May 20, 2009


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Join the Business Development Study Group at the Four Seasons Hotel as we hear from three distinguished speakers on proposed changes in U.S. energy policy and their potential impact on the domestic natural gas industry. The popular format of a Business & Social Networking ¾ hour, with complimentary Hors’ D’ Oeuvres and a cash bar, followed by an hour-long program, will begin at 6:00 pm in the Mezzanine. [Note the new time for this event]

With falling prices, shrinking demand, and the specter of armadas of NGL tankers, the industry was already braced for challenges in 2009. Recently proposed changes in U.S. Energy Policy contain a list of items that could substantially impair future gas sector investment: termination of key tax incentives, changing lease availability/requirements, increasing other taxes and royalties, cap-and-trade costs. How many of these programs will be enacted? How quickly will they be implemented? What will be the impact on industry? Will some sectors fair better than others? How can industry blunt the impact of these new threats?

Featured Speakers

Speaker: Michael C. Linn — Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Linn Energy, LLC,   Bruce H. Vincent - Presi
Speaker Michael C. Linn — Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Linn Energy, LLC, Bruce H. Vincent - Presi
Michael C. Linn is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Linn Energy, LLC (Nasdaq: LINE), a publicly traded partnership focused on the acquisition and development of oil and gas properties, which he founded in March 2003. Linn Energy currently operates in the Panhandle of Texas, Oklahoma, and the ...


Michael C. Linn is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Linn Energy, LLC (Nasdaq: LINE), a publicly traded partnership focused on the acquisition and development of oil and gas properties, which he founded in March 2003. Linn Energy currently operates in the Panhandle of Texas, Oklahoma, and the Los Angeles Basin in California.
 


Mr. Linn currently sits on the National Petroleum Council and the American Exploration and Production Council. He is a member of the Board of National Association of Manufacturers. He is a member of the oil and gas industry’s 25 Year Club. He was recently appointed as Texas Representative for Legal and Regulatory Affairs Committee of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. He is the Chairman of the Houston Wildcatters Committee of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers.
 


Mr. Linn is the immediate past Chairman of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), a former President of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York, Independent Oil and Gas Association of Pennsylvania and Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia. He is a past director of the Natural Gas Supply Association and the National Gas Council.
 


Mr. Linn regularly appears on behalf of the oil and gas industry before state and federal agencies. He has testified on behalf of the oil and gas industry before the various committees and subcommittees of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
 


Mr. Linn graduated cum laude from Villanova University in 1974 with a BA in Political Science.  Subsequent to completing his undergraduate degree, Mr. Linn entered the University of Baltimore School of Law and graduated cum laude in 1977.

 


 

Mr. Vincent joined Swift Energy Company in 1990, serving in a variety of strategic positions years before being named president, the last being executive vice president for corporate development and secretary.
 


Before joining Swift Energy, Mr. Vincent held management-level positions in the oil and gas industry with Energy Assets International Corp. (Director/EVP/COO/CFO), Tangent Oil and Gas Co. (Director/P/CEO) and Peninsula Resources Corp. (Director/EVP/COO/CFO). He served as managing partner of the investment banking firms of Vincent & Company and Johnson & Vincent, as well as vice president and group manager of First City National Bank of Houston.
 


Mr. Vincent is currently vice chairman of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) and a member of the Executive Committee and Regional Board of Directors. He served as past chairman of the IPAA’s Capital Markets, Communications, International and Program Committees. He is also a founder and past chairman of the Board of Advisors for IPAA's Oil and Gas Investment Symposium (OGIS), as well as for IPAA’s OGIS London. He was named the initial recipient of the IPAA Leadership Award in 1996. 
 


Mr. Vincent currently serves as a member of the National Petroleum Council, a federally chartered and privately funded oil and natural gas advisory committee that represents the views of the oil and natural gas industry in advising, informing, and making recommendations to the Secretary of Energy.  


Mr. Vincent served as a Naval Supply Officer from 1969 to 1973. He earned a BA in business administration from Duke University in 1969 and an MBA in finance from the University of Houston in 1976.
 

 



Richard L. Burleson
is Managing Partner of Burleson Cooke, the Houston-based energy law firm that has grown more than 400 percent since its establishment in 2005.



Mr. Burleson’s experience is broad-based, and includes oil and gas law as well as mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and securities. He represents independent oil and gas companies, private equity groups, senior and mezzanine lenders, and other public and privately held businesses in the energy sector.


Specifically, his practice centers on structuring acquisitions and divestitures and other M&A transactions, including negotiation and documentation of letters of intent, purchase and sale agreements, equity contribution, subordinated debt, partnership and shareholder agreements, and senior secured loan and security agreements.


Mr. Burleson has written numerous articles for energy, business, and mainstream media, including The Houston Business Journal, and Oil & Gas Financial Journal. His opinion-page column assessing the potential impact that new Energy Secretary of Steven Chu might have on the oil and gas industry was published in The Houston Chronicle.


His professional affiliations include membership in the American Bar Association (Sections on Business Law, International Law and Natural Resources, and Energy and Environmental Law); the State Bar of Texas (Sections on Oil & Gas Law, Commercial Financial Services, Corporate, Business Law, and Real Estate); the Energy Bar Association; and the Houston Bar Association.


Mr. Burleson earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas and his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center.


Burleson Cooke has earned a reputation as the energy law firm the energy industry goes to. Serving clients in the upstream and midstream segments, it provides counsel to oil and gas producers, transportation companies, storage and processing businesses, and energy service providers.


The firm’s far-reaching capabilities include mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures; finance; private equity; venture capital; securities; corporate governance and compliance; patents and intellectual property; title review; real estate; litigation; bankruptcy/restructuring and environmental.




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Organizer

James Webb


Date and Time

Wed, May 20, 2009

6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

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If you do not have a full-time job in the oil and gas industry, are a full-time student or Member in Transition (MiT) member, and you do not see a discounted registration fee for students/MiT regarding this event, please contact the GCS manager at spe-gcs@spe.org.


Location

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL, 2nd Floor Mezzanine and Meeting Rooms - Hors D’Oeuvres Provided, Cash Bar

1300 Lamar St., Between Caroline & Austin
Houston, Texas 77010