Pricing, Negotiation and Risk Management in Coal Contracts

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Pricing, Negotiation and Risk Management in Coal Contracts

A Comprehensive Workshop for All Coal Market Professionals

Hotel Novotel Clarke Quay, Singapore

4 – 6 September, 2013

Official Website: http://neo-edge.com/event-line-up/energy-utilities/pricing-negotiation-and-risk-management-in-coal-contracts/

Coal is an internationally traded commodity, and typically supply agreements are used by buyers (power companies, metal processors and others) to purchase coal from their suppliers (coal companies or brokers). These agreements ensure that the supply of suitable quality coal at the agreed price and volume can be fulfilled and that each party understands its rights and obligations. In recent years, standardisation and best practices in contract structure have been emerging.

With the increased volatility and the changing makeup of quality availability in the international coal markets, it is more important than ever to ensure a combination of strong contracts and watertight risk management best practices are employed. The growing liquidity in coal financial markets has made it increasingly possible to execute price risk management strategies and ensure and protect margins as a producer, trader and consumer.

The three day course will cover all key activities in coal transactions. The course is designed for all professionals involved in coal markets – buyers, sellers and traders who are interested in understanding the big overview of coal industries. The course covers pricing of the coal commodities, Negotiation of coal contracts and Risk management for contractual and market risks.

To access the full agenda, please send your detailed contact information to rueburn@neo-edge.com

This course is specially structured in 12 modules:

  • Module 1:               Introduction to the Physical Coal Market
  • Module 2:               Trading the Physical Coal Market
  • Module 3:               Price Drivers in the Thermal Coal Market
  • Module 4:               Contracts in the Coal Market
  • Module 5:               Negotiating and Managing Coal Supply Agreements
  • Module 6:               Coal Price Index Developments
  • Module 7:               The Coal Derivatives Market
  • Module 8:               Hedging Risk in Coal Market
  • Module 9:               Price Analysis Techniques
  • Module 10:             External Risk Factors
  • Module 11:             Introduction to Other Commodities Directly Relevant to Coal Trading
  • Module12:              Introduction to Coal Technologies

Who Should Attend

The course is comprehensively designed for all the perspectives of the market professionals:

  • Coal producers and buyers
  • Traders, importers, and exporters
  • End users and consumers of steam coal
  • Financiers, Investors and Analysts involved in the coal sector
  • Shipping and Port sectors
  • Logistics and Procurement Specialists
  • Research and Risk professionals

Why You Should Attend this Master Class

  1. Conducted by 2 leading coal market expert trainers
  2. Comprehensively cover all key activities in coal markets, allowing the professionals to make the most sense out of coal markets and its related market movements.
  3. Include various simulation and case studies to better illustrate and understand key important points for its application to your own working environements.

To access the full agenda, please send your detailed contact information to rueburn@neo-edge.com

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Dispute Resolution and Arbitration in the Oil & Gas Industry Workshop

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DISPUTE RESOLUTION AND ARBITRATION IN THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY

How to manage contractual and political risk and what to expect when things go wrong

NOVOTEL SINGAPORE CLARKE QUAY, SINGAPORE

25 – 27 SEPTEMBER 2013

Official Website: http://neo-edge.com/event-line-up/energy-utilities/dispute-resolution-and-arbitration-in-the-oil-and-gas-industry/

Lawyers and managers typically focus on how their rights are described in a contract or in a piece of legislation. Little attention is paid to who will decide what is the content of such rights, how that decision will be adopted and whether those rights can be enforced. Contracts and projects related to the oil and gas industry are generally complex in nature, involve large sums of money and are politically sensitive. For that reason, not being prepared for the worst can have very negative consequences. Responsible managers and lawyers should be aware of what carrots and sticks can be put in place in order to minimize the risk of a disruption in the cooperation between the parties to a project and to optimize the effectiveness of relevant rights.

The three day course will cover practical and theoretical issues related to international dispute resolution in the oil and gas industry. The course is designed for lawyers and non lawyers from the private and the public sector who are willing to gain command and a better understanding of the techniques and the legal tools that are increasingly used to manage contractual (i.e. breach of contract) and political risk (nationalizations, forced renegotiations of contracts and regulatory changes).

To access the full agenda, please send your detailed contact information to rueburn@neo-edge.com

This course is specially structured in 8 modules:

  • Module 1:        How to negotiate dispute settlement provisions in international contracts related to the oil and gas industry.
  • Module 2:        Practical and strategic considerations related to the content of arbitration agreements.
  • Module 3:        The role of Bilateral Investment Treaties in oil and gas disputes involving governments.
  • Module 4:        Arbitration under the ICSID Convention in oil and gas disputes involving governments.
  • Module 5:        How to select corporate vehicles to optimize the availability of protections and Bilateral Investment Treaties.
  • Module 6:        Common features arising in international disputes related to the oil and gas industry.
  • Module 7:        What to expect when an arbitration is commenced under the main international arbitration rules.
  • Module 8:        What to expect when an arbitration award is rendered in terms of remedies and enforceability.

Who Should Attend

The course is designed for lawyers and non lawyers from the private and the public sector who are willing to gain command and a better understanding of the techniques and the legal tools that are increasingly used to manage contractual (i.e. breach of contract) and political risk (nationalizations, forced renegotiations of contracts and regulatory changes).

  • Government officials
  • Negotiators
  • Lawyers/Advisors
  • Contract/Agreements Managers/Specialists
  • Investors
  • Commercial Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Project Owners
  • Finance & Accounting Managers
  • Operation Managers
  • Corporate & Administration Professionals
  • Buyers & Sellers
  • Business Development Managers
  • E&P Professionals and Students

Sectors

  • Government Bodies & Regulatory Bodies
  • National Oil Corporation, International Oil Corporation
  • Independent Exploration & Production Companies
  • Energy Consulting Firms, Power Generations Company / Utilities Companies
  • Banking and Finance / Investment Companies
  • Law Firms and Academics
  • Consultants, Research Firms
  • Logistic, Transportation & Infrastructure Companies
  • Service Companies

Why You Should Attend this Master Class

  1. Conducted by 5 leading expert trainers from Clifford Chance (recent winners of International Law Firm of the Year Award for 2013 by Chambers Global). All of which has hands-on experience in handling disputes with key oil and gas players from various regions i.e. Asia, CIS, Middle East, Africa, Americas and Europe. Extensive knowledge of most rule making bodies i.e. SIAC, ICC, UNCITRAL, LCIA thus ensuring that prospecting delegates will benefit directly from the arbitration laws in respective country.
  1. Contracts and projects related to the oil and gas industry are generally complex in nature, involve large sums of money and are politically sensitive. For that reason, not being prepared for the worst can have very negative consequences. Responsible managers and lawyers should be aware of what carrots and sticks can be put in place in order to minimize the risk of a disruption in the cooperation between the parties to a project and to optimize the effectiveness of relevant rights.
  1. The three day course will cover practical and theoretical issues related to international dispute resolution in the oil and gas industry. The course is designed for lawyers and non lawyers from the private and the public sector who are willing to gain command and a better understanding of the techniques and the legal tools that are increasingly used to manage contractual (i.e. breach of contract) and political risk (nationalizations, forced renegotiations of contracts and regulatory changes).

To access the full agenda, please send your detailed contact information to rueburn@neo-edge.com

Event: FX Options Workshop, Singapore 18-21 March 2013

FX Options

FX OPTIONS WORKSHOP

Novotel Clarke Quay, Singapore

March 18th – 21st 2013

About our Premier Master Class

Vanilla and exotic FX options trade in large volume in global over-the-counter markets. Because of this, there is a plethora of training courses on the subject, however, these courses focus almost exclusively on the financial engineering of products: building mathematical models to price options; and / or building option based structured products for franchise flows.

Courses of that type do not readily translate into generating trading profits. In contrast, this course uniquely and specifically focuses on generating trading profits from price-making and book-running, as it is this activity that underpins price discovery in reality. Price-making is not just essential for price-makers, it is also essential for price-takers such as salespeople, investors and treasurers, who want to know if prices are fair. Book-running is critical because, in order to be profitable, prices must be a function of hedging costs and the trader’s risk profile, which is fundamental in market reality and misunderstood and mis-applied in financial engineering models.

This course provides a roadmap for exploiting the gap between abstract financial engineering and how the market actually trades in practice, giving delegates new trading insights and risk management perspectives.

This course is specially structured in two Syllabuses

Why you should attend this FX Options workshop

The course has been running successfully for more than four years with continuous adaptations and updates at various locations in the world. Past participants came from almost all known banks and software companies including UBS, Merril Lynch, Barclays, HSBC, Commerzbank, Fortis, ING, Bank of Thailand, BNP Paribas, Danskebank, Nordea, Unicredit, Superderivatives, ABN Amro, RBS, BHF-Bank, Banca IMI, The Austrian Banking Regulation Association, Landesbanki Island, Royal Merchand Bank South Africa, Wachovia (USA), KBC Belgium, Dresdner Kleinwort, Lloyds, La Caixa Spain, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, OCBC, Bloomberg, Lippobank, Standard Chartered , Bank Julius Baer & Co, CIMB Bank, DBS, UOB, Credit Agricole Suisse, Credit Industriel et Commercial, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, China Trust Commercial Bank and ICICI Bank etc.

ABOUT 95% OF THE PAST DELEGATES RATED THIS COURSE IN OVERALL AS EITHER “EXCELLENT” OR “VERY GOOD”.

Testimonials for FX Options Workshop includes

Below points highlights the strengths of the course trainer to competently deliver this course.

“It is very well organized, hundreds of questions were answered, many details clarified, especially those that one can hardly find in a textbook. I really enjoyed it, thank you.”

“Best balance between practice and theory”.

“Great course with in-depth analysis on FX options.

*For Financial institutions and other entities regulated by The Monetary Authority of Singapore (either licensed or exempted from licensing), you can apply for Financial Training Scheme (FTS) for the programme which is conducted in Singapore – 50% of qualifying costs capped at S$3,000/- grant per participant per programme. Enquiries can be directed to the Financial Sector Development Fund Secretariat at email: fsdf@mas.gov.sg

For full agenda, please email us your detail contact information to rueburn@neo-edge.com. Please indicate subject title “FX Options Workshop“.

Event Webpage: http://neo-edge.com/event-line-up/strategic-managment/fx-options-workshop/

Event: Enterprise Risk Management, Seoul, South Korea, 4-6 March 2013

ERM 2013

 

Enterprise Risk Management

Seoul, South Korea, 4th – 6th March 2013 

Overview

Taking and responding to risk, volatility and uncertainty is a normal part of business and investment. It is a part of infrastructure projects, utilities and essential services, customer base, supply chain, intellectual property, and the value of assets and products for example. Risk is not a negative; it is something to be managed.

Enterprise risk management (“ERM”) provides the organization with the structure, processes and tools to do this. It helps the organization to understand its entire aggregate of risks and with making informed decisions on tradeoffs between risk and reward. The payoff is in safer investment, better management decisions and better project outcomes, products and services.

This course bridges theory and practice, using real-life case studies and practical examples from the presenter’s own experience. These cases and examples encompass a range of industries, utilities and infrastructure projects, private and public sectors and cover strategic, financial and operational risk issues.

This course is designed for Directors, Board Committee members, executives, managers, audit and other personnel who are developing, or wish to improve, the risk management in their organization in Asia. The course bridges theory and practice, using real-life case studies and practical examples from the presenter’s own risk assessment and risk management experience with projects and organizations in Asia as well as elsewhere.  These cases and examples encompass a range of industries, utilities and infrastructure projects, private and public sectors and cover strategic, financial and operational risk issues.

The aim of this course is to provide the knowledge, tools and processes to help organizations and business managers become more effective at anticipating, responding to and managing the variability and uncertainty inherent in business and markets. The course guides the participant step-by-step through a practical understanding and application of enterprise risk management with the aim of helping them to improve their organization’s attention to risk and risk control and getting added business value from that.

Programme

The course uses a workshop style, with extensive group interaction, discussion, exercises and review of cases aimed at covering key principles and providing tools and tips for effective ERM implementation. Participants are also encouraged to bring along their own ERM example, policy or issue for review if they wish.

Topics covered include:

  • Introduction and overview of ERM
  • Enterprise risks: the types of risks faced by organizations
  • Key principles of risk and risk management
  • Drivers for Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) – why manage risk?
  • Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) in an organization: ERM structures, templates, tools and techniques
  • Risk assessment and evaluation
  • Risk mitigation and control
  • Communicating risk, building stakeholder confidence
  • Risk governance
  • The modern business manager

Why Attend

The modern business need for good risk management:

Competition from low-cost overseas producers; reduction in export customer demand; rising costs and decreasing revenues; the effect of stricter regulatory or capital requirements on liquidity; tightening monetary policy and more stringent credit; the flow-on impact from a shock event like a tsunami, or costly disputation and litigation over intellectual property started by a competitor – these are all risks regularly faced by enterprises in countries like Korea, as well as elsewhere, markets and regulators. These risks can present problems but often also opportunities. Modern enterprise risk management provides the concepts, principles and tools for ensuring your organization is best placed to handle such issues and events. It helps the organization to understand its entire aggregate of risks and balance risk and potential reward. It helps to ensure business resilience in the face of downturn or loss, and helps with prudent decisions to exploit business opportunity and advantage. The payoff is in safer investment, better management decisions, improved compliance and performance.

Learning outcomes and course “takeaways”:

Course participants will gain understanding of the key principles of risk and risk management as it applies to enterprise and business activity.  They will get an understanding of the application of ERM as a result of discussion with the presenter and other workshop participants; by review of case studies and examples, and by doing workshop group exercises.

These exercises will typically be undertaken in workshop syndicate groups of 3-4 persons and vary in duration from around 20 minutes to 1 hour, plus whole group discussion. Sample (suggested) answers to all exercises will be given and discussed.

In addition, a number of examples will be given by the presenter throughout the course for workshop consideration and discussion.

The “takeaway” training materials consist of presentation slides and a course manual with workshop exercises and sample answers. The materials include case studies and examples covering a range of ERM circumstances and summarizing the real-life solutions that were adopted in each case plus templates for risk policies, risk profiling, risk controls and risk reports.

For full agenda, please email us your detail contact information to rueburn@neo-edge.com. Please indicate subject title “Enterprise Risk Management“.

Event Webpage: http://neo-edge.com/event-line-up/strategic-managment/enterprise-risk-anagement/

Event: CBM & Shale Exploration & Production Technologies, Johannesburg, 23-26 April 2013

CBM 2013

CBM and Shale Exploration and Production Technologies

Managing investment risks and environmental concerns through latest technologies and techniques

23-26 April 2013, Holiday Inn Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa

Overview

The dramatic recent success in developing oil and gas from unconventional reservoirs has caused companies and countries to scramble for information and people who can assist in developing the next great play. Most of the focus is on CBM and Shale. These two resource types share some key technology that is very unique from what is used in developing conventional oil and gas reservoirs. This technology and the methods for identifying commercial potential in shale and in CBM are reviewed during this course.

The course is split into two stand-alone modules, one on CBM and the other on shale, so attendees can choose to learn more about one or both of these exciting development opportunities.

During the past two years the technology for developing gas from unconventional reservoirs have been successfully refined to allow the same developers to extract oil and natural gas liquids. These opportunities are also covered in the shale module.

The primary objective for this four day course is to: outline the key elements of developing unconventional reservoirs, especially those issues that are uncommon to conventional oil and gas development.  The first two days are dedicated to CBM and the final two days focus on Shale Gas, Shale Oil and Tight Oil because these are the reservoirs currently receiving the most attention.

The main course topics include: fundamental geologic definitions and properties, core and log analysis, resource assessment, horizontal drilling, completions for unconventional reservoirs, hydraulic fracture treatment design and analysis, production forecasting and well performance correlations. In addition, the results of several case studies are presented to illustrate how development and evaluation techniques are evolving.

Key Benefits

Participants will leave the course understanding: the key terminology and testing techniques applied to unconventional reservoirs; the information needed for unconventional reservoirs that is rarely mentioned in university or industry training courses; the essential differences between developing an unconventional reservoir and a conventional oil & gas reservoir; the global activities and trends for developing CBM and shale.

For full agenda, please email us your detail contact information to rueburn@neo-edge.com. Please indicate subject title “CBM & Shale Exploration and Production Technologies “.

Event Webpage: http://neo-edge.com/event-line-up/energy-utilities/cbm-and-shale-exploration-and-production-technologies/

Event: Dispute Resolution & Arbitration in the Oil & Gas Industry Workshop, Trinidad & Tobago, 8-10 April 2013

Dispute Resolution & Arbitration 2013

Dispute Resolution and Arbitration in the Oil & Gas Industry Workshop

Hilton Trinidad & Conference Centre, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago

8- 10 April 2013

How to manage contractual and political risk and what to expect when things go wrong

Overview

Lawyers and managers typically focus on how their rights are described in a contract or in a piece of legislation. Little attention is paid to who will decide what is the content of such rights, how that decision will be adopted and whether those rights can be enforced. Contracts and projects related to the oil and gas industry are generally complex in nature, involve large sums of money and are politically sensitive. For that reason, not being prepared for the worst can have very negative consequences. Responsible managers and lawyers should be aware of what carrots and sticks can be put in place in order to minimize the risk of a disruption in the cooperation between the parties to a project and to optimize the effectiveness of relevant rights.

The three day course will cover practical and theoretical issues related to international dispute resolution in the oil and gas industry. The course is designed for lawyers and non lawyers from the private and the public sector who are willing to gain command and a better understanding of the techniques and the legal tools that are increasingly used to manage contractual (i.e. breach of contract) and political risk (nationalizations, forced renegotiations of contracts and regulatory changes).

Why You Should Attend this Master Class

  1. The trainer focuses his practice in international arbitration and investor-state disputes resulting from the application of bilateral investment treaties. He has acted and given advice with regards to disputes before the most relevant arbitral institutions including the ICC, AAA, LCIA, and particularly ICSID. He has been involved in disputes related to Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia, Honduras, El Salvador, Panama, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Hungary, Poland, Iran, Egypt and Spain.
  1. Contracts and projects related to the oil and gas industry are generally complex in nature, involve large sums of money and are politically sensitive. For that reason, not being prepared for the worst can have very negative consequences. Responsible managers and lawyers should be aware of what carrots and sticks can be put in place in order to minimize the risk of a disruption in the cooperation between the parties to a project and to optimize the effectiveness of relevant rights.
  1. The three day course will cover practical and theoretical issues related to international dispute resolution in the oil and gas industry. The course is designed for lawyers and non lawyers from the private and the public sector who are willing to gain command and a better understanding of the techniques and the legal tools that are increasingly used to manage contractual (i.e. breach of contract) and political risk (nationalizations, forced renegotiations of contracts and regulatory changes).

For full agenda, please email us your detail contact information to rueburn@neo-edge.com. Please indicate subject title “Dispute Resolution and Arbitration in the Oil & Gas Industry Workshop”.

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Event: Africa Mining Investment & Development Summit 2013, Ghana, 9-11 July 2013

Africa Mining Investment V3 (740x80)

Africa Mining Investment & Development Summit 2013

Main Conference 10th – 11th July 2013

Pre Conference 9th July 2013

Accra, Ghana

Developing competitive mining regime based on emerging trends, economic equality and technology development

Keynote Speakers

AMIDS Speakers

Overview

As Africa moves forward with their mining development initiatives, global investors are starting to realize the vast potential of this untapped market to greater heights. The resource rich African market are continuously welcoming investors that is keen to unlock and understand the investments and environmental concerns of many African countries.

The Africa Mining Investment & Development Summit 2013 will be held in Accra, Ghana on 9th to 11th July 2013. We will provide insights from various stakeholders, have extensive understanding of the mining and investment potential of Africa, and resolve challenges and barriers that will be encountered along the way. We aim to provide a platform to learn from Africa mining industry’s pioneers and new entrants.

Together with Neoedge’s line of premier conferences, we aim to bring mining industry’s best speakers and delegates. Network with not only the mining and mineral exploration companies but expect to meet regulators, engineering support companies, upstream and downstream mining sector infrastructure development organizations, financial institutions, advisory and consultancy firms.

Make the move towards the next big thing in Africa.

The following key themes will be addressed in depth with Real Examples and Case Studies:

African Market Overview

  • The African Mining Road Map: What has been done and what will be done
  • 3 E’s for policy and regulatory challenges: Explaining, Enhancing and Enforcing
  • Resource nationalism and local content for long term benefits
  • Understanding current legal system and managing through uncertainties
  • Managing taxation complexity and trade barriers

Mining Industry Developments

  • Developing infrastructure and transportation for viable business and society rehabilitation
  • Labour relations and human capital progress in Africa
  • Geological database for ease access to information and enhance productivity
  • Automating mine operations for lesser downtime and better production gains
  • Improving mining logistics for cost efficient and reliable operations
  • Emphasising safety and sustainability in the rising African mining industry

Financial Investment Environment

  • Unlocking the potential of Africa’s mining investment industry
  • Africa’s Mining Financial Trends: Making that “unconventional financing”
  • Surviving volatile commodity price fluctuation for continuous economic growth
  • Financial modelling for mining exploration and production projects
  • Funding new mining investments and expanding existing projects: Opportunities and Challenges

Summit Objectives

  • Understand the current investment situation of major African countries in the mining industry
  • Hear the latest regulatory and policy development straight from government/association representatives
  • Identify the most viable mining frontier markets in the African region
  • Learn the best practices in investing on mining projects direct from the industry experts
  • Maximize the full potential of your mining investments towards profitability
  • Navigate through the fluctuating global commodity market and manage supply and demand trends
  • Benchmark on Africa’s most successful countries in global mining arena
  • Harness the potential of African mining industry through technology development
  • Discuss African region’s development plans from talent development, infrastructure, safety and sustainability
  • Familiarize your self with the legal and taxation regimes

For full agenda, speaking oportunities, sponsorship, exibitions, media partnership, please email us your detail contact information to rueburn@neo-edge.comPlease indicate subject title “Africa Mining Investment & Development Summit 2013”.

Event webpage: http://neo-edge.com/event-line-up/commodities-supply-chain/africa-mining-summit-2013/