Europe Chapter Event "Upstream Through the Lens of Energy Transition"

Jennifer Josefson’s 20+-year career has focused on international, cross-border transactions covering Russia, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, and Africa, while acting on market-leading transactions with an emphasis on the oil, gas, liquefied natural gas, petrochemical, power, mining, and natural resource sectors.

Representing clients across the spectrum of energy industries, Jennifer regularly advises on acquisitions and divestitures, mergers, joint ventures, joint operating agreements, concessions, production sharing agreements, farm-ins, supply, and service agreements. She also handles the commercial agreements regularly used by energy companies for revenue generation, raw materials and feedstock inputs, financing, and facilities operations and maintenance.

Throughout her career, Jennifer has actively contributed to the development of international oil and gas contracting standards through her work with the Association of International Energy Negotiators (AIEN). She has been a member of the AIEN Board of Directors and served as its President. She also has held numerous other positions with the organization, including as founding regional director of the CIS Chapter. Jennifer is a standing faculty member for AIEN’s international oil and gas contracting training courses—the Short Course and the Core Course.

Consistently recognized as a top energy and natural resource lawyer, Jennifer has been is ranked a Tier 1 Energy lawyer by both Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, and she has been consecutively named Lawyer of the Year – Russia for oil & gas, energy, mining, and natural resources by Best Lawyers. She is also regularly recognized by IFLR1000 and Who’s Who of International Energy Lawyers.

Chris Strong is an accomplished member of V&E London’s Energy Transactions & Projects practice who represents corporate clients around the world on transactions in the energy and natural resources space.

Recognized by Chambers in 2019, Chris brings more than 20 years of experience, as well as a deep understanding of his clients’ businesses, to his practice.

One source interviewed by Chambers called Chris “terrific,” while another said he is “a very hard worker” who “has very strong technical capabilities.”

Chris advises oil companies, banks, private equity funds, and government entities on the acquisition and disposition of assets, and on project development transactions related to upstream oil and gas, power plants, petrochemical facilities, refineries, pipelines, liquefied natural gas, and mining and metals.

In addition, Chris counsels on highly technical commercial agreements that are unique to the energy sector such as gas sale agreements and power purchase agreements.

Chris is active in the Association of International Energy Negotiators. He is the co-lead of a drafting committee that is developing model agreements for use in the oil and gas space.

Andy Derman is an energy attorney in Holland & Knight's Dallas office, where he concentrates his practice on oil and gas investment projects and cross-border transactions. Mr. Derman is the leader of the firm's International Energy practice. He is Board Certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Mr. Derman provides strategic commercial and business advice, as well as legal and commercial support, related to acquisitions, divestments, trades and mergers; large infrastructure projects, including liquefied natural gas (LNG), gas to liquids (GTL) and refineries; nationalization/expropriation; anti-corruption/Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and sanctions; unitizations; onshore and offshore boundary disputes; exploration, development and production operations; production sharing contracts; negotiations; and dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration and expert testimony.

Mr. Derman has assisted clients in more than 80 countries on six continents and offers clients a comprehensive understanding of oil and gas activities through experience with a broad spectrum of countries and companies. Prior to joining Holland & Knight, he served as in-house counsel and later an executive for a large international oil and gas company for nearly 20 years. In addition to traditional legal representation, Mr. Derman also counsels clients on business development and commercial matters, including the identification and capture of oil and gas opportunities.

Mr. Derman is a frequent teacher and lecturer at conferences, seminars and universities on oil and gas-related topics. For more than 30 years, he has taught the full scope of oil and gas contracts, including host government contracts (production sharing, concession, license and service agreements) and industry contracts (joint operating agreements, accounting procedures, confidentiality agreements, study and bidding agreements, lifting agreements, farm-in and participation agreements, unitization agreements, infrastructure contracts, LNG contracts, etc.).

Michael Polkinghorne is a civil and common law qualified lawyer, head of the arbitration group at White & Case LLP in Paris and joint-head of the firm's oil and gas practice. He has during his career lived in Australia, England, Vietnam, Thailand and France.

He has served as counsel and arbitrator in disputes arising in over a dozen countries, notably in the oil & gas sector. He also advises clients in energy and infrastructure development transactions. He has advised and represented petroleum clients on multiple price reopener disputes (gas and renewables), gas supply storage and transit, oil field acquisitions and PSAs. Michael is admitted to practice in Australia, England and France.

Michael is a member of the AIEN, the IBA/LPD Task Force for the UNIDROIT Principles 2016, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb), the IAI (International Arbitration Institute), the ICC Commission on Arbitration, and the Council of the ICC Institute of World Business Law. Michael is also a member of the Legal Advisory Task Force of the European Energy Charter Secretariat that recently wrote the "Handbook on General Clauses Applicable to Investment Agreements in the Energy Sector" (Energy Charter Secretariat, 2017).  Michael is also the Editor of the ICC Institute Newsletter – Institute of World Business Law (ICC), and an Assistant Editor of Les Cahiers de l'Arbitrage—The Paris Journal of International Arbitration.

Michael has written extensively on energy dispute resolution and foreign investment, and provides courses on long-term energy contracts and dispute resolution. He is also the author of the Paris Energy Series, a legal periodical which has covered a plethora of oil and gas related topics. He was also co-author of "Price Re-Openers In Long-Term Gas Supply Agreements" (Juris, August 2015).