Bringing together leading international underwriters, claims adjusters, insureds, brokers and other service providers involved in claims arising from activities which are commonly referred to as offshore energy risks (which extend to related onshore activities and include well and drilling operations irrespective of location) this 3-day event includes presentations, activities and networking. The Conference is a non-commercial undertaking organised by a Committee drawn from professionals with extensive experience of energy claims.
Since its modest beginning in 1996 as a forum for informal discussions between leading energy insurers and their loss adjusters, the annual Lillehammer Energy Claims Conference has grown to encompass representatives from global oil & gas companies, claims brokers and certain specialist service providers.
The conference is the leading international gathering of underwriters, claims adjusters, insureds, brokers and other service providers involved in claims arising from activities which are commonly referred to as offshore energy risks (which extend to related onshore activities and include well and drilling operations irrespective of location).
For over five years the conference has attracted capacity attendances - some 345 delegates in 2015 for the 20th Anniversary Conference. In recent years participants from America, Angola, Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Denmark, Dubai, France, Germany, Indonesia, Jordan, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K., Venezuela, Vietnam and elsewhere, have clearly justify the conference’s claim to be the premier international energy claims forum.
Attendance at the Conference is, in general, restricted to representatives of underwriters, claims adjusters, insureds, claims brokers and other service providers directly involved in claims arising from offshore energy risks.
The Conference is not open to members of the legal professions although the Committee will usually issue a very limited number of specific invitations to lawyers closely involved with subjects under discussion. To encourage an atmosphere of open debate and participation, opinions expressed at the event are considered personal to the speakers and members of the media are excluded.
Delegates are always encouraged though Q&A and commentary sessions to play an active part in the Conferences’ interactive programmes.
Dr. Marie Bysveen (53) holds a PhD in Marine/Mechanical engineering from NTNU/INRIA (France) and a Master Degree (Siv.Ing) from NTH in 1992 in Mechanical Engineering. The PhD was carried in close collaboration with Statoil, using 3D Imaging techniques developed in collaboration with - and at - INRIA (Institute National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique), Sophia Antipolis in France.
Bysveen has 4 years experience as a post doc research fellow at NTNU in the field of environmental energy and transport technologies. Dr. Bysveen has also several years of experience from the oil & gas business (Kværner Oil and Gas) and from energy consultancy (Techno Consult) in Oslo.
Since 2006 she has been working at SINTEF Energy Research, where she has been involved in a wide range of energy research, especially focusing on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), Bioenergy, Oil&Gas – and Smart Cities and Communities (SCC). This is both on a national and European level, with the European focus being targeted on increasing the success rate in H2020.
In SINTEF, dr. Bysveen has been acting as Research Manager, Research Director, Executive Vice President, Vice President Research, Senior Researcher and now Chief Market developer at SINTEF Energy.
She has been a member of the highest-level Advisory Group for Energy (AGE), invited by the European Commission to give advice on the field of Energy research priorities. She is the coordinator of the EERA Joint Programme on CCS since several years. She has been the coordinator of large R&D projects within the field of CCS, and centre director of the national Centre of Excellence FME Cenbio. She is also at the CLIMIT Program Board, appointed by OED and in charge of CO2 capture in the SET Plan Action 9 on CCUS. Bysveen is appointed a member of the FME NCCS Special Advisory Board. Dr. Bysveen is also a board member of NTNU Energy Transition (NETI).
Michael Stephenson is an Associate Director in RCG’s London office. He has substantial experience in the wind industry, both onshore and offshore and has worked across multiple stages of the project life cycle, including research and development, planning, and construction.
Mr Stephenson is a certified project manager with a proven track record of managing real-world projects. He has an in-depth knowledge of multiple facets of onshore and offshore wind, with a unique skill set acquired from experience across multiple stages of project development working both as client and consultant.
Operating across the wind sector, Mr Stephenson has worked for both commercial consultancies as well as major energy utilities. He has experience delivering environmental impact assessments (EIAs) for some of the world’s largest offshore wind farms and a successful track record in delivering buildable and bankable consents. Mr Stephenson also has experience working as owner’s engineer for the construction of onshore wind farms, managing the interfaces between the turbine and balance of plant contractors, and ensuring the successful delivery of the project to time, budget and safely. Mr Stephenson has a deep technical understanding of offshore wind through management of research and development (R&D) studies related to offshore wind technology both desk-based and in the field. He has also utilised this understanding to provide public and private entities with new market intelligence, including helping design their own R&D and innovation programmes to accelerate cost reduction in offshore wind.
Mr Stephenson is qualified in renewable energy, with additional qualifications in project management.
His energy experience covers small independent Offshore Operators to the largest multinational and integrated Oil Companies in the world. His responsibility includes strategic design and structuring of complex programmes, including all facets of the Energy portfolio, and the execution/delivery within the global insurance markets.
Professor Silke Goldberg MA FRSA is an energy and infrastructure partner at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. Silke chairs the HSF ESG practice. She is a lawyer qualified in Germany, England and Wales and France and has extensive experience of advising on climate change, power and gas matters internationally across the entire value chain of the energy sector. She is a professor of energy law with Queen Mary University and has given evidence to parliamentary enquiries on energy market designs and Brexit in the UK and gas market development in the Philippines.
Elise Johansen is a Specialist Counsel at Wikborg Rein's Oslo office and heads the firm's Sustainability, Climate and Ocean group. She is also a Professor of law and a part time senior researcher at the Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea. Johansen's field of expertise is international and national climate- and environmental law and the law of the sea, focusing especially on the interaction between climate law, sustainability goals and the law of the sea. Her field of expertise encompasses the development of sustainability law, including the legal development within the EU based on its Green Deal policy.
Daniel leads Miller’s North American onshore energy team and is responsible for liaising with clients and negotiating and placing energy property risks into London and international markets.Specialising in both construction and operation risks for midstream & downstream, power utility & renewable energy sectors, he has extensive international experience built up over a 16 year insurance career that he utilises to service his principal focus of American, Canadian and Mexican produced business. Daniel joined Miller in 2012 from an energy specialist broker where he was an equity partner and head of power & renewables. Daniel holds a degree with honours from the University of Leeds and a Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Insurance. He also holds a Divemaster scuba diving qualification and ski instructor qualification; but these days his spare time is mostly taken up by his four daughters.
Vijay started his career in the Oil and Gas Industry 27 years ago, working in India, the Middle East and the UK in various positions for consultancy and operator organisations. He has expertise on onshore and offshore pipelines, covering Asset Integrity Management, Risk-based Inspection, external and internal inspection, Operational support, Governance and assurances, Regulation compliance, Fitness for Service, life extension and decommissioning. His role also includes providing support to legal/commercial colleagues in the identification of risks and demonstration of integrity status on the asset, as well as third party proximity activities to determine the indemnities and liabilities aspects. Vijay is always inclined to trust innovative thinking and deliver techno-commercial solutions for effective management of assets without compromising on safety.
Trevor works as Survey Technical Authority for UTEC Survey – part of the Acteon subsea services group. His main focus is autonomous vehicles, development of automation and implementation of remote services. Based in Aberdeen, Trevor also leads UTEC’s Knowledge Transfer amongst personnel based in their Houston, Perth, Abu Dhabi and Singapore offices.
He joined UTEC in 2017 after working at Fugro and Technip since the early ‘80’s in offshore survey and subsea construction following a degree in Geology and Geophysics at Imperial College, London
She advises oil companies and JV partners on disputes under plans of development for offshore fields, JV agreements and production sharing agreements and has extensive experience of drilling / rig contract disputes, including acting for Tullow Ghana Limited, as operator, in one of the most recent force majeure disputes decided by the English commercial court in an oil and gas context (Seadrill Ghana Operations Ltd v. Tullow Ghana Ltd  EWHC 1640 (Comm)). She also has significant experience of contracts for the design, construction and use of rigs, drillships, FPSOs, FSRUs and offshore service vessels and equipment, as well as other commercial ships yachts. She has acted in a large number of arbitrations relating to these contracts.
Andreas is a lawyer specialised in Maritime and International law and his professional focus has always been towards environmental and casualty related claims. As Head of Environmental Claims in Gard, he is responsible for the handling of pollution, environmental salvage and wreck removal claims in Gard globally as well as Gard’s Global Crisis Management System. Andreas is responsible for the ongoing implementation of ESG goals in Gard’s global claims operation.
Jan-Hugo, born 1959, grew up in a family of fishermen and seafarers in the Norwegian Arctic, just north of the 70° parallel, north of the town of Tromsoe. After junior college and military service Jan-Hugo started his insurance career as a marine underwriter in October 1979. He moved to offshore energy claims in February 1986, all the time with Gard and its predecessors. He graduated from the Norwegian Shipping Academy (Marine Insurance Candidate) in 1986 and became a Chartered Insurer and Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute, London, in 1991. He is the founder of the Lillehammer Energy Claims Conference (1996) and has been chairing its organising committee for all conferences except one. Jan-Hugo was a member of the Offshore Energy Committee of the International Union of Marine Insurers (IUMI) from 2008 to 2018 and was elected as a Vice Chairman on the IUMI Executive Committee from 2018. He has served as a board member of CEFOR - The Nordic Association of Marine Insurers from 2011 to 2014. Jan-Hugo is a Vice President and the Head of Offshore Energy Claims at Gard.
Simon has extensive experience in energy and marine insurance disputes, and his practice also includes a deep experience of construction all-risks, professional indemnity, reinsurance, political risks and general coverage disputes. He regularly advises London and international insurers in relation to complex claims in the energy insurance sector, and assists with the drafting of policy wordings. Simon is also part of Clyde & Co’s oil & gas team. Simon is recognised by Legal 500 as a leading individual for insurance and reinsurance litigation.
Tormod is the Head of Marine and Energy Claims Practice Nordic Region of Marsh, a position he has held for the last 5 years. In 2015 he was also appointed as the Energy Practice Leader for the Nordic Region of Marsh. Tormod started his insurance career in 1983 in the Oslo division of Norwegian Hull Club whilst still studying. In 1985 he joined UNI Forsikring where he became department manager for Marine Claims. Tormod moved to insurance broker Aon Grieg as head of Marine & Energy Claims in 1989, a position he held for almost 23 years. During his career Tormod has handled complex claims in the global energy insurance market, including onshore and offshore losses, complex contractor claims such as total loss of drilling rigs, particular average, control of well and business interruption claims.
Kevin has been a member of the Lillehammer conference organising committee since 2001.
Paul joined the Lloyds Claims Office in 1982 and worked there for 22 years before leaving to join Watkins Syndicate as Claims Manager, in which capacity he still works today. A regular speaker at Lillehammer, Houston Mariners and numerous other forums, Paul has been involved in most of the large energy claims in the market, either as leader or as a claims agreement party, and continues to do so today. He has been involved in many difficult negotiations and mediations, some of which has led to litigation along the way but fortunately not too often.
Paul became a member of the Lillehammer Conference Organising Committee in 2014.
Lisa has worked in the insurance industry for 20 years and holds a Higher Diploma in Secretarial and Administrative Procedures, a Diploma in Business Administration, and is CIPD qualified.
Having worked as a personal assistant for companies including Marsh, Wellington and Catlin Underwriting until 2008, Lisa then joined Braemar in 2009 as the Office Manager, following an around the world trip. Her adaptability, communication and organisational skills along with her experience and knowledge are what have led her to become the Group Operations & HR Director for AqualisBraemar.
Lisa is also secretary to the Lillehammer Conference Organising Committee since 2011.
Chris is a Director with Charles Taylor Adjusting in its Energy claims division where since early 2008 he has enjoyed working on a broad range of energy claims involving fixed and floating offshore facilities, including a number of high profile losses. Chris has an interest and expertise in the construction/conversion and operation of FPSOs. He began his career as a ship surveyor with Classification Society Lloyd’s Register, following a short period with oil company Amerada Hess as part of a team delivering the conversion of the FPSO Triton. Having gained considerable experience with ship construction and marine engineering practices, he eventually transferred to Lloyd’s Register’s Research and Development Department where he worked on the development of technical standards and marine rules for engineering systems. Chris is a Chartered Engineer, a member of the Institute of Marine Engineers, and also a member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.
Chris has been a member of the Lillehammer Conference Organising Committee since 2014.
Rosalia started her insurance career in 2003 at Xchanging Claims Services, dealing with Offshore Claims. In 2007 she joined Marsh as a Client Executive, being the client focal point for major Oil and Gas clients and participating in tenders, programme structure, marketing and day to servicing. During this time Rosalia was seconded twice to the organisation of Maersk Oil and Gas in Copenhagen, assisting with insurance and claims management.
In 2012, Rosalia joined DONG Energy as Risk Manager, in charge of risk and insurance for DONG E&P for all operational and construction activities in Denmark, Norway and the UK. Her responsibilities included insurance and claims management, contract risk management in respect of liability, indemnity and insurance, commercial agreements, partner relations, stakeholder handling (Insurers, Brokers, Loss Adjusters, Government Entities, Lawyers) and total cost of risk.
Following the acquisition of DONG E&P by INEOS, Rosalia transferred to the company as Risk and Insurance Manager for Oil & Gas.
She holds a Masters in International Logistics.
Spencer is a Director of Lloyd Warwick Middle East, based in Abu Dhabi. He is a Chartered Engineer and also holds a Master’s degree in Insurance and Risk Management. Having over 23 years international engineering, power, marine and energy experience, Spencer has been involved with many large losses.
Throughout his career Spencer has handled a wide variety of claims, including up/downstream energy, petrochemical, heavy engineering, pressure vessels, power production, offshore energy sectors including MOUs, FPSOs and drilling systems, machinery systems, specialist subsea equipment, shipping, yachts, ports and terminals, ship repairer’s liability and renewable energy.
Initially working for Lloyd’s Register of Shipping Classification Society Spencer spent several years working overseas carrying out hull and machinery, offshore fabrications, vessel in-service and new construction surveys, and worked in London and Copenhagen carrying out structural engineering design work.
From 2001 he joined a specialist international loss adjusting firm and has been involved with complex insurance claims, technical surveys, forensic engineering and root cause investigations. Spencer has also provided litigation support and expert related work in UK, Europe, USA and South Asia. He has lectured on marine and energy subjects including FLNG, FPSOs, MOUs, subsea equipment and claims handling around the world. In 2015 he became a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights.
Alex is a partner in the insurance and reinsurance disputes group in the London office of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP with a focus on acting for corporate policyholders. Alex specialises in all aspects of insurance claims and associated coverage advice in the energy insurance sector and has represented owners and contractors on major construction and operational losses, both onshore and offshore. He also handles a broad range of commercial disputes. Alex leads the ADR practice within the firm’s disputes division and is a CEDR Accredited Mediator. He is a solicitor advocate (Higher Courts Civil Proceedings).
Trond joined Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office in 1984 and became a partner in 1990. He heads the firm’s Energy Shipping and Offshore practice. His main areas of practice are matters relating to shipping and maritime law, insurance law and contract law. He has extensive transaction experience as well as litigation experience before the Norwegian courts and in arbitration proceedings. Trond is admitted to the Norwegian Supreme Court.
Jason leads the Marine & Energy claim teams at Miller. Over his career Jason has successfully handled some of the insurance markets largest energy claims and has experienced most types of losses that the energy industry can produce.
Jason is a member of the energy senior management team and a member of marine claims sub-committee at the London and International Insurance Brokers Association (LIIBA).
Away from work, Jason is a keen runner and is a member of the Lloyd’s running club.
Rodney acquired a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1997. He spent the next several years with an international oilfield service provider working as a Trainee Engineer and Field Representative in drilling and production operations in Dubai and Venezuela.
Thereafter, Rodney started his career as a licensed insurance loss adjuster specializing in claims unique to the oil and gas industry and has worked for various energy loss adjusting firms throughout the years primarily in Houston, Texas, with one posting in London, England. His claims experience includes control of well, rig physical damage, downhole tools, pollution remediation, processing plants and refineries, general liability, pipelines, and business interruption/loss of production income.
The claims Rodney has been involved with span the globe and range in quantum from hundreds of thousands to hundreds of millions of dollars. Rodney has also spoken at various seminars and training courses and routinely given presentations about industry trends.