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


Energy and its related enterprises represent one of the largest and most important sectors in our economy. The Distressed ENERGY Summit, October 20, 2016 in Houston, Texas will be attended by energy entrepreneurs, investors and deal-makers who will assess the state of the Energy sector, and explore and discuss opportunities to participate in the turnaround of this critical industry.


  • Crude prices are at a 12-year low.
  • As many as 150 oil and gas-related companies could declare bankruptcy in 2016. Hundreds of others are saddled with high levels of debt.
  • On average, Energy companies are carrying twice as much debt as companies in the S&P 500.
  • Public Energy Companies are cutting dividends and curtailing stock buy-back programs.
  • Nationally, only 15% of oil and gas production is hedged in 2016 – down from 28% in 4thQ 2015.
  • U.S. Energy Department projects oversupply, currently over 2 million barrels per day, to increase by at least another 700,000 barrels in 2016.
  • Lay-offs in the U.S. energy sector continue to rise.
  • Oil Field product and services companies hold large inventories, while revenues have been vastly reduced.
  • Saudi Arabia & OPEC continue to hold fast to high-production levels.
  • Collateral damage is occurring in the commercial and residential real estate and other sectors in energy regions of the country.

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

Who Will Attend?

From the Public and Private Energy Companies:

  • CEOs
  • CFOs
  • Acquisition Executives
  • Heads of Investor Relations
  • Corporate & Business Development Executives
  • Strategic Planning Executives
  • General Counsel

From the Financial & Investment Community:

  • Commercial & Investment Banking Professionals
  • Hedge Fund and Private Equity Investors
  • Executives involved in energy-related deal transactions of $50 million and greater
  • Institutional Investors
  • Executives from private equity, LBO and venture funds
  • M&A Specialists
  • Senior, mezzanine and other lenders

From the Advisory Service Provider Community:

  • Attorneys
  • Consultants
  • Deal intermediaries
  • Turnaround & Restructuring Professionals
  • Due Diligence & Market Intelligence firms
  • Valuation & Appraisal firms
  • Tax & Accounting Professionals

What is the Format, and What will be Discussed?

The 2016 Distressed Energy Summit will consist of panel discussions in a round-table format consisting of one (1) session Leader/Moderator, and three (3) to four (4) expert panelists. Each session will be 45-minutes to one-hour in duration, with ample networking breaks, seated luncheon and evening reception to insure the highest level of informal networking and interaction.

Roundtable/Panel sessions will focus on the following…

  • 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.
    • 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?
    • 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?

  • Distressed Energy Debt: Hedge funds and others that purchased large amounts of distressed energy debt in 2014 and 2015 have seen their holdings decline even more. With the possibility of a modest rebound in oil prices in 2017, and traditional lenders staying on the sidelines, will private capital providers find promising opportunities ahead?

  • Restructuring Advisors Roundtable: Leading restructuring advisors discuss strategies that are keeping struggling energy enterprises in the game.

  • Transaction Services Roundtable: Energy-related transactions (M&A, loan restructuring, etc.) present unique issues of due diligence, valuation, taxation and regulatory compliance, and more. This panel of energy transaction services experts will discuss the key issues that must be addressed before, during and after the deal.

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

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • 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?

Get Involved

Business Development and Branding Opportunities

Raise your firm’s profile, branding and business development opportunities by joining us as a conference co-sponsor. A role on our executive speaking faculty may be provided for those firms that sponsor early. For more information, contact:

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

Hank Woji, VP Business Development, iiBIG
Ph: 512-692-9839 | E:

Join Our Faculty (JOF)

To apply to become a member of the executive speaking faculty, please complete our online JOF questionnaire. Review the preliminary topic outline, suggest other topics, and tell us about yourself and your expertise. For more information about opportunities to join our faculty, contact:

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

Marketing and Media Partnership Opportunities

If you are seeking more visibility for your publication, newsletter, website or blog among business and financial leaders in the energy and related communities, co-branding media and marketing partnerships are available. For more information, contact:

Stacy Lavender, Creative Services, Ballyhoo Central, Ltd.
Ph: 516-695-3030 | E:

Registration and Pricing
Standard Registration
This rate applies to executives from financial and/or deal-making services firms (e.g. law firms, private equity, VC, investment banks, tax and accounting advisors, transaction advisory consultants and similar firms).

Regular Rate (per person):              $1695
Energy Entrepreneur Rate This rate applies to executives from energy companies that are DIRECTLY* involved in energy exploration, production and services (e.g. Oil & Gas exploration firms, providers of oil field supplies and services & etc.) (Rate is subject to verification & approval).

*(Private Equity organizations with portfolios that include energy firms, must register at the STANDARD rate).

Regular Rate (per person):              $ 695

TEAM DISCOUNTS: Significant discounts are available for groups of three (3) or more. For more information contact:

Hank Woji, VP Business Development, iiBIG | Ph: 512-692-9839 • E:
All registrations are subject to review and approval.

Conference Venue Information

The Westin Oaks Houston at the Galleria

5011 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77056
Tel: 713-960-8100


iiBIG has made arrangements for a block of sleeping rooms at The Westin Oaks Houston for conference attendees at the reduced rate of $199.00 (plus tax) per night. To take advantage of this discounted rate you must make your reservations no later than September 26, 2016 as the discounted room block rate will expire on this date.

To make reservations, please call 713-960-8100 or reserve online.

About the The Westin Galleria:

The Houston Galleria Hotel offers the perfect setting for those who are seeking the ultimate in leisure, entertainment and recreation. The Westin Oaks Houston at the Galleria is ideally located in the Uptown Galleria area with direct access to over 350 shops and restaurants.

Obtain ultimate relaxation at the Houston hotel in one of the 406 spacious guestrooms featuring contemporary style and upgraded amenities including updated technology, flat-screen televisions and well-designed work areas that cater to travelers. Plus, enjoy relaxing amenities such as The Westin Heavenly Bed® and Heavenly Bath® products that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Continuing Education Credits

Continuing Education Credits (e.g. CLE, CPE, CME, etc.) may be available for iiBIG conferences. Upon request conference attendees will be provided with a “Certificate of Attendance” and a copy of the conference agenda, showing topics, length of sessions, and name(s) and professional affiliation(s) of presenter(s) for each session. Attendees wishing to apply for continuing education credits for attending this conference may submit this documentation to the relevant organization in his/her state when applying for such credits.

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