Our team


Our team consists of a mix of practical and academic backgrounds in large a variety of jurisdictions and institutions around the world. 

Prof. Eduardo G. Pereira
Founder (Brazil & Portugal)

 

 

 

 

Eduardo G Pereira has been active in the oil and gas industry for over 10 years and is an international expert on joint operating agreements. He has oil and gas practical experience in over 40 jurisdictions covering America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Dr. Pereira concluded his doctoral thesis on oil and gas joint ventures at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland). He conducted postdoctoral research at Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (University of Oxford, UK) and another postdoctoral research at the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law (University of Oslo, Norway). He is a professor of natural resources and energy law as a part-time, adjunct and/or visiting scholar in a number of leading academic institutions around the world. He is alsoamanaging editor for the African Journal on Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Lawand an associate editor of OGEL. He is also the author and editor of several leading oil and gas textbooks.  

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Jonathan H. Hines
Advisory board (US & Russia)

Jon has been based in Moscow for more than 15 years, and has been involved in Russia/CIS region project work for more than 25 years. Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Jon was a partner in the energy transactions practice of another international law firm. He is fluent in Russian and is conversant in French, German, Danish, and Norwegian. Jon also regularly advises clients on the application of the current US and EU sanctions on projects and other commercial dealings relating to Russia. He also has experience in arbitration proceedings related to Russia/CIS transactions in Moscow, Stockholm, London, and Paris. Jon is currently serving his third five-year appointed term on the Panel of Arbitrators of the International Commercial Arbitration Court (ICAC) at the Russian Federation Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and is one of two non-Russians elected to and currently serving on ICAC’s governing Presidium.

  

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Norman Nadorff
Advisory board (USA)

Norman Nadorff is special counsel in the Houston office of Mayer Brown. His practice centers on international energy law and transactions and ethics law compliance. For 30 years, Norman served as in-house counsel for major oil companies with primary focus on Latin America, West Africa and Indonesia. He was Senior Counsel for BP in Angola from 2006 to 2015 as well as Legal Manager for BP Brazil and ARCO Indonesia, where he held two expatriate assignments in the 1990’s. At ARCO, Norman wrote the Company’s policies on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, US Anti-boycott laws and US Export Regulations. He has participated in corruption, fraud, conflict of interest and hostage-taking investigations. Norman has been Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center since 2012 and has taught Drafting and Negotiating International Petroleum Agreements in several US and foreign law schools. Norman is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, proficient in French, and has experience negotiating in all three languages. He is a former Director of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators and lectures frequently on anti-corruption laws, effective contract drafting and development of local talent.

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Prof. Kim Talus
Advisory board (Finland)

Kim Talus is a Professor of European Economic and Energy Law at UEF Law School and the Director of the Center for Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Law (www.uef.fi/en/cceel). He is also a Professor of Energy Law at the University of Helsinki. His research and other activities focus on international, comparative and European energy law. More specifically, his activities focus on international upstream petroleum law and regulation and on EU energy law and policy. He has published widely in these areas and is a frequent speaker in international conferences. He has held teaching positions at University College London, University of Houston and Bonn University. He is the Editor-in-Chief for Oil, Gas and Energy Law (www.ogel.org) and a member of the Editorial Board for Journal of World Energy Law and Business. He works frequently with companies, public authorities and governments in various areas of energy law and policy. He is an Of Counsel at Eversheds Sutherland.

 

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José Valera
Advisory board (USA & Peru)

Jose L. Valera is a partner in the Houston office of Mayer Brown and co-head of the firm’s oil and gas practice. He focuses his practice on domestic and international energy transactions and project development, with more than 25 years of legal experience representing oil, gas and electric energy companies throughout the United States, Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. He represents oil and gas companies on exploration and production contracts, investment agreements, upstream development projects, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures. His practice also includes the representation of electric companies in the development of thermal and renewable generation projects, financing, mergers and acquisitions. Jose’s LNG practice includes liquefaction services, regasification services, development of regasification terminals, and purchase and sale of LNG. Jose has counseled the governments of Argentina, Bolivia, Honduras, Peru and Iraq on energy legislative reform matters, development of shared hydrocarbon resources, and privatization transactions related to the electric and oil and gas industries. 

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Giovani Loss
Advisory board (Brazil)

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 & Jaworski LLP (now Norton Rose Fulbright). He is one of the founding partners and a board member of the Brazilian Institute of Energy Law Studies (IBDE) and a chairman of the oil and gas law committee of the International Bar Association. He is licensed to practise law in Brazil, New York and England. Giovani has a Bachelor of Laws from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, as well as a Master of Laws in public law from the University of São Paulo and Master of Laws from Stanford Law School. He is recognised in numerous legal directories worldwide including Chambers Latin America (oil and gas, and projects sections, 2012-2017); Chambers Global (oil and gas, 2011-2016; projects, 2012-2016; foreign expert USA, 2013-2016; and expert based abroad, USA, 2016); The Legal 500 (Leading Lawyer in oil and gas, 2012-2016.

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Prof. Talal Adbulla Al-Emadi
Advisory board (Qatar)

Professor Al-Emadi is the convener of Oil and Gas Law course, and the Editor-in-Chief for International Review of Law. He is a registered lawyer in the Qatari Bar. He was seconded from QU to the Amiri Diwan as a legal counselor for the minister of State for council of ministers affairs. He was the first Qatari to receive a doctorate degree in law (DPhil) from the University of Oxford. His thesis questioned the preference of joint venture agreements in the Qatari gas industry. He was also the first Qatari to receive a master’s degree in law (LLM) from Harvard University where he wrote a comparative dissertation on search and seizure. He was among the first law graduating class, in QU, to receive the bachelor’s in law degree (LLB) after which he joined the then Department of Law (now College of Law) as a faculty member. He has been consulted by international law firms, educational institutions and governments on subjects related to joint ventures, legal education, energy and investment law.

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Prof. Keith B. Hall
Advisory Board (USA)

Keith B. Hall is Director of the Mineral Law Institute and the Campanile Charities Professor of Energy Law at Louisiana State University.  In addition to teaching at LSU, 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 Pitt Law School in Pittsburgh, and Introduction to Mineral Law as an adjunct professor at Loyola School of Law.  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 a member of the Board of Editors for the Oil & Gas Reporter, the Board of Trustees for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, the Advisory Council of the Institute for Energy Law, and the Board of Trustees for the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation.  He is a former Chair of the Oil & Gas Committee of the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources.  He also is a registered professional engineer.

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Juan C. Serra
Advisory board (Mexico)

Juan Carlos Serra has been with Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C. since 1996. He is the Head of the Energy, Mining and Infrastructure Practice Groups. Juan Carlos worked in the private sector lending arm of the Interamerican Development Bank, called the Interamerican Investment Corporation. Juan Carlos is a Graduate from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and has a Master´s Degree from Georgetown University (Fullbright Scholarship). Other formal education includes a Postgraduate Degree in Corporate and Economic Law from the Panamerican University (Universidad Panamericana) and a Diploma Degree in Energy Law from the Iberoamerican University (Universidad Iberoamericana). Recognized by Latin American Energy and Infrastructure Guide as a Leading Lawyer. Ranked by Chambers Latin America as a leading lawyer in Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions and Energy & Natural Resources practices. Recognized as Latin America´s Leading lawyer in IFLR 1000 Energy and Infrastructure. Named World´s Leading Lawyer by Who´s Who of Mining Lawyers, as well as Who´s Who of Energy Lawyers. His specific experience includes joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, investments, acquisitions, and solid experience participating in national and international public bidding, as well as extensive advice in energy and mining issues.

 

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Ramiro M. Baldivieso
Advisory board (Bolivia)

Ramiro Moreno is a Bolivian attorney, whom as part of his academic education has obtained a “Magister in Law” degree, better known as LLM, from Harvard Law School of the United States of America. He has been admitted to practice in Bolivia and Argentina and he’s currently studying a PhD in Private Law at the University of Salamanca, Salamanca Spain (2016-2017). In 2006 he was appointed as alternate judge of the Supreme Court of Justice of Bolivia, post that was carried out to a full term. One of his greatest interests has always been the academia and since 1984, he has been Professor of Civil Law in the Universidad Mayor de San Andres. He has also recently served as professor in several programs in Bolivia. From 1986 to 1991 he was member of the board of Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB) Bolivia. Since 2008, he has been appointed and reelected for several consecutive periods, as President of the Academy of Legal Sciences of Bolivia. This is an academic institution that gathers the most eminent and respected Bolivian academics and several Corresponding Academic Members of the legal profession from different neighboring countries. He’s the founder and principal of Moreno Baldivieso Law firm. 

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Tomás Lanardonne 
Advisory board (Argentina)

Tomás Lanardonne graduated as a lawyer from the Universidad de Buenos Aires in 2005, where he obtained an Honors Diploma. He also received Postgraduate Degrees in Oil & Gas Law (Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2007) and Administrative Law (Universidad Católica Argentina, 2008/2009, thesis pending). During 2010, he attended the Academy of American and International Law (Plano, US) and he was elected Class Speaker by his classmates. During 2012/2013, Tomás Lanardonne obtained an LLM in Energy Law & Policy (with distinction) at the University of Dundee (UK), as a British Chevening Scholar. Tomás Lanardonne is a transactional and regulatory lawyer with experience in Oil & Gas (up-stream, mid-stream and down-stream projects), Electricity (generation, transmission, distribution and end-user projects), Renewable Energy  (small-scale hydroelectric power, biofuels, wind, geothermal, solar and biomass projects), and  Litigation and International Arbitration (energy-related litigation before Federal and State courts and domestic and international arbitration institutions).

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Marianna Boza
Advisory board (Colombia)

Marianna has an important experience advising multinational investors in the oil, gas, mining and petrochemical sector. She has been involved in major upstream, midstream and downstream projects. She was Senior Legal Counsel at Shell Venezuela, participating actively in the downstream business for the production of oil by-products. Additionally, she was the in-house attorney in secondment to the Legal Department of Repsol Exploración Venezuela and ChevronTexaco Global Technologies Services. Marianna has worked in prestigious international law firms and currently is Head of the O&G and Mining practice in Brigard & Urrutia, Colombia. She is a member of the AIPN Latin America Regional Executive Committee and the Advisory Board of the Colombian-Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Marianna graduated cum laude from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Venezuela, in 1999 and holds a Master degree (with honors) in Business Law from Universidad Francisco Vitoria in Madrid (2004) and a Master degree (with honors) in Legal Practice from Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía (ISDE) in Madrid (2011). Marianna is authorized to practice law in Venezuela and Colombia. 

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Malek Takieddine
Advisory board (Lebanon)

Dr Seyed N Ebrahimi (LLB 1990, Iran; LLM 1994, UK; and Ph.D. 1998, UK) is the Assistant Professor of International Trade Law, Private International Law and Oil and Gas Law and Contracts. He is an outstanding legal counsel, Attorney at Law, and legal expert dealing with international claims and disputes particularly in oil and gas industry. He is the MD and Chairman of Dadgoo Law Firm since 2003. He was a member of the Board of the Iran Project Management Association (Iran PMA) and he is a member of the High Council of Iran PMA. In addition to being an academic staff, he has been practicing in the general industry particularly the oil and gas domestic and international markets. He was a member of the Board and Legal & Contractual Director of PEDEC/NIOC; the chief negotiator of international petroleum contracts for Iran oil and gas industry; a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK; a legal advisor to the Bureau of International and Legal Services (B.I.L.S) dealing with Iran-US Tribunal claims (1992-1999), the Hague-Tehran; a member of the “British Institution on International Law”, UK; a member of the International Bar Association, UK; a member of the “International Family Law Institution”, the Hague, Netherlands. 

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Malek is an oil and gas lawyer qualified to practice under Lebanese Law. He has obtained a masters degree in oil and gas law from the University of Aberdeen (2008). Over the past 14 years, he has been involved in advising major and independent IOCs on upstream oil and gas projects in the UK, Africa and the Middle East. He has made a number of publications related to Lebanese hydrocarbon laws, and is regularly invited to speak on these matters at conferences and roundtable discussions in Dubai, Lebanon, Washington DC (the Aspen Institute), London and Aberdeen. He is a lecturer in Oil and Gas Law at the Lebanese American University in Beirut (LAU). He is also regularly sought to provide advice and analysis to Norwegian Oil for Development Program/NORAD, the European Union (Beirut office), United Nations bodies (Beirut, Vienna and New York) and other international organizations on matters covering hydrocarbon laws and anti-corruption laws in Lebanon and other Arab countries. He is a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, acts on the board of directors of the Energy Committee of the Beirut Bar Association and is Legal Consultant with CMS.

 

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Dr. S. N. Ebrahimi
Advisory board (Iran)
Rui Amendoeira
Advisory board (Portugal)

Joined Vieira de Almeida & Associados in 2015. He is the head of the Oil&Gas practice group. He brings an in-depth understanding of the complex legal, regulatory and practical challenges facing the oil industry in several African plays, including Angola, Mozambique, Gabon, Congo, among others. For close to 25 years his practice has covered a myriad of projects and transactions throughout the oil and gas value chain, including upstream developments, liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects, regasification facility projects, acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, farmins and farmouts, cross-border pipelines, etc. He is frequently called upon to draft and negotiate a variety of oil & gas agreements, including concession contracts, production sharing agreements, participating agreements, JOAs, operating agreements, field unitization agreements, the full range of service contracts, FPSO contracts, pipeline transportation agreements, storage, gathering and interconnection agreements, engineering, construction and procurement agreements, and other documents

that require wide-ranging multidisciplinary experience. His clients include oil and gas producers, operators, drilling contractors and construction companies, large utilities, refineries, financial institutions, and a host of other businesses. The breath of his experience has helped him to develop to be a seasoned and business oriented lawyer who is known for providing practical and creative advice to his clients.

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João A. Fialho
Advisory board (Portugal)

Joined Vieira de Almeida & Associados (“VdA”) in 2015. Is one of the coordinators of Projects – Infrastructures, Energy & Natural Resources practice group and member of the Oil & Gas practice group. In the last 20 years he has been involved in all sort of oil & gas projects and transactions in various jurisdictions, such as Timor-Leste, Angola, Portugal, Mozambique, Republic of Congo, DRC, Guinea Bissau and São Tomé and Príncipe. He is mainly focused on the energy (oil & gas upstream/downstream and power projects) and mining industries.  Frequent speaker in international oil & gas upstream and downstream events, he has a detailed and comprehensive understanding of all typical projects and transactions of the industry, from production sharing agreements, participating agreements, JOAs, operating agreements, field unitisation agreements, the full range of service contracts.Prior to joining VdA, he spent his legal career at “Tomáz Rocha Law Office” (1993-1997) and “Miranda Correia Amendoeira & Associados” (1997-2015) where he assisted may oil companies in the downstream business and was one of the members of the oil & gas upstream and downstream practice, respectively. He served as board member in various terms between 2007 and 2015. 

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Olayemi Anyanechi
Advisory board (Nigeria)

Olayemi Anyanechi has over 20 years’ experience advising energy and infrastructure companies doing business in Nigeria. She advises on licensing and regulatory compliance, joint venture and transaction structuring, mergers and acquisitions, equity, debt and joint venture finance, as well as project development and operations.  Before starting Sefton Fross, as Managing Partner, Olayemi was a Senior Partner and Head of the Finance Practice at Templars, and prior to that, General Counsel for the Sahara Group. Olayemi has several scholarly publications to her credit, particularly on energy and natural resources and banking and finance. She has contributed immensely to the development of corporate and financial law in Nigeria, and is a Member of the Nigerian Senate Technical Committee for Financial Law Reform, as well the Chairman of the Mergers Acquisitions & Corporate Reorganizations Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association - Section of Business Law. She is recognised as one of the leading Energy and Infrastructure as well as Finance and Corporate lawyers in Nigeria.

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Patrícia Rosário
Advisory board (Portugal)

Patrícia Rosário is a qualified Portuguese lawyer and managing partner of Rosario Consulting Group. She holds a J.D. from the Catholic University of Lisbon and an LL.M in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution from the University of London, Queen Mary. Her practice focuses on foreign investment/public international law, international construction law, natural resources and international arbitration. Patrícia has professional expertise in international contract management (in particular FIDIC) and international arbitration and adjudication. Patricia´s experience also includes structuring investments in Africa and Europe. ​ She acts for international developers, employers and contractors in some of the largest and most complex building and engineering projects undertaken in Europe and Africa and was involved in legislative drafting and public affairs advice. She acts as an arbitrator, adjudicator and counsel, advising parties with respect to arbitration proceedings in different countries and under all the major arbitration systems including in English, Spanish and Portuguese languages.

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Dr. Thomas K. Stephens 
Advisory board (Ghana)

Thomas Kojo Stephens is a lawyer, consultant and lecturer in Petroleum Law, Policy, Regulation, and Revenue Management, and a member of the Ghana Bar Association. He graduated from Emory University, USA in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Political Science and Philosophy where he graduated with Highest Honors, Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude.  He obtained his LL.B from the University of Ghana, Legon in 2006 where he graduated top 1% of his class. He obtained his BL from the Ghana School of Law in 2008, his LL.M from Cornell University, USA in 2011, and his PhD in Petroleum Law from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK in 2014. He has published in the area of law, particularly Petroleum Law, and currently engages in consultancy services in the petroleum industry. He is a lawyer with the eminent law firm Akufo-Addo, Prempeh and Co., and a lecturer in the law school of Ghana’s premier university, University of Ghana, where he lectures amongst others, Petroleum Law and Natural Resources Law. He is also a member of Ghana’s Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC), a statutory body with oversight over the use of Ghana’s petroleum revenue, and chairs its Legal Sub-committee.

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Dionisio Fonseca 
Advisory board (Angola)

Dionísio Fonseca practices Law in Angola advising clients in oil and gas law related matters, mainly m&a, labour, environmental law, contract drafting and negotiation. He was a Senior Counsel for Sonangol E.P., before being appointed as Chief Advisor for Legal Affairs to the Vice-President of the Republic of Angola. He holds an LLM degree in Oil and Gas from the University of Aberdeen and two executive degrees from Harvard University in Infrastructure in Market Economy: Public Private Partnership in a Changing World and Driving Government Performance: Leaderships Strategies that Produce Results. He was the leading lawyer representing the Angolan Government during the negotiation of the commercial, fiscal and immigration agreements and protocols for the Lianzi Project, the first Cross Border Unitization Project to enter into production in Africa.  He is an expert in drafting legislative bills, a member of AIPN, Lecturer and Academic Coordinator of the Joint Master in Oil and Gas Law and Management Course at Agostinho Neto University School of Law, his alma mater.

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Dionísio Fonseca practices Law in Angola advising clients in oil and gas law related matters, mainly m&a, labour, environmental law, contract drafting and negotiation. He was a Senior Counsel for Sonangol E.P., before being appointed as Chief Advisor for Legal Affairs to the Vice-President of the Republic of Angola. He holds an LLM degree in Oil and Gas from the University of Aberdeen and two executive degrees from Harvard University in Infrastructure in Market Economy: Public Private Partnership in a Changing World and Driving Government Performance: Leaderships Strategies that Produce Results. He was the leading lawyer representing the Angolan Government during the negotiation of the commercial, fiscal and immigration agreements and protocols for the Lianzi Project, the first Cross Border Unitization Project to enter into production in Africa.  He is an expert in drafting legislative bills, a member of AIPN, Lecturer and Academic Coordinator of the Joint Master in Oil and Gas Law and Management Course at Agostinho Neto University School of Law, his alma mater.

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Katie Winterbourne
Advisory board (Australia)

Katie has over 20 years’ experience working on commercial legal matters for resources, energy and infrastructure companies.  Katie advises on Crown land access, regulatory compliance, project development and closure, and environmental legal issues in Western Australia.  Katie has also negotiated agreements with all levels of government and regulatory agencies to enable her clients to achieve their project objectives. Before starting Lantegy Legal, Katie was a Partner at global law firm, Ashurst, in the resources and energy practice based in Perth.  Katie also worked as an in-house lawyer at BHP Billiton for over 4 years, primarily supporting its nickel business.  Katie undertook several legal research projects while studying in Calgary and advised the Chair of the Alberta Environmental Appeals Board on hearings involving contaminated land and water allocation.

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Dr. Aboubacar Fall 
Advisory board (Senegal)

Dr. Aboubacar Fall is a former member of the Paris Bar and currently a Partner at GENI & KEBE Law Offices in Dakar (Senegal). His areas of practice include natural resources law (including mining and oil &gas), maritime trade law, investment law, infrastructure law, environmental law, governance and international commercial & investment arbitration, among others. Dr Fall holds an LL.M from University of Washington (Seattle), a Ph.D. in international business law from University of Haute-Normandie in Rouen (France), a Masters in international transportation from University of Paris-Sorbonne (France) and a Certificate in Oil & Gas Policy  and Resources Management from PETRAD Institute in Stavanger (Norway).. Dr. Fall has served for ten years as Principal Legal Counsel at the Legal Department of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group where he participated in several natural resources development projects, including oil & gas. He also served as Chairman of the Management Board of the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF). He is a member of AIPN and has published extensively on natural resources related laws in various reviews and journals as well as business magazines.

 

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Melba Wasunna
Advisory board (Kenya)

Melba is the current Director of the Extractives Baraza, formerly known as the Information Centre for Extractives Sector (ICES), based at Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya. The platform currently is funded by the governments of the United Kingdom through the Department for International Development (“DFID”) under their Kenya Extractives Program (“KEXPRO”) managed by Oxford Policy Management.Previously, Melba was the (Founding) Director of the Strathmore Extractives Industry Centre (SEIC). She also worked as a Special Project Advisor on Extractives and Human Rights at the Katiba Institute and legal adviser and senior researcher in the Office of the Deputy Chief Justice of Kenya. She was a legal associate at one of New York’s premier law firms, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. Melba holds a Doctor of Juridical Science (Law) from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, and is admitted to practice as an attorney at the New York State Bar.

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Alexandra Wawryk
Advisory board (Australia)

Alex Wawryk received First Class degrees in Economics and Law, and a PhD in Law, from the University of Adelaide, Australia. She is a senior lecturer at the University of Adelaide Law School, teaching Contract Law, and Mining and Energy Law. She also taught International Energy Law and Environmental Law for a number of years. Her areas of research include petroleum law, renewable energy law, and mining and environmental law. Alex is an associate editor for OGEL, a specialist on-line database for Oil, Gas and Energy Law, and from 2018, she will be the Editor of the Australian Resources and Energy Law Journal. Alex is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia. She is a Member of the Management Committee of the Environmental Defenders Office (SA), the IUCN Specialist Group on Energy Law, the Australian Resources and Energy Law Association, and the Institute for Mining, Energy and Resources at the University of Adelaide. Alex is currently serving on the Academic Advisory Panel to the South Australian government’s 2016-17 Leading Practice Review of South Australia’s mining legislation.

 

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José Alberto Bucheb
Advisory board (Brazil)

Jose Alberto Bucheb holds a degree in Geology from the State University of Sao Paulo and a degree in Law from the State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He got a Master Degree in Geophysics at the Federal University of Para and a Master Degree in International Law at the State University of Rio de Janeiro. He also got his PhD in Geology at State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He authored the books: “International Arbitration in the Petroleum Industry” and “Petroleum Law – The Regulation of the E&P Activities in Brazil”, both in Portuguese. He worked for Petrobras, the Brazilian NOC, from 1980 to 2017. Before assuming the position of Manager of the Petrobras corporate University, he acted as the Joint Ventures Manager of E&P activities of the Pre-salt. In 2017 he joined Geolagos, a Brazilian Geology and Environmental Consulting firm.

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David
Advisory board (South Africa)
David
Advisory board (South Africa)

David Forfar is Head of Oil and Gas at Bowmans, a leading pan-African law firm.  David specialises in upstream oil and gas matters with a particular focus on production sharing agreements, concessions and host government instruments, as well as regulatory and compliance-related issues in Africa.  Prior to joining Bowmans, David was based in Aberdeen, Scotland, where his experience included time as a senior legal counsel for Canadian Natural Resources International.  He has provided extensive advice in relation to a variety of African jurisdictions, including: Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Mozambique and South Africa.  David trained and practised as a lawyer with the Energy, Transport and Infrastructure Group at Ashurst in London.  David has BA and PhD degrees from the University of Essex, UK, and an MA from the University of Oxford, UK.  He was also a Fellow in Modern Japanese Studies at the University of Oxford’s Wadham College.

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Prof. Hirdan K. M. Costa
Advisory board (Brazil)

Hirdan Katarina de Medeiros Costa  is a professor, lawyer, and consultant. She has been working in energy sector since 2004.  She has a Master Degree on Energy Issues from the University of Sao Paulo. She is PhD on Energy Issues and her thesis focused in Oil Brazilian royalties system. She is Postdoctor in sustainability from School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities at University of Sao Paulo. She holds an MS in Law from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, USA. She was Visiting Researcher at University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman (2008-2009). Hirdan played a key role when she was consultant (2007-2008) in legislation and institutional reform of the energy sector in Brazil: Rio Grande do Norte State. Currently, Hirdan is Collaborating Professor at Energy Program, University of Sao Paulo’s Institute of Energy and Environment and consultant at Zenergas Consultoria Empresarial em Energia e Regulação LTDA.

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Michael Polkinghorne
Advisory board (Australia, England & France)

Michael Polkinghorne heads the Paris office's arbitration, energy and pro bono groups at White & Case and is also joint-head of the firm’s oil and gas practice. A dual-qualified (civil and common law) lawyer, he has a broad range of experience in arbitration and litigation in the area of energy. Michael has served as counsel in arbitrations conducted under most major institutional rules. He has in recent years been involved in a number of mediations, notably in the industrial gas sector, and has served in over two dozen cases as arbitrator (sole, party-appointed or chair), predominantly in the energy sector. Michael is the former Australian member of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC, and a current member of the Legal Advisory Task Force of the Energy Charter Secretariat. Having written extensively on energy dispute resolution and foreign investment, he also provides courses on long-term energy contracts and dispute resolution. Michael is consistently ranked in the top tier of arbitration practitioners in France and Europe.

 

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Wan Zulhafiz Wan Zahari
Advisory board (Malaysia)

Dr. Wan Zulhafiz is an Assistant Professor at Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). Dr. Wan Zulhafiz graduated with a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Aberdeen in 2016 for his thesis entitled, “Unbalanced Indemnities: A Comparative Analysis of Risk Allocation in Oilfield Service Contracts in Malaysia, the U.K. and, U.S.A”, making him among the first academicians specialised in oil and gas law in Malaysia. Previously, he has been a corporate lawyer for approximately 4 years before joining academia with research interests in energy law, corporate law and commercial contracting. Dr. Wan Zulhafiz has been an avid researcher, publishing over 20 papers in journals, international conferences, and popular media. He has won several awards for his excellent works, notably the Ede & Ravenscroft Prize Award in 2014. He is an advocate and solicitor in the High Court in Malaya (non-practising). He is also a committee member of the Malaysian Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) and ASEAN Energy Law Network.

 

 

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Almat Daumov
Advisory board (Kazakhstan)

Almat Daumov is a Partner and Head of Natural Resources team of GRATA International. He focuses on energy and natural resources, M&A, tax law and dispute resolution. For more than 13 years, Almat has advised domestic and multinational corporations and built an impressive oil and gas and mining practice. He has a great experience in undertaking and supervising work for oil and gas, mining and services companies, including Korean National Oil Corporation (KNOC), North Caspian Operating Company (operator of Kashagan, the world's largest oil discovery of the last 40 years), Sinopec, Rosneft, Baker Hughes, Enka, Polyus Gold International, Severstal, Nord Gold, Polymetal. He is a member of several associations (including Kazakhstan Petroleum Lawyers’ Association, Authorised representative of the Association of Taxpayers of Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan Bar Association).

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Vera De Brito de Gyarfas
Advisory board (USA & Venezuela)

 

 

Vera represents companies in upstream exploration and production, liquefied natural gas and other natural gas projects under all types of host government agreements, including production sharing agreements, concessions/licenses, and operating services agreements. She also advises companies with respect to power projects, generation, transmission and distribution facilities, and advises petrochemical companies in developing specialized plants. With particular experience in LNG, Vera negotiates and drafts investment agreements for host governments and other parties, analyzes existing regulations and government negotiations, and completes agreements for LNG sales and purchases, gas supply, and terminal usage, among others.Vera is recognized as a 2016 Women in Energy Honoree by Texas Lawyer, and is ranked in the 2016 Chambers Global for Energy and Natural Resources as an expert in the U.S. for Venezuela. She was also recommended in the 2015 Legal 500 Latin America, and listed as a leading practitioner in the 2015 International Who’s Who of Oil and Gas Lawyers. A frequent author and speaker on energy topics, Vera is fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese.

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Since qualifying as a lawyer from the Ghana School of Law in 1981, Phyllis has developed an impressive track record of 36 years in the petroleum, mining, public finance, cocoa and other business sectors. Over her distinguished career, she has successfully provided various legal and other advisory services to government, energy sector agencies and international investors in Ghana. Since founding the firm of ShawbellConsulting in 2002, Phyllis has represented subsidiaries of Transocean and other global giants in Ghana, including Amazon.com.  She has also been an Advisor to the Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund. Phyllis is the Managing Partner of the firm and CEO of its consultancy practice, and was listed as a leading practitioner in the 2015 International Who’s Who of Corporate and Energy Lawyers. Before establishing ShawbellConsulting, Phyllis had worked for 13 years with Price Waterhouse Associates, and its successor firm of Ernst and Young Ghana, rising to senior executive level.  Among other qualifications, Phyllis also holds an International Law Certificate of Distinction from the City of London University (1981).  

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Phyllis Maria Christian
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Since qualifying as a lawyer from the Ghana School of Law in 1981, Phyllis has developed an impressive track record of 36 years in the petroleum, mining, public finance, cocoa and other business sectors. Over her distinguished career, she has successfully provided various legal and other advisory services to government, energy sector agencies and international investors in Ghana. Since founding the firm of ShawbellConsulting in 2002, Phyllis has represented subsidiaries of Transocean and other global giants in Ghana, including Amazon.com.  She has also been an Advisor to the Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund. Phyllis is the Managing Partner of the firm and CEO of its consultancy practice, and was listed as a leading practitioner in the 2015 International Who’s Who of Corporate and Energy Lawyers. Before establishing ShawbellConsulting, Phyllis had worked for 13 years with Price Waterhouse Associates, and its successor firm of Ernst and Young Ghana, rising to senior executive level.  Among other qualifications, Phyllis also holds an International Law Certificate of Distinction from the City of London University (1981).  

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Niklas Korsgaard Christensen
Advisory board (Denmark)
Niklas Korsgaard Christensen
Advisory board (Denmark)

 

Niklas Korsgaard Christensen is partner and head of Plesner Law Firm's Energy and Infrastructure Group, which by clients and peers is believed to be the leading group in Denmark. Niklas advises national and international businesses and public institutions and companies on the implementation of large complex projects and dispute resolution. Niklas is an expert in infrastructure, energy and construction. In addition, Niklas is very experienced in dispute resolution, and he has handled a significant number of litigation and arbitration proceedings. For many years, Niklas has advice many of the larger oil & gas players regarding their developments in the Danish sector of the North Sea, and he has been involved in the latest mega projects in the North Sea. He has extensive knowledge of the industry and project drivers and the related contractual set-up for the projects. Niklas is a certified arbitrator and has an MBA from Cambridge University. Furthermore, he is an experienced lecturer at the University of Copenhagen.

 

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Peter Cameron
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Peter Cameron joined CEPMLP in 1997 as Professor of International Energy Law and Policy, after 11 years at the University of Leiden in The Netherlands, where he was Director of the Internationaal Institut voor Energierecht. In 2002 he became Professor at the Robert Schuman Centre in the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, where he organised a series of annual EU energy law seminars for 6 years. In August 2015 Peter became Director of CEPMLP within the new School of Social Sciences at the University. He has held visiting professorial appointments at the Universities of Madrid (Autonoma), MGIMO (Moscow) and Singapore (NUS).Peter was elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2013.  He is co-Director of the International Centre for Energy Arbitration and has been an honorary Professorial Fellow at Edinburgh University's Europa Institute for several years. 

 

 

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Heike 
Advisory board (UK)
Heike 
Advisory board (UK)
Heike Trischmann 
Advisory board (UK)

Heike is a Senior Associate in the firm’s Corporate group. Heike specialises in all aspects of oil & gas law but has also been involved in electricity and water projects. Heike has acted for governments, national oil companies as well as junior and major oil & gas companies, banks, energy trading companies, regulators and individual investors in more than 40 countries worldwide on a broad range of international and domestic corporate, commercial, regulatory and projects work in the oil & gas industry. She regularly advises on production sharing agreements, concessions and licence arrangements, M&A and farm-ins, joint operating agreements, oil, gas and LNG supply, transportation, storage and access agreements, trading and other commercial contracts and the underlying regulatory regimes in the relevant jurisdictions as part of investments in the petroleum industry. Heike has been recognised as a leading lawyer by Who’s Who Legal: Energy 2017.

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Heike is a Senior Associate in the firm’s Corporate group. Heike specialises in all aspects of oil & gas law but has also been involved in electricity and water projects. Heike has acted for governments, national oil companies as well as junior and major oil & gas companies, banks, energy trading companies, regulators and individual investors in more than 40 countries worldwide on a broad range of international and domestic corporate, commercial, regulatory and projects work in the oil & gas industry. She regularly advises on production sharing agreements, concessions and licence arrangements, M&A and farm-ins, joint operating agreements, oil, gas and LNG supply, transportation, storage and access agreements, trading and other commercial contracts and the underlying regulatory regimes in the relevant jurisdictions as part of investments in the petroleum industry. Heike has been recognised as a leading lawyer by Who’s Who Legal: Energy 2017.

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Owen L. Anderson 
Advisory board (USA)

Owen L. Anderson is a Professor and Distinguished Oil and Gas Scholar at the University of Texas School of Law in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy Law & Business. He is the Eugene Kuntz Chair Emeritus and the George Lynn Cross Research Professor Emeritus at the University of Oklahoma. He regularly teaches at the University of Melbourne, the University of Sydney, and the University of Dundee. Professor Anderson has lectured at numerous other universities and venues on six continents and throughout the United States. He has authored over 100 articles. He is a co-author of International Petroleum Transactions, Hemingway Oil and Gas Law and Taxation, Cases and Materials on Oil & Gas Law, and A Student’s Guide to Estates in Land and Future Interests. He is a co-author of the supplements to Kuntz on Oil and Gas Law. He is editor in chief of the Texas Title Standards. He served as an editor of the Oil and Gas Reporter from 1989 to 2017. 

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Luke Havemann 
Advisory board (South Africa)
Luke Havemann 
Advisory board (South Africa)

Luke Havemann is a Senior Associate in the Oil & Gas Team in Cape Town, South Africa.  His interest lies in the provision of technically excellent and solution-focused advice for upstream operations in Sub-Saharan jurisdictions. He has significant experience in advising on the legislative and regulatory frameworks that govern the upstream and midstream activities of the oil and gas industry in various jurisdictions, including, amongst others, Uganda, Mozambique and South Africa.  Luke has also advised on a wide variety of industry-specific contractual arrangements, including production sharing contracts and joint operating agreements. Luke has written extensively on legal developments affecting the African oil and gas industry and has presented various papers at numerous oil and gas conferences.

Luke has BA, LLB and LLM degrees from the University of Cape Town, and a PhD from the University of Aberdeen.

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Rui Andrade  
Advisory Board (Portugal)

RUI ANDRADE is a partner in the Vieira de Almeida & Associados (VdA) international litigation & arbitration group based in Lisbon. His practice mainly focuses on cross-border disputes in the oil & gas, energy, natural resources, construction and real estate sectors. He has a vast experience in coordinating matters of litigation and arbitration in Africa Sub Saharan countries (such as Angola, Mozambique, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, São Tomé and Príncipe, Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde), as well as in East Timor. Rui is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, the International Council for Commercial Arbitration, the International Energy Law Advisory Group, as well as of the Portuguese Arbitration Association. Rui is admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association (1992) and to the Timor-Leste Bar Association. He regularly speaks about matters of arbitration, notably in the energy and oil & gas sectors and authors several articles on dispute resolution and arbitration related matters. Rui is fluent in Portuguese (native), Spanish and English.

 

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