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Managing Distress in the

Energy Sector: Strategies and Alternatives

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Our panel of experts discuss challenges posed by energy-related agreements and issues raised when an energy company files a bankruptcy case

Protecting the interests of contract counterparties, investors, and creditors requires analyzing issues involving 
Panel of Speakers
covering exploration and production
dealing with gathering, storage, transportation and processing  
involving refining, marketing and shipping
Blaine Edwards, Assistant General Counsel, Superior Energy Services, Inc.
Blaine Edwards is the Assistant General Counsel for Superior Energy Services, Inc. Superior is a major oilfield service company with operations in all of the major oil and gas producing states in the United States and in over 15 countries around the world.  As the AGC for Superior, Blaine is responsible for global litigation, risk management analysis, and major job problems. Prior to joining Superior, Blaine worked for BJ Services Company as the AGC and Global Head of Litigation. Prior to finding his true calling as an in-house attorney, Blaine was a trial attorney and Partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP.
Christopher J. Kearns, Managing Director, Berkeley Research Group
Christopher Kearns is a Managing Director in the restructuring practice of Berkeley Research Group (“BRG). Prior to joining BRG in June 2015, he was a member of the firm and co-founder of Capstone Advisory Group, LLC. Mr. Kearns specializes in financial restructuring advisory services, crisis management, and expert testimony in the troubled company and corporate finance environment. Before co-founding Capstone, Mr. Kearns was a Senior Managing Director at the Policano & Manzo legacy practice of FTI Consulting and he was also with the predecessor firm Kahn Consulting. Previously, he spent 3 years with Bristol-Myers Squibb in assignments that included assistant corporate controller. 


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Advances in technology and know-how have contributed to a global glut of low-price-energy. The supply “revolution” in shale gas, solar energy, and energy storage has disrupted global markets. Demand is increasing to absorb supply, with energy demand growth shifting to developing countries. These competing forces have important implication for business strategy and operations, and investment. Energy producers have been faltering and seeking bankruptcy protection. Oil field service providers are starting to experience distress.

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Kyung S. Lee, Partner, Diamond McCarthy 
Kyung S. Lee practices in the area of debt restructuring and corporate reorganizations. He has served as debtor's counsel for companies in the airline, real estate, oil and gas, communications, health care, distribution, manufacturing and convenience store industries. He has also represented lenders, creditors, creditors' committees and investors involved in workouts and Chapter 11 reorganizations as well as litigating on behalf of the various parties. He has extensive experience working closely with senior management and financial advisors on valuation of enterprises and assets and development of turnaround and restructuring business plans.