Speakers

  • Shubi Arora Energy Capital Conference Speaker

    Shubi Arora

    Kirkland and Ellis LLP
    Partner

    Shubi Arora is a partner in the Houston and Dallas offices of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice focuses on M&A transactions, private equity investments and special situations strategies, with a particular focus on the energy and infrastructure sectors. In addition to his transactional experience, Shubi is a trusted advisor to a number of senior fund principals and management team members. His representative clients include ADIA, Bluescape Energy Partners, Centerbridge Partners, Elliott Management Corporation, EQT Partners, Fortress Investment Group, IOG Capital, JDH Capital, King Street Capital, MSD Partners, Värde Partners and Vortus Investments.

  • Jeff Bartlett

    Jeff Bartlett

    Pontem Energy Capital
    Managing Partner

    Mr. Bartlett has over 25 years’ experience in the energy sector, having most recently worked with HPS Partners, Apollo and Guggenheim Partners focused on private debt and equity investments. In early 2020, Mr. Bartlett co-founded Pontem Energy Capital along with Cameron Brown and Skye Callantine to focus on private debt and equity investments in the upstream and midstream spaces. Mr. Bartlett’s previous roles within the energy sector include: oil & gas finance for Enron Corp., investment banking for Merrill Lynch and a Petroleum Engineering for ARCO. Mr. Bartlett earned a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Kansas and a M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Texas.

  • Scott Browning Energy Capital Conference 2020 Speaker

    Scott Browning

    Apollo Global Management
    Principal

    Mr. Browning is a Principal at Apollo Global Management having joined the firm in 2014, where he focuses on sourcing, execution and monitoring of investments across the energy sector.  Prior to joining Apollo, Mr. Browning was an investment professional at Natural Gas Partners, and prior to that he worked in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the Natural Resources group. Mr. Browning currently serves on the board of directors of certain companies, including Takkion Holdings and Tidewater Logistics.  Mr. Browning previously served on the board of directors of Phoenix Natural Resources, Pegasus Optimization Partners, Momentum Minerals, Belvedere Royalties, Express Energy Services and EP Energy. Mr. Browning received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with Highest Honors from The University of Texas at Austin.

     

  • Buddy Clark

    Bernard "Buddy" F. Clark

    Haynes and Boone
    Partner & Co-Chair, Energy Practice Group

    The oil and gas industry is always out of money, it just inhales capital. For forty years, Buddy Clark, Co-chair of Haynes and Boone’s Energy Practice Group has represented producers, banks, and private capital providers accessing and providing capital to the industry. In June 2016, Buddy published Oil Capital: The History of American Oil, Wildcatters, Independents and Their Bankers, which explains the historical relationship between independent producers and their capital providers in America’s oil and gas industry. Buddy is an adjunct professor at the University of Texas Law School and SMU Dedman Law School where he teaches transactional energy finance.

  • Hart Energy Conferences Speaker Greg Davis

    Greg Davis

    EIV Capital
    Partner

    Greg Davis serves as a Partner of EIV and a member of the firm’s Investment Committee. He is actively involved in the firm’s strategy and is responsible for originating and stewarding investments across EIV’s areas of focus. Greg has 14 years of energy finance and investment experience including the upstream and midstream sectors. Greg most recently served as Investment Committee member and Managing Director at Kayne Anderson Energy Funds, where he contributed in all aspects of the business’ investment activities including portfolio company board participation and monitoring, investment sourcing and due diligence, and transaction structuring and execution. Prior to his 11-plus years at Kayne Anderson Energy Funds, Greg started his career at Credit Suisse’s investment banking Natural Resources Group, where he worked with current EIV Partner, David Finan. At Credit Suisse, Greg focused on mergers, acquisitions and capital market transactions.

    Greg holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin, graduating summa cum laude. Greg is actively involved in the Houston community, currently serving on the boards of Small Steps Nurturing Center and The Texas Hearing Institute.

     

  • Greg Determann

    Greg Determann

    JPMorgan Chase & Co.
    Managing Director

    Greg Determann has been with JPMorgan Chase for more than nine years and serves as a Managing Director in the Corporate Client Banking Energy team. His primary focus is serving as a senior banker for upstream oil & gas companies. Greg’s coverage includes newly formed private equity portfolio companies through large public diverse companies located primarily in Houston, Dallas, Austin, and Oklahoma. Additionally he helps lead the Commercial Bank’s coverage of several private equity sponsors. There he serves as the primary point person for many of the regional energy-specific private equity sponsors, ensuring the firm is providing comprehensive coverage to the sponsors and the respective portfolio companies. Greg and the CCBSI Energy team serve as the central contact for their clients within the Firm with the goal of providing a wide range of services including bank debt, capital markets access, commodity and interest rate hedging, treasury solutions, and other investing banking activities. Prior to joining JPM, Greg worked as a Senior Vice President and Relationship Manager at BBVA Compass in their Energy Team. Greg is a CFA Charterholder and graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Biological Engineering from Louisiana State University. He also earned his MBA with a Concentration in Finance from LSU immediately after completion of his ungraduated studies.

  • Don Dimitrievich

    Don Dimitrievich

    HPS Investment Partners
    Managing Director

    Mr. Don Dimitrievich is a Managing Director at HPS Investment Partners and is responsible for the energy and power portfolio. HPS has invested ~$8 billion in the energy and power sectors.  Prior to joining HPS in 2012, Mr. Dimitrievich was a Managing Director of Citi Credit Opportunities, a credit-focused principal investment group. At Citi Credit Opportunities, Mr. Dimitrievich oversaw the energy and power portfolio and invested in mezzanine, special situations and equity co-investments. Prior to joining Citi, Mr. Dimitrievich worked in the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP from 1998 to 2004, focusing on energy mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions. Mr. Dimitrievich has a law degree magna cum laude from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and earned a chemical engineering degree with Great Distinction from Queen's University in Kingston, Canada.

     

  • Mukul Hariharan Houlihan Lokey

    Mukul Hariharan

    Houlihan Lokey
    Director

    Bio coming soon...

  • Justin Hoffman

    Justin Hoffman

    Baker Botts
    Partner

    Justin F. Hoffman is a corporate partner residing in the Houston office. Mr. Hoffman's practice concentrates on debt and equity capital markets transactions, corporate governance and compliance. He regularly represents both issuers and investment banks in Rule 144A high yield debt and public equity offerings, as well as liability management transactions. He has extensive experience in advising energy companies in connection with securities offerings and acquisition financings, particularly in the upstream, midstream and oilfield services sectors, as well as coal mining and renewables.

  • Hillary Holmes

    Hillary Holmes

    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
    Co-Chair of Capital Markets

    Hillary Holmes is a partner in the global law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Co-Chair of the firm’s Capital Markets practice group. She advises public and private corporations, private equity firms and investment banks on long-term and strategic capital raising.  Hillary regularly counsels companies on obligations under federal securities laws, corporate governance and ESG issues. She advises boards of directors, special committees, and financial advisors in transactions involving conflicts of interest or unique complexities.

    Hillary has worked on some of the most innovative and complex capital raising transactions in the energy industry. She is the only woman to be recognized by the premier legal review organization Chambers USA in the category that covers energy capital markets, and she has been recognized as a Finance, Banking and Capital Markets Trailblazer by The National Law Journal, a Most Effective Dealmaker by Texas Lawyer, a Woman Who Means Business by the Houston Business Journal, and received accolades from Who’s Who, the Legal 500, Law 360, LawDragon500, the Houston Bar Association, the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce, and the National Association of Women Attorneys, among others.

    Hillary received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and her Bachelor of Arts from Duke University. 

  • Alex Jackson Quantum Energy

    Alex Jackson

    Quantum Energy Partners
    Director

    Alex is involved in Quantum’s investment activities, including the diligence and execution of new opportunities and the monitoring of active portfolio company investments.

    Prior to joining Quantum, Alex was a member of the energy investment banking group at Credit Suisse, where he worked on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets financings and strategic advisory assignments for clients across the upstream, midstream and oilfield service sectors. Alex graduated with honors from Texas A&M University with a B.B.A in Finance.

  • Brian Jinks Moelis & Company

    Brian Jinks

    Moelis & Company
    Managing Director

    Brian Jinks is a Managing Director at Moelis & Company where he specializes in advising companies in the energy infrastructure sector. Mr. Jinks has over 21 years of investment banking experience and has advised on the origination and execution of a full spectrum of transactions in the energy infrastructure and MLP sectors, including strategic advisory, M&A and capital raises. Previously, Mr. Jinks was Managing Director at Deutsche Bank where he led the midstream and MLP coverage efforts. Prior to Deutsche Bank, he spent seven years at Lazard and Credit Suisse as a member of their respective Energy Investment Banking teams.

    Mr. Jinks holds a B.A. in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin and an M.B.A. with honors from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.

  • Steve Kennedy Energy Capital Conference 2020 Speaker

    Steve Kennedy

    Amegy Bank
    Executive Vice President & Head of Energy Banking

    Steve Kennedy is Executive Vice President & Head of Energy Banking at Amegy Bank. Mr. Kennedy has 33 years of energy banking experience, beginning with MBank/Bank One (Dallas) in 1986 and continuing in 1992 with Wells Fargo (Dallas). He joined Amegy Bank (Houston) in 1997 to form its Energy Group. Since its formation in 1997, Amegy’s Energy Group has made and currently maintains over $4.7 billion in energy loan commitments to over 300 E&P, Midstream and Oilfield Service companies. The twenty-four member Energy Group maintains offices in Houston, Dallas and Denver.

    Prior to beginning his career in energy banking, Mr. Kennedy worked in the field operations of an independent oilfield service company and was Managing Partner of Kennedy & Bachelor Oil Company, a third-generation family-owned business. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in petroleum engineering and earned a Masters in Business Administration from Baylor University in 1986.

    He is a member of the IPAA, SPE, TIPRO, Houston Producers Forum, Houston Energy Finance Group and is a two-time past Director of the Petroleum Club of Houston. He has authored several articles on energy matters, including one regarding energy derivatives published in the October 2005 edition of “Oil & Gas Financial Journal”.

  • Christina Kitchens

    Christina Kitchens

    3P Energy Capital
    Managing Partner

    CHRISTINA KITCHENS is the principal and managing partner of 3P Energy Capital. She leads the firm’s strategic focuses in energy alternative capital, business development, and its advisory services. Prior to 3P, Christina built and lead energy finance divisions with over twenty years of upstream and midstream finance experience. She has successfully closed $11Bn in direct transactions and $80Bn of debt facility originations. She additionally has built services and products in specialized lending, investment banking and ESG.

    3P offers bespoke energy capital solutions, sell-side and strategic advisory, business development, product/services' and ESG advisory. Key clients and partners are E&P firms, midstream firms, family offices and private capital.

  • Andrew McConn

    Andrew McConn

    Enverus
    Head of Commercial Intelligence

    Andrew McConn is the Head of Commercial Intelligence at Enverus. He specializes in oil-and-gas valuations, operational and financial forecasts, and related research reports and products. Prior to joining Enverus, Andy worked for energy-analytics and E&P businesses for a decade. He is based in Houston, Texas.

  • Alexander Montano

    Alexander Montano

    Roth Capital Partners
    Managing Director

    Alexander G. Montano is a Managing Director, Investment Banking at ROTH Capital Partners. In this role, Mr. Montano will be responsible for the development of the firm’s energy/oil & gas investment banking practice, including cultivating client relationships, strategic planning and transaction management and execution.

    Prior to joining ROTH, Mr. Montano was a Managing Director at C. K. Cooper & Company directing their energy/oil & gas practice for over 15 years. During this time, he closed on $4 billion worth of transactions focused primarily in the oil and gas sector.

    Prior to this role, Mr. Montano had been an equity analyst since 1991, focusing on smaller exploration and production companies since 1995. His comments and analysis have been quoted in such publications as Hart’s Oil & Gas Investor, CNNfn, New York Times, The Energy Report, Standard & Poor’s, Platts Oilgram and various regional newspapers, including the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Houston Chronicle. In addition, Mr. Montano was rated a 5 Star, All – Star Analyst by Zacks Investment Research in the 1st quarter of 2002 and top Oil Analyst by the Wall Street Journal in May of 2003.

    Mr. Montano has traveled extensively around the world and has spoken on energy related topics in such venues as Germany and Nigeria. In addition, Mr. Montano is also a member of the Independent Producers Association of America (“IPAA”) and has been a regular speaker for the California Independent Producers Association (“CIPA”) on energy related topics.

  • Tim Perry

    Tim Perry

    Credit Suisse
    Managing Director

    Tim Perry is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Capital Markets & Advisory division. He is the Co – Chairman of Global Energy , based in Houston.

    Mr. Perry joined Credit Suisse First Boston in June 1999 from JPMorgan, where he was a Vice President in the Oil and Gas Group.

    Mr. Perry holds a BSBA degree from the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) and an MBA degree from Vanderbilt University.

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    Dan Pickering

    Pickering Energy Partners
    Founder & Chief Investment Officer

    Dan Pickering is the Chief Investment Officer of Pickering Energy Partners (PEP). PEP manages client assets via energy strategies focused primarily on public markets and private equity. Prior to PEP, Mr. Pickering served as the President of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. and Chief Investment Officer of TPH Investment Management. TPH Asset Management managed both public and private equity strategies for institutional and individual clients. Dan has spent 24 years as an energy portfolio manager, researcher and analyst, first at Fidelity Investments (where he managed ~$1 billion of energy sector funds), then as Head of Research at Simmons & Company and as the founding partner of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. He currently serves as the portfolio manager of the PEP Energy Equity Opportunities Fund and on the Investment Committee of PEP’s Energy Co-Investment and research-based strategies. Dan grew up in Missouri, has a BS in Petroleum Engineering from the Missouri School of Science and Technology and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

  • Preston Powell

    Preston Powell

    Carnelian Energy Capital
    Managing Director
    Mr. Powell is a Managing Director of Carnelian Energy Capital Management, L.P., where he is responsible for leading investment sourcing regions, transaction due diligence and execution and monitoring active portfolio investments. Prior to joining Carnelian, Mr. Powell was in the energy private equity groups at Denham Capital Partners and KKR & Co. and in the mergers and acquisitions group of Greenhill & Co. Mr. Powell grew up in Dallas, Texas, and received a B.B.A. in Finance with honors from the Business Honors Program from The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Damon Putman

    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.

  • Mari Salazar Women in Energy Honoree

    Mari Salazar

    BOK Financial
    Senior Vice President & Manager Energy Financial Services

    Mari is responsible for the energy banking operation within the greater Houston area for Bank of Texas, a subsidiary of BOK Financial Corp.

  • Josh Shishkoff Orion Energy Partners

    Josh Shishkoff

    Orion Energy Partners
    Senior Vice President
    Josh Shishkoff is Senior Vice President responsible for originating, evaluating, structuring, executing, and monitoring of investments. He also works with Orion’s Head of Risk and Investment Strategists on developing enhanced deal structures, portfolio risk optimization approaches and hedging activities. Josh is based in the Houston office.

    Mr. Shishkoff is an observer to the board of directors for Caliche Development Partners.

    Prior to joining Orion Energy, Mr. Shishkoff was Vice President at Goldman Sachs in the commodities risk management and trading business as quantitative strategist with responsibilities over structuring commodity and commodity-linked finance transactions, credit risk valuation, and risk analytics for clients.

    Mr. Shishkoff spent five years in the United States Navy as Submarine Officer, deploying twice throughout the Western Pacific.

  • Pickering Energy Partners

    Stan Shpetner

    Pickering Energy Partners
    Managing Director

    Stan Shpetner is a Managing Director at Pickering Energy Partners. Stan is a global technology and growth investor whose core area of focus is the paradigm shift occurring in the global transportation and energy sectors. He approaches this investment universe through a technology lens and has developed a unique domain expertise as the blurring of the lines between traditional industries increasingly requires in-depth knowledge beyond a single industry. Stan has over 20 years of investment experience across a variety of industries.  Most recently he was a consultant and senior analyst on the investment team at Trinity Alps Capital.  Previously Stan was an Investment Partner at Standard Pacific Capital for 7 years covering global equities. Prior to joining Standard Pacific, Stan was a Portfolio Manager at Pantera Capital for nearly three years.  Before Pantera, Stan spent seven years at Artisan Partners where he was a senior analyst on the Artisan International Growth Fund and an associate portfolio manager on the Artisan International Small Cap Growth Fund. Earlier in his career, Stan worked in Taiwan for 5 years ultimately as a Senior Analyst and Head of Taiwan Research at Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia.

     

  • Justin Stolte

    Justin Stolte

    Latham & Watkins LLP
    Partner

    Justin T. Stolte is a partner in the Houston office of Latham & Watkins and serves as Global Chair of the firm’s Energy & Infrastructure Industry Group. He advises clients on strategic transactions across the energy sector, including: mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; joint ventures; private equity and venture capital investments; general corporate matters.

    Stolte has broad experience in several energy sectors, including oil and gas, renewable energy and energy infrastructure. He previously worked in business development, commercial and engineering roles at Apache Corp. and Chevron Corp.; and, before joining Latham, served as Co-Chair of the energy practice group at another leading global law firm.

    Stolte is recognized by Best Lawyers in America (2021), Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2014, 2019-2020), and The Legal 500 US (2018-2020) for his work on energy transactions. In addition, he was named an Influencer: Law by American City Business Journal in 2018 and has been recognized as a Rising Star in Energy by Law360 (2014, 2018); a 40 under 40 honoree by Houston Business Journal (2018); a Top 30 under 40 honoree by Hart Energy (2018); and a Rising Star by Texas Monthly (2012-2015).

  • Brad Thielemann

    Brad Thielemann

    EnCap Investments LP
    Partner

    Mr. Thielemann is a Partner with EnCap Investments and actively participates in deal origination, structuring, execution and monitoring of EnCap portfolio companies. Prior to rejoining EnCap in 2006, Mr. Thielemann worked in the Investor Relations and Strategic Planning Groups at Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. Previously, he was an Associate at EnCap and a Treasury Analyst at Dynegy.

    Mr. Thielemann received a Master of Business Administration degree from Duke University and a B.B.A degree from The University of Texas at Austin. He serves on the board of directors of several EnCap portfolio companies and recently served on the board of the Houston Producers’ Forum.

  • Cliff Vrielink

    Cliff Vrielink

    Sidley Austin LLP
    Partner

    Mr. Vrielink has over 20 years of experience advising private equity, infrastructure and other financial investors, public companies and private companies actively engaging or investing in the energy industry. This experience spans the energy spectrum, from the upstream oil and gas sector (onshore, offshore and internationally) to the midstream sector (natural gas, crude oil, liquids and CO2 pipelines processing facilities and gas and liquids storage assets) to downstream (refining, marketing and distribution), as well as spanning power generation, oilfield service and energy trading. He has represented clients throughout North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe.

    Cliff is a member of Sidley’s Executive Committee, serves as co-managing partner of Sidley’s Houston office and is the global leader of the Energy and Infrastructure practice. He is a member of the firm’s M&A and Private Equity practices.

    Cliff has advised on more than 40 transactions with a combined value of over $20 billion since 2018.

  • Patrick Yip GEC

    Patrick Yip

    GEC
    Managing Director

    Patrick T. Yip is a Managing Director of GEC. His primary responsibilities include sourcing acquisition opportunities, evaluating new investments and supporting the growth of GEC portfolio companies.

    Patrick has over 15 years of energy and industrial services experience. Prior to joining GEC, Patrick was a key member of Halliburton’s Corporate Development group where he initiated and executed international oilfield services transactions. He previously served as an executive director at Cerberus’ SGI Frontier Capital. He also served on the board of ADG Scaffolding Engineering in Beijing. He began his career as an equity research analyst in New York and Beijing.

    A native Houstonian, Patrick is also fluent in Chinese and experienced in cross-border capital formation and M&A in emerging markets, including China / Hong Kong. He graduated with honors from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in Economics and earned his MBA from New York University.