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Managing crises and supply chains: a Total SE case study


Total SE is a French multinational energy company founded in 1924 and one of the seven "Supermajor" oil companies in the world. It is present in over 130 countries and its businesses cover the entire oil and gas chain, from exploration and production, transportation, refining and trading.

During the early stages of the Covid-19 Pandemic, Total’s upstream team received many force majeure notifications from contractors supporting Total’s oil and gas operations worldwide. This situation threatened the continuity of operations and also the stability of vital supply chains. Rowan McBrien is Vice President of Upstream Legal at Total with responsibility for Europe & Central Asia. Here, he will provide a window into this intense period and insight into how the legal team dealt with a crisis of this scale and the strategies they used to resolve them.

Discussion points include:

  • Leadership and collaboration
  • Managing relations with senior colleagues
  • Managing teams during crisis
  • Working across multiple jurisdictions
  • Understanding and dealing with different national cultures.


Rowan McBrien

Vice President Legal, Europe & Central Asia

Total Exploration and Production


Alissa Foale

Chief Legal Officer

Brewin Dolphin Ltd


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