Andrew Galbreath ’98 VP and Corporate General Counsel for the IPR Group of Companies
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Posted by: Max Rodriguez
We recently caught up with Andrew Galbreath ’98 who did not attend the recent 2012 Alumni Reunion, but sent his regrets from Cairo. Andrew is currently a Vice President and Corporate General Counsel for the IPR Group of Companies, an independent international petroleum company engaged in exploration, production and services. He joined IPR in 2010 after a successful and rewarding 8-year stint as a partner at Schott Law Associates, LLP.
As counsel and part of the executive team of a growing E&P company, Andrew’s responsibilities are varied and wide ranging; from managing litigation to negotiating petroleum exploration and production contracts with host governments; from holding governments and partners accountable for entitlements and obligations under petroleum and operating contracts to handling internal investigations; from negotiating the first major investment in the energy sector post revolution Egypt (USD 50MM facility) to developing new organizational structures, professional competencies, and corporate policies. Andrew has a network of specialized outside counsel to provide support depending on the situation.
Andrew Galbreath, '98, Corporate General Counsel for IPR Group of Companies
IPR has operations globally including the USA, Egypt (Western Desert and Gulf of Suez), and Pakistan.Andrew presently splits his time between Irving, TX at IPR headquarters and Cairo, where IPR has two operational offices, and gets back to Upperville, VA in between, where he and his wife have a home. As part of the deal team, he travels frequently to negotiate divestitures and acquisitions. He just finished a trip to the UK to meet with prospective partners and investors, and is now in Cairo for three weeks attending to some compliance matters, possible acquisitions, government relations issues, and employment-related matters.
Andrew says, "No two days are alike and it is the fastest 10-hour day (15-hour+ days in Cairo) I have had in my career. I don't see too much of a court room anymore, and I am no longer drafting 75-page persuasive briefs, but I am exposed to a host of other issues I never thought imaginable.”
When he is not traveling around the world for IPR, Andrew may take on side projects that do not conflict with his current job.Andrew is currently drafting a services agreement for a start-up company that uses cameras to catch cross walk, school zone and stop sign traffic violations. He is also considering representing an aggrieved staff before the World Bank Administrative Tribunal after a two-year hiatus from international administrative law. Andrew will be thru-hiking the 170-mile Tahoe Rim Trail for two weeks in September.
Andrew graduated cum laude from the District of Columbia School of Law in 1998. He served as Notes Editor of the District of Columbia Law Review. For more information visit IPR Group of Companies.