Essential skills for legal and commercial professionals in the oil and gas industry to develop long lasting and profitable joint ventures
It is key to the success of all oil and gas companies to form powerful alliances that address the unique challenges they face in areas of mutual interest. Well-structured and effective joint ventures lead to commercial success and new opportunities. To achieve this success you need to ensure you have the correct agreement in place.
This unique seminar from Falconbury, the experts in commercial contracts professional development, has been designed to follow on from the highly popular Drafting and Negotiating Oil and Gas Industry Contracts to focus on the key considerations of a successful joint venture agreement. Attend this programme to ensure you are up-to-date on the legal and commercial aspects of joint venture agreements that lead to successful collaborations.
Who should attend?
This programme is also essential for companies who have expressed an interest in participating in a joint ventures and need the insight and knowledge to ensure their success.
Why venture jointly and why is it so important to the oil and gas industry
Joint Operating Agreements – Overview and key provisions
PRACTICAL WORKSHOP SESSION: Part 1- Drafting the agreements creating the JV relationship
Host government contracts as joint ventures
PRACTICAL WORKSHOP: Negotiating and drafting the main commercial provisions of the joint operating agreement
Tax issues in oil & gas acquisitions and joint ventures
The development of technology and other IP aspects of international joint ventures
PRACTICAL WORKSHOP- Anti-trust issues
Handling exits and disputes between the JV parties
Dr Ned Swan is International General Counsel at IX Power Ltd, and a leading international expert and advisor on energy policy, law and regulation. He has been adviser to the European Commission, Council of European Energy Regulators, national governments, energy markets, energy traders and major energy firms. He has been a partner at three major international law firms, where he advised on all aspects of the energy business including contracts, joint ventures, concessions, production, refining, purchasing, shipping, trading, environmental issues and litigation. He is admitted to the New York and US Federal Courts, and is a member of the Energy Institute and the UCL Energy Institute.
Bob Palmer is a senior partner in the oil & gas team at CMS Cameron McKenna. He has specialised in advising companies in the oil and gas industry for over 25 years. In 1989 he joined Shell and worked in London, Brunei and Australia. He became a partner in CMS Cameron McKenna in 1997 and advises oil and gas companies and service companies in many parts of the world. He advises public and private companies, as well as national oil companies. Much of his work is M&A and joint ventures and other commercial contracts, as well as advising on projects and development contracts.
Aaron Fairhurst is a partner in the tax team at CMS Cameron McKenna and has worked in a wide range of transactional and advisory roles, both domestic and international, covering income tax and capital gains tax, corporation tax, VAT and stamp taxes. He primarily advises corporate and individual clients on the tax implications of disposals and acquisitions, joint ventures and reorganisations in the energy and
infrastructure sectors, the corporate recovery sector and the private equity markets.
Louis Flannery is a partner and head of international arbitration at Stephenson Harwood LLP. He specialises in arbitration and litigation in all industry sectors with a particular emphasis on fraud and/or conflict law issues in litigation work. He has extensive experience of international commercial arbitration and investment treaty cases, as well as substantial High Court litigation in England and many foreign jurisdictions. As a practising solicitor advocate, he has undertaken advocacy before international tribunals and courts, including the High Court and Court of Appeal.
Alberto Martinazzi is a senior associate at Herbert Smith Freehills’ London office. He has been involved in several antitrust and merger control cases before the European Commission, advising companies in a broad spectrum of business sectors, ranging from energy, financial services and transport, to consumer goods and commodities. Alberto has undertaken a significant amount of work in the oil and gas sector and regularly advises industry stakeholders on the antitrust and merger control aspects of exploration and production joint venture projects in key regions of the world.
Hamish McArdle is a partner in the international law firm of Baker Botts LLP with many years experience in the UK and international energy sector. He advises clients on all aspects of the energy value chain including largescale projects and corporate and commercial matters, with a particular focus on those associated with the upstream and midstream oil and gas sectors and LNG.
Sally Shorthose is a partner at Bird & Bird in the Intellectual Property Group. Sally has been involved in providing advice in relation to the protection and exploitation of a full range of intellectual property rights across a range of jurisdictions, both in stand alone transactions and in conjunction with her corporate colleagues as part of an acquisition, divestment or investment activity.
Tom Wigley is a partner in Trowers & Hamlins’ International department which he joined in 2004. Tom specialises in the energy sector and infrastructure development and has advised on projects throughout the middle east region. He has advised clients on upstream and downstream oil & gas projects in various jurisdictions in the Gulf and Levant. He has a particular specialism in unconventional resources and LNG.
This course qualifies for the following CPD programmes: