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The SMi Group are delighted to announce Project Financing in Oil and Gas North America. Specifically design to focus on PF our inaugural conference will bring together leading lenders, lawyers and operators to discuss the key developments and issues that surround the industry.

SMi’s Project Financing in Oil and Gas North America will give a comprehensive overview of the industry to date discussing PF techniques, reserve base lending, commercial structure and risk analysis, the shale gas market, on and offshore projects, pipeline and infrastructure plus much more. This 2 day conference and interactive workshop is a must attend event for 2015 giving you the opportunity to hear from leading case studies and projects that have successfully secured the loans. Can you afford to miss out?

With representatives from across North America this conference will be a fantastic opportunity for companies within oil and gas to talk with leading experts who are currently working on projects. This is a unique opportunity to hear about PF expressed from the view of the lenders from around the globe. The diversity of companies representing all aspects of PF will enable delegates to have a broad spectrum of ideas and opinions to use on their own projects.

 

  • Hear from representative across North America talking about recent PF projects
  • Understand the differences between offshore and onshore projects
  • Recognise what the lenders need to see in order to secure your loan
  • What can you learn from others who have successful undertaken PF projects in North America?
     

Head of Oil, Gas & Petrochemicals, Project Finance
Associate Director
Business Development Manager
Chief Financial Officer
Director of Commercial and Gas
Directors of LNG
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Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Andy Kirchin

Andy Kirchin, Executive Vice President, RPS Group

9:10 Evolution of Project Finance in Upstream/Midstream: Where we have been and where the industry is trending

Marc  Rowland

Marc Rowland, Senior Managing Director/Founder, IOG Capital

• Evolution in project finance in US upstream
• Marc’s personal experience as CFO of Chesapeake Energy Corporation
• The future of project finance

9:50 Structured Financing Techniques in Oil and Gas Project Finance

Duncan Caird

Duncan Caird, Managing Director, Project and Export Finance, HSBC

  • Debt Capital Markets : Project Bonds and term loan
  • Hedging strategies
  • Commodity assets
  • Tolling vs. Merchant
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Changing Landscape for Project Finance

    Christopher Hasty

    Christopher Hasty, Managing Director - Head of Oil & Gas and North America Head of Natural Resources , Lloyds Banking Group

    • Bank and institutional funding
    • Ratings
    • Regulatory impacts
    • Risk allocation and management

    11:40 Foreign Capital & Project Finance for U.S. Oil & Gas Projects

    Aaron Ball

    Aaron Ball, Managing Director, Blackbriar Energy

    • Barrier to shale gas financing
    o Regulatory and legal risks
    o Environmental risks
    o Market risk
    o Capital availability risk
    • Strategies to overcome these barriers

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:40 Turning a Resources into Reserves

    Andy Kirchin

    Andy Kirchin, Executive Vice President, RPS Group

    • What evidence do you need to show
    • Can you demonstrate the potential?
    • What is the process of getting to the financing?

    14:20 Financing with Institutional vs. retail investors

    Rick Hoover

    Rick Hoover, Chief Financial Officer, Breitling Energy

    • Debt is financed with Institutional investors.  The advantage is you get to keep the whole pie.  The disadvantage is you get to keep the whole pie
    • Preferred Stock, or Convertible Preferred Stock.  Security for the investor, with some upside.  Retail investors enjoy the interest spread and some upside potential.  Institutional investors will be looking to get a bigger piece of the pie and the Company has to be aware of the short stock play driving the common stock to 0
    • Common Stock.  Registered offerings are expensive and can take a long time.  PPMs can have lower costs, but higher risk.  Retail investors will be looking for historical trends to continue.  Institutional investors will look for the curve to change, but they may also want a BOD seat

    15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 Reserve Based Lending: A Legal Perspective

    Dewey Gonsoulin

    Dewey Gonsoulin, Partner, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP

    • Basic Structures and Documentation
    • Current Trends
    • Workout Considerations

    16:10 Discussing the future of project financing for midstream and downstream oil and gas

    • In What ways are the current oil prices affecting project financing?
    • How will this developin the near future?
    • Can project financing go ahead despite these difficulties?
    • Planning for the future

     

    Kerri L. Fox

    Kerri L. Fox, Managing Director and Head, Project Finance North America, BBVA

    Dewey Gonsoulin

    Dewey Gonsoulin, Partner, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP

    Christopher Hasty

    Christopher Hasty, Managing Director - Head of Oil & Gas and North America Head of Natural Resources , Lloyds Banking Group

    Rafael Sandrea

    Rafael Sandrea, President, IPC Petroleum Consultants

    Andy Kirchin

    Andy Kirchin, Executive Vice President, RPS Group

    17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Andy Kirchin

    Andy Kirchin, Executive Vice President, RPS Group

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Greg Hopper

    Greg Hopper, Vice President, ICF International

    9:10 Global Oil Supply Outlook

    Rafael Sandrea

    Rafael Sandrea, President, IPC Petroleum Consultants

    • Regional Crude Oil Supply since 2005
    • Oil Discovery Trends
    • Shale Plays – New Insights
    • EOR is the New oil Frontier
     

    9:50 Mezzanine Financing in Lower Middle Market Oil & Gas Companies

    Mike  Becker

    Mike Becker, Partner, Plexus Capital

    • Brief introduction to Plexus
    • Mezzanine debt, SBICs, benefits to owners/operators
    • Case studies on several oil and gas portfolio companies/exits

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 North American LNG Export Project: Financing Considerations

    Noam Ayali

    Noam Ayali, Partner, Project Finance, Chadbourne & Parke LLP

    ?  Setting the stage: LNG project finance basics
    •         Sponsor
    •         Project economics
    ?  Construction costs
    ?  Quality of off-take credit and off-take contract
    ?  Feedstock/operations
     
    ?  LNG projects: integrated versus tolling
    •         FOB / LSTA
    •         Understanding gas sourcing/feedstock arrangements
     
    ?  Alternative project structures and financing implications
    •         Single project entity
    •         Separate Train ownership/Common facilities
     
    ?  Funding sources and financing implications
    •         Commercial banks/mini-perm and refinancing
    •         ECAs
     
    ?  LNG SPA/LSTA issues/risk allocation
    •         Pricing
    •         FM
    •         Termination

    ?  Highlights from recent transactions
     

    11:40 Financing North American LNG Projects

    Kerri L. Fox

    Kerri L. Fox, Managing Director and Head, Project Finance North America, BBVA

    • Project Finance Debt Funding Sources
    • Key Issues
    • Common Project Finance Features
    • Recently Executed Financings and Upcoming Pipeline of Projects

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:40 Project Financing For Oil &Gas Pipelines and The Private Placement Market

    Brian Thomas

    Brian Thomas, Managing Director, Oil & Gas, Prudential Capital Group

    • Market Conditions and Funding Sources
    • Where Are the Opportunities? Gathering, Transmission or Storage
    • Basic Pipeline Project Tenants and Structures
    • Case Studies – Traditional and Alternative Financing Arrangements

    14:10 LNG Project Financing considerations

    Jeff  Pendergraft

    Jeff Pendergraft, Senior Managing Director, Galway Group

    • Overview of Traditional LNG Project Financing Structures
    • Allocation of Project Risks Among Stakeholders
    • Emergence of Alternative Financing Structures
    • The Role of Private Equity
     

    14:50 North American LNG Export Projects: Regulatory Considerations

    Lisa Tonery

    Lisa Tonery, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP


    • Outlook for FERC regulatory approvals to site, construct and operate LNG export facilities in the US
    • Methods to reduce regulatory risk in small-mid scale LNG Infrastructure
    • Update on the US DOE’s position and processes for export permits 

    15:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Greg Hopper

    Greg Hopper, Vice President, ICF International

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Duncan Caird

    Duncan Caird

    Managing Director, Project and Export Finance, HSBC
    Kerri L. Fox

    Kerri L. Fox

    Managing Director and Head, Project Finance North America, BBVA
    Rick Hoover

    Rick Hoover

    Chief Financial Officer, Breitling Energy

    Aaron Ball

    Managing Director, Blackbriar Energy
    Aaron Ball

    Andy Kirchin

    Executive Vice President, RPS Group
    Andy Kirchin

    Brian Thomas

    Managing Director, Oil & Gas, Prudential Capital Group
    Brian Thomas

    Christopher Hasty

    Managing Director - Head of Oil & Gas and North America Head of Natural Resources , Lloyds Banking Group
    Christopher Hasty

    Dewey Gonsoulin

    Partner, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
    Dewey Gonsoulin

    Duncan Caird

    Managing Director, Project and Export Finance, HSBC
    Duncan Caird

    Greg Hopper

    Vice President, ICF International
    Greg Hopper

    Jeff Pendergraft

    Senior Managing Director, Galway Group
    Jeff  Pendergraft

    Kerri L. Fox

    Managing Director and Head, Project Finance North America, BBVA
    Kerri L. Fox

    Lisa Tonery

    Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
    Lisa Tonery

    Marc Rowland

    Senior Managing Director/Founder, IOG Capital
    Marc  Rowland

    Mike Becker

    Partner, Plexus Capital
    Mike  Becker

    Noam Ayali

    Partner, Project Finance, Chadbourne & Parke LLP
    Noam Ayali

    Rafael Sandrea

    President, IPC Petroleum Consultants
    Rafael Sandrea

    Rick Hoover

    Chief Financial Officer, Breitling Energy
    Rick Hoover

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    Reserves and Resources – A guide to PRMS

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