Anatole Boute, is a law professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, specialising in energy, climate, and investment law. He is the author of Energy Dependence and Supply Security (Oxford University Press, 2023), Energy Security along the New Silk Road (Cambridge University Press, 2019) and Russian Electricity and Energy Investment Law (Brill Nijhoff 2015), and is a member of the IBA Academic Advisory Group on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure Law. He was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 2009, and regularly assists development banks, governments, and investors on questions of energy and climate regulation. His research on the energy crisis has garnered attention from media outlets including CNBC, Al Jazeera, CGTN, and the Financial Times.
Alexandra Rotar, is a transactional energy lawyer with over ten years of experience. She counsels major international companies investing and operating in energy and sustainable development projects, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. Alexandra is the winner of Euromoney’s Expert Guides’ Europe Rising Star Awards for Energy and Natural Resources of 2021, and previously served as the AIEN Regional Director for the CIS region.
Dr. FANG Meng Mandy, joined the CityU School of Law as an Assistant Professor in July 2020. Her research interests focus on the interface between international trade, environmental protection, and energy transition. Her publications appear in journals such as the Virginia Journal of International Law, Leiden Journal of International Law, and more.
Klara Nurgaziyeva, is a partner with a Kazakhstan boutique law firm Egen Gregory LLP. Prior to joining Egen Gregory LLP in 2023, Klara was a partner with an international law firm where she led a regional energy law practice. She has been advising clients in mergers and acquisitions (M&A), joint ventures, cross-border investments, and commercial transactions mostly in energy, telecommunication, and infrastructure sectors in Kazakhstan and other Central Asian countries for more than 20 years.
She also assists clients on corporate governance and compliance matters and advises on capital market transactions and related regulatory matters. Klara is experienced in representing clients in domestic litigation and works regularly with the lawyers in relevant jurisdictions on assisting clients in foreign litigation or international arbitration.
Klara is regularly highly ranked by Chambers, Legal500, IFLR1000 and WWL Energy. She is fluent in English and Russian.
Oliver Hailes, is Assistant Professor of Law at the London School of Economics, where he lectures international law and arbitration with a focus on climate and energy disputes. Formerly a commercial lawyer in New Zealand, Oliver recently wrote a PhD thesis at Cambridge on the sovereign rights to tax, regulate, and expropriate foreign investments. He has also published on lithium mining, fossil fuel phase-out disputes, and edited a symposium on the energy transition for the Journal of International Economic Law.
Paul Deemer, is a Retired Partner in Residence of Vinson & Elkins. Paul practiced with V&E for more than 40 years, most recently in the Energy Transactions and Projects area in their London Office, before retiring in 2019. He was a resident partner of the firm in Beijing, China from 1997-1999 and from 2002-2013, prior to that, Paul practiced in the firm’s Singapore, Moscow, London and Houston offices. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies in Queen Mary University of London, and an Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt University Law School. Paul served as Co-Chair of the AIEN Drafting Committee which revised the 2023 Model International Joint Operating Agreement.