ESG Initiatives and the Energy Industry: Who’s Paying for Change?
1.0 CLE / 1.2 CPE / 1.2 CEU
Thursday, October 28 | 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Panelists will discuss continuing distress in the energy sector, and the current focus on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives. Will the older and dirtier energy sources be replaced by newer/cleaner technologies? Will ESG initiatives impact where new investment goes, and will that create more distress for fossil fuel-based companies and technologies? Join this session to discuss the basis for the long and continuing distress in the energy sector, the current focus on ESG initiatives, and the impact and outcomes for the sector going forward.
Joe Daches, Huron Consulting Group
Ruben DeVelasco, Baker Hughes
Demetra Liggins, McGuireWoods (TMA Houston)
Robert White, Jefferies
About the Speakers:
Ruben DeVelasco, Baker Hughes
Ruben is currently the Vice President North America Land Sales and Commercial. This role is responsible for North America’s OFS Sales, Marketing Analytics and Commercial Operations. His prior 3 roles were:
- Vice President North America Upstream Chemicals & Well Chemical Services
- Vice President Eastern Hemisphere Upstream Chemicals Sales and Operations
- Vice President Global Upstream Chemicals Technology Development, Sales & Marketing
Ruben holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Ruben resides in Houston Texas with his wife. His interests include golf, skiing, travel and spending time with his family.
Demetra Liggins, McGuireWoods
Demetra has nearly two decades of experience in business finance and restructuring for a variety of large and small public and private companies. As a trusted business advisor, Demetra partners with her clients to identify and achieve their goals in the bankruptcy process, navigating through complex corporate reorganizations and distressed acquisitions.
Demetra has led many representations of bankruptcy clients, working on both in-court and out-of-court restructurings. A thoughtful and creative problem solver, she is highly regarded for her ability to quickly and efficiently help clients assess the effects of a bankruptcy on their corporate and financial transactions. Demetra works with her clients to purchase and sell assets in distressed situations, secure financing, and negotiate structure and implement cash collateral orders and debtor-in-possession financing agreements. Her clients include health care systems, retail corporations, financial institutions, oil and gas companies, partnerships, and private-equity funds, among others.
Demetra is a speaker on bankruptcy and finance topics, in addition to speaking on career goals, branding, and mentorship to minority and female audiences. Demetra is named to The Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights, 2018-2022 and named the Winner, The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity annual Rick Palmore LCLD Alumni Award, 2021.