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Event schedule

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2015
FOUR SEASONS HOUSTON
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
WELCOME RECEPTION
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
OPENING DINNER
Keynote Speaker

Senator Lisa Murkowski will be the keynote speaker.

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Speakers
Senator Lisa Murkowski
Senator Lisa Murkowski, Chair, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
US Senate
Andrianne Payson
Andrianne Payson, Partner
DLA Piper
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2015
FOUR SEASONS HOUSTON
8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.
WELCOME REMARKS
Speaker
Robert J. Gruendel
Robert J. Gruendel, Global Chair, Energy Sector
DLA Piper
8:40 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
OPENING PRESENTATION
State of Energy, A Global Perspective

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Speaker
Amos Hochstein
Amos Hochstein, Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs
US State Department
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
PANEL 1
View from the Americas: The Shifting Energy Landscape

With the rise of the US shale industry, the liberalization of the Mexican energy markets and the expectation that Canada’s output will reach almost 7 million barrels a day, the opportunity exists for the Americas to become one of the world’s great energy hubs. Before that can become a reality, however, there are numerous constraints: among others, needs for regulatory cooperation, for substantial infrastructure build-out, and harmony among trading, transportation and storage activities. This panel will explore the new opportunities and challenges facing the energy markets in the Americas.

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Moderator
Governor James Blanchard
Governor James Blanchard, Former US Ambassador to Canada;
Partner, DLA Piper
Speakers
Michael Brennan
Michael Brennan, Energy Policy Officer, Economic Section
US Embassy Mexico City
Cynthia Farmer
Cynthia Farmer, ADM of Strategy and Market Access
Alberta Energy
Jeff Petrich
Jeff Petrich, Executive Director, Washington Council
Ernst & Young LLP
10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
BREAK
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
PANEL 2
Energy: Recovering or Drilling Down – Troubles in the Energy Sector

Low commodity prices have placed increased pressures on exploration and production and oilfield service companies throughout North America. Energy companies have turned to the capital markets, private investors and asset sales to shore up liquidity. Other industry participants have taken more formal restructuring actions through distressed debt exchanges or bankruptcy proceedings. This panel will discuss current restructuring trends and distress issues facing the energy industry.

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Moderator
Gregg Galardi
Gregg Galardi, Partner
DLA Piper
Speakers
David Rush
David Rush, Senior Managing Director, Corporate Finance
FTI Consulting
Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts, Principal
The Carlyle Group
Lloyd Sprung
Lloyd Sprung, Senior Managing Director
EverCore
12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
BREAK
12:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
LUNCH PRESENTATION
Transportation Issues Affecting the Energy Industry

   

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Speaker
Secretary Ray LaHood
Secretary Ray LaHood, Former Secretary, US Department of Transportation;
Senior Policy Advisor, DLA Piper
1:50 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
BREAK
2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
PANEL 3
Siting and Permitting Energy Projects: The Opposition Playbook and How to Routinely Defeat it

Project detractors opposing energy projects use standard approaches which add unnecessary costs and impediments to the successful completion of the projects. Many project sponsors lose momentum and can risk ultimate project denial if they do not understand the opposition playbook and take it into account from the star t of the project-planning process. The panel will discuss the opposition playbook and identify techniques and strategies to minimize the impact of the playbook on project objectives.

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Moderator
Robert Alessi
Robert Alessi, Global Vice Chair, Energy Sector
DLA Piper
Speakers
Paul Gilman, PhD
Paul Gilman, PhD, Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer
Covanta
Jim Gordon
Jim Gordon, President
Energy Management, Inc.
Mary Usovicz
Mary Usovicz, SVP, Business Development
TRC Companies, Inc.
3:15 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.
INTERVIEW WITH COMMISSIONER BART CHILTON
Impact of Dodd-Frank on the Energy Sector

   

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Moderator
Tom  Lord
Tom Lord, Executive Director
Ernst & Young
Speaker
Commissioner Bart Chilton
Commissioner Bart Chilton, Former Commissioner, US Commodity Futures Trading Commission;
Senior Policy Advisor, DLA Piper
4:05 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
BREAK
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
PANEL 4
Cybersecurity and Energy: Confronting the Threat: Protecting Your Company, Your People, and Your Physical Assets from Cybersecurity Risk

Security breaches today are on the rise, and hackers are increasingly sophisticated and aggressive in their efforts to steal highly prized, highly confidential information from their targets, or disrupt their operations. No sector is immune to attack, even government.

In the energy sector, the threat to companies and even the public itself posed by cybersecurity attacks cannot be understated. Business disruption, theft of highly sensitive information, and attacks on physical assets are all risks that companies are facing on a regular basis. Our panelists are on the front lines of these issues. In this panel, we will discuss these risks and the specific actions that companies can take to protect themselves from this constantly evolving threat.

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Moderator
Senator Saxby Chambliss
Senator Saxby Chambliss, Partner
DLA Piper
Speakers
Stanley Byers
Stanley Byers, Executive Director, Cyber Economics
Ernst & Young LLP
General Harry Raduege
General Harry Raduege, Senior Consultant, The Cohen Group;
Senior Advisor and Director for Cyber-Risk Services, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Kevin Swailes
Kevin Swailes, Executive Leader, Global IP Protection, Center of Excellence
General Electric
David Thomas
David Thomas, Special Agent in Charge (SAC)
Federal Bureau of Investigation
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
COCKTAIL RECEPTION

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