AIPN Seminar

The AIPN Seminar is included in the NAPE Business Conference Registration and is hosted by NAPE and presented by the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators. It has been approved for 6 AAPL Recertification Credits and 6 MCLE hours (including .5 ethics)

Session I, 9am-12:15pm: “Key Differences Between International and US Domestic Petroleum Negotiations” - Professor Harry Sullivan and Marleen Bergman

The morning session will discuss the key differences between conducting a petroleum-related negotiation in the United States and doing so in another country. The session will cover negotiating culture, strategy, and ethics.

Session II, 1:45pm-5pm: “Key Differences Between International and US Domestic Oil and Gas Operations” - Professor Owen Anderson and Christopher Richardson

The afternoon session will discuss the key differences between investing in and conducting exploration,development, and production operations in the United States and doing so in other countries. Coverage will include a comparison of key differences between oil and gas leases and host government granting instruments, between US and foreign farmout agreements, between US and foreign joint operating agreements,and between US and foreign confidentiality agreements, assignments of interests,and AMIs. The seminar will also consider key differences in risk analysis.


8:30am ‐ 9:00am: Registration

9:00am-10:30am: Session I

10:30am-10:45am: Coffee Break

10:45am-12:15pm: Session I (continued)

12:15pm-1:45pm: Lunch (on your own)

1:45pm-3:15pm: Session II

3:15pm-3:30pm: Coffee Break

3:30pm-5:00pm: Session II (continued)

Harry Sullivan

<p>Harry W. Sullivan, Jr., Kosmos Energy</p>

Harry W. Sullivan, Jr. is an International Energy Attorney based in Dallas, Texas who works part-time at Kosmos Energy and teaches as an Adjunct Professor at S.M.U. Dedman School of Law and Texas A&M School of Law. He previously served as Senior Counsel‐International in the International E&P Legal Group of Conoco Phillips for 14 years, as Chief Counsel – International for Atlantic Richfield Company for 15 years and as Senior Counsel for Sun Oil Company for 5 years, where he provided legal and commercial advice and support for each company’s domestic and international energy activities. He has experience on numerous worldwide upstream and midstream projects.

He holds a J.D. degree from Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Herbert School of Law and an LL.M. degree from SMU’s Dedman School of Law. He has taught as an Adjunct Professor at South Texas College of Law and Texas Wesleyan School of Law, SMU’s Cox School of Business, the University of Texas at Arlington, and El Centro College. His legal education includes training in both civil law and common law.

He is licensed to practice law in the states of Louisiana and Texas, and admitted to practice by the U.S. Supreme Court and numerous U.S. Federal Courts. Additionally, he is board certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law in Texas, and he is admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales.

Marleen Bergman

<p>​Marleen Bergman</p>

Marleen Myers Bergman has worked as an attorney and negotiator in the international upstream industry for 30+ years, starting at Getty Oil Company and, through takeovers, at Texaco and Chevron. After leaving Chevron in 2001, she represented various clients before government entities and with industry partners on international upstream matters. In 2008, she joined BHP Billiton Petroleum as Senior Counsel – International Exploration, later moving to a commercial role where she is currently Principal Negotiator with responsibility for international projects.

Marleen has served on the Board and as an Officer of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) and participated in the development of the AIPN model Farmout Agreement and the development and revision of the AIPN model Joint Operating Agreement. She has completed the Harvard Program on Negotiation and has also completed mediation training.

Marleen is a member of the International Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, and the Houston Bar Association. She is a Board member of Pets for Vets Houston and a volunteer for Dress for Success Houston. She is a native Texan and holds a B.A. from the University of Texas and a J.D. from South Texas College of Law – Houston.

Owen L. Anderson

<p>​Owen L. Anderson</p>

Effective January 2016, Owen L. Anderson began teaching full time at the University of Texas School of Law, serving as a professor and distinguished oil and gas scholar at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law & Business, where he has taught as a part-time secondee since 2008. He is the Eugene Kuntz Chair Emeritus and the George Lynn Cross Research Professor Emeritus at the University of Oklahoma, since retiring from OU at the end of 2015. He plans to continue to regularly teach at the University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney. Professor Anderson has lectured at numerous other universities and venues on six continents and throughout the United States. He has authored over 100 articles and is a co-author of International Petroleum Transactions, Hemingway Oil and Gas Law and Taxation, Cases and Materials on Oil & Gas Law, and A Student’s Guide to Estates in Land and Future Interests. He a co-author of Volume 2 of the treatise Waters and Water Rights and of the supplements to Kuntz on Oil and Gas Law.

He is a long-time editor of the Oil and Gas Reporter, and he is editor in chief of the Texas Title Standards. He serves on the Academic Advisory Board of the Institute for Energy Law, Faculty Adviser to the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas and Energy Law, the Editorial Advisory Board of the Oil and Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Law Journal (ONE J), and on the Executive Committee of the Journal of World Energy Law and Business. He is a member of the Texas, Oklahoma, and North Dakota bars; a member and past officer of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, where he serves as form and style editor of AIPN Model Contracts; a life member of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws; a member of the American Law Institute; an honorary trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation; and a trustee of the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation. He is an arbitrator and consultant on oil and gas law and policy.

Christopher F. Richardson

<p>​Christopher F. Richardson</p>

Chris is an international oil & gas lawyer and former C-suite energy industry executive with over a decade of experience advising clients on transactions and projects around the globe. He focuses his practice on cross-border and domestic mergers & acquisitions; strategic joint ventures and investments; negotiations with or on behalf of foreign governments and sovereign wealth funds; project development; liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects; engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts; upstream and midstream commercial contracts; and corporate governance and compliance matters.

Chris has considerable first-chair experience leading negotiations and drafting complex documentation for multi-billion dollar deals across multiple jurisdictions. He has represented clients on matters in dozens of foreign countries throughout the world, including in China, India, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Russia and Central Asia, Australia and the Americas, as well as on domestic oil & gas matters throughout the United States. Chris also provides strategic advice and counsel to energy industry clients in relation to investment risks, joint venture management, dispute resolution, operational and commercial matters, and relations with host country governments and regulators.

Chris provides a unique commercial and strategic perspective when counseling his clients by drawing on his deep experience gained both in private practice and in-house as a chief legal counsel. Prior to joining the firm, Chris served as General Counsel of Mubadala Petroleum, a multi-billion dollar international oil & gas company owned by the government of Abu Dhabi, with upstream, midstream and LNG operations and assets located throughout the Eastern Hemisphere. Chris was also previously resident in the Hong Kong office of a leading U.S.-based energy law firm and worked in-house for a major U.S. oil & gas company based in Texas.

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