September 26, 2017


Breakfast and Registration


Chairs’ Opening Remarks

  • Stephanie Accuosti, Senior Counsel & Director of Ethics, Weatherford
  • Sergio Leal, Compliance Officer, Bilfinger North America Region


USDOJ Keynote Address

  • Eric Grant, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural ResourcesDivision, U.S. Department of Justice

During this spotlight address hear from Deputy Assistant General Grant as he shares his thoughts on enforcement priorities for the Natural Resources Division as well as perspectives on topics including disclosures, declinations, cooperation and credit and settlement.

*Time will be reserved for Q&A with Mr. Grant at the conclusion of his talk.


Exploring the ABAC-International Trade Nexus: Diverse Perspectives on Key Challenges Facing Oil & Gas Compliance, Legal & Trade Executives

  • Joseph Taylor, Sr. Counsel & Director of Anti-Corruption, NOV
  • Lara D. Hajjar, Assistant General Counsel, Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc.

Contract Negotiation, JV’s/Strategic Acquisitions, Third Party Management, Operations in High Risk Jurisdictions – all issues prone to global compliance challenges ever more complicated by overlapping and intersecting regulatory schemes governing behavior including bribery, corruption and trade. Benefit during this session from the view points of a diverse panel representing various disciplines as they explore the complex regulatory landscape applicable to each issue identified and how their company has successfully tackled each issue while effectively allocating resources to preemptively identify risk and eliminate cross departmental redundancies.


One Size Does Not Fit All: Right-Sized Approaches for Achieving Best in Class Compliance in an Era of Reduced Budgets & Strained Resources
  • Charles Schwager, Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, Kinder Morgan
  • Brent Benoit, Chief Compliance Officer, National Oilwell Varco 
  • Mark Donnelly, Deputy Chief-Criminal Division, Program Fraud, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Texas, U.S. Department of Justice
  • In Conversation With: Mark White, Managing Director – Risk Consulting, KPMG

During this panel benefit from a discussion that will discuss various approaches to compliance for oil and gas companies as the speakers explore topics including:

  • Approaches for embedding an ethical culture across your global operations
  • Weighing the pros and cons of a rules-based vs. values-based approach to compliance
  • Best practices for mitigating issues with conflicts of interest – how to ensure this issue is addressed as part of your code of conduct


Morning Networking & Refreshment Break


Disclosure, Disgorgement, Declinations & Credit: An Examination of Key Government Initiatives, Recent Developments & Prosecution Trends Impacting on ABAC Enforcement
  • David Last, Assistant Deputy Chief, FCPA Unit, Fraud Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice
  • William T. Gordon, Associate General Counsel and CCO, Hercules Offshore, Inc.
  • James Koukios, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • In Conversation With: Matt Queler, Principal, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP

Accountability. Voluntary Self-Disclosure. Remediation. Cooperation. All key terms referenced by the U.S. Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission when undertaking or considering the prosecution of individuals and companies in connection with bribery and corruption offenses. Given the USDOJ’s announcement that it will continue to offer the Fraud Section’s Pilot Program beyond its initial pilot period and the Supreme Court’s decision on disgorgement as a penalty in Kokesh v. SEC, coupled with the Spring 2017 release of the Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs document, recent decisions concerning declinations and a changing of the guard at Main Justice, this session will offer thought-provoking discussion on a myriad of key “hot topics” currently driving current FCPA enforcement initiatives. Time will be reserved for Q&A as part of the panel, please come prepared with your most pressing questions.


Global Trade Update: Targets for Enforcement, Common Compliance Loopholes and Guidance for Achieving Best in Class Compliance

  • Alonzo Bell, Senior Enforcement Official, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Ernest Payton, Special Agent, Bureau of Industry and Security/Office of Export Enforcement


Networking Luncheon


Risk-Based Approaches to Third Party Screening & Relationship Management: From Due Diligence and Determination of Ultimate Beneficial Ownership to Ensuring Ongoing Compliance
  • David Searle, Chief Compliance Officer and Associate General Counsel, Bristow Group
  • Garrett Cornelison, Chief Compliance Officer, Quanta Services, Inc.
  • In Conversation With: Tirzah Lollar, Partner, Vinson & Elkins LLP

Relying on real-word experience and tried and true approaches to third party management, benefit from a discussion that will explore best practices for determining how much due diligence screening is enough while also tackling current hot topics including determination of ultimate beneficial ownership and tips for auditing and ensuring ongoing compliance.


A Conversation on Compliance Blind Spots & Internal Controls: What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You
  • Shamoil Shipchandler, Regional Director, Fort Worth Regional Office, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
  • Alison Vasquez, Director, Internal Audit, KBR, Inc.
  • John Pearson, Deputy Chief, Major Fraud Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Texas, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Jim Ewing, Managing Director, Morae Legal
  • In Conversation With: John Sardar, Chief Compliance Officer, Noble Energy, Inc.

A new spin on a topic we’ve all heard before, hear during this panel from diverse perspectives including the SEC, internal audit and compliance functions as the panelists address proactive steps your organization can take to get one step ahead of the bad guys. Hear from both the Government and the business as you are provided with insights into the most common compliance pitfalls, books and records red flags and audit faux paus that companies make in their day to day business operations.


One on One with the Board: From Information Sharing and Communication to Buy-In, Engagement & Support
  • Phil D. Wedemeyer, Member, Board of Directors, Atwood Oceanics, Inc.
  • Margaret B. Shannon, Member, Board of Directors, Quanta Services 
  • In Conversation With: Sergio Leal, Compliance Officer, Bilfinger North America Region

During this session benefit from the rare opportunity to hear directly from a member of a corporate audit committee as you benefit from a discussion that will provide attendees with insider tips for:

  • Ensuring buy-in from the top while maintaining engagement and support in the middle
  • Effectively straddling the line between keeping the Board and Management engaged and informed without under or overwhelming with information –presentation do’s and don’ts on what’s most effective and what’s not
  • What qualities, attributes and skills board members like to see in a complianceofficer, as well as those qualities that are not as desirable


Afternoon Refreshment Break


Roundtable Discussions Begin

During this time attendees will be offered the opportunity to break out into smaller roundtable discussions to engage in more intimate discussion with your peers on the topics that appeal most to you. Topics will run simultaneously so please select one topic per segment.

3:40pm – 4:20pm


Track A – New Country Risk Assessment: A Compliance Officers Guide to New Market Entry in the Oil & Gas Sector

  • David Rassin, Senior Counsel – International; Director of Ethics and Compliance, Patterson-UTI
  • Kevin Colby, General Counsel, GOWell International LLC

Crafted as a quick guide for entering and establishing operations in a new market, hear from your peers with firsthand experience in establishing new business operations within the oil and gas industry as they address topics including:

  • CSR and local content approaches to drive ROI – best practices for navigating employment and procurement issues when launching oil and gas operations in an emerging or high-risk market
  • Best practices for crafting a local approach to compliance that accounts for common cultural pitfalls and local ways of doing business

Track B – Gifts, Entertainment & Hospitality – How to Re-Craft Your Approach for the Person Smarter Than You

  • Steven Gyeszly, Chief Compliance Counsel, Marathon Oil Corporation
  • Fermeen Fazal, Vice President and Chief Counsel, Universal Pegasus International, Inc.

Benefit from a discussion that is based on real-life fact patterns and scenarios that will push you to consider the exceptions and not the rule when crafting a global T&E policy.

4:20pm – 5:00pm


Track A – Integration Case Study: Opportunities & Pitfalls of Navigating an M&A Deal

  • Victoria Lazar, Associate General Counsel – Integration, Sourcing and Contracts COE, BHGE, a GE company
  • Ellen Smith, Managing Counsel & Global Trade Compliance Director, Baker Hughes, a GE company
  • In Conversation With: Stephanie Accuosti, Senior Counsel & Director of Ethics, Weatherford

During this session benefit from a firsthand, behind-the-scenes view of the GE-Baker Hughes integration process. Hear from two legal and compliance leaders who have been deeply engrossed in this process as they share insight into the challenges, opportunities and pitfalls they’ve encountered along the way and best practices for smoothly navigating a M&A scenario.

Track B – Data Privacy and Cyber Security for the Oil & Gas Industry: Accounting for the Digital Footprint of Data and Evolving Global Regulatory Requirements on Your Approach to Global Compliance

  • Robert Brown, Data Privacy and Compliance Counsel, Halliburton 
  • Naomi Schmold, Chief Privacy Officer & Senior Legal Counsel, Ethics & Compliance, Enbridge

The past few years have been witness to an incredible period of evolution on the global privacy regulatory front. As data privacy falls more and more often into the lap of the in-house compliance executive, this panel will provide a top line overview of what you need to know, consider, prepare and plan for as an in-house compliance executive within the oil and gas industry. Learn during this panel how your peers within the oil and gas industry are capturing and treating data in the digital realm as they discuss:

  • What you need to know to prepare for the May 2018 effective date of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Relevant considerations for cross border data flows, multi-jurisdictional investigations, global workforce management
  • The impact varying (and sometimes conflicting) global privacy regulatory schemes have on privilege
  • Approaches for addressing data security – both internally and externally


Preserving Your Role in a Challenging Economy: How to Demonstrate Your Value to the Business as a Compliance Leader
  • Natalia G. Shehadeh, Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer, Weatherford
  • Rick Chapman, Assistant General Counsel, Halliburton
  • In Conversation With: Anne-Marie Zell, Manager, Member & Advisory Services, TRACE International

Companies across industries have felt the effects of an economy in turmoil over the past few months and the oil and sector is no exception. As senior compliance executives come under increased pressure to demonstrate your value as a business driver, hear from a panel of seasoned compliance experts who have found success in weathering various economic climates and industry outlooks as they share a few secrets to demonstrating continuous value to your organization.


Closing Commentary and The Oil & Gas Compliance Exchange Concludes

5:30pm – 6:30pm

Networking Cocktail Reception