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Gaston Bilder

General Counsel

Effective General Counsel: corporate management and legal department management.

  • Successful project development in EMEA. Experience as energy company director.
  • Expert negotiator. Leader of M&A and multi-jurisdictional divestiture transactions.
  • Risk identification: design and implementation of legal compliance systems.
  • KM / cost reduction: implemented TQM service and contract excellence initiatives.
  • Effective General Counsel: corporate management and legal department management.
  • Successful project development in EMEA. Experience as energy company director.
  • Expert negotiator. Leader of M&A and multi-jurisdictional divestiture transactions.
  • Risk identification: design and implementation of legal compliance systems.
  • KM / cost reduction: implemented TQM service and contract excellence initiatives.

Experience

TOTAL SA – E&P / G&P         PARIS, FRANCE                      

Present-2011 Senior Legal Counsel. 

  • Within 6 months concluded the negotiation of 5 SPAs for sale of 8.4mtpa of LNG by Ichthys LNG.

Business Development / LNG facilities construction projects: negotiation and drafting of contracts.

Negotiation/drafting of LNG Terms Sheets, MOU for long term contracts

Negotiation/drafting of Master Sales & Purchase Agreements, Feed Gas SPAs, GTAs, ancillary contracts.

Shipping : negotiation/drafting of construction / acquisition, charter agreements related to LNG vessels

ALSTOM POWER – THERMAL SYSTEMS          BADEN, SWITZERLAND                       

2011-2008 Senior Legal Counsel EMEA. 

  • Negotiated and executed in one week an EPC worth €340m for a 400MW plant.
  • Supported management and obtained a change order in a project in Brazil worth €11m plus time.

Support managers in the identification and avoidance of legal risks: tendering, sales and contract strategies and solutions.

Legal advice to Sales & Tendering, Project Execution, Construction and Sourcing regarding all contractual and legal aspects of the business.

Negotiation and drafting of JVs; consortia, EPC, EPCM, FEED, engineering consulting, reservation and exclusivity contracts, sub-contracts for civil works / M&E, O&M for power plants in Latin America, Iberia, Middle East, North Africa and CIS.

EMPRESA PETROLERA CHACO SA             SANTA CRUZ, BOLIVIA

2008-2002 General Counsel. Head of Community Relationships.

  • Added U$ 600m to Chaco’s NPV, through “mandatory renegotiation” of 23 shared risk agreements.
  • Collaborated in the preparation and quantification of international arbitration case for breach of BIT.
  • Negotiated US$ 30m loan from the International Finance Corporation for petro-chemical project.

Management of the legal department, consisting of seven employees: reduced G&A expenses per BOE from .017c to .005c, sustained customer satisfaction levels over 75%.

Acquired Bolivia’s most efficient power plant through a Panamanian SPV, resulting in U$ 7m in net income from the acceleration of tax credits. Negotiated new O&M agreements, saving U$500k. Acted as GC for the power plant.

Drafted and implemented group’s tendering and contracting handbook. Supervised contracting of services approx. US$ 80m. per year (directional drilling, cement, electric wireline logging, well control, seismic, etc) .

Defended claims over U$ 280m. Oversaw 45+ administrative, tax, customs and antitrust proceedings.

Led creation and implementation of legal real-time compliance system, including software development.

Entered into local development alliances with rural and indigenous communities. Supervision of four employees. Negotiated land acquisition / social development with rural indigenous leaders. Created a community relationships management system assessed by the IFC.

Co-Founded Junior Achievement Bolivia and taught “The Company” program. Drafted Chaco’s first Social Report. Joined the Global Compact as first Bolivian company to adopt it. Lectured on sustainable development and entrepreneurship in Beijing, Cancun, Buenos Aires and several Bolivian cities.

Previous Employment

ALFARO-NAVARRO (Law Firm)                 NEW YORK, USA / BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
Senior Attorney. M&A – Project Finance

PEREZ COMPANC S.A.  (now PETROBRAS ENERGIA SA)   BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
Attorney. Corporate Legal Department. Oil and Gas Division

BAKER & McKENZIE: Associate Attorney. International Banking and Finance Group.

MACIEL, NORMAN & ASOCIADOS (Law Firm): Associate Attorney. Energy Law Department.

Education

2000-1998 FLETCHER SCHOOL, TUFTS UNIVERSITY            MEDFORD, MA, USA
M.A. in Law and Diplomacy. Courses at M.I.T. (Sloan School) “M&A”. Harvard University (H.B.S.): “Capital Markets”, “Corporate Finance”, “Managing International Trade and Investments” and “Operations Strategy”. Fields: Int. Business Relations (Corporate and Int. Finance) and Int. Business and Economic Law.

1995-1988     UNIVERSITY OF BUENOS AIRES                            BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

Certified Translator in English Language degree. Admitted to the Bar of the City of Buenos Aires.

1993-1987     UNIVERSITY OF BUENOS AIRES                           BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

Attorney (J.D.) degree. Top 10% of class. Admitted to the Bars of the City and Province of Buenos Aires.

Personal    

Native Spanish speaker. Fluent in French, English, Portuguese (able to negotiate and draft legal documents and discuss legal issues with counsel, in each language). Working knowledge of Russian

Board of Directors Membership and Awards

Secretary and Director of the Board of Compañía Central Eléctrica Bulo Bulo SA (2008-2005)

Secretary and Director of the Board of CEDES-Bolivia (local chapter of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development) (2008-2003)

Top In-House Counsel – Latin Lawyer magazine 2009-10

Top In-House Counsel – Latin Lawyer magazine 2006