Energy Law

7th Midstream Oil & Gas Law Conference


Live Online Conference

Past Event

MCLE Credit will be available

Details for connecting to the conference will be sent after you register. If you registered but did not receive a link to participate in the conference, please email Ryan Frome.

Registrar: +1.972.244.3404
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This biennial conference features an outstanding mix of experienced midstream in-house and law firm practitioners addressing the legal issues affecting the midstream industry.

Conference Co-Chairs

Vijay D’Cruz
Enterprise Products Partners L.P.
Houston, Texas

Philip K. Lau
Mayer Brown LLP
Houston, Texas


  • $75.00 - Regular Registration Fee
  • $0.00 -  IEL Advisory Board Member
  • $50.00 - IEL Supporting or Sustaining Member Employee
  • $0.00 - IEL Young Energy Professional (YEP) Member
  • $50.00 - Government Employee
  • $0.00 - Full-time Professor
  • $0.00 - Law Student

Schedule and Faculty

Wednesday, June 23

9:55 – 10:00 a.m. (Central)

Welcome, Overview and Introductions

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (Central)

ESG Capital Markets in the Energy Sector

ESG bond and loan capital markets transaction volumes have grown dramatically over the last few years as issuers and investors alike are drawn to the product. J.P. Morgan will lead a panel discussion with two energy sector companies, who were early adopters in this market – Solaris and Enbridge, who issued a Sustainability Linked Bond and Loan, respectively. The discussion will include a broader conceptual overview of the formats of securities available and why issuers may select them, and will also cover the documentation process required leading up to a transaction.

Moderator: Steve Leamer, Executive Director - Debt Capital Markets, J.P. Morgan, New York, New York


  • Amanda Brock, President & Chief Operating Officer, Solaris Water, Houston, Texas
  • Sheldon Bueckert, Manager Treasury, Enbridge Inc., Calgary, Alberta
  • Marilyn Ceci, Managing Director, Global Head of ESG Debt Capital Markets, J.P. Morgan, New York, New York

11:00 – 11:05 a.m. (Central)


11:05 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. (Central)

Private Equity and SPACs: What does the coming wave of de-SPAC transactions mean for midstream?

The SPAC craze has seen several energy private equity funds sponsoring SPAC IPOs, bringing a convergence of the private and public capital markets. What will happen next? Where will these SPACs find their de-SPAC targets? Will your company be an attractive target in the de-SPAC wave? What are midstream investors predicting? This panel of private equity and SPAC experts will discuss opportunities and the target return stack in de-SPAC transactions.

ModeratorOmar Samji, Shearman & Sterling LLP, Houston, Texas


  • Emily Leitch, Shearman & Sterling LLP, Houston, Texas
  • Jonathan Sherman, Executive Director, Investment Banking, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co., New York, New York
  • Scott Wexler, Head of NAM Midstream, Citi Investment Banking, Houston, Texas

12:05 – 12:45 p.m. (Central)


12:45 – 1:30 p.m.

Virtual Get-Together

Join other attendees for this virtual get together on Zoom to catch up and discuss the midstream industry.

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Central)

Friendly Fire: Managing the Risks of FERC-Regulated Affiliate Relationships

This presentation will explore the statutory and regulatory landscape governing the relationship between FERC-regulated liquids pipelines and their marketing affiliates, with an emphasis on current trends and live issues. With the current state of the law as a backdrop, the presentation will conclude with recommended best practices for FERC-regulated liquids pipelines engaging in transactions and operations with their affiliates.

  • Elizabeth Kohlhausen, Caldwell Boudreau Lefler PLLC, Houston, Texas
  • Jewel (JR) Hand, Caldwell Boudreau Lefler PLLC, Houston, Texas

2:30 p.m. (Central)

Adjourn for Day

Thursday, June 24

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (Central)

Energy Policy in the Biden Era

This presentation will provide an overview of the Biden Administration’s energy policy and discuss the prospects for federal legislation impacting the energy sector. The presentation will focus on the Biden Administration’s executive orders on climate change, changes to federal permitting, forthcoming SEC ESG disclosures, as well as Congress’s consideration of infrastructure and tax legislation impacting the oil, gas, and renewables industries.

  • Andrew Olmem, Mayer Brown LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Warren S. Payne, Mayer Brown LLP, Washington, D.C.

11:00 – 11:05 a.m. (Central)


11:05 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. (Central)

Down But Not Out?

An update on the impact of midstream gathering and transportation agreements in bankruptcy. The presenters will address recent decisions issues by bankruptcy courts, some (surprising) good news, and mitigation strategies.

  • John E. Mitchell, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Dallas, Texas
  • Kerstie Clark, Hess Corporation, Houston, Texas

12:05 – 1:00 p.m. (Central)


1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (Central)

Care and Feeding of Your Projects, New and Old, and Your Exposure to Claims, New and Old

The Panel will touch on recent climate change litigation, the federal Executive and Legislative Branch agenda for environmental justice policies, common law and statute-based actions involving constituents of the production, generating and manufacturing processes, including polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and Aqueus Film-Forming Foam (AFFF), and the impact of the changing landscape of environmental protection and enforcement as it may impact current and future midstream and related energy projects.

Moderator: Willie Wood, McKool Smith, Houston, Texas


  • Kevin Ewing, Bracewell LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • William J. Jackson, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, New York, New York
  • Edward Clark Lewis, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, Houston, Texas

2:10 p.m. (Central)


Sponsorship Opportunities

Premier IEL Conference Supporter - $1,250

  • Ability to make one pop-up offer during conference (i.e., free access to firm publication or webinar for example). Offer is subject to approval by IEL. Timing selected by IEL.
  • Single page company slide for display in conference waiting room
  • Recognition as a sponsor in all conference material, including inclusion of company/firm logo
  • Recognition as a sponsor in conference marketing communications, which are emailed to thousands of business leaders and counsel
  • Oral and visual recognition as sponsor during both days of educational programs at conference
  • Recognition as a sponsor on the conference website
  • 12 complimentary registrants at conference

IEL Conference Supporter - $500

  • Recognition as a sponsor in all conference material, including inclusion of company/firm logo
  • Recognition as a sponsor in conference marketing communications, which are emailed to thousands of business leaders and counsel
  • Oral and visual recognition as sponsor during both days of educational programs at conference
  • Recognition as a sponsor on the conference website
  • 5 complimentary registrants at the conference

CLE Credit

Texas Course Number 174125121. This course has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 6.0 credit hours, of which no credit hours will apply to ethics/professional responsibility credit.

This online program has not been approved for MCLE credit in any other jurisdictions. If requested by attendees, CAIL will request accreditation in California, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Accreditation has not been sought or approved in these jurisdictions at this time.  MCLE credit will not be requested in any other jurisdiction.

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