Conference Agenda

4:45 PM
Opening Reception
Get an early start on your MIDSTREAM Finance experience! Pick your badge up early to avoid the lines. Then join us at the Opening Reception for networking and passed hors d'oeuvres with drinks.
7:30 AM
Registration & Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast and the opportunity to network before the conference presentations begin. This is a great opportunity to make new contacts and greet old friends.
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8:30 AM
Welcome & Opening Remarks
We will open with a quick overview of the sector’s financial challenges, the buildout, and M&A activity.
Paul Hart, Midstream Editor-at-Large, Midstream Business
8:35 AM
Opening Keynote: The New World Of Midstream Finance
The midstream has faced significant capital hurdles in recent years. Here’s the view from one of the sector’s major thought leaders.
Kenny Feng, President & CEO, Alerian
9:00 AM
Panel: Matching Projects & Capital
Yes, there is capital out there but the midstream operators may need to get more creative than in the past to obtain funding for their projects.
Bernadette Johnson, Vice President, Market Intelligence, DrillingInfo Inc.
Gerry Spedale, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
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10:00 AM
Networking Break
10:40 AM
Spotlight: Taking A Midstream Team To Success
Project success comes through close coordination between experienced operations managers and knowledgeable capital providers. One of the sector’s most experienced private equity providers shares his insights on how to make the relationship work.
Ben Davis, Partner, Energy Spectrum Capital
10:55 AM
Roundtable: Private Equity Has The Money, Where Is It Going?
Private equity enjoys a growing role in the midstream as investors seek attractive returns that have been hard to find elsewhere. These panelists share their insights on where the money is coming from and the attributes of proposed projects that can attract that capital.
A. Chris Aulds, Founder & Partner, Pearl Energy Investments
Josh Sherman, Partner, Opportune LLP
David Finan , Partner , EIV Capital
David Cecere, Partner, Tailwater Capital
11:40 AM
Spotlight: The Big Picture—Midstream’s Long-Term Trends
The midstream has been riding a seesaw in the last few years. Will the ups and downs continue, or will the segment stabilize in the foreseeable future?
Greg Haas, Director, Integrated Oil & Gas, Stratas Advisors
Networking Lunch
1:15 PM
Afternoon Keynote: The Financial View From The Executive Suite
The issues faced by a midstream CFO are legion. This executive discusses what they are and how accounting and finance departments can best respond to these challenges.
Brian Best, Executive Vice President of Commercial & Corporate Development, Vaquero Midstream
1:40 PM
Roundtable: What Firms Need To Finance The Buildout
Adding all that new infrastructure to link the Permian, Marcellus and other big plays to customers is a huge job—and will take big dollars to accomplish. Meanwhile, the capital markets have changed dramatically. These experts share their views on what options midstream management have to get the job done.
Speaker TBA, RS Energy Group
Rick Black, Executive Vice President, Dennard Lascar Associates LLC
Michael Casey, Associate, Goldman Sachs
J. Michael Chambers, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
2:30 PM
Networking Break
3:00 PM
MLP Spotlight: What’s Working For Partnerships
Master limited partnerships have been a midstream mainstay but they, like the rest of the sector, are undergoing major changes in response to the financial markets and new regulations in Washington. The head of the MLP trade association joins us to discuss how partnerships will change to maintain a key role in the midstream’s future.
Lori Ziebart, Executive Director, Master Limited Partnership Association
3:25 PM
Spotlight: Movin’ On Up—The Marathon/Andeavor Deal & Its Midstream Impact
Who has the money right now in the oil and gas business? Look downstream. Wide crack spreads have made refiners very profitable and many, including Marathon look to become big players in the midstream too.
Sunil Sibal, Manager Director, Energy Infrastructure/MLPs, Seaport Global Securities LLC
3:50 PM
Closing Panel: How To Enter The Booming Export Market
The U.S. has gone from significant energy importer to big-time energy exporter in just a few years. That creates great opportunities for midstream players—but also requires changes in thinking and new business models.
Michael W. Hinton, Chief Strategy & Customer Officer, Allegro Development Corp.
John Auers, Executive Vice President, Turner, Mason & Company
4:30 PM
Closing Reception