Speakers

  • Jefferies

    Robert Anderson

    Jefferies LLC
    Managing Director

    Rob Anderson is a Managing Director focused on the structuring, origination, and distribution of debt financing solutions for the oil & gas industry.

    Prior to joining the Jefferies Energy Investment Banking team in January 2017, he was a Managing Director and Head of Energy Leveraged Finance Capital Markets at Barclays; during his 12-year tenure at Lehman Brothers/Barclays, Rob exclusively covered the energy industry, working first in Leveraged Finance Origination prior to joining the Leveraged Capital Markets team.

    Mr. Anderson received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Richmond in 2000.

  • Jeff Bartlett

    Jeff Bartlett

    HPS Investment Partners
    Managing Director

    Mr. Bartlett is a managing director at HPS Investment Partners.  Prior to joining HPS in 2018, Mr. Bartlett spent six years as a managing director at Apollo Global Management, where he was responsible for building and managing the illiquid energy credit investment strategy.  Prior to that, Mr. Bartlett worked at Guggenheim Partners from 2006 to 2011, where he focused on the origination and execution of energy investments.  Prior to Guggenheim Partners, Mr. Bartlett held various investment and financial roles at Amaranth, Enron Corporation and Merrill Lynch.  Mr. Bartlett began his career at ARCO as a Petroleum Engineer. Mr. Bartlett holds a BS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Kansas and an MBA from the University of Texas.

  • Jamie Brodsky

    Jamie Brodsky

    Riverstone Holdings LLC
    Managing Director

    Jamie is a Managing Director at Riverstone and Co-head of Riverstone Credit Partners, focused on credit and capital markets activities. Since joining Riverstone, Jamie has overseen over $1.9bn in debt investments in the energy sector made by both Riverstone’s dedicated credit fund and its traditional private equity funds.   Prior to joining Riverstone in 2014, Jamie was a Managing Director and head of energy leveraged finance at Nomura Securities International and prior to that, an Executive Director at UBS Investment Bank in Leveraged Finance Origination, a group in which he was a founding member. In addition, Jamie is actively involved in an advisory capacity with all of Riverstone’s portfolio companies with respect to capital structure and access to the capital markets. Jamie graduated with a BA from Duke University and an MBA from the EMBA Global Program at Columbia University and London Business School.

  • Ryan Childs

    Ryan Childs

    Production Lending LLC
    Principal

    Ryan is a Principal at Production Lending, where he is jointly responsible for supervision of PL’s investment program and strategy, as well as overall management of the company. Prior to PL, Ryan spent eight years working in investment banking, beginning in the Financial Sponsors Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he helped raise acquisition financing for private equity client investments, as well as focusing on advisory services for their portfolio companies. In 2012, Ryan transferred to the Energy Group and moved to Houston, TX where he functioned in the role of Vice President helping to underwrite and execute transactions. In 2014, Ryan transitioned to BMO Capital Markets to focus on upstream companies, working as a Vice President until 2017. During his career in investment banking, Ryan underwrote more than $20 billion in committed financing, and closed more than 35 lead left and advisory transactions with a total value greater than $25 billion.

    Ryan received his MBA in 2009 from the McCombs School of Business with specializations in Private Equity Finance and Real Estate Finance.

  • Frost W. Cochran

    Frost W. Cochran

    Post Oak Energy Capital
    Managing Director

    Mr. Cochran is a Managing Director and is a founding partner of Post Oak Energy Capital.

    Previously, Mr. Cochran served as the President of Capital C Energy Holdings, LLC since its formation in May 2002. Capital C Energy and its wholly owned subsidiary, Belden & Blake, held operating interests in oil and gas properties and related gathering, transportation, and processing assets in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Kentucky, and Indiana. In 2002, he co-founded and serves as President of Signal Hill Power, the owner-operator of a combined cycle merchant power plant in North Texas. Mr. Cochran served as a Managing Director of Torch Energy from 1998 until March 2002. During this period, Torch was engaged in property acquisitions, divestitures, operations, exploitation, asset management, oil field services, back office outsourcing, and capital formation. Assets under Mr. Cochran’s management included producing oil & gas properties and related infrastructure held directly by Torch, the Torch RoyaltyTrust and in investment partnerships.

    Before joining Torch, Mr. Cochran served as a Managing Director and Partner at Energy Asset Management LLC from 1996 through 1998. Prior to joining Energy Asset Management, Mr. Cochran served as Vice President of Enron Development Corporation from 1993 until 1996, as Project Finance Manager at Destec Energy Incorporated from 1991 until 1993 and with Kemper Securities Group from 1989 until 1991. Mr. Cochran has significant experience in the development, financing, construction, and operation of energy infrastructure projects in both domestic and international markets, and he has international commercial and transaction experience in India, Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, Poland, Argentina, Brazil, and Canada. Mr. Cochran is a member of the Independent Petroleum Association of America and the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners.

    Mr. Cochran received an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.B.A. from the University of Mississippi.

  • Ron Gajdica

    Ronald Gajdica

    EIG Global Energy Partners
    Ph.D., Managing Director

    Dr. Gajdica is a Managing Director and leads EIG Engineering which provides technical support across all aspects of EIG’s businesses.  Prior to joining EIG in 2017, Dr. Gajdica was Global Head of Acquisitions and Divestitures (A&D) at Citi Energy Investment Bank, Senior Vice President of A&D at EV Energy Partners, and Managing Director in the Scotiabank A&D business.  His domestic and international experience with large E&P companies includes 5 years at Tenneco, 10 years at ARCO including Global Director of Reservoir Studies, and 8 years at BHP-Billiton as Petroleum Engineering Manager, Americas Production Manager, Atlantis Deepwater Project Manager, and Global Head of Planning and Evaluation.  He has been involved in 94 deals totaling over $45 billion.

    Dr. Gajdica earned a B.S (magna cum laude) and M.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University, and a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University.  He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, where he was a technical editor for 13 years, is a Registered Professional Engineer, and has published many technical papers.

  • Edward Geiser

    Edward Geiser

    Juniper Capital
    Managing Partner

    Mr. Geiser is the founder and Managing Partner of Juniper Capital Advisors and the head of the Investment Committees of Juniper Capital II and Juniper Capital III. Juniper, along with its affiliates, provides private equity capital to U.S. middle-market oil & gas companies and currently owns assets located in several key basins/plays including the Permian, Powder River, DJ, Eagle Ford and Austin Chalk. Juniper has raised over $1.2Bn in private capital since 2015 and is actively deploying that capital across its existing investments while seeking new investments that align with its investment mandate. Prior to the establishment of Juniper Capital Advisors, Mr. Geiser was a Managing Director at Och-Ziff Capital Management where he oversaw Och-Ziff’s private investment activity in the upstream and midstream oil and gas industries in the U.S. for over five years. Mr. Geiser received a B.S. in Finance from Louisiana State University.

  • JP Hanson

    J.P. Hanson

    Houlihan Lokey
    Managing Director, Head of E&P Group

    Mr. Hanson is Head of Houlihan Lokey’s Oil & Gas Exploration and Production (E&P) Group and Co-Head of the Energy Group.

    During his career, Mr. Hanson has worked on numerous financing, M&A/A&D, valuation, and financial recapitalization/restructuring engagements. In addition to domestic U.S. transactions, he has been involved in transactions for several Latin American-, European-, and South African-based companies, advising companies and stakeholders regarding the structuring, negotiation, and implementation of a wide variety of corporate finance transactions in the upstream, midstream, and downstream sectors of the oil & gas industry, including financings, M&A/A&D transactions, exchange offers, and reorganizations in applicable local jurisdictions. His notable engagements include SandRidge Energy, Inc.; Berry Petroleum Corp.; Yates Petroleum; Samson Resources Corp.; ATP Oil & Gas Corp.; Endeavour International, Inc.; Chesapeake Energy Corp.; Quicksilver Resources, Inc.; BPZ Energy Corp.; Trident Resources Corp.; Magnum Hunter Energy; Swift Energy Corp.; U.S. Department of Energy Loan Program Office; U.S. Energy Corp.; GBGH Ltd.; Big West Oil, LLC; Solutia, Inc.; National Energy & Gas Transmission, Inc. (formerly PG&E NEG); and Gas Transmission Northwest Corp., among others.

    Before joining Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Hanson was a Manager of Alternative Lending at Commonfund Mortgage Corp., where he structured whole loan and portfolio fundings, sales, and securitizations involving a variety of asset-backed lending transactions. Earlier in his career, he held a similar position at MoneyLine Lending. Mr. Hanson began his career in finance trading fixed income securities at NNJ, a private family wealth fund formerly based in San Francisco.

    Mr. Hanson has authored, co-authored, and spoken on various topics, including trends in E&P finance and valuation, and financing markets and valuation dynamics in a distressed environment, among others. Mr. Hanson previously served on the Board of Directors of Bennu Oil & Gas, LLC, an entity established for the purpose of acquiring and operating oil & gas properties in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Mr. Hanson earned a dual B.A. degree, cum laude, in Italian and International Finance from Brigham Young University and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

  • Jason Martinez

    Jason Martinez

    BMO Capital Markets
    Managing Director & Co-Head A&D Group

    Jason has over 17 years of experience in finance and accounting within the energy industry. Jason has worked on over $100 billion of announced advisory and financing transactions for energy companies including mergers and acquisitions, public and private equity, equity-linked, high yield and investment grade bonds, senior debt, and structured finance. Previously, he led Nomura Securities International’s energy team and was at Deutsche Bank for over six years. He began his career on Wall Street in 2002, at J.P. Morgan. He joined BMO Capital Markets in 2013. Jason earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BA from Rice University in Houston.

  • Stuart Page

    Stuart Page

    The Carlyle Group
    Managing Director

    Stuart Page is a Managing Director in the Energy Credit group and is focused on Oilfield Services and Equipment. He is based in Houston.

    Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Page was Chief Executive Officer of Glori Energy, an oil production and technology company that he took public on NASDAQ in 2014. Prior to this, he led M&A at IHS Energy. During his 30-year career in the industry, Mr. Page has led upstream oil and gas businesses in seven countries on four continents.

    Mr. Page received his MBA from the Harvard Business School and his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Engineering from the University of Oxford.

  • Angelo Gordon

    Damon Putman

    Angelo Gordon
    Managing Director, Energy

    Damon Putman joined Angelo Gordon in 2013 and is a Managing Director in the firm’s energy group.  Damon was most recently CFO of Torch Energy Advisors, a private energy company with 40 employees and investments in the upstream, midstream and renewable energy sectors and a member of its executive committee. He oversaw financial, treasury, accounting, cash management and IT functions, and managed its private equity and bank relationships as well as its general investor relations. Damon has experience working on a variety of transactions including first and second lien debt, mezzanine debt, and minority and project equity investments. Damon holds a B.B.A. degree from the University of Texas, Austin.

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    Doug Reynolds

    Scotiabank
    Head, Global Investment Banking - Energy

    Doug Reynolds, managing director and head of U.S. business for Scotia Waterous, has 30 years of energy investment-banking experience and has advised on M&A and capital-markets transactions in more than 20 countries. He advised Baytex in its C$2.8-billion acquisition of Aurora Oil and Gas; Encana Corp., regarding its US$3.1-billion acquisition of Freeport-McMoRan’s Eagle Ford operations; and Marathon, in its nearly US$5 billion of sales in Angola and Norway. He has been based in New York, London, Hong Kong and Houston during his career and holds a BA in Economics from Colgate University.

  • Daniel Rice

    Daniel Rice

    Rice Investment Group
    Partner

    Former CEO of Rice Energy and current Board Director at EQT Corporation,  Danny oversaw Rice Energy's growth from start-up through its $1 billion IPO in 2014 and eventual $8.2 billion sale to EQT in 2017.  Danny established Rice Energy's strategic framework for value creation, which yielded unmatched success for its shareholders and employees.  Before Rice Energy, Danny worked at Tudor Pickering & Holt, Transocean Inc and Tyco International.  Danny sources, structures and executes RIG investment opportunities.

  • Mark Stoner

    Mark N. Stoner

    Bayou City Energy
    Partner

    Mark Stoner is a Partner at Bayou City Energy where he oversees investment origination and execution. Prior to joining Bayou City in January of 2015, he spent seven years as the Vice President of Finance of Alta Mesa Holdings, LP, a Houston, Texas based independent exploration and production company. Prior to joining Alta Mesa, Mark worked as a Financial Analyst at Leor Energy. Mark earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business from Southwestern University.

  • Larry Tharp

    Larry Tharp

    GSO Capital Partners
    Managing Director

    Larry Tharp is a Managing Director and Chief Engineer with GSO Capital Partners. Prior to joining GSO in early 2013, he worked for five years at EIG Global Energy Partners, most recently as Senior Vice President, where he worked on a wide variety of transactions in the energy space totaling over $5B. For three years prior to EIG, he was a Director of NGP Capital Resources Company where he concentrated on origination, evaluation, and structuring of upstream mezzanine investments. Before NGPC, Mr. Tharp worked for nine years as a Senior Vice President with Compass Bank in the Energy Group where he was responsible for all technical evaluations of the energy credits. Prior to Compass, he spent 12 years in the upstream energy industry working as a Reservoir and Production engineer for Texas Eastern, Howell Petroleum and Coastal Oil and Gas. Mr. Tharp received a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas.

  • S. Wil VanLoh Jr.

    S. Wil VanLoh Jr.

    Quantum Energy Partners
    Founder & CEO

    Wil founded Quantum in 1998 and serves as CEO of the firm and as Chairman of Quantum’s Executive and Investment Committees.  In these capacities he leads the firm’s investment strategy and capital allocation process, working closely with the investment team to ensure its successful implementation and execution.

    Prior to co-founding Quantum, Wil co-founded Windrock Capital, Ltd., an energy investment banking firm specializing in raising private equity for and providing merger, acquisition and divestiture advice to private energy companies. Prior to Windrock, Wil worked in the energy investment banking groups of Kidder, Peabody & Co. and NationsBank. Wil has served as a board member and Treasurer of the Houston Producer’s Forum and currently serves on the Finance Committee of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (“IPAA”). He holds a B.B.A. in Finance from Texas Christian University.