WATER STREET PARTNERS recently hosted its tenth annual Roundtable on JV Portfolio Governance for natural resource companies. Twenty industry executives, representing the oil and gas, mining, and chemicals sectors and collectively accountable for governing more than 700 non-operated ventures, gathered in Brown’s Hotel in London for this year’s installment to discuss what an approach to portfolio governance looks like today/
Four main topics were on the agenda:
1) Non-Operated Portfolio Governance Excellence: How much progress have natural resource companies made in recent years in putting in place the core practices to govern their portfolio of non-operated ventures?
2) New Deal and Industry Trends, and Impact on Governance: What types of new ventures and forces are natural resource companies seeing, and how are these impacting the requirements of governing non-operated portfolios?
3) Stock Market Announcement Effects: What types of venture announcements materially impact the share price of large natural resource companies, and what might companies do to better shape the narrative to investors?
4) Corporate Social Responsibility Pressures on Non-Operated JVs: What impact are various external groups, from the Environmental Defense Fund to Transparency International, having?