John Vercoe, with a lifetime of legal and business experience in the worldwide oil and gas (“O&G”) industry, will give his thoughts as to how the O&G industry will be responding — law and agreements-wise — to worldwide demands and needs for significant additional O&G production; and at the same time, in parallel, working alongside the agreed framework of the Paris Climate Accords (Paris Agreement), the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (“COP27”), climate change and carbon capture, and utilisation and storage (“CCUS”). Will the O&G industry, known for being creative or adaptive at moments of crisis and emergency, come forward with new or existing structures that will try to provide a seamless transfer from the time-worn processes familiar to them, to new processes that will hopefully provide a win-win solution(s) to all concerned in this new era?
John Vercoe is an English Qualified Solicitor and a foreign lawyer at Azmi & Associates. He is qualified as both barrister and solicitor, with over 37 years of legal and commercial experience in working at leading international companies and law firms in the O&G and IT businesses.
John was the senior legal expert in a project sponsored by the European Commission in Brussels known as the “Enhancement of Environmental Protection Measures in the Oil and Gas Industry of Central Asia” (“EPMOGI”).
He was required to advise on the environmental laws and directives of the European Union (“EU”) and to make recommendations for improvements in the laws of the five Central Asian states of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan.
John was the general counsel of British Gas (“BG”)’s exploration and production for many years; and was involved in the huge BG privatisation, and then, acquisition of large international oil companies on the market.
John has worked in Kazakhstan for over six years and enjoyed a stint at Shell’s headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands. He was a senior attorney for Baker & McKenzie; Head of Legal Services for the Shell-led Offshore Kazakhstan International Operating Company (“OKIOC”), the North Caspian O&G joint venture leading to the discovery of the giant Kashagan field; Vice President of Legal Services for Hurricane Hydrocarbons (now PetroKazakhstan); and a partner in two international law firms, PLLG and Dr K C Mildwaters. John was also a partner at Fasken Martineau Stringer Saul, London, UK, a leading British-Canadian law firm where he specialised in O&G.
John has taken great interest in the interaction between law and business and has followed business school programmes at leading business schools, Cranfield University and Nottingham Law School, both in the UK.
He gave regular presentations and training to in-house professional staff at BG; talks and lectures on O&G at the University of Dundee’s Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy; and conducted external conferences on gas transportation and health and safety.
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