Lauren Anderson is a partner in the Houston office of Latham & Watkins. She advises on private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters, for participants across all sectors of the energy industry – from traditional oil and gas to renewables, as well as in the infrastructure sector.
Her work includes:
Private equity investments
Joint ventures and partnerships
Public and private company acquisitions and dispositions
CCUS project development and related corporate matters
General corporate transactions
Robert is a Managing Director and one of our Founding Partners. Prior to starting GreenFront, Robert was Head of BB&T’s Energy Investment Banking group, with oversight for 100+ corporate clients that spanned the entire Energy industry value chain. Under his leadership, BB&T participated in over 300 capital markets and advisory transactions within the Energy space. His experience ranges from Power & Utilities, Oil & Gas (upstream/midstream), and Metals & Mining, all of which complement his increased focus within the Alternative Energy arena. Before BB&T, Robert was a Vice President in J.P. Morgan’s Energy Investment Banking group in New York City. Early in his career, Robert worked for an environmental law firm in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Robert earned his MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, and he holds a B.A. degree from Sewanee: The University of the South.
Greg Butler is a Vice President at Quantum Energy Partners and leads the firm’s circular economy investment efforts, covering renewable natural gas, biofuels, and recycling markets globally.
Prior to Quantum, Greg co-founded Gryphon, a real asset investment platform backed by global private equity firm Blackstone. Before forming Gryphon, Greg served as Chief Financial Officer of Accelerate Resources, a private equity-backed company focused on aggregating fractional working interest in the Permian Basin. Earlier in his career, Greg served as an investment professional at private equity firm Pine Brook Partners and worked at the investment bank Simmons & Company. Greg holds a B.S. in Finance and Corporate Reporting from Boston College.
Andrew Chen is a Managing Director in the CIT Energy Group. His primary responsibility is establishing new relationships within the Power and Renewables sector. He has over 20 years of experience in the energy sector financing energy storage projects, renewable and conventional power generation facilities, midstream and infrastructure projects. Prior to CIT, Andrew worked in similar roles at GE EFS, MUFG, NAB and TD. Andrew graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and concentrated in Finance and Marketing
A petroleum engineer for 8 years and the creator of the original idea. He recently graduated from Rice University’s executive MBA program, where he was focused on energy finance and entrepreneurship.
With over 20 years of successful entrepreneurial experience, Jesse formed Green Impact Partners in May 2021. Previously, Jesse was the founder, President and CEO of Wolverine Energy and Infrastructure. Jesse has held various positions as an executive, senior manager and owner in multiple businesses. Jesse holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta.
Building on her Texas oil & gas roots and an almost two-decade long career in the renewable energy and power businesses, Emily founded NOVUS Energy Advisors, an independent consulting firm offering strategic services across the energy and cleantech industries, to offer a bridge between the traditional and alternative energy markets. The company’s unique combination of deep industry knowledge and extensive network across the renewable energy, oil, gas, and utility industries enables clients to seize opportunities for growth and profitability, capitalizing on the transition to a lower carbon future. Previously, Emily worked with midstream and exploration & production companies at ERE Strategies, a renewable energy consulting practice. Her clients consisted of oil & gas fund managers and midstream service companies, where she spearheaded their efforts to identify growth strategies in the renewable energy space, including project acquisition, deal-flow, fundraising, and strategic counsel on new markets and partnership. Emily was then recruited as CEO by client, Foundation Energy Management, to launch NOVUS Clean Energy from the ground up to build out a clean energy investment vehicle for their Limited Partners. Prior to ERE Strategies, Emily spent a decade working with Washington, D.C.-based national clean energy associations, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Smart Electric Power Association (SEPA) where she was charged with successfully driving, developing and generating membership revenue on behalf of the organizations. She has provided strategic counsel and investor services across the energy industry, leveraging her unique experience across the renewable, energy storage, oil & gas, distributed generations, and regulated and un-regulated power markets. Emily graduated magna cum luade from Vanderbilt University with a focus on business and organizational leadership, and currently resides in Virginia with her family.
Joe Bob Edwards joined White Deer in 2011 and is a Partner of the firm. His responsibilities range from sourcing and managing new investments to sharing responsibility over the firm’s strategy and direction. He currently sits on the boards of Axios, Cust-O-Fab, Extract, Flogistix, Global Petro Storage (GPS), Midstream Texas, Quanah and TorcSill.
Prior to White Deer, Joe Bob spent 13 years at First Reserve Corporation. He was the head of First Reserve’s oilfield service and equipment investment team, which at its peak oversaw over $4.0 billion in equity investments. In addition, Joe Bob served as the chairman of First Reserve’s development committee, with management responsibility for the firm’s junior investment staff. He began his career with Simmons & Company International.
Joe Bob received a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin. He currently serves on the Executive and Advisory Boards for the University of Texas, McCombs Energy Initiative. Joe Bob is also Treasurer and board member of the Episcopal High School Dad’s Club, and has spent a number of years as volunteer coach and board member of Post Oak Little League.
Denis A. Fallon (Archie) is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department. Archie represents private equity funds and corporate clients in strategic transactions primarily in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Archie has particular experience advising on platform investments, mergers and acquisitions, financings, joint ventures, recapitalizations and project development for complex energy infrastructure, including midstream assets and power assets. Archie regularly writes and speaks to groups regarding trends affecting private equity investments in the energy, infrastructure and technology sectors. Archie was named as one of Law360’s 2019 MVPs in the area of Project Finance. He has also been recognized as a Law360 Rising Star in the area of Energy and by Super Lawyers as a Texas Rising Star.
Robin Fielder is the Executive Vice President, Low Carbon Strategy and Chief Sustainability Officer, serving as the lead executive for Talos Energy’s Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) business and overseeing the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives. Prior to Talos, Ms. Fielder served as President, CEO and a member of the Noble Midstream Partners (NBLX) board of directors where she guided the Partnership within Chevron and led integration efforts for the take-private transaction of NBLX in 2021 following the 2020 acquisition of its parent company, Noble Energy (NBL) by Chevron.
Before joining Noble Energy and Chevron, Ms. Fielder served as CEO, President, and Director for Western Midstream Partners (formerly Western Gas, WES), where she led the WES and the Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (APC) marketing organizations through the Occidental (OXY) acquisition of Anadarko in 2019.
With nearly 20 years of steadily increasing responsibility at Anadarko, Ms. Fielder built executive skills serving as Vice President of Investor Relations, among other roles within the company’s E&P business units.
Ms. Fielder serves as a director and member of the Executive Committee of the Greater Houston March of Dimes board and as a current and past Chair for local March for Babies events. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University, is registered with the Texas Board of Professional Engineers (PE), and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and Women Corporate Directors.
Nicholas is Head of Energy Principal for Macquarie Capital’s Infrastructure and Energy Group in the Americas. In this role Nicholas is responsible for balance sheet investments by Macquarie Capital in the energy sector across the Americas. Nicholas has participated in numerous transactions as both principal investor and financial advisor, these transactions have included both development and operating assets across a broad range of sectors.
Most recently Nicholas was lead on both the Cascade Power Project, a greenfield CCGT project and the Gulf Coast Ammonia a first of kind petrochemical transaction, in both projects Macquarie Capital was both the developer and financial advisor. Further Nicholas was a lead advisor to Freeport LNG on their development of three liquefaction trains on Quintana Island Texas, which closed in late 2014 and represents one of the largest non-recourse project financings.
Jenny Gottschalk, a Partner, joined EIV Capital in 2009. With more than 30 years of energy sector experience, Jenny’s engineering, commercial and operational background complements the financial expertise within the firm. Jenny serves on the board of several EIV portfolio companies, including AMP Americas, EIV’s dairy renewable natural gas investment. Prior to EIV, Jenny was an investor, owner and executive in a number of successful entrepreneurial energy companies involved in logistics and marketing of natural gas, crude oil and refined products including leading a portfolio investment in the first EIV Fund. Her early career was with Accenture, where she worked as a consultant to companies across the energy value chain.
Jenny is a proud graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. In her time away from the office, Jenny devotes time to family, non-profit service, and travel.
Thomas Holcombe is the Director of Business Development for Kinder Morgan’s Energy Transition Ventures team, which was created in 2021 to pursue strategic step out opportunities within the space. In his role, Thomas oversees the financial analysis and structuring of energy transition M&A opportunities for the company. Prior to joining the ETV team, Thomas was with Kinder Morgan Terminals where he held various positions including overseeing the capital and budgeting process and leading the creation and implementation of the segment Long Range Outlook. Thomas received his Bachelor’s degree in Statistics and MBA from the University of Denver.
Tom Holmberg is a partner in the Global Projects Group at Baker Botts. He assists clients with energy projects and transactions around the world. Tom focuses on the development of liquefied natural gas (LNG), hydrogen, carbon capture, use, and storage (CCUS), and natural gas pipeline projects and transactions. He works with clients at all stages of such projects in areas that include project structuring, governmental approvals, and the negotiation of commercial agreements. He is the co-chair of the LNG, hydrogen and CCUS practice group. He also advises clients on an array of regulatory issues, including contract and tariff matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and he represents clients before the Department of Energy (DOE) for authorizations to export and import natural gas under the Natural Gas Act.
Carrie is a former Associate Director in the Futures Practice of Kantar Consulting, helping clients make sense of consumer trends and behaviors to guide product development and intelligent marketing strategy. During her career Carrie has contributed to projects and insight frameworks on a range of topics—from the future of home to emerging flavor trends to category level foresight strategy. In all of these cases, Carrie’s focus has been on helping clients see the underlying business implications of the ebb and flow of consumer behavior to unlock new sources of growth for their business. During her 9+ years in the consulting world, Carrie has had the pleasure of working with a wide range of industries and clients including Samsung, General Mills, Newell Brands, Coca-Cola, Unilever, American Express, British American Tobacco, Anheuser-Busch, and the Department of Education in New York City. Most recently Carrie has been teaching innovation and foresight to undergraduates through the Engler and CUSP scholars programs, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Carrie holds a BA in international comparative studies from Duke University and is currently working on a dual Masters of business administration and Masters of applied science in sustainable agricultural systems through the college of agriculture and natural resources, at UNL.
John Kaercher is a co-founding partner of the Austin office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. John provides ongoing representation to corporate clients on complex transactions, including domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, SPACs, private equity and public and private securities offerings, with a particular focus on the technology, media, telecommunications and energy sectors (including oil and gas, power, renewables, and the energy transition).
John forms long-lasting relationships with his clients and is routinely called upon to lead complicated transactions on expedited timelines. In addition, John frequents the speaker circuits, regularly participating on panels or providing insights on topical matters.
Matt Kapinos guides energy and infrastructure clients through all phases of drafting and negotiating agreements for the purchase, sale, development and financing of energy and infrastructure projects.
His experience spans a range of energy assets, including:
• Upstream, midstream and downstream assets
• Renewable and traditional power
• Oilfield services
• Liquefied natural gas (LNG)
• Related engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) matters.
Prior to practicing law, Matt spent five years on active duty as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne Division and the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regime combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Jason Martinez is a Managing Director for Advisory at Pickering Energy Partners (PEP).
Prior to joining PEP, he was Managing Partner at a venture capital firm focused on early-stage energy and ESG-enabling technologies. Previously, he led the Energy Advisory practice at Bank of Montreal Capital Markets and ran the Houston office of Nomura Securities’ Energy Group. Earlier in his career, he helped build the Deutsche Bank Energy practice and was an associate at JPMorgan. He began his energy career in Andersen Consulting’s Natural Resources group working to transform companies across the energy value chain.
He holds a BA from Rice University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Bill is a Partner at Quantum and a member of QEP’s Investment Committee. Prior to joining Quantum, Bill was a Partner in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs where he headed the firm’s Natural Resources Group as well as its Houston office. Bill was also a member of Goldman’s Investment Banking Services Leadership Group. Bill’s career as a banker spanned 22 years and was focused on large cap energy companies primarily in the upstream and oil field service sectors. Bill currently serves on the boards of Apache Corporation (NYSE: APA) and Enterprise Products Holdings, LLC (NYSE: EPD) and he has also been an active civic leader, chairing the boards of the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the St. Francis Episcopal Day School. He is currently a member of the board of trustees of the Episcopal Health Foundation and the Board of Visitors of the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Bill holds a B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and a M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Stephen Perich is Head of Energy in the Americas, having joined UBS for the second time in 2018. Previously he spent eight years at Deutsche Bank, most recently as head of their energy office in Houston. Before his time at Deutsche Bank, he worked in the Natural Resources Group at UBS in Houston. He has 18 years of experience in oil and gas, having started his career at Enron Corp. working on the natural gas trading desk and within the structured transactions group. Stephen earned a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and also completed direct matriculation programs at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey.
Mr. Rebhorn has more than 30 years of experience in the power generation industry in operations and maintenance, construction, development, and asset management both domestically and internationally.
In 2017, Mr. Rebhorn co-founded Prisma Energy, a energy storage company focused on developing and owning battery-related businesses in the US. Prisma Energy managed interests in EOS Energy Storage and Convergent Energy & Power, and incubated Prisma Energy Solutions. In 2019, Prisma Energy was merged into EnCap investments, where Mr. Rebhorn is currently a Managing Partner of EnCap’s Energy Transition Fund.
From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Rebhorn was a senior executive at First Solar, the largest U.S.-based PV module manufacturer. From 2013 to 2015, he served as Senior Vice President of the Americas, responsible for sales and project development in the Western Hemisphere and responsible for roughly two-thirds of the company’s P&L. In 2015, Mr. Rebhorn was promoted to Executive Vice President in charge of Strategic Marketing, a newly created role for the company.
Prior to First Solar, Mr. Rebhorn was providing turnaround CEO services from 2010-2013 including roles as the CEO of Quail Nuclear Specialty Services, a nuclear construction services company and Canopy Claims Management, a newly created property insurance claims management company.
From 1996 to 2008, Mr. Rebhorn was a founder and Managing Director of Resolutions Management Ltd, a consultancy specializing in development support, turnarounds and workouts. Mr. Rebhorn’s clients included BHP Billiton, BP Global Energy, Laurus Energy, Enron International and the Enron Estate, and Ashmore Energy International.
Mr. Rebhorn is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and is a Certified Naval Nuclear Engineer. He received his M.B.A. through Texas A&M University. Mr. Rebhorn has served on the Board of the Smart Electric Power Alliance and is currently on the Board of Catalyze Holdings and Broad Reach Power LLC., natural gas transportation and services, and natural gas distribution businesses in emerging markets worldwide.
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Gareth is an entrepreneur and successful founder and leader of a large public oil and gas company. He was born in the UK and studied geology at Oxford University before going on to work for Texaco and Murphy Oil in the US and UK. In the 1980s he became independent and subsequently founded Denbury Resources (NYSE: DNR), which grew into a $10 billion company under his leadership. Gareth stepped down from Denbury 10 years ago and has since been involved in the creation of various businesses, including ones involved in carbon sequestration and helium exploration. He has also been involved in extensive philanthropic activities at Oxford University and in his hometown in Yorkshire in the UK.
Although always based in Texas and primarily working in the US, Gareth has been involved with businesses in Canada since 1980 when the first company that he founded was funded by companies on the Vancouver Stock Exchange. He also led a successful exploration effort in the US on behalf of Coho Resources, then based in Calgary.
Subsequently Gareth formed Denbury Resources Inc. in the US, which became a Toronto Stock Exchange listed Canadian company in 1992 by a reverse merger with a small Calgary oil and gas company, Canadian Newscope. Between 1990 to 1996, Denbury continued as a TSE-listed company and grew from a cash flow of $0.12 per share to $2.51 per share by drilling wells and acquiring oil fields in the US. During that time, Denbury was able to raise money in Canada at successively higher levels and invest profitably in the US. Eventually Denbury listed on the New York Stock Exchange and grew through a series of accretive acquisitions via numerous capital markets transactions.
After carefully negotiating through the 2008 financial crisis, Gareth left the company to pursue other interests. One of those was a U. K. based company, 2CO Ltd., which was a developer of carbon capture projects around the world. Notably, 2CO engineered a complete carbon capture project at a coal plant in the U. K. which would have sequestered CO2 in a North Sea oil field. The U. K. government, due to prevailing economic conditions at the time, opted not to further fund the project through completion. However, that valuable experience allowed Roberts to form Valverde Power Solutions to take advantage of the knowledge gained in carbon dioxide capture and storage and particularly in utilizing Oxy-Fuel combustion. Valverde Power Solutions aims to become a significant deployer of Oxy-Fuel technology into clean electrical power generation across a variety of industries and identified projects worldwide.
Away from the workplace, Gareth has been active in helping to fund a new Earth Science building at Oxford University and has been elected to the Chancellor’s Court of Benefactors. Gareth is also a trustee of the Horsfall Trust based in Bradford, UK, which has been instrumental in building a new sports facility to serve the youth and community of that City. He is also the Chairman and owner of Bradford (Park Avenue) AFC CIC, a soccer club playing in the English leagues.
Omar Samji is a partner and Global Co-Head of Energy Innovation. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, joint ventures, corporate governance and commercial arrangements for clients in the energy industry, with a particular emphasis on low carbon energy projects.
Clients describe Omar as a "very measured" lawyer who delivers "fantastic results” (Chambers USA). Omar was recognized as a “Most Effective Dealmaker” in 2020 (Texas Lawyer).
Recent work highlights in the energy innovation space include advising:
StratosFuel in connection with developing and financing a green and blue hydrogen production and distribution project.
The owner of an ethanol production facility in the full suite of agreements relating to the development of carbon capture and sequestration facilities on site at the facility.
A publicly traded integrated midstream operator in current negotiations to provide carbon capture and sequestration to natural gas producers
SJ Industries in the formation of a joint venture to develop, own and operate fuel cell projects.
A publicly traded owner of renewable power projects in the formation of a joint venture for the purpose of developing, owning, and operating modular data centers located on or near renewable power sources.
Omar received his Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and his J.D. from Colombia Law School.
Ethan Shoemaker is an Investment Partner responsible for originating, evaluating, structuring, and monitoring of investments.
Mr. Shoemaker leads Orion Energy's office in Houston, is a member of the ESG committee, and co-manages the Investment Performance and Optimization group
Mr. Shoemaker is an observer to the board of directors for Tiger Rentals Group, American Natural Supply, Origin Americas, MidCentral Energy Partners, Bakersfield Renewable Fuels, Highland Pellets, and Caliche Development Partners. Mr. Shoemaker was previously an observer to the board of directors for Keystone Terminal Holdings.
Prior to joining Orion Energy, Mr. Shoemaker was in the Natural Resources Group of Goldman Sachs' investment banking division, where he provided M&A and financing advisory services to Goldman’s power and utility clients with a specific focus on generation assets. Prior to joining the investment banking division, Mr. Shoemaker worked in Goldman’s commodity structuring and risk management business (J. Aron & Co.). He worked with corporate and financial sponsor clients to structure physical and financial hedge products to manage commodity price exposure.
Mr. Shoemaker received a B.A. in World Politics from Hamilton College cum laude.
Ben Skinner is Vice President, Global Markets at Amp and is responsible for the monetisation of Amp's global storage portfolio in addition to directly overseeing Amp's UK & European energy storage business. Prior to joining Amp, Ben was VP, Structured Transactions & Origination at Macquarie Group in Houston.
Ben leads development of a 2.5 GW energy storage pipeline in the UK, including Amp's twin 400 MW batteries in Scotland, which are the largest in Europe. Globally, Ben has developed Amp's market analytics framework used to site and optimize assets, estimate market revenues, and underwrite investment into new energy storage markets.
Bobby Tudor is a Retired Founder and CEO of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co., and is currently the CEO of Artemis Energy Partners. TPH is a leading Energy Investment Bank formed in 2007 with over 180 employees in five offices in the US, Canada and UK. It is widely recognized for its industry leading position in Energy securities research and Energy investment banking advisory transactions.
Prior to forming TPH, Mr. Tudor was a Partner at Goldman Sachs and a leader of its worldwide Energy practice. Over his 30-plus year career in Investment Banking, he has worked on many of the defining transactions of the period, across most energy subsectors and geographies.
Mr. Tudor is currently the Chairman of the Houston Energy Transition Initiative, which is a consortium of Houston’s leading energy companies working to shape the region’s Energy Transition Strategy.
Mr. Tudor is the Past Chair of the Greater Houston Partnership and of the Rice University Board of Trustees. He serves on the Board of Advisors for Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, the Jones School of Business at Rice, the Carbon Neutral Coalition, and the National Advisory Board for the Tulane Center for Energy Law. Mr. Tudor also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Petroleum Council, the Houston Symphony, Good Reason Houston, and the MD Anderson Board of Visitors.
Mr. Tudor holds a BA in English and Legal Studies from Rice University, and a JD from Tulane.
Steve Vavrik is Chief Executive Officer with Broad Reach Power. Steve has spent two decades of his career developing and managing power and energy products.
Prior to his time at Broad Reach Power, Steve worked developing, trading, and managing energy investments with some of the leading companies in the industry including GE, Enron, First Wind, SunPower, and Apex Clean Energy. At these companies, Steve was directly involved in over $4 billion worth of investments in operating wind and solar power projects.
Steve earned a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, an MPP from Princeton University, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
Mr. Wallis joined NGP in 2017 and serves as a Partner in the Houston office, where he concentrates on NGP’s transaction sourcing and execution as well as the monitoring of active portfolio companies.
Previously, Mr. Wallis was a Managing Director with Lime Rock Partners, which he joined in 2007. His primary focus was on North American E&P and oilfield service opportunities. Prior to joining Lime Rock, Mr. Wallis worked in the energy investing banking groups of Merrill Lynch and Petrie Parkman & Co.
Mr. Wallis received a B.B.A. in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin, where he was a member of the Business Honors Program.