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We are thrilled to introduce to you for the first time a specialized webinar jointly presented by EPLegal and Peter & Kim: “Oil & Gas, Energy Disputes in the Covid-19 Era: An Asian Perspective” via zoom platform at 14:00hrs (Hanoi time, GMT+7) on the 17 August 2021.


The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic with a frozen economy and lockdown orders in many Asian countries have thrown the energy industry into unprecedented challenges, and at the same time caused the number of disputes to skyrocket. Yet it is not easy to resolve these disputes where there are on-going waves of COVID-19 infections, and restrictions on travel and construction work remain in place.
This webinar will provide insights on the dynamics and suggestions for dispute resolution in the oil & gas and energy sectors, with a focus on construction disputes, gas agreement disputes and tax related disputes. It will also touch on particular issues, such as the use of experts and technical witnesses in energy disputes while travel restrictions remain in place. Panellists with diverse backgrounds will cite examples from Vietnam, Korea and other Asian countries in their discussion of these topics.
Oil & Gas and Energy disputes


We are pleased to introduce our guest speakers:

1. Mrs. Annie Ngo

Annie Ngo is the Managing Partner of EPLegal. Annie is a commercial, contract and legal expert in the Vietnam Oil and Gas sector with 19 years of working experience. Annie previously used to work for Unocal Houston, an Oil company in the USA and then held managerial roles in the procurement and legal divisions of leading oil & gas companies in Vietnam such as Cuu Long JOC, PetroVietnam Exploration and Production Corporation (PVEP) and Bien Dong Petroleum Operating Company (BDPOC). As Managing Manager of EPLegal, Annie has experienced working with PetroVietnam Group and its subsidiaries such as PVGAS, BSR, PTSC and PVEP, on all legal, commercial, contract and procurement matters relating to the upstream operations. She has also advised and acted for foreign investors/operators in cases related to energy disputes in Vietnam.

2. Mr. Tony Nguyen

Tony is among a few top-tiered project & energy lawyers in Vietnam who are highly rated by Chambers, Legal500, Asialaw Profiles and other international publications. Tony is also a Benchmark-Litigation’s dispute resolution star and a to-go-counsel for international arbitration involving Vietnamese parties. He frequently represents large corporate clients for disputes settled under the rules of Vietnam International Arbitration Center (VIAC), SIAC and ICC, etc. He is the first Vietnamese fellow member of CIArb (FCIArb), past chairman of CIArb Vietnam steering committee, a member of the VIAC’s Expert Advisory Council. Tony actively participates in training, research and drafting activities of VIAC rules, VMC rules and the code of ethics of VMC mediators. In January 2020, he was appointed as Deputy Director of Vietnam Mediation Center (VMC) and in the same year he co-founded Vietnam Institute for International Arbitration (VIArb), the first independent ADR training institute in Vietnam, and holds the position of Managing Director until now. Tony also actively practices as an arbitrator of VIAC, THAC, IDRRMI, BIAIC and other reputable regional and international arbitration centers.

3. Mr. Konstantin Christie

Konstantin Christie is a partner at Peter & Kim in Geneva. For the past 14 years, his practice has focused on international commercial and investment arbitration, as well as disputes under public international law. A native Russian and English speaker, he regularly handles cases from eastern Europe, Russia and the former CIS, and more recently stemming from the Southeast Asia. Konstantin was admitted to the Bars of New York and Massachusetts in 2007, and trained in Geneva and Paris. He has a law degree (JD) from Suffolk University and a Bachelor of Science (criminal justice) degree from Northeastern University in Boston.

4. Mr. Matthew Finn 

Matthew is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Chartered Institute of Building and a Member of Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering. He is regularly appointed as an expert witness in the field of quantum (damages) in construction matters. Matthew is a certified civil and commercial mediator, construction adjudicator, dispute board practitioner and a domestic and international arbitrator and sits on over 30 worldwide arbitration panels. He has also been recognised in Who’s Who Legal in Arbitration, Quantum and Delay, and Construction chapters in publications in 2018-2021.

5. Mrs. Charis Tan 

Charis Tan is a partner at Peter & Kim in Singapore. She specialises in international arbitration and public international law, and is admitted in three jurisdictions (Singapore, England & Wales and New York). Her experience includes investment and commercial arbitrations under ICSID, ICC, SIAC, SCC and UNCITRAL Rules. Charis has acted for States in high profile cases before the International Court of Justice (ICJ). She has also been appointed as an Arbitrator in both commercial arbitration and State-to-State cases. Charis advises National Oil Companies (NOCs) and International Oil Companies (IOCs) in both contentious and non-contentious upstream oil and gas matters, and a unique area of her specialisation is where oil blocks straddle disputed boundaries. Charis has been recommended by Legal 500 for international arbitration and named a Future Leader in arbitration by Who’s Who Legal and GAR.
Panelists with diverse backgrounds will cite examples from Vietnam, Korea, and other Asian countries in their discussion of these topics. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear these talented people speak at the webinar on Oil & Gas and Energy disputes, grab your tickets here: ➡️ https://eplegal.vn/en/energy-disputes/