Overview

The 15th Annual Gas and Power Institute features timely topics relevant to the gas and power industry in light of the changing landscape of rules, regulation, legislation, and environmental requirements. It, offers essential information on the latest industry and market climate and provides a must-have set of materials and resources.
 
2016 Institute highlights:

  • Chris Reeder, Husch Blackwell LLP, Austin, TX, provides Texas Case Law and Regulatory Updates that significantly affect the Texas gas and power industries.
  • Hear a Federal Energy Policy update with James Hoecker, Hausch Blackwell LLP.
  • Nicolas Borda, Haynes and Boone, LLP, Mexico City, provides a primer on the Mexican Energy Market and leads a panel of Mexican energy experts on Opportunities and Challenges of Implementing Gas and Power Projects in Mexico.
  • Learn how new market dynamics are creating opportunities and challenges for both buyers and sellers as Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) continues toward commoditization.
  • An overview of the state of global cybersecurity, power industry cybersecurity, and what your company and legal teams can do to help.
  • Craig R. Enochs, Reed Smith LLP, explores issues attorneys should be aware of when negotiating contracts with governmental entities and the ethical issues that can arise when doing so.
  • Rebecca Rentz, Winstead PC, provides an update on methane regulations and air quality developments, including how 2016 ozone levels to date may impact EPA’s final ozone nonattainment designations.
  • Hear a brief CFTC regulatory update, and peek into the future as we contemplate the potential impacts of this year’s presidential election, with Phil Lookadoo, Haynes and Boone, LLP.
  • Gain insight into how bankruptcy is impacting the gas and power industry with A Bankruptcy Primer for Creditors and Contract Counterparties in the Gas and Power Industry and a panel presentation Bankruptcy In the Gas and Power Industry
  • Enjoy earning two hours of ethics credit with our two unique and entertaining ethics presentations.
  • Interact and network with program faculty and attendees during Thursday evening’s  reception
The Institute is presented with the Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and The Energy Bar Association.

Event Schedule

Program is subject to change.

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning, Sep. 8, 2016
    Presiding Officer:
    Kathleen E. Magruder, BP Energy Company - Houston, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Registration Opens
    Includes continental breakfast.

  • 8:20 am
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 8:30 am
    0.50 hr
    Texas Case Law and Regulatory Update
    An overview of important Texas judicial opinions and regulatory enactments and developments occurring during the last year that significantly affect the gas and power industry.

    Chris Reeder, Husch Blackwell LLP - Austin, TX

  • 9:00 am
    0.50 hr
    Federal Energy Policy and Regulation Update
    Hear about the latest updates in federal energy policy and regulation. 

    James Hoecker, Husch Blackwell LLP - Washington, DC

  • 9:30 am
    0.50 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    FERC’s Connected Entity NOPR
    Listen to a discussion of potential new reporting requirements for RTO market participants under the Connected Entity NOPR.

    William B. Conway Jr., Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP - Washington, DC

  • 10:00 am
    0.50 hr
    LNG Update: Global LNG Markets 
    Despite the downturn in energy markets overall, 2015 was the largest year ever for LNG trade. New LNG buyers are emerging around the world just in time to take advantage of a new wave of supply coming from Australia and the United States. Find out how these new market dynamics are creating opportunities and challenges for both buyers and sellers as LNG continues its journey towards commoditization.

    Susan L. Sakmar, The University of Houston Law Center - Houston, TX

  • 10:30 am
    Break

  • 10:45 am
    0.50 hr
    Mexico Update: Practical Aspects and Risk Mitigation in Developing Energy Infrastructure in Mexico
    Learn about the current practical non-technical risks that developers are facing in energy project development in Mexico.

    Nicolas Borda, Haynes and Boone, LLP - Mexico City, DF

  • 11:15 am
    1.00 hr
    Opportunities and Challenges of Implementing Gas & Power Projects in Mexico
    Discuss with key federal government agencies of Mexico the current challenges and opportunities to develop energy infrastructure in Mexico and develop efficient, reliable and long term markets for gas and power.

    Moderator:
    Nicolas Borda, Haynes and Boone, LLP - Mexico City, DF
    Panelists:
    David Madero-Suarez, General Director, National Center of Natural Gas Control (CENAGAS) - Mexico City , DF
    Guillermo Zuñiga-Martinez, Commissioner, Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) - Mexico City, DF

  • 12:15 pm
    Pick Up Lunch
    Included in registration. 

  • Thursday Afternoon, Sep. 8, 2016
    Presiding Officer:
    Chris Reeder, Husch Blackwell LLP - Austin, TX
  • Luncheon Presentation
  • Thank You to Our Luncheon Sponsor
    Husch Blackwell LLP

  • 12:35 pm
    0.75 hr
    Mexico Keynote
    Review of the CRE regulatory agenda and challenges for the next years.

    Guillermo Garcia-Alcocer, Chairman, Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) - Mexico City, DF

  • 1:20 pm
    Break

  • 1:35 pm
    1.00 hr
    The Single North American Gas and Power Market?
    The energy markets of Canada and the US are already seamlessly integrated. With its recently-enacted energy sector reforms, Mexico is moving quickly to liberalize its natural gas and electric power markets and open them to private and foreign investment. How are Mexico's energy sector reforms going? Will they lead to a single integrated North American gas and power market? Examine the relevant legal framework and market characteristics.

    James F. Bowe Jr., King & Spalding - Washington, DC
    Kenneth S. Culotta, King & Spalding - Houston, TX

  • 2:35 pm
    0.50 hr
    Update on Energy Price Formation
    For the last two years, FERC has studied the way the various ISOs and RTOs compensate power generators in the organized markets. What is the proper way to compensate a generator for ancillary services, regulation, energy, and capacity? What are proper ways to ensure the development of new generation?

    Susan Pope, FTI Consulting, Inc. - Boston, MA

  • 3:05 pm
    0.50 hr
    Cyber Issues for the Power Industry: Who are the Bad Guys and What Do They Want?
    An overview of the state of global cybersecurity, power industry cybersecurity and what your company and legal teams can do to help. 

    Annessa McKenzie, Calpine Corporation - Houston, TX
    Diana M. Woodman, Calpine Corporation - Houston, TX

  • 3:35 pm
    Break

  • 3:45 pm
    0.75 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Contracting with Government Entities
    Contracting with governmental entities carries its own special set of rules that can shape deal structures and determine whether provisions are enforceable. Explore issues attorneys should be aware of when negotiating contracts with governmental entities and the ethical issues that can arise when doing so.

    Craig R. Enochs, Reed Smith LLP - Houston, TX

  • 4:30 pm
    1.00 hr ethics
    Ethics of Negotiation: Are You Smarter than a First-Year Associate?
    When it comes to ethics in negotiations, it's anything but anything-goes. Could a tiny white lie here and a teeny puffing there mean the difference between getting the deal done and getting disbarred? These questions and more are answered. Are you smarter than a first-year associate?

    Wilson Chu, McDermott Will & Emery - Dallas, TX
    Barrett R. Howell, K&L Gates LLP - Dallas, TX

  • 5:30 pm
    Adjourn to Reception
    Join us for drinks and hors d'oeuvres with program faculty and attendees.

    Thank You to Our Sponsor
    Reed Smith LLP

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning, Sep. 9, 2016
    Presiding Officer:
    Norma Rosner Iacovo, Tenaska Power Services Co. - Arlington, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Conference Room Opens
    Includes continental breakfast.

  • 8:00 am
    0.50 hr
    Environmental Air Quality Regulatory Updates
    An update on recent air quality regulatory developments, including how the ozone levels to date in 2016 may impact EPA’s final ozone nonattainment designations and the latest on methane regulations.  

    Rebecca J. Rentz, Winstead PC - Houston, TX

  • 8:30 am
    0.50 hr
    Mergers and Acquisitions in the Gas and Power Industry
    Turbulent financial times often produce buying opportunities. What assets are attractive takeover candidates in this market and why?

    Ammad Faisal, Marathon Capital - Chicago, IL

  • 9:00 am
    0.50 hr
    Update on CFTC Regulation of Physical and Financial Transactions
    Whether hedging, speculating (investing), or simply buying and selling physical commodities, compliance with CFTC mandatory requirements for clearing, margin, registration, reporting, recordkeeping, and position limits has become a major component of everyday life for power and natural gas market participants. News headlines of civil penalties (and jail-time) for regulatory non-compliance, market manipulation and market disruption in commodity markets makes keeping up with the CFTC’s regulations critical! Hear a brief CFTC regulatory update and a peek into the future as we contemplate the potential impacts of this year’s Presidential election.

    Phillip G. Lookadoo, Haynes and Boone, LLP - Washington, DC

  • 9:30 am
    Break

  • 9:45 am
    0.75 hr
    A Bankruptcy Primer for Creditors and Contract Counterparties in the Gas and Power Industry

    Omer F. "Rick" Kuebel, Locke Lord LLP - New Orleans, LA

  • 10:30 am
    0.75 hr
    Bankruptcy in the Midstream Sector
    Discuss  bankruptcy issues affecting midstream companies from the perspectives of the midstream company, the oil and gas producer/customer, and other interested parties. Learn about possible transaction structures between producers and midstream companies and contracting issues as they work together both to avoid bankruptcy and to strengthen their respective positions in the event of a bankruptcy filing by the other party.

    Moderator:
    Omer F. "Rick" Kuebel, Locke Lord LLP - New Orleans, LA
    Panelists:
    John P. Melko, Gardere Wynne Sewell, LLP - Houston, TX
    Michael P. Pearson, Jackson Walker LLP - Houston, TX
    Frank Wright, Coats Rose, P.C. - Dallas, TX

  • 11:15 am
    1.00 hr ethics
    The Ten Commandments of Ethical Leadership for Lawyers—Based on Lessons Learned From Some of Our Top Presidents of the United States
    To fulfill our obligations to clients and society requires acting in accordance with an ethical framework for leadership in satisfying daily tasks. In this presidential election year, what better way to grasp this ethical framework than digging into the lessons from some of our greatest presidents whose timeless wisdom in how they went about their business can help lawyers focus on best practices in fulfilling our professional responsibilities.

    Talmage Boston, Winstead PC - Dallas, TX

  • 12:15 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Nicolas Borda

Haynes and Boone, LLP
Mexico City, DF

Talmage Boston

Winstead PC
Dallas, TX

James F. Bowe Jr.

King & Spalding
Washington, DC

Wilson Chu

McDermott Will & Emery
Dallas, TX

William B. Conway Jr.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Washington, DC

Kenneth S. Culotta

King & Spalding
Houston, TX

Craig R. Enochs

Reed Smith LLP
Houston, TX

Ammad Faisal

Marathon Capital
Chicago, IL

Guillermo Garcia-Alcocer

Chairman, Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE)
Mexico City, DF

James Hoecker

Husch Blackwell LLP
Washington, DC

Barrett R. Howell

K&L Gates LLP
Dallas, TX

Omer F. "Rick" Kuebel

Locke Lord LLP
New Orleans, LA

Phillip G. Lookadoo

Haynes and Boone, LLP
Washington, DC

David Madero-Suarez

General Director, National Center of Natural Gas Control (CENAGAS)
Mexico City , DF

Annessa McKenzie

Calpine Corporation
Houston, TX

John P. Melko

Gardere Wynne Sewell, LLP
Houston, TX

Michael P. Pearson

Jackson Walker LLP
Houston, TX

Susan Pope

FTI Consulting, Inc.
Boston, MA

Chris Reeder

Husch Blackwell LLP
Austin, TX

Rebecca J. Rentz

Winstead PC
Houston, TX

Susan L. Sakmar

The University of Houston Law Center
Houston, TX

Diana M. Woodman

Calpine Corporation
Houston, TX

Frank Wright

Coats Rose, P.C.
Dallas, TX

Guillermo Zuñiga-Martinez

Commissioner, Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE)
Mexico City, DF

Planning Committee

Kathleen E. Magruder—Chair

BP Energy Company
Houston, TX

Chris Reeder—Co-Chair

Husch Blackwell LLP
Austin, TX

John K. Arnold

Locke Lord LLP
Houston, TX

Paul W. Chung

Targa Resources Corp.
Houston, TX

Kenneth S. Culotta

King & Spalding
Houston, TX

Merida De La Pena

Merrill Lynch Commodities, Inc.
Houston, TX

Clare H. Doyle

Reliant Energy
Houston, TX

Craig R. Enochs

Reed Smith LLP
Houston, TX

Ann A. Hawkins

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Houston, TX

Will Hickman

Shell Oil
Houston, TX

Norma Rosner Iacovo

Tenaska Power Services Co.
Arlington, TX

Giji M. John

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Houston, TX

Walter Keneally

Haynes and Boone, LLP
Houston, TX

Philip K. Lau

Locke Lord LLP
Houston, TX

Diana M. Liebmann

Haynes and Boone, LLP
San Antonio, TX

Kaiser Malik

Calpine Corporation
Houston, TX

Thomasine Lowry Pantazis

Conocophillips Company
Houston, TX

Michael P. Pearson

Jackson Walker LLP
Houston, TX

Marty Jo Rogers

Shell Oil Company
Houston, TX

Paul E. Vrana

Jackson Walker LLP
Houston, TX

Sarah B. Wolfe

Shell Trading Gas & Power
Houston, TX

Credit Info

MCLE Credit
A Texas MCLE Reporting Form will be included in your course materials. Please complete and return to the registration desk and UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the State Bar of Texas, or you can self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the conference to keep for your records.  
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Supreme Court of Louisiana Continuing Legal Education Committee within 30 days after the conference. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records.
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the conference.
Note on Self-Reporting Your Credits in Another State
If you wish to satisfy MCLE or other professional education requirements in another state for a program offered by the University of Texas School of Law, please check with the state bar or other licensing authority in that state before taking the program to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.
Other Credit
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live conferences are presumptively approved by The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for Texas Accounting CPE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. Approved for general CPE credit only.

At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Accounting CPE Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Texas Accounting Certificate of Completion at the conference for your records. Self-report your CPE credit directly to TSBPA. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  

Contact Laura Tolin, ltolin@law.utexas.edu, if you have additional questions.

Key Dates

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Houston, TX 77027
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Accommodations

$145 room rate good through August 7, 2016 (subject to availability) 

Parking Information

Daily self-parking: $10
Overnight self-parking: $14

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