May 18 2017

Latin Lawyer 8th Annual Oil & Gas Conference

Organised by: Latin Lawyer Event sponsorship

Mexico City, Mexico
Thursday, 18 May 2017 at 09:00

Chaired by Carlos Solé, Baker Botts, Houston and Enrique González Calvillo, González Calvillo, Mexico City

The Latin American energy space looks very different to the way it did a few years ago. The Trump administration has promised to increase US oil and natural gas production, presenting possible changes to the foreign investment balance between the US and Latin America. Volatile oil prices and hazardous corruption scandals are putting obstacles in the way of long-term investments in Latin America's oil and gas infrastructure. In Mexico, where Pemex's downstream monopoly is a thing of the past, the state-owned company must now find ways to compete against foreign competition – that is, if Mexico can tempt foreign companies to invest in refining. Other countries, like Brazil and Argentina, have passed new legislation changing the old status quo and encouraging private investment in their energy markets. Project finance – an area with close links to the energy space – must take into account Brazil's economic crisis, as well as ambitious investment plans proposed by governments in Colombia and Peru. 

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Carlos Solé, Baker Botts, Houston

Enrique González Calvillo, González Calvillo, Mexico City

Keynote speaker:

Montserrat Ramiro, Commissioner, Energy Regulatory Commission, Mexico City


Sudan Maccio, Assistant General Counsel, Eni Petroleum, Houston

Eduardo Camero, Head of the Non-Tax Revenue Policy Unit, Ministry of Finance, Mexico City

Jorge Mauricio Di Sciullo Ursini, Deputy General Counsel, Bancomext, Mexico City

Alejandro Faya, Chief of Staff, Federal Competition Commission, Mexico City

Javier Zambrano Gonzalez, Director, Jaguar Exploración y Producción, Mexico City

Jeff Makholm, NERA, San Francisco

William Wood, Norton Rose Fulbright, Houston

Robert Gruendel, DLA Piper, New York

Diana Maria Pineda Esteban, González Calvillo, Mexico City

Giovani Loss, Mattos Filho, Rio de Janeiro

Arturo Pera, Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal, Buenos Aires 

Juan Carlos Serra, Basham, Ringe y Correa, Mexico City

Further speakers to be announced

9.00: Welcome coffee and registration

9.30: Chairs’ welcome

Carlos Solé, Baker Botts, Houston
Enrique González Calvillo, González Calvillo, Mexico City

9.45: Keynote speaker

Montserrat Ramiro, Commissioner, Energy Regulatory Commission, Mexico City

10.15: Session one: What does the Trump administration mean for the energy sector in Latin America?

America’s 45th president has promised to increase US oil and natural gas production by expanding access to federal land. Donald Trump wants to lessen what he sees as a regulatory burden on the US energy sector to promote increased production levels. What risks and opportunities does a Trump presidency pose for Latin American energy?

11.15: Coffee break

11.40: Session two: Upstream and midstream update: Incentives and challenges for direct investment in Latin American infrastructure

Volatile oil prices have had a negative impact on hydrocarbon-rich states across the world. With the price of oil half what it was a few years ago, some upstream and midstream projects simply no longer make financial sense. Meanwhile, some of the biggest anticorruption investigations taking place in Latin America centre on oil and gas companies. What does the uncertain price of oil mean for investment in Latin America’s oil and gas infrastructure? And what other specific challenges and opportunities do oil and gas-producing countries face?

12.40: Coffee break

13.00: Session three: The new paradigm for the downstream sector and the gasoline market in Mexico

With Pemex’s monopoly no more, how well will Mexico’s state-owned energy company fare now it has to compete against incoming foreign competition? The removal of fuel subsidiaries means gasoline prices are dramatically rising in Mexico, attracting interest from foreign investors. But building refineries from scratch is a tall order – especially when prospective investors know all the infrastructure is in place already over the US border. How can Peña Nieto convince investors to come to Mexico?

14.00: Networking lunch

15.00: Session four: Financing energy projects in Latin America

This panel examines the latest trends in project finance, an area intertwined with the energy sector. Brazil’s political and economic crisis has changed the way companies think about debt, prompting some borrowers to restructure credit agreements funding oil and gas projects. In Mexico, foreign investment is fuelling an unprecedented expansion of the pipeline network. Meanwhile, governments in Colombia and Peru are prioritising big spends in transport infrastructure improvements.

16.00: Coffee break

16.30: Open panel: The new market conditions in Latin America’s energy space

This open session invites the auditorium to analyse recent political changes and their impact on oil and gas. Antitrust developments across the region mean Latin America’s energy sector looks very different to the way it did just a few years ago. Mexico, Argentina and Brazil have all passed new legislation encouraging private investment in their energy markets. The panel will feature updates from all three – as well as insights into other developments changing the face of Latin America’s energy space. Delegates are invited to submit their questions to the panel.

17.30 Chairs' closing remarks

Carlos Solé, Baker Botts, Houston
Enrique González Calvillo, González Calvillo, Mexico City

17.40 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception kindly hosted by Norton Rose Fulbright

Baker Botts

Norton Rose

Gonzalez Calvillo


Basham, Ringe y Correa

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

DLA Piper

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