Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner to Deliver Welcome Address at 2017 IPS

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner to Deliver Welcome Address, CEOs Robert Johnston of Eurasia Group and Al Walker of Anadarko Petroleum to Deliver Keynote Addresses at Association of International Petroleum Negotiators Second Annual International Petroleum Summit in Houston May 15-17

Houston, Texas (April 25, 2017) – The Honorable Sylvester Turner, Mayor of Houston, will deliver the welcome address Tuesday morning, May 16, at the Second Annual International Petroleum Summit. Hosted by the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, the International Petroleum Summit will be held May 15-17, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel located at 2222 West Loop South in Houston.

AIPN also has secured two high profile oil and gas industry leaders as keynote speakers for the 2017 International Petroleum Summit: Robert Johnston, chief executive officer of Eurasia Group, will speak on May 16, and Al Walker, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Anadarko Petroleum, will speak on May 17. Johnston’s keynote address will review “Geopolitical Risks: Emerging Trends and Hot Spots,” and Walker’s keynote speech will be on “Using Technology to Drive the Future of Oil and Natural Gas.”

For Johnston’s biographical profile, please visit eurasiagroup.net/people/RJohnston. For Walker’s biographical profile, please visit anadarko.com/About/Executive-Officers.

The full conference agenda and program information is available at internationalpetroleumsummit.org.

AIPN expects to attract more than 400 attendees from international oil and gas companies, national oil companies, host governments, law firms, academic institutions, and media outlets. The 2017 International Petroleum Summit will address topics relevant to the oil and gas industry including foreign investment; mitigating commercial and legal above ground risks; technology advancements and their impact on the oil and gas sector; security issues; and identifying upstream opportunities. The event also offers highly focused and extremely popular business networking sessions; career enhancement opportunities; presentations on global and regional industry developments; sessions designed to strengthen negotiation and other business skills; and access to deal makers, “in country” legal and regulatory experts, sponsors, speakers, panelists, and exhibitors.

AIPN, which has more than 4,000 members in more than 110 countries, introduced the International Petroleum Summit in 2016. The International Petroleum Summit represents the combination of AIPN’s Annual Spring Conference and International Conferences into a single premier event. This year, the summit will also include the celebration of the 10th anniversary of The Journal of World Energy Law and Business, which is AIPN’s official journal, published by Oxford University Press.

“The International Petroleum Summit is a premier event that brings together members and oil and gas industry participants from around the world. The Summit provides an interactive platform for addressing relevant topics affecting our industry, and allows attendees a great opportunity to build relationships with other decision makers and influencers. Our attendees will represent a mix of key executives and professionals from private companies, national oil companies, service companies, law firms and consulting firms. AIPN also supports a group of students to attend the conference annually who represent some of AIPN college and university student chapters in the U.S., Canada, and abroad,” commented John Bridges, AIPN’s executive director. Bridges, who joined AIPN in this role earlier this year, has been an AIPN member for more than 10 years and had more than 30 years of oil and gas industry experience.

The 2017 Summit offers optional pre-conference programs and events on May 15: a golf tournament to be played at Memorial Park Golf Course in Houston; three concurrent pre-conference workshops aimed at providing essential insight into negotiation skills, oil and gas asset valuation, and a detailed review of strategies to manage the risk of disputes; and a speed networking event open to all registered attendees. Featured sessions include the following:

  • Regional Update on Africa, Middle East and Latin America: Where are the opportunities and what are the biggest challenges?
  • Coming Disruptions in the Energy Sector: Exactly How Much of a Threat do they Pose?
  • Foreign Investment is a Three-way Street: Creating Rules that Work for all Sides
  • Security Issues in the Energy Sector
  • Above Ground Risks: Commercial & Legal Implications
  • CFO Roundtable: Managing the money, what keeps you up at night?
  • Perspectives on Partnerships in the Oil & Gas Industry
  • Sunny or Stormy Ahead? What is the Weather Forecast for the Oil & Gas Business?
  • Securing the Supply Chain for Oil Products: Fuel Marking as a Tool to Protect Product Integrity & Prevent Fuel Theft and Diversion
  • The Bright Future of Worldwide Natural Gas ‐ Positioning in a Challenging and Shifting Environment

On May 16, David Davies will deliver opening remarks in his role as outgoing AIPN president. Tim Martin, chair of 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 outgoing AIPN President David Davies and closing remarks delivered by AIPN incoming President Steve Otillar.

Attendees have the option to register for all or some of the AIPN International Petroleum Summit events. Fees range from $100 to $1,495 for members and non-members and are based on the level of participation an attendee prefers. Group rates are available for 3 or more full delegates. Registration for the International Petroleum Summit for members of the working media is complimentary. (Please visit internationalpetroleumsummit.org for details.)

Co-chairing the 2017 event are Tony Cioni, a partner with Cito Energy Law LLP who focuses on domestic and international exploration, production, and construction development, and Cyril Vock, upstream negotiator and attorney with Total E&P. Based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Cioni was a co-chair of the inaugural AIPN International Petroleum Summit held in The Woodlands in May 2016. Vock is based in Paris, France.

Sponsors of this year’s Summit include Vinson & Elkins LLP; Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Tauil & Chequer Advogados; Holland & Knight; K&L Gates; King & Spalding; ConocoPhillips; Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados; Veirano Advogados; NAPE; and Sanclemente Fernandez Abogados S.A. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available, ranging from $1,500 to the $20,000 Platinum Sponsor level. See internationalpetroleumsummit.org for information on sponsorship opportunities and benefits.