Meeting Information
Friday January 31, 2020
7:00am - 9:00am
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
1801 Allen Parkway
Houston, Texas 77019

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The Energy and Natural Resources SIG covers both traditional oil and gas (E&P, R&M, Pipeline and Transportation) as well as Power (utilities, etc.)

The SIG meets on the last Friday of the Month.
We will currently be holding events quarterly.

Title of Presentation: “The State of Mergers, Aquisitions & Divestiture in Oil & Gas : Midstream Upstream & Downstream. “

Our guest speakers for this meeting are:

Dan Pickering is the Chief Investment Officer of Pickering Energy Partners (PEP). PEP manages client assets via energy strategies focused primarily on public markets and private equity. Prior to PEP, Mr. Pickering served as the President of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. and Chief Investment Officer of TPH Investment Management. TPH Asset Management managed both public and private equity strategies for institutional and individual clients. Dan has spent 24 years as an energy portfolio manager, researcher and analyst, first at Fidelity Investments (where he managed ~$1 billion of energy sector funds), then as Head of Research at Simmons & Company and as the founding partner of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. He currently serves as the portfolio manager of the PEP Energy Equity Opportunities Fund and on the Investment Committee of PEP’s Energy Co-Investment and research-based strategies. Dan grew up in Missouri, has a BS in Petroleum Engineering from the Missouri School of Science and Technology and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Pickering Energy Partners:


David Wishnow VP at Darcy Partners

Mr. Wishnow currently leads the Energy Technology Identification and Relationship Management function at Darcy Partners where he provides oversight of the Emerging Energy Technology research platform. Prior to joining Darcy Partners, Mr. Wishnow was an Equity Research Analyst with experience covering both the global Oil Service & Capital Equipment and IT Hardware & Communication Infrastructure sectors. Most recently serving as a Vice President of Equity Research with Jefferies & Co., following prior positions of increasing responsibility with Evercore ISI, GMP Securities and other leading financial institutions. Mr. Wishnow holds both a Masters in Energy Finance and a Bachelors of Science in Management with a Finance Concentration from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA.


John-Paul Hanson

John-Paul Hanson is Managing Director of Houlihan Lokey’s Oil & Gas Exploration and Production (E&P) Group and Co-Head of the Energy Group.

During his career, Mr. Hanson has worked on numerous financing, M&A/A&D, valuation, and financial recapitalization/restructuring engagements. In addition to domestic U.S. transactions, he has been involved in transactions for several Latin American-, European-, and South African-based companies, advising companies and stakeholders regarding the structuring, negotiation, and implementation of a wide variety of corporate finance transactions in the upstream, midstream, and downstream sectors of the oil & gas industry, including financings, M&A/A&D transactions, exchange offers, and reorganizations in applicable local jurisdictions. His notable engagements include SandRidge Energy, Inc.; Berry Petroleum Corp.; Yates Petroleum; Samson Resources Corp.; ATP Oil & Gas Corp.; Endeavour International, Inc.; Chesapeake Energy Corp.; Quicksilver Resources, Inc.; BPZ Energy Corp.; Trident Resources Corp.; Magnum Hunter Energy; Swift Energy Corp.; U.S. Department of Energy Loan Program Office; U.S. Energy Corp.; GBGH Ltd.; Big West Oil, LLC; Solutia, Inc.; National Energy & Gas Transmission, Inc. (formerly PG&E NEG); and Gas Transmission Northwest Corp., among others.
Before joining Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Hanson was a Manager of Alternative Lending at Commonfund Mortgage Corp., where he structured whole loan and portfolio fundings, sales, and securitizations involving a variety of asset-backed lending transactions. Earlier in his career, he held a similar position at MoneyLine Lending. Mr. Hanson began his career in finance trading fixed income securities at NNJ, a private family wealth fund formerly based in San Francisco.
B.A. Brigham Young University
MBA University of Maryland

Jesse Thompson
Senior Business Economist
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston Branch

Jesse ThompsonJesse Thompson serves as senior business economist at the Houston Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Thompson, who joined the Bank in 2010, performs research and analysis on issues affecting the Houston and Gulf Coast economy. In particular, he studies issues surrounding area hydrocarbon industries. He also collects information for the Dallas Fed’s Beige Book summary of current economic conditions. He is author of the monthly Energy Indicators, the Houston Economic Indicators, and contributes to the quarterly publication Southwest Economy.

Thompson earned an MA in economics, with emphasis on empirical microeconomics, and BA in philosophy and economics from the University of Houston.

Melinda Yee Partner Oil & Gas Mergers & Aquisitions Transactions Services

Melinda, a partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP, leads Deloitte’s Oil & Gas Merger & Acquisition Transaction Services practice. She has more than 20 years of public accounting experience with Deloitte, serving both corporate and private equity clients. Melinda has led numerous M&A teams, both foreign and domestic, on various acquisition and divestiture transactions of varying sizes and complexities, and has experience across the energy spectrum.

For meeting information, please contact:

Mark Erogbogbo

(832) 540-3216
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