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Vera de Gyarfas is a partner 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, analysis of existing regulation and Government negotiations, LNG sales and purchase agreements, gas supply agreements and terminal usage agreements, among others.  Ms. De Gyarfas also advises clients with respect to the protection of their investments in Venezuela through the use of Bilateral Investment Treaties, corporate restructuring and international investment arbitration.

Publications

  • LNG Project Agreements For Financeable LNG Export Projects In Developing Countries, paper presented at the State Bar of Texas / Oil and Gas Disputes Course 2014 – January 2015

  • Co-author with Monica Hwang, How Latin American LNG Markets and U.S. Exports are Reshaping the LNG Market , published by the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, April 2015

  • Co-author with Tomas Lanardonne of the Chapter on Fiscal regimes for the book “Latin American Upstream Oil and Gas – a Practical Guide to the Law and Regulation” published by Globe Business Publishing ltd.  This article was published in the July 2015 Energy Newsletter

  • "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 Workshop on Farmout Agreements in Mexico City/Mexico in May 2016

  • Speaker at the Africa Conference sponsored by King & Spalding and EY – Negotiating Investment Agreements with Governments, February 2016

  • Speaker at State Bar of Texas / Oil and Gas Disputes Course 2015 / January 2015 on LNG Project Agreements For Financeable Lng Export Projects In Developing Countries. 

  • Speaker at AIPN/RMMLF - International Mining and Oil & Gas Law, Development, and Investment Conference in Cartagena, Colombia, April 20-22, 2015 on How Latin American LNG Markets and U.S. Exports are Reshaping the LNG Market

  • Panelist at the HBA International Law Section Luncheon Panel on May 22, 2015 on Round Table on Africa

  • Speaker/faculty at the AIPN Midstream Short Course in October 2013/ September 2014.

  • Speaker/faculty at the AIPN Workshop on Farmout Agreements in Bogota/Colombia in February 2014.

  • 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