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David Rassin
Senior Counsel
Patterson-UTI

David Rassin is Senior Counsel - International and Director of Ethics and Compliance at Patterson-UTI Energy, Inc. in Houston, TX.  He works closely with the Company’s international operations and business development staff and directs Patterson-UTI’s Global Anticorruption Program.  Prior to joining Patterson-UTI, David held positions as an anticorruption and compliance attorney at KBR and at CB&I (now McDermott).  He started his legal career at a law firm in Houston, Texas practicing commercial law and litigation.  He is a graduate of Tulane Law School and the University of Calgary.  When not working, David can be found at home, cleaning up after his dogs.

Kyle Isakower
VP Regulatory & Economic Policy
American Petroleum Institute

Kyle Isakower serves as vice president for Regulatory and Economic Policy at the American development of economic analyses pertaining to public policies affecting the oil and natural gas industry. He also oversees API programs that review proposed environmental rules and energy regulations, the development of industry standards for use domestically and abroad, and the creation of statistical products covering the industry and markets. Mr. Isakower possesses 30 years of energy and environmental policy experience including work in consulting and government positions. In addition to his current areas of expertise, in his 21 years with API he has overseen API's climate policy development, and served as an advocate on behalf of the oil and natural gas sector regarding waste management and remediation, ambient air quality standards and air toxics issues. Mr. Isakower holds a master’s degree in earth science from Adelphi University and a bachelor’s degree in biology-geology from the University of Rochester.

Jay Martin
Associate General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
Baker Hughes

JAY G. MARTIN is the Associate General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Baker Hughes, a GE Company (“BHGE”). Prior to joining BHGE, Mr. Martin was a Shareholder at Winstead Sechrest & Minick P.C., a Partner at Phelps Dunbar and Andrews & Kurth, and the Assistant General Counsel of Mobil Oil Corporation’s Worldwide Exploration and Production Division in Fairfax, Virginia.  Mr. Martin has also served as General Counsel of Mobil Natural Gas, Inc. in Houston, Texas.  Mr. Martin holds JD, MPA and BBA degrees from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. While in private practice, Mr. Martin was engaged in a wide variety of domestic and international energy transactions, and regulatory matters for natural gas exploration and producing companies, oil field service companies, marketers, pipelines and refiners. Mr. Martin’s practice involved such diverse matters as participating in generic federal and state restructuring proceedings in the natural gas and electric industries, drafting virtually every type of domestic and international oil and gas agreement, working on mergers and acquisitions, asset acquisitions and divestitures, handling a significant number of energy lending transactions including but not limited to mezzanine and conventional production based financing's and work-out situations, and advising clients on a wide variety of natural gas marketing and processing matters.  Mr. Martin also regularly handled problems for clients arising under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the U.S. Economic Sanctions Laws and Arab Boycott Regulation. In addition, Mr. Martin developed broad experience in crisis management, designed corporate compliance programs for clients, and conducted many types of internal investigations for clients.  

Sergio Leal
Compliance Officer
Bilfinger North America

Sergio V. Leal is the Compliance Officer for Bilfinger North America where he serves as Chief Compliance Officer of four separate group companies. Mr. Leal works on issues related to Bilfinger's Extended Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice and associated monitorship. In his role, Mr. Leal oversees internal investigations, anti-corruption and antitrust matters, data privacy, and Code of Conduct enforcement. Prior to Bilfinger, Mr. Leal served as Chief Compliance Officer of Layne Christensen Company where he successfully obtained a full release from the company’s FCPA settlement obligations under its agreement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Prior to moving in-house, Mr. Leal began his legal career as a litigator with Baker Botts L.L.P. He received his J.D. from Columbia Law School and his B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin.

Ryan Rabalais
VP & Chief Compliance Officer
Rowan Companies

Ryan Rabalais is the VP & Chief Compliance Officer of Rowan Companies, an international offshore drilling contractor. In this capacity he is responsible for the company’s Compliance program, principally dealing with anti-corruption efforts, internal investigations and ensuring sound international business practices. Ryan has spent his career working as a lawyer in the oilfield for publicly traded companies with international operations, primarily in roles of legal compliance and supporting operations. Before Rowan Companies, he was the Chief Compliance Officer of Paragon Offshore and prior to that he worked for Noble Drilling, BHP Billiton and Baker Hughes. As a lawyer, Ryan has primarily worked in Houston, TX but also held positions in Caracas, Venezuela and Perth, Australia. After serving four years in the US Marine Corps, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M and a law degree from the University of Houston.  

Robert Brown
Data Privacy & Compliance Counsel
Halliburton

Robert Brown is Data Privacy and Compliance Counsel at Halliburton Energy Services, Inc., where he manages the company’s global data privacy program and advises on all matters related to data protection and regulatory compliance.  Robert is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US).  Prior to joining Halliburton, Robert served as Legal Counsel at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.  He started his legal career as an associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York, NY.  He received both his undergraduate degree and his law degree from The University of Texas at Austin.

Kartapurkh S. Khalsa
Senior Counsel & Director of Customs Compliance
National Oilwell Varco

Kartapurkh S. Khalsa is Senior Counsel & Director of Customs Compliance for National Oilwell Varco ("NOV"). He is responsible for the creation and implementation of policies related to NOV’s global customs compliance program. Mr. Khalsa has developed a wide-ranging customs compliance program, including the creation and implementation of policy controls regarding classification, valuation, use of special preference programs, and controls surrounding anti-dumping/countervailing duties. This program has helped NOV alleviate penalties and properly manage compliance related risks around the world.  Mr. Khalsa is NOV’s primary point of contact with U.S. Customs & Border Protection (“CBP”) and oversees the company’s responses to CBP audits. He is also responsible for the review and approval of NOV communications with CBP, including all prior disclosures, responses to requests for information and notices of action. Mr. Khalsa’s team also manages all NOV responses to inquiries from non-U.S. Customs officials and provides on-site compliance training to NOV operations around the world. National Oilwell Varco (NYSE: NOV) is a leading provider of technology, equipment, and services to the global oil and gas industry that supports customers’ full-field drilling, completion, and production needs. Since 1862, NOV has pioneered innovations that improve the cost-effectiveness, efficiency, safety, and environmental impact of oil and gas operations. NOV powers the industry that powers the world.

Kevin Colby
General Counsel
GOWell International

Mr. Colby is currently General Counsel for GOWell International, LLC, a wireline technology company in the Oil & Gas Industry in Houston.  He began his career as lawyer in New York City in preeminent firms such as Paul Weiss and the former Dewey Ballantine.  After moving to Houston, Mr. Colby worked at Fulbright & Jaworski and with such companies as HCC Insurance Holdings, Worley Parsons and Parker Drilling. His experience ranges from domestic and international corporate and commercial transactions, compliance issues, including FCPA matters, Intellectual Property, international M&A, structured finance and corporate governance. Mr. Colby is originally from Brazil and speaks fluently English, Portuguese and Spanish.  He has traveled for business to Brazil, UAE, Mexico, Argentina, Canada, Venezuela and China and has negotiated transactions in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Mr. Colby is a graduate a Fordham Law School and is admitted in New York and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.  He is also a FINRA arbitrator and has been a speaker at several seminars such as at “Presidential Executive Orders and International Sanctions: Guidance for Navigating Treacherous Waters”,  “A New Country Risk Assessment: A Compliance Officers Guide to New Market Entry in the Oil & Gas Sector” and the “First Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Mock Trial Institute in Houston – 2016”.  Mr. Colby also published an article titled “Brazil and the MST: Land Reform and Human Rights,” The New York International Law Review, Summer 2003 (16 N.Y. Int’l L. Rev. 1).