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2018 Energy Tax Symposium Agenda
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Energy Tax Symposium
February 21, 2018
The Houstonian Hotel, Houston


This event's speakers will include key energy tax people from around the globe. In addition, the event will include a luncheon keynote speaker, and will conclude with a networking cocktail reception. Following the Symposium on Thursday and Friday February 22-23, the USA Branch Annual Conference will be held. A special registration fee will be offered for those who wish to attend both meetings.



Wednesday February 21

7:00 a.m.

Registration opens

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast Seminar – Transfer Pricing for Energy Companies

Sponsored by Thomson Reuters


8:30 – 8:45 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

Ed Osterberg, Co-Chair of Symposium

Jim Roach, Co-Chair of Symposium, and Regional Vice President, IFA USA Houston Region


8:45 – 9:30 a.m.

The Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040


Neil W. Duffin, President, Exxon Mobil Production Company


9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

The LNG Industry: US LNG and Global Transformation


Nicholas J. Fulford, Global Head of Gas and LNG, Gaffney Cline

Andrius Kontrimas, Norton Rose Fullbright

John Mauel, Norton Rose Fulbright

Gregory M Vesey, CEO, LNG Limited


10:15 – 10:45 a.m.

Refreshment Break


10:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon

The Future of the North Sea


Peter Hiorth, Schjodt & Associates, Norway

Derek Leith, Ernst & Young, UK

Michiel Schul, Loyens & Loeff, Netherlands

Stig Sollund, Ministry of Finance, Norway

Mike Williams, Director, Business & International Tax, HM Treasury


12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch with Keynote Speaker
Dr. Kenneth Medlock III, PHD
James A. Baker, III, and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics, Senior Director, Center for Energy Studies, Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy


1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Brazil / Canada / Mexico Energy Challenges


Greg Johnson, Bennett Jones, Calgary

Dion Legge, Norton Rose Fulbright, Calgary

Salvador Ugalde Mancilla, Hydrocarbons Revenues Unit, Government of Mexico

Gabriel Ruiz, Thompson and Knight, Monterrey

Ivan Tauil, Tauil & Chequer Advogados Associado a Mayer Brown LLP


3:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Refreshment Break


3:15 – 5:00 p.m.

Setting the Stage: Considering a Carbon Tax and Cap and Trade


Bret Wells, Moderator: Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources (EENR) Center, University of Houston Law Center

Victor Flatt, Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources (EENR) Center, University of Houston Law Center: Carbon pricing and the energy industry; the political economy of tax v. cap and trade
Diane Kraal,
Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: The Australian experience with a carbon tax system
Brian Murray,
Duke University Energy Initiative: Quantity instruments and how complementary regimes could work
Tracey Roberts,
Cumberland School of Law, Samford University: Overview of Cap & Trade and basic design components of the two systems
Michael Wara, Stanford University Law School: Evolution to hybrid Systems and how those systems handle price versus quantity uncertainty
Larry Zelenak,
Duke University Law School: Overview of Carbon Tax



5:00 – 5:30 p.m.

International Implications of a Carbon Tax Regime


Reuven Ani-Yonah, University of Michigan School of Law

   Commentators:  Billy Pizer, Duke University Nicholas Institute / Bret Wells, Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources (EENR) Center, University of Houston Law Center

5:30 onwards

Cocktail Reception



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