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Starting the Outlook 2020 debate

White & Case and Petroleum Economist celebrate publication release

Petroleum Economist announced the launch of Outlook 2020—a forward-looking publication examining the key themes projected to impact energy markets over the course of the next 12 months—at the offices of Outlook partner, international law firm White & Case, on Thursday.

Philip Stopford, partner and global co-head of White & Case, delivered the welcome address before a panel of industry experts assembled to discuss the future role of gas and the increasing significance of the energy transition.

The first panel was moderated by White & Case’s environmental counsel Tallat Hussain, who was joined by Charlotte Wolff-Bye, vice-president sustainability at Norway’s Equinor; Chantal Beck, partner at consultancy McKinsey, Martin McAspurn-Lohman, managing director and head of oil & gas and utilities at bank Santander; and Graham Bennett, vice president of consultancy DNV GL.

Peter Ramsay, editor-in-chief of Petroleum Economist, then led a second panel of expert commentators as they debated oil demand, the prospects for the crude price and the impact of IMO 2020. The discussion included Richard Cavilli, managing director and head of energy & commodity structured finance at bank Wells Fargo; and two Outlook contributors—Joseph Gatdula, head of oil & gas analysis at consultancy Fitch Solutions; and Steve Jones, founding director of consultancy Energex Partners.

The audience, which included representatives from a number of other firms that contributed to Outlook, enthusiastically joined both debates, with probing questions and engaging insights from the floor  

Paul Griffin, senior advisor and counsel at White & Case, delivered a vote of thanks to all participants before attendees reconvened for further networking.

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