About the forum
"It is true, there are big challenges in energy that need intelligent solutions, and they are needed fast. The energy sector is a highly political one, touching directly on sensitive and strategic issues of the highest national level. It also touches directly on the interests of the biggest companies and at the same time is has a direct impact on the daily lives of all us, citizens."
- GUNTHER OETTINGER, EU COMISSIONER FOR ENERGY, 17.05.2013
2013 has been another key year for UK, EU and global Energy Law and Policy, with important new directives and communications being discussed and implemented on an unprecedented scale.
Never has there been a time when those new proposals have had so much impact on the development of corporate strategy and business and understanding them is vital for those involved in energy.
Practical Law's 1st Annual Energy Law Business Forum is a strategic and practice-driven summit, which will give you an excellent opportunity to network with the best of the energy law sector.
It is also the only Energy Law Forum in Europe, providing a platform for legal professionals and senior energy managers from both power and oil and gas industries to assess the latest legal developments from a practical business perspective.
Join us for two days of keynote presentations, interactive streamed sessions and panel discussions focusing on most complex legal issues and learn how to efficiently operate in the current transnational energy context. Hear about the practical tools and techniques for putting new policies and legislation into practice as well as most prospective new business opportunities within the energy sector.
We will be honoured to welcome you in London on the 5th and 6th of November at the Practical Law’s 1st Annual Energy Law Business Forum!
THE ADVISORY PANEL AND SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
- GRAHAM VINTER, General Counsel, BG GROUP
- DAVID ISENEGGER, General Counsel, CENTRICA ENERGY
- HANS VON DER LINDE, General Counsel Downstream, Shell
- JOHN HENDY, LLM, PGDipHPE, CertEd, LLB(Hons), FRSA, MlfL, MCMI, Fellow of the HIGHER EDUCATION ACADEMY
- DAVID BATE, Group Legal Director, EON Exploration
- RANDAL BARKER, Group Legal and head of London Office, BHP BILLITON
- BOB PALMER, Partner, CMS CAMERON MCKENNA
- ANGELA KNIGHT, CEO, ENERGY UK
- ALISON KAY, Group General Counsel & Company Secretary, NATIONAL GRID
- MUNIR HASSAN, Partner, Head of Clean Energy, CMS CAMERON MCKENNA
- ANDREW HAYNES, recent Associate General Counsel, Global Corporate, BP
- TOM MELBYE, Head of Legal Global Strategy and Business Development, STATOIL
- PAUL TETLOW, Partner, Head of Corporate Group, K&L GATES
- ANNA BURCHNER, CEE Tax Group Coordinator, CMS CAMERON MCKENNA
|8.30am - 9.15am||
|9.15am - 9.30am||
|9.30am - 10.10am||
Panel Session: THE CHANGING ROLE OF IN-HOUSE COUNSEL IN THE ENERGY SECTOR
ALISON KAY, Group General Counsel & Company Secretary, NATIONAL GRID
|10.10am – 10.50am||
Panel Session: ASSESSING THE STATE OF POLITICAL RISK IN THE ENERGY SECTOR TO HELP SHAPE A COMPANY'S LEGAL AND BUSINESS STRATEGY
ADAM BRUCE, Global Head of Corporate Affairs, MAINSTREAM RENEWABLE POWER
|10.50am – 11.20am||
|11.20am – 12.20pm||
IN-DEPTH Focus Sessions
The Energy Law Business Forum enables you to learn from your peers. These sessions are designed in conjunction with the Advisory Committee. Choose from the one of the following sessions listed below:
THEME 1: SHALE GAS/PROJECT FINANCE
FOCUS SESSION A: SHALE GAS – THE IMPACTS OF LEGAL AND REGULATORY DEVELOPMENTS ON THE UK, EUROPEAN AND GLOBAL MARKETS.
PETER CAMERON, Director, CENTRE FOR ENERGY. PETROLEUM, MINERAL LAW AND POLICY
FOCUS SESSION B: PROJECT FINANCE – LEGAL AND BUSINESS ASPECTS OF INTERNATIONAL PROJECT FINANCING IN THE ENERGY SECTOR
MARC SCHMITZ, Senior Vice President Renewable Energy & Infrastructure Finance, RABOBANK
|12.20pm – 1.20pm||
IN-DEPTH FOCUS SESSIONS
THEME 2: UK AND NORTH SEA OUTLOOK
FOCUS SESSION A: ELECTRICITY MARKET REFORM – HOW IT WILL TRANSFORM THE SECTOR FOR POWER COMPANIES.
ANGELA KNIGHT, CEO, ENERGY UK
FOCUS SESSION B: NORTH SEA OIL & GAS EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION OUTLOOK FOR THE UK AND EUROPE.
LEO CSAKY, Senior Legal Counsel, Global Strategy and Business Development, STATOIL
|1.20pm - 2.20pm||
|2.20pm – 3.00pm||
SPEAKER SESSION: CLIMATE CHANGE – ITS ROLE AND IMPACT ON ENERGY COMPANIES
DAVID KENNEDY, CEO, THE COMMITTEE ON CLIMATE CHANGE
|3.00pm - 3.30pm||
|3.30pm – 4.30pm||
INTERACTIVE CHOICE SESSIONS
SESSION A: DEEPWATER HORIZON: HOT ISSUES AND PROSPECTS
PROF. JORGE M. GUIRA, Director of the Energy Programme, HENLEY BUSINESS SCHOOL/UNIVERSITY OF READING
SESSION B:FROM SMALL BUSINESS TO ENERGY EMPIRE
JOHN HENDY, LLM. FRSA, MCMI, Fellow of the HIGHER EDUCATION ACADEMY
|4.30pm – 5.10pm||
PANEL SESSION: EXAMINING ANTI-CORRUPTION AND ANTI-BRIBERY PRACTICES IN THE ENERGY SECTOR
CARY DEPEL, Former Group Global Head of Compliance, EURASIAN NATURAL RESOURCES CORPORATION
|5.10pm - 5.20pm||
CHAIR CLOSING COMMENTS DAY ONE
DAVID BATE, Legal Director, EON EXPLORATION & PRODUCTION
|9.30am – 9.40am||
|9.40am - 10.20am||
PANEL SESSION: TAX – RECENT DEVELOPMENTS AND HOW THEY MAY AFFECT COMPANY STRATEGY, PLANNING AND OPERATIONS
MIKE MANDERSON, Head of Tax, TALISMAN-SINOPEC
|10.20am – 11.00am||
PANEL SESSION: GAS PRICING - ANALYZING HISTORICAL CONTENT OF OIL & GAS PRICING IN US, EUROPE AND ASIA. UNDERSTANDING THE RECENT MARKET CHANGES – HUB PRICES AND LNG. HOW WILL IT LOOK IN THE FUTURE?
DAVID ISENEGGER, General Counsel, CENTRICA ENERGY
|11.00am – 11.30am||
|11.30am – 12.30pm||
IN-DEPTH Focus Sessions
THEME 3: WIND POWER & GLOBAL LNG PROJECTS
FOCUS SESSION A: THE LEGAL, FINANCING AND CONTRACTING CHALLENGES OF ONSHORE AND OFFSHORE WIND PROJECTS.
EUAN MCVICAR, General Counsel, UK GREEN INVESTMENT BANK
FOCUS SESSION B: THE FUTURE OF THE GLOBAL LNG MARKET.
GRAHAM VINTER, General Counsel, BG GROUP
|12.30pm – 1.10pm||
FOCUS SESSION B: THE FUTURE OF THE UK NUCLEAR BUILD PROGRAMME AND THE ROLE OF NUCLEAR POWER ON A GLOBAL SCALE.
KEITH PARKER, CEO, THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION UK
|1.10pm - 2.10pm||
|2.10pm – 3.00pm||
PANEL SESSION: IT & OUTSOURCING – TRENDS AND LESSONS LEARNED.
JUAN CROSBY, Partner, CMS CAMERON MCKENNA
CLOSING COMMENTS AND END OF FORUM.
General Counsel, BG Group
Graham Vinter joined BG Group plc as General Counsel in November 2007. He is a member of the Group Executive Committee and reports to the Chief Executive. Prior to joining BG Group, he spent 27 years with Allen & Overy LLP where he was a partner for just under 20 years responsible for the firm's project finance practice. His involvement in the oil and gas industry dates back to several large scale financings in the North Sea in the 1980s, including the South Brae field and the Esmond Gas Complex, and his involvement in LNG projects dates back to Oman LNG in the mid‐1990s. In his private practice career he advised on many projects in the wider energy sector, including a number of gas-fired IPPs and a major petrochemical complex in Saudi Arabia. Educated at the universities of Oxford and Munich, he is author of "Project Finance: a Legal Guide" published by Sweet & Maxwell. Interests include golf, tennis and skiing.
General Counsel, Centrica Energy
David is General Counsel of Centrica Energy, based in the UK. Prior to joining Centrica he was Head of Legal for Shell's upstream oil and gas business in the UK. Before this he was the lawyer responsible for major Shell oil and gas projects and interests in Iran and Kazakhstan.
Before Shell he had a senior legal role with the Sasol Group, where he was involved in developing gas to liquids projects in the Middle East and West Africa. He spent two years as a Team Leader with the United Nations Security Council in Geneva, working to resolve energy sector claims against Iraq arising from the first Gulf War.
David is a Canadian and grew up in Ottawa and Edmonton. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta and began his legal career in private practice in Calgary. While at university he served as an officer in the Royal Canadian Navy.
Legal Director, EON Exploration & Production
Since 1995, following PQE as a corporate finance associate at Clifford Chance, David Bate has gained many years of industry experience on upstream oil and gas corporate and project work across multiple jurisdictions in four continents (based out of London, Dublin, Bangkok and Hanoi at various times), and in a variety of oil and gas majors and independents.
On returning from Chevron in SE Asia, David joined AIM-listed exploration and production company Valiant Petroleum plc in 2011 (recently taken over by Ithaca Energy) as General Counsel to support its expanding business in the North Sea and Northern Europe. Previous employers include Shell, ENI and Enterprise Oil. As a result of the takeover, he recently accepted a role as Legal Director of EON E&P in London.
Angela Knight CBE
Chief Executive, Energy UK
Before joining Energy UK, Angela Knight was Chief Executive at the British Bankers' Association for five years. Previously she was Chief Executive of the Association of Private Client Investment Managers and Stockbrokers for nine years. She was honoured with a CBE for services to the financial services industry in 2007.
She was Economic Secretary to the Treasury from 1995 to 1997, after working as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and before that to Industry Minister Sir Tim Sainsbury MP
Angela was MP for Erewash from 1992 to 1997. She graduated from Bristol University with a degree in chemistry and worked at Air Products before jointly setting up and running the company Cook & Knight Ltd for six years.
She is also a non-executive director on the boards of Brewin Dolphin plc, Tullett Prebon Plc, Transport for London and is on the PwC Advisory Board.
Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna
Anna Burchner joined CMS Cameron McKenna in 1999 and has particular experience in cross-border tax and structuring matters.
She focuses on fund structuring and tax planning for private equity, real estate and other fund investments, structuring investment in the oil and gas sector, and cross-border M&A transactions. Recent work includes devising a tax-efficient structure for a listed renewables fund with a target European portfolio, advising financial institutions on permanent establishment and investment manager exemption matters, and advising on a suitable joint venture structure for investment in Kazakh and Azeri operations in the oil service sector.
Anna is a solicitor qualified both in England and Wales and in Hungary, and she holds an LLM degree in international taxation and EC tax law from the University of Leiden. Anna speaks Dutch, English, German and Hungarian.
Partner, CMS Cameron Mckenna
Munir Hassan is a partner in the Energy & Utilities team, and is Head of Clean Energy, at CMS Cameron McKenna in London, helping to determine the firm’s strategy on renewables, carbon capture and emissions trading matters. Over the past ten years, Munir has advised on independent power projects, renewables, regulatory and commercial arrangements, M&A transactions, sector restructurings, fuel supply arrangements and PPAs, price-regulated energy networks, regional trading arrangements and wholesale/retail supply issues. He has drafted or advised on power sector legislation, contracts, licences and codes in a number of jurisdictions.
The CMS Cameron McKenna energy team is one of the most respected in the world and has advised on almost every development in the UK power sector since liberalisation, including the privatisation of the electricity industry in 1990, full retail market opening under the 1998 programme, the Utilities Act 2000 and Energy Act 2004, the RO and the current EMR programme, unbundling requirements, the electricity trading arrangements (NETA and BETTA), onshore and offshore wind power, solar, biomass, carbon capture and storage projects, new nuclear build and offshore transmission.
Hans Von Der Linde, LLM, FRSA, MCMI
General Counsel Downstream, Shell
Hans von der Linde is General Counsel for Shell's global Downstream business (refining, marketing and chemicals). He currently leads a team of 300 people based in 40 countries. The head of Legal at Shell UK also reports to him. In 25 years with Shell, Hans has worked in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and China. During his time as head of Legal for Shell in North East Asia, he chaired the legal committee of the European Chamber of Commerce in China.
Hans is an experienced M&A lawyer and has also worked in government relations and issues management. He has a keen interest in developing people, and has been in charge of talent management across Shell Legal since 2004.
Group General Counsel & Company Secretary, National Grid
Alison Kay was appointed Group General Counsel & Company Secretary for National Grid plc in January 2013. As such, she is responsible for shaping the group legal function within National Grid and providing company secretariat support to the boards and committees of National Grid.
Formerly, Alison was Commercial Director, Transmission at National Grid for four and a half years, working with the gas and electricity industries in the UK and Europe to influence the legal and regulatory regimes in which National Grid operates, to deliver improved efficiency and reliability, while facilitating security of supply for Britain.
Prior to this Alison was General Counsel and Company Secretary for National Grid Electricity Transmission plc and National Grid Gas plc.
Alison qualified with corporate solicitors, Martineau Johnson, and spent eight years in private practice before joining National Grid Company plc in 1996.
She has extensive external industry exposure, including a number of positions on European and UK committees. From 2006 to 2011 she was Chair of the Electricity Pension Scheme and chaired Enabling, National Grid’s Disability Network.
Former Group Global Head of Compliance, ENRC
Most recently Cary Depel was the Group Global Head of Compliance for ENRC plc; a FTSE 30 integrated mining company. There he built a compliance function from scratch in challenging circumstances. During the past two years he has also completed the University of Chicago Booth Advanced Management Development programme, the Mergers and Acquisitions programme, and the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Strategic Management of Intellectual Property programme taught by the Harvard Business and Law School Faculty.
He holds or has held non-executive directorships in mining, financial services, technology and strategy consultancy businesses. He is an independent non-executive director of Enhanced Hydrocarbon Technologies and Voxster, a data analytics prediction business. He is also on the Advisory Board of a Kidnap & Ransom/Cash in Transit insurance broking business at Lloyds of London. Cary has been an Executive Board Director of a retail derivatives exchange, several alternative investment management firms and brokers, and a major UK stockbroker. He has also served as the Chief Legal Officer for the largest UK insurer, Special Counsel to Lloyd’s, and was in private legal practice in London and San Francisco. He is a solicitor and is qualified to practise law in California, England and Wales. He has extensive UK board practice.
Cary is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments (FCSI), the Chartered Insurance Institute (FCII), the Institute of Operational Risk (FIOR), and a former Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, and a past Fellow and Chairman of the Institute of Risk Management in 2006-07. He has been a solicitor of the Court of England & Wales since 1997 and a California lawyer since 1990.
Cary received his BSc (management and accounting) and JD (law) from Indiana University and a LLM (corporate finance and banking law) from King’s College, University of London.
Christopher J. Hilson
Professor of Law and Head of the School of Law at the University of Reading, UK
Chris Hilson is Professor of Law and Head of the School of Law at the University of Reading, UK, which has a recently established Oil and Gas LLM/MSc programme under the auspices of a new Centre for Energy Law and Policy. Chris was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Environmental Law (OUP) from 2008-2012. He has written widely on climate change, risk, public concern and the law, and legal mobilisation by social movement actors. He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and undertook his PhD (on pollution regulation) at the University of Sheffield. Chris has in the past worked as a policy advisor in the waste industry and is currently an occasional legal advisor to ClientEarth.
Head of CfD Design and Implementation, Department of Energy & Climate Change
Chris Hemsley joined the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) in June 2012, leading the teams responsible for the design of the main support mechanism for investment in low carbon generation – the Feed-In-Tariff with Contracts for Difference (CfD). His team also leads on issues relating to access to the CfD, including the recent work on issues in the Power Purchase Agreements market.
Chris joined DECC from the UK Civil Aviation Authority, where he was Director of Consumers and Markets. This role focused on making aviation markets work better for consumers, by applying competition and consumer protection legislation in the sector. This included assessing the degree of competition faced by airports and whether they should be subject to detailed economic regulation. The role also included managing the CAA’s Passenger Complaints team and taking enforcement action against airlines and airports for non-compliance with consumer law.
Chris was previously at Ofgem, heading the Wholesale Market Surveillance team, and leading on Security of Supply issues. This role included the initial probe into the operation of the UK wholesale gas market, and leading Ofgem’s investigation into the 2003 transmission power cuts in London and Birmingham.
Prior to this, Chris worked for Ernst & Young, after studying economics at university.
General Counsel, EnQuest
Stefan Ricketts joined EnQuest early in 2012 and is responsible for all legal and company secretarial matters. Stefan has two decades of experience as a lawyer, most of which is in the energy sector. Prior to joining EnQuest, Stefan was a partner at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP in the Asia-Pacific region and had previously been General Counsel at BG Group plc.
Stefan, whose early career as a solicitor was with Herbert Smith, has significant experience as a lawyer and in management working across the energy chain and in all phases of project development and operations. Previous roles have seen him based in London, Paris, Dubai, Jakarta, Singapore and Hong Kong.
General Counsel, UK Green Investment Bank plc
Euan McVicar is General Counsel of UK Green Investment Bank plc. Prior to taking up that role he was at Pinsent Masons (and predecessor firm McGrigors) for 14 years (eight as partner), where he headed the Energy Projects team. He was involved in the development, project finance and acquisition and disposal of energy projects of all sorts, but with particular emphasis on renewable energy and energy efficient/clean carbon projects such as offshore and onshore wind power, biomass, combined heat and power, and carbon capture and storage. Before joining McGrigors, Euan was part of the legal team at Scottish & Southern Energy plc.
Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna
Juan Crosby is a partner in the Technology & Commercial team and a leading lawyer advising on complex outsourcing projects in addition to technology, commercial and IP issues.
Juan was awarded Best Advisor of the Year at the National Outsourcing Association's 2013 UK Outsourcing Professional Awards ceremony and was recognised as one of Europe's leading outsourcing advisors in the 2013 European Outsourcing Association's Advisor of the Year Awards in Amsterdam.
Juan has strong interpersonal, project management and negotiation skills, with over ten years’ experience advising on many technology and business process outsourcings, including long-term, high-value strategic sourcing and telecoms arrangements. He also advises on IT, e-commerce, online content, open-source software and IP issues and a wide range of commercial agreements.
Juan recently led negotiations on a twenty-year strategic software development and licensing agreement transforming the technology underpinning the core business activities of one of the world's largest energy companies. Juan sits on the National Outsourcing Association's Cloud Steering Committee as well as the Applications Development and Maintenance Special Interest Group. He is passionate about innovation and the opportunities for the outsourcing industry to improve the transaction process, within which Legal is heavily involved. Juan is also a member of the Society for Computers and Law and of Intellect's Data Centres Group.
Tax Manager, Talisman and Sinopec
Mike is the tax manager based in Aberdeen for the recently established joint venture between Talisman and Sinopec. He has worked with Talisman for nearly 14 years, having recently returned to Aberdeen from Luxembourg where he was European Tax Manager. He is passionate about the fiscal regime required for the maturing UKCS basin.
Prior to Talisman he was finance director for Sibir Enegy plc, an AIM listed company with interests in oil fields in Russia, and Pentex Oil plc which had interests in UK and Italy. Previously Mike worked in the oil services sector both in the UK, with responsibilities for Europe and North Africa, and Canada. He is a chartered accountant by training.
Chief Executive, NIA
Keith Parker was appointed Chief Executive of NIA in September 2003, having previously been Director of Communications. He joined NIA from the Civil Service. During the 1980s he worked in the Department of Energy on the two major nuclear power station public inquiries into Sizewell B and Hinkley Point C. In the early 1990s, he was Private Secretary to Ministers at the Department of Energy and in the Department of National Heritage.
Director, Hendy Associates Ltd
John Hendy is Director of Hendy Associates Ltd. He has a great deal of experience in teaching and training internationally. He has consulted with a number of international organisations in both the private and public sectors on the development of training and academic materials. Some of the areas that John has developed materials in include upstream oil and gas regulation, conflict of laws, international law and arbitration.
John also provides consultancy work to organisations on the most effective way to carry out in-house training. Frequently these have been international organisations where online training is a necessity. John also teaches online and includes undergraduate and postgraduate level. John is a graduate of Anglia Ruskin University and began his career as an academic and lecturer.
Marc Schmitz has been active in the renewable energy sector for more than 15 years. From 1996 to 1999 he worked at Nuon, a Dutch utility company, advising the executive board on several energy projects in Europe and the US.
Marc joined the Renewable Energy & Infrastructure Finance department of Rabobank in 1999, where he has worked in various roles. He is currently responsible for renewable financing transactions in Europe. He has focused on the financial structuring, advising and arranging of many large infrastructure, energy and renewable energy projects in Europe and the US.
Marc has significant experience in the offshore wind sector and was responsible from Rabobank’s side in lead MLA roles for the Belwind, Northwind and Borkum-west projects as well as the advisory mandate for Veja Mate. Moreover, he was closely involved in the financing of C-Power, Butendiek Glid and Prinses Amalia/Q7 wind farms.
Manager, Gas Strategies Group Limited
Peter Thompson heads Gas Strategies’ LNG team and leads numerous consultancy assignments for companies seeking to develop their LNG businesses – from upstream monetisation; liquefaction project development; marketing and contracting; shipping; and regasification to business issues such as organisational design and strategy development.
Peter leads much of Gas Strategies’ work in developing and enhancing value to LNG liquefaction projects through improvement of operational practices and processes. In the last three years Peter has worked on projects including for a number of players in Queensland on the development of CSG-LNG projects at various stages of development; and provided on-going commercial support to a number of LNG projects in Africa, South America and North America.
Director, Centre for Energy, Petroleum, Mineral Law and Policy
Peter Cameron is one of the world's leading authorities on hydrocarbons law and policy. He is currently Professor of International Energy Law and Policy and Director of the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee in Scotland UK. He leads the consortium of universities and policy centres behind the World Bank funded project on Good Practice in mining, oil and gas, entitled The Extractive Industries Source Book. A hard copy will be published by The World Bank in early 2014.
Peter is regularly asked to act as an Expert Witness in international arbitral proceedings. He has given testimony in proceedings before the London Court of International Arbitration, the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chambers of Commerce, and the International Chambers of Commerce in Paris. In January he testified before the Commercial Court in London.
Formerly, he was a professor at the European University Institute in Florence and prior to that, Director of the International Institute of Energy Law at Leiden University in the Netherlands. He has held visiting or part-time posts at the Universities of Oxford, Stanford, Singapore and Madrid (Autónoma).
Peter is the author or editor of more than a dozen books and over a hundred articles or papers, including the sole authored monograph, 'International Energy Investment Law: the Pursuit of Stability' (Oxford University Press, 2010), which is being prepared for a second edition. He is known as an expert on stabilisation issues with his most recent work on this subject is contained in the Yearbook on International Investment Law & Policy 2011-12 (OUP, 2013).
In 2013 Peter was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Lecturer in energy Law, University of Dundee
Stephen Dow, LLB (Hons), LLM, DipLP, is Lecturer in Energy Law. A qualified solicitor, following a period in private practice he took a Masters degree at the Centre, working on post-privatisation regulation of energy industries, before being appointed to the Centre in 1994.
In addition to working on legal aspects of stranded investment in the energy sector, his research interests include oil and gas law. He is the Co-Director of the Centre's successful United Kingdom Oil and Gas Law seminar. He has an interest in financing of energy projects, and teaches the Centre's course on Transnational Natural Resource and Energy Finance, particularly as projects are built in transition and developing economies. He is co-director of the Centre's Energy Finance seminar.
Stephen Dow is responsible for three other courses offered by the Centre, Downstream Energy Law and Policy; United Kingdom Oil and Gas Law; and European Community Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy, a course supported by the Jean Monnet Project of the European Commission. He is the ERASMUS programme coordinator for the Centre.
Head of Legal, BNK POLSKA
For nearly 8 years, Mr. Nentwig has been engaged in the energy sector as an advisor for major Polish and international energy companies (incl. largest Polish gas company, largest Polish energy producer, largest energy trader in Poland etc.). His experience comprises both regulatory work as well as complex transactional advisory. He possesses substantial experience in gas market (incl. upstream sector), electricity market (incl. all levels of production, distribution, transmission and trade) and renewable energy market. Mr. Nentwig has been strongly involved in the shale gas industry in Poland since its beginnings and is currently in charge of legal affairs at the Polish affiliate of BNK Petroleum (one of the shale gas operators active in Poland). Prior to his legal career, he gained experience in the financial sector, working for a few years for a rapidly developing broker company and, at that time, a top foreign bank operating in Poland. Additionally, Mr. Nentwig is experienced in matters related to the trade in electricity and commodities. Mr. Nentwig is a graduate of law school at Adam Mickiewicz University and of Cambridge University post-graduate studies on English and European law. He is currently finalizing his PhD studies on regulatory framework of unconventional fuels in Poland.
Senior legal Counsel, Global Strategy and Business Development, Statoil
Based in Norway, Statoil competes with the “super-majors” in 36 countries and in all areas of exploration and production, upstream and downstream. The business has c21,000 employees and is listed in Oslo and New York.
Leo Csaky is a senior member of the global strategy and business development legal team, based in London. Focussing on high value M&A transactions, Leo is responsible for commercial and legal risk analysis, corporate governance, deal structuring and negotiation, as well as a wide variety of commercial contracts. Leo’s experience covers multiple industry sectors, with expertise in corporate governance, strategic advice and commercial negotiations.
Partner & Managing Director- Global Leader Gas&LNG
Luis joined the Madrid Office of The Boston Consulting Group in 2000. He is the Global Topic Leader for Gas and LNG and Member of the WW Energy Management Group Over the past years he has participated in 70+ projects in Energy, developing deep expertise in the gas and LNG industry. Specifically, his relevant experience includes the following: Development of the strategy and business plan for multiple top global gas players Definition of the integrated gas strategy for multiple countries and top tier companies across the world: Europe (Netherlands, France, Portugal, Italy, Spain), Americas (US, Canada, Chile, Argentina), Middle East (UAE), Pacific Basin (Australia) Support in the negotiation of multiple long term gas and LNG contracts in the most relevant WW markets Suppliers: Qatar, UAE, Russia, Norway, Algeria, Nigeria, Australia, Trinidad, Peru, Angola, Peru, etc Markets: US, Canada, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, France, Chile, Portugal, Germany, Far East, etc Project valuation of multiple integrated gas projects around the world (Angola, Trinidad, Australia, etc.) Valuation of the attractiveness and costs associated to the development of multiple pipeline and LNG projects (NW Europe, USA-Canada, LatAm, Middle East) Definition of regulatory and government policy to be followed to allow for an optimal and efficient gas development in different gas markets Development of the regulatory strategy for multiple energy players (gas, LNG, power, LPG) Analysis of niche gas/LNG technologies (ie: Floating LNG, gas into methanol, etc) Development of frequent assessments on future gas market perspectives Development of the trading strategy for top gas/LNG traders Valuation and regulatory approval in several M&A processes of Gas Upstream Companies and Utilities Development of the Exploration and Upstream strategy for integrated Oil&Gas companies Luis holds an MSc in Aeronautical Engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Head of Vendor Management for BP Upstream IT&S
Nik Hope is Head of Vendor Management for BP Upstream IT&S. In this role he is driving change to build Vendor Management as a core discipline to enable greater relationships with BP Upstream technology providers.
Nik has been at BP since 2009 and has held a variety of positions both in Indirect Procurement and Upstream IT&S. Laterally he has been responsible for establishing the Vendor Ecosystem and Commercial Lead for one of the Groups major transformation programmes.
Prior to his time with BP, Nik spend 3 years in Financial Services with RBS in the Europe and the US involved with both Citizens Bank and the ABN-AMRO M&A activity. Before RBS Nik started his professional career with GEC-Marconi and BAE SYSTEMS in a variety of commercial / procurement and operational roles.
Nik holds a MSc Supply Chain Management, Post Graduate Diploma is English Law and BA Honours – Business Studies. He is married and lives in the UK.
Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change
David Kennedy is the Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change. Previously he has worked on energy strategy at the World Bank, and design of infrastructure investment projects at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He has a PhD in economics from the London School of Economics.
The Committee on Climate Change (the CCC) is an independent, statutory body established under the Climate Change Act 2008. Our purpose is to advise the UK Government and Devolved Administrations on emissions targets and report to Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change.
In fulfilling this role our focus is to provide independent advice to Government on setting and meeting carbon budgets and preparing for climate change, monitor progress in reducing emissions and achieving carbon budgets, conduct independent analysis into climate change science, economics and policy,engage with a wide range of organisations and individuals to share evidence and analysis.
Academic Lead, Oil Gas and Energy Law University of Derby
George is a qualified Barrister. Qualified from Liverpool University with a degree and masters in law. George is also a qualified teacher. He has worked within several Universities teaching law at various levels from degree to Phd supervision . He was the head of law at Coventry University college where he had overall responsibility for the law school.
He recently accepted role as academic lead at Derby University with responsibility for on line programmes in Oil Gas and Energy Law.
Jorge Guira, Esq., BA, MA, JD, LLM, PgDip, PhD
Director of the University of Reading Law School and Henley Business School Centre for Energy Law and Policy and an Associate Professor
Jorge Guira is Director of the University of Reading Law School and Henley Business School Centre for Energy Law and Policy and an Associate Professor, in law and finance, including energy matters. He has taught at Warwick, been a Visiting Senior Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London, and consulted for leading oil and gas firms in many parts of the world as to finance, arbitration, litigation, and contract structuring, drafting, and negotiation.
Head of JV Management for SSE Renewables
Penny Langford is a qualified solicitor who has worked in the Energy sector for over 15 years, the last 13 of which have been for SSE plc. In her current role she is Head of JV Management for SSE Renewables which encompasses both onshore and offshore joint venture renewable energy projects. In her previous role within SSE’s legal department she was a Senior Commercial Solicitor leading the Renewable Energy legal team. She has extensive experience in acquisitions, joint ventures and disposals in areas including renewable energy, supply, thermal generation and gas storage.
Manager, BP, Ethics & Compliance Legal
Rachel Cropper-Mawer is the Manager at BP in the Ethics & Compliance Legal Function, for sub-Saharan Africa, Egypt and the Middle East for all of BP’s upstream operations in those regions. Rachel is also an anti-money laundering (AML) and anti-bribery and corruption (ABC) legal subject matter expert for BP, as well as the subject matter expert for dealing with NOJV ABC risk.
Within BP Rachel is responsible for ensuring that BP’s upstream business is aware of, understands and manages effectively, all its ethical and compliance risks.
Rachel joined BP in September 2011 from Clyde & Co solicitors, who were named "Law Firm of the Year 2011" in the Legal Business Awards. Rachel was a partner in the Dispute Resolution Group and acted in a number of high profile fraud cases as well as regulatory and financial disputes.
At Clyde & Co Rachel also advised clients across a number of industries as to their compliance programs, AML reporting obligations and internal investigations. Rachel also advised Clyde & Co in relation to its own ABC policies and procedures. She has worked on international matters in arbitrations, mediations and commercial negotiations as well as disputes in the High Court of Justice.
Global Head of Corporate Affairs, Mainstream Renewable Power
Adam joined the international energy company, Mainstream Renewable Power, in November 2008, after the acquisition of Airtricity where he was UK Chief Executive, responsible for the teams that developed Europe’s largest onshore and offshore wind farms.
A member of the Mainstream senior management, Adam is responsible for the company’s regulatory, government relations, and corporate communications teams.
In October 2012 Adam was appointed Chairman of the UK’s Offshore Wind Programme Board. He is a former Chairman of Renewable UK (previously the BWEA), the UK’s leading renewable energy trade body. He is a founding Director of the Friends of the Supergrid, an industrial initiative working towards the development of large scale meshed interconnection across EU markets. He sits on the Boards of the European Wind Energy Association, and the Global Wind Energy Council. In June 2012 he was asked to join the steering Board of Norstec, the government and industry body launched by the UK Prime Minister to develop the UK North Sea as a hub for offshore wind and marine renewables.
Prior to joining Airtricity Adam was Director of Public Policy at UK law firm McGrigors, working in Edinburgh, London and Brussels. He is currently a member of Oxford University’s MPLS Development Board, a director of the Westminster Forum and a Fellow of the RSA.
Adam read history at Balliol College, Oxford, where he was President of the Union, and law at Edinburgh University. He lives in Edinburgh with his family.
Managing Director, Head of Oil & Gas Advisory and Finance for EMEA, Society Generale Corporate & Investment Banking
Stephen Craen joined Société Générale’s Energy Project Finance team in 2001 having spent 15 years with Chase Manhattan in various positions in Oil & Gas and Project Finance. Prior to joining Chase, he worked for Royal Dutch Shell and Bow Valley Industries as a petroleum engineer.
Stephen has extensive experience of advising and arranging debt for: LNG, refi nery, petrochemical and pipeline projects. In LNG he has advised Oman LNG, Egyptian LNG, Qatargas 3 and is currently advising Mozambique and Yamal LNG. He is a regular speaker at conferences, more recently in the area of fl oating LNG fi nance. Mr. Craen has a degree in physics from Oxford University.
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