News 16 Jan. 2018

Kate Brown de Vejar will be a panelist at the 5th Annual ITA-IEL Joint Conference on International Energy Arbitration

Mexico City-based partner Kate Brown de Vejar will be a featured speaker at the 5th Annual ITA-IEL-ICC Joint Conference on International Energy Arbitration, taking place on January 18-19, 2018 at the Hilton Houston Post Oak in Houston. This event is presented by the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA), the Institute for Energy Law (IEL) of the Center for American and International Law and the ICC International Court of Arbitration.

Ms. Brown de Vejar will speak on the panel entitled “Resource Nationalism in Emerging Markets,” which will address the prevailing trends in so-called “resource nationalism” in emerging markets, focusing on Latin America and Africa. The discussion will seek to answer questions such as: are we moving beyond outright expropriations; what are the more sophisticated ways in which governments are seeking to maximise their returns from their natural resources; how have investors reacted to such policies; and how can we strike the right balance in this critical sector between legitimate sovereign policies seeking to protect the public interest and the legitimate expectations of investors.

The conference is co-chaired by Mimi Lee (Chevron Corporation, San Ramon), James Loftis (Vinson & Elkins LLP, Houston) and Sylvia Noury (Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, London).

More details about the conference are available here.