Vera De Brito de Gyarfas

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Vera De Brito de Gyarfas

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Vera de Gyarfas is counsel in the Global Transactions Practice Group.  Ms. De Gyarfas’ practice is focused on energy projects in Latin America and Africa representing companies in upstream E&P projects, LNG and other gas projects, power companies in the construction of generation, transmission and distribution facilities, and petrochemical companies in the development of specialized plants under joint ventures, profit sharing agreements, operating services agreements, EPC contracts, and oilfield service contracts.  Ms. De Gyarfas’ expertise in LNG  involves the negotiation and drafting of host government and other investment agreements, gas supply agreements and terminal usage agreements, among others.  She has also advised many clients in their protection of investments in Venezuela through the use of Bilateral Investment Treaties.

Publications

  • "Foreign Exchange Controls in Venezuela Strangle Private Sector.” This article was published in the April 2013 edition of Latin American Law & Business Report a ThompsonReuters publication and the May 2013 K&S Energy Newsletter.

  • Co-author with Tomas Lanardonne “Argentina: New Investment Regime for the Production of Shale Oil and Gas.”  This article was published in the October 2013 K&S Energy Newsletter.

  • Co-author with Tomas Lanardonne “Argentina: A Step-by-Step Walk in the Road towards the Shale Miracle?” This article is to be published in the December 2013 K&S Energy Newsletter.

  • Co-author with Alberto Ravell "Venezuela’s Exit from the ICSID Convention Casts a Shadow on Foreign Investment.” This article was published in the King & Spalding Latin America Newsletter and the King & Spalding Energy Newsletter.

  • "Is Venezuela's new windfall tax a cap on profits or a political tool?" published in WTE Practical Latin American Tax Strategies, a Thompson Reuters publication, May 2011 edition.

  • "Venezuelan Law of Fair Costs and Prices Could Increase Scarcity of Consumer Products." published in Latin American Law and Business Report, a Thompson Reuters publication, August 2011 edition.

  • "The impact of the U.S. Secretary of State's sanctions on PDVSA," published in the expert analysis section of International Trade Law360, Government Contracts Law360 and Energy Law360, on December 14, 2011. This article was also published in the King & Spalding Latin America Newsletter and the King & Spalding Energy Newsletter.

  • Exclusive Columnist in Venezuela for the International Law Office (Official Online Media Partner to the International Bar Association (IBA)) on Energy and Natural Resources.

  • Author of the Venezuelan Chapter of the 4th edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Gas Regulation 2010; published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London (www.iclg.co.uk).

  • Columnist on Venezuelan legal issues for “Latin American Law and Business Report”, a publication of WorldTrade Executive Inc.

  • Author of “Telecommunications Law in Venezuela,” published in the Comparative Law Yearbook of International Business, Vol. 23, 321-334. Kluwer Law International, printed in the Netherlands.

  • Co-author of the Venezuelan Chapter on Telecommunications law in the publication “International Telecommunications Law” (Center for International Legal Studies).

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker/faculty at the AIPN Midstream Short Course in October 2013.

  • Member of the East Africa Panel at the 3rd Oilfield Services Law Conference in Houston held in October 2013.

  • Speaker at the AIPN  Latin America Chapter Conference "The Challenges of the JOA and the Offshore Field Attraction in the Region"  held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in October 2009.

  • Speaker on “Partnering with National Oil Companies”  at the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation - International Mining and Oil and Gas Development and Investment—held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in April 2009.

  • Speaker on “Telecom Licenses” at the Venezuelan American Chamber of Commerce (VenAmCham) Seminar on the Venezuelan Telecommunications Law in September 2000.

  • Speaker on “Gas Licenses in Venezuela” at the K&S/Travieso Evans Seminar on the Venezuelan  Gas Legislation in New York and Houston in December 1999.

LANGUAGES
Spanish
English
Portuguese

MEMBERSHIPS
The Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)

EDUCATION
Abogado, Universidad Catolica Andres Bello

ADMISSIONS
Venezuela