Susan Dyer Maples is an associate in the international arbitration, oil & gas, and international corporate groups. Ms. Maples advises governments and state-owned companies on negotiations in a number of transactions and disputes involving oil & gas, mining, energy and other host government agreements. Having worked in over 30 countries, her experience includes: PSC negotiations and renegotiations; negotiating farm-ins with major IOCs; designing competitive tenders for licensing rights in the oil & gas and mining sectors; legal framework assessments; cross-border pipeline negotiations and feasibility assessments; maritime boundary disputes; refinery acquisition transactions; crude oil sale transactions; cost recovery audit claim analysis; arbitral claim determination and assessment; and advising on the quantum stage of arbitral proceedings.
Ms. Maples regularly works with financial models and commercial experts to analyse, negotiate and draft profit sharing and taxation formulae and has extensive experience assisting governments in disputes related to these areas. She has also advised on the drafting of laws and regulations in the oil, gas and mining sectors and related legislation (tax and investment, for example), as well as assisted Governments in implementing and monitoring those laws and agreements.
Prior to joining Curtis, Susan was a Visiting Assistant Professor and Andrews Kurth Energy Scholar at the University of Houston Law Center and a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Columbia Law School. She was a co-author of Mining Contracts: How to Read and Understand Them; Oil Contracts: How to Read and Understand Them; and Contracts Confidential: Ending Secret Deals in the Extractive Industries. Ms. Maples was also a Natural Resource Governance Fellow in the Office of the Legal Advisor to the President of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, in Monrovia, Liberia.