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



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