AIPN to Host Second Annual IPS

Association of International Petroleum Negotiators to Host Second Annual International Petroleum Summit and Celebrate 10th Anniversary of AIPN’s Journal of World Energy Law and Business in Houston May 15-17,  Sponsorship Opportunities Also Available

HOUSTON, Texas (Dec. 19, 2016) – The Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) will host the Second Annual AIPN International Petroleum Summit (IPS) May 15-17, 2017, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel located at 2222 West Loop South in Houston, Texas. This event also serves as a platform for celebrating 10 years of continuous publishing of The Journal of World Energy Law and Business. Published by the Oxford University Press, The Journal of World Energy Law and Business is the official publication of AIPN.

Combining the traditional AIPN Spring and International Conferences, the International Petroleum Summit offers a program of intense learning, business networking, and career enhancement. Highlights of the International Petroleum Summit include daily keynote speakers, updates on the latest global and regional industry developments, recent project case studies, sessions to strengthen negotiation and other commercial skills, fireside interview sessions, and segments to promote career growth and advancement.

“AIPN is building upon the foundation we established with the inaugural International Petroleum Summit in May of this year. We attracted more than 300 registered attendees for our first Summit, and we fully expect to see the same or even greater level of participation in 2017 as all of us in the oil and gas industry anticipate a rebound in 2017 and 2018,” said David Davies, president of AIPN. “The Summit offers our members, guests, sponsors, and media representatives a robust experience. We will have an extensive common area configured to maximize business networking opportunities and our program content will emphasize audience engagement on relevant industry topics, in-depth interviews with industry leaders, and interactive presentations.”

On May 15, the International Petroleum Summit will feature pre-conference workshops aimed at providing essential insights into negotiation skills, oil and gas asset valuation, and AIPN’s model form Dispute Resolution Agreement.; a Speed Networking Event open to all registered attendees; and a Welcome Reception. Due to time limitations, registrants must choose only one workshop to attend.

On May 16, Davies will deliver opening remarks in his role as outgoing AIPN president. Tim Martin, chair of the, The Journal of World Energy Law and Business Executive Committee, and Peter Roberts, general editor, will explain the history of the publication and its impact on the petroleum industry over the past 10 years. Conference sessions will be held throughout the day, with a Gala and Awards Dinner that night. A keynote presentation and conference sessions will continue May 17, with a wrap up hosted by Davies and closing remarks delivered by AIPN Incoming President Steve Otillar.

A full roster of keynote speakers, conference session leaders, panelists and session topics will be announced and registration will open in early January 2017. Attendees have the option to register for all or some of the AIPN International Petroleum Summit events. Fees vary for members and non-members and are based on the level of participation an attendee prefers. Registration for the International Petroleum Summit for members of the working media is complimentary. (Please visit

Co-chairing the 2017 event are Tony Cioni, partner, Torys LLP of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Cyril Vock, upstream negotiator and attorney with Total E&P of Paris, France. Cioni was a co-chair of the Inaugural AIPN International Petroleum Summit held in The Woodlands in May 2016.
Tauil & Chequer is the Welcome Reception Sponsor, and Holland & Knight is the 2017 Mobile App sponsor. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available, ranging from $1,500 to the $20,000 Platinum Sponsor level. See for information on sponsorship opportunities and benefits.

The AIPN was founded in 1981 to enhance the professionalism of cross-border energy negotiators throughout the world. AIPN is now comprised of more than 4,200 members in more than 110 countries, representing numerous international oil and gas companies, host governments, law firms and academic institutions. AIPN members come from a variety of disciplines: commercial, technical, academic and legal. The association hosts several high quality events annually that provide networking opportunities and valuable educational programs and tools. The AIPN aims to help international energy negotiators be better prepared to meet the challenges of today’s competitive global energy market. Its mission as an independent not-for-profit professional membership association is to support international energy negotiators around the world and enhance their effectiveness and professionalism in the international energy community. For more information, please visit


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