PartnerConnect Southwest 2015

December 1-2, 2015, The Adolphus, Dallas, TX

Buyouts Energy Summit

Network With Hundreds of Energy-Focused Senior Decision Makers at the First Annual Buyouts Energy Summit

For years, energy-focused PE funds have generated some of the most exciting investment opportunities for LPs of any PE sub-asset class. Yet today, firms investing in energy face a volatile market: plummeting commodity prices, surging supply driven by the shale boom, and growing international demand. Is this just a historically challenging market or potentially one of the most opportunity-rich environments seen in decades?

PartnerConnect events invites you to explore these questions with our inaugural Buyouts Energy Summit. Never has the time been more crucial for PE firms and the LPs who back them to examine how to capitalize on the energy investment environment. From E&P to the midstream and downstream, from ground-breaking niche technologies to industry-essential pieces of equipment, there are returns to be generated by those who are savvy, well-informed, and, most of all, well-connected.

At our inaugural Buyouts Energy Summit, part of our 8th annual Buyouts Texas, our focus is on thought sharing and meaningful senior level networking. Limited partners are welcome to attend for free. GPs, bankers and lenders as always can customize their networking opportunities by participating in our exclusive ExecConnect private meeting program: pre-arranged 1:1 meetings with industry participants who share investment and business development goals. Enrollment for ExecConnect is included with all LP, GP, banker and lender tickets. We normally host over 350 meetings at PartnerConnect Southwest.

Michael Elio

Partner, Stepstone Global

Chris Flowers

Managing Director/CEO, J.C. Flowers & Co.

Kenneth Hersh

Co-Founder, CEO, NGP Energy Capital Management

Austin Long

Principal, Alignment Capital Group

Shamoil Shipchandler

Regional Director, Fort Worth Regional Office, SEC

Robert Smith

CEO, Vista Equity

Kelly Williams

President, GCM Grosvenor Private Markets

Neil Wizel

Managing Director, First Reserve


Gold Sponsors


GP Platinum Sponsors

Event Partners



Who's Coming?

Who attends Buyouts Energy Summit? Virtually every major Financial Sponsor and hundreds of LPs. Here are the sample of firms that have attended PartnerConnect Southwest in the past.

  • Abu Dhabi Investment Authority
  • Employees Retirement System of Texas
  • EnCap Investments
  • Employees Retirement Fund, City of Dallas
  • New York Life Capital Partners
  • Texas Children’s Hospital


Who Should Attend Buyouts
Energy Summit?
  • Private Equity Groups
  • Institutional Investors
  • Investment Banks
  • Commercial Lenders
  • Law Firms
  • Consulting Firms
  • Placement Agents
  • Due Diligence Firms
  • Valuation Firms
  • Recruiters



Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Time Buyouts Energy Summit Track
7:00 am Networking Breakfast
8:00 am Welcome Remarks
8:10 am Keynote Speaker: Eric Foran, Principal, Coller Capital
8:35 am Keynote Speaker: J. Christopher Flowers, Managing Director & CEO, J.C. Flowers & Co.
9:00 am Keynote Speaker: Ken Hersh, Co-Founder & CEO, NGP Energy Capital Management
9:35 am Networking Break
10:00 am Buyouts Energy Summit Panel 1: (45 minute panel) The LP View: Key Considerations in Managing An Energy PE Portfolio Today

MODERATOR: Luke Phenicie, Lead Operating Partner, HKW Capital Partners III, L.P.

Andy Conner, Investment Officer, Johns Hopkins University Office of Investment Management; Joakim Bergander, Chief Investment Officer, Third Lake Capital; Josh Miller, Senior Vice President, NB Alternatives; Katherine Chu, Private Investment Specialist, Cambridge Associates
10:45 am Buyouts Energy Summit Panel 2: (45 minute panel) Upstream, Midstream, Downstream: Where Top Returns Are Right Now in Oil and Gas

MODERATOR: David Toll, Buyouts Insider

SPEAKERS: Patti Melcher, Managing Partner, EIV Capital, LLC ; Charles Cherington, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Intervale Capital; Anuradha Sen, Senior Vice President and Deputy Head of Finance, Panda Power Funds; Albert Huddleston, Chairman, Aethon Energy
11:30 am Keynote: Navigating Volatility As An Energy Investor
Neil Wizel, Managing Director, First Reserve
12:00 pm Networking Lunch
1:00 pm Keynote Speaker: Kelly Williams, President, GCM Grosvenor Private Markets
1:30 pm Buyouts Energy Summit Panel 3: Oil and Gas Technology Deals — Capitalizing On A Growing Niche

MODERATOR: Heinz Blennemann, Principal, Blennemann Family Investments

SPEAKERS: Arthur Robinson, Managing Partner, 32 Degrees Capital; Mike Scott, Founder, Pelican Energy Partners
2:00 pm Buyouts Energy Summit Panel 4: Shark Tank: Our LPs Respond To A Live Manager Pitch

MODERATOR: David Toll, Buyouts Insider

SPEAKERS: Gordon Hargraves, Partner, Private Advisors LLC; Catharine Burkett, Director of Private Investments, LCG Associates; Katherine Chu, Private Investment Specialist, Cambridge Associates; John Nghiem, Principal, Industry Capital Advisors
2:30 pm Buyouts Energy Summit Panel 5: Green Energy: Strategies For Approaching A Growing Niche

MODERATOR: David Toll, Buyouts Insider

SPEAKERS: Reynold Martin, CFA, Allstate Investments; David Hood, Managing Director, Sonen Capital
3:00 pm PM Networking Break
3:30 pm Buyouts Energy Summit Panel 6: (45 minute panel) The Opportunity Today In Equipment and Services Deals

MODERATOR: David Toll, Buyouts Insider

SPEAKERS: Brad Cornell, Principtal, Excellere Partners; Joe D'Angelo, Partner, Carl Marks Advisors; Tanner Moran, Director, Hastings Equity Partners
4:15 pm Buyouts Energy Summit Closing Panel: (45 minute panel) How Commodities Prices and Macro Issues Will Impact Natural Resources Investing In The Next 12 Months

MODERATOR: David Toll, Buyouts Insider

SPEAKERS: Brendan Achariyakosol, Managing Director, Commerce Street Capital; David Miller, Managing Partner, Encap Investments; Prabhas "PR" Panigrahi, Managing Director, Siguler Guff & Co.
5:00 pm Closing Keynote: The Real Story of Co-Investment Performance In Private Equity
Michael Elio, Managing Director, StepStone Global
5:30 pm Networking Reception





Get valuable face time with decision makers who will impact your business. Network with over 150 LPs through the ExecConnect Private Meeting program at the Buyouts Energy Summit. With ExecConnect you can maximize your time by letting us handle the introductions to your next investor. You simply complete your investment profile and we'll match you with investors who share your fundraising and investment goals. Then you'll have 20 minutes to meet one-on-one in private.

For more information on ExecConnect packages and maximizing your participation, please contact Kevin McCaffrey at


Who's Coming?

Who attends PartnerConnect Events? Who attends PartnerConnect Events? Virtually every major Financial Sponsor and hundreds of LPs. Here are the sample of firms that will attending this year's PartnerConnect Southwest. Firms in bold represent LPs.

  • 32 Degrees Capital
  • 3P Equity Partners LLC
  • 747 Capital
  • Aberdeen Asset Management
  • Aeris Capital AG
  • Aethon Energy
  • Alignment Capital Group
  • Allstate Investments
  • Angelo, Gordon & Co.
  • Argand Partners
  • Bank of Ireland
  • Bank of Oklahoma
  • Battery Ventures
  • BlackEagle
  • BlackRock
  • Blennemann Family Investments
  • Bogdahn Group
  • Bowside Capital
  • Brookwood Associates
  • Callisto Partners
  • Cambridge Associates
  • Carl Marks Advisors
  • CAZ Investments, L.P.
  • Centerfield Capital Partners
  • Champlain Advisors, LLC
  • CIC Partners
  • Citco Fund Services
  • Coller Capital
  • Comerica Bank
  • Commerce Street Capital
  • Commonfund Capital
  • Cornell University
  • Corrum Capital Management
  • Crow Holdings Capital - Investment Partners
  • DB Private Equity and Private Markets
  • Duchossois Group
  • Duff & Phelps
  • DuPont Capital Management Corporation
  • EIV Capital, LLC
  • eJnnn Phecda Partners
  • Elm Creek Partners
  • Employees' Retirement Fund of the City of Dallas
  • Encap Investments
  • Evercore
  • Excellere Partners
  • Fairview Capital
  • FFL
  • First Reserve
  • Five Points Capital
  • Fort Worth Regional Office, Securities & Exchange Commission
  • Fortress Investment Group
  • Franklin Park
  • Freeman Spogli & Co.
  • Garrison Investment Group
  • GCM Grosvenor
  • GenSpring Family Offices
  • GI Partners
  • Graham Partners
  • Grove Street Advisors, LLC
  • GulfStar Group
  • Hamilton Lane
  • HarbourVest Partners
  • Hastings Equity Partners
  • HKW
  • HQ Capital
  • Insight Equity
  • Intervale Capital, LLC
  • IOG Capital
  • J.C. Flowers & Co.
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Kayne Middle Market Credit
  • Kelso & Co.
  • L.E.K. Consulting
  • Lariat Partners, LP
  • LaSalle Capital
  • LCG Associates
  • LongWater Opportunities
  • Madison Capital Funding
  • Marlin Equity Partners
  • McGladrey
  • Medley
  • MoDOT & Patrol ERS
  • Monument Group
  • Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners
  • National Society of Institutional Investment Professionals
  • NB Alternatives
  • NGP Energy Capital Management
  • Northwestern Mutual Capital, LLC
  • One Rock Capital Partners, LLC
  • Panda Power Funds
  • Pelican Energy Partners LP
  • Perella Weinberg Partners
  • Performance Equity Management
  • Pfingsten Partners, LLC
  • Presidio Capital Advisors
  • Private Advisors LLC
  • RCP Advisors
  • Rotunda Capital
  • Sageview Capital
  • Securities & Exchange Commission
  • Sentry Insurance
  • Sequel Holdings, LP
  • Siguler Guff & Co.
  • Silicon Valley Bank
  • Si-Values / BG Partners Group
  • SL Capital
  • Sonen Capital
  • Spire Capital Partners
  • SPP Capital Partners
  • Spring Mountain
  • Stafford Capital Partners
  • Star Mountain Capital
  • StepStone Global
  • SunTx Capital Partners
  • Tenex Capital Management
  • Texas Children's Hospital
  • Texas Christian University Endowment
  • Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Company
  • The Meadows Foundation
  • The Riverside Company
  • Third Lake Capital
  • Tiarus
  • Triton Pacific Capital
  • Trive Capital
  • Trivest Partners
  • Tulane University Endowment
  • Turtle Creek Investment Advisors
  • Valuation Research
  • Victory Park Capital Advisors, LLC
  • Vista Equity
  • Vista Ridge Capital Partners
  • Wind Point Partners
  • Wynnchurch Capital, Ltd.

And Many More….



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