Monday April 6, 2015 at 6:00 PM 
Tuesday April 7, 2015 at 8:00 AM 

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Monday April 6, 2015 at 6:00 PM 
Tuesday April 7, 2015 at 8:00 AM 

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Houston Club, 910 Louisiana St. 49th Flr. Houston 
The Houston Club
910 Louisiana St, Suite 4900
One Shell Plaza
Houston, TX 77002

Driving Directions 


John Sodergreen 
Scudder Publishing Group LLC 

Energy Metro Desk will be hosting its Second Annual Conference on April 6-7, 2015 at the Houston Club in Houston, TX. Seats are limited to the first 125 registrations we receive, first come first serve. Please don't delay. We doubt we will be able to serve walk-in registrations. **As of 3/6/15, we are nearly full.

This event will feature a tight series of panel discussions and individual presentations focused on deepening participants’ understanding of our fast-paced competitive energy sector. Presenters will discuss relevant market and policy trends, potential black swans and new thinking in trading and risk management strategies, technology, and the policy that drives all of it.

The show kicks off with a catered, networking reception at The Houston Club on the evening of April 6. Our reception features an exclusive presentation by

Chris Clearfield, principal, System Logic. “New Risk in Energy: Will Regulators be the Cause of the Next Catastrophe?” When we think about the risk we carry as traders, we often think about how supply & demand, geopolitical events, or weather can influence markets. But we don't often consider the way regulatory policy can unexpectedly increase risk by affecting underlying structure and behaviors of the markets. 

On Tuesday, April 7, the morning begins with a continental breakfast followed by a full day conference, 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The day ends with a second catered reception at The Houston Club on Tuesday evening. Our 20 noted speakers will deliver their state of the market views on a dozen topics. We look forward to seeing you at this unique, off-the-record event.

-- John Sodergreen, publisher, Energy Metro Desk 


New Risk in Energy II

Agenda for April 6-7, 2015

The Houston Club, Houston, TX.


April 6

6:00  to 7:30 p.m. Evening catered reception, The Houston Club

Chris Clearfield, System Logic. 

“New Risk in Energy: Will Regulators be the Cause of the Next Catastrophe?” 

April 7

Tuesday, 7 to 8 a.m. Continental breakfast, the Houston Club

Opening Comments, John Sodergreen, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Energy Metro Desk

Event introduction; policy in the morning, markets in the afternoon.

8:15 to 8:45

“Assessing new CFTC leadership, new GOP leadership on Capitol Hill and policy priorities for both.” Q&A to follow.  

James Newsome, founding partner, Delta Strategies Group and former chairman, CFTC

8:45 to 9:15

“The CFTC and the Treatment of End-Users” Discussion on trade reporting, position limits, bonafide hedging rules and where these rules might be trending, other topics of interest to end-users.” 

 Stephen Lofchie, partner, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

9:15 to 9:45

"The evolving nature of compliance, risk and compliance risk. Managing the nexus of risk and compliance in the energy sector. New risk priorities in the latter stages of Dodd-Frank reform implementation and other regulatory changes." 

Paul Campbell, Energy Regulatory and Risk Practice Leader, Deloitte & Touche LLP

10:00 to 10:45
Morning keynote: Hon. Chris Giancarlo, Commissioner, CFTC

10:45 to 11:15

The veteran chief risk officer will discuss “Pressing US/Global Changes Affecting the US Power and Natural Gas Markets: New technology and analytics requirements; Supply and Pricing of Natural Gas/LNG Exports; Effects on US Retail Markets

Glenn Labhart, principal, Labhart Risk Advisors.

11:15 to 11:45

"Data Risk. SDR Progress Report and the Expansion of SDR's around the world and how it will impact your trade strategy and compliance risk." 

Bruce Tupper, president, ICE Trade Vault 

Lauren Teigland-Hunt, Managing Partner, Teigland-Hunt LLP

11:45 to 12:15 p.m.

 “The Energy Sector and What to do with Banks. What Volcker Does Not Do and Why the Markets Still have a Big Blind Spot.” How should the energy sector view banks and what are the best uses for banks, post-Dodd-Frank? Which essential or ancillary activities should be taxpayer-guaranteed and why it matters to the energy sector. 

James Allison, Manager, Corporate Studies & Initiatives, ConocoPhillips

12:30 to 2:00 Lunch
Lunch Speaker: Professor Craig Pirrong, University of Houston

"Energy in 2015: Harbinger of a New Era or Just the Same Old Manic Depression"

2:00 to 2:45
"Gas and oil supply and demand trends and tea leaves in North America and beyond;
new activities and features from EIA. Q&A to follow."
Afternoon keynote: Adam Sieminski, Administrator, EIA

2:45 to 3:30
"Gas and power price analysis panel: Forward Trends and Minefields in 2015 and

Panel leader: Andy Weissman, EBW Analytics
Gabe Harris, VP, WoodMac;
Kyle Cooper, Managing Director, IAF Advisors;
Keith Barnett, SVP, Asset Risk Management

3:45 to 4:45
"Agency capabilities and methods for surveilling energy markets; working with
other agencies to carry out the mission; the growing role of internal surveillance; trade
compliance among market participants."

 Tom Lord, E&Y, Moderator
Matthew Hunter, Deputy Director, Division of Market Oversight, CFTC
Shawn Bennett, Branch Chief, Division of Analytics and Surveillance, FERC

4:45 to 5:30
New tech session: internal surveillance programs and platforms; managing transaction
risk in real time; new tools for keeping your trade desk compliant.
Charlie Sanchez, Moderator

Ben Hogan, Vice President, Catelas

Patrick Woody, Director, NASDAQ/SMARTS

Louis Caron, Executive Lead, Commodity Risk, SAS

 Vivek Pathak, COO, BroadPeak Partners 

5:30 to 6:15
"A Random Walk through the Energy Sector"
Closing Keynote: Dr. Robert Michaels, Prof of Economics, CalState, Fullerton, and Senior Columnist, Energy Metro Desk

6:30 to 8:00
Catered reception

Speaker TBA

*This event was generously supported by Deloitte, The ICE, Platts, Nodal Exchange, SAS, NASDAQ, PwC, PointLogic, CME, Global View and BroadPeak Partners.