Special Institute on

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

  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • April 10-12, 2019

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 member of the global mining group at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, and acted as the group’s coordinator from 2004–2012. Michael has accumulated extensive experience on both Canadian and international mining projects.  Michael was co-chair of the International Bar Association’s (IBA) Mining Law Committee until 31 December 2018, and is now a council member of the IBA’s Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law. He has also served as a director of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada. Michael has been ranked in several leading legal publications including Chambers Global, Chambers Canada and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. He has also been named by Who’s Who Legal as ‘Mining Lawyer of the Year’ in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2017, and recognised in Who’s Who Legal (compendium edition) for 13 consecutive years (which also recognised Fasken as the ‘Global Mining Law Firm of the Year’ in 2018 for the 10th time – the firm’s fourth consecutive win).  In 2018, Michael also edited the first edition of Practice Guide – Mining published by Getting the Deal Through, a division of Law Business Research.

OIL & GAS/ENERGY CO-CHAIRS

MARIANNA BOZA is a director and the head of the Brigard Urrutia’s Oil & Gas and Mining Practice Group in Bogota. Marianna advises clients around the world on the operations and corporate transactions of upstream, midstream, or downstream energy companies.  She has substantial experience advising companies in the oil & gas and petrochemical sectors. She has been involved in major upstream, midstream, and downstream projects in Latin America, advising in the negotiation and drafting of the relevant contracts. Marianna has advised clients in the negotiation, creation, and financing of joint ventures for the development of hydrocarbons and petrochemical activities and the processing of gas in Venezuela and Colombia. Marianna was the senior legal counsel at Shell Venezuela, actively participating in the downstream business for the production of oil by-products. Additionally, she was an in-house attorney in secondment for the legal department of Repsol and ChevronTexaco in Venezuela, where she provided business-focused advice and gained on-site experience. Marianna actively participates in several binational chambers of commerce and associations of industry and trade; she is currently the vice president of the Board of Directors of the Colombian-Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the director of the Extractive Committee of the Colombian-Canadian Chamber of Commerce.  Marianna is also a member of the Latin America Regional Executive Committee Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN). Marianna graduated cum laude from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela, and holds a master’s degree in business law from Universidad Francisco Vitoria in Madrid, Spain. She also holds a master’s degree in legal practice from Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía (ISDE) in Madrid, Spain. Marianna is a transnational attorney authorized to practice in Venezuela and Colombia.

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 senior partner of Allende & Brea, Natural Resources and Energy practice where she joined in August 2017. She is an expert in mining law with 27 years extensive experience advising financing institutions and companies in complex mining and energy transactions in Argentina, having repeatedly represented lenders in all mining project finance taken place in the country. She obtained her law degree with honors (summa cum laude) from Universidad Católica Argentina in 1991 and obtained also with honors (summa cum laude) a Masters degree on Business Law from Universidad Austral in 1995. She has a degree also with honors (summa cum laude) on corporate sustainability from IESC (Instituto de Estudios para la Sustentabilidad Corporativa). She has been researcher in the Doctorate program of Universidad Austral on the areas of natural resources and environmental law. She was founder of HOLT Abogados (2008-2017) natural resources boutique law firm and prior to that member of Estudio Beccar Varela (1992-2008) for 16 years, where she was during 9 years the head of the natural resources and environmental law department. During 1997 she worked for Beiten Burkhardt Mittl & Wegener (today Beiten Burkhardt) one of the leading German law firms.  She is an active member of the International Bar Association, where she held the position of Chair of the Mining Law Committee (2014-2015), she is currently council member of Seeril (Section of energy, environment, natural resources and infrastructure law). She has been Trustee at Large of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, for which she also served as Secretary to the Board (2014-2015), member of the International Women Forum (Argentinean Chapter) among other relevant entities. She is member of the Academic Board of RADHEM in Argentina, publication specialized in Energy and Natural Resources. She has recently joined the Women Corporate Directors foundation, since as of January 2018 she holds the position of Non Executive Independent director of Galaxy Lithium, Australian public company leader in the lithium sector.  She has been constantly nominated as a leading mining lawyer and star individual by Chambers and Partners, Legal 500, etc and has been included in the lists of main mining lawyers of the world by Who’s Who Editions in the last fifteen years, being recipient of the Mining Lawyer of the Year award for 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018 and one of the highlighted women in the Women in Law reviews.

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 is a partner with Rodrigo, Elias & Medrano Abogados, in Lima. He holds a law degree from the Universidad de Lima (2000) and an LL.M. in Environmental Law from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Colorado (2006). He advises on the structuring, negotiation and execution of contracts for exploration, development and exploitation of mining projects. He participates in the acquisition and sale of mining projects, as well as in their operation. He teaches Mining Law at the Universidad del Pacífico and at ESAN. He is a guest member of the Canadian Peruvian Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors.

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 is in-house counsel to Freeport-McMoRan Inc. in Phoenix, Arizona, where his practice has focused on domestic and international transactions involving mineral rights, and on domestic real estate and alternative energy transactions.  Among numerous other transactions he has handled for Freeport worldwide, Rob negotiated the acquisition and restructuring of Freeport’s interest in the Tenke-Fungurume copper-cobalt project in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the sale of the Ambatovy nickel project in Madagascar. Prior to joining Freeport, Rob practiced in the Bangkok office of White & Case, representing lenders and project companies in resource, energy and power-related project-finance transactions located throughout Southeast Asia. Prior to studying law, Rob spent 10 years with major oil companies as a petroleum exploration geologist, including 7 years exploring and developing a natural gas project in the Gulf of Thailand. Rob holds degrees from the U.C.L.A. School of Law (J.D.), the University of Arizona (M.S., Geosciences) and the University of California at Davis (B.S., Geology, honors).

BRAZIL HOST COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS

ALEXANDRE CALMON is a partner of Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown in the Rio de Janeiro office. In 2017, Alexandre was named by Who’s Who Legal—a leading directory on the global legal market, which, like Latin Lawyer, is edited by Law Business Research—as one of the four “Most Highly Regarded” leading energy lawyers in Brazil. Alexandre focuses his practice on regulatory and transactional work involving high-end transactions for clients in the natural resources area. In addition to his regulatory, contracts and general business practice, he has significant M&A experience and over the past 19 years has been advising clients in O&G and natural resources on sophisticated, multimillion-dollar transactions. Alexandre has extensive experience in onshore and offshore oil and gas concession contracts, production sharing agreements, JOAs, farm-in and farm-out operations, JBAs, marketing agreements, as well as midstream O&G related projects, including gas transportation and gas sale agreements. He has handled acquisitions of oil and gas exploration and production assets, including some of the largest deals in Brazil: the cross-border swap of hydrocarbon assets in Brazil and Argentina, the regulatory framework of the largest ethanol pipeline in the world and innumerous acquisitions of mining projects of various sizes and types (i.e., gold, iron ore, manganese, rare earths, potash and diamonds). Alexandre is also actively committed to legal education and corporate training. For many years, he has been involved with the prestigious Houston-based AIPN. Currently Alexandre is a member of the AIPN model contract committee’s Farmout Agreement - Revision of 2004. He is also involved with the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF). In 2015, Alexandre co-chaired the O&G program of the RMMLF Special Institute on International Mining and Oil and Gas Law in Colombia and, in 2017, sat on the O&G program committee of the RMMLF Special Institute on International Mining and Oil and Gas Law in Ecuador. Alexandre is currently the vice chair of the legal committee of the Norwegian Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) and co-chair of the host committee of the RMMLF Special Institute on International Mining and Oil and Gas Law to be held in Rio de Janeiro in 2019.

PEDRO FREITAS is a partner with Veirano Advogados in Rio de Janeiro. He has extensive expertise advising clients on corporate governance and integrity, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and infrastructure issues with exceptional industry knowledge in mining, construction, project finance, energy and natural resources gained from his years as in-house counsel. Mr. Freitas began his legal career at Veirano Advogados in the Corporate Law practice group. He enhanced his experience working on debt moratoriums and corporate reorganizations in several Latin American countries while working for two years in Chicago at one of the largest global law firms. Shortly thereafter, he was recruited to work in 1985 at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Washington, D.C. where he advised on project finance, corporate restructuring, and negotiating equity investments around the globe for countries as diverse as Brazil, Kenya, Mexico, South Korea and Hungary. During his tenure at the IFC, Mr. Freitas developed a unique insight into international project finance from the financier’s perspective – a perspective that is highly valued by his clients today. Enticed to return to Brazil, Mr. Freitas brought his significant global experience in project finance and restructuring to the Brazilian market. He served as general counsel at some of Latin America’s most recognized companies in the fields of Mining, Logistics, Telecommunications, Construction and Projects Development on Energy, Transportation, Airports and Ports. He is a founding member, Vice-President of Instituto Innovare, a non-political organization dedicated to improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the Brazilian judicial system and was elected for the Board of Renova Foundation, responsible for the recovery of areas impacted by the Samarco Dam accident in Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo states. Pedro is Trustee at large at Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.

MONICA KAUFFMAN is currently Head of Legal Department of Shell Brasil Petróleo Ltda. and also responsible for the management and oversight of all legal aspects of the non-operated portfolio, including the giant pre-salt fields of Santos basin, such as Lula, Sapinhoa and Libra. She has 24 years of experience in legal departments of private and multinational companies in Brazil, with solid knowledge of the oil & gas sector and commercial transactions as in house lawyer. Monica graduated from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro in 1996, with post-graduation in Business Law from IBMEC in 2001 and Oil & Gas Business from Instituto Brasileiro do Petróleo (IBP) in 2003. She started her career in the financial market working for approximately 7 years as an in house lawyer in the banking, capital markets, privatization, corporate and credit to consumers areas at CVC/Opportunity Asset Management in 2001 and at Banco BBM S/A from 1995 to 2000. Monica joined Shell Brasil in September 2001 as senior legal counsel and in 2004 became managing counsel in the exploration & production legal department where was responsible for the Bijupira & Salema project, which were the first producing fields from an IOC in Brazil. After that she was the main lawyer for the development and production of Parques das Conchas fields (BC-10) including its unitization in 2008. In 2009 she did an international assignment at the Shell headquarters in The Hague. In 2010, Monica moved to BG Group as legal manager, responsible to the support to non-operated ventures, such as BMS-11 (Lula and Iara fields) and BMS-9 (Sapinhoa and Lapa fields) and its unitization processes. In 2015 she became head of legal/legal director of BG Brasil, responsible for the management and oversight of all legal aspects of BG Group's businesses in Brazil and led the combination between Shell and BG Group in Brazil.  In December 2016 Monica re-joined Shell Brasil Petróleo as a result of such combination.

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 is a Legal Manager at Antofagasta Minerals (“Antofagasta”), a subsidiary of Antofagasta Plc. He provides legal services and commercial advice within Antofagasta, including both international and domestic issues. He obtained a LLM in Natural Resources and Environmental Law from Denver University and his J.D. degree from University of Chile, Santiago, Chile. Mr. Altikes has practiced mining law for more than 20 years and has participated in transactions based in many mining jurisdictions worldwide. Before Antofagasta, Mr. Altikes was with Minera Los Pelambres subsidiary of Antofagasta and a major law firm based in Santiago, Chile.

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, General Counsel, Total E&P do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro

LUCIANA ASPER Y VALDES is a public prosecutor of the Federal District Public Prosecution Office (MPDFT) and since 2018 has been conducting the Especial Comission Against Corruption of the National Council of Public Prosecution of Brazil. She coordinated in the last couple of years the campaign of “Everyone together against Corruption” within the Brazilian National Strategy To Tackle Corruption and Money Laundering, also known as ENCCLA gathering over 40 different agencies and public bodies in a preventive initiative to tackle corruption; She runs the program “Citizen against Corruption” and coordinated the campaign of the “10 Measures against corruption in the MPDFT. Is an invited expert in the “Culture of Lawfullness” program of UNESCO. Has graduate degrees in Law and Economics and a post graduate degrees in Public Law and Civil Procedure.

BARTON W. S. BASSETT is a partner with Morgan Lewis in San Francisco. He counsels Silicon Valley–based and global multinational technology companies on international tax planning for the outbound operations of US companies doing business abroad, and for the inbound operations of foreign companies seeking to do business within the United States. Barton advises clients on structuring mergers and acquisitions (M&A), internal restructurings and operations, joint ventures, external and internal financings, and transfer pricing matters, including the transfers and licenses of intellectual property (IP).

ELIZABETH BASTIDA is a senior lecturer specialised in law, policy and the governance of natural resources - with specific expertise in mining and minerals - and their transformation in the context of Agenda 2030. Her work encompasses international, comparative and multidisciplinary approaches to the study of law, and multi-level and multi-stakeholder perspectives in the analysis of law and governance, with a particular focus on mining and minerals. She publishes in law, development and economics journals. She works on two interconnected areas of enquiry in her current research. On one hand, on the interface between global production networks and natural resources extraction, and their impact on local development due to 'governance gaps'. On the other hand, on the role of law and legal systems in promoting the Sustainable Development Goals. She is interested in the extent to which law can promote or hinder equity and social justice and democratic governance. She approaches the study of the law applicable to mining and minerals from these perspectives. In the first years of her academic career she focused particularly on the study of Latin American regimes and it is still an important area of my research, even if she has expanded the scope of work to encompass a global perspective.Professor Bastida collaborates with various organisations, acting as external advisor to governments and institutions. These have included assignments with governments (Argentina, Armenia, Côte d' Ivoire, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Haiti, Mozambique, Mongolia, Montserrat and St Helena Islands), intergovernmental organizations (IADB, UN, UNECA, IFC, World Bank, GIZ, DfID), companies (Anglo American, Rio Tinto, De Beers) and non-governmental organisations (IUCN, RWI, Global Witness, Open Society Justice Initiative) as well as corporate institutions (International Tin Research Institute). She has participated in major international initiatives aimed at transforming concepts and practices in the sector, including the Mining, Metals and Sustainable Development Project (MMSD) (2002), the International Study Group for the Review of African Mining Regimes (a technical taskforce of which developed the African Mining Vision) as a member (UNECA, from its inception in 2007), and the Model Mining Development Agreement Project (IBA, 2009). Her academic career started as a research fellow at the Institute of Social and Legal Sciences 'Ambrosio Gioja', Law Faculty, University of Buenos Aires. She practised law with the firms Tomás de Pablos & Associates, and Hope, Duggan & Silva in Buenos Aires, with responsibilities in the Mineral and Environmental Law section. She is a qualified lawyer in Argentina (Specialisation in Natural Resources Law, University of Buenos Aires (cum laude); LL.M in Resources Law and Policy (CEPMLP, Dundee; with distinction), Ph.D (CEPMLP/Dundee). Member of the Environmental Law Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) from 2000; Programme Officer of the Mining Law Committee, International Bar Association; nominated in the Who’s Who of Mining Law consecutively from 1999; member of the Academic Board of Revista Argentina de Derecho de la Energía, Hidrocarburos y Minería; associate editor of Resources Policy; member of the Editorial Board of RAW Talks -rawtalks.org an innovative platform on resource governance and economics-; former Deputy Managing Editor of the Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law.

DAVID BERTOCH is Executive Counsel at ExxonMobil in Houston, Texas. Mr. Bertoch has been a member of the ExxonMobil Law Department since June, 1987 where he began his career in the Litigation section handling environmental claims. Since 1995 he has been serving as a transactional attorney in the Upstream division of the Law Department including assignments as Lead Counsel for ExxonMobil's Sakhalin-1 Project in Russia, ExxonMobil's business ventures in Kuwait and Mexico, Alaska Gas Development, and ExxonMobil's Iraq West Qurna Phase I project. Mr. Bertoch received his J.D. degree from Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1985 and served as law clerk from 1985-1987 to the Hon. Robert E. Bakes, former Chief Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court. He is a member of the Texas and Utah bars and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Bertoch received his Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Brigham Young University in 1982.

CARLOS BINGEMER is a partner at BMA Advogados, Brazil. Carlos is a corporate/M&A lawyer with focus on infrastructure, including O&G. He is co-head of the infrastructure committee and member of the O&G group of the firm. Carlos is also a member of the French and Chinese desks of the firm. Carlos has a long experience in advising clients of the energy sector in all different types of transactions, including oil companies in farm-in and farm-out transactions and renewable energy companies in different projects. Carlos is a regular contributor to different specialized publications and has lectured corporate law in conferences in Brazil and abroad, in addition to regular courses in private universities in Rio de Janeiro. Carlos is a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators - AIPN and Vice-President of the Legal Committee in São Paulo of the Norwegian Brazilian Chamber of Commerce. Carlos is highlighted in relevant legal publications in the corporate area as Latin Lawyer 250 and The Legal 500. He was also mentioned at The Oil & Gas Year - The Who’s Who of the Global Energy Industry magazine.

CATHERINE (“CASSIE”) BOGGS is the recently retired 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 was appointed to Hecla Mining Company’s Board of Directors in January 2017. 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 previously served on its Board of Directors. She was recently named by UK Women in Mining as one of the “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining.”

ROGER MAIER BÖING is a Partner with the law firm of Böing Gleich in Rio de Janeiro. He provides assistance to companies of the Oil and Gas sectors in regulatory and contractual matters, and offers consultancy to foreign clients incorporating and setting-up businesses in Brazil. Mr. Böing provides legal assistance in corporate reorganizations, project finance, M&A, due diligence and joint ventures, including analysis and drafting of domestic and foreign contractual instruments of commercial and corporate natures, contractual instruments related to drilling, seismic and geophysics, charter and Operating and Management Agreements, Engineering and Procurement Contracts (“EPCs”), Requests for Proposals (“RFPs”), Joint Operating Agreeements (“JOAs”), Joint Venture Agreements (“JVAs”), Share Purchase Agreements (“SPAs”), lifting, among others. He provides assistance in the acquisition of oil & gas and mining assets as well as assistance in regulatory matters related to the National Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency (“ANP”) and to the National Department of Mineral Production (“DNPM”), representation of clients in domestic and foreign public and private bids, and drafting of opinions and studies related to corporate law, contracts and regulatory laws. Mr. Böing is the author of several articles in the Oil & Gas and mining sectors. He is a regular speaker in foreign events: Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (“AIPN”) and Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (“RMMLF”); RMMLF’s Seminar in Cartagena in a panel regarding unitization between countries (cross-border unitizations); and AIPN’s Seminar in Amsterdam regarding Joint Operating Agreements. He is a Professor of Legislation and Regulation of Oil & Gas Activities of the Extension Course of the Lawyering Superior School of OAB/RJ (Curso de Extensão da Escola Superior da Advocacia – ESA, da OAB/RJ).

FERNANDO ASSUMPÇÃO BORGES is Executive Manager for Libra Development, Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras. Mr. Borges has been in Petrobras for over 36 years and always working in the Exploration and Production area. During his career, Mr. Borges held several Management positions, including Reservoir Manager in Campos Basin and Sergipe-Alagoas Basin, E&P-SUL Business Unit General Manager, E&P Production Engineer General Manager, Mexilhão Gas field Project Manager, Petrobras Bolivia E&P Director, Well Operation Services General Manager in Petrobras International Branch and Offshore Drilling Rigs General Manager for Petrobras E&P-CPM. His last job was the Libra Project Design and Implementation General Manager. Since April 2016, he is Executive Manager for the Libra development. Mr. Borges concluded Graduate Studies on Civil Engineering in the Federal University of Uberlandia. He also has an Executive MBA from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and an Advanced Management Programme in INSEAD (France).  In addition, Mr. Borges is author of several papers such as, “Campos Basin – 25 years of Production and its Contribution to the Oil Industry”, “Well testing Design under Harsh Environment” and “Drill Stem Tests in Brazilian Deep Water”.

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 is a partner of Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown in the Rio de Janeiro office. In 2017, Alexandre was named by Who’s Who Legal—a leading directory on the global legal market, which, like Latin Lawyer, is edited by Law Business Research—as one of the four “Most Highly Regarded” leading energy lawyers in Brazil. Alexandre focuses his practice on regulatory and transactional work involving high-end transactions for clients in the natural resources area. In addition to his regulatory, contracts and general business practice, he has significant M&A experience and over the past 19 years has been advising clients in O&G and natural resources on sophisticated, multimillion-dollar transactions. Alexandre has extensive experience in onshore and offshore oil and gas concession contracts, production sharing agreements, JOAs, farm-in and farm-out operations, JBAs, marketing agreements, as well as midstream O&G related projects, including gas transportation and gas sale agreements. He has handled acquisitions of oil and gas exploration and production assets, including some of the largest deals in Brazil: the cross-border swap of hydrocarbon assets in Brazil and Argentina, the regulatory framework of the largest ethanol pipeline in the world and innumerous acquisitions of mining projects of various sizes and types (i.e., gold, iron ore, manganese, rare earths, potash and diamonds). Alexandre is also actively committed to legal education and corporate training. For many years, he has been involved with the prestigious Houston-based AIPN. Currently Alexandre is a member of the AIPN model contract committee’s Farmout Agreement - Revision of 2004. He is also involved with the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF). In 2015, Alexandre co-chaired the O&G program of the RMMLF Special Institute on International Mining and Oil and Gas Law in Colombia and, in 2017, sat on the O&G program committee of the RMMLF Special Institute on International Mining and Oil and Gas Law in Ecuador. Alexandre is currently the vice chair of the legal committee of the Norwegian Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) and co-chair of the host committee of the RMMLF Special Institute on International Mining and Oil and Gas Law to be held in Rio de Janeiro in 2019.

ISABEL COSTA CARVALHO is the Office Managing Partner for Hogan Lovells in the Sao Paulo office. Isabel is recognized as a leading international capital markets lawyer for the great majority of Brazilian financial institutions. Over the past 20 years, she has assisted Brazilian companies in international transactions, including listing their shares on the NYSE, guiding them in corporate governance structuring and setting up FCPA compliance programs, raising capital to fund business development, or assisting on complex cross-border M&A transactions and leading on due diligence matters.Isabel advises and speaks extensively on anti-bribery laws and corporate governance issues, an area in full development in Brazil. She assists clients in setting up compliance programs to fit their unique needs, industries, and risks, and guides them in solving problems when they arise, including leading cross-border investigations and dealing with relevant U.S. and Brazilian authorities. Isabel began her career in London, where she spent six years with a major international firm then moved to Brazil to assist with the opening of the firm's new office. She later joined Hogan Lovells to lead its São Paulo office with a focus on corporate and compliance and investigations in Brazil. Her diverse practice gives her the chance to assist clients from many industry sectors, including financial institutions, energy, infrastructure and logistics, technology, retail, and real estate. Fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish, she is able to help clients of different cultures all around the world. Isabel is regularly quoted in journals and featured at seminars concerning corporate governance, compliance, and anti-bribery laws. She's recognized as an outstanding practitioner by publications including Chambers, Best Lawyers, and Global Investigations Review.

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.

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.

ANTONIO BARBA DE ALBA is a partner with the law firm of Cuatrecasas, in Madrid. He provides tax advice with special inclination to the international area. Periodically, he provides legal and tax advice to Spanish companies in their investments abroad and also to foreign companies in their investments in Spain. He also has extensive experience in tax advice inherent to complex international financing projects, such as construction and management of BOT modality projects (desalination, electrical installations, highways, transmission lines, etc.) and the acquisition of assets (mainly, ships, airplanes, renewable energy assets).

MARIA ALEJANDRA DELGADO (MARIALE) has been with Rio Tinto for more than 13 years, working in Peru and one year on Secondment in the London Headquarters office. She has more than 23 years of experience doing commercial and mining law, as well as general management, having worked as both an in-house lawyer and external counsel.  Prior to her appointment as CEO of Rio Tinto Minera Peru, Mariale has been managing all legal affairs of the company in Peru, since the beginning of La Granja, and leading all support functions acting as Business Services Director.   Currently, she is also President of the Australia Peru Chamber of Commerce Inc., Board Member of the Canada Perú Chamber of Commerce and Member of the Board of Governors of Markham College.  For 3 years she was a professor of Mining Law at Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas - UPC. She has a Law Degree from the University of Lima, Peru, a Master in Law in Development from the University of Warwick (UK) and a post graduate degree in General Management from the Uni. of Piura (Peru).

Mariale ha estado en Rio Tinto por más de 13 años, trabajando en Perú y un año como comisionada en la oficina central de Londres. Tiene más de 23 años de experiencia en temas comerciales, administrativos y mineros, y ha trabajado como abogada interna y como abogada externa. Antes de su nombramiento como Gerente General de Rio Tinto Minera Perú, Mariale manejó todos los asuntos legales de la compañía en Perú, desde el comienzo del Proyecto La Granja y luego pasó a liderar todas las funciones de soporte como Directora de Servicios Comerciales. Actualmente, también es presidenta de la Cámara de Comercio de Australia del Perú, miembro del Consejo Directivo de la Cámara Perú Canadá y del Board of Governors de Markham College.  Durante 3 años fue profesora de Derecho Minero en la UPC. Es Abogada por la Universidad de Lima, Perú, tiene un Master en Derecho en Desarrollo de la Universidad de Warwick (Reino Unido) y un postgrado en Dirección General de la Universidad de Piura (Perú).

• • Persona de contacto / Contact: Maria Alejandra Delgado

• • Cargo / Position: Gerente General

• • Email: Alejandra.Delgado@riotinto.com

• • Dirección / Address : Av. La Paz 1049 Of 503 Miraflores – Lima, Perú

• • Teléfono / Phone: (511) 610-7878

JEAN-ANDRÉ DIAZ is the President of IBA-SEERIL. He is Of Counsel and Senior Litigation Advisor at Lazareff Le Bars in Paris, where he supports the activities of the law firm in its energy and international contracts cases. Jean-Andre has extensive experience in negotiating and enforcing contracts in the upstream and downstream sectors of the oil and gas industry in many parts of the world, and in international arbitrations under various regulations and legal systems, as counsel and arbitrator.

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: For twelve years working with UN initiatives focused in private sector engagement for sustainable development, Barbara Dunin is adviser at Global Compact Network Brazil since 2013, where she contributes in the areas of governance and strategy, as well as in the development of projects and partnerships related to the Sustainable Development Objectives (SDGs). With bachelor’s degree in social communication from PUC/PR and MBA in Strategic Management from Fundação Getulio Vargas, Barbara is coursing the Professional Master in Management and Public Policy at EBAPE/FGV.

EDUARDO EL HAGE is a federal prosecutor and the coordinator of the Car Wash Task Force in the State of Rio de Janeiro. Eduardo got a law degree from PUC- Rio and a Master of Studies degree on International Human Rights Law from the Oxford University.

HELOISA BORGES ESTEVES is Superintendent in the Bidding Rounds Superintendency at the National Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency. She holds a PhD in Economics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, a Master Degree in Economics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, a post-graduate degree in Public Law from the State University of Rio de Janeiro, a Law Degree from the State University of Rio de Janeiro and a bachelor degree in Economics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.  Heloisa Esteves has served in various positions in the Brazilian Public Administration (as a teacher, a researcher and a federal employee). Heloisa has lectured in many different levels, in several institutions (both private and public) and to different audiences (Brazilians and foreigners) both in Brazil and abroad.

MAXIME FAILLE: Named Benchmark Canada's Aboriginal Lawyer of the Year for 2016, Max Faille is a partner in Gowling WLG's Vancouver office, practising in Indigenous law, public law and general litigation. Max's clients consist of Indigenous governments and businesses across Canada, as well as private sector interests seeking to do business with Indigenous communities. In addition to legal representation in the courts and in negotiations, Max regularly provides advice on matters of Aboriginal and treaty rights, First Nation taxation, self-government, Aboriginal consultation and accommodation, Impact and Benefit Agreements, and Aboriginal economic development. His advocacy includes representing clients before the Ontario Superior Court and Divisional Court, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories, the Court of Appeal for the Northwest Territories, the Yukon Supreme Court, the Federal Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Tax Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada. Prior to completing his law studies, Max worked on Parliament Hill and as special adviser on United Nations Reform to the office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs. In 1995, he was awarded the Government of Canada Merit Award by the Minister of Foreign Affairs for "Exceptional and Distinguished Contribution to the Effectiveness and Efficiency of the Public Service." From 1988 to 1993, he worked at the United Nations in New York in the areas of human rights, arms control and peacekeeping. Max is frequently invited to present to or chair major national legal conferences in Indigenous law on such topics as Indigenous consultation and accommodation, First Nation taxation, Aboriginal economic development and Impact Benefit Agreements. He is a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. Fluent in both English and French, Max practices in both official languages. Among numerous recognitions and awards for his work in Aboriginal law, Max is recognized as a leading lawyer in Aboriginal Law in Chambers Canada2016, Lexpert's Leading Canadian Lawyers in Energy 2015 and Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining, 2015-2016.

MARK FAWCETT is a Partner in IBM Global Business Services focused on the oil and gas, mining and utility sectors.  For over 20 years Mark has focused on technological disruption in this sector and has led many initiatives to change the foundation in which companies operate. From Smart Meters in the utility industry, royalty simplification in oil and gas and currently working with IBM’s cognitive Watson on disruption in the Energy sector.  Mark is leading a number of programs that are focused in Artificial Intelligence including Health Safety and Environment, Mineral Exploration and Predictive to prescriptive Maintenance utilizing IBM Watson.

RENATO GALVÃO FLÔRES JUNIOR is a political economist with a large spectrum of interests, centered around economic development, globalisation, international economic relations and the dialogue among economics, law and politics, especially in its international dimension. At present, he is concerned with geopolitics and global governance, with emphasis on future scenarios for the interaction of the Western world with the rising East. He is a renowned specialist on international trade (theory, models, policies, rules and impacts), he holds a solid quantitative basis, an area where he has made significant contributions. More formally he is Professor, Graduate School of Economics – FGV EPGE Director, International Intelligence Unit - FGV IIU and Special Aide to the President at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro. He is also a Member of the Steering Committee of the Paris Peace Forum – PPF, an initiative launched by French President Macron, on the occasion of the centenary of the WWI Armistice. The Steering Committee is headed by M. Pascal Lamy; Member of the ‘Conselho Curador’ of CEBRI - Centro Brasileiro de Relações Internacionais, Brazil, an international relations think tank; Vice-President of the ‘Conselho Superior’, Fundação Centro de Estudos em Comércio Exterior–FUNCEX, the most prestigious Brazilian private institution on international trade, sponsored by private enterprises and major banks; Member of the ‘Academia de Ciências de Lisboa’ (Lisbon Academy of Sciences), Portugal; Member of the IISS – International Institute of Strategic Studies, London, UK; President (elected) of ECSA-Brazil, the Brazilian chapter of the European Community Studies Association – ECSA, Brussels; Member of the Experts Group for advancing the measurement and analysis of the impacts related to the UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, Paris, France; and until recently was: President (elected in December 2008) of the Steering Committee of the international programme PEP (Poverty and Economic Policy/Pauvreté et Politique Économique) at the time based at Université Laval, Québec, Canada, for the analysis of issues related to poverty and economic development, together with the objective to promote–with the help of international funds-the engagement of young researchers from developing countries. During his Presidency, he transformed the programme into an international public utility institution, according to international law and with a clear juridical status, with headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The new institution kept the PEP logo, now Partnership in Economic Policy, and managed to gather a broader and more stable funding basis. After successfully concluding this task, he extinguished, in 2013, the former Steering Committee and renounced to any position whatsoever in the new PEP; Member of the Advisory Board, Chaire Mercosur, at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris -SciencesPo, Paris; Member (elected) of the Advisory Board, Society for Computational Economics -SCE, USA. Member of the Advisory Scientific Board of CEPESE - Centro de Estudos da População, Economia e Sociedade, Porto, Portugal; Member of the Advisory Board of the EU-BRAZIL Initiative, with headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, to strengthen the business interaction between the European Union and Brazil. He also served at the World Trade Organisation – WTO, Geneva, as expert (elected, proposed by the Brazilian Government) in the ‘Permanent Group of Experts’, established by Article 24 of the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures; He served in the boards of a few Brazilian private enterprises, like, for instance, the educational group Estácio, listed at the Bolsa de Valores de São Paulo - BOVESPA. Served, for five years, in the International Consulting Board of a major Asian bank. Renato received the academic distinctions:The "1994 Research in Brussels" scholarship, sponsored by the Région Bruxelloise, Bruxelles, Belgique, to foreign senior researchers working in research centres in Brussels;The “Special Chair” of the Province of Antwerp, 2001, Antwerpen, België, awarded for one year to a foreign researcher with significant contributions to the analysis of economic development and regional integration issues, and the international distinction:Gold Medal -Friend of Canada decoration, awarded by His Excellency the Right Honourable Governor General/Gouverneur Général David Johnston.

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 is a partner with Veirano Advogados in Rio de Janeiro. He has extensive expertise advising clients on corporate governance and integrity, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and infrastructure issues with exceptional industry knowledge in mining, construction, project finance, energy and natural resources gained from his years as in-house counsel. Mr. Freitas began his legal career at Veirano Advogados in the Corporate Law practice group. He enhanced his experience working on debt moratoriums and corporate reorganizations in several Latin American countries while working for two years in Chicago at one of the largest global law firms. Shortly thereafter, he was recruited to work in 1985 at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Washington, D.C. where he advised on project finance, corporate restructuring, and negotiating equity investments around the globe for countries as diverse as Brazil, Kenya, Mexico, South Korea and Hungary. During his tenure at the IFC, Mr. Freitas developed a unique insight into international project finance from the financier’s perspective – a perspective that is highly valued by his clients today. Enticed to return to Brazil, Mr. Freitas brought his significant global experience in project finance and restructuring to the Brazilian market. He served as general counsel at some of Latin America’s most recognized companies in the fields of Mining, Logistics, Telecommunications, Construction and Projects Development on Energy, Transportation, Airports and Ports. He is a founding member, Vice-President of Instituto Innovare, a non-political organization dedicated to improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the Brazilian judicial system and was elected for the Board of Renova Foundation, responsible for the recovery of areas impacted by the Samarco Dam accident in Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo states. Pedro is Trustee at large at Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.

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 senior partner of Allende & Brea, Natural Resources and Energy practice where she joined in August 2017. She is an expert in mining law with 27 years extensive experience advising financing institutions and companies in complex mining and energy transactions in Argentina, having repeatedly represented lenders in all mining project finance taken place in the country. She obtained her law degree with honors (summa cum laude) from Universidad Católica Argentina in 1991 and obtained also with honors (summa cum laude) a Masters degree on Business Law from Universidad Austral in 1995. She has a degree also with honors (summa cum laude) on corporate sustainability from IESC (Instituto de Estudios para la Sustentabilidad Corporativa). She has been researcher in the Doctorate program of Universidad Austral on the areas of natural resources and environmental law. She was founder of HOLT Abogados (2008-2017) natural resources boutique law firm and prior to that member of Estudio Beccar Varela (1992-2008) for 16 years, where she was during 9 years the head of the natural resources and environmental law department. During 1997 she worked for Beiten Burkhardt Mittl & Wegener (today Beiten Burkhardt) one of the leading German law firms.  She is an active member of the International Bar Association, where she held the position of Chair of the Mining Law Committee (2014-2015), she is currently council member of Seeril (Section of energy, environment, natural resources and infrastructure law). She has been Trustee at Large of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, for which she also served as Secretary to the Board (2014-2015), member of the International Women Forum (Argentinean Chapter) among other relevant entities. She is member of the Academic Board of RADHEM in Argentina, publication specialized in Energy and Natural Resources. She has recently joined the Women Corporate Directors foundation, since as of January 2018 she holds the position of Non Executive Independent director of Galaxy Lithium, Australian public company leader in the lithium sector.  She has been constantly nominated as a leading mining lawyer and star individual by Chambers and Partners, Legal 500, etc and has been included in the lists of main mining lawyers of the world by Who’s Who Editions in the last fifteen years, being recipient of the Mining Lawyer of the Year award for 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018 and one of the highlighted women in the Women in Law reviews.

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, CFA, is managing director at Escopo Energia, a boutique energy advisory firm in Brazil. She has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Unicamp and has a PhD in Economics from EPGE/FGV. She has also been Head of Research at the center for energy studies at FGV, where she has written and coordinated several articles and studies on the energy sector. Previously, she worked in the financial market for 10 years, and has also worked on several applied research projects in the energy sector. Lavinia is currently member of the Board of Directors at Eneva. She was also an external member of the Minority Advisory Committee of Petrobras’ Board, an external member of the Special Bidding Committee for the 13th Bidding round for exploration areas at ANP, and a member of Royal Dutch Shell’s External Review Committee for the Sustainability Report.

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 is a Chilean environmental lawyer of the Universidad de Chile and Master of the Environmental LLM Program at the New York University. Mrs. Infante concentrates her practice in environmental law and natural resources, with special emphasis on environmental evaluation of projects, administrative and judicial litigation, application of extended responsibility to the producer, negotiations with communities and land use regulations. She currently works as the head of the Environmental and Regulatory Practice in Morales & Besa. Previously she served as head of the Legal Division of the Ministry of the Environment and the head of the Environmental Regulations Department of the same institution. She is the author of several articles, the main ones being “Environmental (un)justice in Chile and main mechanisms to mitigate inequality: land use planning and rights of vulnerable communities”, Environmental Law Magazine 2016;  “Main challenges of the Superintendence of Environment one year after its entry into operation”, Yearbook of Public Law 2014, Universidad Diego Portales; and “Effectiveness of REDD programs in the protection of sui generis indigenous rights”, Tribuna International Magazine, 2 (3), 2013. Mrs. Infante is a member of the Environment Commission of the Chilean Bar Association and the Environmental Justice Institute of Germany. Mrs. Infante has been awarded with the Fulbright Scholarship and the CONICYT Scholarship from the Chilean Government.

ANDREW A. IRVINE is the Legal and Corporate Engagement Manager at the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in Oslo, Norway.  The EITI is the global standard for the good governance of oil, gas and mineral resources.  Prior to joining the EITI this year, Andy was an attorney at Andrew A. Irvine, P.C., in Jackson, Wyoming, where he specialized in environmental and natural resources law.  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, his M.S. in Mineral Economics from the Colorado School of Mines, and his J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School, 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.

MONICA KAUFFMAN is currently Head of Legal Department of Shell Brasil Petróleo Ltda. and also responsible for the management and oversight of all legal aspects of the non-operated portfolio, including the giant pre-salt fields of Santos basin, such as Lula, Sapinhoa and Libra. She has 24 years of experience in legal departments of private and multinational companies in Brazil, with solid knowledge of the oil & gas sector and commercial transactions as in house lawyer. Monica graduated from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro in 1996, with post-graduation in Business Law from IBMEC in 2001 and Oil & Gas Business from Instituto Brasileiro do Petróleo (IBP) in 2003. She started her career in the financial market working for approximately 7 years as an in house lawyer in the banking, capital markets, privatization, corporate and credit to consumers areas at CVC/Opportunity Asset Management in 2001 and at Banco BBM S/A from 1995 to 2000. Monica joined Shell Brasil in September 2001 as senior legal counsel and in 2004 became managing counsel in the exploration & production legal department where was responsible for the Bijupira & Salema project, which were the first producing fields from an IOC in Brazil. After that she was the main lawyer for the development and production of Parques das Conchas fields (BC-10) including its unitization in 2008. In 2009 she did an international assignment at the Shell headquarters in The Hague. In 2010, Monica moved to BG Group as legal manager, responsible to the support to non-operated ventures, such as BMS-11 (Lula and Iara fields) and BMS-9 (Sapinhoa and Lapa fields) and its unitization processes. In 2015 she became head of legal/legal director of BG Brasil, responsible for the management and oversight of all legal aspects of BG Group's businesses in Brazil and led the combination between Shell and BG Group in Brazil.  In December 2016 Monica re-joined Shell Brasil Petróleo as a result of such combination.

MARC KUSHNER is a partner in the New York office of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt. Marc’s practice focuses primarily on mining, private equity, U.S. and cross-border mergers and acquisitions and other transactional representations. Prior to joining Osler, Marc practised for many years at a major Wall Street law firm, where he regularly advised private equity and corporate clients on U.S. and international mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, leveraged buyouts, minority investments, recapitalizations and other corporate and securities law matters, including corporate governance and SEC compliance and reporting requirements.

MATTHIAS LANG is a partner at Bird & Bird in Düsseldorf, Germany. He is on the steering committee of the firm’s International Energy & Utilities Sector Group. Matthias heads the firm’s infrastructure group and also co-heads the Energy Digitalisation Group. He regularly advises clients on energy, regulatory, and environmental law as well as issues arising from public commercial law. Matthias has additional expertise in corporate law, administrative, European law, as well as standardisation. Matthias has extensive experience in advising clients on all aspects of the German Energiewende (energy turnaround) and cross-border energy issues. He has worked on numerous complex infrastructure projects as well as transactions in regulated industries. Matthias is a regular contributor to conventional and online legal publications. He writes the section on permits for conventional power plants, wind farms, solar parks and the closure of nuclear power stations for the “Berlin Commentary on Energy Law”. He covers international company law in the “Beck Online Commentary on the Limited Liability Company Act”. He has recently also published articles on oil and gas law in Germany, prosumer legislation, the digitalisation of the energy transition, state aid to the coal sector, grid expansion and environmental protection in the extra high voltage grid, on the permitting regime for HVDC lines and the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG). Matthias is on the Council of the International Bar Association’s Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure and the past chair of its Oil and Gas Law Committee. He teaches post graduate energy and environmental law courses at Technische Universität Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin. He is listed as top energy law practitioner in various directories, including Euromoney’s 2018 Energy and Best of the Best Expert Guides, the 2018 Who’s Who Legal Energy and the Who’s Who Legal Germany 2019.

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.

KALIDAS MADHAVPEDDI is a Director of Capstone Mining Corp., Vancouver. Mr. Madhavpeddi is President of Azteca Consulting LLC, an advisory firm to the mining and metals industry. From 2008-2018, he was CEO of CMOC International, a $25B market cap company which produced copper, cobalt, gold, phosphates and niobium. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President and member of senior management at Phelps Dodge Corporation, responsible for global mergers and acquisitions and worldwide exploration, and President of Phelps Dodge Wire & Cable which included downstream copper and aluminum wire and cable operations. He is a member of SME (Society of Mining Engineers). He holds a B.S. Engineering, M.S. Industrial Management and completed his advanced management at Harvard Business School. Mr. Madhavpeddi also serves as a director of Trilogy Metals Inc. and a director and Chair of the Compensation Committee of NovaGold Resources Inc.

ANA LUIZA MARTINS is a partner in the Tax practice of Tauil & Chequer Advogados in the São Paulo office. Ana Luiza has a large experience in tax consulting and litigation before the Brazilian High Courts of Justice. Among her clients are national and international companies pertaining to various industry sectors, such as consumer goods, hospitality and leisure, goods and services, infrastructure, pharmaceutics and technology (telecom). Ana Luiza started her career in 1997 as member of the Tax practice of Gouvêa Vieira Advogados. In 2000, she joined Veirano Advogados to work with Guido Vinci, a founding partner of the Tax department of such firm. In 2007, she joined Campos Mello Advogados as a senior associate focused in tax litigation and strategic consulting, becoming a partner in January 2011. In October, 2015, Ana Luiza joined Tauil & Chequer as a partner based in São Paulo. During her career, Ana Luiza represented multinational companies, mainly North American, Italian and French, and prominent Brazilian companies, including those listed in the stock market, having sponsored causes and argued before the highest courts and tax administrative bodies of Brazil, including STF (Federal Supreme Court), STJ (Justice Supreme Court) and CARF (Administrative Counsel of Fiscal Resources).

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.

IGNACIO MEHECH is the Regional Counsel for Latin America in Albemarle Corporation. Based in Santiago, Chile, he is in charge of all legal related matters for its Latin American operations, including environment, mining, corporate, labor, litigation, contracts and communities. Mr. Mehech joined Albemarle in 2017, after spending 3 years as legal manager for Freeport-McMoRan´s El Abra operation in Chile, and prior to that he worked as an associate in boutique resources law firm “Nuñez, Muñoz & Cía. Abogados”. Mr. Mehech holds a J.D. degree from Universidad de Chile, a postgraduate degree in Energy and Natural Resources Law from Universidad Católica, and an LL.M. degree in Energy and Natural Resources Law from Melbourne University.

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 is Counsel of the Environmental Group, at the law firm of Carey, in Santiago. He concentrates his practice in environmental law, indigenous regulations and regulatory matters in general by advising in project development and environmental assessment, legal opinions, environmental audits, litigation, amongst others.

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.

Alberto Ninio is a Brazilian lawyer with over 30 years of experience in regulatory, international, environmental, and corporate responsibility issues who has also held various legal, technical and managerial positions. Since April 2017, he is Director of Sustainability at Vale, the world´s leading iron ore–mining company and responsible for overseeing Vale´s environmental and social programs, environmental permitting processes, and climate change programs. From October 2015,-2017, he was Deputy General Counsel for Operations, Legal Vice Presidency, The World Bank where he supervised all legal aspects of Bank operations. From 2012-2015, he was Deputy General Counsel for Regulatory Affairs and Operations for Vale SA, where his duties focused on all operational issues, including contracts, civil and criminal litigation, environmental and social issues, corporate responsibility and interaction with civil society, governments and regulatory agencies, mining rights, and regulation of energy, ports, and railways in Brazil and abroad.  

Alberto Ninio é advogado com mais de 30 anos de experiência nas áreas corporativa, ambiental, internacional e contratual, tendo ocupado vários cargos jurídicos, técnicos e gerenciais . Desde abril de 2017, é Diretor de Sustentabilidade da Vale e responsável pela supervisão dos programas socioambientais da Vale, licenciamento ambiental e programa de mudanças climáticas. Entre 2015 e 2017 foi Diretor Jurídico Operações, Vice Presidência Jurídica do Banco Mundial, onde é responsável pelos aspectos legais das operações do Banco .Entre 2012-2015 foi Diretor Jurídico de Operações da Vale SA.

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 VERONICA NWOGU is a senior counsel to the World Bank and has provided legal representation for the Bank’s financing of projects in Africa and Middle-East regions. She currently provides legal representation on corporate matters related to Development Finance including legal advisory services on specified Funds. She co-leads the Bank’s Legal Vice Presidency Working Group on Disruptive Technology and Innovation and serves as a legal advisor to the Energy and Extractives Global Practice of the organization. Nneoma conceived and led the African Mining Legislation Atlas (http://www.a-mla.org/) project at the World Bank in coordination with the African Union Commission, African Legal Support Facility, Natural Resource Governance Institute, Columbia Center for Sustainable Investment, University of Dundee,  University of Cape Town, Hogan Lovells, Latham & Watkins, VdA, and various other African and global partners. She has featured as a speaker at the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development in Geneva, OECD policy dialogue on Natural Resource based development in Paris, Mining Indaba in Cape Town, Forum on Energy and Extractives in Nairobi; Disruptive Technologies in the Mining Sector Workshop in Washington DC; Mines and Money in London; Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development; Nordic Africa Institute, and Future of Mining Americas in Denver etc. Prior to joining the Bank, she was an international business transactions Associate at Hogan Lovells LLP in Washington DC. Ms. Nwogu received her BA from Wellesley College, an MPhil from Oxford University and JD from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She has served on the board of the Washington Foreign Law Society. She is a term member of the United States Council on Foreign Relations and an adjunct Professor at the Washington College of Law, American University. 

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 has deep expertise in the oil and gas and entertainment industries to pro-actively advise them on industry trends, pending legislation and regulation and strategies for complex transactions. He is a recognized expert in all areas of upstream, downstream and midstream oil and gas transactions including M&A related transactions, farm-in/farm-out transactions, international trade, obtaining environmental licenses, negotiation of EPC contracts, joint operating agreements, Joint Bid Agreements, crude oil sales agreements, assisting clients with the public bid process, project finance, participation and service agreements. Mr. Pacheco helped to draft some of the contractual and legal instruments currently used in the Brazilian Oil & Gas industry. He frequently leads sophisticated transactions on behalf of international blue-chip oil and gas companies based in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Oman, Chile, United Kingdom, France, India, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and the United States, skillfully guiding them through the intricate landscape of Brazil’s complicated legal system. Among other projects, Mr. Pacheco participated in a US$13 Billion project involving the construction of a hydroelectric power plant. In 2008, Mr. Pacheco advised on the sale of oil & gas participating interests in the amounts of US$260 million and US$170 million and provided counsel on an International public offering for a major oil & gas company. In 2006, he acted as lead Brazilian counsel for the largest sale of an oil & gas participating interest in Brazil, valued at US$368 million. Mr. Pacheco was also the leading Brazilian counsel for a US$300 million bridge facility and a US$3.2 billion project finance that closed between 1999 and 2000. This project was considered the “worldwide deal of the year in 2000” in the category of global project finance. Mr. Pacheco also counsels several Brazilian and foreign movie production and distribution companies, as well as music, and other high-profile entertainment and sports event management companies on corporate, tax and intellectual property issues. He has developed a strong reputation in this highly demanding and changeable industry and is often the first contact made when the “big name” acts are interested in operating and/or performing in Brazil. Mr. Pacheco’s clients consider him “hands-on” and more than one has referred to him as the ideal business partner to help them navigate complex Brazilian laws and regulations.  He is considered by specialized publications as one of the inner circles of oil and gas lawyers in Brazil, with a strong practice and excellent connections to the wider energy community. He is a frequent speaker in Brazil and at international conferences, particularly in the oil and gas area. Mr. Pacheco’s early career included working in Chicago as a foreign associate at one of the largest global law firms from 1994-1995 and in Brazil as an international partner until 2005. He also acted as a member of the administrative tax court of the Brazilian Minister of Finance from 1993-1994.

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, Vice President of Legal Affairs, AES Gener S.A., 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 E. PIZARRO-SUAREZ V.L. is the senior partner of the law firm Pizarro-Suárez & Rodríguez Matus, in Mexico City. His practice is mainly focused in the areas of corporate law, mining law, international agreements, foreign investments, international commercial arbitration and, in general, representation of Mexican and foreign companies mostly of the United States, Canada, Peru, Chile and some Asian and European countries, doing business in México, Central and South America. Mr. Pizarro-Suárez received his legal education from the Law School of Universidad La Salle, in México City and has post graduate studies and Diplomas on International Commercial Arbitration, in a joint program of the Escuela Libre de Derecho and the Mexican Chapter of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC); and on Letters of Credit, in a program of the Mexican Chapter of the ICC. Mr. Pizarro-Suárez is member of institutions such as the Legislative Committee of the Mexican Mining Chamber (CAMIMEX); the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation; Latin-American Mining Lawyers (Abogados Mineros Latinoamericanos, AMLA) based in Santiago, Chile; International Mining Professionals Society (IMPS); and, member of the Arbitration Commission of the Mexican Chapter of the ICC.

OLGA PONTES is Chief Compliance Officer for Odebrecht S.A.,in  São Paulo. She holds an MBA in Corporate Governance from the Accounting, Actuarial and Financial Research Institute Foundation (FIPECAFI), an MBA from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV) and a B.Sc. in Data Processing from Faculdade Ruy Barbosa, studied Civil Engineering at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) and completed a non-degree program in Global Leadership at the Dom Cabral Foundation (FDC). She has over 20 years of experience in compliance, risk management, governance and internal audit amassed on international projects working at EY, two of which were for EY London. She joined the Odebrecht Group in 2006 as Chief Security Officer (CSO) at Braskem and, in 2009, became Business Security Director. Since April 2016, she is Chief Compliance Officer at Odebrecht S.A. with the challenge of defining and leading the implementation of the Compliance program, as well as monitoring the compliance commitments undertaken by Odebrecht with various authorities.

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 initiated his activities in 2001, as an attorney with ExxonMobil’s Upstream in Brazil. In 2005 Humberto left Exxonmobil to join the Brazilian Petroleum and Gas Institute (IBP), providing legal assistance to the oil companies acting in Brazil. In 2006 Humberto joined Devon Energy Corporation as General Counsel for Brazil, position that he occupied up to 2011, when he became Legal Director and Vice-President for BP in Brazil and Uruguay, the position that he occupies since then. Humberto Quintas holds a degree in English and in Law (J.D.) from PUC-Rio University and a post-graduation in Petroleum Management from the IBP. He is also a journalist. Humberto is the author of the book “History of Petroleum – In Brazil and in the world” and is currently the treasurer for the International Bar Association’s Oil and Gas Committee and the vice chairman of the IBP’s Legal Subcommittee.

MEREDITH RATHBONE is a partner with Steptoe & Johnson, in London & Washington, D.C. She counsels clients in numerous countries on achieving their business goals while ensuring compliance with US export controls and economic sanctions laws administered by the Departments of Commerce, State, and Treasury. She has assisted clients across a range of industries in navigating the requirements of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and US sanctions laws and regulations administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the US Department of State. Her experience includes assisting clients in resolving politically sensitive matters under the joint administration of various government agencies. Meredith has assisted clients in conducting numerous internal investigations, preparing and filing voluntary disclosures and subpoena responses, obtaining export and technology transfer authorizations, and undertaking product classification and jurisdiction assessments. Meredith regularly advises companies on navigating export controls and sanctions considerations in the context of mergers and acquisitions. She has represented individuals and companies facing civil and criminal investigations in this area, as well as clients seeking to be removed from OFAC’s SDN list through the delisting process. Meredith has also advised clients on compliance with United Nations sanctions and arms embargoes. She has experience advising companies on the political and commercial effects of regime change and government succession as provided by international contracts law, customary international law, and the laws of war. Additionally, Meredith has assisted companies in achieving their business goals by advising them on the eligibility of their products and technology for US military and civilian government procurement under the Buy American Act, the Trade Agreements Act, and other domestic procurement laws. Meredith is the co-chair of Steptoe's International Regulation and Compliance practice and serves on the firm's Executive Committee.

EDSON LUÍS MENDONÇA REAL was born in Rio de Janeiro. Edson has a Chemical Engineering degree from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, MBA’s in Business and Marketing from COPPEAD, and a Financial Administration Master degree from Fundação Getúlio Vargas. He has more than 30 years experience in the oil, gas and power industries, in high level managerial positions at Petrobras, El Paso, MPX and LLX. Edson is the Business Development Director of Golar Power Latin America, focusing on the development of integrated projects of LNG Regasification Terminals and Power Generation Units. 

Carioca, Engenheiro Químico formado pela UFRJ, com Pós-Graduação em Administração Financeira pela FGV e MBA’s Executivo e Marketing pela COPPEAD-UFRJ. Atua há mais de trinta anos nos mercados de Óleo, Gás e Energia, com passagens por empresas como Petrobras, El Paso e MPX. Atualmente ocupa a Diretoria de Desenvolvimento de Negócios da Golar Power Latin America, com foco em projetos integrados de Terminais de Regaseificação de Gás Natural Liquefeito e  Unidades de Geração Termelétrica.

MIGUEL RIVERO BETANCOURT is partner of LEĜA since 2007, and he is currently a member of the firm’s Board of Directors. With over 25 years of professional experience, he has participated in negotiations with transnational corporations of the oil, gas, mining, and steel industries. He has deep knowledge of foreign investments, and all kind of regulations impacting foreign companies doing business in Venezuela, as well as due diligences and legal compliance. Prior to joining the firm, Miguel was partner of important national firms and was an intern in a law firm and in the legal department of Exxon Exploration Company in the US.

LUCIANO PINHO DE BIASI ROCHA is engineering manager of Operational Technology Development for Ferrous and Coal Business at Vale. Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with MBA in Enterprise Management and postgraduate specialization in Industrial Automation and Maintenance Engineering. Responsible for the engineering development for the Autonomous Mining Program. More than 20 years of experience in the application of automation and industrial IT technologies in mining, mineral processing and pelletizing plants, railroad and port operations, having hold leadership positions in areas such as industrial automation, IT, innovation, operational excellence, CapEx projects and maintenance engineering.

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.

RANDY SHEFMAN is Associate General Counsel of Denver-based public company Royal Gold, Inc., a leading investor in international mining projects.  Prior to joining Royal Gold, Mr. Shefman was in private practice, where he focused on project finance in the international energy and extractive industries.

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).

IVAN DE ARAÚJO SIMÕES FILHO is Head of Corporate Affairs for Brazil for Anglo American. Ivan is a geologist from the University of Nancy (France), Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Bahia (Brazil), has an executive education degree (BP Operations Academy) from MIT Sloan (USA) and a sustainability management degree from the University of Cambridge (UK) and the University of Queensland (Australia). In 1992 Ivan joined the University of Campinas (UNICAMP). As Professor and Researcher of Geophysics, he taught seismic methods, reservoir geophysics and mathematics. His research included integrating geological, geophysical and well data for reservoir characterization. In 1998 Ivan joined the Brazilian National Petroleum Agency (ANP). As General Manager for Licensing, he designed and implemented the process for the first four Brazilian license rounds, which became an international reference for transparency and attracted billions of dollars in E&P investments. In 2003 Ivan joined Gaffney, Cline & Associates (GCA). After assignments in Rio de Janeiro and Houston he moved to Buenos Aires, from where he managed the company’s operations in the Southern Cone. His work covered technical, commercial, strategic and regulatory aspects of the petroleum industry. In 2007 Ivan joined BP Brazil, where he was Vice President Communications and External Affairs for Latin America and Deputy Head of Country for Brazil. His responsibilities included risk management, ethics & compliance, corporate responsibility and communications. In 2017 Ivan joined Anglo American, where he is currently Head of Corporate Affairs for Brazil, including the iron ore and nickel businesses. Ivan acted as spokesperson in governmental, congressional and media engagements, leading advocacy efforts on behalf of the Brazilian Petroleum Institute (IBP). Ivan was President of the UK Chamber of Commerce in Brazil (Britcham), Vice-President of the Brazilian Geophysical Society (SBGf), and Regional Coordinator for Latin America in the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG). He is a certified corporate compliance & ethics professional (CCEP-I).

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 mining, oil and gas companies, wind farm and water system developers in the public land use and environmental permitting process in Washington, DC and across the Western United States. Mr. Spielman is the founder of Natural Resources Law LLC and has served as Global Chair of WilmerHale's Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Practice and Managing Partner of its Denver office, and before that served as Global Co-Chair of Energy and Natural Resources at another international law firm. Following completion of graduate work in governmental administration, Mr. Spielman earned a Presidential Management Fellowship and later served in senior positions at the U.S. 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.  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.

CHRIS STEVENS is a Director at Werksmans Incorporated and is the Head of the Mining & Resources practice area and Head of the China practice area. In addition, he also lends his expertise to the Africa and Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions practice areas. Chris is deeply skilled in matters relating to due diligence; opinion work; administrative appeals and reviews; mining title registration; and resources law. He is a sought-after advisor on mining transactions; mining disputes; and all aspects of the MPRDA. Chris advised Anglo American Platinum on all its BEE projects for all its joint ventures and existing mines. Chris is a contributing editor for the International Comparative Law Guide on Mining Law from 2013 to 2017 and has been named as a leading lawyer in Mining by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2008 - 2019) (Band 1).

SARAH A. STRUNK is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Fennemore Craig, where she has practiced since 2000. She practices in the area of business and finance law, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and finance. In addition, she has substantial experience with international sales contracts and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance. Prior to joining Fennemore Craig, Sarah was the chief legal counsel for the copper/molybdenum division of Cyprus Amax. She represents numerous clients in the mining and natural resource industry. In addition to her legal practice, she current Chairs the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and was Chair of the Board of Brio Gold, Inc. (now, Leogold Mining Corporation LMC-T) and a member of the Audit and the Corporate Governance and Compensation Committees. Ms. Strunk received a LL.M. (Corporations), from New York University School of Law and her J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law. She has been recognized by the International Who's Who of Mining Lawyers, AzBusiness Magazine, Best Lawyers in America, Southwest Super Lawyers, and Chambers USA, among others.

JULIA TORREBLANCA is Vice-President of Corporate Affairs for Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde S.A.A., based in Arequipa, Peru. Cerro Verde is majority held by Freeport-McMoRan Inc. Julia graduated as a lawyer from Santa Maria Catholic University, Peru. She joined Cerro Verde in 1997 and has worked in several positions of increasing responsibility since then. She was appointed Vice-President of Corporate Affairs in March 2012. She is in charge of the Legal, Energy, Government Relations, Public and Community Relations; and is the main person responsible for all the company's growth and sustainable development initiatives, alliances signed with local governments and public companies, as well as improving the quality of life of the inhabitants in the surrounding communities and Arequipa. Julia is also the Secretary of the Board of Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde, Vice-President of the Cerro Verde Civil Association and member of the Technical Commission of the Cerro Verde Civil Association, in charge of managing the voluntary contribution of this Company.  She is Secretary Director of the National Society of Mining, Petroleum and Energy.  Also is Member of the Board of Foreign Trade Society of Peru ComexPeru, Procobre Peru and Director of Board of Directors of Institute of Mining Engineers of Peru. She is an ABAC member (APEC Business Advisory Council), too.

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 is a partner with Trench Rossi Watanabe, in Rio de Janeiro. She is the partner responsible for the oil and gas team area of the Rio de Janeiro office. She has been involved in domestic and multijurisdictional projects for the upstream, midstream and downstream segments of the oil and gas industry for 15 years and advised the main companies in the sector. Danielle has developed several acquisition projects, joint ventures and participated in domestic and international arbitrations involving projects of asset construction for the various energy segments. She has significant experience in corporate, compliance, arbitration, project financing and regulatory. She is a member of the Brazilian Bar Association, a founding member of the Brazilian Arbitration Committee, and a member of the Arbitration Committee of OAB / RJ. Danielle graduated in Civil Law in 2001 from Cândido Mendes Law University. 

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.

FLORENCIA VILLAGGI is an attorney at Herbert Smith Freehills in New York. She practices international law, with particular focus on international disputes in the energy and mining sectors, representing clients in commercial and investment international arbitrations. Before HSF, she worked for several years as in Argentina.  Florencia obtained her lawyer degree and a postgraduate degree in Oil & Gas Law from the University of Buenos Aires and a Master degree in International Dispute Resolution from Queen Mary University of London (LLM), where she was a Chevening scholar (UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office).

ROBERTO SILVA WAACK is Chief Executive Officer of the Renova Foundation, which is dedicated to the repair and restoration of the Doce River basin. Roberto has an extensive resume in the area of sustainability, climate change, forests and agriculture, maintains a long relationship with national and international organizations, such as WWF Brazil, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Ethos Institute, Fundo Brasileiro para a Biodiversidade (Brazilian Biodiversity Fund - FUNBIO), Instituto Brasileiro de Governança Corporativa (Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance - IBGC), Coalizão Brasil Florestas e Agricultura (Brazil Forestry and Agriculture Coalition), ISE Bovespa and EPC / FGV - Companies for the Climate of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation – , Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental da Amazônia (Amazon Environmental Research Institute – IPAM), among others. Biologist and Master Degree, Business Administration, School of Administration and Economics, University of São Paulo (USP), focusing in the area of the New Institutional Economy.

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).