Energy Transactions Conference

in Houston, Texas, USA

Hilton Houston Post Oak
2001 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston, TX 77056

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Credits:MCLE Credit will be available

Overview

Conference Co-Chairs

Robert Brannon
Managing Counsel
Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company
Houston, Texas

Sharon O. Flanery
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
Charleston, West Virginia

Charlie Ofner
White & Case LLP
Houston, Texas

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Tuition

Note: Early registration pricing is available through September 16, 2019.

  • $435 - Regular Registration Fee (Regular Price: $495)
  • $345 - IEL Advisory Board Member (Regular Price: $395)
  • $345 - IEL Supporting or Sustaining Member Employee (Regular Price: $395)
  • $345 - IEL Young Energy Professional Member (Regular Price: $395)
  • $345 - CAIL Member or Member Employee (Regular Price: $395)
  • $345 - Government Employee (Regular Price: $395)
  • $125 - Law Student (Regular Price: $125)
  • $125 - Full-time Professor (Regular Price: $125)

Schedule and Faculty

7:30 am


Registration

8:20 am


Welcome, Overview and Introductions

8:30 am


Raising Capital in the Upstream and Midstream Sectors

This session will look at financing a deal, including comparing and contrasting types of lenders and capital providers and types of debt and equity instruments in today’s environment for upstream and midstream companies. In addition, the session will look at the impact of MLP rollups and buybacks.

  • Elena Millerman, White & Case LLP, New York, New York
  • Tammy W. Brennig, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, Houston, Texas

9:15 am


Due Diligence Structures and Issues

Not only is due diligence one of the most critical aspects of any transaction, but it is also often the most expensive task to undertake. Driven by the standards agreed to in the PSA (e.g., marketable title), the presentation will analyze how defects are defined and addressed while also looking at the most common options, including price reductions, replacements, claw-backs, and title arbitration.

  • Steven S. Toeppich, Toeppich and Associates, PLLC, Houston, Texas
  • Joe F. Flack III, Sidley Austin LLP, Houston, Texas

10:00 am


Break

10:30 am


Trading Spaces: Acreage Trades vs. Traditional A&D

This panel discussion will cover differences between acreage trades and traditional A&D. This discussion will analyze such issues as potential preferred right triggers, HBP/retention of wells, retained depths and multiple operators, and double-sided due diligence.

  • Kimberly Hill, Director – Land and Commercial Services, Marathon Oil Company, Houston, Texas
  • Kerry McEniry, Senior Counsel, Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company, Houston, Texas
  • Craig S. Vogelsang, Baker Botts L.L.P., Houston, Texas

11:15 am


Be Careful What You “ASSUME” -- Risks Associated with Oil & Gas Contracts

The oil and gas industry is one of high-risk, high-return. Entities must be ever-mindful of assuming (and accounting for) business risks. This presentation will analyze the risks involved in various oil and gas contracts, including purchase and sale agreements, operating agreements, leases and supply contracts, along with indemnity provisions and methods to allocate risks.

  • Braden L. Christopher, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Bridget D. Furbee, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Bridgeport, West Virginia
  • Jennifer Stockel, Lead Legal Counsel, Equinor, Houston, Texas

Noon


Networking Luncheon

1:15 pm


Royalty Considerations in Oil & Gas Contracts

This session will analyze royalty issues lurking in common energy transactions and how to plan for and draft around them, including:

  • Gathering, processing, and purchasing agreements and the unbundling of fees;
  • Purchase and sale agreements; and
  • Affiliated marketing entities, exported production and implied covenants to market
  • Jane Campbell, Senior Counsel, Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company, Houston, Texas
  • Charles J. (Tim) Engel III, King & Spalding LLP, Washington, D.C.

1:45 pm


Complications Arising from Operations on Properties Subject to Joint Operating Agreements and Other Related Agreements

Oil and gas properties are often subject to Joint Operating Agreements, as well as Farmouts, Participation Agreements, Development Agreements, and Areas of Mutual Interest. Determining which agreement controls, what types of operations take priority, and what types of approval from or notice to other parties with an interest in the property can be complicated. This presentation will analyze these types of issues to understand how to “unravel” the tapestry woven by overlapping contracts.

  • Meghan N. Eilers, Vice President, Legal (Operations), Encana Corporation, The Woodlands, Texas
  • M. Harris Stamey, Porter Hedges LLP, Houston, Texas

2:30 pm


Trends and Issues in Midstream Agreements

The midstream sector has evolved in recent years in response to changing dynamics, including significant increases in domestic production, basin-constrained pipeline capacity, and expanding market locations. This presentation will focus on the legal issues (e.g., midstream dedication issues post-Sabine) that impact upstream and midstream companies in this changing environment.

Moderator: Chad M. Smith, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Houston, Texas

Panelists:

  • Chris Miller, Assistant General Counsel, Hilcorp, Houston, Texas
  • Kathleen Turner, Assistant Vice President and Associate General Counsel, EIG Global Energy Partners, Houston, Texas

3:15 pm


Break

3:30 pm


Water Agreements Related to Shale Production: Procurement, Gathering, Recycling, and Disposal

Water plays a critical role in oil and gas development, especially in shale and tight formations. This presentation will focus on the transactions and key legal considerations related to water in respect of hydrocarbon production from shale and tight formations, including the procurement, handling, treating, and disposal of water used in and produced from those operations.

  • Daniella D. Landers, Reed Smith LLP, Houston, Texas
  • Stephen C. Szalkowski, Latham & Watkins LLP, Houston, Texas
  • Harrison Bolling, Vice President, General Counsel, WaterBridge Resources LLC, Houston, Texas

4:15 pm


Ethics and Energy Transactions: How to Keep Yourself and Your Client Out of the Courtroom

This session will feature a discussion of ethical and litigation risks associated with specific types of transactions and relationships.

  • Geoff Gannaway, Beck Redden LLP, Houston, Texas

5:15 pm


Adjourn

5:15-6:15 pm


Reception

CLE Credit

This program is approved by the State Bar of Texas for a total of 6.75 hours, including 1.0 hour of ethics. Course ID Number: 174060474. Credit hours for other states will vary and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.

For this conference, IEL will directly apply (if requested) for course accreditation in the following states: California, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. Some of these states may not approve a program for credit hours before the program occurs. Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through reciprocity or attorney self-submission in other states. Attorneys filing by self-submission in certain states may be required to pay an additional fee. IEL conferences are typically accredited by all mandatory CLE states.

Hotel Information

Hilton Houston Post Oak
2001 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston, TX 77056

The cost of housing is not included in tuition. However, rooms (in limited number) have been reserved at the Hilton Houston Post Oak (2001 Post Oak Boulevard, Houston, TX 77056). Registrants should call 1.800.445.8667 and advise that they are attending the “IEL 2019 Conference” to receive a reduced rate of $159 + tax/night for a standard king room. The last day to obtain this special rate is September 24, 2019.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Lanyard Sponsor (Exclusive) - $4,000 - SOLD
For Energy Transaction Conference and Doing Deals: Energy Transactions For Young Energy Professionals

  • Sponsor name on lanyard for Energy Transaction and Doing Deals: Energy Transactions For Young Energy Professionals
  • Recognition in the Energy Transaction Conference brochure, which will be mailed and/or emailed to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders and will reach many thousands more through email and web announcements
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure and final program
  • Recognition on the Conference website
  • 2 complimentary registrants at the Energy Transaction Conference and Doing Deals: Energy Transactions For Young Energy Professionals
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the conferences

Breakfast Sponsor (Only 1 Allowed) - $3,000 - SOLD

  • Recognition in the Conference brochure, which will be mailed and/or emailed to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders and will reach many thousands more through email and web announcements
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure and final program
  • Recognition on the Conference website
  • Recognition at the breakfast
  • 3 complimentary registrants at the Conference.
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the conference

Morning Break Sponsor (Only 1 Allowed) - $3,000

  • Recognition in the Conference brochure, which will be mailed and/or emailed to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders and will reach many thousands more through email and web announcements
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure and final program
  • Recognition on the Conference website
  • Recognition at the break, including from podium immediately before break
  • 3 complimentary registrants at the Conference
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the conference.

Afternoon Break Sponsor (Only 1 Allowed) - $3,000

  • Recognition in the Conference brochure, which will be mailed and/or emailed to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders and will reach many thousands more through email and web announcements
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure and final program
  • Recognition on the Conference website
  • Recognition at the break, including from podium immediately before break
  • 3 complimentary registrants at the Conference
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the conference

Hosted/Networking Luncheon - $2,750 each

  • Recognition in the Conference brochure, which will be mailed and/or emailed to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders and will reach many thousands more through email and web announcements
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure and final program
  • Recognition on the Conference website
  • Recognition at the luncheon.
  • 2 complimentary registrants at the Conference.
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the conference

Networking Reception - $2,250 each

  • Recognition in the Conference brochure, which will be mailed and/or emailed to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders and will reach many thousands more through email and web announcements
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure and final program
  • Recognition on the Conference website.
  • Recognition at the reception
  • 1 complimentary registrant at the Conference
  • 2 complimentary guests at reception
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the conference

Exhibitor (Non-law Firms only) - $1,500 each

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

Other Information

Press Policy

All IEL conferences are held under the Chatham House Rule. Participants, including journalists, are free to use any information received, but comments may not be attributed to any speaker identifi ed by name or affiliation.

Visa Information

If you require a letter of invitation to obtain a visa for this conference, payment of the registration fee must first be made.  If you apply and do not receive a visa, please send us a copy of the rejection letter from the consulate, and we will cancel your registration and issue a refund. Please email iel@cailaw.org for more details.

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