Learn essential strategies and insights for navigating the legal hurdles of the energy industry, and for ensuring business growth in this volatile market at our exclusive special event.

Join Bloomberg Law and Epiq for a half-day program providing expert information and solutions on managing corporate transactions in the energy industry - from litigation to regulatory investigation to corporate restructuring.

This event will take a closer look at: 

  • Energy industry regulatory and market challenges
  • Trends in energy company corporate transactions in response to changing investment trends, geopolitical instability, and evolving supply and demand
  • Recent case law developments, with a focus on the interaction of bankruptcy litigation and the energy industry
  • The impact of proposed environmental regulations as energy companies plan for the future
  • And more!


Date & Time:
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
1:30 PM – 6:00 PM CT
Networking reception to follow.

Continuing Education:
Earn up to 3.5 CLE credits (may vary based on jurisdiction requested).

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910 Louisiana Street
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1:30 pm                Registration

2:00 pm                Opening Remarks

  • Jima Islam, Legal Content Manager, Bloomberg BNA
  • Andrew Shimek, Managing Director, eDiscovery, Epiq 

2:05 pm  
              Keynote: A Bloomberg Perspective on the Energy Industry
A Bloomberg analyst will discuss the current state of the energy industry. What are the specific regulatory and market challenges? What are the proposed environmental and safety regulations that will affect the energy industry the most? How might the landscape change in the immediate future?

  • Brandon Barnes, Senior Analyst – Litigation, Bloomberg Intelligence

2:30 pm
               Trends in Corporate Transactions
In response to changing investment trends, geopolitical instability, rapidly evolving supply and demand dynamics, energy reform, and regulatory challenges, energy counsel must determine what type of corporate transaction – if any – is best suited for their company’s current needs and goals. Is the correct strategy to diversify and divest or to acquire? What are the right types of companies to partner with? This panel will discuss the types of corporate transactions that that might help different companies in the energy industry maintain stability, and how to effectively implement and utilize these deals.


  • Stephanie Conklin Beauvais, Partner, Andrews Kurth LLP
  • Christina Ibrahim, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Weatherford
  • Stephen Olson, Partner, Jones Day


  • Andrew Shimek, Managing Director, eDiscovery, Epiq 

3:15 pm                Energy Master Limited Partnerships: Eye on Sabine Oil and Gas and What Will Follow
When energy prices saw a downturn in 2014, the industry turned to MLPs (Master Limited Partnerships) for their tax benefits and a steady income stream. As energy companies still struggle in this economy, sometimes resulting in bankruptcy filings, the stability of MLPs have come into question, particularly with the ruling in In re Sabine Oil and Gas allowing the company to drop certain contracts within the MLP. Does the MLP structure still make sense? What might happen to MLPs in light of this decision and others that may follow? This panel will discuss potential benefits and pitfalls of MLPs that counsel and business leaders should consider, as well as the impact of the Sabine Oil and Gas decision and others that may follow.


  • Ryan Blaine Bennett, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis
  • Douglas V. Getten, Partner, Corporate Department, Paul Hastings LLP
  • Greg Matlock, Partner, Ernst & Young 
  • Shawn O’Brien, Partner, Mayer Brown, Houston

4:00 pm                Networking Break

4:15 pm          
     Judicial Interview
The Hon. Richard Schmidt (ret.) will discuss recent bankruptcy law developments in the energy industry, focusing on the interaction of bankruptcy litigation and the energy industry, and the impact of these recent developments on the industry. 

  • Hon. Richard S. Schmidt, Former Chief Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas; Senior Advisor, The Claro Group

Interviewed by:

  • Julia Winters, Bankruptcy Litigation Analyst, Bloomberg Intelligence

4:40 pm
               Environmental Claims and Regulations Awareness
The multitude of proposed environmental regulations domestically, as well as environmental reform and regulation in emerging markets abroad, can be disconcerting to energy companies as they try to plan and prepare for “what’s next.” This panel will discuss the impact these regulations might have on development in the energy industry and the primary factors that energy counsel should be considering. The panel will also review the types of claims that might arise when companies fail to comply and how to effectively navigate litigation, whether regulatory or other, surrounding these claims.


  • Hayden S. Baker, Partner, Sullivan & Worcester
  • Jeff Civins, Senior Counsel, Haynes and Boone LLP
  • Tracy Hester, Professor of Environmental Law and Emerging Technology, University of Houston Law Center


  • Nushin Huq, Houston Correspondent, Bloomberg BNA 

5:25 pm
                Corporate Counsel Interview
A corporate counsel from a leading energy company will be interviewed on how s/he meets challenges in the energy industry through managing the in-house legal team. What are the issues that corporate counsel is facing? How do they react to and manage these challenges?

  • Kevin McDonald, Deputy General Counsel – Corporate Legal Services & Government Relations, Marathon Oil Corporation

Interviewed by:

  • Jennifer Mercer, Executive Vice President, Bankruptcy Solutions, Epiq 

5:50 pm                Networking Reception

7:00 pm                Event Concludes




Hayden Baker is a partner in the Corporate and Environment & Natural Resources groups. He draws upon his broad environmental and extensive corporate expertise to assist clients in a variety of contexts, including mergers and acquisitions, energy and infrastructure projects, real estate transfers and development, securities offerings, financing transactions, bankruptcy, contamination matters and litigation. He has won recognition from New York Super Lawyers, The Legal 500 and Chambers USA. Mr. Baker is particularly well regarded for his sophisticated, practical approach to transactions, having represented companies, private equity investors and financial institutions in hundreds of transactions, totaling well over $100 billion in investment. Clients praise his blend of strengths, saying: "He is very detail-oriented, very commercial and good at seeing what matters. He is levelheaded, very responsive and just a great guy to work with." Mr. Baker regularly counsels clients on issues affecting the energy, chemicals, mining and manufacturing sectors. In particular, Mr. Baker has worked with companies spanning the breadth of the energy sector, from coal mining, to oil and gas, to power generation and transmission, to renewable and distributed generation and energy efficiency. He brings a sophisticated understanding not only of the legal framework but also the market and policy dynamics shaping the industry and driving investment in the space. Previously, Mr. Baker was counsel at Davis Polk & Wardwell, where for nearly 10 years he counseled clients worldwide on financings and restructurings, compliance, enforcement and remediation matters, as well as high-stakes acquisitions and divestitures. Mr. Baker began his career as a litigator with Shearman & Sterling, where he represented companies and individuals in internal investigations and civil and criminal matters, with a focus on foreign corruption and securities and accounting fraud. Prior to graduating from law school, Mr. Baker worked on environmental policy and litigation matters for the Natural Resources Defense Council and the National Audubon Society.


Brandon Barnes is a Senior Analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence, a unique research platform that provides context on industries, companies, and government policy, available on the Bloomberg Professional Service at BI . Mr. Barnes covers the Energy Sector, specializing in the analysis of pending and potential litigation impacting energy companies and the broader industry. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Mr. Barnes was an attorney with McDermott Will & Emery in Washington, DC, focused on energy and environmental litigation. He has extensive experience litigating complex matters in multi-district, federal, and state courts with a focus on clients in the energy and environmental sectors. He has expertise advising clients on energy regulatory matters, including renewable fuels, natural gas pipeline certification before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and permitting compliance related to asset transfers involving LNG terminals, coal-fired power plants, wind farms, and others. Mr. Barnes earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as a JD from Wake Forest University School of Law. He is the current Chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Litigation Committee for the American Bar Association as well as an Executive Committee Member and Chair of the Professional Development Committee for the Rose Council of Wake Forest University School of Law.


Ryan Blaine Bennett is a Partner in Kirkland & Ellis' Restructuring Group, where he has played a principal role representing sophisticated corporate debtors, investors and other key parties in some of the most complex restructuring cases and transactions during the past two decades. Ryan’s recent energy representations include Sabine Oil & Gas, Emerald Oil, Globe Energy Services, and Petroflow Energy. In Sabine, Ryan successfully argued for the rejection of his client Sabine’s midstream gathering agreements under section 365 of the bankruptcy code. In addition to his company-side representations, Ryan regularly counsels a number of private equity and investment fund clients, both in and out of court, with respect to acquisitions of distressed assets and investments and corporate governance matters related to such clients' portfolio companies. Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and The Chicago Lawyer recently named Ryan to the “40 Under Forty” for 2015, selecting Ryan among over 1,000 nominees across all practice areas in the State of Illinois, Law360 also named Ryan as one of eight Bankruptcy “Rising Stars for 2014.” The Legal 500 U.S. recognized him for his "key role" in the Detroit Chapter 9 proceedings. Ryan was also named to the 2012 list of "Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers" by Turnarounds & Workouts, one of 12 individuals selected nationwide for their individual accomplishments in corporate restructuring.


Jeff Civins is Senior Counsel at Haynes and Boone, LLP in Austin. He has practiced all aspects of environmental law since 1975, assisting clients in compliance matters, transactions, and litigation. As an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law, Jeff taught a seminar on Environmental Law Concerns in Business in the spring of 1987, and has been teaching a seminar on Environmental Litigation each spring since 1992. He is a member of the Advisory Board of UT’s Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business and is a fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers. Jeff is the organizer and co-editor of the Thomson Reuters Texas Practice two-volume treatise on Texas Environmental Law, and co-author of the chapter on Environmental Aspects of Business Transactions. He is also a former chair of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and standing chair of the section's Annual Texas Environmental Superconference, now in its 29th year. Jeff received an AB in chemistry from Brandeis University, an MS in chemistry from Penn State, and a JD from the University of Texas School of Law. Prior to law school, Jeff taught science in public and private schools in New York City.


Stephanie Conklin Beauvais is a Partner in the Corporate Section at Andrews Kurth LLP and is based in the firm’s Houston office. Her practice focuses on securities laws and capital markets transactions for companies, including master limited partnerships (MLPs), and she has extensive experience representing issuers and underwriters in public and private offerings of equity and debt securities. She also represents clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, corporate governance matters, periodic reporting requirements under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and other general corporate and securities matters. Stephanie has been profiled as an “Up-and-Coming” Capital Markets lawyer in Texas by Chambers & Partners USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2014-2015), as one of the leading lawyers in the United States for Capital Markets Debt Offerings (2013-2015) and Capital Markets Equity Offerings (2014-2016) by The US Legal 500 and as a Texas Rising Star by Texas Monthly (2014-2016).


Doug Getten is a Partner in the Securities and Capital Markets practice at Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Houston office. His emphasis is on corporate finance and securities law matters, including public and private securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, and other investment activities primarily related to publicly traded master limited partnerships (MLPs) and royalty trusts. He has extensive knowledge and experience with exploration and production companies, midstream businesses as well as the oil field services sector. Mr. Getten’s capital markets experience includes the representation of public and private companies, MLPs and investment banking firms in capital markets offerings. He has also advised private equity investors including sovereign wealth funds. He regularly advises his public company clients with corporate governance issues and securities law disclosure and compliance issues, including Section 16 reporting obligations.


Professor Hester teaches environmental law and emerging technology courses at the University of Houston Law Center. His research focuses on the innovative application of environmental laws to emerging technologies and risks, such as climate engineering, nanotechnologies, genetic modification, wind and other renewable power projects, and on novel compliance and liability issues. Prior to joining the University of Houston Law Center, Prof. Hester served as a partner in Bracewell LLP for sixteen years and led the Houston office's environmental group. He has previously taught classes on Environmental Law, Natural Resource Damages Liability, Climate Change Liability and Litigation, Emerging Technologies and Environmental Law, Advanced Hazardous Waste Law, and Practice of Environmental Law. He also teaches the first year course on Statutory Interpretation and Regulatory Practice. Prof. Hester co-directs the Environment, Energy & Natural Resource Center's Speaker Series, which annually draws top speakers on energy and environmental topics to the University of Houston campus. He also organizes and assists in the preparation of workshops and symposia on current energy and environmental topics. Prof. Hester was inducted into the American College of Environmental Lawyers in 2015, elected as a member of the American Law Institute in 2004, and named the Top Environmental Lawyer in Houston in 2011 by Best Lawyers of America. He was also elected to the Council of the American Bar Association’s Section on Environment, Energy and Resources (SEER) in 2011, and he currently co-chairs SEER's new Law Professors Committee. Prof. Hester is the past chair of SEER’s Special Committee on Congressional Relations as well as its Environmental Enforcement and Crimes Committee, and he is currently vice-chair of the Greater Houston Partnership's Environmental Policy Advisory Committee.


Nushin Huq is the Houston correspondent for Bloomberg BNA, covering a wide range of beats in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi, including covering environmental regulation in those states. Prior to working at Bloomberg BNA, Nushin was a market reporter covering the electricity markets and the financial markets for oil and oil products. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas in Austin, and a master's degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. 


Christina M. Ibrahim was appointed Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Weatherford in May 2015. Ms. Ibrahim has over 20 years of legal experience primarily in the oilfield services industry. Prior to her appointment at Weatherford, Ms. Ibrahim held a number of senior leadership positions in the legal department of Halliburton Company, including Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Chief Commercial Counsel, Vice President,  Corporate Secretary and Chief Commercial Counsel  – Western Hemisphere, with additional responsibility for the global Procurement, Employment and Real Estate practice groups and  oversight of the mergers and acquisitions, securities, regulatory and governance functions. Ms. Ibrahim also served as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for WellDynamics, a Halliburton and Shell joint venture company. Prior to joining Halliburton, Ms. Ibrahim was a litigation attorney with the law firm Wickliff & Hall, PC. Ms. Ibrahim earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Virginia Tech and a Juris Doctorate from Texas Southern University where she graduated magna cum laude. She is a member of the Texas State Bar, Texas General Counsel Forum, American Bar Association, Association of Corporate Counsel, Women’s Energy Network and the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals. Ms. Ibrahim is a director of Prevent Blindness Texas, Houston Area Women’s Center and the Association of Women in Energy. Additionally, she serves on the Executive Leadership Team of the Go Red, American Heart Association Campaign. She is also a former Director of The Rose, and the Holocaust Museum Houston. She is a frequent speaker and panelist on many topics, including corporate governance, international commercial agreements, ethics, compliance and leadership. In 2013, Ms. Ibrahim was named by The Legal 500 in its Corporate Counsel 100, as one of the most powerful corporate legal advisors in the United States.   In 2014, Ms. Ibrahim was honored by the National Diversity Council as a recipient of its 2014 Influential Women Leadership Award, the 50 Most Powerful Women in Oil & Gas Award as well as Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women of 2014 by Houston Woman Magazine. Additionally, she was one of the Houston Business Journals’ 2015, Women in Energy Leadership honoree and named as a “Breakthrough Woman” in 2016 by the Greater Houston Woman’s Chamber of Commerce. 


Greg Matlock is a Partner/Principal in EY’s National Tax Department – Energy (Houston-based). His practice is focused on U.S. federal income tax planning and structuring for business transactions involving partnerships (including MLPs) and corporations, with particular emphasis on oil and gas investments. Greg has lead numerous, significant MLP and public monetization feasibility projects and analysis (including MLP IPO structure analysis, qualifying income analysis, as well as other tax and economic planning matters), and has worked on MLPs and public transactions both as a lawyer and in his current role in EY. Similarly, Greg has assisted companies in evaluating various public monetization structures, including MLPs, Up-C transactions, C Corporation IPOs, YieldCos, and REITs. Mr. Matlock is a frequent speaker (and writer) on partnership tax issues, as well as on energy tax and transaction matters. Greg has been published, appeared, or has spoken in the following: Oil & Gas Investor Magazine, Oil & Gas Financial Journal, Oil & Gas Investor Capital Formation Supplement, Houston Chronicle, Financial Times, Houston Business Journal, BNA, Inc. Daily Tax Real Time, Natural Gas Intelligence – The Weekly Gas Market Report, SNL Energy – Gas Utility Week, Bloomberg BNA MLP, Louisiana Energy Conference, Tax Executives Institute, Capital Link Annual MLP Forum, American Petroleum Institute’s Federal Tax Forum, Energy M&A and Financing Forum, Texas CEO Magazine, Oil and Gas Eurasia, FuelFix, Oil, Gas, and Energy Law Journal, Midstream Business, American Oil & Gas Journal, IPAA and the IPAA Private Capital Conference, and others.


Kevin M. McDonald serves as Deputy General Counsel – Corporate Legal Services & Government Relations for Marathon Oil Corporation. He is responsible for SEC and NYSE compliance and provides oversight of Regulatory, Corporate Governance, Finance, Compliance, Litigation and Human Resources law functions. McDonald also serves as the Company’s Assistant Secretary and Chief Compliance Counsel. He oversees the Government Relations function and is responsible for public policy strategy and advocacy. Prior to joining Marathon Oil, McDonald had a successful career as a Partner with the international law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP (now Norton Rose Fulbright), as the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for an S&P 500 company, Cooper Industries Ltd., and held leadership positions at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and Valero Energy Corporation. McDonald has been recognized by his peers as a leader in his field. He was named to The National Law Journal’s 2016 List of Energy & Environmental Trailblazers and was the recipient of the Houston Business Journal’s Best Corporate Counsel Award for Deputy General Counsel in 2015 and for Assistant General Counsel in 2014. McDonald is involved in charitable and community organizations, serving on the Texas A&M University 12th Man Foundation Council of Athletic Ambassadors, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Corporate Development Committee and the Board of Directors for Arms of Hope, a program serving disadvantaged children and families struggling to overcome homelessness and abuse.


Jennifer E. Mercer is a Senior Vice President and head of the strategic communications practice at Epiq Systems. She is a versatile communications expert who knows how to promote brands and protect reputations with nearly 20 years of industry experience. As a specialist in transactional communications, she is knowledgeable in the many facets of crisis and corporate communications, employee and financial/investor communications, media relations, and program development including assignments in the following industries: energy, financial services, homebuilding, retail, media, non-profit, pharmaceuticals, professional services, restaurant, retail and technology. Mercer works closely with companies to conceive strategies and convey business transactions. Working in lock-step with internal corporate teams and company advisors, she is an effective collaborator and coach who consistently delivers world-class results. Recent engagements include Furniture Brands, Brookstone, Select Staffing, iBAHN, Highway Technologies, GMX Resources, Digital Domain Media Group, Solyndra, International Aluminum Corporation, Mesa Air Group, Panavision, Samsonite Company Stores Rocket Farms, Safe Harbor Knowledge Solutions, Source Interlink Companies, Toni Braxton, Turtle Wax, Hawaiian Telcom, Woodside Homes and TOUSA. Prior to joining Epiq, Mercer was the Principal and Founder of Van Meter Consultants (VMC), a strategic communications consultancy that was integrated into Epiq Systems in March 2013. Mercer’s experience also includes developing and managing critical communications programs for clients at some the world’s leading public relations firms, including MWW Group, Hill & Knowlton, and Sitrick & Company. In addition, Mercer managed public relations for the CEO of Hitatchi Data Systems, where she drove executive visibility, both internally and externally, through a multi-faceted communications program that generated extensive media interest and news coverage. Mercer’s operating experience also includes serving as Director of Communications of a leading information management and professional services firm, where she was a member of the executive team and established the company’s investor relations practice. She sits on the board of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) where she serves as the Chair of the Communications Committee. She is an active member of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) where she also sits on the Marketing and Communications Council. Mercer is a published author and frequent speaker, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California San Diego.


Shawn O’Brien is a tax controversy partner in Mayer Brown’s Houston office. Shawn represents clients in all types of tax disputes with taxing authorities on international, federal and state levels. He routinely advises clients on various tax issues during tax examinations, in administrative appeals and as an advocate in trial and appellate litigation before the US Tax Court, US District Courts and US Court of Federal Claims. Shawn’s tax controversy and litigation experience spans a broad range of areas, including transfer pricing controversies, debt versus equity issues, international withholdings, advance pricing agreements, tax shelter disallowances, estate and gift tax valuations, research and development tax credits, excise taxes, and changes in accounting methods. Shawn advises foreign and domestic corporations, partnerships, MLPs, and LLCs seeking corporate and tax advice in connection with various types of foreign and domestic transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, divestitures, leveraged buyouts, structured financings, and oil and gas transactions. Shawn is particularly focused on a variety of tax issues facing the energy industry including tax controversy, restructuring, acquisition and disposition of energy assets. Shawn served as chairman of the committee for energy and natural resources of the State Bar of Texas Tax Section from 2011 to 2013.


Stephen Olson's practice focuses on M&A, private equity investments, capital markets, and corporate governance matters for U.S. and non-U.S. clients. He counsels clients in connection with public and private acquisition and divestiture transactions, complex corporate transactions such as joint ventures and major capital projects, registered offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities, as well as corporate governance and other general corporate matters. His representations range from private to mature public companies to private equity firms. Stephen has worked with global consulting, engineering, energy, and financial services firms in transactions with a combined value of more than US$9 billion in the past three years. He has guided clients through each step of complicated and multistage transactions as well as directed efforts of international local counsel. Stephen maintains an active pro bono practice and regularly serves as outside legal advisor to one of the largest NGOs in the world. He works with international financial institutions, such as The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), on projects related to oil and gas concessions, including bid and auction processes, financing related to natural resource assets, oil wealth safeguarding and stewardship, and foreign compliance issues for Western companies doing business in Africa. He regularly travels and meets with national ministries and other government officials in efforts to help facilitate use of hydrocarbon and mining wealth to build sustainable infrastructures and improve basic living conditions in various African nations. Stephen is a senior advisor to the Ghana Oil Club (Accra, Ghana) and a member of the Young Professionals in Energy (New York, Houston, and London chapters).


Judge Richard S. Schmidt (retired) is located in Corpus Christi, Texas. He serves as a Senior Advisor for The Claro Group. One of the nation’s most distinguished Bankruptcy Judges, Judge Schmidt served 28 years on the Southern District of Texas bench. He is best known for his “user-friendly” judicial temperament, ability to recognize quickly complex legal issues, legendary mathematical ability, and case management style, which helped navigate some of the largest and most complex bankruptcies in the country. Following his retirement, Judge Schmidt is not practicing law, but is available for appointments as a fiduciary in Bankruptcy cases including Chapter 11 Trustee, Chapter 11 Plan Trustee, Litigation Trustee, Fee Examiner, Future Claims Representative, Independent Director of a Chapter 11 Debtor or Chief Restructuring Officer. In addition to his Senior Advisor position with The Claro Group, Judge Schmidt is an adjunct professor at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi in the Business College. While in the Air Force Reserves, Judge Schmidt graduated from Air War College and received training in Total Quality Management from W. Edwards Deming, becoming a Certified Trainer.


Andrew Shimek, Esq. is currently the senior executive responsible for Epiq’s global electronic discovery and document review business units. He has an extensive leadership background in legal services with degrees in law and business. In his current role, Mr. Shimek is responsible for the strategic direction of Epiq's offering, quality and process improvements, risk mitigation and client deliverables. Prior to his leadership role in eDiscovery, he was the Managing Director of Epiq’s class action and claims solutions, Chapter 7 trustee services and AACER business units. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Shimek was responsible for building out the corporate markets for LexisNexis Applied Discovery, a leading electronic discovery provider. During his tenure with LexisNexis, he worked with law firms and corporations across the country to implement discovery strategies. Earlier in his career, he was a litigator at the law firm of Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty & Bennett, P.A. Andrew holds a JD Magna Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota, and a BA Summa Cum Laude from the University of St. Thomas.


Julia Winters is an Analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence, a unique research platform that provides context on industries, companies, government policy, litigation and the economy available on the Bloomberg Professional service at BI . Ms. Winters specializes in bankruptcy, restructuring, insolvency, and bankruptcy litigation. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Ms. Winters was a Litigation Associate at White & Case LLP. She represented lenders and investors in complex debtor/creditor disputes in federal, state, and bankruptcy courts as well as conducted internal compliance investigations for global clients. Ms. Winters also worked on pro bono criminal appeals, juvenile immigration and bankruptcy representations. She also serves as an Associate Co-Chair of the firm’s New York Women’s initiative. Ms. Winters earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan, Residential College as well as a Master's of Urban Planning from Hunter College. She then went on to receive her JD from Brooklyn Law School. Ms. Winters is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and Turnaround Management Association as well as the New York State Bar. 


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Opening Remarks
Jima Islam, Legal Content Manager, Bloomberg BNA
Andrew Shimek, Managing Director, eDiscovery, Epiq

Keynote: A Bloomberg Perspective on the Energy Industry
Brandon Barnes, Senior Analyst – Litigation, Bloomberg Intelligence

Energy Master Limited Partnerships: Eye on Sabine Oil and Gas and What Will Follow
Ryan Blaine Bennett, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis; Douglas V. Getten, Partner, Corporate Department, Paul Hastings LLP; Greg Matlock, Partner, Ernst & Young; Shawn O’Brien, Partner, Mayer Brown, Houston

Trends in Corporate Transactions
Stephanie Conklin Beauvais, Partner, Andrews Kurth LLP; Christina Ibrahim, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Weatherford; Stephen Olson, Partner, Jones Day; Andrew Shimek, Managing Director, eDiscovery, Epiq

Judicial Interview
Hon. Richard S. Schmidt, Former Chief Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas; Senior Advisor, The Claro Group interviewed byJulia Winters, Bankruptcy Litigation Analyst, Bloomberg Intelligence

Environmental Claims and Regulations Awareness
Hayden S. Baker, Partner, Sullivan & Worcester; Jeff Civins, Senior Counsel, Haynes and Boone LLP; and Tracy Hester, Professor of Environmental Law and Emerging Technology, University of Houston Law Center moderated by Nushin Huq, Houston Correspondent, Bloomberg BNA

Corporate Counsel Interview
Kevin McDonald, Deputy General Counsel – Corporate Legal Services & Government Relations, Marathon Oil Corporation interviewed by Jennifer Mercer, Executive Vice President, Bankruptcy Solutions, Epiq