Sudan I. Maccio, LLM



Sudan Maccio has worked in the oil and gas industry for over 25 years. He started his career in Petróleos de Venezuela S.A., in 1994. Sudan is currently seconded to Total American Services as part time member of their legal department, (M&A and projects group), providing transactional legal support to refinery and petrochemical operations, joint venture administration, processing and exchange agreements, physical trading of refinery feedstocks and products, physical trading of base chemicals, and procurement related projects.


Recent experience includes representing Total Petrochemicals and Refining USA Inc., (Total’s US refining and petrochemical affiliate), as: (i) member of the negotiating team for the formation of Baystar, (Bayport Polymers LLC). Baystar is a multi-billion-dollar petrochemical joint venture between Total and Mubadala’s affiliates, that will process gas to produce polymers in Texas. Baystar is building an ethane cracker in Port Arthur, Texas, and a new polyethylene plant in Bayport, Texas. The Baystar joint venture closed in May 2018, with ownership held 50 percent by Total, and 50 percent by Borealis; and, (ii) managing counsel in charge of negotiations with a mayor hydrogen producer of all commercial agreements for a multi-million dollar hydrogen processing unit, including contracts related to processing and supply of feedstock, facilities operations and maintenance, and construction.

Between 2011 and 2017, Sudan served as Assistant General Counsel of Eni US Operating Co. Inc., the operating arm in the US of Italian multinational Eni S.p.A., providing legal support to offshore operations of 45 deep water offshore fields, 146 producing wells of which 84 are operated by Eni. Legal support included the acquisition of assets, including assets offered in auction as part of bankruptcy procedures, administration of Joint Operating Agreements, Production Handling Agreements, Acreage Exchange Agreements, confidentiality agreements related to E&P activities, A&D of offshore assets and vendor/procurement contracts.

Education and Bar Memberships

Sudan is admitted to practice law in Venezuela (1994) and in Texas (2008).  He holds a law degree from the Universidad Católica del Táchira, Venezuela (1993) and a Legum Magister degree (LL.M) from the University of Illinois (1998). He is currently admitted to the Executive MBA program at the Johnson College of Business at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.


He is fluent in Spanish, English, and Italian.

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