Thinking Like a GC: Updates on the Substantive Legal Developments Affecting Energy Companies in 2015 and Beyond

January 21, 2015 1:45pm

To best position oneself as an industry leader, women in particular need to have the competitive edge by having the most wellrounded and up to date information on the most pressing legal developments facing energy companies. In this session, leading attorneys will give you their insight into the most pressing legal challenges and developments facing energy companies, as well as the big picture macro view necessary in a leader. Topics to be discussed include:

Preparing for EPA’s controversial Carbon Emissions Reduction Regulations

  • What is the financial impact on the industry?
  • Understanding the scope of the regulations
  • What challenges exist to the expansion of EPA’s definition of “source?”
  • Weighing the pros and cons of using a portfolio approach
  • Will cap and trade become a tool used amongst the states?

Updates on Lawsuits

  • Royalty litigation developments
  • Difficult disclosures – are company disclosures about safety programs and reserve valuations creating securities litigation landmines?
  • The evolution of legacy litigation in Louisiana
  • The “new” legacy litigation: oil and gas legacy cases brought under the Coastal Zone Management Act
    • Differences and overlaps in defense strategies
  • Interpreting CERCLA’s effect on toxic torts: CTS Corp. v. Waldburger
  • Lessons learned in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon incident: how the 5th Circuit defines “source” under the CWA
  • The current state of N.O.R.M. litigation in Louisiana and elsewhere

Energy Trading

  • Risk management
  • Derivatives
  • Dodd-Frank Act compliance

Compliance Risks

  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement
  • Creating a successful compliance program based on FERC’s $3.25M enforcement action against Arizona Public Service Company