Mary Mackintosh Allan

Mary Allan is a partner in the firm’s Muscat office. Her practice focuses on energy and infrastructure projects and privatisations. She has extensive experience in the Arabian legal marketplace having lived and worked in the region for over 20 years, including three years in Egypt, four years in Dubai and over ten years in Oman.

Ms Allan has a particular specialty in the power and water sectors, having advised both public and private sector clients over the last 10 years in relation to the Arab region’s ongoing programme of independent power projects. She also advised the Oman government with respect to the region’s only independent desalinated water project to date.

Ms Allan also has an extensive client base in the energy sector (both upstream and downstream), and regularly advises clients in relation to acquisitions and sales of interests in oil and gas production sharing agreements, and additionally in relation to oilfield services. Having lived and worked in Oman for over ten years, Ms Allan has also developed a particular expertise in relation to Oman commercial law, particularly as applicable to energy and infrastructure projects and privatisations.

Ms. Allan is recommended as a leading lawyer in the field of Projects & Energy in Oman by Legal 500 EMEA. She is noted for bringing her pedigree to a range of infrastructure matters, particularly in the power, electricity and water sectors. Chambers Global also recognizes Ms. Allan, whom is described as an extremely well-respected lawyer in the energy and infrastructure sector, as a leading Corporate/Commercial lawyer in Oman.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost:

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, founded in 1830, is one of the first U.S. law firms to develop a truly international practice. Dedicated to counseling clients involved with some of the most challenging transnational transactions and complex multijurisdictional disputes, Curtis represents multinational companies, international financial institutions, governments and state-owned entities, family and other privately held businesses, entrepreneurs, and high-net-worth individuals. With 17 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and East Asia, we are located in the key business centers in which our clients need us most.

Curtis lawyers come from diverse backgrounds, are multilingual and have been educated at some of the finest schools worldwide. Our lawyers bring a global perspective, incorporating a deep understanding of political and cultural sensitivities in addressing our clients’ legal needs, and exemplifying what it means to be international business lawyers.

Curtis prides itself in providing more than just high-quality legal counsel. Our lawyers work tirelessly to forge strong business relationships with our clients. In addition, our knowledge of the commercial and strategic aspects of our clients’ industry sectors provides us with a clear understanding of each matter’s particular economic drivers, risks and opportunities.

Clients value our ability to offer creative, sophisticated, yet pragmatic solutions to their many challenges. Our client teams, led by a relationship partner, are made up of lawyers who collectively have the requisite skill set and experience to meet the client’s needs. Matters are staffed efficiently and cost-effectively with teams comprised of both senior and junior lawyers who leverage the firm’s collective capabilities and international platform, while deploying the most current and secure communications technology. Clients receive updates on legal developments in a variety of ways, including in-house seminars, client alerts and blogs.

Our culture emphasizes respectful and constructive collaboration and communication not only with our clients, but also with counterparties and their advisors. Curtis lawyers strive to ensure the success of complex, fast-moving transactions and high-stakes disputes that typify today’s global business environment. For over 180 years, our dedication and commitment has earned us the confidence and trust of our clients, many of which have been turning to the firm for advice for decades.

Salman Mahmood

Salman has been in the legal profession since 1996 and has extensive experience in the energy sector of Pakistan.

His practice with the firm focuses on oil and gas business, commercial contracts, agencies, media, intellectual and industrial property, telecommunications, hospitality industry, project finance and engineering, procurement and construction.

He advises a diverse range of corporate and institutional clients in the areas of dispute management and negotiations, public tenders and awards, human resources management and contract drafting and negotiations.

Salman has an LLB degree from University of Punjab in Pakistan and an LLM degree in Commercial and Corporate Law from the University of London in the United Kingdom.

He is licensed as an Advocate of the High Court by the Punjab Bar Council in Pakistan.

He is fluent in Urdu and English.

Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners:

We aim to provide clients with comprehensive legal support for their business activities in Qatar. Our firm is recognised for its strong practice and it ranks among the top law firms in Qatar in the principle areas of law.

Our social responsibility mission and strategy is to provide high quality legal services to our clients and engage in active community involvement.

Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners is actively participating in programmes like mentoring and externship programmes with the College of Law in the Qatar University. We are aiding legal talents to help prepare the new generation of Qatari legal professionals to help them cope with requirements of the present market needs.

Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners has clients from many different industry sectors. Our client base has grown significantly and includes both established businesses looking to increase market share and new market entrants, multinational corporations, growing national and international companies turning to us for our expertise and legal assistance.

Fadjar Kandar

Fadjar Widjaksana Kandar, the founder of Kandar & Partners, is a legal practitioner with more than 20 years of experience and is recognised as a leading Indonesian lawyer in the energy and natural resources as well as infrastructure sectors.

Fadjar obtained his Sarjana Hukum (equivalent to Bachelor of Laws) degree majoring in Civil Law from the Universitas Katolik Parahyangan in 1991, his Master of Laws (LL.M) specialising in International Business and Corporate Law from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1998, and his MBA in International Business from Johns Hopkins University in 2000.

Before establishing Kandar & Partners, Fadjar was a Partner in Soemadipradja & Taher. Prior to this, he had worked for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in its Singapore office for more than 4 years and previously for Mochtar Karuwin & Komar for more than 5 years and other prominent Indonesian law firms.

Fadjar’s main areas or practice include energy and natural resources (particularly oil and gas, and mining), infrastructure (including toll road, road, water and electricity), project finance, corporate, M&As, foreign investments, telecommunication, aviation and shipping/maritime.

Fadjar is a licensed Advocate and an active member of several professional associations, both local and international organisations including the Indonesian Advocates Association (Peradi), Indonesian Petroleum Association and International Bar Association. He is also a member of various professional societies including the Indonesian Air Law Society (or Masyarakat Hukum Udara), Indonesian Telecommunications Society (or Masyarakat Telekomunikasi Indonesia), and Indonesian Electricity Society (or Masyarakat Ketenagalistrikan Indonesia).

Fadjar has been branded by IFLR as a Leading Regulatory and Government Lawyer, and by the Asialaw Profile as one of the leading lawyers in Indonesia, including the leading lawyer on Energy and Shipping, Maritime and Aviation.

Kandar & Partners:

Kandar & Partners is an Indonesian law firm that provides comprehensive legal services to meet the interests and objectives of our clients, both domestic and foreign.

The firm is supported by a team of high-profile professionals with a deep understanding of Indonesian law and demonstrated knowledge of the commercial and business environment.

We combine discipline, integrity, and flexibility in our provision of services, taking a business approach to the practice of law.

All our lawyers are Indonesian nationals, fluent in both English and Bahasa Indonesia, and qualified to practice as licensed advocates.

We, as a team, are passionately committed to achieving our clients’ commercial and legal needs. Kandar & Partners maintains strong professional networks with prominent regional and international law firms as well as other professional and advisory firms.

The Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law Practice:

Kandar & Partners’ team of specialists has worked alongside national and multinational companies in the energy, mining, power and natural resources sector, assisting them in securing concessions and interests as well as in the development, financing and operation of long-term projects in Indonesia.

As part of our capabilities in infrastructure projects, we have advised financiers, guarantors, contractors and developers of toll-road, railway, port and water projects.

Our substantial experience in this sector also extends to telecommunications and ICT companies as well as aviation and shipping/maritime companies.

Per Hemmer

Per Hemmer is an expert on energy law and the environment and has long-standing experience advising large Danish and international energy and utility companies.

Per has advised on several energy transactions affecting government and municipal institutions as well as private companies, including the reorganisation and separation of energy companies/utilities, the purchase and sale of CHP plants, gas storage facilities and transmission and distribution networks as well as offshore wind farms.

Moreover, Per advises Danish and foreign oil and gas clients on license and contractual matters in Denmark and Greenland.

Per is highly experienced in the establishment of public utilities, district cooling, waste-to-energy, biogas and geothermal energy, wind turbines as well as offshore wind farms and offshore infrastructure.

Energy Law Practice:

We have long-standing experience in advising leading oil and gas companies and public authorities on exploration activities in Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. We assist both offshore and onshore oil and gas companies and represent many of the major players in the Danish market and in the North Sea.

Our expertise includes oil and gas permits, standard agreements and the conclusion of individually negotiated agreements. We also specialise in the establishment of pipelines and technical plants on offshore platforms as well as the dismantling of offshore plants.

We have in-depth knowledge of the legal framework governing oil, gas and raw materials in Greenland and the Faroe Islands as well as environmental impact surveys and the taxation of oil and gas activities.

The oil and gas sector is undergoing rapid development. Significant exploration activities are taking place in Greenland and the Faroe Islands and expectations are high among industry experts.

Bech Bruun:

Bech-Bruun is a modern and international law firm with specialist advisers committed to making complex issues simple. A new video outlines who we are and what we aim at.

Academy Client and easy-to-understand newsletters for clients wishing to stay updated on the latest legal developments. Online legal templates for clients who have a framework agreement in the areas of labour and employment law, real estate law and competition law. And an online virtual data room designed to streamline and optimise due diligence processes.

These are just a few of the services that Bech-Bruun has developed over the years to simplify complex issues for our clients.

With a new vision, mission and set of values, we emphasise our commitment to being the law firm capable of making even the most complex legal issues simple.

Martin T. Booher

Marty Booher practices within the oil and gas, renewable and clean energy, utilities, power, and pipeline industries. He has significant experience representing and advising clients on complex compliance, transactions, financing, remediation, and project development matters throughout the United States and Latin America. With a strong environmental background and understanding of the issues facing the industry, Marty brings a multilayered and practical approach to his practice.

Marty serves as co-leader of the firm’s national Energy team, which was named a 2015 Practice Group of the Year by Law360.

Experience

Energy Sector Transactions and Financing

Develop and implement due diligence strategies for merger, stock and asset purchase/sale, and financing transactions involving some of the largest project finance, mergers and acquisitions in the energy industry within the past several years, including the negotiation of provisions of purchase and sale agreements and side agreements governing post-closing allocation of environmental attributes and liabilities associated with the company or asset being transferred or financed.

Shale Development and Hydraulic Fracturing

Advise energy companies on the environmental and regulatory risks and opportunities presented by the production of shale in the United States.

High Stakes Environmental Litigation and Permit Appeals

Represent the developer of a $1.2 billion (Phase I) greenfield steel mill in securing environmental permits necessary to construct and operate the mill, including the ongoing defense of a challenge by a competing steel producer to the client’s Clean Air Act permit issued by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality.

Drilling Programs

Advise oil and gas companies in the preparation and implementation of drilling programs in Ohio and Pennsylvania, including advice on compliance with state and federal securities laws, tax treatment of intangible drilling costs and the use of 1031 reverse like-kind exchanges and its impacts on the structure of the preferred drilling programs.

Natural Gas Project Development

Advise clients regarding the siting, licensing, development and acquisition of liquefied natural gas terminals in the United States under the Natural Gas Act and the Deepwater Port Act, and natural gas pipelines and storage facilities under the Natural Gas Act, including but not limited to assistance with Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act (Sections 401, 402 and 404), U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Maritime Administration, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Coastal Zone Management Act licensing matters, compliance counseling related to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and General Conformity obligations, development of preemption and public trust doctrine arguments and strategies, and administrative appeals related to the Coastal Zone Management Act.

International Trade Finance

Advise London-based hedge fund and structure and prepare credit agreements and supporting documentation to provide short-term working capital to iron ore mines and sugar production facilities in Mexico on a per-trade basis.

Renewable Fuels/Ethanol

Counsel clients in the renewable fuels sector, including advice on compliance and participation in the federal renewable fuels program, EPA enforcement related to Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs), contracting and trading of RINs (including disputes), ongoing regulatory initiatives to revise the federal renewable fuels program and to increase ethanol blend restrictions, and ethanol/sugar cane opportunities in Brazil.

Wind Turbine Manufacturers and Developers

Represent leading supplier of wind turbines and several wind energy developers on various issues, including the preparation of responses to calls issued by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) for offshore lease blocks, providing strategic counsel in resolving disputes with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Federal Aviation Administration, and working with state and federal resource agencies to address concerns related to potential environmental impacts associated with proposed projects.

Offshore Wind Energy Projects

Acted as project development counsel to the developer of the Atlantic Wind Connection, a proposed 350-mile subsea electric cable carrying 6,000 megawatts of power from future offshore wind turbines off the U.S. East Coast, including providing strategic advice and support on federal and state permitting/licensing efforts and environmental review requirements and successfully obtaining a determination of no competitive interest for the right-of-way grant to be issued by BOEM.

Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD)/Non-Attainment New Source Review (NSR)

Advise companies on PSD/NSR applicability issues for planned changes and expansion activities and in obtaining new and revised Clean Air Act permits, including the approvals required to address greenhouse gas emissions and to incorporate the impacts of historic and unpermitted facility modifications.

Climate Change

Advise clients on various issues related to climate change, including the generation of offsets and emission reduction credits, participation in the Carbon Disclosure Project, the development of strategic responses to shareholder proposals and institutional investors seeking enhanced climate change-related disclosures, the applicability and impact of domestic initiatives to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and the identification and analysis of potential climate change risks and liabilities associated with assets and companies targeted for acquisition.

EPA Rulemaking Proceedings

Representing natural gas industry trade association in developing the association’s comments and strategic legal response to the EPA’s proposal to overhaul its regulations governing the presence of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in natural gas pipelines and related equipment. Represented wood furniture manufacturer in developing comments on the EPA’s proposed air toxic standards for industrial boilers (known as the Boiler MACT), which led to several beneficial changes to EPA’s final regulations.

Renewable and Clean Energy Project Development and Financing on Brownfield Sites

Provide strategic advice to clients regarding issues related to the siting, licensing and financing of a biomass-fired electric generating facility and a bio-diesel manufacturing facility on historically contaminated properties, including the negotiation of liability protections/covenants with federal and state environmental regulators and implementation of other “outside the box” environmental risk management solutions.

EHS Compliance and Business Counseling

Providing strategic compliance and business counseling to several manufacturing and energy clients in all EHS areas with a particular emphasis on federal and state programs under the Clean Air Act.

Remediation and Natural Resource Damages

Represent performing parties at Superfund sites in efforts to negotiate consent decrees/administrative settlements and resolve natural resource damage claims with state and federal regulators, resolve and negotiate private party settlements and implement investigation activities, interim actions and final remedies.

Brazil Environmental Laws

Work with Brazilian legal counsel to advise manufacturing and energy clients in understanding the environmental liability regimes in Brazil and in developing effective risk management solutions to address potential liability issues.

SEC Disclosures

Advise electric utilities concerning the disclosure of climate change and EHS risks in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

EHS Audit Protocols and Management Systems

Assist clients in the development, preparation, implementation, evaluation and integration of EHS management systems and audit programs.

Trustees and Lenders

Advise trustees and lenders on the development of environmental management systems and policies to assist in screening potential business opportunities and provide guidance and advice on the potential environmental risks associated with customer activities including but not limited to 1031 reverse like-kind exchanges in the oil and gas industry.

Power Purchase and Tolling Agreements

Assist clients in the analysis, preparation, and negotiation of power purchase and tolling agreements between electricity generators and off-takers which allocate risks and liabilities associated with compliance with greenhouse gas and other environmental compliance obligations, including the allocation of responsibility for emission allowance costs and capital expenditures.

 

Natalya V. Morozova

Natalya V. Morozova is the Managing Partner of the Moscow office. She joined Vinson & Elkins in 1991, when the firm opened its Moscow office, and became a partner in 2000. She has extensive experience in, and has worked on, a significant number of complex international mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, securities, general corporate practice, and other corporate and project development transactions, principally focused on the energy/natural resources sector.

Her practice has involved many of the high-profile issues shaping Russia’s corporate environment in recent years, including protection of minority shareholders, creating joint ventures, and structuring corporate relationships between Russian and non-Russian shareholders. She has recently worked on significant projects involving Russia-destined joint ventures of major Chinese companies, including oil and gas upstream, mining, and petrochemical projects.

Firm Overview:

Vinson & Elkins LLP is an international law firm with approximately 700 lawyers worldwide headquartered in the First City Tower in Downtown Houston, Texas. Vault’s 2018 and 2019 rankings placed V&E as the most prestigious firm in Texas and the #1 firm in the U.S. for Energy, Oil and Gas Law.

Agnieszka Klich

Agnieszka Klich’s practice focuses on international energy and infrastructure projects. She advises on the acquisition, development, and financing of such projects throughout the world with a focus on renewables, power and water, oil and gas, and mining.

Ms. Klich has advised purchasers, vendors, lenders, developers, and equity investors on many complex projects, several of which have been named “Deal of the Year” by leading industry journals.

In an increasingly regulated world, we have an
exceptional ability to help clients navigate their most
complex business problems, deals, and disputes.

Firm Overview:

Our distinctively collaborative culture allows us to be truly one team globally, drawing on the diverse experience of lawyers and advisors across the firm by seamlessly sharing insight and expertise.

What sets us apart is our ability to combine the tremendous strength in our litigation, investigations, and corporate practices with deep knowledge of policy and policymakers, and one of the world’s leading regulatory practices.

This enables us to create novel solutions to our clients’ toughest problems, successfully try their toughest cases and deliver commercially practical advice of the highest quality.

Jeannine Acevedo

Jeannine Acevedo is a partner in our Energy, Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance Practice qualified to practice in New York, with significant experience representing sponsors, lenders and other credit providers in project financings, primarily in Latin America.

Ms. Acevedo focuses on public-private partnerships (PPPs) and complex cross-border financial transactions involving commercial banks, multilateral lending agencies, export credit agencies, sovereign states and corporate entities. She has been involved in power, oil & gas, linear and non-linear infrastructure and transportation equipment financings, related capital markets transactions and corporate restructuring of borrowers. Recent representative matters include the multi-source financing for the expansion of the Santiago metro; two renewable energy projects in Chile based on market revenues; and a US$4.5 billion polyethylene facility in Mexico, the largest project finance transaction to close in Latin America in 2012.

Before relocating to the Firm’s Miami office, Ms. Acevedo was based in our New York office for seven years.

Bars & Courts:

  • New York State Bar
  • Florida State Bar

Education:

  • JD, Columbia Law School, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • BM, BM, University of Michigan, summa cum laude

Languages:

  • English
  • Spanish

Firm Overview:

Supporting our clients around the globe

White & Case is a truly global law firm, uniquely positioned to help our clients achieve their ambitions in today’s G20 world.

As a pioneering international law firm, our cross-border experience and diverse team of local, US and English-qualified lawyers consistently deliver results for our clients.

In both established and emerging markets, our lawyers are integral, long-standing members of the community, giving our clients insights into the local business environment alongside our experience in multiple jurisdictions.

We work with some of the world’s most respected and well-established banks and businesses, as well as start-up visionaries, governments and state-owned entities.

Gustavo Buffara Bueno

Attorney at law with broad experience with contracts of the electric area, including the coordination of teams and advisory in legal, trade and strategyc matters

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Pontifica Universidade Católica do Paraná (2001)

Bachelor of Law

Pontifica Universidade Católica do Paraná (2001)

Specialization in Business Law

Fundação Getulio Vargas – FGV (São Paulo) (2007)

MBA in Economic and Strategic Business Management

LANGUAGES 

Fluent English and intermediate Spanish

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

BFF ADVISORS

2015 to now 

Fouder Partner 

– Agency for companies, rasing within the market assets or structuring asset disposals;

– Advising for capital reconstruction; and

– Advice on developing business and deals, as well as project finance.

BUFFARA BUENO ADVOGADOS

2010 to now 

Founder Partner 

– Negotiation of national and international contracts;

– Participation in public and private bidding procedures;

– Leading Legal Due Diligence;

– Management of public grants in the area of energy and transmission;

– M&A transactions and their corporate consolidation for IPO.

GRUPO HAZTEC

2007 to 2010 

General Counsel 

– Leaded the due diligence and negotiation of the agreement for sale of Geoplan to the Haztec Group;

– Set up the Legal Advise (current name given by Haztec to the former Legal Management of Geoplan) in all companies of the Haztec Group;

– Headed a team of ten (10) attorneys, leading the advice and litigation area for the Haztec Business Units, namely: i. Waters (former Geoplan); ii. Environmental (former Haztec); iii. Residues (Gaiapan and another company being merged); and iv. Equipment (Aquamec);

– Colaborated with the due diligence and negotiation of agreements for purchases of the group in 2008 (which are already 4 companies fully purchased and being merged);

– Took part with the preparing Haztec corporately to its IPO in 2010.

GEOPLAN

2004 to 2007

Legal Director (2006 to 2008)

Legal Manager (2004 to 2006) 

– Developed and implemented concept of reconciliation and agreement in the labor and civil litigation of the company, with cost reduction in the management of outsourcers from the civil litigation by about 90%;

– Responsible for the contractual and litigation legal coordination of the company;

– Developed the standard drafts and implemented remote access by collaborators to the standard contract drafts through the company’s internet portal;

– Developed and implemented controls in the contractual management of the company’s BOT grants and contracts;

– Headed the project to recover the company’s receivables.

CAMARGO CORREA

2002 to 2004

Attorney (2003 to 2004)

Junior Attorney (2002 to 2003)

– Developed the standard contract drafts and implemented remote access to the drafts by the works collaborators.

– Headed the team responsible for managing the company’s claims.

– Responsible for managing civil, labor and tax litigation of the transmission and distribution area (CCES).

– Member of the Risk Committee.

– Developed and headed professionals with focus on management of the civil and labor litigation outsourcing, preparing successors.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 – Deliver a lecture on outsourcing of legal services, elaboration and writing of contracts to guarantee safety in the hiring of outsourcers, guarantees, liabilities and licenses in service contracting of international market and on water reutilization;

 – Associate of Inter American Bar Association – IABA, since 2010;

 – Vice President of the Committee V of Commercial, Banking, Securities Law, and Corporate and Institutional of the Inter American Bar Association;

 – President of the Arbitration Chamber (Rio de Janeiro) of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Brazil-China (CCIBC), since 2016;

 – Arbitrator of the Arbitration Chamber of the Federation of Industries of the State of Paraná (CAMFIEP), since 2016; and

 – Brazilian. Native of Curitiba, State of Paraná, Brazil. Born in November 15th of 1977.

 

Mohamed Y. Alem

Mohamed Alem is the founder and managing partner of Alem & Associates and focuses his practice on alternative dispute resolution, energy, and complex commercial cross-border transactions.

Mohamed advises public and private clients on concession in energy projects, roads and public lighting, PPP projects, energy generation and distribution, and maintenance works of industrial and petrochemical facilities.

With more than 20 years of experience in international and domestic arbitration, as well as commercial transactions with special emphasis on real estate, telecommunication, foreign direct investment, financial structuring and aviation. Mohamed Alem has built a regional reputation as one of the leading Arab lawyers operating in the Middle East region.

Mohamed Alem is often requested to advise Governments and State owned enterprises on legislative reforms and regulatory developments as benchmarked to international best practices. He is a regular keynote speaker at international conferences on a multitude of currently legal subjects.

Mohamed is also considered one of the upcoming Arab leaders through his contribution to domestic and regional efforts in promoting core values of modern societies such as freedom, democracy, human rights and transparency.

He is currently co-chairing the Beirut Committee of Human Rights Watch (HRW), acting as Secretary General for the Lebanese Transparency Association (LTA) and the Lebanese Centre for Policy Studies (LCPS). He is also chairing the Lebanese Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).

He holds an LLB, an LLM, as well as an Executive MBA.

Languages: Arabic, English and French.