Energy Law

7th Mergers & Acquisitions in Energy Conference

Hybrid Conference

Past Event

MCLE Credit will be available

In-Person Attendance held at
Norris Conference Centers - Houston/CityCentre
816 Town & Country Blvd., Suite 210
Houston, Texas 77024

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Registrar: +1.972.244.3403
IEL: +1.972.244.3421
Fax: +1.972.244.3401


The energy industry has seen many mergers, acquisitions and divestitures in recent years. This conference will explore the legal and business trends related to the mergers and acquisitions in the energy industry. This conference will be presented in a hybrid format.  Although primarily designed for those attending the conference in-person, the conference is also available to view live online.

Conference Co-Chairs

Justin T. Stolte
Latham & Watkins LLP
Houston, Texas
Kim Warnica
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Marathon Oil Corporation
Houston, Texas


  • $325 - Regular Registration Fee
  • $260 - IEL Advisory Board Member
  • $260 - IEL Supporting or Sustaining Member Employee
  • $260 - IEL Young Energy Professional Member
  • $260 - Government Employee
  • $260 - In-House Counsel
  • $50 - Law Student
  • $50 - Full-time Professor

Schedule and Faculty

8:20 a.m. Registration

8:50 – 9:00 a.m. Welcome, Overview and Introductions

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. A Discussion of Current Energy Markets (Non-MCLE)

The talk will cover the current status of global energy markets. Topics will include the fundamental supply/demand backdrop for oil and gas markets, the changing dynamics created by the Russia/Ukraine situation and the complexity and inevitability of the energy transition. OPEC, demand destruction risks and investor sentiment will also sneak into the conversation.

  • Dan Pickering, Chief Investment Officer, Pickering Energy Partners, Houston, Texas

9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Energy M&A Trends

This session will cover recent trends in the acquisition of public and private companies in the energy space, including how the macro environment (including commodity price volatility and geopolitical tensions) is changing the deal making landscape, the industrial logic favoring further consolidation (including the desire for increasing shareholder returns while maintaining low levels of indebtedness), structuring alternatives, antitrust considerations for upstream transactions, the press toward energy transition and what it means, different ways of managing social issues, and financial considerations impacting deal activity.

  • Marcel Hewamudalige, Senior Managing Director, Evercore, Houston, Texas
  • Sean T. Wheeler, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Houston, Texas

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. BREAK

11:00 – 11:45 a.m. The Surprising Ways ESG Will Affect M&A and Other Transactions

This session will look at ways ESG can affect mergers, acquisitions, and transactions, including those caused by regulations and activism.

  • Hillary H. Holmes, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Houston, Texas
  • Regina Bynote Jones, Chief Legal Officer, Baker Hughes, Houston, Texas
  • Sarah Teslik, Value(s) Management and Investing, New York, New York

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Investing in Clean Energy – Financing and Policy Perspectives

This session will feature a discussion on the evolution of financing markets in supporting clean energy investments with a focus on how public policy has been used in the past to encourage accelerated commercialization and development of new energy sub-sectors.

  • Andrew Chen, Managing Director, CIT, Houston, Texas
  • Emily Easley, Chief Executive Office, Novus Energy Advisors, Washington, D.C.
  • Scott Grandt, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs, Houston, Texas

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Networking Luncheon

1:30 – 2:15 p.m. Houston Energy Transition Initiative (Non-MCLE)

This initiative describes a regional strategy for making sure that Houston remains the energy capital of the world.

  • Bobby Tudor, Chief Executive Officer, Artemis Energy Partners, Houston, Texas

2:15 – 3:00 p.m. Upstream A & D—Are We Really Back (and Where Did We Go)?

This session will look at the current (and future) state of the upstream A & D (and M & A) space, looking at where we are, how we got there and what we might expect in the future. The “energy transition,” the evolution of the ESG movement, the re-opening of economies post-pandemic, and current (and anticipated) geopolitical events are relatively recent drivers influencing commodity prices and the level of activity in the oil and gas industry. These, of course, have a follow-on effect on activity in the upstream A & D and M & A space, which will be discussed.

  • Michael P. Darden, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Houston, Texas

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. BREAK

3:15 – 4:00 p.m. SPAC Revolution to Evolution

This session will explore the current market landscape for SPAC-related transactions and how SPACs are reshaping—and being reshaped by—dynamic market demand and regulatory change. Panelists will discuss the outlook for SPAC transactions and the role SPACs and other alternative financing vehicles can play in supporting the energy transition.

  • Nick S. Dhesi, Latham & Watkins LLP, Houston, Texas
  • John Dowd, CEO, GoGreen Investments Corporation, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Arash Nazhad, Managing Director, Clean Energy Transition, Citi Global Markets, Houston, Texas

4:00 – 4:45 p.m. Infrastructure Joint Ventures

This session will discuss recent trends in joint venture transactions in the energy infrastructure industry, including drivers for those transactions. Additionally, this session will focus on how the expected energy infrastructure needs of the U.S. will shape energy infrastructure JVs in the coming years. This session will also cover infrastructure joint venture arrangements in all sectors of the energy industry, including the oil and gas, renewables, and energy transition sectors.

  • Danielle Mangrum Patterson, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Houston, Texas

4:45 p.m. ADJOURN

Overnight Accommodations

IEL has not arranged a hotel block for this conference, but there are numerous hotel options near the Norris Conference Center. A partial list of potential hotels or motels is included by clicking on the button below. (Note that descriptions and services may have changed for the hotels). 

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Breakfast Sponsor (Exclusive) - $4,000

  • Recognition in all marketing, which will be sent to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure, final program and conference break slides
  • Recognition at the event
  • 4 complimentary registrants at the Conference
  • A table for display of company/firm materials at the conference

Networking Luncheon Sponsor (Limited to 3) - $4,000 

  • Recognition in all marketing, which will be sent to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure, final program and conference break slides
  • Recognition at the event
  • 4 complimentary registrants at the Conference
  • A table for display of company/firm materials at the conference

Conference Patron - $2,000 each

  • Recognition in all marketing, which will be sent to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure, final program and conference break slides
  • Recognition at the event
  • 2 complimentary registrants at the Conference

Exhibitor (Non-law Firms only) (Limited to 2) - $2,000 each

  • Space to display company/firm materials at the conference.
  • Name/logo on Conference website with link to company page

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Lilly Hogarth, Sponsorship Coordinator at or +1.972.244.3424.

MCLE Information

This program is approved by the State Bar of Texas for a total of 4.5 hours with no hours of ethics credit. Course ID Number: 174153442. Credit hours may vary by jurisdiction, including for in-person and online viewing.

IEL will directly apply (if requested) for course accreditation in the following states: California, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. IEL has not requested credit from these jurisdictions at this time and approval may not be granted for all or a portion of the program. Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through reciprocity or attorney self-submission in other states, which may require you to pay an additional fee. IEL conferences are typically accredited by all mandatory CLE states, but more stringent requirements and restrictions may apply in certain jurisdictions. Please review your jurisdiction’s MCLE regulations for more information on the ability to obtain credit for this program.

COVID Warning and Protocols

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and individuals with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By attending the conference, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 while at the Conference.

All attendees are encouraged to be fully vaccinated prior to attending the conference. At this time, masks will not be required while attending the conference. If infection rates worsen close to the conference date, our policies may change.

If you feel ill the day of the conference or believe you have been directly exposed to COVID, do not attend the conference.

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