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Quarterly Energy Forum: Global Disputes: The Intersection of Trade, Arbitration, National Litigation and Government Investigations in International Energy Projects

7:30 am - 11:15 am CT
The Houstonian Hotel | 111 North Post Oak Lane | Houston, Texas 77024
Breakfast will be served beginning at 7:30 am, with presentations beginning promptly at 8:00 am.

8:00 am - 11:15 am CT
Dial-in information will be distributed prior to the program.

As global commerce continues to increase, international energy projects and disputes arising from them frequently involve numerous disciplines and competing jurisdictions, necessitating a multi-faceted approach to address each of these properly at the right stage. For example, at the due-diligence stage, such projects may require careful scrutiny of trade-compliance issues, investment-protection regimes and anti-corruption rules and compliance risks in preparation for potential developments. At the disputes stage, companies must canvas all of their options, from trade remedies and arbitral fora to national litigation and strategies for responding to government inquiries and investigations. King & Spalding recently created a new Global Disputes practice area in response to the synergistic ways in which such projects and disputes will call on the need for simultaneous expertise in the areas of trade, arbitration, multi-jurisdictional litigation and government investigations. The Firm will host a forum and webinar on this topic, with a focus on issues common in the energy sector. The presentation will include two panels structured as follows:

Panel 1 – Issues Arising at the Due-Diligence Stage – 8:00 am to 9:30 am

This panel will address such matters as:

  • Export controls and economic sanctions/embargoes;
  • Customs enforcement;
  • The risks of "facilitating" transactions;
  • Anti-corruption due diligence and risk mitigation strategies;
  • Acquisition valuation risks in light of possible changes to sanctioned business practices;
  • Investment-protection regimes; and
  • Arbitration clauses.

Zack Harmon – King & Spalding Partner
Michael Taylor – King & Spalding Partner
Wade Coriell – King & Spalding Partner
Brandt Leibe – King & Spalding Partner
Tim Brown - Global Trade Compliance Manager, Anadarko Petroleum

Break – 9:30 am to 9:45 am

Panel 2 – Real-World Scenarios – 9:45 am to 11:15 am

This panel will address real-world scenarios in which these disciplines have intersected, particularly at the disputes stage, including:

  • Arbitrations resulting from internal investigations overseas;
  • The use of both trade and arbitral remedies in conjunction;
  • Investigation options and strategies when assessing potential arbitration and litigation claims; and
  • Litigating in national courts in lieu of or in addition to arbitration

Zack Harmon – King & Spalding Partner
Chris Cloutier – King & Spalding Partner
Craig Miles – King & Spalding Partner
Valerie Banner – Associate General Counsel, Exterran Holdings [Invited]

The King & Spalding Energy Forum is an informative quarterly series that addresses issues facing the energy industry.

Continuing Education Credit:
3 hours of CLE credit will be applied for in CA, GA, NY, TX and, if needed, VA. Attendees will receive a Uniform Certificate of Attendance via email within 30 days after the program to seek CLE credit in other jurisdictions. New York lawyers: The content of this program is considered both Transitional and Non-Transitional. The in-person format is Traditional and approved for all lawyers. The webinar format is Non-Traditional and only approved for experienced lawyers.

King & Spalding LLP / 1180 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309 | CA Provider # 10947

Event Details

Date: June 12, 2014

Time: 8:00 pm