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Dra. Filipa Santos

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Filipa Santos
Deputy General Director, Prodoil
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Biography

I graduated in Law by the Law School of the Lisbon University (Faculdade de Direito da Universide de Lisboa) in 2005. In the same year I’ve joined “Costa Basto, Jorge Fernandes, Veríssimo e Associados” (a Portuguese boutique firm) as a trainee. In early 2008 I completed my internship and was admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association as a lawyer. Still in 2008, I moved to “Barrocas Sarmento Neves – Sociedade de Advogados”, at the time one of the main and most reputable Portuguese law firm, in which - and for almost three years - I have been involved in assisting national and international players from a wide range of sectors and industries, in areas such as corporate, commercial – including international contracts -, labor and litigation.

I started my international experience in 2010, by joining AVM – Advogados e Consultores, an Angolan based law firm with a consolidated presence and reputation in several countries, including in Portugal and Mozambique. During my collaboration with AVM, I conducted several long-term assignments to both Angola and Mozambique, highlighting the secondment for about 2 years in Angola with the aim of assisting and acting for the Angolan Ministry of Finance in the various ongoing tax litigation, which allowed me a very thorough knowledge of the fiscal machine in Angola. Also during my experience at AVM I had the chance to assist a significant number of players in the Oil & Gas sector in corporate, project finance, private investment and tendering matters.

In 2012 I moved to Prodiaman Oil Services - an Angolan company involved in all aspects of the oil and gas business and related support services serving the oil industry -, as legal manager, thus initiating my first experience as in-house counsel. My role as Legal Manager included liaising and negotiating a wide variety of matters and contracts, inter alia with the Ministry of Petroleum (MINPET), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX), Ministry of Labor (MAPTESS), banks and other financial institutions, as well as trade union/ employees’ representative bodies and all other relevant authorities and entrepreneurs in the oil sector in Angola. Simultaneously, from 2012 through 2014 I worked for the U.S. Angola Chamber of Commerce, liaising with different ministries, institutions and companies aimed at promoting trade between Angola and United States, including preparation of trade missions and events, meetings with the Angolan Government, the National Concessionaire (Sonangol), Embassies; potential entrepreneurs, etc., highlighting the work done with stock exchange in the US.

In 2015, I finally joined Technip in Angola as Country Legal and Compliance Manager. My role included, inter alia, the responsibility of actively support and advice Technip Management in Angola and Board of Directors on all legal matters including Labor, Corporate, Investment, Contractual, Ethics and Compliance issues; implement Technip Group Legal Policy into regional and/or local working processes for all Technip entities in Angola; coordinate Technip Group investment in country with all local authorities ensuring strict compliance with legal framework; and participate actively in the implementation of entity business plan liaising with Ministry of Petroleum, Trade Unions and labor ministry to implement collective dismissal. In April 2017, I was assigned to the role of Senior Legal Counsel and Compliance Officer Europe – Africa – at TechnipFMC France, to inter alia support the Regional Compliance Counsel in the development, implementation and revision, as necessary, of Compliance Programs for Europe-Africa Region, and Company tools, compliance standards, policies and procedures, as well as implementing and supporting day-to-day operation of appropriate regulatory policies and procedures required to ensure that all regulatory requirements relevant are met. In March 2018, I was appointed as Legal Operations Africa and Compliance Officer at TechnipFMC and as from December 2018 until today I have been performing the role of Legal Operations Manager for Africa and Compliance Counsel Africa of TechnipFMC, which includes managing legal operations in African countries (Angola, Mozambique, Ghana, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Senegal, Egypt, Tunisia, South Africa and Gabon); setting up legal strategies for operations and establishment; managing legal claims and litigation; ensuring adherence to legal procedures and standards by African country managers and African operations; dealing and negotiating with Local Partners; support to the Regional Compliance Counsel in the development, implementation and revision, as necessary, of Compliance Programs for Europe-Africa Region, and Company tools, compliance standards, policies and procedures, as well as implementing and supporting day-to-day operation of appropriate regulatory policies and procedures required to ensure that all regulatory requirements relevant are met.

Throughout the years, I have developed the vital knowledge to handle every aspect of a project or transaction in the upstream sector and allows me to understand the unique set of legal, operational and practical issues arising in the full cycle of oil and gas development particularly in Angola. More importantly, it reflects the ability to work with multiple geographies, cultures, languages and national and local governments. Finally, the above experience allowed me to understand and to know the operating model of Angolan authorities, IOC’s, National Concessionaire and Local Partners.

Since May 2020, I have been appointed Country Manager for TechnipFMC Group in Angola and my primarily role is to oversee the operations of the Group in country, developing new business and establish a continuous and collaborative relationship with local authorities and local partners.

Appearances

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Session

Women continue to be the most affected by lack of access to energy and are under-represented in energy value chains.