actions taking place in Argentina. Pedro also advises clients in developing, implementing and auditing compliance programs, as well as in white collar crime, compliance trainings, risk analysis, due diligence and internal investigations. Pedro is involved in corporate, oil & gas, M&A and complex contracts work. He is a regular speaker at international anti-corruption conferences both locally and abroad. Pedro received his law degree from the Universidad Nacional del Litoral in 1992. He was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley from 1993 to 1995 and earned a Master in Laws (LL.M.) degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1997. He was a foreign associate at The Americas Law Group in San Francisco, California, from 1993 to 1996. He is a member of the Bar of the City of Buenos Aires. 

Mining Co-Chairs

FLORENCIA HEREDIA is a partner in Allende & Brea in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she focuses on general practice and on natural resources and environmental law. She provides legal advice to the majority of companies in this field and in the financing of projects, and has advised the lenders in all major mining projects in Argentina. She has spoken in several international seminars and has taken part several Argentine Government commissions. She is member of various natural resources and environmental law entities. She has been appointed Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and Officer of the International Bar Association’s Mining Committee. She is founding partner of AMLA (Latin American Association of Mining Lawyers), member of IMPS (International Mining Professionals Society) and Fundamin (an Argentine association for mining studies), and is Chair of the Environmental Committee of Buenos Aires Bar Association. She was previously a member of Estudio Beccar Varela for 16 years, where she was partner for more than eight years. She has been recognized as a leading lawyer in the fields of mining and project finance by international publications such as Chambers & Partners, Who’s Who and Latin Lawyer.

RAFAEL VERGARA is a Partner with Carey y Cia Ltda., in Santiago. Mr. Vergara is co-head of the firm’s Natural Resources and Environment Group. His practice focuses on natural resources, mining, water rights, energy, environment, surface lands, project financing, and corporate and commercial law. He has received numerous national and international awards and recognition in the fields of mining, metals, energy, environmental, natural resources, and project finance and development. He has been a Professor of Mining Law at the Universidad de Chile since 1996, and at the Universidad de los Andes since 2003. Mr. Vergara is the author of several legal publications, including the Chilean chapter on Mining, Getting the Deal Through (2010-2013), and has presented special courses on mining law for judges and members of the Courts of Appeals, organized by the Judiciary Academy of Chile, as well as papers on Chilean mining, energy, natural resources regulations and environment at numerous seminars, both in Chile and abroad. He was a Trustee at Large of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (2012-2015); a Member of the Chilean Bar Association, Member of its board (2006-2011); Visiting Professor in several graduate studies and Master Degree Programs on Natural Resources Law at several Chilean Universities; Member of the panel of arbitrators, Arbitration Center of the Chamber of Commerce of Santiago; Member of the Legal Committee of the National Mining Association (SONAMI); and Member of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA). Mr. Vergara received his law degree from the Universidad de Chile.

CARLOS VILHENA is a partner at the law firm of Pinheiro Neto Advogados, in Brasilia, Brazil, where he heads the firm's mining and government relations practices. For many years Mr. Vilhena has been appointed as one of the top practitioners in Brazil for mining legal expertise by a number of publications, including the International Who's Who of Mining Lawyers published by Who's Who Legal, the Latin Lawyer, Chambers Global, and Legal 500. In 2015, 2016, and 2017, the Who´s Who Legal identified 407 mining law practitioners around the World. Mr. Vilhena was listed as thought leader. He is the only Brazilian in the list. Chambers and Global 2017 listed Mr. Vilhena as the only Star Individual in the mining legal market in Brazil. Mr. Vilhena acts as Senior Vice-Chair of the Mining Committee of the International Bar Association. He is a director of TriStar Gold Inc. Mr. Vilhena holds an LLM degree in Natural Resources Law from the Centre for Energy, Petroleum, and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee, Scotland and an LLB from the University of Brasilia Law School.

Environmental & CSR Co-Chairs

OSCAR BENAVIDES, Rodrigo, Elias & Medrano Abogados, Lima

MICHAEL DIXON, Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Calgary. Mr. Dixon’s practice involves all aspects of corporate/commercial litigation and arbitration, with a focus on oil and gas law, contract disputes, royalty disputes, fraud claims and insurance matters. He regularly advises Canadian and multinational corporate clients on compliance with domestic and international anti-bribery and corruption legislation. He has conducted internal investigations in response to corruption allegations. He also assists clients with implementing and improving anti-corruption compliance programs and with anti-corruption diligence during mergers, financings and other commercial transactions. Mr. Dixon also advises on compliance with a variety of other criminal and regulatory legislation and has defended clients charged under a variety of criminal and regulatory statutes. He also advises clients on search and seizure issues. In 2014 he was recognized as a leading investigations specialist by Global Investigations Review’s 40 Under 40. Mr. Dixon received his LL.B. from the University of Victoria and is a member of the Calgary and Canadian Bar Associations.

ROB RISLEY, Freeport-McMoRan Inc., Phoenix

Brazil Host Committee Co-Chairs

ALEXANDRE CALMON, Tauil & Chequer Advogados Mayer Brown LLP, Rio de Janeiro

PEDRO FREITAS, Fundação Renova; Veirano Advogados, Rio de Janeiro

MONICA KAUFFMAN, Shell Brasil Petróleo Ltda., Rio de Janeiro

Speakers

DAVID ALLMAN is a Partner with Edwards, Kenny & Bray LLP, in Vancouver, British Columbia. David’s mining law practice involves regularly advising senior, mid-tier and junior mining clients on domestic and international mineral resource property transactions, including option agreements, joint venture agreements, royalty agreements, strategic alliance agreements and confidentiality agreements, as well as advising on a range of corporate, commercial and securities matters. He has been involved in transactions involving mineral projects in Canada, Latin America, Africa and Eurasia.  He has presented and been a committee member at the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation annual institute, and has spoken at and co-chaired a number of other legal conferences.

DANIEL ALTIKES, Antofagasta Minerals, Santiago

SCOT W. ANDERSON is a partner in Hogan Lovells US LLP’s Denver office and Global Head of the Energy & Natural Resources Group. Scot’s practice focuses on commercial transactions, regulatory advice, and project development involving the mining, oil and gas, and energy industries. He has represented a number of clients with projects on Indian lands and internationally. Scot advises on the full sweep of issues affecting the oil and gas, hardrock mining, and coal industries. He has worked on complex transactions for natural resources clients, including the formation of new joint ventures, the divestiture of natural resources projects, and the acquisition of leases and reserves for mining and oil and gas clients. He has represented clients in administrative proceedings and in federal and state courts. He has extensive experience addressing issues related to mineral development of federal public lands and Indian lands. Scot’s practice includes international project development and transactions. He has worked on matters throughout North and South America, and in Europe, Australia, Africa, and Asia.

MARTÍN AÑEZ REA is Director of Exploration and Production Legal Services at REPSOL S.A., currently responsible for Latin America. He has more than 20 years of experience in the oil and gas business and particularly in Upstream legal issues. He has been a lawyer in other energy companies such as OXY and Maxus. He received his law degree from the Private University of Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia), and a Master in Economic Law from the University of Chile (Santiago de Chile) and ESADE Alumni, Diploma in Business Management (Madrid, Spain). Member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN). Lecturer of Contracting and International Law of Hydrocarbons issues in Spanish and Latin American universities.

 

Director de Servicios Jurídicos en el ámbito de Exploración y Producción de Repsol S.A., actualmente responsable de Latinoamérica. Más de 20 años de experiencia trabajando como abogado en materia de hidrocarburos, y especialmente en Upstream. Abogado en otras compañías petroleras tales como OXY y Maxus. Licenciado en Derecho por la Universidad Privada de Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia). Master en Derecho Económico por la Universidad de Chile (Santiago de Chile) y ESADE Alumni, Diplomado en Business Management (Madrid, España). Miembro de la Asociación Internacional de Negociadores Petroleros (AIPN). Disertante de temas de Contratación Internacional y Derecho de los Hidrocarburos en universidades españolas y latinoamericanas.

PATRICIA P. ARRUDA, Total Brasil, Rio de Janeiro

LUCIANA ASPER, Federal District and Territories Prosecutors Office - Brasilia

BARTON BASSETT, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Palo Alto, CA

ELIZABETH BASTIDA, Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, University of Dundee, Dundee

DAVID BERTOCH, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Spring, TX

Carlos Frederico Lucchetti Bingemer, BMA, Rio de Janeiro

CATHERINE (“CASSIE”) BOGGS is Vice President and General Counsel of Resource Capital Funds (RCF), a private equity group based in Denver that invests only in the mining sector. Prior to joining RCF in January 2011, Cassie served as Senior Vice President-Corporate Development for Barrick Gold Corporation, the world’s largest gold mining company. During her time at Barrick, she also served in Pakistan as President and CEO of Tethyan Copper Company Pakistan (Pvt) Limited, a joint venture of Barrick and Antofagasta plc, and acted as the interim President of Barrick’s African Business Unit, and as the acting General Counsel and Company Secretary of African Barrick Gold plc, a subsidiary of Barrick listed on the London Stock Exchange. Cassie graduated from the University of Denver with a BA in Economics, a MA in Resource Economics from Michigan State University, and a J.D. in Law from the University of Denver. Prior to joining Barrick, she was an International Partner with the law firm of Baker & McKenzie, serving as the head of its Global Mining Practice and working in the Chicago, San Francisco, Almaty, Kazakhstan, and Jakarta, Indonesia offices of the firm. Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie, she was Of Counsel at Stoel Rives in Portland, Oregon, and a partner in the Denver law firm of Sherman & Howard. Cassie has served as President and Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (2012-2013) and currently serves on its Board of Directors. She was recently named by UK Women in Mining as one of the “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining.”

JOHN P. BOWMAN is a Partner with King & Spalding LLP in Houston, where he is engaged in an arbitration and litigation practice representing primarily international oil companies and service companies in a wide range of commercial and investment disputes. He is a frequent writer and speaker on international arbitration and international oil and gas topics. He is a Past President of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (2014-2015) and a former member of the governing Council of the Texas State Bar Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section. Increasingly, he is called upon to assist IOCs and international NOCs design, draft, negotiate, and assess stabilization mechanisms and dispute resolution provisions in upstream and project agreements with host governments and NOCs. Mr. Bowman is an Adjunct Professor for International Arbitration at the University of Oklahoma College of Law and for International Energy Arbitration at Georgetown University Law Center. The Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission recognized Mr. Bowman for his contribution to education concerning the Panama Convention at its conference in Panama City celebrating the Convention’s 40th Anniversary in May 2015. Mr. Bowman is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration and the Institute for Energy Law. He is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He received his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1980, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Kansas Law Review.

ALEXANDRE CALMON, Tauil & Chequer Advogados Mayer Brown LLP, Rio de Janeiro

NICOLÁS CASTELLANO GARD is a Partner with Castellano Carlevaro Asociados, in Montevideo. He has over 14 years of experience in corporate law. He specializes in advising local and international companies in different aspects related to their businesses in Uruguay, including setting up corporations, drafting and negotiating contracts with clients and suppliers, and relationships with the Uruguayan regulatory bodies. In recent years, as Uruguay profited from the renewable energy policies in place, he has been directly involved advising developers, EPC contractors, and land owners, in both photovoltaic and wind energy projects for over 200 MW. In this capacity, he has participated in all stages of the projects, from securing bidding processes with Uruguay´s electric utility “UTE”, negotiating PPAs, structuring financing, EPC contracting, through civil works execution and installation of wind turbines and solar panels. His area of expertise further involves advising court-appointed administrators in company bankruptcy processes, working together with CPAs. He led the team of lawyers advising private companies in the negotiation and drafting of the first biodiesel 15-year contracts with the state-owned Uruguayan oil utility “ANCAP”, including project financing with public and private banks for over USD 60 million. Nicolas graduated from the University of Montevideo in Law (J.D.) in 2005. He was an associate at Guyer & Regules law firm from 2004 until 2008, working in the Corporate and Banking departments. In 2008 he travelled to China to complete the International Management Program from Boston University in Beijing and Shanghai. He later obtained a Master´s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Boston University in 2010. Since 2010 he has been a partner in Castellano, Carlevaro & Asociados, and acts as a member in the board of directors of cable TV, micro credit, edible oil, and flour mill industries in Uruguay. He is fluent in Spanish, English, and Italian. 

NOBLE CHUMMAR is a partner with Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, a leading Canadian law firm with offices in Toronto and Vancouver and is a member of the firm’s Business Law and Government Relations groups. He advises clients on public policy matters from a wide range of industry sectors, including energy, government, education, pharmaceutical, hospitals, insurance, mining, transportation, banking, retail and real estate development. Noble serves on a number of private and public sector boards, and has served two terms at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the regulatory body that governs doctors in the Province of Ontario.  He is also a strategic advisor to the Chairman of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, and a past president of the Empire Club of Canada. Noble has been decorated with the government of Canada’s 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada medal and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal. In 2016, he was decorated with the rank of Chevalier in the Order of Merit from the Government of France. He graduated from law school at the London School of Economics and also received his Masters of Law from Osgoode Hall Law School. Noble is a graduate of the corporate directors' program at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. His passions include film, SCUBA diving and travel.

BRENDAN CLARK, Minter Ellison, Brisbane

RICARDO COLMENTER is a Director of Entra Consulting. He was previously General Counsel for the Western Hemisphere of Weatherford International,  a member of Halliburton law department, a Partner at Johnson and Cato, and a Legal Director of the Venezuelan Patent and Trademark Office. He holds a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the Universidad Catolica Andres Bello,a Master of Laws (LLM) degree in International Intellectual Property from Lund University in Sweden, and an LLM in Intellectual Property and Information Law from the University of Houston Law Center. Mr. Colmenter is an adjunct professor at the University of Houston, guest professor at the Universidad de Nuevo Leon and lnstituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico and participates as Lead Chairman and Program Director for advanced training courses for the legal and business development departments of national oil companies (NOCs) (such as Pemex, Petrobras, Petroecuador, and Ecopetrol) and regulators (Mexico's Comision Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH), Argentina 's Energy and Mines Ministry, and Secretaria de Hidrocarburos del Ecuador) sponsored by the University of Houston, the lnstituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico, Colombia's Universidad de la Sabana, NOCs and international oil companies (IOCs). In addition, he is the author of law books and law articles regarding international oil transactions, technology transfers in the oil industry, and oil and gas international business. Mr. Colmenter actively participates as a speaker at international seminars, symposiums, and colloquiums, and as an expert in workshops for oil production countries organized by the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the U.S. Department of Commerce. His practice centers on transactional law with a strong business view, which involves structuring multi-milliondollar energy integral services contracts, mergers and acquisitions in the oil industry, and sophisticated oil and gas projects. He has more than 20 years of international business experience in the oil and gas industry, with a very extensive international network and very strong negotiation skills based on his experience as the Venezuela representative before the Andean Community and the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA).

Mr. Colmenter was included in the latest edition of the Legal 500: Latin America (Legal 500), which identifies an array of the most influential and innovative in-house counsel working in the region.

SOLANGE COSTA, Vale, São Paulo

ANTONIO BARBA DE ALBA, Cuatrecasas, Madrid

VERA DE BRITO de GYARFAS is a Partner in the Global Transactions Practice Group at King & Spalding in Houston. Ms. De Gyarfas’ practice is focused on energy projects in Latin America and Africa representing companies in upstream E&P projects, LNG and other gas projects, power companies in the construction of generation, transmission and distribution facilities, and petrochemical companies in the development of specialized plants under joint ventures, profit sharing agreements, operating services agreements, EPC contracts, and oilfield service contracts.  Ms. De Gyarfas’ expertise in LNG involves the negotiation and drafting of host government and other investment agreements, analysis of existing regulation and Government negotiations, LNG sales and purchase agreements, gas supply agreements and terminal usage agreements, among others. Ms. De Gyarfas is a Member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) and part of its Latin America Regional Executive Committee. Ms. De Gyarfas is ranked by Chambers Global as a Leading Individual in the (i) Energy and Natural Resource Foreign Expert category, and (ii) Venezuela.

MARIALE DELGADO, Rio Tinto Perú, Lima

MICHAEL DIXON, Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Calgary. Mr. Dixon’s practice involves all aspects of corporate/commercial litigation and arbitration, with a focus on oil and gas law, contract disputes, royalty disputes, fraud claims and insurance matters. He regularly advises Canadian and multinational corporate clients on compliance with domestic and international anti-bribery and corruption legislation. He has conducted internal investigations in response to corruption allegations. He also assists clients with implementing and improving anti-corruption compliance programs and with anti-corruption diligence during mergers, financings and other commercial transactions. Mr. Dixon also advises on compliance with a variety of other criminal and regulatory legislation and has defended clients charged under a variety of criminal and regulatory statutes. He also advises clients on search and seizure issues. In 2014 he was recognized as a leading investigations specialist by Global Investigations Review’s 40 Under 40. Mr. Dixon received his LL.B. from the University of Victoria and is a member of the Calgary and Canadian Bar Associations.

BARBARA DUNIN, United Nations Development Program, São Paulo

MAX FAILLE, Gowling WLG, Vancouver

MARK FAWCETT, Global Business Services, IBM Canada, Calgary

RUBEN FERNANDES, Anglo American Brasil

HON. RAQUEL ELIAS FERREIRA DODGE, Federative Republic of Brazil, Brasilia

ALI EL HAGE FILHO is a Brazilian lawyer and a solicitor of England & Wales. He is a partner at Veirano Advogados and has extensive experience in the Oil & Gas sector, working in projects and operations in Brazil and in the UK. Prior to joining Veirano Ali worked for circa 13 years in senior in-house legal counsel roles for BG Group, based initially in São Paulo, then in Rio de Janeiro and lastly in Aberdeen, UK as the Vice President leading the Legal, Compliance and Contracts and Procurement areas of one of the most important business divisions of BG Group, responsible for the company’s UK and Norway oil and gas production. Ali holds an LLM from the University of Warwick (UK) and Insper (Brazil). He has worked across different businesses segments within the oil and gas industry, from natural gas distribution and transportation to the full life cycle of the upstream, from early licensing and exploration to production and decommissioning. Ali has led and coordinated legal support to a variety of matters relevant to the oil and gas industry, from financing, M&A transactions and project development to critical issues closer to companies’ operations, including disputes, compliance, emergency response and procurement.

PEDRO FREITAS, Fundação Renova; Veirano Advogados, Rio de Janeiro

KEITH B. HALL is Director of the Mineral Law Institute and the Campanile Charities Professor of Energy Law at Louisiana State University (LSU). He teaches Mineral Rights, Advanced Mineral Law, International Petroleum Transactions, Civil Law Property, and an Energy Law Seminar that focuses on environmental issues relating to oil and gas development. His publications have focused on oil and gas leases, pooling and unitization, hydraulic fracturing, and induced seismicity that is associated with oil and gas activities.  He is co-author of a textbook on oil and gas law that is used in U.S. law schools and also is co-author of a book published by the American Bar Association on the legal issues relating to hydraulic fracturing. He is a frequent speaker at national and international oil and gas conferences and is a contributing co-author to the forthcoming new edition of a leading textbook on international petroleum transactions. In prior years, Professor Hall has taught International Petroleum Transactions as a Visiting Professor at Baku State University in Azerbaijan, International Energy Transactions as a Visiting Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Law School, and Introduction to Mineral Law as an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School in New Orleans. Before joining the LSU Law School faculty, he practiced law for 16 years, with a focus on oil and gas litigation and transactions. Professor Hall is the Editor-in-Chief of the Institute for Energy Law’s Oil & Gas E-Report. He serves on the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s Trustees Council, the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators’ Educational Advisory Board, and the Executive Committee of the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation. He is a former Chair of the Oil & Gas Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources. He also is a registered professional engineer.

DUFFERIN (DUFF) HARPER is an environmental law partner at Blakes in Calgary, and practices in the areas of environmental/regulatory law and litigation. He advises clients on a variety of environmental and regulatory matters including greenhouse gas emissions and emissions disclosure, renewable energy projects, renewable fuels, traditional oil and gas, oil sands, LNG, transportation of dangerous goods and industrial/chemical facilities. His practice encompasses both corporate/commercial and litigation matters. On the corporate side, he represents clients on matters involving corporate governance and environmental aspects of corporate transactions, particularly as they relate to environmental liabilities and indemnities. As a litigator he represents clients involved in regulatory investigations, quasi-criminal offences, contaminated sites litigation and regulatory approvals. Duff also provides strategic advice to clients on environmental management systems, regulatory compliance, spill response activities and due diligence issues. He is a past chair of the National Environmental Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association and is nationally recognized as one of Canada’s leading environmental lawyers. In addition to his law degree, he possesses both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Masters of Science degree.  His Masters' thesis was in the area of environmental toxicology.

FLORENCIA HEREDIA is a partner in Allende & Brea in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she focuses on general practice and on natural resources and environmental law. She provides legal advice to the majority of companies in this field and in the financing of projects, and has advised the lenders in all major mining projects in Argentina. She has spoken in several international seminars and has taken part several Argentine Government commissions. She is member of various natural resources and environmental law entities. She has been appointed Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and Officer of the International Bar Association’s Mining Committee. She is founding partner of AMLA (Latin American Association of Mining Lawyers), member of IMPS (International Mining Professionals Society) and Fundamin (an Argentine association for mining studies), and is Chair of the Environmental Committee of Buenos Aires Bar Association. She was previously a member of Estudio Beccar Varela for 16 years, where she was partner for more than eight years. She has been recognized as a leading lawyer in the fields of mining and project finance by international publications such as Chambers & Partners, Who’s Who and Latin Lawyer.

CASPER HERLER is managing partner for Borenius Attorneys Ltd, one of Finland’s largest law firms. In addition to heading the firm, Casper practices environmental, natural resources and energy law with an emphasis on strategic project planning of large industrial and infrastructure projects. Herler was laterally hired to Borenius in 2010 from another Finnish firm to build up a leading environment & natural resources practice at Borenius. He joined private practice in 2007 and has before that held positions at a leading Finnish consulting firm and at the Ministry of the Environment. Herler has been a researcher at University of Helsinki teaching environmental law and has dissertated for the doctoral degree in law in 2008 on environmental liability for soil and groundwater contamination. He still teaches environmental law at the same university. Casper is very active in advising exploration and mining clients and is one of the leading European mining lawyers. He currently serves as the senior vice chair of the IBA mining law committee. Casper was the secretary of the Finnish working group reforming the mining act and has published several articles on Finnish and Nordic mining law.

MARIANA HERRERO is a partner of Galicia Abogados, S.C. leading the Environmental Practice Group since 2006. She is an attorney specialized in all aspects of environmental law and has experience in other areas such as Energy, Infrastructure and Real Estate; she advised both sponsors and lenders on the environmental aspects of the financing, structuring and development of infrastructure projects, mainly in the water, roads and energy and oil & gas industries. Mariana Herrero has also broad experience in dealing with the environmental aspects of M&A projects related to different business and industries, including the acquisition of renewable energy projects (mainly wind, solar and min-hydro). She also participates in the development and implementation of corporate environmental and permitting strategies for the development of infrastructure, industrial and real estate projects. She has been recognized by several publications including Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500, as an expert lawyer in Environmental Law and Energy. In 2018, Mariana Herrero received the recognition as "Mexico Lawyer of the Year" by Chambers & Partners (Chambers Women in Law Awards: Latin America 2018), this award is granted to those lawyers committed to the gender equality and pioneers in opening opportunities to women throughout Latin America. She is a founding member of the Board at Abogadas MX, a non-for profit organization that promotes strategies to advance women in the legal profession to leadership positions in Mexico.

LAVINIA HOLLANDA, Escopo Energia, Rio de Janeiro

ALAN HUTCHISON is co-chair of Osler’s mining group and a partner in the Corporate Group. He practises in the areas of corporate finance and securities and corporate/commercial law with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and corporate governance. Alan also practises in the areas of mining law and specializes in the mining sector. Alan regularly advises public companies and securities dealers in public and private financing transactions (both equity and debt), including private placements and prospectus offerings. Alan also regularly acts in take-over bids, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations and joint ventures. He also advises public companies on general corporate and securities law matters, including stock exchange listings, continuous disclosure obligations and other regulatory compliance issues. Alan has been recognized as a leading practitioner by Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Energy & Natural Resources:  Mining), Best Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Law, M&A, Mining Law, Natural Resources Law and Securities Law), The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Mining Law, Corporate Finance & Securities), The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Corporate Mid-Market) and Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Energy & Natural Resources: Mining (Canada)).

PALOMA INFANTE, Morales & Besa, Santiago, Chile

ANDREW A. IRVINE is an attorney at Andrew A. Irvine, P.C., in Jackson, Wyoming, where he specializes in environmental and natural resources law, including work in minerals and mining; energy; and environmental regulatory compliance and permitting.  Andy serves on the Board for Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities (YTCC), the sole regional designee of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program. YTCC focuses on petroleum displacement activities in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (Idaho, Montana and Wyoming), especially promotion of alternative fuels and vehicles through programs such as green fleet consulting, electric vehicle rebates and development of alternative fuels/electric infrastructure. Andy was awarded the 2016-2017 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program grant to Ecuador to investigate and develop regulatory solutions to problems resulting from artisanal and small-scale mining in the country. He received his B.S. in Geological Sciences from the University of Notre Dame in 2001, his M.S. in Mineral Economics from the Colorado School of Mines in 2003, and his J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2006, with a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law.  Prior to opening his own law firm in 2014, he was an attorney with the environmental and natural resources group at the law firm of Holland & Hart, LLP in Denver, Colorado and Jackson, Wyoming from 2006 – 2013.  He is the Wyoming Mining Reporter for the RMMLF Mineral Law Newsletter, has served on the Mining and Environmental & CSR/Sustainability Committees for the RMMLF’s Special Institutes on International Mining and Oil & Gas Law, Development and Investment, and he frequently writes about and presents on environmental and natural resources topics.

MARCIO JUNGES, Vale, São Paulo

MONICA KAUFFMAN, Shell Brasil Petróleo Ltda., Rio de Janeiro

MARC KUSHNER, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, New York

MATTHIAS LANG, Bird & Bird, Düsseldorf

CHRISTIAN LEATHLEY, Herbert Smith, Paris

PETER LEON is a partner and Co-Chair of the Africa Practice Group at global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills and is based in the firm's Johannesburg office. Peter is one of the world's pre-eminent mining lawyers according to the International Who's Who of Mining Lawyers and other peer reviewed global legal directories. His areas of expertise include crisis management, mineral and petroleum regulation in developing countries (including international best practice), resource nationalism, black economic empowerment and indigenisation law, international investment law and investment protection. Peter regularly advises clients on major mine development agreements and resources regulatory issues across Anglophone Africa. He also has significant experience in contentious matters involving States in sub-Saharan Africa. He is particularly skilled in crisis management and has provided expert advice on an urgent basis to clients to assist them in managing and mitigating significant country risks. Peter is well versed in the sub-Saharan African geopolitical climate and provides strategic advice not only on issues related to the mineral regulatory framework but also how to navigate the framework within the prevailing economic and political conditions in key African mining jurisdictions. Peter is also an accomplished speaker and a regular presenter and panellist at conferences, courses and Parliamentary hearings in South Africa and internationally. He has written extensively on the topics of mining, resource nationalism, the regulation of foreign direct investment, and black economic empowerment and indigenisation law and is an honorary lecturer at the University of Dundee in Scotland's Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy.

DANIEL LINSKER is a Senior Partner at Control Risks and currently manages Control Risks Mexico City office. Daniel specializes in the design and delivery of complex risk management projects for large projects in the extractives, energy and infrastructure, complex reputational and compliance issues, and those that require in-depth regional expertise of Latin America; Daniel also heads the Americas extractive industry consulting practice. Daniel joined Control Risks in London in 2005 and worked as the head of the Americas Desk in the Global Risk Analysis department until 2009, when he took a sabbatical to work as the Strategic Director and Policy Coordinator of a presidential campaign in Colombia. Before joining Control Risks, Daniel taught Latin American politics at the London School of Economics while completing his doctoral thesis on the effectiveness of international institutions. Daniel has a Master of Science degree in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics, where he is also a PhD candidate in government. He is also a certified Governance, Risk and Compliance Professional (GRCP).

GIOVANI LOSS is a Partner with Mattos Filho Advogados in Rio de Janeiro. Giovani’s practice focuses on energy, oil and gas and in particular on merger and acquisition transactions, financing and regulatory issues involving these industries. He was a legal counsel in the Houston office of Fulbright and Jaworski LLP (now Norton Rose Fulbright). He is one of the founding partners of the Brazilian Institute of Energy Law Studies (IBDE) and was the chairman of the Oil & Gas Law Committee of the International Bar Association. He is licensed to practice law in Brazil, New York and England.

TAISA MACIEL, Petrobras, Rio de Janeiro

KALIDAS MADHAVPEDDI, Capstone Mining Corp., Vancouver; former CEO, CMOC International

ANA LUIZA MARTINS, Mayer Brown, Rio de Janeiro

ALEJANDRO MARÍA MASSOT is a Partner with Estudio Randle in Buenos Aires. Mr. Massot obtained his law degree from the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. In 2008 he graduated as an LL.M. from the University of Chicago Law School. In 2011 he obtained a Masters Degree in Law and Economics from the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, being awarded the Best Thesis Award. Mr. Massot advises clients on corporate matters (companies, mergers & acquisitions), energy and natural resources matters, agribusiness, and antitrust law. Mr. Massot has experience in data protection and IP matters. He has been Professor of Natural Resources Law at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella Law School; he also collaborates with the Universidad Notarial Argentina. He has published extensively on several legal and business matters. He is a member of the Bar of the City of Buenos Aires and of the New York State Bar. He chairs the Argentine Chapter of the International Section of the New York State Bar Association. Mr. Massot is admitted to practice in the City of Buenos Aires and in the State of New York. He is an advisor to the President of the Mining Commission of the Federal Congress of Argentina.

MATTHEW J. MCKEOWN is the Regional Solicitor, Rocky Mountain Region, for the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, in Lakewood, Colorado. In this capacity, Matt oversees the legal work for every Interior Department agency within his region. Prior to taking his current position, Matt was Associate Solicitor for Mineral Resources, Associate Solicitor for Land and Water, and Deputy Solicitor. Matt also served as Principal Deputy Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. Before commencing federal service, Matt spent seven years as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Idaho. Matt received his law degree from the University of Oregon and his bachelor’s degree in English (with a Film and Communications focus) from McGill University in Montreal.

ANDREW MELSHEIMER is a Partner in Thompson & Knight’s International Energy Practice Group where he concentrates his practice on international oil and gas-related transactions, strategic commercial and business advice on cross-border transactions and investment projects, and dispute resolution matters. His experience includes acquisitions, divestments, trades, and mergers; exploration, development, and production matters; and anti-corruption (FCPA) and economic trade sanctions. Andrew’s dispute-related matters have been before federal and state courts in Louisiana, Texas, and New York as well as domestic and international arbitration panels. Andrew also has in-house experience through his secondment to an international energy company, where his responsibilities included handling issues related to host-government contracts, joint operating agreements, and unitization agreements. He received a J.D. and Bachelor of Civil Law from Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center; a Master of International Business Studies from the University of South Carolina; and a B.S. in International Trade and Finance from Louisiana State University. Andrew is the past Chair of the International Law Section of the Texas State Bar, a Board Member for the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators as well as a member of the organization’s Farmout Agreement Revision Drafting Committee and Unitization and Unit Operating Agreement Model Form Committee, an Advisory Board Member for the Institute for International and Comparative Law at CAIL, and an Advisory Board Member for the Institute of Transnational Arbitration. His accolades include being named a “Recommended Attorney” for Energy Transactions: Oil and Gas by The Legal 500 US 2017 as well as among D Magazine’s 2017 “Best Lawyers in Dallas” for Energy & Natural Resources.

RAFAEL MENDES GOMES is the Chief Governance and Compliance Officer at Petrobras. He is a graduate of the Law School of the University of São Paulo (USP) and holds a post graduate degree in Corporate Law from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP) and in Business in the Digital Age from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation, in São Paulo (FGV/SP). In 2009, he completed the Advanced Management Program, of the IESE Business School, University of Navarra, and obtained a Professional Certificate in Compliance and Ethics (CCEP) from the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics. He served as a lawyer at the Tozzini, Freire Advogados corporate law firm, and as the Legal Director and Assistant General Counsel at Sun Microsystems. He served as the Legal Vice-President, General Counsel, and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer of Walmart Brasil Ltda. Before joining Petrobras he was a senior partner at Chediak Advogados, responsible for the Compliance and Investigation practice.

FELIPE MENESES, Carey, Santiago

PABLO MIR is a Partner at Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana Law Firm in Chile, where he specializes in Mining, Energy and Natural Resources, and Public Projects. Mr. Mir advises mining companies and investment banks in projects principally in Chile, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia. He has also participated as a consultant to several working groups and commissions of the Chilean Government to improve mining and energy regulations. He led the team that obtained the approval for the first exploration project under the Chile-Argentina Mining Treaty, and the legal team that constructed the Gas Pacífico pipeline that transports natural gas from Argentina to Chile. Mr. Mir is also a frequent speaker at international mining law conferences and seminars. He is a Member of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, the International Mining Professionals Society (IMPS), the International Bar Association’s Section on Energy, the Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure (SEERIL) and the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC). In Chile, he is a member of the Chilean Bar Association, the legal affairs commission of the National Mining Association (SONAMI) and of the Board of Directors of the Chilean Mining Council. Pablo Mir has been highlighted on numerous occasions by specialized publications as one of the best mining lawyers in Latin America. In 2018 he was included in Who’s Who Thought Leaders ranking, and was also voted Best Lawyer’s Lawyer of the Year in Natural Resources. Additionally, Chambers & Partners Latin America 2019 recognized Mr. Mir as a top tier (Band 1) lawyer in Mining. Pablo Mir graduated from the Universidad de Chile Law School cum laude in 1987. Before joining Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana he was a partner at Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cía in Chile.

ANGELES MURGIER is in charge of the Environmental Law Practice at Beccar Varela in Buenos Aires. She works in general environmental counseling. Angeles has engaged in a wide-ranging regulatory, transactional, judicial and legislative practice involving environmental issues in Argentina. She mainly acts as environmental counsel helping major international clients doing business in Argentina to comply with local environmental laws and regulations. She advises on environmental compliance audits and due diligences. Angeles also has vast experience in the environmental law aspects of corporate transactions and in the practice of corporate law and general commercial matters. Angeles is Chair of the Environment, Health and Safety Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA) Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law (SEERIL). Angeles has been recognized by Chambers Latin America, Who’s Who Legal, The International Who’s Who of Environment Lawyers, and The Practical Law Company’s Environmental Handbook. She has chaired and participated in conferences in Argentina and abroad. In April 2018 Angeles co-chaired the Biennial Conference of the IBA SEERIL in Lisbon. In March 2017 Angeles co-chaired the First Environmental Summit of the Americas, a joint initiative of the ABA SEER and the IBA SEERIL. She is the author of several articles and publications on environmental issues.

KAREN G. NARWOLD is the Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of Albemarle Corporation, a leading global specialty chemical company providing value added, customized solutions to customers in over 100 countries. In this role, Mrs. Narwold leads the company’s legal, government and regulatory affairs, IT, communications, and human resources groups. Mrs. Narwold joined Albemarle in September 2010, and previously served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate & Government Affairs, and Corporate Secretary. Mrs. Narwold has over 25 years of experience with industrial and chemical companies. After practicing private law for five years, she served as Vice President, General Counsel, Human Resources and Secretary of GrafTech International Ltd., a global graphite and carbon manufacturer and former subsidiary of Union Carbide. She then served as Vice President and Strategic Counsel of Barzel Industries, a North American steel processor and distributor. Prior to joining Albemarle, Mrs. Narwold served as Special Counsel with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP and with Symmetry Advisors, where she worked in the areas of strategic, financial and capital structure planning and restructuring for public and private companies. Mrs. Narwold received her B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Connecticut, and graduated with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

PATRICIA NÚÑEZ: University of Chile School of Law (J.D.), 1991. “Pedro N. Montenegro” award as the best student of her generation at Law School. Fulbright Scholarship, 1996. “Master in Laws” (LL.M.) granted by Yale University Law School, Connecticut, USA, 1997. Member of the Council of the Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law of the International Bar Association (IBA-SEERIL), (2017-2018); President of IBA-SEERIL, (2015-2016), Vice-President of  IBA-SEERIL (2013-2014), Secretary of IBA-SEERIL (2011-2012), Member of the Council of  IBA-SEERIL (2009-2010), Chair of the Mining Committee of IBA-SEERIL (2004-2008). Former Chair of the Mining Committee of the International Bar Association (2004-2008). Former Trustee at Large of the RMMLF (2004-2007). Honorary Professor of the Centre for Energy, Petroleum, Mineral Law and Policy of the University of Dundee. Member of the Chilean Bar Association, International Mining Professionals Society Congress of Fellows of the Center for International Legal Studies.  Board Member of the Chilean Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Board Member of Transelec. With Claro y Cía (1990-2000), Debevoise &Plimpton, NY, USA (1997-1998). Founding partner of Núñez, Muñoz & Cía. Abogados.

NNEOMA V. NWOGU, The World Bank, Washington, DC

CAROLINE O’DRISCOLL is the founder of O’Driscoll & Company (2013), a law firm based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada that specializes in corporate/commercial, regulatory and energy law with a client base consisting primarily of Indigenous governments, trusts and legal entities. An active member of the Law Society of Alberta since 2007, Caroline has acted for various clients on a range of multi-party, multi-jurisdictional, commercial negotiations and transactions that involve indigenous and non-indigenous entities and corporations and various levels of provincial and federal governments in Canada. Specific matters include corporate re-structuring, financing and acquisition of a variety of oil and gas interests and on and off-reserve investments, as well as drafting and facilitation of the implementation of federal legislation under the Indian Act, R.S.C. 1985, c.I-5. Caroline is also an active litigator, appearing in both the Federal Court of Canada and various levels of the Alberta Courts, as well as before the regulatory bodies of both Alberta and Canada’s energy regimes. Recent engagements include intervenor representation in the Northern Gateway Pipeline Project (CEAA/NEB JRP OH-4-2011) and Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC Trans Mountain Expansion Project (NEB OH-001-2014), as well as judicial reviews of the Alberta Energy Regulator (ABQB Action No. 1601-00792) and the Aboriginal Consultation Office (Alberta) and the Alberta and federal Crowns (ABQB Action No. 1601-00791) with respect to a pipeline expansion project. Caroline recently completed her M.Sc. (Sustainable Energy Development) and has co-founded Optima Global Inc. (2018), a multi-disciplinary team of professionals that collaborates with communities to assess community resources and needs, identify and evaluate potential opportunities for development, and implement all phases of a chosen development project. Caroline earned a B.Ed. and B.Sc. (Environmental Science) and worked as a secondary school teacher, before earning her J.D. (2006, University of Calgary) and LL.M. (2012, York University – Osgoode Hall Law School).

STEPHANOS G. ORESTIS is a commercial lawyer who has focused on governmental transparency and anti-corruption issues since 2000. Prior to joining Equinor in 2008, Mr. Orestis worked as a United States Agency for International Development legal consultant in 5 former Soviet States and Egypt focusing on regulatory reform, bureaucratic streamlining and increased governmental transparency. In Georgia his work with the Minister for Reform Coordination contributed to that country’s unprecedented one year rise from 114 to 11 in the 2006 World Bank Doing Business survey. In Kazakhstan, Mr. Orestis was responsible for 70 specific regulatory reforms, including elimination of hundreds of business licenses, simplified customs procedures and improved rules for land use and acquisition. Since 2008, Mr. Orestis has worked to ensure that Equinor, its partners and contractors remain in full compliance with all applicable anti-bribery laws in the countries where they work. As Corporate Compliance Officer for South America he provides legal counsel to Equinor business units; develops and delivers anti-corruption compliance training to Equinor employees; conducts anti-corruption compliance oversight on Equinor operations and Joint Ventures in Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Suriname and Colombia. He has been an integral component in the development of Equinor’s anti-corruption compliance program since its establishment. Mr. Orestis currently lives in Rio de Janeiro with his wife and three children.

LUIS FERNANDO PACHECO, Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira, Agel Advogados, Rio de Janeiro

KARLA PASCARELLA is a Partner in Peckar & Abramson’s Austin office where she represents a range of international and domestic corporate clients and construction professionals. Her practice is primarily concentrated on construction law, corporate compliance and governance, and commercial litigation/complex dispute resolution. Fluent in both Spanish and English, she regularly handles multi-national transactions and disputes and assists corporate clients with strategic legal decisions and global business matters. Prior to joining Peckar & Abramson, Ms. Pascarella served as General Counsel for the North American affiliate of a $2.1 billion international engineering, procurement, and construction company. She routinely counseled senior executives and executive committees on legal strategies and the implementation of key business decisions across the globe, including implementation of a new code of ethics and compliance to meet international standards. As General Counsel, she handled an impressive range of legal disputes on multiple high-profile projects and oversaw the company’s legal approach for all lines of business, including renewable energy (wind and solar), major infrastructure works, and transmission and distribution. An adept litigator and negotiator, Ms. Pascarella has successfully handled a diverse range of contract disputes and business-related torts at state and federal court levels. She regularly manages domestic and international transactions and negotiates complex contracts for publicly and privately financed infrastructure projects. Born in Guatemala and a native Spanish speaker, Ms. Pascarella often serves as the go-to counsel for highly intricate international transactions and legal matters. Her strong negotiating skills and tactful appreciation of diverse cultures allow her to manage and resolve disputes across a range of industries. She has represented Fortune 500 clients in North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations and served as a Delegate of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law and Practice, International Legal Exchange Program - Central America Delegation. Ms. Pascarella serves as the current Chair of the International Human Rights Committee of the International Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, as well as the Chair of the Committee for Women in the Profession of the State Bar of Texas.  She is also a member of the Austin chapter of Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE).

MARIA PAZ CERDA, AES Gener, Santiago

MARÍA PAZ PULGAR is a Chile-based mining and natural resources attorney. She is Senior Associate and Coordinator of the Natural Resources Department of the law firm Philippi, PrietoCarrizosa, Ferrero, DU & Uria. Prior to this, she worked for over 10 years at the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie. She has been professor of Mining Law in the Master of Law LL.M Program and in the Administrative Law Diploma of Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, and professor of Mining Law in undergraduate and postgraduate programme of Universidad Los Andes, among other academic activities. She has also been a speaker at various seminars on Environmental Law at the Universidad de Chile and co-author of publications on environmental law. She is a member of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF), the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), and Women in Mining (WIM).

JUAN PIZARRO-SUAREZ, Pizarro-Suarez & Rodriguez Matus, Mexico City

OLGA PONTES, Odebrecht S.A., São Paulo

INA C. POPOVA is a partner in the International Dispute Resolution Group at Debevoise and Plimpton, LLP. Ms. Popova focuses on international arbitration and litigation and public international law, with particular experience in matters in the mining, energy, and media sectors. She represents individuals, corporations, and States and has broad experience under the rules of the major arbitral institutions and several regional institutions,  as well as serves in a number a number of leadership positions, including as a member of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the Court of the Casablanca International Mediation and Arbitration Center (CIMAC). She also advises parties in international litigations involving proceedings in foreign and domestic courts, and has represented parties before the federal and state courts in the United States, including the United States Supreme Court. She has assumed leadership positions in various international arbitration organizations, including as a member of the ICC Court of Arbitration. Additionally, she is a past Co-Chair of the Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law. She has also served on the 2018 ICCA Program Committee, as Advisory Board member of the Institute for Energy Law, and as rapporteur for the ASIL-ICCA Joint Task Force on Issue Conflicts in Investor-State Arbitration. She is also a member of the IBA International Commercial Arbitration Case Law Subcommittee and the IBA Working Group on the UNIDROIT Principles (2016). She has taught law at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and is a Fellow of the Société de Législation Comparée.  Ms. Popova leads matters throughout the world, including in particular disputes arising out of Africa and Latin America. Ms. Popova is fluent in French, Spanish, Italian, and Bulgarian, and is proficient in Portuguese. She is admitted to practice in New York and Paris.

HUMBERTO QUINTAS, BP Brazil Ltda., Rio de Janeiro

MEREDITH RATHBONE, Steptoe & Johnson, London & D.C.

MIGUEL RIVERO, Lega Abogados, Caracas

HÉCTOR MOREIRA RODRÍGUEZ, Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos, Mexico City

IGNACIO SANTAMARÍA is Head of the Mining & Natural Resources, Tax, and International Trade Departments at Lloreda Camacho & Co, in Bogotá.  Mr. Santamaría has a Law degree from the Universidad del Rosario, two postgraduate degrees in Financial Law from Universidad de los Andes and in Administrative Law from the Universidad del Rosario, and also holds a post-graduate degree in Antitrust Law from the University of Konstanz in Germany. Ignacio has more than 25 years of experience in matters related to Mining Law, including mining joint ventures structuring, acquisition of mining companies, establishment of  special purpose vehicles, option agreements and purchase agreements of mining titles and related; building, construction and operating mining agreements, earth removal agreements, easements, mining due diligence processes, preparation of the required documents from a Colombian legal perspective for listing processes on the TSX, TSXV, and ASX, representation of clients before administrative authorities,  litigation processes in connection with mining and land restitution, credit agreements and  documents to secure the credit agreements, nullity and reinstatement of rights actions before the administrative courts, and negotiation with communities of all types of agreements including previous consultation processes and participation agreements, forest reserve extraction processes and environmental permitting in general. He is an active member of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and the Interpacific Bar Association, and has been recently ranked Band 1 in Natural Resources – Mining by Chambers & Partners for two consecutive years. Additionally, he has been invited by the National Association of Industries to be a speaker at the XII Feria Minera 2016, and by the IPBA 2018 at the annual meeting - Current Trends on Environmental Law event.

MICHELLE SCHULZ is a leading authority in international trade law and represents a range of corporate clients in matters relating to U.S. trade regulations such as the InternationalTraffic in Arms Regulations, the U.S. Export Administration Regulations, and the various sanctions and embargoes administered by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. Under the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Michelle served six years on the President’s Export Council Subcommittee for Export Administration, a senior-level advisory body to the U.S. Department of Commerce and, in particular, its Bureau of Industry and Security. She has also served as a senior-level advisor to the U.S. Trade Committee of Aerospace for over six years. Michelle routinely represents clients in government investigations, audits, disclosures, fines, penalties, and forfeitures. She also guides corporate clients on export and import policies and procedures, export licensing, duty savings, and other trade compliance matters. She holds a secret level security clearance. Michelle speaks German and French.

LEONARDO SEMPERTEGUI, OPEC, Vienna

RANDY SHEFMAN, Royal Gold, Inc., Denver

GUILHERME SIMÕES FERREIRA: Lawyer, graduated in 1995 (UDF), with an MBA in Business Management from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV), 16 years of experience in the mining sector, currently holding the position of General Legal Manager at Nexa Resources in Brasilia, Board Member of the Brazilian Mining Association (IBRAM), coordinator of the Legal committee of IBRAM and director of the Brazilian Association of Mineral Exploration Companies (ABPM).

Advogado, formado em 1995 (UDF), com MBA em Gestão Empresarial pela Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV), 16 anos de experiência no setor mineral, atualmente exercendo o cargo de gerente geral jurídico na Nexa Resources, conselheiro do Conselho Diretor do Instituto Brasileiro de Mineração (IBRAM), coordenador da Comissão Jurídica do IBRAM e diretor da Associação Brasileira das Empresas de Pesquisa Mineral (ABPM).

JOHN SOUTHALAN is a Barrister (Western Australian Bar Association) and adjunct academic (Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at Dundee University, and Centre for Mining, Energy and Natural Resources Law at University of Western Australia). John advises and represents clients regarding resources issues in both litigious and non-litigious matters. He researches and teaches in mining regulation and also on human rights and resources. He has published and presented on topics including human rights and business, climate change, Indigenous rights, minerals taxation, and mining agreements. John is a contributing author for LexisNexis Native Title Service, providing quarterly updates on Australian law regarding compensation, agreements, and Indigenous corporations.

ANDREW (ANDY) SPIELMAN is a widely regarded leading preeminent public lands, environmental and natural resources lawyer whose practice involves administrative and regulatory proceedings and government relations, and centers around assisting energy clients with policy and regulatory issues involved in developing new facilities, as well as representing ski areas, mining, oil and gas companies, and tribal governments in the public land use and environmental permitting process. Mr. Spielman serves as chair of WilmerHale's Global Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Practice, and is a partner-in-charge of the Denver office. Mr. Spielman combines federal, state and local government experience with natural resources, land use and Western public lands law to assist energy developers, mining companies, ranchers, ski areas, water suppliers and others with obtaining regulatory approvals and permits from governments across the United States. Following completion of graduate work in governmental administration, Mr. Spielman earned a Presidential Management Fellowship and later served in senior positions at the US Environmental Protection Agency in Washington DC, including acting Associate Director of the Office of Sustainable Ecosystems and Communities and Special Assistant to EPA's Administrator. Mr. Spielman's bi-partisan governmental experience also includes positions in the Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget, and the US Senate, as well as with local government in parks, open space, utilities, and housing and economic development. He has also served on campaign committees for several U.S. Senators and Governors and has served as Chairman of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and Chairman of The Regional Air Quality Council.

SARAH A. STRUNK, Fennemore Craig, P.C., Phoenix, AZ

HARRY W. SULLIVAN, JR. is an International Energy Attorney based in Dallas, Texas, where he is an Executive Professor at Texas A&M School of Law and an Adjunct Professor at SMU’s Dedman School of Law and works as Assistant General Counsel for Kosmos Energy in their West Africa exploration activities. He has a J.D. degree from Louisiana State University School of Law and an LL.M. degree from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in the states of Louisiana and Texas and before the Supreme Court of the United States; and is Board Certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law in Texas. He is also admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales. His practice and experience focuses on the upstream and mid-stream oil and natural gas industry, both in the U.S.A. and internationally, with in-house experience at ConocoPhillips, Atlantic Richfield Company and Sun Oil Company in more than 25 different countries.

JULIA TORREBLANCA, Freeport, Arequipa, Peru

ADRIANO DRUMMOND CANÇADO TRINDADE is of counsel at Pinheiro Neto Advogados in Brasília, Brazil. He has been providing legal advice for years to clients in connection with the mining sector, including regulatory matters, mining policy, M&A, contracts and communities, among other mining-related subjects. Mr. Trindade is also a Lecturer at the Law School of the University of Brasília (UnB) and a researcher of the Natural Resources Law Group (GERN) of that same University, where he coordinates the mining law research area. Mr. Trindade graduated from the University of Brasília and obtained his Masters degree (Distinction) in Natural Resources Law and Policy from the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) at the University of Dundee, United Kingdom. He has published articles and delivered conferences and training courses in Mining Law issues in Brazil and abroad.

DANIELLE VALOIS, Trench Rossi Watanabe, Rio de Janeiro

RAFAEL VERGARA is a Partner with Carey y Cia Ltda., in Santiago. Mr. Vergara is co-head of the firm’s Natural Resources and Environment Group. His practice focuses on natural resources, mining, water rights, energy, environment, surface lands, project financing, and corporate and commercial law. He has received numerous national and international awards and recognition in the fields of mining, metals, energy, environmental, natural resources, and project finance and development. He has been a Professor of Mining Law at the Universidad de Chile since 1996, and at the Universidad de los Andes since 2003. Mr. Vergara is the author of several legal publications, including the Chilean chapter on Mining, Getting the Deal Through (2010-2013), and has presented special courses on mining law for judges and members of the Courts of Appeals, organized by the Judiciary Academy of Chile, as well as papers on Chilean mining, energy, natural resources regulations and environment at numerous seminars, both in Chile and abroad. He was a Trustee at Large of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (2012-2015); a Member of the Chilean Bar Association, Member of its board (2006-2011); Visiting Professor in several graduate studies and Master Degree Programs on Natural Resources Law at several Chilean Universities; Member of the panel of arbitrators, Arbitration Center of the Chamber of Commerce of Santiago; Member of the Legal Committee of the National Mining Association (SONAMI); and Member of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA). Mr. Vergara received his law degree from the Universidad de Chile.

CARLOS VILHENA is a partner at the law firm of Pinheiro Neto Advogados, in Brasilia, Brazil, where he heads the firm's mining and government relations practices. For many years Mr. Vilhena has been appointed as one of the top practitioners in Brazil for mining legal expertise by a number of publications, including the International Who's Who of Mining Lawyers published by Who's Who Legal, the Latin Lawyer, Chambers Global, and Legal 500. In 2015, 2016, and 2017, the Who´s Who Legal identified 407 mining law practitioners around the World. Mr. Vilhena was listed as thought leader. He is the only Brazilian in the list. Chambers and Global 2017 listed Mr. Vilhena as the only Star Individual in the mining legal market in Brazil. Mr. Vilhena acts as Senior Vice-Chair of the Mining Committee of the International Bar Association. He is a director of TriStar Gold Inc. Mr. Vilhena holds an LLM degree in Natural Resources Law from the Centre for Energy, Petroleum, and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee, Scotland and an LLB from the University of Brasilia Law School.

URSULA ZAVALA is counsel in the Natural Resources Practice Group who specializes in environmental law. She earned her law degree from the Universidad de Lima (2003) and holds an LL.M. from Yale Law School (2009). She advises natural resources companies and other companies in general on the analysis of and compliance with environmental obligations regarding the planning, development, operation and closure stages of their operations. She has experience in rendering advice to the promoters of large scale projects, to investment funds and to multilateral agencies with regards to the potential legal effects of the carbon market and climate change on their projects and deals. She participates in due diligence on projects aimed to qualify to the Clean Development Mechanism (Kyoto Protocol).