The 2016 Distressed Energy Summit

Investment, M&A, Restructuring, and Turnaround Opportunities in the Energy Sector

October 20, 2016    |    The Westin Oaks Houston at the Galleria     |    Houston, TX

Detailed Agenda

The conference agenda is in formation and will be posted soon. Speakers and Sponsors for this event are currently being confirmed and a limited number of speaking opportunities are available. To apply to become a member of the speaking faculty, and to review agenda topics please complete our online JOIN OUR FACULTY application. Or for more information, please contact:

Don Buford, CEO, iiBIG LLC
Ph: 212-300-2521 | E:

Thursday, October 20, 2016

8:00 - 9:00
Networking & Registration

9:00 - 9:15
Welcome to Houston – Opening Remarks

Don Buford, Founder & CEO,
iiBIG LLC – Port Washington, NY

9:15 - 10:00
(A01) State of the Energy Industry Roundtable – The Domestic and Global Outlook
Conference will open with a panel of Energy Sector Experts on the current state of the Energy Industry, including prognostications on the short-term and long-term outlook for the industry. This keynote panel will explore big-picture trends from the proverbial '36-thousand-feet.'

  • How will political instability in the Middle-East, Venezuela and other oil-producing regions affect oil prices?
  • How long can OPEC sustain current production levels? How will renewed Iranian production affect markets?
  • How long will the downturn in global demand last?
  • Will the downturn result in an acceleration bankruptcies, M&A activity and other disruptions in the energy sector?
  • The U.S. Presidential Election will occur within 3 weeks of this conference. Depending on the outcome, what can the energy industry expect from Washington and the new Presidential Administration?

Mile Milisavljevic
Mile Milisavljevic, Principal, Deals Strategy,
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)Houston, TX

Karr Ingham
Leslie Beyer, President,
Petroleum Equipment & Services Association – Houston, TX

Karr Ingham
Karr Ingham, Economist,
Texas Alliance of Energy Producers – Amarillo, TX

Jim Manatt
Jim Manatt, CEO,
Thrust Energy, Inc. – Roswell, NM

Simon Todd
Simon Todd, CEO,
Capriole LLC – Houston, TX

10:00 - 10:30
AM Refreshments & Networking Break

10:30 - 11:15
(A02) Distressed Energy Debt
Hedge funds and others that have purchased large amounts of distressed energy debt in many cases have seen their holdings decline even more. Where are best opportunities and important pitfalls as alternative lenders consider replacing bank debt or public financing sources, driving debt to equity conversions, and funding mergers and acquisitions? How does the picture change when a company files for bankruptcy? Do worthy growth capital projects exist in this turbulent period? How will private capital providers, asset-backed lenders and others deploy their capital in the months ahead?

Scott Johnson
Scott Johnson, Managing Director and Co-Founder,
Chiron Financial, LLC – Houston, TX

Jeffrey Bartlett
Jeffrey M. Bartlett, Managing Director,
Apollo Global Management – Houston, TX

Adam Filkerski
Adam Filkerski, Co-Founder and Partner,
BlackGold Capital Management – Houston, TX

Owen Hill
Owen Hill, Managing Director,
Ares Management LLC – Dallas, TX

Tim Murray
Tim Murray, Managing Director & Head of Energy Origination,
Benefit Street Partners – Houston, TX

(A03) Bankruptcy Roundtable
To re-settle in- or out-of-Court – and other issues in light of recent court rulings and regulatory changes.

Greg Gordon
Greg Gordon, Partner,
Jones Day – Dallas, TX

Adam Cohen
Adam Cohen, Founder and Manager,
Covenant Review – New York, NY

Mark Ferraris
Mark Ferraris, CEO,
Citadel SPV – New York, NY

Jay Haber
Jay Haber, Senior Energy Consultant,
Getzler Henrich & Associates – Houston, TX

John Little
John Little, Principal,
Deloitte Transactions & Business Analytics LLP – Houston, TX


1:15 - 2:00
(A04) Restructuring Advisors Roundtable
Leading restructuring advisors discuss strategies that are keeping struggling energy enterprises in the game.

Shari Heyen
Shari Heyen, Shareholder,
Greenburg Traurig LLP – Houston, TX

Jeff Huddelston
Jeff Huddelston, Managing Director,
Conway Mackenzie – Houston, TX

Tony Schnur
Tony Schnur, CEO & CFO,
Lucas Energy – Houston, TX

Hugh Sawyer
Hugh Sawyer, Managing Director,
Huron Consulting Group – New York, NY

Joe Stone
Joe Stone, Managing Director,
Blackhill Partners – Dallas, TX

2:05 - 2:50
(A05) M&A in the Energy Sector
What is the outlook for consolidations and roll-ups in the Energy sector and related industries? How active will the cash-rich ‘Bigs’ be in scooping up companies and assets? What role will Private Equity, Hedge Funds and smaller Strategic buyers play?

Sean W. Moran
Sean W. Moran, Shareholder,
Buchanan Ingersoll Rooney PC – Pittsburg, PA

W. Clifford Atherton
W. Clifford Atherton, Jr. Managing Director,
GulfStar Group Investment Bankers – Houston, TX

Frank Guidone
Frank Guidone, Operating Partner,
Renovo Capital, LLC – Dallas, TX

Joe Stone
Will Marsh, VP & General Counsel,
Baker Hughes – Houston, TX

2:55 - 3:35
(A06) Transaction Services Roundtable
Energy-related transactions (M&A, loan restructuring, etc.) present unique issues including fairness opinions, due diligence, valuation, fairness opinions, tax issues, regulatory compliance, and more. This panel of energy transaction services experts will discuss the unique issues that must be addressed before, during and after energy-related deals.

Michael Collier
Michael Collier, Managing Director, Transaction Advisory Services,
Duff & Phelps – Houston, TX

Derek Anchondo
Derek J. Anchondo, Shareholder,
Greenberg Traurig LLP – Houston, TX

John Chapman
John Chapman, VP Investment Banking,
Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. – Houston, TX

Stephen T. Olson
Stephen T. Olson, Partner,
Jones Day – Houston, TX

Stephen T. Olson
Matthew Wiener, SVP,
Aon Transaction Solutions – Houston, TX

3:35 - 4:05
PM Refreshments & Networking Break

4:05 - 4:45
(A07) Middle-Market Energy Entrepreneur Roundtable
Current and future outlook from middle-market energy entrepreneurs in the upstream, midstream, and downstream sectors. How are middle-market companies coping with the downturn in oil prices, and making preparations to emerge successfully, and take advantage of the rebound?

Aaron Kibbey
Aaron Kibbey, Managing Director,
Loughlin Management Partners & Co. – New York, NY

Jonathan Duhon
Jonathan Duhon, President & COO,
Jones Companies, Inc. – Columbia, MS

Scott Milliren
Scott Milliren, Chairman,
Ranger Energy – Stafford, TX

Leo Slootsky
Leo Slootsky, Co-Founder & CEO,
OneEnergy Partners – Houston, TX

4:50 – 5:30
(A08) Private Equity, Hedge Funds, BDCs and the Energy Sector
Having invested heavily, and extended massive amounts of debt at low interest rates into the energy sector prior to 2015, how will Hedge Funds, Private Equity funds, and Business Development Companies participate in the turnaround?

James Holloway
James Holloway, Senior Reporter,
Reorg Research, Inc. – Houston, TX

Jeff Ball
Jeff Ball, Managing Director,
Energy & Minerals Group – Houston, TX

Ross Bartley
Ross Bartley, Principal,
OFS Energy Fund – Houston, TX

Bruce A. Ferguson
Bruce A. Ferguson, Managing Partner and Co-Founder,
Apex Fundamental Partners – Cincinnati, OH

5:35 – 6:15
(A09) Hedges and Oil Prices
How much longer will energy-related companies be able to rely upon hedges in order to service debt and overhead? How are these companies getting prepared as hedge-time runs out?

Wayne Penello
Wayne Penello, General Partner,
Risked Revenue Energy Associates – Houston, TX

Roger Burks
Roger Burks, Executive Managing Director and CEO,
WG Consulting – Houston, TX

Brennan Higgins
Brennan Higgins, Managing Director,
Macquarie Bank, Ltd. – Houston, TX

6:15 - 7:30
WELCOME TO HOUSTON Evening Networking Reception

Event Details
What: Distressed ENERGY Summit
Where: The Westin Galleria
Houston, TX