Managing Distress in the
Energy Sector: Strategies and Alternatives
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
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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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.