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Doha, Qatar – 13 May, 2013: Qatar Petroleum, ExxonMobil Qatar Inc., RasGas Company Limited (RasGas), Qatargas Operating Company Limited (Qatargas), and Qatar Petroleum International recently held the fifth International Legal Forum, which was attended by more than 80 lawyers from Qatar’s energy industry. Hosted at RasGas’ West Bay headquarters on May 9, globally renowned legal experts addressed issues, laws, and regulations of relevance to the energy sector.

Opened by Hamad Rashid Al Mohannadi, Chief Executive Officer of RasGas, the forum served as a unique platform through which experts discussed a variety of legal issues. The agenda covered areas such as legal developments in Qatar, drilling and offshore contracts, and arbitration as a forum for dispute resolution, among others. Additionally, the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Center provided the forum with a unique insight into the work of these institutions.

Presentations were made by legal experts from both international and local organizations, such as Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, McNair Chambers, and Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners. In addition, the forum heard from lawyers from ExxonMobil’s Compliance Group, Qatar Petroleum, RasGas and Qatargas.

"As always, Qatar Petroleum is pleased to help facilitate the annual International Legal Forum. Our lawyers have found this platform to be highly informative and extremely useful to them, particularly through the exchange of best practices with other legal professionals and colleagues operating in the energy sector in Qatar," said Ahmed Mohammed Abdulmalik M Al Abdulmalik, Corporate Manager Legal and Board Secretary for Qatar Petroleum.

Dr. Marwan M. A. Musleh, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the RasGas group of companies, expressed his support for this annual event by saying, "RasGas strongly believes in the importance of this forum, and we were delighted to host the event this year at our West Bay headquarters. The forum has many benefits, but first and foremost, it is an ideal channel for the exchange of international industry and legal knowledge among energy lawyers in Qatar, and is particularly useful for our new Qatari hires. Exposing new graduate Qatari lawyers to international expertise as well as providing them with a platform to showcase and develop their own advocacy skills instills confidence, contributes to their understanding of global trends - both in the energy industry and in the law - and stimulates the development of a set of skills critical to a successful legal career. This experience contributes to the development of Quality Human Resources which constitutes one of the four pillars of the Qatar National Vision 2030 under the leadership of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani."

Speaking on ExxonMobil Qatar's involvement in the forum, Anthony Smith, General Counsel for the affiliate, said, "Our efforts in leading the organization of this year's forum underscore our commitment to continuously seek ways to bolster our already strong relationships with our partners in Qatar’s energy industry, including the legal sector. The forum – now in its fifth year – provides a unique opportunity to convene legal experts from Qatar and around the world to discuss challenges and developments in the legal sector."

Albertus Alfridijanta, General Counsel of Qatar Petroleum International, said, "Qatar Petroleum International has an ambitious and robust vision for its business strategies across various locations, and the legal arm of our operations is integral to the future of our investments. The topics covered at this forum have proven to be highly beneficial, touching on issues of mutual interest to all in attendance."

The forum was attended by legal experts from Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Petroleum International, ExxonMobil, RasGas, Qatargas, Tasweeq, Qatar University, Nakilat, ConocoPhillips, Total, and Shell.

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