MR. MILES: Good morning, everyone. If we could take our seats and get started.
Good morning, everyone. For those who don’t know me, my name is Craig Miles. I’m a partner in the international arbitration practice in King & Spalding here in Houston. On behalf of myself and my co chair, Miguel Nakhle and Juris Conferences, we’d like to welcome all of you to the Sixth Annual Damages in International Arbitration Conference. I’d like to thank Mike Kitzen of Juris for asking me to cochair this conference. It’s been a real pleasure.
We have a number of sponsors to thank, so let me list them. They include Charles River Associates; my own firm, King & Spalding; Skadden Arps; Milbank; Curtis; Compass Lexecon; Crowell & Moring; Dechert; Cornerstone; FTI; KRG; and our media partner, TDM. I would like to thank all of them.
There is the expression that I’m sure many of you have heard that if someone says it’s not about the money, then it’s about the money. What I like about the Juris Damages Conference is that we are unabashedly and unashamedly all about the money. So our venue is Houston, the energy capital of the world, and so our theme today is damages in energy arbitrations. And we have divided the panels, as you have seen, into the key sectors of oil and gas, power, LNG, and renewables.